At the end of last month, the hugely popular British vlogger Tanya Burr published her debut book Love, Tanya. Consisting of 300 pages within a glossy hardback cover; this is already proving to be a huge hit with her fans. Even though I’ve only been following Tanya’s career for a short while, I was curious to see what this would be like and I picked up a copy within a week of its publication.
Love, Tanya opens with the obligatory prologue and closes with an Ask Tanya segment. The bulk of the book comprises twelve sections which are as follows:
- Growing Up: Part One
- Growing Up: Part Two
- Skincare Essentials
- Make-Up Essentials
- Hair and Nail Essentials
- Baking and Recipes
- Confidence and Happiness
- Looking Forward
In the chapters on growing up, Tanya talks us through her idyllic childhood growing up in rural Norfolk to meeting her now fiancé Jim Chapman as a teenager; discovering a love for make-up and starting up her own YouTube channel.
Tanya then goes on to share her thoughts and tips on all things beauty and fashion. She talks about her favourite looks, shops and products. She also offers lots of advice on applying make-up, accessorizing and dressing for your body shape.
Then talk turns to love and life. Fans of Tanya also tend to be fans of her fiancé and fellow Youtuber Jim so the story of how the couple met and their relationship so far will undoubtedly be popular with them — or anyone who likes a bit of a romantic tale! The life section is a mix of Tanya’s experiences with travelling, friendship and food and exercise. The next section features Tanya’s favourite recipes which include triple chocolate cookies and her nanny’s apple pie.
It’s no surprise that there’s a section on confidence and happiness considering that Tanya is well-known for her bright and bubbly personality. She talks about what makes her feel and act her best but also discusses in detail her struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. Her tips on dealing with stress and a list of inspirational quotes will surely be of benefit for many readers.
Of course there’s a section on YouTube too in which Tanya talks about her own experiences and offers practical, valuable advice to aspiring vloggers. In the last section, Tanya shares her hopes and plans for the future. The book ends with a little Q&A session which is a nice touch as it involves some of her loyal readers.
Overall, I think this is a really lovely book. It has a proper story to it as well as being packed with lots of tips and advice. There are also plenty of pretty pictures and it’s well laid out which makes it an ideal coffee-table book that you can just pick up and flip through at random.
Every chapter contains a notes section where readers are encouraged to create lists under a variety of headings such as people who have had a positive influence on your life, your top ten items in your make-up bag, new activities you want to try. I can’t really say that this aspect of the book appeals to me (bear in mind, I’m actually around six months older than Tanya!). It’s most likely aimed at the younger audience (although obviously there’s nothing stopping anyone of any age from filling it in!). It is a cute idea and I most likely would have got really in to it ten years ago but this part is just not something I’d personally be in to at this stage of my life.
Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this book as a whole. It’s great to see someone living their dream and taking such joy in what they do. This book reflects the relaxed, positive and friendly spirit of Tanya’s blog/vlog. It has a real feel-good vibe to it and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a follow-up in the next few years. For now, however, this book is available to buy online and in certain bookstores. For any of my fellow Irish readers, I purchased my copy on Easons site for €16.99 including delivery.