41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN: A CELEBRATION OF INTROVERTS by Hallie Heald
Publisher: Morrow Gift
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Book Summary: In a world of seemingly unending social obligations, we could all use a night off.
In 41 Reasons I’m Staying In, illustrator and self-proclaimed introvert Hallie Heald imaginatively portrays engaging and sometimes outlandish excuses to avoid leaving home.
With each page comes a new room and character, pursuing their obsessions, hobbies, interests, and sudden whims with gusto: plotting world takeover, learning magic, mooning over a crush, evading taxes, and beyond.
This dark and humorous celebration of introverts offers a unique look into their private worlds and reminds us of the deep fulfillment and joy we can find in spending time alone.
Book Review: Sometimes on the weekend I like staying in, so what better way to enjoy this Saturday than by admiring the gorgeously illustrated pages of 41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN: A CELEBRATION OF INTROVERTS by Hallie Heald.
Each perfectly crafted drawing depicts one of the 41 moods designed by Hallie. The thought provoking detail narrates a story within every page. I’m in awe of the creativity behind her work and I admire the humorous undertone behind the vibe of every piece.
It’s a refreshing change from my usual reading. It challenges my mind to focus on beautiful colors, and it gives me the chance to meet these different characters through illustrations instead of words.
I highly recommend 41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN if you’re into radiant art, that has a cheeky feministic flare to it. I for one, am obsessed with the cover. I wouldn’t mind lounging around with books surrounding me in every direction. Hallie Heald is super talented and I look forward to seeing more illustrations by her in the future!
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Author’s Info: Hallie Heald is a freelance book illustrator and portrait painter in New York. 41 Reasons I’m Staying In, is her first book to write and second to illustrate. Heald was born a lone introvert in a family of nine kids, and spent her days painting and listening to audiobooks, years later she’s doing the same thing in a different room. The idea for the book was inspired by season 1 episode 4 of Seinfeld, entitled: “Male Unbonding,” when Jerry and Elaine invent excuses to avoid an unwanted lunch date: jury duty, choir practice, etc. Her work can also be found in The Women Who Made New York and has been featured in The New York Times, NY Mag, The Cut, The Voice, Elle, and Brain Pickings.