I have been obsessed with Emma Gannon for a few months now. I featured her podcast with the same name as her book in my April Favorites video. I’m not sure if she started her podcast to help promote her book, but it has become incredibly successful on it’s own. In her podcast, she interviews individuals that have utilized social media in their work. Emma and her guests use social media as a jumping off point, but also talk about many other important issues. But I’m not here to talk to you about her podcast (although you should check it out on iTunes). Her book was finally released at the beginning of this month, and it is no surprise that it was my favorite read of July.
I had preordered this book back in June and was so excited to read it, I made sure I was in between books when it arrived in the mail. I dove right in after ripping open the package. Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online is considered a memoir (at least that what is says on the back of the book), but it is so much more.
Emma uses personal anecdotes to bring up issues and commentary on social media. The chapters follow her life from when she was first introduced to the internet all the way up to present day. It’s fascinating to see how we’ve changed as the internet and technology have advanced.
What I truly loved about this book was how relatable each chapter was. I am almost exactly a year older than Emma, but we discovered the powers of the internet at the same time. There are a few differences, but her experiences are still very reflective of my own. Whether she was talking about how her body image was affected, chatting to boys online in pre-teen years, or starting a blog, I found myself saying to myself, “Yes! Exactly!”
Even if you didn’t have the same experiences, the concepts are still universal. We’ve all had a bad experience chatting to someone we met online. We’ve all doubted how we look at some point. We’ve all discovered someone’s Facebook profile, Twitter page, Instagram feed, etc that we think is so awesome we wish we could be their friend. I have felt this way about many people I’ve discovered this year (Emma being one).
If you grew up along with the internet, I think you will love this book as much as I did. This was one of those books that I enjoyed reading so much, I had to pace myself so I didn’t rush through it. Because it is a UK book, it can be hard to find, so I ordered it through Book Depository. This book will also be featured in my July Favorites video, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more information. You can also learn more about Emma over on her blog: girllostinthecity.com
What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!