'147 Things' by Jim Chapman | Is It Worth Ordering A Copy?*

by - Monday, October 09, 2017

Not any ol' Jim Chapman, THE JIM CHAPMAN!!! 

Something you may not know about me is, I spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos. And when I say a lot, I mean, a lot. Just as much as you might watch TV or read a book. It's just so accessible. Whether it's watching videos on my laptop or on my Xbox console, or lying in bed watching videos on my phone. Whether we like it or not, YouTube is everywhere.

It's hard to believe that I've been watching some of these guys for over 10 years, way before the madness of YouTube, fame and fortune took over, and when you watch someone so regularly for so long it's hard not to build a connection with them. Even if that is a one-sided connection because let's face it, even though I know a lot about them. Chances are, they haven't got a clue who I am or that I even exist.

Baring that in mind, when I received the email from the lovely Casey from The Big Shot who asked if she could send me a copy of Jim's book. I let out a tiny scream. Okay, a big scream! Genuinely, I have never been so excited for my postie to shove a parcel through our letterbox and so disappointed when it hadn't arrived yet. 

With over 2.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel I'm going to hazard a guess that you, yes you, reading this blog post know exactly who Jim Chapman is. If not, where have you been for the past 8 years? and, why exactly are you reading this blog post if you have absolutely no idea who I'm talking about?! Still, if you're not, for some bizarre reason, already subscribed to Jim then please go ahead and click that subscribe button. All links to Jim's YouTube channel and social media can be found at the end of this blog post!

As I've already briefly mentioned I've been subscribed to Jim for many years. Actually, I wish there was a way to find out just how long you've been subscribed to a YouTube channel alas as far as I know, there isn't but taking a few days to think about it I realised that I must've discovered Jim late into 2009 along with many of his friends, which I'm going to be honest, I have moments of feeling a little "too old" to be watching but with Jim, and others I won't mention, I don't. I think it's because he is a few years older than me, his content is very fun, witty and there's no focus on beauty products which let's be honest, we all know I'm a rubbish excuse for a girl. I don't need reminding daily!

I've never met Jim but I like how down to earth he comes across in his videos. Even in his tweets and Instagrams his personality just pours out. He seems very genuine and having very briefly, I say very because it's literally been 1 tweet, spoken to him on Twitter he seems so friendly.

Front cover of 147 Things by Jim Chapman (YouTuber)

Inside cover of 147 Things, showing autograph of Jim Chapman (YouTuber)

So why should you go out and buy his book? 

It's just another YouTuber book, why should I be interested? What is it exactly about? Is it worth buying?

Yes, it is another YouTuber book but it's a book with a difference. If like me, you've followed Jim for many years you'll have gotten to know his witty personality. His love for oversharing, his obsession with facts, science, dinosaurs and his slightly odd phobia of belly buttons. Sorry Jim!
147 Things* is Jim's user's guide to the universe, from black holes to belly buttons and it's a book you're sure to struggle to put down. 

"Ever wondered if first times are over-rated (hint: they are), whether you’ll ever find the one (hint: there are 7 billion of us) or pondered the sheer unlikelihood of the you who is you being in the world right now? If so, then YouTube superstar and fact-obsessed, over-sharer Jim Chapman is here to explain it all – whether it’s why your heart actually aches after a break-up, what’s happening when you get hangry, or why people are just so plain RUDE online.
Along the way, we’ll find out how much fun he has when Tanya’s sleep-talking and why he looked like a gangly T-rex with wonky teeth when he was a teenager. As with his videos, no subject is off-limits, as Jim lifts the lid on his life and his relationships, sharing embarrassing stories and things he’s learnt along the way (trust us, the thing about kangaroos will really freak you out)."
*book synopsis taken from Amazon.co.uk

In the book Jim covers a wide range of subjects from how it took 50 years to invent the can opener, how planet earth couldn't exist without the moon, how weird is it for humans to have pets and how it's possible that lobsters could live forever. Not to mention some hilarious life experiences Jim has had to face including attempting to wax his testicles and the very squeamish procedure that is laser eye surgery!

Having received the book on Wednesday morning I found myself glued, not literally, instantly from the second I read the introduction. It's genuinely not like anything I have ever read before. Stuff like this amazes me, I have always loved history and back at school I really did enjoy science but having said that, there is a lot in 147 Things* that I didn't already know and if Jim was my teacher at school, I know I would've taken a hell of a lot more notice because he's written this book, in such a way which portrays his personality perfectly. He comes across in this book exactly as he does in his videos. Is it odd that I could even hear Jim's voice as I read each part? 

I'm the type of reader that hates leaving a chapter unread. I have to finish it before I can put the book down. Baring that in mind I absolutely love how 147 Things* is laid out. There's no chapters as such, but each thing is quite short and each header is larger and bolder so you know exactly where you left it... If you can ever put the book down that is.

On two separate occasions, I found myself still reading 147 Things* until the early hours of the morning. There's only ever been one other book that I've found that's kept me up all night and that is Gok Wan's autobiography: Through Thick and Thin.

Inside 147 Things, taking a look at Thing 41

Jim Chapman doodles in 147 Things

I love how each "thing" flows perfectly into the next and although it's a book filled with some incredible facts, history and science, I've found it a great way to get to know Jim a little bit more. In a none creepy way, of course!

It also includes some hilarious doodles drawn by Jim himself.

So in answer to your question: Is it worth picking up a copy? YES!

No, but seriously. It really is a fantastic book. It's so well written, it not only includes true and interesting facts it gives a great insight into Jim's life and personality. For someone that has followed Jim for years, I can genuinely say, without knowing Jim on a personal level of course, I couldn't possibly imagine this book being written by anyone else other than Jim Chapman. There is that much of his personality that just pours from each page.
Inside 147 Things by Jim Chapman

I found myself writing little notes throughout reading this book and one thing I've noticed is my "favourite thing" changed almost every time I read a new "thing". 

It was such a hard decision but I think, out of all 147 Things* my favourite has to be Thing 22: Tempus Fugit. Tempus Fugit is Latin for time flies. In this "thing" Jim explains how from the time you were born to your first birthday accounts for up to 100% of your life, however, when you reach 2 years old each birthday afterwards is the equivalent of 50% of your life. Which means, by the time you're 50 years old it equals the equivalent of 2% which is pretty shocking when you think about it. 
So it's true what they say, time really does fly by as you get older which makes me think that during 2018 I'm going to make every day count. I've got a list of places I want to visit, a list of things I want to do and achieve and I am so excited to experience and hopefully share them with you here on the blog.
147 Things by Jim Chapman (youtuber), front cover

Now for the all-important part. Ordering yourself a copy of 147 Things* by Jim Chapman.
The book was launched here in the UK on October 5th 2017 and is available for order now over on Amazon <<-- click there to order your copy now!! for just £10.99 (at time of this blog post being published). If audio books are more your thing you can head on over to SoundCloud and listen to an extract from the book read by Jim himself <<-- click there to head over to SoundCloud, plus the audiobook includes an exclusive Q&A with the man himself.

If you're not already, please make sure you go and subscribe to Jim's YouTube channel where he uploads regularly or give him a follow on Twitter and Instagram.
I hope you guys have enjoyed reading my thoughts on 147 Things* by Jim Chapman. It's been awhile since I featured a book review on the blog, but I've loved every minute of it.
A massive thank you goes out to Casey for getting in touch and sending me a copy of Jim's book. And Jim, if for some miracle you stumble across this blog post, thank you for writing this book and thank you for being you!
- This blog post includes items I was gifted for review. -
- However, all thoughts are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way -

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  1. okay so i started this blog post with 0 interest in reading jim's book whatsoever, having not really ever watched him on youtube. but finishing this post...i'm kinda interested to read his book now! it looks like it's got some really interesting facts in it - and i bloody love a good pointless fact!

    haha this doesn't usually happen...but i might just give his book a whirl! thanks lovely.

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    1. Oh Katie, I'm so glad by reading my blog post I managed to change your mind. It honestly, is such a good book and perfect if you love a good fact. I didn't realise I did so there's another thing I learnt haha. Please let me know your thoughts if and when you get chance to read it :) x


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