Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Published by Random House on October 16th, 2018
Genres: Non-Fiction, Poetry
Allow for the possibility that the best of you is still inside you, waiting to emerge.
Prepare the way, bit by bit.”
Last year, I went to an event where Jonny Sun interviewed Mary H.K. Choi about her new book, Permanent Record. After the event, I got my books signed by both of them!
Jonny was incredibly kind and spent so much time chatting with me about our love for Broadway musicals and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
In this collaboration with Miranda, Gmorning, Gnight! is a collection of Miranda’s words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day that he shared on Twitter. Full of comfort and motivation, it’s a touchstone for anyone looking for a little lift in their day.
I’ve followed Miranda on Twitter for awhile now so I’ve seen of what’s in the book, but it’s nice to have the “best of the best” all in one place.
You shouldn’t go into this expecting a normal read. It’s very much a book without a plot.
It’s not like a poetry collection with a common thread or theme that weaves them all together.
You can 100 percent pick this book up at a random page and skip around.
You can even leave this book on your nightstand a read a couple pages before you sleep. It’s what I did! And even after I’ve finished reading it, I’ll keep it on my nightstand and read my favourite passages.
This little book is very cute by design. On each page, you get a pep talk in the morning to get you ready for the day and a pep talk in the evening to help you wind down.
Through these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry, Miranda tells you to be gentle with yourself. Give yourself the space you need to achieve what you want in life — your own dreams at your own pace.
Miranda’s words about life are encouraging and delightful, but I also loved the book because of Sun’s illustrations.
The beautiful pen and ink illustrations add such life to the poems. Since Miranda’s poems are often very metaphorical, the illustrations add another dream-life and surreal dimension to them.
I think this was exactly what I needed to read as my first book of 2020.
It’s short and sweet, and even gave me some much-needed encouragement before I head back to work. As someone who lives in a very cold and snowy city, this book will bring some light to my dark days. I’m not kidding about dark. It gets dark by 5 PM and it’s really affected my mood!
Believe the hype about this book. It’s kind of nice knowing that these two people came together to actively make the world and the internet a better place. It’s easy to get caught up on the internet in comment sections and threads filled with negativity.
No plot, no crazy twist, no intense conflict. Just you, Miranda, and Sun. Sharing together in this moment about what it’s like to be human.