Review: Life Hacks

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This book contains over thirty solutions to everyday problems encountered in the home or out and about, with each life hack demonstrated in a full colour photograph for easy reference.

Life Hacks: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. – Oxford English Dictionary

Ever burned your fingers trying to light a hard to reach candle wick? Try spaghetti!

Just how do you separate the yolk from the white of an egg? Use a plastic bottle, of course.

When your ice-lolly starts melting, how do you stop your hands getting sticky? By using a cupcake wrapper, naturally.


Let’s get this straight. This is a great book. It’s incredibly useful and presented in a bright, simplistic and cute style. The only problem is that I’ve already seen half of these. Of the 30 presented, 14 or so I’ve seen floating around on the internet somewhere – because when you use the internet 10 hours a day, you’re bound to come across a life hack post here or there.

I will, however, give credit were credit is due, and it seems like Annabel’s recognised that, yes, life hacks are common around the internet (I’ve got about 50 Imgur posts favourited that all list about 15 life hacks each) and so has tried to go for the not-so-common hacks. For example, #5, a psychological trick: “RED PEN YELLOW PAPER. You will remember something better by writing it down with red ink on yellow paper”, or #26: “BUTTER. Heat a glass with hot water, empty and place over butter to soften quickly without melting”. If you haven’t seen these before, you’ll think of them as pure genius, and wonder how you lived without them. If you have, then the colourful accompanying image will clear up any confusions you may have had. Plus, they’re super cute. Which – call me superficial – means everything.

One of the major advantages this book has over internet posts featuring life hacks is just that – the fact that it’s a book. This means I can’t “favourite and forget” it, which is what I basically do all those Imgur posts: favourite them and then never go back to them again. Also, I’m glad there aren’t more than 30. If they were, say 50, it’s likely that I would read it once and only remember #1, #2, #49 and #50. As they say, less is more.

Oh, and the photography/styling/design is great too. Flat shadows + geometric patterns + popping colours = trending en fleek.

Psst! This is a great book to give as a gift, btw.

(Image credits: Urban Outfitters)


Thank you to Murdoch Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!


Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10


Life Hacks is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.


The Info:

  • Title: Life Hacks
  • Author: Annabel Staff
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (January 1st, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN10: 9780711237582
  • URL: Murdoch Books

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9 thoughts on “Review: Life Hacks

    1. Aha, I was the same way! Good thing I requested it and got it free XD But I would definitely recommend it as a gift idea. There are lifehacks for males, females, teens, kids, your neighbour, and his dog. EVERYONE.

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