How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life – Lilly Singh


On the Cover: From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

Published: March 2017



The Review:

I did not actually know who Lilly Singh was before picking up this book. I am not really into Youtube besides watching A Very Potter Musical for the tenth time. But the book caught my eye because it’s written by a Canadian Youtuber and I thought, how cool it that? I chose not to explore Singh’s Youtube channel before reading this book or writing a review, because I wanted to hear Singh’s written voice before I heard her real one.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Singh has a big personality, and her personality shines through every page. Her writing is funny and sarcastic and constantly made me smile. While it is entertaining, this book is not a home-run for me. At times, Singh’s tone borders on lecturing and becomes off-putting. She proclaims loudly and repeatedly that any moment not producing is a moment wasted. It all felt so exhausting to me. Not everyone can produce content or schedule work at every waking moment.




Certainly, this book has some great advice, and if you are looking to upgrade your productivity and master the skills of leading, there are some amazing pointers throughout the book. Singh connects smart how-tos to relatable and humorous life lessons, and this book will shine to those with similar personalities. Unfortunately, I did at times struggle with the content. No chapter is linked to the next, and at 50 chapters there is just SO MUCH in this book that I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Yet Singh herself advises you to re-read this book, write in the margins, rip out the pages and post them to your wall so you can follow them every day – and I think there’s gold in that advice.

This book is fun, complete with hilarious come-backs, witty references, and bold colours on every page. Singh’s pictures made me smile, as did her writing, and I enjoyed the experience of reading her book. While I’m not sure that I am meant to be a Bawse, it was a fun read and is sure to be a hit with Lilly’s fans new and old.

Rating: 4 / 5





“Videogames are a great analogy for life. You go through levels, get thrown off by obstacles, and face several enemies.” p 26

“Sometimes I’m midway through my day and I discover I have a stain on my shirt. And by ‘sometimes’ I mean daily, because I’m an animal. So what do I do? I cover it with a jacket or decorative pin. Problem solved. […] When I spill my drink on the carpet and the stain won’t go away, I buy a new plant and conveniently place it on top. It works out great until I spill my drink four more times and my living room looks like something out of Jumanji.” p 46

“Don’t just try to pass your classes; try to ace them. Don’t just aim to pay your bills; save enough to travel. I don’t want you to write a script just to see a movie get made; I want you to win an Oscar. That’s the different between settling like a survivor and conquering like a Bawse.” p 59


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Mid-Year Review: 2017

At the beginning of this year I decided to start a project for Canada’s 150 – read books written by a Canadian or relating to Canada. This has been a great year of reading so far and I wanted to share my favourite discoveries!

Best Historical Fiction

The WarsThe Wars – Timothy Findley

This look at a Canadian soldier in World War I is hard to forget. The war scenes are so vivid. Findley addresses all the senses, and I could hear and smell and feel everything in the moment. I was completely taken in by the writing of these scenes and the feelings they gave me.



Best Non-Fiction

The Day the World Came to TownThe Day The World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland – Jim DeFede

This is a heart-warming book about the 38 planes that landed in Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11. Not only did this book make me smile with its memorable stories, but I learned a lot about the events of the days following 9/11 and what it meant for those aboard and on the ground.


Favourite Book (So Far)

Station ElevenStation Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

I read this book back in February and it’s still my favourite book from this year. This book set the bar high and nothing has even come close to matching it. The writing in this novel is so beautiful and elegant, it swept me off my feet and will remain one of my favourite books for a long time.


The Book I’m Most Looking Forward To

eek! When I starting looking through my Canadian to-read books I just started laughing. There are SO MANY books that I am eager to read, I don’t even know what is at the top of my list. Just scrolling through my to-reads makes me excited for what is to come. I’ve somehow managed to narrowed them down to the three books I’m most looking forward to reading:

Letters from Labrador

Fiction: Letters from Labrador by Stacey D Atkinson

Working as a midwife treating Inuit, Innu, and white settler families, Patricia writes to her family about her life in northern Labrador.


ObasanHistorical Fiction: Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Based on the author’s own experience, Obasan tells the story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.


The Right to be ColdNon-Fiction: The Right To Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Plant by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

An exploration of the parallels between protecting the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture, written by one of Canada’s most prominent environmental and human rights activists.


So far this year I have absolutely enjoyed exploring authors and topics that are different from what I usually read. I was hoping to have read more by now, but that just means I’m going to have to read harder over the next few months! I’m excited to see what other amazing books I can discover this year. :)