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Join Naomi Davis, creator of Love Taza, on adventures of marriage, motherhood, friendship, and family. By sharing her relatable experiences--in the endearing, intimate style millions have come to appreciate--Naomi shows readers how to ignore the noise distracting you from living with purpose, to seek out the silver lining and focus on building a life you love. *** When Naomi Join Naomi Davis, creator of Love Taza, on adventures of marriage, motherhood, friendship, and family. By sharing her relatable experiences--in the endearing, intimate style millions have come to appreciate--Naomi shows readers how to ignore the noise distracting you from living with purpose, to seek out the silver lining and focus on building a life you love. *** When Naomi Davis launched Love Taza over a decade ago, the newlywed Juilliard dancer had no way of knowing where that first blog post would lead after she graduated. In A Coat of Yellow Paint, Naomi’s collection of all-new intimate and vulnerable essays, she explores being a wife, raising five children, and living an intentional life. Naomi shares life lessons she’s learned along the way, including how to communicate openly and honestly in your marriage and friendships be confident in the choices you make as a mother--and why you’re more than “just a mom” overcome criticism--including from yourself--on body image, infertility, and doing “enough” make childhood feel magical, and seek out adventures with your little ones navigate spiritual upheaval and reclaim your faith find more soulfulness in your social media and online experience If you dream of a life celebrating family, self, and work in a way that feels right for you, A Coat of Yellow Paint will inspire you to drown out the noise of others’ opinions and expectations--so you can be empowered to love your life.


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Join Naomi Davis, creator of Love Taza, on adventures of marriage, motherhood, friendship, and family. By sharing her relatable experiences--in the endearing, intimate style millions have come to appreciate--Naomi shows readers how to ignore the noise distracting you from living with purpose, to seek out the silver lining and focus on building a life you love. *** When Naomi Join Naomi Davis, creator of Love Taza, on adventures of marriage, motherhood, friendship, and family. By sharing her relatable experiences--in the endearing, intimate style millions have come to appreciate--Naomi shows readers how to ignore the noise distracting you from living with purpose, to seek out the silver lining and focus on building a life you love. *** When Naomi Davis launched Love Taza over a decade ago, the newlywed Juilliard dancer had no way of knowing where that first blog post would lead after she graduated. In A Coat of Yellow Paint, Naomi’s collection of all-new intimate and vulnerable essays, she explores being a wife, raising five children, and living an intentional life. Naomi shares life lessons she’s learned along the way, including how to communicate openly and honestly in your marriage and friendships be confident in the choices you make as a mother--and why you’re more than “just a mom” overcome criticism--including from yourself--on body image, infertility, and doing “enough” make childhood feel magical, and seek out adventures with your little ones navigate spiritual upheaval and reclaim your faith find more soulfulness in your social media and online experience If you dream of a life celebrating family, self, and work in a way that feels right for you, A Coat of Yellow Paint will inspire you to drown out the noise of others’ opinions and expectations--so you can be empowered to love your life.

30 review for A Coat of Yellow Paint: Moving Through the Noise to Love the Life You Live

  1. 5 out of 5

    Merricat

    Bloggers who treat a book deal as an extension of their blog wind up writing the same shallow and pointless things they would have written for their blog. Giving a blogger with a "large" following a book deal is intended to make money for the publisher rather than provide anything of substance for readers. Bloggers who treat a book deal as an extension of their blog wind up writing the same shallow and pointless things they would have written for their blog. Giving a blogger with a "large" following a book deal is intended to make money for the publisher rather than provide anything of substance for readers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Honestly a very poorly written book but the worst part is how insensitive it is to true fertility and weight struggles. The publisher should have never allowed this tone deaf content to be published. Could not get through it, very difficult to read as it is disorganized and like a very bad, boring, stream of words.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Stanucci

    Nothing new here folks. There are so many stories to tell and Naomi's story is not it. She barely touches the surface in any of her chapters and her book seems like she put zero effort into sharing herself. Disappointed in the end product and I feel like Naomi missed an opportunity here. So many authors are not granted the opportunity and Naomi has it and does nothing with it. Nothing new here folks. There are so many stories to tell and Naomi's story is not it. She barely touches the surface in any of her chapters and her book seems like she put zero effort into sharing herself. Disappointed in the end product and I feel like Naomi missed an opportunity here. So many authors are not granted the opportunity and Naomi has it and does nothing with it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I really wanted to like it. I really did. I’ve followed Naomi on her blog and on social media for many years. I was hoping for a feast to dive into but it fell flat. The stories had potential but it almost felt like she took opportunities to let “that one” family member know that *Naomi* knew what they said that one time at a hotel, or when she told the story of a friend that had drifted and Naomi decided it was time to pull the plug on that friendship, consciously. The digs were as rough as a 2 I really wanted to like it. I really did. I’ve followed Naomi on her blog and on social media for many years. I was hoping for a feast to dive into but it fell flat. The stories had potential but it almost felt like she took opportunities to let “that one” family member know that *Naomi* knew what they said that one time at a hotel, or when she told the story of a friend that had drifted and Naomi decided it was time to pull the plug on that friendship, consciously. The digs were as rough as a 2nd bowl of captain crunch, scraping against your gums. And to be honest- it left a bad taste in my mouth, much like the before mentioned bowls of captain crunch cereal are prone to do. The almost constant reminders of how privileged Naomi and her family are?? 😬😬 Yikes. It wasn’t relatable. Listen- I’m glad she’s had wonderful family memories made in Italy. I’m happy her husband was able to leave his big financial job and help her with the family blog. I want her and her kids to find the happiness in Arizona they had in New York. I’m hopeful she’s found the spiritual strength she needs for this life and the life to come. After a year of heartbreak around the world for so many- maybe the publishing of this book should’ve been held back until life felt a bit more stable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    L

    I’ve followed Naomi (and fam) for almost a decade and while I’ve enjoyed her travel adventures and quirky style when she was younger, I’ve always wished she would be a little more honest about real life struggles. So I was excited about this book! It felt like she finally had her big chance to peel back the curtain a bit and share some of her honest struggles and triumphs! But she doesn’t do any of that in this book. :( Which leads me to think maybe she just doesn’t know how? Or isn’t willing? A I’ve followed Naomi (and fam) for almost a decade and while I’ve enjoyed her travel adventures and quirky style when she was younger, I’ve always wished she would be a little more honest about real life struggles. So I was excited about this book! It felt like she finally had her big chance to peel back the curtain a bit and share some of her honest struggles and triumphs! But she doesn’t do any of that in this book. :( Which leads me to think maybe she just doesn’t know how? Or isn’t willing? And if that’s the case, why bother with a book at all? Incredibly disappointed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Daun

    I received a free arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been following Naomi’s blog for about eight years. This book felt like an extension of her blog before it became more of a photo book with captions. This isn’t a traditional memoir, but more a collection of essays centering on lessons Naomi has learned throughout her life. Each chapter starts with a short introduction on Naomi’s hair situation, number of children, and favorite food. I thought it was a clever way to give I received a free arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been following Naomi’s blog for about eight years. This book felt like an extension of her blog before it became more of a photo book with captions. This isn’t a traditional memoir, but more a collection of essays centering on lessons Naomi has learned throughout her life. Each chapter starts with a short introduction on Naomi’s hair situation, number of children, and favorite food. I thought it was a clever way to give us some insight into where she was in life at the beginning of each chapter. Even though this book attempted to go a little deeper than the blog, the attempts at depth were never fully realized. Every time Naomi would start to approach something profound, the chapter would end with an empty platitude about positivity. I enjoy Naomi’s blog and think she has fun stories to tell, but they just weren’t in this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    Like other people have commented, it seems like Naomi tries to go in depth about pretty heavy subjects but she never quite gets there. This book is just a rambling extension of her blog. She tries to come off relatable or for sympathy I dont know, but I just cannot take seriously someone who had 5 kids by the time she was in her early 30s complain about fertility issues in her early 20s, or an affluent thin white woman talk about body image. There is nothing relatable about that for women who se Like other people have commented, it seems like Naomi tries to go in depth about pretty heavy subjects but she never quite gets there. This book is just a rambling extension of her blog. She tries to come off relatable or for sympathy I dont know, but I just cannot take seriously someone who had 5 kids by the time she was in her early 30s complain about fertility issues in her early 20s, or an affluent thin white woman talk about body image. There is nothing relatable about that for women who seriously struggle with those issues. They're not topics to take lightly and it just comes across as so tone-deaf, and frankly, personally insulting. Its just another self-indulgent influencer book that lacks self-awareness. It sounds like the book that any privileged white lady could write – learning to love herself in spite of her body image issues and love the choices she made for herself in the face of all of the negativity. There is some degree of irony about an author saying to ignore the "noise" of others while simultaneously telling you to listen to her tell you how to live your life. Maybe I'm not the target audience but I don't see how this book can improve someone's life or how Naomi can be considered an expert to be giving such advice. To each their own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    While I think that this book has potential, it left 99% of that potential on the dirty dining room floor. I have read Naomi's blog on and off for several years. This book was basically her blog in a printed format. Cute stories about her family and marriage. Details about time, location, her hairstyle and food introduce each chapter - which, while cute, comes off rather self-indulgent. There is a severe lack of depth, with many chapters pushing towards a meaningful conversation but never really While I think that this book has potential, it left 99% of that potential on the dirty dining room floor. I have read Naomi's blog on and off for several years. This book was basically her blog in a printed format. Cute stories about her family and marriage. Details about time, location, her hairstyle and food introduce each chapter - which, while cute, comes off rather self-indulgent. There is a severe lack of depth, with many chapters pushing towards a meaningful conversation but never really getting into the details.The opportunities to explore deeper into marriage, motherhood, infertility, faith, and mental help were all there - but they were left blowing in the wind. I'm sure Naomi's many fan girls would love to read more about how to make a marriage work with five kids, but ..instead, a shiny veneer is painted on, much like that coat of yellow paint. Is this a collection of essays or is this a 'self-help' type book? There's no clear answer. I'm sure that Naomi has the best intentions with this book, but it's about as deep as the shallow end of a pool at the end of the summer. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is truly just an extension of Naomi’s blog, and so shallow. There is nothing new here and nothing that feels truly authentic. It’s like Naomi stole all the toxic positivity mantras from Rachel Hollis and tried to poorly repackage them. It’s 2021, leave toxic positivity and fake online “relatability” in the past. I’d like to read a book by Naomi that she put her heart into, but this definitely isn’t it. Save your time and just read a blog by any generic influencer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. I read Naomi’s blog for several years starting in 2007, and I fell off by the time she had her third child. I am not a parent and sometimes find it hard to relate to kid-related topics, so I probably shouldn’t have picked this one up. It was pretty well-written, but absolutely chock full of meaningless platitudes and reeking of white/thin privilege. It’s hard to read about body image from someone who most likely Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. I read Naomi’s blog for several years starting in 2007, and I fell off by the time she had her third child. I am not a parent and sometimes find it hard to relate to kid-related topics, so I probably shouldn’t have picked this one up. It was pretty well-written, but absolutely chock full of meaningless platitudes and reeking of white/thin privilege. It’s hard to read about body image from someone who most likely has never worn pants bigger than a size 6. It didn’t really delve deep into issues or anything of real meaning, just surface-level positivity and being grateful and loving God. Bleh. It wasn’t for me. She should have steered away from a book of essays and done maybe a photo book with cute captions or something. Her hardcore fans will love it, but not many others will.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna Whitmore

    After following her blog and Instagram for a few years, I enjoyed this book and hearing new stories from Naomi’s life. Each essay was based on a personal experience and what she learned from it. It helped to show a new side to someone who I feel like I have gotten to know through social media. However, some of the stories kind of fell flat and I felt like she never went into enough depth. Not necessarily more personal details but more self reflection. I do appreciate her positivity and always st After following her blog and Instagram for a few years, I enjoyed this book and hearing new stories from Naomi’s life. Each essay was based on a personal experience and what she learned from it. It helped to show a new side to someone who I feel like I have gotten to know through social media. However, some of the stories kind of fell flat and I felt like she never went into enough depth. Not necessarily more personal details but more self reflection. I do appreciate her positivity and always striving to end each essay with a lesson it could have just used a little more fleshing out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    H

    Such a great book. Thoughtful and inspiring. Even though all the topics didn’t apply in my life, I still found it engaging and important. I know Naomi Davis personally but want to make it clear that I still believe this book deserves 5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I have to start this with, I LOVE Naomi. I started following her blog in 2009 right after I got married and have loved everything she has done. She shares living in the city of New York and DC and provides the most enchanting experience. Watching her raise her littles in NYC made me want to try it too! Gave me this big huge desire to travel with kids, and live in a busy blustering space of excitement like the upper west side. Everything she has shared in her corner of the online world has always I have to start this with, I LOVE Naomi. I started following her blog in 2009 right after I got married and have loved everything she has done. She shares living in the city of New York and DC and provides the most enchanting experience. Watching her raise her littles in NYC made me want to try it too! Gave me this big huge desire to travel with kids, and live in a busy blustering space of excitement like the upper west side. Everything she has shared in her corner of the online world has always been good, kind, and uplifting. She has left the internet a better place. She is a good mom, she respects her kids boundaries of being on the internet, and she is always kind and decent here. She is a quality person to watch and follow. This book shared snippets further into her life that she had never opened up into before. It was exciting to learn more about this blogger whom I have loved for so long. She surprised us with little facts like the inspiration behind Taza and her experience with juliard. She shared trials of infertility that she never divulged online. She shared fun and scary and heart breaking moments and you can tell the author tried to put her heart out there. But like she mentions in her book, she has thin skin, and it is evident in the book. You can tell she still has walls up. The little insights into her life she shares are just that, LITTLE. There would be these profound pieces shared and an opportunity to truly connect with the reader, only to cut it off right when that line of connection was beginning to form. I believe this is how the author is naturally so I can only imagine the difficulty it would be to share openly with the world when you can see in certain areas of her life she has held up these walls with people she holds dear. But it felt like a forced disconnection and it limited my view and understanding of her stories. For lack of a better word, this book felt shallow. There was so much opportunity to dive in deeper, to share how she handled rude comments from family and colleagues, give more to how they handled ivf and the trials and feelings she went through to get to that point. Her trial with her faith was answered with Sunday school answers that don't dive deep enough to truly touch a heart or make a difference to a reader. I don't think Taza realizes the potential impact she has on the world, that there are women who adore her and have been through those trials and would love to connect on those spaces. It felt like the depth was lacking. This collection of stories is presented as a personal development book, with the caption showing that it teaches how to quiet the noise and love the life you live--I would beg to differ. It felt more like a memoir of sorts which is totally fine! But that is not how it is presented. I did not take away tips and tricks on how to move through the noise, I just got very simplistic explanations that Naomi *somehow* got over what people said to her and she moved on. There were no tools taught in these pages, there were no lessons to be shared unless the goal was to do it in parable form-but the memories were not deep enough to teach how. So titling this book as anything more than a memoir is a disservice to this book and its author. Overall I was excited to read this book! I have loved the author for a number of years and looked forward to learning more about her. I hope one day she can open more to her readers because she has a great story to tell, she just needs to break down the walls in order to do so. It's just not a story I would desire to read again. This is a book I would tell a follower of her blog about, but it wouldn't be something that someone outside of her inner circle would be interested in, it doesn't connect enough to pull others in. I hope to see more from Naomi in the future, just more open and willing to lay it out there because she truly is a wonderful person and the world deserves to know her, it just takes time to open up like that. But hopefully she can be willing to do that because she can make a difference here and leave a wonderful mark on this planet. I received an ARC copy of A Coat of Yellow Paint from NetGalley and Harper Horizon Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review of this book. No money was exchanged for this review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Hermansen

    Thank you to NetGalley, the Author and Publisher for an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I have followed Naomi and Josh’s journey for well over a decade, before they had children - back in red boot days - and I have always enjoyed Naomis writing style. The other reviews I have read stated that the chapters lacked depth, where as I found that every chapter went as deep as it needed to to get the moral across and always ended on a strong positive note. I have found that is ve Thank you to NetGalley, the Author and Publisher for an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I have followed Naomi and Josh’s journey for well over a decade, before they had children - back in red boot days - and I have always enjoyed Naomis writing style. The other reviews I have read stated that the chapters lacked depth, where as I found that every chapter went as deep as it needed to to get the moral across and always ended on a strong positive note. I have found that is very much how Naomi writes. She has a very positive persona in the online world - ‘A Coat of Yellow Paint’ if you will - in spite of challenges that she faces. This book is very much for her readers as she says in her dedication and acknowledgments; but I believe anyone, especially mums who need a bit of positivity and ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ will definitely benefit from this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Everyone has their own parenting journey. My rating is not for her experience, but the book itself. I feel like this was a missed opportunity to show more depth than an Instagram post. Every experience was tied with a red ribbon. To sugary sweet.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sofinka Kalinka

    2,5* Well, it's fun but quite repetitive. I guess I expected it to be more "deep" than a blog post. 2,5* Well, it's fun but quite repetitive. I guess I expected it to be more "deep" than a blog post.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A Coat of Yellow Paint is definitely geared toward Taza fans who want to reminisce about her hairstyles and favorite cupcakes. Other than that, I really don't understand what the purpose of this book is or who it's geared towards. Lots of surface-level platitudes about happiness and looking on the bright side. No depth whatsoever. I didn't like how she totally skimmed over her Covid debacle, and instead talked about how spring of 2020 ruined her plans. Naomi is continuously tone deaf in her under A Coat of Yellow Paint is definitely geared toward Taza fans who want to reminisce about her hairstyles and favorite cupcakes. Other than that, I really don't understand what the purpose of this book is or who it's geared towards. Lots of surface-level platitudes about happiness and looking on the bright side. No depth whatsoever. I didn't like how she totally skimmed over her Covid debacle, and instead talked about how spring of 2020 ruined her plans. Naomi is continuously tone deaf in her understanding of the world and people who aren't wealthy white women. Meh.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I was able to snag this audio on Scribd on pub day, and listened to it this morning. It was so sweet. I'm pretty sure Naomi's blog was the first one I ever followed, back in 2009 when I was a college freshman. It's been so fun to watch her family grow over the years! This book is very much written for her blog readers - people who have been with her for a while, like me. It wasn't earthshattering or groundbreaking, but I do feel it's authentic and true to Naomi's style. The book has a lot of heart I was able to snag this audio on Scribd on pub day, and listened to it this morning. It was so sweet. I'm pretty sure Naomi's blog was the first one I ever followed, back in 2009 when I was a college freshman. It's been so fun to watch her family grow over the years! This book is very much written for her blog readers - people who have been with her for a while, like me. It wasn't earthshattering or groundbreaking, but I do feel it's authentic and true to Naomi's style. The book has a lot of heart, and contrary to a lot of reviews I've read, I think she gets pretty vulnerable and shares beautiful things, and hard things, that touched my heart. Some of the things she shared I was actually pretty surprised by, and I appreciated her vulnerability. She even discusses her boundaries of "public sharing" in the book, and that what she shared was as far as she wanted to go. I respect that, and I also learned a lot about her that I'd never known even from all the years of following her blog. Social media absolutely creates the sense that we know everything about a person. It also creates this sense that because someone chooses to share some of their life publicly, that we are entitled as the consumers or followers to know every detail about everything. This book was a good and healthy reminder that we never know what someone is going through. We only see a small piece. And we aren't entitled to all of it. So I really respect and appreciate her boundary, as well as her willingness to share a bit more behind the curtain. It was a nice balance, I think. It was also so fun to listen to the audio - she did a great job reading it, and the interviews at the end with Eleanor and Josh were darling. Her kiddos are the cutest on the internet (besides my own, of course ;)), and I thought this book was overall fun, mostly light, and sweet, with lovely messages and encouragement for mamas. I think it was trying to be self-help, maybe a little? It didn't quite reach that for me but she still shared a lot of beautiful lessons she has learned through her life and that is powerful in and of itself. But for the most part it was just a nicely reflective memoir, with little glimpses into her life, pulling back the curtain just enough to remind us that any sort of "very minor public figure", as she calls herself, is human, too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I started reading Naomi's blog when it was called The Rockstar Diaries and she lived in DC with her husband and baby girl. I remember when she rebranded to Love Taza, and then I kind of stopped reading after she had her third child... until I found her on Instagram and she was about to have twins (!!!) I think this book is very HER. She obviously put a lot of heart and thought into it, and it's written in her typical, overly optimistic (naively optimistic at times?) style, just like her blog. It I started reading Naomi's blog when it was called The Rockstar Diaries and she lived in DC with her husband and baby girl. I remember when she rebranded to Love Taza, and then I kind of stopped reading after she had her third child... until I found her on Instagram and she was about to have twins (!!!) I think this book is very HER. She obviously put a lot of heart and thought into it, and it's written in her typical, overly optimistic (naively optimistic at times?) style, just like her blog. It was unsurprising yet interesting to find out she's a self-professed "people pleaser" with "thin skin," which clicked a lot of things into place for me. At times when I was reading her book, I wanted to shake her and say "Naomi, choose your choice!" – like when she waxed eloquently about loving the many colors of her tiny apartment, then said she would be the first to express her admiration for white walls and minimalism. Huh? You don't have to please the minimalists. They don't care. I thought it was brave for her to talk about her infertility, since so many people questioned her experience with it (since it happened when she was 21... ). I wish she had talked more about why they decided to move to Arizona, since it was a controversial move according to her followers. This could have been a chance to show people they did the right thing for their family, no listening to the noise, end of discussion. (Because I cannot imagine 7 people living in a 2-bedroom NYC apartment during a pandemic...) Like many other reviews have said, I wish it was deeper; I wish she expressed herself fully without reserves and asides. But I also think the book accomplishes what she set out to do. So congrats, Naomi!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I wouldn't usually write a review but feel the need to balance out the torrent of fake family reviews here. Like many, I vaguely knew Davis as a blogger and was mildly fascinated by how different her NYC life was to my own - how she felt comfortable holding up hundreds of people's journeys to twirl on busy crossroads, how she didn't see the rats while encouraging her family to eat on the floor. What really got me interested was the midnight flit 11th-hour escape after lockdown orders were announc I wouldn't usually write a review but feel the need to balance out the torrent of fake family reviews here. Like many, I vaguely knew Davis as a blogger and was mildly fascinated by how different her NYC life was to my own - how she felt comfortable holding up hundreds of people's journeys to twirl on busy crossroads, how she didn't see the rats while encouraging her family to eat on the floor. What really got me interested was the midnight flit 11th-hour escape after lockdown orders were announced. I read this book because it promised honesty, and I assumed that details on that would be included. Sadly not though. Not even any reflection on the huge changes it brought for her, what's good and what's bad. It's just endless platitudes and twee details about haircuts. Even among influencers, Davis has always been known for poor writing so it's fascinating that this wasn't ghostwritten. It's as many run on sentences and regurgitated thesaurus sections as you'd imagine. Happily she has been encourage to use capital letters and full stops, which is an improvement of sorts. I imagine most non-family members will be interested in this book because of the COVID fleeing, so take this as a warning that it's not there. There is no honesty, no coming clean. Just that shiny coat of yellow paint.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jill Wagner

    I had to organize some documents today and saw that someone had uploaded this audio book on Scribd, so I gave it a try. This book was like witnessing someone finding strategies to solve problems of a life set on easy mode. For example, the very first chapter was about walking up stairs. This topic is especially interesting to me because I have Muscular Dystrophy and can barely make it up one step. I've legit crawled up stairs before because it was the only option. In fact, I even crawled up the I had to organize some documents today and saw that someone had uploaded this audio book on Scribd, so I gave it a try. This book was like witnessing someone finding strategies to solve problems of a life set on easy mode. For example, the very first chapter was about walking up stairs. This topic is especially interesting to me because I have Muscular Dystrophy and can barely make it up one step. I've legit crawled up stairs before because it was the only option. In fact, I even crawled up the stairs of the wall surrounding Dubrovnik, Croatia because I didn't want to miss it. Some guy laughed at me, but I imitated his cackle and he stopped. Somehow, it never occurred to me that it was a life challenge worthy of book chapter. I'm so sorry this was so difficult for a perfectly healthy person in the prime of life. Even though I try not to be a one-upper in real life and no one requested my biography, I truly enjoyed writing this paragraph. In conclusion, if you are just interested in knowing about someone's life, I think this book would be ok. I think she put a lot of effort into it. If you are looking for life advice, you best be an upper-middle class, White, adolescent.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna Boyd

    Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book prior to publication in exchange for my review. A Coat of Yellow Paint by Naomi Davis is a very entertaining collection of essays about what it means to be a wife and mother of five. If you are not familiar with Davis, she has a blog, Love Taza, that talks about her family and their life on the Upper West Side of New York. These stories delve deeper into her life and her efforts to lead an int Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book prior to publication in exchange for my review. A Coat of Yellow Paint by Naomi Davis is a very entertaining collection of essays about what it means to be a wife and mother of five. If you are not familiar with Davis, she has a blog, Love Taza, that talks about her family and their life on the Upper West Side of New York. These stories delve deeper into her life and her efforts to lead an intentional life. I especially loved the section entitled New York City, Our Backyard. It talks about the fact that it really does not matter what space you live in, it is about the life that takes place in that space. I also liked the section "We're Going on an Adventure!". She talks about the merits of traveling anywhere in the world with young children and exposing them at an early age to different people and cultures. Both of these sections have universal appeal, not just for those who have young children. This is an inspirational book that will encourage you to live your own life in your own way.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tania Shevchenko

    I've been following Naomi since the times she lived in Washington and had a dog. I was always amazed by Naomi's looks. I even got a set of rings similar to those she has. However, her positive attitude to life meant more for me than just cute bangs and bright lipsticks. I was often inspired by her posts. I give 4 stars to this book as I believe that the author has achieved the main goal: to make these stories interesting and meaningful. As a set of essays, it covers many years of Naomi's life, s I've been following Naomi since the times she lived in Washington and had a dog. I was always amazed by Naomi's looks. I even got a set of rings similar to those she has. However, her positive attitude to life meant more for me than just cute bangs and bright lipsticks. I was often inspired by her posts. I give 4 stars to this book as I believe that the author has achieved the main goal: to make these stories interesting and meaningful. As a set of essays, it covers many years of Naomi's life, showing her struggles and blessings, good and bad days. Most of all, I found useful the essay about haters. And of course the one about twins. I also want to learn how to trust God and hear the answers when I seek them. As for some drawbacks, I don't like the mood of some chapters - a bit educative, instructional (do this, don't do that, be positive, etc.) I just think that readers are clever enough to understand the idea without this idea being given to them as an instruction. However, I like this book a lot. I didn't want it to end so I even read the Acknowledgements. :) Naomi, thanks for writing this book in such a sincere way. Your reader from Ukraine

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was surprised by how much I loved this book! I have followed Naomi’s blog/Instagram on and off since I was in high school. Over the past few years I have become somewhat disillusioned with social media and influencers and I was worried this book might leave me feeling like I just scrolled through an influencer’s Instagram, but it didn’t. This book showed me more of who Naomi is, what she has been through, and how she approaches life. Although the entire book was enjoyable, I especially loved t I was surprised by how much I loved this book! I have followed Naomi’s blog/Instagram on and off since I was in high school. Over the past few years I have become somewhat disillusioned with social media and influencers and I was worried this book might leave me feeling like I just scrolled through an influencer’s Instagram, but it didn’t. This book showed me more of who Naomi is, what she has been through, and how she approaches life. Although the entire book was enjoyable, I especially loved the chapters about motherhood. Similar to Naomi (and probably most mothers), I have felt overwhelmed by opinions and scared of judgment in my new role as a mother. Her message that “it’s okay to do this my way” really resonated with me. The chapters were incredibly easy to read and I loved how each ended in a positive takeaway. Upon finishing the book I felt uplifted and inspired to live with more authenticity, which is why I give it 4 stars. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    We get it, you're a mother. I had gotten an advance copy but wanted to wait until the actual release to say my thoughts. It was a struggle to get through this. I know very little of Naomi Davis and have never read her blog before this. Like everyone else is saying, this just feels like an extension of her blog that falls flat. I'm sure Naomi was passionate about this project but it contributes nothing of value unless you can relate to the "struggles" of a thin, white, affluent woman who doesn't n We get it, you're a mother. I had gotten an advance copy but wanted to wait until the actual release to say my thoughts. It was a struggle to get through this. I know very little of Naomi Davis and have never read her blog before this. Like everyone else is saying, this just feels like an extension of her blog that falls flat. I'm sure Naomi was passionate about this project but it contributes nothing of value unless you can relate to the "struggles" of a thin, white, affluent woman who doesn't need to work to live. Learning about the controversy surrounding her fleeing NYC during the height of the pandemic, and seeing how she minimized it by making it seem like her weekend plans were cancelled because of rain or something just emphasizes how tone-deaf privileged white women are sometimes. Amazon calling this a "dancer biography" and "NYC travel guide" is a reach. TL;DR don't waste your time. If you did read it feel free to leave a review to counteract the fake ones her family members are leaving.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    The book "Coat of Yellow Paint" was named after a beloved piano the author painted in the middle of the night. This is a collection of stories and essays that talk about faith, heartaches, work/life balance, motherhood, and infertility. But it's also about focusing on the things that matter and ignoring all the critics and peanut gallery comments. One of the big themes in this book is about how we take in a lot of critical input from other people. It teaches us to put it all aside instead of keep The book "Coat of Yellow Paint" was named after a beloved piano the author painted in the middle of the night. This is a collection of stories and essays that talk about faith, heartaches, work/life balance, motherhood, and infertility. But it's also about focusing on the things that matter and ignoring all the critics and peanut gallery comments. One of the big themes in this book is about how we take in a lot of critical input from other people. It teaches us to put it all aside instead of keeping it at the forefront of our minds. The book touches on how toxic the "outside noise" can be and how we can make sure it doesn't permeate into our life. The other theme is about motherhood and how to balance a family with a career. The author also gives tons of life lessons about communicating, ignoring criticism, loving yourself, being a good mother, and how to balance a life on social media or that is in the public spotlight. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/nao...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    A delightful read about Naomi, her life and her family. I listened to this on audio and loved hearing her emotions when talking through her different stages of life. If you don’t like memoirs maybe this book isn’t for you. If you know going into it that you don’t love memoirs about people whose vocation is “blogger” then maybe this isn’t for you. But she’s so much more than a blogger and I enjoyed getting to know her more through her words and imagery and essays. If you read the book, you would A delightful read about Naomi, her life and her family. I listened to this on audio and loved hearing her emotions when talking through her different stages of life. If you don’t like memoirs maybe this book isn’t for you. If you know going into it that you don’t love memoirs about people whose vocation is “blogger” then maybe this isn’t for you. But she’s so much more than a blogger and I enjoyed getting to know her more through her words and imagery and essays. If you read the book, you would know that she wrote a book proposal and narrowed down her ideas and pitched to different publishing houses. If you read the book, you would know she writes fictional stories with her children and has written about her life for 13+ years on her blog. She had a story to tell and I’m glad she shared with her audience in book form this time. You, as a reader do not get to discount her as a writer because she is just that, a writer and a human.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    I have followed Naomi on Instagram for a couple of years now, so I was excited to receive an advanced copy of her upcoming book. While I was not the target audience for a lot of the stories and lessons shared (I am not a mother nor am I a blogger), there were a lot of cute takeaways and sweet memories shared. Naomi opens up and is quite vulnerable with this book. While I found the chapters on religion a little discomforting for personal reasons, I found A COAT OF YELLOW PAINT to be mainly a nice I have followed Naomi on Instagram for a couple of years now, so I was excited to receive an advanced copy of her upcoming book. While I was not the target audience for a lot of the stories and lessons shared (I am not a mother nor am I a blogger), there were a lot of cute takeaways and sweet memories shared. Naomi opens up and is quite vulnerable with this book. While I found the chapters on religion a little discomforting for personal reasons, I found A COAT OF YELLOW PAINT to be mainly a nice look into how life on Instagram isn't always "life." It is a good reminder of the benefits of social media and the pitfalls. Naomi is a very intelligent woman with a lovely voice and I really did enjoy learning more about her and her sweet family. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Horizon for this advanced copy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    My thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I've been following Naomi on her blog for the past 5-6 years or so. I absolutely love her writing style, and often want more after finishing one of her posts. Having a book of so many well-written essays to read makes me so happy. While I cannot relate to many of her stories, I know that this is a text that I can revisit in the future and probably be able to relate it even more. I will agr My thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I've been following Naomi on her blog for the past 5-6 years or so. I absolutely love her writing style, and often want more after finishing one of her posts. Having a book of so many well-written essays to read makes me so happy. While I cannot relate to many of her stories, I know that this is a text that I can revisit in the future and probably be able to relate it even more. I will agree with some of the other reviews about depth of the essay. There were so many opportunities to go further and deeper with the essays. Every time we got to the emotional pinnacle, I knew that the end of the essay would come within the next few paragraphs. Overall, I think it was a good debut, and I hope she writes more!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Sigworth

    I loved this book, written in a conversational way that makes you feel like you’re having coffee with Naomi. Naomi has really lived an interesting life, from her experiences attending Juilliard to raising 5 children in NYC and sharing publicly on her blog about her life. These experiences have given her unique perspectives and I felt I had much to gain from hearing about them. As a mom of two kids under 5 I was particularly engaged with the sections about adventures and family life, but I took s I loved this book, written in a conversational way that makes you feel like you’re having coffee with Naomi. Naomi has really lived an interesting life, from her experiences attending Juilliard to raising 5 children in NYC and sharing publicly on her blog about her life. These experiences have given her unique perspectives and I felt I had much to gain from hearing about them. As a mom of two kids under 5 I was particularly engaged with the sections about adventures and family life, but I took something from each essay and I will be thinking about this book for a long time. Naomi really makes a case for examining our mindset and pushing through difficulties with a positive perspective. I really appreciate her point of view and her approach. I hope she will write another book because I think she has a lot of wisdom to share!

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