“I’ve Lost My Lithium” (GIVEAWAY!)

“I made one reckless purchase by way of American Express and then resigned myself to the fact that I’m going to die penniless and alone – my crumpled corpse found in a pile of soft cashmere and fierce heels.”

About a month ago I received a message from an Aubrey Beck asking me if I would do a review for her book “I’ve Lost My Lithium” and I happily obliged! I’m not sure how clear I’ve made this but if there’s anything I love like I love fashion and photography – it’s A GOOD BOOK! I’m a total bookworm. It was also exciting that someone had enough faith in me and my blog, to send me a SIGNED copy of a book.

From the author, Aubrey Nicole:

“I was 25 when I started writing my stories, thoughts, and poems down. I started blogging and had a lot of people who seemed into my writing. My brother suggested taking down the blog and saving the writings to put together in a book – he thought it would make a good story. I wrote for 4 years. At age 28 I really decided to make the book a reality and so I started editing and formatting on (what seemed like) a full-time basis. I spoke with a small publishing company in San Francisco but in the end I just decided to go it alone. I started Avant Books in early 2009. I did a lot of research regarding laws and taxes and forming a business and just took the time and filled out the forms and got the ball rolling. All of my expenses were (and still are) out-of-pocket. It was a big expense but totally worth every penny because at the end of the day the book is totally me – down to every last comma. It feels good to pick up the book and see “Avant Books” because I didn’t rely on anyone but myself to get it done. My family, especially my brother, mom and stepdad, really supported me the whole time and took a lot of their time and effort and money to make sure I reached my goal of having the book published before the end of the summer (2009) – it was something I really wanted to do and they were there for me to make sure it happened.


My inspiration to write comes from two things really – first and foremost: I LOVE to make people laugh. It’s addicting really. I’ve always loved good storytelling and the reaction you can get when you do it right. Watching and hearing the people I care about have a good laugh is amazing for me. The second thing that drives me is the high I feel from putting together the perfect sentence. When my words seem to just click I get little flutters in my chest. This is, I’m aware, a complete admission of dorkdom, but it’s true. I’m hooked. My earliest memories are of my mom reading me stories and she’s really the one who got me hooked on reading and instilled a love for books in me that has just never subsided.


Lithium is definitely inspired by my experiences but it’s my hope that a lot of people can relate to the things I talk about and get a kick out of some of the situations the character Olivia gets herself into.”

Coming in at just over 150 pages, “I’ve Lost My Lithium” is easily readable in one sitting. Perfect for a day at the beach, pool, or a cozy night in. Almost immediately I found myself laughing out loud when the narrator, Olivia, finds herself in an uncomfortable position with a guy who has  “a baby penis”. Need I say more?! Hilarity ensues when Olivia is stuck trying to find a way to get out of this sticky situation and for some reason decides the best way is to climb out of the second story bathroom window. This was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a very long time and I found myself laughing out loud more times than I can count.

“I’ve Lost My Lithium” is based around Olivia’s struggle with finding the perfect job to get her through college. In her search, she manages to quit/get fired from an innumerable amount of jobs, find “love” one too many times, and pass out in the island of a cul de sac where she is saved by a random old woman.

“I’ve Lost My Lithium” is a hilariously (embarrassingly) honest look inside the mind and shenanigans of a 20 something who is trying to get through college while making just enough cash for rent, booze, and fabulous clothing. From random hookups, to falling in and out of love – not a detail is spared for the sake of the reader’s entertainment.

Olivia manages to travel quite a bit before she finally graduates college. Originating in the midwest, she has a job in Florida, Texas, and eventually moves to Los Angeles for a while before heading to San Diego.

In my opinion this book is something any 20 something college student can totally relate to. Working at a dead-end job and hating life, just wanting money to party and buy clothes (to party in). Amidst all the partying and jobs, Olivia goes through many life changes and some unfortunate realizations. You are able to see her grow throughout the book from her first job when she was 14, through her graduating college. If anything, though, Olivia is persistent and always seems to come out on top, while keeping a pretty positive attitude. It’s actually quite inspiring.

I’m going to end this with a passage in the book that I totally can relate to:

“If you’ve ever been curious about the way that LA feels on a smoggy day in August, or if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to drive through Long Beach at dusk, then all you really need to do is read anything (and I do mean anything) by Charles Bukowski.

The smell, the traffic, the people, the breeze, the lighting – there’s not another place like it. The spirit of this city is truly indescribable to people who haven’t lived here.

But California is the worst drug. You can try to quit it, and some people do, but you never feel as high or as low as you did when you were there. A dream that won’t quit and when you go back to visit it’s like getting high again and all you want to do is get right back to that place.”

Also, as you can tell from the title of this post – the incredibly talented Aubrey Nicole has agreed to do a giveaway of not 1, not 2, but THREE signed copies of “I’ve Lost My Lithium”!! What do you have to do? Leave me a comment with your name & e-mail address telling me how much you looooove reading & you desperately need a copy of this book and in 10 days I will choose the 3 winners! THIS GIVEAWAY IS FOR ALL READERS IN THE US, NOT JUST LA!!

This is exciting for me, as this is LAI’s very first giveaway, and exciting for YOU because you have the chance to win something really awesome! Be sure to spread the word to all your friends so they can enter too!

By entering for the giveaway your e-mail address will also automatically be submitted to Aubrey for her future newsletter!

If you think you’re unlucky, or don’t want to wait 10 days to see if you’ve won, you can purchase “I’ve Lost My Lithium” by clicking here. Or you can enter in the giveaway AND buy a copy. This book would make a great gift :)!
**GIVEAWAY WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED USING RANDOM.ORG**

**UPDATE! AS OF 3:OO P.M. PST ON THURSDAY, APRIL 15TH THE DRAWING HAS BEEN COMPLETE! PLEASE CHECK YOUR E-MAIL TO SEE IF YOU’VE WON!**

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Comments 19

  1. rachel miller wrote:

    omg I love reading! You know this! I hope I win! Ohio needs some fashion sunshine!

    Posted 06 Apr 2010 at 8:44 pm
  2. Shannon wrote:

    I finish grad school April 17th! I have not been able to read a book for fun in the last 2 years! I miss it and I can’t wait to start again! Hopefully Aubrey’s book can be my first!

    Posted 06 Apr 2010 at 8:54 pm
  3. Laura Payne wrote:

    Reading. Wow, where do I even start? Have you ever just wanted to get away from reality? I mean, not just taking a nap, or like..going on vacation..but totally involving yourself in another person’s life? That’s what reading does for me. I mean, I’ve read mysteries and fiction and what not, and they all give me the same high that Aubrey talks about for LA. Being able to put myself completely in to a book and feeling every emotion; every tear, smile, laugh, and frown..is amazing to me. Even though the stories I read are not real, I feel that they are all stories you can learn from. Not just learn about life, but learn about yourself. You realize like “wow, i’m just like this girl and I never knew it” or “well, he/she did that..I can do that too” It’s just an amazing feeling to finish a book from beginning to end and realize that you’ve walked another life with someone else.

    haha, I just rambled. But all of that is true whether I win or not.

    Love,

    Laura.

    Posted 06 Apr 2010 at 9:07 pm
  4. Crystal wrote:

    omg that was a reallly reallly good blog, Im proud of you ;)

    Posted 06 Apr 2010 at 9:24 pm
  5. Bree Dysart wrote:

    Omg!!!! This sounds soooo interesting!! I am terribly in love with fashion and everything that comes with it!! Even if I dont win, sounds like a book to search for on Amazon!!

    Posted 06 Apr 2010 at 9:38 pm
  6. aubrey nicole wrote:

    hey guys, hope you’ll all enter to win and wanted to let you know that the book isn’t yet available on Amazon. you can get your copy, however, at http://www.avantbooks.com
    happy reading
    xx

    Posted 06 Apr 2010 at 11:00 pm
  7. Nicholas Miller wrote:

    I have already read the book and I can confirm that this review is quite accurate.

    I am a dude, a rock and roll type, and I have had a bit of experience with women whose lives somewhat resemble the life of the narrator of this book. As I was reading through the anecdotes, it became very clear to me that there are a lot of chicks out there who could/would totally relate. Not only that, but the stuff is genuinely entertaining and funny. I cannot believe that this chick had that many friggin’ jobs! It might be a world record.

    On a serious note, having moved to LA from the Midwest, I can really identify with this part:

    “If you’ve ever been curious about the way that LA feels on a smoggy day in August, or if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to drive through Long Beach at dusk, then all you really need to do is read anything (and I do mean anything) by Charles Bukowski. The smell, the traffic, the people, the breeze, the lighting – there’s not another place like it. The spirit of this city is truly indescribable to people who haven’t lived here.

    But California is the worst drug. You can try to quit it, and some people do, but you never feel as high or as low as you did when you were there. A dream that won’t quit and when you go back to visit it’s like getting high again and all you want to do is get right back to that place.”

    I also took note that the author started her own press and I find that to be very admirable. Coming from a music background, the DIY ethic is very well-known and well-respected, and starting one’s own press to release a book is analogous to starting a record label to release a CD.

    Kudos and cheers to both the author of the book and the blogger as well!

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 7:31 am
  8. bgf wrote:

    I LOVE READING AND I LOVE BOOKS AND I LOVE BLOGS AND I LOVE YOU SO I WANNA WIN K THANKS :)

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 8:22 am
  9. Bia wrote:

    AAAAAHH! can’t believe i don’t live in the US cause this sounds like such a great book, i love aubrey! :(

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 8:38 am
  10. Nikki wrote:

    Hiiii I love your blog and I love books! This sounds like a really good book and I hope I win! If not I’m gonna find the book and read it anyway lol. :D

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 10:40 am
  11. neekoh wrote:

    Oooh, sounds exciting! Sign me up!

    nikmihpan at yahoo dot com

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 12:39 pm
  12. aubrey nicole wrote:

    hey guys! thanks for all the kind words, esp. Nicholas :)
    as for Bia and the rest of the non-USA peeps… feel free to contact me at
    editor @ avantbooks DOT com
    i’d be more than happy to arrange for international shipping, just drop me a line ;)

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 1:18 pm
  13. annemarie sibert wrote:

    well. this book sounds like my life in college! LOL. sasha can confirm that haha. great job babe! love you sooooooo much!!!!!!!!

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 3:28 pm
  14. Courtney Sobieski wrote:

    I would absolutely love to read this book! As a girl in college just trying to scrape by (while taking out too many college loans!) I feel like I could def. relate! I’m always looking for an interesting and quick read to get me through the weeks upon weeks of tests!

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 8:12 pm
  15. Laura wrote:

    Wow, sounds like an amazing read. I have just gotten into books this past year and am enjoying everything out there.

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 8:25 pm
  16. ryan stahl wrote:

    While my literary focus is usually buried in neuroscience and climate change, I really look forward to the occasional piece of fiction. They seem to take my mind away from the depressing realities of the downward spiral that our minds and environment are headed down. Can’t figure out why I haven’t ordered Aubrey’s book yet because she’s a truly interesting lady. Hope I win so I can get my copy autographed! Best of luck to ya Aubrey.

    Posted 07 Apr 2010 at 8:51 pm
  17. Robin Hands wrote:

    Love how far you have come Sasha very Proud!

    Posted 08 Apr 2010 at 11:12 am
  18. Sam wrote:

    FINE, I’ll enter :P Loved this post babe, so well written! Woo woooooooo

    Posted 12 Apr 2010 at 1:20 pm
  19. danielle wrote:

    Omg… where do I start .. reading is my time to just relax and do my thing.. well be sides tanning which I know is. bad but o well… I read every where.. in the car, at work, when I wake up, when I go to bed.. I always have a book in my purse. Sometimes I even read more than one book at a time…. I really really need a new book because my book is almost done :)

    Love,
    Danielle

    Posted 13 Apr 2010 at 7:54 pm

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