“Make Yourself Cozy” by Katie Vaz
Embrace the cozy pleasures of life with Katie Vaz’s interactive guide to self-care.
Freshly baked bread. Cloud-like pillows. Lavender tea. Katie Vaz’s book on self-care shows readers how slow, cozy warmth can help them deal with the anxieties and challenges of everyday life. Filled with tips for creating the perfect atmosphere of coziness (super soft blankets, fluffy robes, and something binge-worthy on TV) as well as sweet, gentle prompts that inspire readers to fill in their own content (“Fill these clouds with words that make you feel light and free”), this book encourages all of us to slow down and find joy in the little things.
Make Yourself Cozy is an illustrated book with self-care prompts.
The cutesy font selection is what I take issue with. Reading cursive is hard for me, especially in the font selected—that kind that stretches the words out, yet isn’t quite a brushstroke cursive font. Some letters are crooked in it, so I have to stare at them a little harder and a little longer to be able to read properly, which feels anything but cozy and only frustrates me. I would have preferred a cutesy non-cursive, sans-serif font instead, like a fuller kind of font than what Liz Climo uses in her illustrations. Even in the event of illustrations, text should still be readable, no?
If the cursive font was used less, like an accent, it’d be fine! The next issue is the stick figure-like font used for many of the headings, which is difficult to read I guess just because, generally, my eyes take issue with things like that. They’re sensitive to the fonts that use all the lines. Decorative fonts have never been my forte.
It kind of sucks, because without my issues with the selected typography, this book would have been perfect.