Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Happy 2020 everyone! This is one of the last books I read in 2019 and, as I failed to write a single review in December, I’m playing a little bit of catch-up. I also haven’t yet finished a book in 2020, so a December book it shall be!

Synopsis

From the Back Cover:
Including Felicia’s personal stories and hard-won wisdom, Embrace Your Weird offers:

  • Entertaining and revelatory exercises that empower you to be fearless, so you can rediscover the things that bring you joy and crack your imagination wide open
  • Unique techniques to vanquish enemies of creativity – anxiety, fear, procrastination, perfectionism, criticism, and jealousy
  • Tips to cultivate a creative community
  • Space to explore and get your neurons firing

Whether you enjoy writing, baking, painting, podcasting, playing music, or have yet to uncover your favorite creative outlet, Embrace Your Weird will help you unlock the power of self-expression.

Review

I’ve been in a bit of creative slump these days – I wanted to do NaNoWriMo and I have a book that I’ve been trying to finish for years but haven’t touched in months. I’ve wanted to start playing my viola again, but just haven’t pulled it out of its case in over a year. I’ve been in a creative rut. So when looking for a new audiobook (I know, weird to do a guided journal type book as an audiobook), I figured I’d give Embrace Your Weird a spin.

On a technical note, it’s the first audiobook I’ve had to slow down – Felicia Day narrates it herself and boy does she talk fast. But her blend of personal stories and experiences with prompts and suggestions for your own creative life is masterful. While it didn’t have the desired inspiring effect I was looking for (not Felicia’s fault, I work in a bookstore and it was a VERY busy holiday season), I really felt that, if I listened to it at a different time, it may have really helped rejuvenate my creative juices.

Embrace Your Weird is a great book for all creative types, from musicians to podcasters. It’s also a great book for fans of Felicia Day as an actress, as it includes references to her life and creative process, as well as people who enjoy celebrity self-help style books. As far as other books I’ve read, I would compare it most closely to Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger.

Rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Where to Buy
In the USA, I recommend purchasing through IndieBound or your local independent (most of us received signed copies from the publisher!), in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers! Independent bookstores are vital parts of every local community and I wholly endorse supporting your local stores versus Amazon.

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