ALC Review: Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

I knew nothing about this book when I downloaded my free audiobook copy for review from LibroFM… just that it was written & narrated by one of my favorites: Felicia Day. I wasn’t disappointed and found this to be a quirky, fun, and useful read I’ll surely revisit!

About the Book

Publisher: Gallery Books  |  Release Date: October 1, 2019  |  Pages: 272
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help  |  Format: Audiobook  |  Source: Publisher via LibroFM

An instant New York Times bestseller

In Embrace Your WeirdNew York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions.

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 like: 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. Get motivated. Get creative. Get weird.

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My Review

Audiobook Narrated by Felicia Day

This f***ing book. I’m going to be honest: I got it solely because my love for Felicia Day knows no bounds. She’s one of my favorite people who has always given me the permission to be my own brand of weird… so I half read the title of the book and downloaded it. I didn’t even know it was centered on harnessing and unleashing creativity until I started listening to it. Oops? But you know how some books just sort of find you when you need them the most? Yea… this one has been added to that list.

“The heart of creativity is play.”

I listened to this book in two sessions on my flights to/from a quick trip to visit friends & my doctor. Narrated by Felicia herself, the audiobook is full of energy and quirkiness, and was a pleasure to read. I’ll admit that I wasn’t equipped on my flight to do the exercises on the PDF provided (motion sickness), but I thought about my answers and feel like I will get some value from them — I plan on listening to the book again and taking all that time to doodle and think and create. Which is really exciting!

“No one can stop you from believing in yourself but you.”

I love how relatable Felicia is. Her struggles with anxiety and perfectionism mirror my own and I feel like the exercises she gave will help me tackle them in my life. The book has fantastic replay value and honestly? I think everyone should read it, even if they aren’t wanting to be creative. (although we all probably would benefit from an outlet.) Talking about tangible ways to handle anxiety, perfectionism, and jealousy (to name a few) with the flair of nerdy RPG action-inspired tools can be useful to so many people.

“We can all shine without dimming each other’s lights.”

This book is fantastic and provides a ton of tools and exercises, with a nerdy spin, to help tap into our creative selves and squash the monsters that often hold us back. As someone who struggles with crippling anxiety in her daily life, I look forward to visualizing a D6 roll to see how I will try to defeat it. The book also has plenty of personal anecdotes from Felicia and you can tell that this is a passion project for her. I am so glad that I decided to read this one!

ALC provided by the publisher via LibroFM in exchange for my honest review. This did not impact the content of my review.

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Have you read Embrace Your Weird yet, or is it on your TBR? Do you have any celebrities who would be instant-buy authors for you, regardless of book subject?

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13 Comments

  1. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    January 2, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    This sounds fun. I really loved her book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) or whatever it’s called, I listened to that one in audio and it was fun to listen to her narrate it herself. She’s awesome.

    1. Kal

      January 3, 2020 at 9:23 AM

      I really want to read You’re Never Weird on the Internet at some point, I am honestly surprised I haven’t read it yet! I’m happy to hear you loved it. She is amazing

  2. Lorraine

    January 3, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Felicia Day is amazing, but I’ve never picked up one of her books. You’ve made me really want to give it a try!

    1. Kal

      January 10, 2020 at 10:14 AM

      This was the first book of hers that I’ve picked up, but I want to read her other one now! I just could listen to her talk at/to me about anything!

  3. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    January 5, 2020 at 12:38 AM

    Awww, yes! I love her so much and now I can’t wait to read this one. So glad you enjoyed it so much! <3

    1. Kal

      January 10, 2020 at 10:27 AM

      She is such a delight, I’ve adored her since Buffy s7 and have followed her career. The audiobook is amazing, I hope you enjoy it and get something from it as well!

  4. AhanaRao

    January 9, 2020 at 6:49 AM

    OMG Kal I just fell in love with this book. Anxiety and ideals of perfectionism is totally something I relate to too, personally. Ah, this sounds like an utterly perfect book fitting of the saying “This f****ng book.”

    Love love love your review Kal! As always, you know just what to say ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ so glad you loved it!

    1. Kal

      January 10, 2020 at 11:23 AM

      We are so alike in many respects, but I am sad you also are plagued by anxiety and perfectionism! This book is fun in addition to useful, and I definitely recommend it if you’re into this sort of thing. <3

      1. AhanaRao

        January 12, 2020 at 3:44 AM

        I agree ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
        I’ve definitely made note of this book ♥️♥️

  5. Lauren

    January 9, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    This is such a great review and im so hype bc i got it for christmas 🙂

    1. Kal

      January 10, 2020 at 11:24 AM

      HECK YES, and I hope you dig it as much as I do, Lauren.

  6. Haley

    January 13, 2020 at 3:16 AM

    I’ve been wanting to read this one and the ‘you’re never weird on the internet’ I love her so much. I mean I love her webshow she did, she was a character in DA2, and in Supernatural…this lady, I love her lol. And I’m so glad you liked this book! Going to go add it now to the tbr!

    1. Kal

      February 16, 2020 at 1:59 PM

      I really want to read You’re Never Weird on the Internet now, because I enjoyed this SO MUCH! She is an icon! I loved her on Buffy and in Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and all her other nerdy projects. She’s my hero. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!!!

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