Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

5 things this week:

It’s been a week. I’ll start with the good.

  • New York was great! I always have such a great time when I go there, and there were things I didn’t even realize I’d missed about the east coast until I was back, like good bagels. I haven’t had a single good bagel since I moved to Tennessee. I had multiple good bagels in New York.
  • I met Ellen Hopkins?? Honestly, it all kind of seems like a dream or something, but it’s a thing that happened.
  • I saw the most amazing show while I was there, and I’m not even sure it should be called a “show” since it’s more like an experience, but if you’re ever in NYC, do yourself a favor and go see Then She Fell. It’s an immersive, interactive, spooky performance that combines Alice in Wonderland with Lewis Carroll’s life.
  • I also watched Taylor Swift’s documentary, Miss Americana, and it was so good that I wanted to cry. I just wanted to hug her.

And then the bad…

  • I, a person who never gets sick, was struck down by the flu two weeks ago and then struck down again by a different upper respiratory infection this week. It would be great if people could just… contain their germs. Is it really that hard? I can’t wait for the day when I can actually breathe again without triggering an awful coughing fit.

Song of the week:


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book Review: Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight

Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 31, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The no-f*cks-given guide to taming anxiety and taking back control of your life, from the bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together
Do you spend more time worrying about problems than solving them? Do you let unexpected difficulties ruin your day and do “what ifs” keep you up at night?
Sounds like you need to CALM THE F*CK DOWN.

Just because things are falling apart doesn’t mean YOU can’t pull it together. Whether you’re stressed about sh*t that hasn’t happened yet or freaked out about sh*t that already has, the NoWorries method from “anti-guru” Sarah Knight helps you curb the anxiety and overthinking that’s making everything worse. Calm the F*ck Down explains:

The Four Faces of Freaking Out–and their Flipsides
How to accept what you can’t control
Productive Helpful Effective Worrying (PHEW)
The Three Principles of Dealing With It
And much more!

I read The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck a few years ago and found that I really enjoy Sarah Knight’s writing style. So, as someone who spends about 99% of her life in a decidedly uncalm state, I needed to read this book the very second I stumbled upon it at the library.

I like that, in all of her books, Sarah is never condescending. She never tried to minimize the feelings of anxiety and instead just tried to give tips on how to work through it in a rational way. How bad would it be if this thing happened? Okay, now how likely is it to actually happen? Is there anything I can reasonably do to stop it from happening? I actually used her advice to get through a situation I was (admittedly irrationally) anxious about and guess what? Nothing bad happened. Amazing.

Now, I don’t want to give all the secrets of the book away, but one of the concepts that I liked most was the Fuck Bucks. Basically, your Fuck Bucks are the amount of energy you have to devote to worrying about things. So everything is going wrong in your life. You can’t be anxious about everything at once (even though my brain says it can try) so you have to prioritize. What are you worried about that you don’t really need to be worried about right now? If you can’t control it and if it happening really wouldn’t be that bad, it’s probably not worth the Fuck Bucks to worry about it. But Sarah never gets patronizing about this. Throughout the book, I really felt that she understood what was going on in my head and just wanted to help me find a way to work through it.

I’d really like to read more of Sarah’s books, but I get the feeling that they don’t have as much of an impact if they’re read back to back. Maybe I’ll try out another one of them mid-2020.


Have you read Calm the F*ck Down? Can you recommend any good nonfiction about anxiety?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

DNFs this week:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • Normally I push through books that I don’t like or don’t connect with, but this week I actually DNFed THREE books. It felt good. Maybe I’ll do it more often.

Song of the week:


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WWW Wednesday

I’ve decided to add another weekly meme to the blog rotation, so here’s the first edition of WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    • reading challenge: a book set in Scandinavia
    • I’m about halfway done with this one and enjoying it a lot more than expected since I didn’t love American Gods
  • Jealous Revenge by Octavia Singleton
    • this is one of the more entertaining books I’ve read recently and there will be quite a review coming when I’m done

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
    • reading challenge: a book with an astrology term in the title
  • Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
    • it’s been a loooong time since I read an adult romance, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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