I’ve been excited about Felicia Day’s memoir since the moment it was announced. When it was first available for pre-order, by some magical act of providence, I had recently been given a Barnes & Noble gift card. If you know me, B&N gift cards make it maaayyybeee 1 hour before I buy ALL THE BOOKS with it. So the fact that I had the card–fully loaded–and found a book I wanted available to pre-order was nothing short of fate. I ordered the book immediately, subsequently zapping my gift card of most of its funds–like I said, B&N gift cards don’t last long with me.
Of course the bad thing about pre-orders is you must wait for what seems like ETERNITY for your book to come off-press. If you want an example of how early I pre-ordered Felicia Day’s book, I’ll just tell you that the book was going by nothing beyond #FeliciaDayBook, and the cover looked like this:
Yeah, I had a while to wait for this sucker to come out. Happily, the wait is over, and I was able to zip through the book in a matter of a couple of days. And let me tell you, the book was FANTASTIC. While I’m sure you’ve now seen the actual book cover for Felicia Day’s now-titled memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), but in case you haven’t here it is again:
You guys, this book was fantastic. I’m a sucker for a good memoir, but even if I wasn’t a memoir fan I would have eaten this book up. Felicia not only shares stories from her unique childhood (being home-schooled–for, as she says, hippie reasons, not religious–becoming a violin prodigy, and going to college at 16 years old, just to name a few oddities), but she also talks about chasing her dreams and carving out a space for herself online while fighting some pretty intense anxiety–also removing any doubt that Codex from The Guild is essentially Felicia.
Felicia’s story is an inspiring one, and it’s one that I related to (at least, at the front end of her story–the latter part where she becomes the internet-deemed “queen of the geeks” and launches her super successful web series and website landed more in the “inspirational” rather than “relatable” camp for me). She’s got a crazy drive to succeed, and pushes herself–often to her detriment–to do her very best and reach her goals. Driving yourself literally crazy to do your very best to achieve your goals? Oh yes, the meltdown I had at my kitchen table two nights ago will tell you that I most definitely relate to that.
But what I loved about the book was that it wasn’t just the story of one woman disregarding her personal health and social life to achieve her dreams–and you can, too! Instead, Felicia gave us her formula for success, but she also explains how it nearly destroyed her. I really appreciated that honesty of, “Hey, I had a dream, I went after it and I definitely did not take care of myself. It worked, but I put myself through unneeded hell. Don’t do that.”
I’ll be honest, I really struggle with that desire to do everything, having dreams, but not knowing exactly how to achieve them. Most of the time, I either feel completely swamped and overwhelmed with good things happening or I feel completely ill-equipped and like a GIANT impostor. I often convince myself that if I’m not running myself ragged, I’m not doing a good enough job
Success is work, right? So why the heck do you think it’s okay to be going to bed before midnight on a work night?
Sure, you could spend a little time turning your brain off, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the successful people are working and brainstorming right now!
I realize you haven’t seen your bestie in several months, but if you want to be successful, you’ll stay home and work on your blog today.
My brain is a mess, you guys. So I really appreciated and resonated with someone talking about chasing their dreams and working to build something for themselves while trying to work against Jerk Brain telling them that success = no sleep, fun, family, self-care, and friends. The book ends with her talking about the healthy place she’s in now, and her excitement for Geek & Sundry and its future–as a Geek & Sundry writer, I was kinda got some warm and fuzzies at that part.
I don’t think I can recommend Felicia’s book highly enough. She can spin a good yarn, she makes you laugh (even when she’s talking about some of the darker periods of her life), AND she includes plenty of pictures of baby Felicia in the book. That alone makes it worth the buy, but the amount of inspiration and motivation it left me with to work to make my dreams a reality made it one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s impossible to close her book and not feel a bit like you should do the Xena yell and conquer the world.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of Felicia’s book BUY YOUR COPY NOW! It’s a fun, fast, inspiring, and quick read that I couldn’t recommend highly enough.
Have you read Felicia’s memoir? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!