2022 Reading Review: Calm The F*** Down

Ladies and gents, I FINALLY finished this book!

Oh, and now I have to figure out the review for it.

Well, no characters (unless you count inserting yourself into this self-help book as a character). Kinda not really a story either, but I’ll use that section to talk about the gist of the book. We’ll get there.

But I’ll also admit I put this book down for a LONG time before I finished it. I enjoyed it. Sarah Knight’s writing style is so fun and engaging. But sometimes I’m like that with a book: I’ll put it down and then just not pick it up again for a bit.

I’m stubborn though. Much that I try to say, “Life is short; we can just stop reading a book”, my brain jumps back in and says, “No, we’re halfway there, living on a prayer, and we’re not leaving it behind!”

Stubbornness. Anyway, here’s what I think you need to know about Calm the F*** Down.

Story

So, what’s the deal with this book? Well, if you can’t guess by the title, it’s about how to calm the fuck down. Throughout the book, the author describes advice for those who can get a little overwhelmed by anxiety and overthinking in difficult situations.

Which is exactly why I picked it up! I’m often trapped in anxiety and overthinking. So, of course the title and purpose of the book interested me.

Though I haven read her other works, it seems Calm the F*** Down builds off some of her previous books. But overall the book can be read on its own, and its advice can be helpful for those needing some grounding with their thoughts and worries.

Writing

The writing is an absolute blast! I mean, with a title like that, how could you expect anything else?

Sarah Knight writes in such a conversational way, you’d swear she’s just chatting with you over coffee. That’s what the entire book reads like. She makes a ton of jokes, curses up a storm, but is also genuinely providing advice you’d expect a friend to give.

It definitely helped make the content more readable. It’s not your typical self-help book where you might struggle with the language. You’ll connect with everything Sarah’s saying. It’s very down-to-earth.

Will You Like This?

Do you deal with overthinking and anxiety?
Would you like some potential ideas to help you work on them?
And would you like someone to explain those ideas in easy-to-understand lingo?

Then this book will be right up your alley!

And, wow, was this the quickest “Will You Like This” section I ever wrote!

Opinion (Spoilers)

Despite the fact it took me a while to get through this book, I did enjoy it. I knew it would be good when the author opened up the book by comparing anxieties to tarantulas that could be hiding in her house. I’m a fan of spiders after decades of being arachnophobic, so reading the spider comparison got me.

But overall the author’s way of describing anxiety and overthinking, and how we can handle our situations, was enlightening. This is by no means a psychologically-based book backed by scientific research, but it is all described and written in a way that most people who are dealing with minor levels of these issues can try to incorporate into their daily lives. And I think that’s beneficial in a way.

I will say though that a lot of the jargon she comes up with—a lot of fun phrases and abbreviations for the issues we’re dealing with—can sometimes be too much. If you walk away from the book for too long, and you’re thrown back into the abbreviations, it can be difficult to get back into the groove of reading. I think that put me off getting back into the book when I’d walked away from it for a time.

Plus, if you don’t read all of it in a relatively short time span, you end up forgetting a lot of the tricks. As happened to me. So, I can’t say I’m using any of the advice given, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the value it can have for others.

Rating

As I said in my The Near Witch review, I’m still new to applying a rating to books. Our opinions of books are so subjective, and I don’t always feel comfortable putting that judgment on a book. I’m an author myself; I’m a little sensitive to it. But I also know people value ratings. So, I’m going to continue trying to give a fair rating.

Now, I gave this book 3 stars. Not because it’s bad! Seriously, 3 stars is still considered good—GoodReads says so! GoodReads says 3 stars is “Liked It”. Which I did.

But I went with that, knowing that I did fall out of reading it for several months.

I think there is some great advice in this book that can help people. I have dozens of sticky tabs on pages as a testament to my belief that there is good advice here.

So, if you’re looking for an easy-to-read, down-to-earth guide for trying to manage your worries and overthinking habits a bit better, check this out!

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