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Quote of the Day (from Introvert Doodles)

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As an introvert and socially awkward turtle, this quote from Introvert Doodles really stood out to me:

“Introverts want you to know…I am more than ‘quiet.’ I am intensely focused and wildly creative. I’m PASSIONATE about my work and/or hobbies.”

 

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Waiting On Wednesday – February 23, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Another Wednesday, another day I’m waiting with barely contained excitement for awesome books to be released. This Wednesday, I’m spotlighting Positively Introverted : Finding Your Way in a World Full of People by Maureen Marzi Wilson.

I’ve loved every single book of Wilson’s that I’ve read. Nonfiction usually isn’t my jam, but it helps that her books are humorous nonfiction graphic novels. Each of her books has reflected some part of the introvert in me in all the best ways. So I obviously had to make a post about this upcoming title.

Positively Introverted releases April 5, 2022.

"Positively Introverted" by Maureen Marzi Wilson (cover)
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ABOUT: Discover how introverts can succeed in a world designed for extroverts with this advice-driven collection of words and illustrations.

Self-proclaimed introvert and creator of Introvert Doodles, Marzi Wilson, knows introverts are still a thriving community. Now she’s back sharing her introvert expertise with a brand-new advice-driven collection of words and illustrations, offering insight on how introverts can succeed in life, focusing on relationships, mental health, career success, and more!


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Book Review: Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Collection of Life’s Awkward Moments by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Whoever said there’s strength in numbers lied. Meet Marzi. She’s an introvert who often finds herself in awkward situations. Marzi used to feel strange about her introverted tendencies. Not anymore! Now she knows that there are tons of introverts out there just like her–introverts who enjoy peace and quiet, need time alone to recharge their battery, and who prefer staying in with their pet and a good book to awkward social interactions. Just like Marzi, these introverts can often be found in libraries, at home watching Netflix, brainstorming excuses to miss your next party, or doodling cute cartoons. Being an introvert in an extrovert world isn’t always easy, but it certainly is an adventure. In Introvert Doodles, follow Marzi through all of her most uncomfortable, charming, honest, and hilarious moments that everyone–introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between–can relate to.

 

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Introvert Doodles was like looking in a mirror. I felt a deep connection with Marzi as she illustrates in honest and humorous details the trials and tribulations introverts experience, how we think, feel and behave, the meaning of the awkward things we tend to say, but as all the wonderful beautiful things that make up introverts.

“Introverts want you to know…I am more than ‘quiet.’ I am intensely focused and wildly creative. I’m PASSIONATE about my work and/or hobbies.”

It’s not often I read a book I relate to so considerably or see myself so clearly. Readers won’t relate to everything in this book nor is this the 100% truth about all introverts since this is one person’s experiences. But as Marzi points out, no matter if you’re an “introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between,” you may find some part of the story that resonates with you. This is what I love most about this book.

I adore and appreciate Introvert Doodle and would recommend it to others if you like graphic novels, candid, funny moments, and learning about personality types.


Maureen Marzi Wilson

The Little Book of Big Feelings

Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety

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Quotes of the Day

Quote of the Day (from Kind of Coping)

“I forgive myself for what I couldn’t do today, and resolve to try again tomorrow. It is enough to just keep trying. I. Am. Enough.”

 

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Book Review: Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen Marzi Wilson

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Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Mental Health
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “I forgive myself for what I couldn’t do today, and resolve to try again tomorrow. It is enough to just keep trying. I. Am. Enough.”

ABOUT: If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—wouldn’t it be nice to have someone around that understood exactly what you were going through?

Meet Marzi! She struggles with anxiety just like you. In Kind of Coping, join Marzi as she (kind of) copes with her own anxiety from day to day, finding the humor in her condition with this collection of funny, encouraging, and supportive comics that show you the best you can do sometimes is just kind of cope—and that’s totally OK!

Whether it’s a panic attack or an awkward social snafu, Marzi knows what you are going through. With over 150 full-color doodles that deliver hope and inspiration, unconditional support, and big laughs, let Marzi share her journey with you.

 

My Review: Another great read from Maureen Marzi Wilson. I absolutely loved Kind of Coping for its authenticity and realism about life with anxiety.

I loved how honest and personal Marzi was while at the same time adding humor to the narrative. The narrative is illustrated in different ways, which made each page a worthwhile and informative read.

A question that stood out to me was, “Why does it feel more acceptable to be physically ill than mentally ill?” This stuck with me because there is still a negative stigma surrounding mental health, making others reluctant to seek help or be ashamed by it.

Kind of Coping creates an open and safe place to talk about the hard parts of mental health and anxiety. It aptly explains what anxiety is, what it looks like, and feels like in all its complex layers. I liked the different coping strategies and the tips people can use to understand and help someone with anxiety. It reminds the reader over and over that it’s okay to not feel okay or worried and that there’s always something you can do about it if you keep trying.

Kind of Coping is a super creative way to talk about anxiety. I could relate to much of what’s talked about in the book and I adored the illustrations. I highly recommend Kind of Coping to everyone because mental health matters.


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The Little Book of Big Feelings (ARC review)

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ARC Book Review: “The Little Book of Big Feelings” by Maureen Marzi Wilson

FULL TITLE: “The Little Book of Big Feelings: An Illustrated Exploration of Life’s Many Emotions”

Thank you to Adams Media and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review. The Little Book of Big Feelings by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson is set to published November 26, 2019.

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Genre: Graphic Novel, Self-Help, Nonfiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: We’ve been conditioned to think that the most acceptable response to “How are you?” is, “I’m fine.” But our emotions are much more complicated than that! Sometimes we feel a little annoyed, or elated, or afraid. And you know, that’s okay!

In The Little Book of Big Feelings, Maureen “Marzi” Wilson takes us on a journey of self-acceptance and validation. After all, our emotions are only reactions to experiences that we can learn from; there’s no such thing as a “bad” emotion. It’s okay to be scared, it’s alright to feel hopeful, and it’s perfectly fine to feel both at the same time. There is a wide range of human emotions, and it’s time we start embracing each one!

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My Review:
The title is very apt to what is described and visualized in this book. I found what I was reading and seeing very relabtable in actions and reactions, which made for a very endearing yet introspective read. Some of the things in it were so scarily accurate. It’s almost like the author and I are long lost twins – spooky!

I love how the drawings are just okay. I think the simplicity embellishes the author’s intent. “Okay” is such a simple, short word. Two-syllables. But the author describes all the emotions that can be packed within words like “okay” and “fine.”

This was a good read and I’d definitely recommend it to others who may be struggling but also for enjoyment.