Read: August 19th - 22nd, 2015
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Where to find the author: Website | Goodreads | Twitter
As a longtime fan, I was so excited when I heard Felicia Day was writing a book. I pre-ordered it the day I found out, and then counted down the days until it was released. To say I had high expectations would be an understatement, and I wasn't disappointed. I could have read the entire book the day I got it in the mail, but I made myself slow down so I could at least enjoy it for a couple of days.
She talks about her life as a home-schooled child, attending college at a young age, playing violin, and, of course, being an early adopter of online / internet forums. She then moves on to discuss her move to California to become an actress, the development of The Guild, and, surprisingly, her mental health and battle with depression.
Her voice shines through, and it almost felt like I was sitting in a room with her while she told me about her life. I've never used audiobooks, but I've been thinking about getting a couple to listen to in the car during my daily commute, and I think this might be a good one to use as a test.
It was interesting to read about the development of The Guild from the very beginning, and to learn about some of the behind-the-scenes info. It was, however, hard to read about her depression and mental health issues, as she was very honest, and her writing is extremely evocative. I definitely felt for her, but this isn't a sad book. It's peppered throughout with her trademark "quirky" and geeky humor, and I found myself laughing out loud several times.
I thought this memoir was inspiring, and she showed what can be accomplished if you never give up, and continue to work toward your dreams no matter what anyone says. She was encouraging and motivating, and I would highly recommend this book, especially if you're already a fan of hers.
As a bonus, she signed my copy! I wasn't able to meet her, unfortunately, but she did a few signings at bookstores, and I was able to have her sign a copy at Word Bookstore in New York, and they mailed it to me after she signed it. If she had been anywhere close to me, I definitely would have made the trip to meet her, but, alas! Alabama is not a top location for author signings. But I am very thankful for Word!