Book Review: Don’t Overthink It

Don't Overthink It

Title: Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life

Author: Anne Bogel

Genre: Nonfiction

Release Date: March 3, 2020

“You can’t control what happens in life, but you can control how you choose to interpret things.” – Anne Bogel, Don’t Overthink It

Let me make one thing clear right off the bat: I love Anne Bogel. She is one of my idols. I listened to her book podcast What Should I Read Next? before ever entering into my own book journey. I read her blog, Modern Mrs Darcy, consistently, and I’m a member of its online book club (which I pay $10 for, and it’s worth every penny).

When I saw the opportunity to become a part of Bogel’s launch team for her upcoming book, Don’t Overthink It, I jumped at the chance.

I’ve read and enjoyed Bogel’s previous books, Reading People and I’d Rather Be Reading, so I had high hopes for this one, and it didn’t disappoint.

If you find yourself overthinking over every little thing you do, from what to make for dinner for the week, rethinking that big purchase you just made, to going back and correcting every little minute detail in a project you’ve been working on, this book is for you. And as I am guilty of all of the above, this book was tailor-made for me.

Bogel mixes research on overthinking topics such as decision-making, how we choose to spend our money, and how our actions affect those around us, with her own personal experiences. I like reading nonfiction books like this, because you get to learn while also being entertained by stories.

Bogel’s tips and tricks on how to curb your overthinking habits are useful, as well. I would oftentimes think to myself “Huh. I never thought of it that way.” or “Huh. That seems like such a simple solution, why has no one brought it up before?

For example: in Chapter 8 titled “Why It’s Important to Limit Your Options,” Bogel mentions eating the same meal every day or making dinners that your family is guaranteed to like instead of worrying about making something new.

I’m constantly looking for new recipes to try and psyching myself up when making it and worrying that it’s not going to taste good or that no one will like it. Why do I put myself through that instead of just making something I’m already familiar with that I know will get eaten by everyone in my family?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy making new recipes, but I came to the realization that I don’t have to put myself through the overthinking and worry as often as I’ve been doing. If I limit my choices, I can take some of that mental strain off myself and be happier for it.

“Some situations in life are never going to be 100 percent resolved, so why not strive to preserve your mental energy by resolving the things you can?” – Anne Bogel, Don’t Overthink It

Bogel’s main point in this book is to reframe your thinking and spend less time worrying so you can enjoy the experience of what is happening in your life. It’s a sentiment that we all need to be reminded of, and reading this book will give you the tools you need to do just that.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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15 Books I’m Looking Forward To This Fall

15 Fall Books to Look forward to

Happy first day of fall! It’s my favorite time of the year, even though it feels like summer is never going to end around here. I can’t wait for cooler temps, fall-scented candles, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin-flavored everything.

I’m also looking forward to a crop of new books coming out in the next few months. The list I have compiled below are some of the books I’m most excited to read. These recommendations come from the fall book preview episode of Sarah’s Book Shelves Live and Modern Mrs. Darcy’s fall book preview unveiling for its members (that full list can be found here). Click on the links* to get a full synopsis of each book.


81iiD9gp4ALThe Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Mentioned On: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Literary Fiction

“A moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)


81hntMAQq6LThe Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Mentioned On: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

“An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning points.”


41rDqwHLy+LTalking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Nonfiction, Sociology

“Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers–and why they often go wrong.”


na8The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: Thriller

“The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew conjures a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.”


51UTMs5ZZXL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: YA, Fantasy

“In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.”


51wCwKW9aVLThe Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

“Two estranged sisters reunite in an emotional novel of family, forgiveness, lost hope, and new beginnings.”


71Mqq9O4T2LRed at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: Fiction

“In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss….With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature.” – NPR


81t7ZmzQV3LThe Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Mentioned On: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Historical Fiction

“A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.”


91TscA6252LThe Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Release Date: September 24, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Literary Fiction

“Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.”

– Tom Hanks narrates the audio version!


A1uZCcTIyULNothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Release Date: October 29, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism

“Kevin Wilson’s best book yet—a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.”


71aLAJ0+IpLThe Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: Thriller

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.”


91yEYpDStJLLittle Weirds by Jenny Slate

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: Celebrity Memoir. Humor

“Jenny’s writing is magical and stylish, just like her. Each essay in Little Weirds feels like a vivid, cinematic experience, full of original observations and unexpected laughs.”―Mindy Kaling


81h+kQVSGyLThe Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Mentioned On: Modern Mrs. Darcy

Genre: Fantasy

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.”


51iykzBtlhL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Mentioned On: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology

“From “one of America’s most courageous young journalists” (NPR) comes a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine.”


GOOD+GIRLS+LIE+finalGood Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Release Date: December 30, 2019

Mentioned On: Sarah’s Book Shelves Live

Genre: Thriller

“J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.”


Happy fall reading, everyone!

Let me know what you’re most looking forward to reading in the comments.

15 Fall Books to Look forward to

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