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The Happiness Project meets So Sad Today in this "hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest" book from Words of Women founder Lauren Martin, as she contemplates the nature of negative emotions -- and the insights that helped her to take control of her life (Bobbi Brown). Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New The Happiness Project meets So Sad Today in this "hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest" book from Words of Women founder Lauren Martin, as she contemplates the nature of negative emotions -- and the insights that helped her to take control of her life (Bobbi Brown). Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, a boyfriend, yet every day she wrestled with feelings of inferiority, anxiety and irritability. It wasn't until a chance encounter with a (charming, successful) stranger who revealed that she also felt these things, that Lauren set out to better understand the hold that these moods had on her, how she could change them, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. It quickly exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: lost, depressed, moody, and desirous of change. Inspired by her audience to press even deeper, The Book of Moods shares Lauren's journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, she dives into the universal triggers every woman faces -- whether it's a comment from your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, witty anecdotes and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation, proving that you really can turn your worst moods into your best life.


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The Happiness Project meets So Sad Today in this "hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest" book from Words of Women founder Lauren Martin, as she contemplates the nature of negative emotions -- and the insights that helped her to take control of her life (Bobbi Brown). Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New The Happiness Project meets So Sad Today in this "hilariously witty, unflinchingly honest" book from Words of Women founder Lauren Martin, as she contemplates the nature of negative emotions -- and the insights that helped her to take control of her life (Bobbi Brown). Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, a boyfriend, yet every day she wrestled with feelings of inferiority, anxiety and irritability. It wasn't until a chance encounter with a (charming, successful) stranger who revealed that she also felt these things, that Lauren set out to better understand the hold that these moods had on her, how she could change them, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. It quickly exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: lost, depressed, moody, and desirous of change. Inspired by her audience to press even deeper, The Book of Moods shares Lauren's journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, she dives into the universal triggers every woman faces -- whether it's a comment from your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, witty anecdotes and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation, proving that you really can turn your worst moods into your best life.

30 review for The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill Reads

    I loved the book. At least half of it. It is well-written, well-researched and insightful. And, it's very relatable and witty. If I had access to the print copy, I would have ear-marked the heck of out it. The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin is part memoir and part self-help. And it's much less of a downer than I imagined reading about someone's mood swings. Each chapter opens with inspiring and funny quotes from well-known female authors and celebrities. That said, by the end of the book, I was I loved the book. At least half of it. It is well-written, well-researched and insightful. And, it's very relatable and witty. If I had access to the print copy, I would have ear-marked the heck of out it. The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin is part memoir and part self-help. And it's much less of a downer than I imagined reading about someone's mood swings. Each chapter opens with inspiring and funny quotes from well-known female authors and celebrities. That said, by the end of the book, I was very put off by Martin's many stories involving her freak outs and drama. I went from wanting to root for her (and be her friend) to rolling my eyes. During one of her meltdowns, her husband called her a spoiled brat, and I concur! In fact, I wanted to throw the book across the room several times and tell her to grow up. But I cannot be too harsh. After all, I was very similar at her age (a late twenty-something). My world revolved around me, myself and I ... plus my many mood swings. Now, with nearly two more decades under my belt (having experienced death, debt, 9/11, divorce, childbirth, recession, alcoholism, a pandemic, social injustice, etc.), I realize just how good my white privileged ass really has it. It's hard to be upset about my zits and cellulite when I live in a safe area, have food to eat, have access to great schools for my kiddo, and easy access to a support group of friends via the internet. A lot of this comes with therapy, maturity and (for some) sobriety. The second bummer about this book is that it portrays the world from the perspective of a white female. Even the quotes are largely from white women. It makes very little mention, if at all, to those with much less ... and to my recollection, there's no mention to people of color. Ugh. After this year, it just stands out as a big misstep. As women, if we could just change our perspective and realize how good we really have it, our drama and defensiveness would start to fade away. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for access to an electronic copy in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin is an interesting and informative book about dealing with emotions. The Book of Moods is an excellent book full of honesty. Martin doesn’t try to pretend she is an emotion expert. She gives many real life examples about times she overreacted and couldn’t handle her emotions. Martin describes how she let something small ruin her whole day and how that affected the people around her. This book written from personal The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin is an interesting and informative book about dealing with emotions. The Book of Moods is an excellent book full of honesty. Martin doesn’t try to pretend she is an emotion expert. She gives many real life examples about times she overreacted and couldn’t handle her emotions. Martin describes how she let something small ruin her whole day and how that affected the people around her. This book written from personal experience rather than an expert made it way more relatable. There is useful advice throughout the book. As someone that struggles with moods and emotions sometimes, The Book of Moods was a must read for me. The Book of Moods gave advice with many stories that made it easy to read and kept it interesting. There were times were Martin told a story in a funny and dramatic way that I realized I could relate to. Lauren explains how she stopped having moods control her life and how to use emotions in a good way. I highly recommend The Book of Moods. Thank you Grand Central Publishing for The Book of Moods. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    As an avid and longtime follower of the Words of Women instagram account I was thrilled when I heard that Lauren was writing a memoir. She was kind enough to send me an advanced copy and I can honestly say that I devoured it in one sitting! I was familiar with Lauren's writing style from her brilliant newsletters, website, and instagram so I was not surprised to find the prose in her memoir to be eloquent and relatable. I loved the quotes sprinkled throughout the book's sections (follow her inst As an avid and longtime follower of the Words of Women instagram account I was thrilled when I heard that Lauren was writing a memoir. She was kind enough to send me an advanced copy and I can honestly say that I devoured it in one sitting! I was familiar with Lauren's writing style from her brilliant newsletters, website, and instagram so I was not surprised to find the prose in her memoir to be eloquent and relatable. I loved the quotes sprinkled throughout the book's sections (follow her instagram for more since that is her speciality) and was especially moved by how vulnerable and honest Lauren was since I could identify with so many of the "moods" she examines. I highly recommend this book... my dog-eared copy will have a permanent place on my nightstand!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    The Book of Moods provides an incredibly accurate and relatable look at something so many of us deal with, our moods. And what are moods you ask? Lauren Martin explains it so perfectly on her Words of Women Instagram post that I had to share it here... "When I talk about #moods I don’t just mean generic emotions. I don’t mean angry or sad or stressed. I mean those feelings we have that we can’t explain. The suffocating feeling at the end of the day when you don’t know what you want or need but yo The Book of Moods provides an incredibly accurate and relatable look at something so many of us deal with, our moods. And what are moods you ask? Lauren Martin explains it so perfectly on her Words of Women Instagram post that I had to share it here... "When I talk about #moods I don’t just mean generic emotions. I don’t mean angry or sad or stressed. I mean those feelings we have that we can’t explain. The suffocating feeling at the end of the day when you don’t know what you want or need but you need something to stop whatever is going on inside. I mean the restlessness you feel even though you don’t have anywhere to go. I mean the horrible feeling of looking in the mirror and feeling ugly even though yesterday you thought you looked great. I mean the feeling that something is wrong when everything is right and good and as it should be. These are moods. These feelings that come up and take hold and we don’t know why or what to do about them." Everyone has these patterns of self-doubt, worries, and emotional triggers,  but they can also feel so isolating because they really can come out of nowhere. Backed with research, personal stories, and self-reflection -Martin provides insight on how to better understand your own emotions, and stop them from becoming moods that can stop you in your tracks.  No matter how grateful we are for all the good things we have in our lives, everyday life is also made up of so many of the in-between moments of struggle and self-doubt. Instead of looking at these moments as a way to self-sabotage, we can use them as a powerful vessel to help us reflect, forge ahead, and ultimately transform ourselves and our paths forward. What I loved most about this book is Martin's honesty. Lauren Martin is most definitely in a different stage of life than me, but even if many of our daily struggles are different, we have something we common, we experience these kinds of emotions. It doesn't matter how old you are or how many truly difficult situations you have endured, even when you regularly reflect on how fortunate you are in so many ways, there are going to be moments you just feel down. Her quotes and anecdotes and advice normalize how you can be rocking along with work, an important project, etc, and then one small comment can make you question everything. We all have inner struggles and recognizing that these are a thing, can help us acknowledge them and then continue to move forward.  While I read this book on my kindle, as soon as I finished I pre-ordered a physical copy because it is the perfect book to highlight up the wazoo because there is just so much insight here. While we will never be able to control life or the people around us (wishful thinking right?) we do have the power to choose how we react. Emotions are a useful tool when we hold them, reflect on them, and then ultimately let them propel us ahead.  Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in change for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can read this and other book reviews at genthebookworm.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Groveman

    As a psychologist who specializes in Women's Mental Health, I'm absolutely loving this book!!! Lauren provides an incredibly accurate and relatable depiction of what so many women struggle with. She humanizes and normalizes the extremely common (but often shame-inducing) patterns of self-doubt, worry and cyclical mood shifts. I highly recommend this book to any woman who feels "too moody" feels stuck, needs a pick-me-up or wants to gain insight. As a psychologist who specializes in Women's Mental Health, I'm absolutely loving this book!!! Lauren provides an incredibly accurate and relatable depiction of what so many women struggle with. She humanizes and normalizes the extremely common (but often shame-inducing) patterns of self-doubt, worry and cyclical mood shifts. I highly recommend this book to any woman who feels "too moody" feels stuck, needs a pick-me-up or wants to gain insight.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    "The Book of Moods" has been the most helpful book I've read in a while. It's not a self-help book, and it's not a memoir. It's this perfect hybrid of: here's what's happening to you, here's how I can help you through it, and here's what you need to know. This book has shifted my whole mindset on moods, being aware of my moods, and see how they can change quickly. Whether I'm getting frustrated washing dishes or having a hard day with kids, this book is a great reminder that it's better to make "The Book of Moods" has been the most helpful book I've read in a while. It's not a self-help book, and it's not a memoir. It's this perfect hybrid of: here's what's happening to you, here's how I can help you through it, and here's what you need to know. This book has shifted my whole mindset on moods, being aware of my moods, and see how they can change quickly. Whether I'm getting frustrated washing dishes or having a hard day with kids, this book is a great reminder that it's better to make the best out of life—in any given moment. I was so thankful for the mindfulness boost this book gave me! If you would like to see my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/lau...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samidha; समिधा

    What a wonderful self-help book! It was researched, raw, rare, funny, personal, and very very truthful. There were moments of wonderment and empathy, and then anger and understanding. So much of me was reflected in this book. I came across the author by chance and what a serendipitous meeting it was! My only complaint is that the author can seem (as another reviewer, Jill, has pointed out) to be very blind to her own white privilege. Additionally, there are very few quotes by women of colour; I What a wonderful self-help book! It was researched, raw, rare, funny, personal, and very very truthful. There were moments of wonderment and empathy, and then anger and understanding. So much of me was reflected in this book. I came across the author by chance and what a serendipitous meeting it was! My only complaint is that the author can seem (as another reviewer, Jill, has pointed out) to be very blind to her own white privilege. Additionally, there are very few quotes by women of colour; I mean I would chose Toni Morrison over Margaret Atwood any day. Some instances made it seem that they were meant to stand out — not everyone can relate to friends in Paris and studying in Madrid, and at those times I though to myself: really, you couldn’t think of any other mundane/universal example except this? Although, I still highly recommend this. I am glad I am knocking off my 2020 with such an uplifting and empowered book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    I am too far from my 20s to gain anything from this book. Martin seems very attentive to how she thinks others might be thinking of her, and she tells herself stories about their disdain till she's an anxious wreck. The author's tone is drenched in privilege and seems unaware of it. Her descriptions of her anxieties are not relatable to me, and I was not feeling sympathetic as she made her way deeper into her navel as the book progressed. I am too far from my 20s to gain anything from this book. Martin seems very attentive to how she thinks others might be thinking of her, and she tells herself stories about their disdain till she's an anxious wreck. The author's tone is drenched in privilege and seems unaware of it. Her descriptions of her anxieties are not relatable to me, and I was not feeling sympathetic as she made her way deeper into her navel as the book progressed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    This was SO GOOD and not at all what I expected. This book is about all the different areas of life and how to have a better attitude within them. Our author was SO relatable and used so many examples of her own bad attitudes and how she flipped them, I found this very practical and great. I think me being able to relate to her so much was a big part of the reason I loved this but I would say its a great read for anyone to try.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cassie (book__gal)

    A couple years ago I started following Words of Women on Instagram and signed up for the weekly newsletter. It quickly became one of my favorite corners of the Internet; I liked how vulnerable and honest Martin’s writing was, how relatable and less alone it made me feel to hear inspiration and advice from female writers, poets, artists, entrepreneurs, etc. Martin wrote about experiences, emotions, moods, that I struggled with as well but was often too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about. The Bo A couple years ago I started following Words of Women on Instagram and signed up for the weekly newsletter. It quickly became one of my favorite corners of the Internet; I liked how vulnerable and honest Martin’s writing was, how relatable and less alone it made me feel to hear inspiration and advice from female writers, poets, artists, entrepreneurs, etc. Martin wrote about experiences, emotions, moods, that I struggled with as well but was often too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about. The Book of Moods is an extension of this concept: how to better understand your emotions and stop them from becoming moods — moods that sit within you for days, that sabotage your happiness and life, and prevent you from leaning into gratitude and acceptance. ⁣ ⁣ Life is of course the births, the deaths, the marriages, the traumas, the big things, but ultimately, life is a series of quotidian moments that we have to survive, and sometimes it seems so hard. ⁣The Book of Moods is a reckoning with this fact; that no matter how perfect you find your life, there are going to be zits, long lines, delayed trains, rude coworkers, and a gorgeous woman in the elevator with you when you’re bloated from your period and on day 4 of greasy hair. We can either let ourselves be prey to our worst impulses, our brain’s default mode of being possessed by our emotions and moods, or we can learn how to reprogram ourselves, and transform.⁣ ⁣ It’s easy to write these instances, these moods off as bourgeois, silly-girl problems, and you wouldn’t be wrong necessarily, but I think you would be dishonest. I’d like to think I was above going into a week-long spiral because I realized my hair thinned out, or I was too mature to make a below-the-belt comment to my mom just because she mentioned I looked tired one day, but I’m not always above it all, and it feels like weight being lifted off my shoulders when other women talk about this shame, humiliation, irritability, these moods that are just part of being a woman. I’d rather talk about it, work on it, and transform, than act like these things don’t happen. I’m over halfway through my twenties now and so much of this decade has for me been about getting to know myself, learning to be honest with myself, and working on myself. The Book of Moods is Martin’s journey through that. It’s a book of quotes and anecdotes and advice, that is actually applicable, never patronizing, and concise. Publication day is tomorrow and I hope you’ll read it. I’ve carried this book around with me the last couple weeks, underlining much, sending pictures of pages to friends; it’s earned it’s place on my nightstand, something I’ll return to when I need to be snapped out of a mood. P.S. — I’m gifting a couple copies to friends and cousins for the holidays, a perfect gift even for non-readers! Thank you so much to Lauren for sending me an early copy to read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Robay

    Moods. We all have them…but it’s always seemed to me that being ‘moody’ is such a negative thing. Well, the author just flipped that term on its head. Lauren teaches us all that wee can harness our moods and use them to our benefit. Her vulnerability, and honesty (especially when it feels inconvenient) is captivating. She does what Gloria Steinem suggests to be the most feminist thing we can do as women, and that is to tell our own, HONEST stories. This book is a jolt of realness from someone wh Moods. We all have them…but it’s always seemed to me that being ‘moody’ is such a negative thing. Well, the author just flipped that term on its head. Lauren teaches us all that wee can harness our moods and use them to our benefit. Her vulnerability, and honesty (especially when it feels inconvenient) is captivating. She does what Gloria Steinem suggests to be the most feminist thing we can do as women, and that is to tell our own, HONEST stories. This book is a jolt of realness from someone who knows what she wants to say and isn’t afraid to say it. Similar to a great comedian who can point out something about our daily life we don’t realize is funny until they frame it, Lauren has this very unique ability to unpack feelings, emotions, and MOODS, that I don’t or can’t find words for. It’s an emotional gut lunch, made palatable and enjoyable by Lauren’s storytelling. She takes you through her own journey and self-awareness, which in turn allows you to reflect on your own. So many anecdotes and quotes in The Book of Moods made me feel seen as a millennial woman. I highlighted something in every chapter.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    The author perfectly captured what so many of us consistently feel and allow to rule our lives. Somehow even though every woman experiences the struggles that the author writes about, the author wrote a memoir that feels extremely intimate. The self-care and scientific bits made this a book that can help even the most skeptical woman to not allow her moods to control her life anymore.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Monte

    This book came at the perfect time for me. My moods have been all over the place during our California pandemic lockdowns AND I'm pregnant. It's hard not to identify with my moods sometimes or give them more meaning than they deserve. This book does a great job of breaking down pretty much every mood I've ever had and getting down to what the moods are actually trying to tell you. I read a lot of self-help books, and this one was just such a breath of fresh air because of all the stories. They b This book came at the perfect time for me. My moods have been all over the place during our California pandemic lockdowns AND I'm pregnant. It's hard not to identify with my moods sometimes or give them more meaning than they deserve. This book does a great job of breaking down pretty much every mood I've ever had and getting down to what the moods are actually trying to tell you. I read a lot of self-help books, and this one was just such a breath of fresh air because of all the stories. They brought a lighter vibe to my heavier feelings and made me feel less alone when I needed it most. I kept hearing myself say "yep, that's me" as I read Lauren's words. Highly recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Literature Lattes

    Book: "The Book of Moods" by Lauren Martin Genre: Self-Help Rating: 5/5 Stars Blogger's Note: Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Have you ever read a book and felt truly seen? "The Book of Moods" was that kind of read for me. This was the non fiction title that should have been required reading during the pandemic. With mental stress at an all time high and fatigue setting in relating to this horrendous COVID 19 situation, this book was comf Book: "The Book of Moods" by Lauren Martin Genre: Self-Help Rating: 5/5 Stars Blogger's Note: Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Have you ever read a book and felt truly seen? "The Book of Moods" was that kind of read for me. This was the non fiction title that should have been required reading during the pandemic. With mental stress at an all time high and fatigue setting in relating to this horrendous COVID 19 situation, this book was comforting, illuminating and incredibly insightful. Author Lauren Martin opens the book by explaining what moods are, where they come from and how they can impact our daily lives. Then she breaks down seven common mood categories that people tend to struggle with. The categories included are: the past/future, beauty, work, friends, family, body, and unforeseen circumstances. For each of these moods, she describes the mood, explains what the mood is telling you and then discussed common issues that can be resolved through behavior or attitude adjustments. The sequencing of chapters and the flow of information was very logical, easy to follow and made for relaxed reading. The author came across as extremely honest. She notes in the book that triggers will never completely disappear, so aiming for that goal is a waste of time. I appreciated that concept as a reader. It allowed me to rid myself of the notion of perfection, and settle on the concept of doing what I can to alleviate a mood or trigger when I am able to do so. This transparency might not have been popular with some readers, but I found that people are more likely to be able to adapt the concepts discussed in the book successfully with an accurate gauge of this idea. What is important however is that we understand the moods and the triggers that cause them. This gives us the best fighting chance to stand up to these moods and dictate for ourselves how we want to emotionally proceed. This idea of controlling perception and our reactions is a difficult one but extremely interesting! This book definitely left me feeling challenged to do better in regards to my own moods. I would like to note that I connected with certain sections more than others. For me, the beauty chapter was one that I could have done with less information on while the work chapter probably could have been doubled. After finishing the book, I realized that I had made so many sticky notes that there were still some hidden away, tucked into pages of the work chapter. Each of those post its with wonderful tidbits of information that I found vital to my daily work/life balance. One of my favorite snippets of wisdom came from that chapter. Martin notes on the importance of stepping away from work during rest times and truly taking a break. I had never stopped to think about that before reading that section. How many of us sit down during lunch and completely stop? Do you go outside to eat your lunch? Do you have a chat with a coworker about something other than work? This all relates back to mood and can impact behavior during later parts of the day. This book was a win for me. I needed this book and it certainly found its way to me at the perfect time! Recommendation: Pick this one up if you're a Moody Judy or if you just want to know more about moods, triggers and how to live a more stress free life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I think that this came out in 2020 WAS SO PERFECT because I know she was working on it for years. When my self-esteem has been at my lowest, this made me feel understood, and by someone I respect. I follow her Words of Women account but did not expect her book to be SO. GOD. DAMN. RELATABLE. It delves into what we all feel as women, at some time or another, but its NOT "self-helpy." It's more like talking with your really smart girlfriend over cocktails, who says, "I've been there. I still feel I think that this came out in 2020 WAS SO PERFECT because I know she was working on it for years. When my self-esteem has been at my lowest, this made me feel understood, and by someone I respect. I follow her Words of Women account but did not expect her book to be SO. GOD. DAMN. RELATABLE. It delves into what we all feel as women, at some time or another, but its NOT "self-helpy." It's more like talking with your really smart girlfriend over cocktails, who says, "I've been there. I still feel it sometimes. Trust me. This is what I learned..." **Edit: I saw another review that condemned the author for complaining, considering her socioeconomic privilege. I had a therapist tell me, "There is no hierarchy of sadness." I've tried telling myself that I shouldn't be depressed because people have it far worse than me, and guess what... that just makes you still depressed but also guilt-ridden. This book is a woman who knows she can be moody, and wanting to conquer that. In order to help the world, you must first help yourself, and while I recognize my privilege, I am so grateful for this exploration of taking your own thoughts seriously enough to get ahold of them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fay | books & freckles

    The title of this one immediately grabbed my attention, especially the subtitle after the year we’ve had: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴: 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘛𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘔𝘺 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘌𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘺 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦. This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, so this book fell into my lap at a very convenient time. Lauren Martin effortlessly blends scientific studies, timeless philosophies and her own personal stories to try to make sense of the moods that hold us hostage. It’s such a refreshing read as it’s not really a memoir or s The title of this one immediately grabbed my attention, especially the subtitle after the year we’ve had: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴: 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘛𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘔𝘺 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘌𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘺 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦. This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, so this book fell into my lap at a very convenient time. Lauren Martin effortlessly blends scientific studies, timeless philosophies and her own personal stories to try to make sense of the moods that hold us hostage. It’s such a refreshing read as it’s not really a memoir or self-help, but feels like you’re chatting with a close friend about what made you feel anxious that day while still making you laugh. Martin has such a witty yet sincere tone throughout, and there are endless quotes from women of note that also experienced these same struggles. It’s the perfect book to fit a chapter in with your morning coffee to start off your day in a good mindset, and a book you could flip through more than once once you’ve finished. Think Carrie Bradshaw in NYC, but instead of writing about her journey to find love, she’s writing about her journey to find the key to good mental health. Thank you @grandcentralpub for this gifted copy! 🤍

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anastasiya

    I really liked the books, though at first, I was hesitant to read. There are so many books in the "self-help" category these days, they get a little repetitive. Lauren Martin wrote a very personal, raw, and relatable book. I could see myself in her story. I loved that used situations as the labels for different moods, I think that's a more accurate description than labeling them as "stressed," "cranky," "anxious, " etc. As she went on to talk about each mood she spoke from personal experience bu I really liked the books, though at first, I was hesitant to read. There are so many books in the "self-help" category these days, they get a little repetitive. Lauren Martin wrote a very personal, raw, and relatable book. I could see myself in her story. I loved that used situations as the labels for different moods, I think that's a more accurate description than labeling them as "stressed," "cranky," "anxious, " etc. As she went on to talk about each mood she spoke from personal experience but also included research to back up her train of thought, and by the end of each chapter the simple but powerful takeaway always stood out to me. I didn't expect this book to make me evaluate my emotional responses, "my moods", and my perceptions of reality as much as it did. I can tell that the author put a lot of heart and work into this book. As a reader, I am walking away from this book with more knowledge about myself, about life, about others. I think this is an incredible book that puts what's going on in the mind of many women on paper and makes sense of all of the mess of feelings and thoughts we're experiencing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Neha Deshmukh

    Thank you, Lauren, for writing this book! I finished it within two days of receiving it. It was so honest, genuine, true, and loving towards its readers. I felt proud of the author--for being brave enough to write and tell her whole truth, in the hopes that others would connect and feel seen and unashamed in her reflection. Before this book I felt I was the only one who had all of these moods, and Lauren normalized every single one. Yes, you could probably chock these all up to "privileged girl Thank you, Lauren, for writing this book! I finished it within two days of receiving it. It was so honest, genuine, true, and loving towards its readers. I felt proud of the author--for being brave enough to write and tell her whole truth, in the hopes that others would connect and feel seen and unashamed in her reflection. Before this book I felt I was the only one who had all of these moods, and Lauren normalized every single one. Yes, you could probably chock these all up to "privileged girl problems", and the book certainly read quite white/cis-gender heterosexual, but I am neither of those things and I still related. It also wasn't lost on me the unwavering love of Lauren's husband, Jay. I often feel unloveable and ugly for all of these moods, and in Lauren and Jay we find an example of a partnership where all of these moods are seen right out on the table, and the love endures.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vika

    I have been following Lauren Martin on Instagram and was receiving her newsletter for years already, so it was only natural to also get her book the moment it was (pre)released. This book is a definite recommendation for anyone struggling with moods (hint: everybody does) as it offers a whole lot of suggestions and tips on how to overcome each and every one. I am on a self-emancipating journey myself, and most things she mentioned in the book I can not only relate to heavily but also found simil I have been following Lauren Martin on Instagram and was receiving her newsletter for years already, so it was only natural to also get her book the moment it was (pre)released. This book is a definite recommendation for anyone struggling with moods (hint: everybody does) as it offers a whole lot of suggestions and tips on how to overcome each and every one. I am on a self-emancipating journey myself, and most things she mentioned in the book I can not only relate to heavily but also found similar coping mechanisms. But especially two areas, family and work, are a huge bucket where I didn't even think about negative routines or beliefs I might hold. And she opened my eyes while at the same time giving me a whole lot of food for thought - and I appreciate that book and her so so much for this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz VanDerwerken

    It’s hard to know how to describe this book other than that I feel so seen. Lauren Martin has struck a perfect balance between relatable memoir and an accounting of popular science of the brain and human psychology. I often regularly experience the out-of-body feeling that is a cognizance of my own worst moments and emotions yet a helplessness to pinpoint the complexities of the “why” behind them. I’ve come to accept existential angst as my good friend but this book has been revelatory in ways I It’s hard to know how to describe this book other than that I feel so seen. Lauren Martin has struck a perfect balance between relatable memoir and an accounting of popular science of the brain and human psychology. I often regularly experience the out-of-body feeling that is a cognizance of my own worst moments and emotions yet a helplessness to pinpoint the complexities of the “why” behind them. I’ve come to accept existential angst as my good friend but this book has been revelatory in ways I can’t fully comprehend or explain. The resonance I’ve found reading “The Book of Moods” has made me feel less alone and undoubtedly has given me so much more food for thought.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Walker

    A masterpiece of a book! The book of moods is a work of art that seems to be years in the making. Lauren Martin knew her moments of up and downs of emotions needed some work, Thinking that there was something wrong with her. In The Book of Moods, Lauren goes in depth about who moods can effect everyone and that many of us aren't crazy as it seems. Follow her journey as she recounts certain moods and breaks them down to explain why we have certain moods and how we can, not necessarily make them A masterpiece of a book! The book of moods is a work of art that seems to be years in the making. Lauren Martin knew her moments of up and downs of emotions needed some work, Thinking that there was something wrong with her. In The Book of Moods, Lauren goes in depth about who moods can effect everyone and that many of us aren't crazy as it seems. Follow her journey as she recounts certain moods and breaks them down to explain why we have certain moods and how we can, not necessarily make them go away, but how we can control them to better suit ones self. This is a book that I will think about for a the time to come! Thank you to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    If you've ever had a mood, questioned your emotions, or felt alone in the issues that surround womanhood, you need to read this book. Lauren Martin's heart and soul went into this book and her writing is that of an old friend sharing her life with you. Her incorporation of psychology, religion, and emotional management into stories from her own life is superb. I will be reading this again, probably many times over, in the years to come. If you've ever had a mood, questioned your emotions, or felt alone in the issues that surround womanhood, you need to read this book. Lauren Martin's heart and soul went into this book and her writing is that of an old friend sharing her life with you. Her incorporation of psychology, religion, and emotional management into stories from her own life is superb. I will be reading this again, probably many times over, in the years to come.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Found this book exactly when I needed it. It’s relatable, digestible, well written, and makes me feel seen. I appreciate knowing I’m not the only one that experiences these moods, and I’m glad to have some more tools in my toolbox to overcome them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I enjoyed this book so much! It was easy to read, but 100% relatable. Lauren tells stories and gives tips on her own journey to changing her moods from down to up. I felt like I could see myself in so many of them and it was all just great reminders of the little things we need to do each day that add up to a happier self. thank you, Grand Central and Lauren for sharing this book with me!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carried__away__

    Fantastic book full of practical wisdom and tangible skills to relate to and help yourself through the moods we all have. I’m going to give this to my aunt, my sister, best friend and eventually my future daughter.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    100% the right book at the right time for me

  27. 4 out of 5

    hunter • litwithhoney

    I really enjoyed this one. I personally found Martin’s anecdotes and advice to be very real and practical. I’ve read a lot of criticism of her attitude throughout the book, however, I liked that she showed what could be perceived as a “negative” side of her, owned up to her behavior, but also provided insight to why she felt the way she did. Her honestly throughout was refreshing. If you think you’ve made it your whole life without having a single selfish or whiny-spoiled-brat moment, you’re lik I really enjoyed this one. I personally found Martin’s anecdotes and advice to be very real and practical. I’ve read a lot of criticism of her attitude throughout the book, however, I liked that she showed what could be perceived as a “negative” side of her, owned up to her behavior, but also provided insight to why she felt the way she did. Her honestly throughout was refreshing. If you think you’ve made it your whole life without having a single selfish or whiny-spoiled-brat moment, you’re likely wrong. We all have these moods from time to time, which is quite literally the topic of this book. It was evident that a lot of thought was put into each section, and I feel like I took a new perspective out of each. Special thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the advanced e-book copy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    MMC1

    As I was reading this book, I kept stopping and thinking to myself, "do I even like this book, should I keep reading this"? Which of course, wasn't a great sign. I did finish the book, it took me longer than I usually take to read a book, and it was a small book, but it really wasn't grabbing me. I have read several self-help books in the past and I usually get something out of them or they are written with great humor. This book really didn't have either. The author goes thru these "moods", whi As I was reading this book, I kept stopping and thinking to myself, "do I even like this book, should I keep reading this"? Which of course, wasn't a great sign. I did finish the book, it took me longer than I usually take to read a book, and it was a small book, but it really wasn't grabbing me. I have read several self-help books in the past and I usually get something out of them or they are written with great humor. This book really didn't have either. The author goes thru these "moods", which are separated by chapter, and which all of us will recognize in some form or another and discusses them as if they are great revelations. But while the author is going thru her struggles she does not mention if she was currently taking medication or seeing a therapist - both of which I definitely think she qualified for - in my unlicensed, purely unprofessional opinion. That's why I found this book questionable, what exactly was she trying to say? Her boyfriend, who later became her husband, is a saint, based on how she describes her comments and treatment of him. I will say the best chapter of the book is the last. The chapter is titled "Unforeseen Circumstances". There is where I most saw myself in the book, unfortunately, and was quite comforted to know that someone else out there can be thrown off by such seemingly minor "unforeseen circumstances" that are a normal part of life. If you are one of those people that does not believe in medication or counselors/psychologists/therapists, etc. than this book would be for you. It will acknowledge your feelings and tries to offer basic ways to help deal with these "moods". Otherwise....

  29. 4 out of 5

    {erika}

    Absolutely relatable and validating. I enjoyed the anecdotes a lot.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Briar Ellery Drost

    I’m not sure this book offers an abundance of useful ideas but it’s SO COMPLETELY relatable that I felt normal. I felt like I was okay and doing okay and was going to be okay. I haven’t read a book in so long that made me feel like I’m not a shitty wildcard. I loved it.

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