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How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books

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A humorous and insightful look into what advice works, what doesnt, and what it means to transform yourself, by the co-hosts of the popular By the Book podcast.

In each episode of their podcast By the Book, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take a deep dive into a different self-help book, following its specific instructions, rules, and advice to the letter. From diet
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Published March 17th 2020 by William Morrow
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sarah xoxo
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Be Fine is the perfect book for those wanting to gain insights and tips from self help- without having to sift through hundreds of books. After living by the rules of over 50 books, these authors share the best and worst advice they have been given.

Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer are hosts of the podcast 'By the Book', where they live by the rules of a different self help book for two weeks and share what worked for them, and what didn't.
I have recently really gotten into their
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well this title is surprisingly apropos of everything right now. The two hosts of the By the Book podcast have talked about putting self-help books into practice for a while - each episode of their podcast takes a specific self-help book, tries it out, and comes back to discuss the experience. This book pulls those experiences together like a review article, if you know academic writing. Rather than make each chapter a different book, they group concepts into two sections of what they found in ...more
Kelly
I haven't listened to the podcast from which this book is developed, but now I really want to. A fascinating look at self-help books, what works from within them, as well as what they all seem to be lacking or suggesting. As someone who loves self-help/self-improvement and yet finds so many so frustrating, this was totally up my alley. The authors, being podcasters, are natural audiobook performers, too.
Yesenia Juarez
That was fast, its ok...a vague summary of several self help books. ...more
Mehrsa
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
As one who is addicted to bad self-help books, this book was an appealing project to me. The best part is the authors' taking to task the worst kind of self-helps by the Rachel Hollis and Jen Sicneros and the diet types. I also LOVE that they both could not get into meditation. I am right there with them.
Beatriz Alves
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a gift for the fans of the show and the amazing women behind it. Its a treat to listeners and it is what it is: a summary of what the show brought to their lives (and to ours). It was a delight to read as much as much as it is to listen to the podcast. ...more
Jessi
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoy the By the Book podcast. Greenberg and Meinzer take two weeks and live strictly (sometimes not so strictly) by various self-help books. For those people who aren't avid self-help readers, they might wonder if there are really that many books out there. Oh yes, there are. Books that range from really useful to downright ridiculous and the authors of this book have read over 50 at this point. If you have ever wondered about self-help books, listening to the podcast is definitely ...more
Faith
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"And it's superhard to be a feminist and also ask your parents to spend thousands of dollars so you can publicly declare the fact that you're going to try your hardest to bone only one person for the rest of your life. But I wanted to have it all, and that meant making this promise to bone this one guy forever while dressed like a pretty, pretty princess."

HOW TO BE FINE is self-help book guide to reading self-help books. But also just a self-help book for the modern world. Jolenta Greenberg and
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Dara
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick, lighthearted read. The authors give a brief synopsis of 50 self-help books, each of which they lived by for 2 weeks. Its an entertaining premise and I was charmed by their personalities. ...more
Lauren Watts
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helpful without being preachy, "How to Be Fine" seemingly examines every self help book out there and teaches you to take what works for you. The authors are insightful, true to themselves, and accept that no book will ever fix everything. A good read if you want to get into self help books but have no clue where to start.
Rachael
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the By the Book podcast, and think Jolenta and Kristen are absolutely charming. The book is as entertaining and thoughtful as the podcast, but I think readers coming to it without knowing the podcast might be a bit lost.
Michelle
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Voice sounds consistent with the podcast. Good summary of what they learned during the first few seasons. Great tips for living too!
Candy
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
For fans of the podcast (By The Book) and self-help junkies
Ashley
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an avid listener of the By the Book podcast, I was a little skeptical that Kristen and Jolenta could tell me anything new about these 50 self-help books that Ive listened to them live by. But I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed their synopsis of what advice worked, what advice didnt work, and what advice they wished authors would write about. The last section especially touched me; so often theyve critiqued (rightfully so) books for not being truly body positive or not acknowledging the ...more
Norah Gibbons
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. How To Be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer is an extremely useful book for those of us that are secretly addicted to self-help books. The book grew from the podcast By The Book in which the authors choose a self-help book and spend 2 weeks living as directed by the book. They then discuss which parts of the books worked for them and which parts didnt and its an engrossing and engaging book to ...more
Traci at The Stacks
This book is great if youre not into self-help books but still want to get the good advice. Its still self help but not nearly as self righteous. Its inclusive and doesnt traffic in bullshit. It can feel sort of corny but overall a solid book. I listened to it and loved how natural the narration was. ...more
Gina
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Ive been enjoying the podcast, which I just started listening to this year. The first two parts of the book are mostly a recap of the podcast. The third part was sweet. Its not a very necessary book but its comforting, and I want to support the authors. Im gonna keep listening to the podcast to catch up to the current episodes. ...more
Kristina
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
The authors of How to Be Fine, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer, write about the 50 books they've read and followed for their podcast. Even if you haven't listened to their podcast you get a sense of their kind, blunt, and humorous personalities. They write about the books they liked, the books they didn't like, and give some advice themselves.
Jess
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
My favorite podcast has a book! Whats not to love?? ...more
MandM
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5. Best way to get through 50 self help books. Listened to audio book. Entertaining.
louise laguerre
I,m going to read this book and I hope I like it
Kathy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It highlights the positive points the authors gained from trying out various self help books for two weeks at a time. Parts are hilarious and they certainly dont pull any punches. It was enlightening for someone who tends to be oblivious to whats actually being said in some of these books, some subtle & some blatantly. This book is definitely worth a listen! ...more
Michelle
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pub date: Mar 2020
4.5 I loved the set up for this book: two authors go through 50 popular self- help books, sifting them into 2 categories: Things that Worked and Things that Didn't. They have a podcast where they'd lived each of these books for two weeks at a time, so this book is almost like a highlight reel for how these books affected them. I can see that this might not be for everyone, as you'd have to relate to at least one of the authors, but I did and found it very interesting to hear
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Beth M.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant idea, yall! If you havent listened to it yet, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer host a podcast called By the Book. The premise: They read popular self-help books and live by them for a full 2 weeks! Dont you just love that?!?

How to Be Fine synthesizes what theyve learned the good, the bad, and the ugly from living by 50 different self-help books. This is just genius to me because it gives the high points of these books without you having to read all 50 yourself!

The book
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Mel
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, reviews
I am not familiar with the authors or the podcast. I was amused by the authors reading 50 self-help books and giving their opinions on them, good and bad. Fun little read and I have read quite a few of the books mentioned as well. Loved the honesty and the sense of humor of these ladies.
Sarah Matchette
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of the amazing podcast By the Book will absolutely love this book, but so will many others! Jolenta and Kristen bring their humor, thoughtfulness, and honesty to this project in the same way they do their podcast, and it truly felt like an extension of what we already know and love about them.

I really enjoyed the way this book was structured. Using the 50 self-help books they have lived by, they talk about what worked, what didnt, and what these books usually dont touch on that they feel is
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Beth Robinson-Kinney
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of By the Book, and I've listened to most of the episodes. I also love to read self-help books. This is a good encapsulation of what the ladies drew out of their experiences living these books. their voices feature prominently in this book just as they do in the podcast. For those who have listened faithfully to the podcast, the chapters may feel repetitive, but I do think it is helpful for the authors to piece together their conclusions into an integrated whole. I like how they ...more
Leticia
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I've never listened to By the Book but I came across How to be fine and it peaked my interest, mostly because I feel like I share both the skepticism and the eventual excitement for self-help books as the authors. It was an enjoyable and quick read, both Kristen and Jolenta are interesting people and their experiment to live a different self-help book every couple of weeks is a pretty good idea. But after I finished I kept wondering who this books is for. As a non-listener of the podcast, it ...more
Steven
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Jolenta and Kristen are the Mythbusters of self-help! Every two weeks, they live by the advice of a trending tome and share their experiences on their podcast, By the Book. In How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books, the authors summarize what has worked, what hasn't, and what is undervalued. A prime resource for those seeking recommendations of what to read next, what to skip, and how to think critically about advice touted by self-help authors, ...more
Shayney Hardcastle
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
3.5 Stars
I have never listened to the By The Book podcast that this book is based on, but that didnt take away my enjoyment of this book. Jolenta and Kristen dont go in-depth into each of the 50 individual self help book that they lived by, but instead, this book is split up into sections, explaining the good, the bad and their general take from all these books and what theyve learned along the way. What theyve taken away and whether theyve changed their lives.

I like the fact that at the end of
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