8 Books That Will Encourage You To Embrace Your Weird

“There’s a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.”

― Alain de Botton

If there’s one thing you take away from our content this month, it’s to let your freak flag fly. We are such firm believers in embracing your weird and letting your individuality lead the way. If you’re like me and often turn to books for inspiration, you’ll love these reads. These eight books were written to encourage you to embrace your weird and written by authors who live the weirdo life with pride.

Here are eight books to add to your reading list + inspire your own inner weirdo.


Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

If you’ve ever seen Jenny Slate act, you know she’s a total weirdo. This book is the perfect choice for dipping your toe into the world of weird.


Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day

The title says it all, but this book is a must-read for any creative who strives to break the mold and go beyond our “basic” tendencies.


Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World by Melissa A. Schilling

Our favorite type of person is a quirky person! If you like a little scientific proof with your weird, you’ll love this book and the stories it tells of some of our world’s most famous innovators and their special quirks.


Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

This book will have you quite literally LOLing. Samantha Irby isn’t your typical 40-year-old. She is a total weirdo and creative genius that we can’t get enough of. Her book of essays will having you cracking up and appreciating your own beautiful quirks.


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

This is one of my all-time favorite memoirs because Mindy Kaling is such a total weirdo, yet completely relatable. My fellow weirdos will love this book from beginning to end.


Weird: The Power of Being an Outside in an Insider World by Olga Khazan

Weird explores why it is that we crave conformity, how that affects people who are different and what they can do about it. I love how the author combines her own story with those of others and with fascinating takeaways from cutting-edge psychology research. This book will inspire you with tales of how successful individuals learned to embrace their weirdness, using it to their advantage.


You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Yes, Felicia Day made the list twice, but the woman loves her weirdness! If you love the actionable content in Embrace Your Weird, you’ll love Felicia’s personal memoir.


Weird But Normal by Mia Mercado

This relatively new book of essays uses sharp humor and wit to explore the awkward, uncomfortable, surprisingly ordinary parts of life and shows us why it’s strange to feel fine and fine to feel strange.


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram