Signed: Booksmith SF (check before ordering) | Includes a small print!: Buyolympia | More: Books-A-MillionHudson BooksellersWaterstones (UK)Chapters (Canada) • Target (request it!) Amazon international redirect (outside of the U.S.) | German & Dutch translations available for pre-order now!


I wrote and illustrated this book! It’s available now! It’s based on my Real Life Charts project, which was born out of an ongoing struggle with chronic pain; many of the charts use real-life objects to help illustrate everyday ruminations.



From the publisher

Did I screw up? How do I achieve work-life balance? Am I eating too much cheese? Do I have too many plants? Through artful charts and funny, insightful questions, Michelle Rial (editor’s note: me) delivers a playful take on the little dilemmas that loom large in the mind of every adult. Am I Overthinking This? brings whimsical charm to topics big and small, and offers solidarity for the stressed, answers for the confused, and a good laugh for all."

This is a book of questions.
Questions the author (me) will attempt to answer and over-answer with the help of charts, graphs, and physical objects. Questions like: Which wine should I bring? How should I start this email? Do I really need more plants?

It's also a book of charts.
This book has dreams of being on your coffee table, but hopefully never as a coaster. It dreams of being a gift to your friend with the very serious plant hobby. It hopes to be a reminder that there isn’t always one right answer—and that, sometimes, the only answer is to pick a path and keep moving.


Here are some direct links to preorder from bookstores that deserve a visit (send me a note if I missed one!):

Powell’s (PDX) • Books Are Magic (NYC) • Hennessey + Ingalls (LA) • The Booksmith (SF) • Green Apple Books (SF) • The Last Bookstore (LA) • McNally Jackson (NYC) • Bookshop Santa CruzSkylight Books (LA)