Thursday, January 10, 2013

{ the book chat - favorite self-help and inspirational books }


Thursday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. And not because it's payday either.  Thursday is Book Chat day.  This week Book Chat is all about your favorite self-help and inspirational books.  To be honest, I don't really read a lot of these kind of books.  I mean, I've read a few.

When I think of self-help and inspirational I think of Dr. Phil.  I have no idea why because I don't really like him (Sorry Dr. Phil fans!) and I've never even seen his show.  But anyway my first book thought is "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss.  One of my favorite teachers gave it to me at my high school graduation and I still have it today.

Have you ever read it?  I didn't pay much attention to it at the time and put it on a bookshelf to look pretty.  It wasn't until a few years later that I could understand it better and why she gave it to me.  Dr. Seuss isn't really "self-help" but he sure is inspirational.  

“Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind” 

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.” 

Self-help and inspirational books are aplenty and I don have some grownup favorites as well.  


I really like Jillian Michaels.  I'm really glad to see her back on The Biggest Loser this year.  I've heard good things about the middle three books.  They are on my library request list.  I may read them, I may not.  It took me a long time to read Jillian Michaels' book just because I feel like I have to be in a certain mood to read this genre of books.  Does that make me weird?  And Wreck This Journal is just that.  The author encourages you to throw the book. scribble in it and even poke holes though it!  I was horrified at first but it's oddly therapeutic.  But just the one time.  

What are your favorite self-help and inspirational books?

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  1. Dr. Suess! Of Course! All of his books have some message in them that could be seen as inspirational or motivating. Thanks for the reminder :)

    As for Jillian, I love her and I was glad to see she's on the biggest loser again. I would like to read a book by her just because I find her to be really motivating.

  2. The Wreck This Journal sounds so interesting! Thx for the suggestion, I'll have to check it out! :)

  3. Dr. Suess is AMAZING! Who would have thought it? He has awesome quotes :D

  4. Why didn't I think of Dr Suess! Love that book!!
    Great list! Thanks for linking up :)

  5. I LOVE that you mentioned Oh the Places You'll Go! I didn't link up today because I didn't think I had any books to talk about, but now that you mention it, I think I have an old post about this book that I can link up. Thanks! :)

  6. Dr. Suess is the best I love his books


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