Although it looks like Ontario is approaching the hump on this wave of COVID-19, we’ve still got a while to go before social distancing begins to loosen up (and even then, it won’t be by much right away!) In the meantime, I know a lot of us are starting to feel the days drag, and it’s getting harder to feel motivated to do… anything sometimes. I’m not huge on self-help books in general, but I do read a ton of advice columns (which can often scratch a similar itch of providing a calming, positive perspective on life) and back when I listened to audiobooks compulsively, I did hit upon a few self-help-like books that gave me a better view on life and the world.
Here’s a few that you can access with your VPL library card:
Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection
None of us is perfect (of course!), but most of us are also our own worst critics, magnifying our own flaws so much we forget about everything else. In this book, Brown provides 10 reframing tools for approaching ourselves with more kindness and compassion, and rediscovering our self-worth. Available in ebook form on OverDrive, but since I also find Brene’s narration of her books calming in and of itself, you might also want to check out Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.
Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things
I can’t say enough good things about Cheryl Strayed’s approach to the advice column! When she took over Dear Sugar, she blew all conventions out of the water by meeting her advice-seekers with raw vulnerability of her own. This collection of some of her best and most widely relevant, evergreen columns is touching, heart-wrenching, and satisfying to read. Available in ebook or audiobook on OverDrive (and you get more of Cheryl’s great advice on the Dear Sugar podcast, where she partners with fellow former Dear Sugar author Steve Almond to give some more off-the-cuff advice.)
Alison Green’s Ask A Manager
Ok, this may not seem particularly relevant at the moment, but while Green’s advice is career- and work-focused, her no-nonsense additude and clear sense of what’s fair and just always helps me feel grounded, no matter what I’m struggling with in any given moment. Her column lately has been about as depressing as you might imagine under the circumstances, so that’s why its the perfect time to revisit this collection of classic advice, available to VPL users in ebook and audiobook through our partnership with Markham Public Library on OverDrive
I’d love to hear what your favourite advice writers or self-help experts are! Give me your recommendations in the comments 🙂