Books

Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself by Scott Cooper – This book was good.  I enjoyed reading it and found it to be helpful.  At first I thought it was corny how the author related everything to birds (The OCD hates birds) but it worked.  There were many helpful tips for kids in this book and I have suggested it to parents struggling with how to help their children going through these types of problems.

“Being assertive means sticking up for yourself and others.  It means asking for what you need or deserve in a strong, confindent way.”

Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley – I am a huge Fly Lady fan.  I love her to pieces.  She gets it – she really does.  Non ADHD people will say, “just do it.”  Non ADHD people don’t struggle in the same way with structure, organization, house cleaning and time management.  The Fly Lady way isn’t for people with ADHD but for anyone who struggles with maintaining a home, family, life, everything.  Not everyone is BO – born organized.  Some of us are SHEs – sidetracked home executives.  Gotta love her – I sure do.

Better Than Chocolate: 50 Proven Ways to Feel Happier by Siimon Reynolds.  This book fell into my lap when I needed it the most.  It’s simple, bright, positive and most importantly helpful.  50 ways, short descriptions and colorful illustrations.  I love this book.  I need to buy it again which I haven’t yet (lost my copy).  Keep borrowing it from the library which makes me feel bad because others can benefit from it too.  The e-version is $10 but I can’t bring myself to buy it just yet.  I’ve read this book at least 20 times already and continue to refer back.

The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Niven (Kindle Edition – Mar 17, 2009) – Kindle eBook.  I love this book.  My only complaint is the little smiley faces all over the inside pages.  born negative I know but striving to be positive.

The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul by Dave Bruno (Paperback – Dec 28, 2010).  I have to admit – I’m a clutter hog that has always admired minimalists.  I form such emotional attachments to my things and my unrealistic dreams.  I was initially attracted to this book because 100 is my “magic” number and the premise was interesting.

Dirt by Mindy Lewis and Mindy Lewis (Kindle Edition – Mar 1, 2009) – Kindle eBook.  A beautiful collection of essays written by multiple authors about their relationship with housework.  It’s a touching collection – offered interesting insights into the lives of others in the most personal way.  LOVED IT!

The Daring Book for Girls by Miriam Peskowitz and Andrea J. Buchanan (Hardcover – Oct 30, 2007).  One of my favorite books of all times.  A must have for any girl.

Bossypants by Tina Fey (Kindle Edition – Apr 5, 2011) – Kindle eBook.  An amazing book by a very funny person.  She made me want to watch tv which is something that doesn’t happen too often.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness by Daniel G. Amen (Paperback – Dec 31, 1999) The most helpful book I’ve read about mental illness.  It helped me tremendously just by helping me accept that it’s a medical condition.

Anthem by Ayn Rand (Paperback – Dec 1, 1999).  The version in my head that I remember is better.  15 years ago I read this.  I recently reread the book.  Worth reading?  for the thought provoking ideas brought about by reading this book – yes.  for the actual storyline – no.

Don’t Give Me That Attitude!: 24 Rude, Selfish, Insensitive Things Kids Do and How to Stop Them by Michele Borba (Paperback – Mar 29, 2004) This is one of the best parenting books I’ve come across.  If you have a child or work with children this book is great.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (Property of Harry Potter) (Paperback – 2001) – Funny book and a good addition to any Harry Potter Collection.  I would have loved to see more illustrations but it was a good read none the less.

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife (Paperback – Feb 7, 2012).  I never buy books meant to supplement movies.  I typically think they are ridiculous.  This book however is beautiful.  It’s visually stunning, filled with substance and deserves a place on my shelf.  Even as I declutter this book is a keeper.

Organize for a Fresh Start: Embrace Your Next Chapter in Life by Susan Fay West (Kindle Edition – Sep 22, 2011) – Kindle eBook.  I like how this book addresses the emotional part of organizing and declutter.  It also talks about how our home changes as we change and progress through transitions in our lives especially the major ones.

Sanity Savers by Dale Vicky Atkins and Barbara Scala (Kindle Edition – Oct 13, 2009) – Kindle eBook.  Because as a wife and a mother of a very active, emotional girl I could definately use some sanity saving advice.  Loving it so far so this is on my wish list.

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