Summer Self Help Book Club

If the latest Oprah magazine is any sign, and you and I know it is, summer is all about reading.  The beach read.  Paperbacks, potboilers, or the books you haven’t made time for yet.  The lazy hazy days of summer are lifes’ invitation to crack a binding or two.

In this blogs history I have enjoyed the Summer of Being ( a summer spent trying to self improve and develop existentially) and last summer I FINALLY completed The Artists’ Way with Julia Cameron.

This summer I am embarking on a reading extravaganza!  This is a real challenge for me as I have a life long history of starting and not finishing hundreds of books.    My shelves are lined with books with book marks somewhere in the first ten chapters.  In my work as a life coach and as a girl with a strange passions for psychology and philosophy I  have a great passion to read.   The latest and greatest self help books always excite me and of course, many books are recommended to me over the year by clients, not to mention the ones I hear about on CBC, NPR or that I just come across in my own research.  With that as a starting point I have gathered together in my office a pile of  books I will read and blog about this summer.  Some are the ones I ordered from Amazon in the last 12 months that were regularly dusted but never quite got read , plus a few from workshops that I took.   I also did some research online about the top ten self help books of all time and I chose a few from there and one on the list was a gift from a dear friend.  Rounding out the top ten for this summer is a book that I bought for me and have longed to begin.  This one  will be an ongoing action read.  More on that later.

I love a project.  I just do.  I love the excitement of starting that new road.  The path that is unexplored and just waiting for me to get out my machete and to start hacking my way through it.  Just like you, getting started isn’t often the problem, following through, is!  You, dear reader, are my accountability.  I often advise clients to tell someone about their goal as it is a sure way to be motivated.  There is nothing like someone checking up on you to keep you on the beam.   Think about weight watchers a classic example of accountability.  As a coach I am often the accountability holder for my client with great success. So you are my accountability.   People ask how I learn an operatic role and I answer “Public humiliation is a tremendous motivator”.  Cruel, but true. Therefore  I’m making my reading list public.   I’m putting it out there and now I must finish or be forever diminished in the eyes of you, the reader.  (At least, that is what my inner arm chair critic is telling me right now.)

I’d love company on this summer journey so if you want to read along with me this summer or discuss any of these books here in the blog, or on my Face Book  page for The Resonant Life please chip in your two cents worth.  Heck, even a toonies’ worth!

MY SUMMER READING LIST (in order of reading)

  1. Loving What Is-Four Questions that can Change your Life- by Byron Katie
  2. The Happiness Project-Or, Why I spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun-by Gretchen Rubin
  3. Learned Optimism:  How to Change your Mind and your Life-by Martin E.P. Seligman
  4. The Geography of Bliss-One Grump’s Search for The Happiest Places in the World-by Eric Weiner
  5. Take Charge Living-How to Recast Your Role In Life One Scene at a Time – by Marion Kramer Jacobs
  6. I Could Do Anything-If I Only Knew What it Was- by Barbara Sher
  7. The Passion Test-The Effortless Path to Discovering your Life Purpose- by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood
  8. Man’s Search for Meaning- by Viktor E. Frankl
  9. Organizing From the Inside Out; The Foolproof System for Organizing your Home, your office, and your Life by Julia Morgenstern
  10. BONUS SUMMER PROJECT READ:

How to Be An Explorer of the World – Portable Art Life Museum by Keri Smith

Every Monday, starting July 5th, you can look forward to the book review.  I’m going to be focusing on who this book is for as well as what coaching insights I gathered in it that might be of assistance for you on your journey.  Before you plunk down your $20.00 or more ( unless like me you frequent ABE.COM where second hand books are cheeeaaap!)  why not let me read the book and find out if this book will make a difference for you?

More about How to be an explorer of the World by Keri Smith

Julia Cameron and The Artists’ Way taught me that being a creative person isn’t something that happens like breathing.  It is something I need to be consciously aware of and feeding all the time.  This book, which I found at Theatre Books in Toronto, is brilliant for creating found objects into art.  The premise is to retrain your brain so that you are thinking as an artist all the time.  The opening quote says:

We shall not cease from exploration

And at the End of all our exploring

Well be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time

By T.S Elliot, “The Four Quartets”

Not bad advice for living I think.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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