07th August, 2015. 1:30pm
NaBloPoMo, Friday, August 7, 2015
Are you a fan of self-help/advice books? What has been your favourite one?
I was in College when I first come across Chicken Soup for the Soul. I was in the library, passing time with my best friend, when I saw a copy of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul lying on the table. I didn’t know who pulled them out of the shelf, but I picked it up and started skimming it. At first I thought it would bore me to death because it’s full of stories of people I know nothing about, but just before the bell rang, I find myself hooked on it. That very same day, before I went home, I went back to the library to borrow the book. It was then that I started falling in love with self-help books.
Yes, even though YA is my all-time favorite genre, I also happen to like reading other genres, and one of them is Self-Help books. I really don’t know why I love reading them, I’m not even sure if they helped me after reading them, but self-help books fascinates me a lot. There’s something in them that’s enlightening, plus, they teach you valuable lessons, too.
I don’t have an extensive collection of Chicken Soup, because most of the versions I read, I read either in our school library or while hanging out by myself at a bookstore. But the ones I have, I love so much. I especially love Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. It’s a birthday gift for me from one of my good friends that I really treasure and loved. I’ve learned a lot of things from the writers that contributed, and at times found myself relating to their stories.
Another favorite of mine is anything written by Mitch Albom. Tuesdays with Morrie is one of them, but I like reading anything by Mitch Albom because he never fails to make me cry in a good way. Unlike Nicholas Sparks who, despite his ability to write great love story, also always makes me want to slash my wrist at the end of each novel. Not Mitch Albom. His is inspiring and nostalgic and heartbreaking without making you want to jump off the cliff after finishing the book. I’ve actually almost read every book that he’s written (I have yet to own and read The Time Keeper). Yup, he really is one of my favorite non-YA authors.
Speaking of YA, I know some people may find YA lit shallow, but I think there are a couple of novels out there that “helps” readers get through the day. It’s obviously not written like those traditional self-help books, but I like to believe that there are YA books out there that deserves attention. I’m actually glad that more and more YA books are being published nowadays that break the mold. You know, those books that tackle realistic events like depression, being gay, and other mental health issues. One particular book that I love is My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I love it because it delves into teen suicide, what goes through their mind, and what could possibly drive them to take their own life. Another books that I love that I personally consider self-help are Gayle Forman’s I Was Here, Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead, Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, to name a few. They’re not your average self-help books, but self-help according to Wikipedia means a book that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving problems, and these above-mentioned YA books definitely helps you deal with things that makes you want to dig your own grave and bury your body yourself.