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Holly 500 books
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shannon 1 book
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Aaron 15 books
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Antoine 949 books
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Elan 24 books
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message 1: by Holly (new)

Holly Interlandi The great thing is that Calvin and Hobbes probably taught me more about life/myself than the entire Self Improvement section combined.


j to the muthafuckin R Calvin and Hobbes is definitely a good 'self-help' remedy.

I would also *highly* recommend the book "Days of War, Nights of Love" by a group called "CrimethInc." - it will fill you with self determination, and it continually begs the question - why do we always take so much of our energy to please others and yet, not ourselves...


message 3: by Atlas (new)

Atlas Hey good picks here!!!!



message 4: by Kwech (last edited Jul 07, 2009 08:20AM) (new)

Kwech Yeah - really good picks!


˚•—S—•˚ This is a cool list :D


message 6: by Greencow (new)

Greencow I LOVE WICKED!!!!!!!


message 7: by David (new)

David I usually cheer for the bad guy, so...


message 8: by Adam (new)

Adam Twilight and New Moon. In both of them, I hate the protaganist, as well as her boyfriend, so I was rooting for James. Not Eclipse though, because the werewolves were helping them, and I like the werewolf characters much more. (Thought I do like Alice, Emment, Roalie, Jasper, Esme, and Carlisle)


message 9: by Madeline (new)

Madeline Where's Othello? Iago is so much fun to hate, you just have to root for him.


message 10: by Sarah (last edited Feb 01, 2010 01:10AM) (new)

Sarah M I can not believe 'Skinny Bitch' is even on the list. Wow that is sickening. I have nothing against that type of a lifestyle. I DO have a problem with the way they continuously insult and degrade their readers. You can call it 'tough love--blah blah blah.' Its worse than most dietary books because it wants to prey on your insecurities to sway you to its own moral agenda. I say MORAL agenda because that is exactly what it is. Losing weight and getting healthy is SECONDARY. If you look at the calorie and nutrition info on the back of some of the alternative foods on the list given--they are in fact worse or just as bad. They are also setting a caloric intake that is not ideal for most women on a day to day basis. Whatever. These authors are two half wits that happen to be vegan and have barely a brain cell to rub together between them. Most diet books are bad but this one is deceiving making it all the worse. If Victoria Beckham didn't carry that book a few feet and happen to get photographed with it I wonder where It would be now....


message 11: by Jerry (new)

Jerry DiCairano Please be the first to review my new self-help book, "The Simple Habits of Happy People: How to Go from Sad to Glad in 21 Days or Less."

Thank you,
John J. Trimmer


message 12: by Ken (new)

Ken Montville Sarah wrote: "I can not believe 'Skinny Bitch' is even on the list. Wow that is sickening. I have nothing against that type of a lifestyle. I DO have a problem with the way they continuously insult and degrade t..."

I'm just coming across this list and I couldn't agree more with your observation. I'm a dude but I read one of the "Skinny Bitch..." books and was appalled. I guess this type of snarky writing style is indicative of the millennial generation.

Yes. They are vegans who are promoting a vegan lifestyle. Any weight loss is purely secondary and would be a happy side effect. There are plenty of other books - cookbooks - that will promote healthy vegan eating, if that's the path you want to take. The "Skinny Bitch..." books are pure marketing hype. Period.


message 13: by Maadin (new)

Maadin I love them!


message 14: by Deepak (new)

Deepak Rana Main hurdle is the mind. So try out some mind your weight type books?


message 15: by Karl (last edited Apr 19, 2014 05:48AM) (new)

Karl Perera Sorry for this spot of self promotion but my new book is worth it! Please vote for my new self help book:

Self Esteem Secrets by Karl Perera

Thanks!


message 16: by L. (new)

L. Soash Wow... Dale Carnegie, Stephen R. Covey, and Napoleon Hill... Great to see their books are still around. Excellent resources for self-improvement :)


message 17: by Rob (last edited May 03, 2017 08:23PM) (new)

Rob Cook Ur: You Are Who You Choose to Be Check out the new book UR: You Are Who You Choose To Be. 20% of the net proceeds from this book will go to charity.

This is a great book for the young in preparation for life and as a self-examination of character, values and choices. For the older it is a reminder that life is what you make it, and it's never too late to make the right choices for ourselves.

We all make choices in life everyday about little things and big things. These choices define who we are. You choose who you are and who you become through YOUR decisions. You control who you become.

The purpose of this book is for me to share my view
of the choices we all have and how I have tried to
live my life. My views have been acquired through
the relationships and interactions I have had with
family and numerous friends over the years,
particularly with my parents. I have been fortunate
over my lifetime to have had many great friendships
with many ethical, caring people of high integrity.

You know who you are.

My hope is that in the future this text may provide comfort and insight for my future family about how I lived and what I believe, not necessarily as a guide, but one way, my way, to look at the world. It seems to me that history repeats itself and I hope that sharing my view can be helpful to others. I don't always follow my own advice, but I do the best I can.

Who do you choose to be?


message 18: by Daniel (last edited Dec 07, 2018 10:58AM) (new)

Daniel If anyone is managing this list, a huge percentage are fake votes, almost certainly purchased. Any book that only 160 people have read is not "one of the greatest self help books of all time."

Authors buy votes to make it look like more people like their books than do.

Books in positions 5, 6, 7, 9, 17, 23, 32, 39, 41, 42, 51, 56, 59, 61, 63, 65, 71, 72, 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 83, 85, 86, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 should all be removed from the list.

If a librarian were interested, you'd almost certainly find those same books and authors have equally mysterious appearances on other "best of" lists on good reads. For instance, the person in spot 23 is one I often see with fake votes on lists all over goodreads.

It really seems like half the top ten on any list should not be made up of fake books/votes as is the case here. By my count, at least 37 of the top 100 are fake votes.

What a surprise that this other list shares almost all the same books with roughly the same number of fake votes for most of the books in question.


message 19: by Vicki (new)

Vicki A lot of books in the 1400s are fiction (thrillers and mysteries), not self-help books, The Lost Order, by Steve Berry, among others.


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