Self Improvement

Mandy Kloppers

Good Reads

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1) The Giving Tree – (Lessons on unconditional love and selflessness).

2) The Blank Slate – Stephen Pinker:  (The nature vs nurture debate).

3) Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell (how little things can make a big difference).

4) Life: the Movie – Neal Gabler (the way people measure real life according to the ‘Hollywood’ representation).

5) Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg (how women can help themselves get ahead in the corporate world).

6) The Continuum Concept – Jean Liedloff (a new understanding of how we have lost much of our natural well-being and shows us practical ways to regain it for our children and for ourselves).

7) Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman (how our brains work)

8) The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida (A boy’s story of autism).

9) The Magus – John Fowles (A man trapped in a millionare’s deadly game of political and sexual betrayal).

10)Mindset – Carol Dweck (The Psychology of Success).

11)The Mind’s I – Douglas R. Hofstadter & Daniel C. Dennett (Fantasies and self reflection).

12)Science of Diskworld – Terry Pratchett (As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond.).

13)The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins (A preeminent scientist — and the world’s most prominent atheist — asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11).

14)Collapse – Jared Diamond. (How societies choose to fail or succeed).

15)Failing Forward – John Maxwell (Turning mistakes into stepping stones).

16)Awareness – Anthony deMello (Wake up and get busy!)

17)Kith – Jay Griffins (Childhood Unhappiness)

18)At Home in the Universe – Stuart Kauffman (self-organization is a great undiscovered principle of nature).

19)The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries).

20)The Quark and the Jaguar – Murrey Gel Mann (how complexity is derived from chaos and simplicity. Truly complex things come about as an emergent property and mostly as a side effect of truly simple processes).

21)Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom (wise words from a dying man)

22)My Stroke of Insight – Jill Bolte Taylor (absorbing and moving story)

23)Gathering Blue – Lois Lowery (opens your eyes to hatred and discrimination)

24)Because of Mr Terrupt – Rob Buyea (Life lessons)

25)Things That Make Us Smart – Donald A. Norman (defending human attributes in The Age of the Machine).

26)Switch: How to change things when change is hard – Chip Heath and Dan Heath (how to change when change is hard).

27)Addictive Thinking – Abraham J.Twerski M.D.

28)The Lost Choice – Andy Andrews. (the power of choice. Inspiring stuff).

29)Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl. (how he survived Auschwitz. Triumph over mind over matter).

30)A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson (interesting historical facts and the evolution of science).

I do not personally endorse or necessarily agree with the content in any of the above books. I wanted to present a wide variety of books offering many different perspectives. I hope you find one that you enjoy! Happy mindful reading…

Mandy X

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