The Book Nook

Welcome to the Book Nook! This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism.

This week’s recommended discussion: self-help. It can be a touchy subject, easily dismissed or downright reviled. Personally, I like the genre. The first title I remember picking up is Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. I thought that if I could master such an elegant concept, I’d get past the trauma that shattered me in the first place. A single book didn’t fix me, but it gave me a path to explore various ways I could continue to heal and grow. I am constantly fighting myself, and I’m not in therapy. I have found the teachings of seekers to be enormously helpful in identifying some of my issues and applying ancient wisdom or novel approaches to solutions. There lies one of the problems – self-help won’t make things bother us less. But it can give us tools to be less bothered. Another issue is the repackaging of similar ideas, or blockbusters that demand follow-ups or whole series; that’s the fault of publishing’s never ending appetite for profit. Self-help doesn’t have to be about therapeutic issues like anxiety, grief, or behavior – it can be about Eastern philosophy or improving soft skills. Anyhoo, I’ll let other people talk about their own experiences. I’d like to ask that we refrain from bashing the genre – individual books can certainly be hot garbage, but there are plenty that are quite good.

Settle into your favorite chair, and let’s celebrate the written word.

One caveat: because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone. The OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread. Pictures of books related to a post are fine, though.

upcoming topics:
10/23: hidden gems found at book sales (h/t to MisterSplendiferous)
10/30: Halloween reads
11/6: notable opening lines (h/t to Colonel Mustard)
11/13: biographies of fictional people (h/t to The Lancashire Crab)

Book Nook posts every Wednesday at 8:15 AM Eastern.