Join our giveaway below for a chance to win one of three book sets on personal growth!

By Ilia U.

It is inevitable for life to break us. Death, tragedy, deep humiliation, injustice — these are all very common occurrences and yet, as human beings, we seem sorely unprepared for them.

There is also a loneliness that comes with unimaginable loss. We never feel most isolated, most alone than in the midst of pain and grief. This is, perhaps, why Option B is compelling. I wouldn’t normally feel that Sheryl Sandberg’s life is similar to my own. She is, after all, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, a woman with real power and influence, with vast resources easily available to her. But reading how she dealt with her husband’s unexpected death, how grief became a permanent settler in her life, how she had to rebuild her world, made me feel a kinship with someone who would have otherwise felt like a stranger. Death and loss is humanity’s common denominator.

“I thought about how humans have faced love and loss for centuries, and I felt connected to something much larger than myself—connected to a universal human experience.”

Part memoir, part practical psychology (thanks to Adam Grant’s insights and contribution), part crash course on how to pick up yourself after catastrophe has wrecked your life — Option B is an honest, big-hearted read full of small but useful strategies to help you move past the hard times, and perhaps find yourself a stronger person in the aftermath.

Although its prose can feel somewhat fragmented, what I appreciate most about Option B is how rooted it is in the realities of everyday life. It doesn’t peddle the “mind over matter” type of cliches that the self-help genre is often replete with. Both Sandberg and Grant realize that people need real, tangible things to help them overcome grief and keep them from spiraling down a ravine of hopelessness: financial support; physical companionship; safety nets like insurance, healthcare, good access to childcare support; faith and prayer; and patience and encouragement from friends and colleagues.

“For people living on the edge, paid family leave, quality health care, and mental health coverage can make the difference between hanging on and falling off.”

Sandberg is also always fully aware that she has access to resources that most people don’t —she then uses this as a springboard to point out how much work needs to be done to make sure nobody gets left behind when disaster strikes, as it surely will. (This read will be particularly insightful for policy makers, whether in government or in the private sector, as it sheds light on how our institutions can build support systems that everyone will eventually need.)

Option B is not just a book for those dealing with pain or for those desperately picking up the shards of their life, it is a fruitful read for everyone. It can teach you how to see life as a journey on a sea of constant change, of frequent storms, of gusting winds that sometimes takes you off-course — but it can also show you that, with some help and a sober perspective, a way back to shore is possible.

Join our giveaway for a chance to win one of three book sets on personal growth!

Titles included in the set:
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick
Wait, What? by James E. Ryan

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Ilia gave up instant coffee three years ago and never looked back. Words are her first love but she also works with numbers now.

[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]


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  1. I would say Thirteen Reasons Why helped me in some ways when I read it six years ago. I understood Hannah’s situation and sympathized with her. 13RW opened my eyes to how crueler other people can be and how the things we say, no matter how little, can change other people’s lives without us being aware of it. And most importantly, that we can change a person’s life in the simplest way possible; by being there for them whenever possible.

  2. The book that helped me is “The Gift” by Max Lucado. It was given as a gift by student last November. I remember when I first opened it, I was blue and the first chapter that I read helped me. After that, I have been bringing the book everywhere and I am reading it daily. Books are really timeless because they will take you to a different dimension and will really affect your life. As for me, it was life changing and I would never forget it.

  3. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves probably is that book that I’ll always read when I feel like falling out. This book helped me grow to be the person I am today.

    This is a story about a girl,Hanna, who suffers from Bipolar Disorder that moves into a town full of doors and unexplained things that comes out of it. It’s about how her mind cope up with all this craziness while wanting to be loved and accepted. I feel in love with Hanna because she is confident but also so lost. And it’s not like any book I have ever read it doesn’t romanticize mental illness and doesn’t use it as an excuse for the character to be poetic or deep it’s just shows mental illness…as mental illness, with all it’s ugliness and gory. The thing about this book that inspired me the most is that it really show the saying “you’re not your mental illness” and that was depicted amazingly in the book. Hanna is the bad ass woman I aspire to be. Just *screams* I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!

  4. “when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”
    -The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

    This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom is about an Andalusian sheperd boy names Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treassure burried in the Pyramids.

    Santiago’s journey and spiritual quest, the people he meets, the dreams he has, the omens he encounters, and the nature he speaks to, are all things that we can relate to..things that we’ve either forgotten about or simply dismissed as childhood fantasies. It is all about finding your Personal Legend and pursuing your dream regardless of any hurdles, and about being spiritually connected to the universe, which is part of us, and part of God. We are all one.

    Reading this book always sets me back on the right path towards achieving the dreams I have put on hold. We always try to do what everyone expects of us like pursuing a career that you hate just because that is what everyone does. Recognizing my personal legend, being able to talk to the trees, sky, ants, the core of the earth, the air particles, and to my heart, feeling a deeper spiritual connection with everything/everyone that is around me, feeling God inside me, and not being afraid of failing or facing challenges are just some of the few things this book has given me.

  5. Zyron Soriano

    I used to ask myself everyday, ‘Why am I different?’ until I found the award winning novel Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. The book helped me understand that there are questions that doesn’t have to do with the answers and answers that doesn’t have to do with the question. Life gets tougher as we grow up, and all you can do about it is to learn, adapt, and be mature enough to understand that all of us are born unique.

  6. Nichole Cate Evangelista

    Honestly speaking, Haven’t read any book except for some filipino love stories that some of my friends wanted me to read and the book titled, Flipped. And it was a cliffhanger. It didn’t help me grow to a better person because it is about love, young love. But when I saw the Option B on your post and the Overview of that book it somehow captured me and I relate to what that subtle overview. I am giving a chamce to myself to read a book that maybe can help me more understand things in life and why things are happening to me. This roller coaster life or this hurricane I’m experiencing or the depressions I’m facing and these situations I always end up wanting to end everything in life. Luckily i saw that I can have a chance to get it free so I gave it a chance and maybe it’s a sign for me too.

  7. The book that left a lasting impact on me was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. I read it when I was in mt first year of high school. What I liked about the book was how the author was able to digest the content so well that he could deliver it in a way that was very easy to comprehend. I was only 12 then; and 12 year olds don’t usually read self-help books, but this was a game-changer. It had illustrations and little doodles and maps and all the kinds of things kids love to see in books. It taught me about being proactive, breaking paradigms, and beginning with an end in mind. These are just some of the lessons that helped me get through high school and even college. I would definitely recommend it to teens, adults, and anyone interested in getting started.

  8. Joyce Marquez

    Sally Sandberg’s Lean In not only inspired be to be better at home and at work but also encouraged me to help other women achieve their goals in life, whether they’re working or stay at home moms.

  9. Girlie Camungay

    The book that helped me grow in some way is The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. I like this book because it conveys a message that everyone joins a band in this life. Your first band is your family and as life goes by, you will join other bands. I’ve learned that I should build a good and memorable relationship in any band that I’ve joined because I don’t know when will be the last time I’ll be a part of it.

  10. Jab Marohom

    More Happy Than Not changed my views on sexuality and depression and LGBT romance. Adam Silvera is really the missing voice in the YA genre and it makes me feel some belongingness when I read his works, especially MHTN.

  11. Jambernadette Lachica

    One of the books that helped me grow is Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland. She said “Love doesn’t need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can’t judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included. Sometimes it dies with a person, sometimes it dies on its own. The greatest love story ever told doesn’t have to be about two people who spent their whole lives together. It might be about a love that lasted two weeks or two months or two years, but burned brighter and hotter and more brilliantly than any other love before or after. Don’t mourn a failed love; there is no such thing. All love is equal in the brain.” This really hits me. I don’t know why but it really hits me. It’s not just about Boyfriend/Girlfriend Relationship it also about your relationship with your parents, friends, etc. This book helped me grow to become mature in life. It makes me think how lucky I am because I feel loved by every person I knew.

  12. Katrina Torres

    In this day and age where it is too noisy, we can get easily distracted on what really matters in life. I think this book will be a great read to keep us grounded.

  13. Florence Deanne Barcenas

    This set seems to be a great collection of powerful and light books I’d definitely be excited to read! Hoping to get my hands on those

  14. Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms (by Max Lucado) made quite an impact. When I am a bit sad, I just re-read it and I would feel better (aside from the Bible).

  15. Uldrick Felip Rico

    The Secret book of Rhonda Byrne has shaped me to overcome the hardships on my life. I will win this giveaway. Like attracts like as the book says. This positive disposition and perspective on things has lead me to good things, better even.

  16. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It’s a must read and a must have! The book has helped me increase my productivity through the methods and insights Covey shared in the book.

  17. Ysabella Lonzame

    The ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ trilogy helped me improve myself as a person, specifically as a woman. Though it’s not really a self-help book and it inspired me to rise out of darkness and be a strong person for others and most importantly myself. I somehow adapted Feyre’s strength and maturity after I finished the whole series. I’m looking forward to improve myself more now that I’m in a particularly tricky stage of my life called Senior High School.

  18. Do Hard Things by Alex Harris was the first ever self-help book I read, and it challenged me to stop being complacent at a young age—to always strive for excellence in whatever I do. 🙂

  19. Great reads and self-improvement are what a person needs in an environment filled with constant change and development.

  20. I really would like to read more books and venture to self-help books. I haven’t read some or maybe I did but wasn’t aware of it. But reading one would be so much of help!

  21. This would be an interesting read! I’ve always want to acquire more self-help books to help pull myself together. I’m glad this book does not portray the self-help guide cliches because that’s what I’ve been looking for, too. 🙂

  22. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

    It helped me discover God’s design of manhood. Ever since I read it, I had a sense of calling that I should help other men to discover that God is calling them to pursue His design of Manhood, which is authentic, instead what yhe world claims as generic manhood.

  23. The Purpose Drive Life help me grow emotionally, mentally, and spirituality. It helps you understand things that are sometimes hard to understand especially when we’re going through something difficult. It gives you insights about the things happening around you. I like how you get to answer some questions after reading a chapter every day.

  24. Mon Ramos

    The Happiness Project had a big impact on me, and quite frankly was the first “self-help” book I read. After this I became aware of my strengths and weaknesses. With this understanding I have continuously worked on improving myself. Getting one of the book sets will be really, really meaningful for me.

  25. Books helps me overcome stress and obstacles in my boring life. I enjoy reading books during my free time which helps me to go away from my adult life for at least a short time. It takes me to a whole new surrounding, a whole new paradise. Just as by reading, I can travel in anywhere I want for free, imagine things and exhale.

  26. Hoping I could get a hand of the books, really interesting book to read. A big check!

  27. Maria Belen Espinoza

    Interesting set of books! Looking forward to be able to read them! 🙂

  28. Marianne Manzano

    “Chicken Soup for the Soul; Think Positive for Kids” helped me grow and uplift myself. I received this book as a gift and at first, I didn’t want to read it because I thought it was boring. But when I finally decided to read it, it helped me develop my self-esteem and helped me in making right decisions. It also taught me to be optimistic in life and appreciate everything that I have.

  29. I don’t think that Harry Potter Books are self-help book but it made me realized that sometimes it’s not the character/attitude you have that will define you but the character/attitude that you value the most.

  30. Tessa Densing

    Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In definitely is one in my top self-help books that everyone under 30 looking for career advice and motivation should read. This book was definitely helpful in motivating to drive my career even amidst plans of marriage and motherhood.

  31. Jenina Sy

    “For One More Day” by Mitch Albom has left a lasting impression on me. It reminded me to treat every moment like it’s the last one and that every interaction with another human being is important. It’s a book I try to reread on a yearly basis, usually before the New Year comes upon us.

  32. Hainie Sabangan

    I never read any books that really helped in my personal growth. That’s why I’m curious about these books you have in your blog. I’m looking forward in reading them.

  33. Mary Johnnine E. Teope

    These books got me curious as i want to learn more about life and to somehow widen my perspective, as it might help me grow more to be a better and bigger person in everyday life.

  34. I was a self help book junkie for a long time (I’ve since toned down!). But what really helped give me different perspectives are Cal Newport’s So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Greg Mckeown’s Essentialism!

  35. Clyde Rennell A Lipnica

    I don’t read self-help books (although I have always wanted to) primarily because it seems like an indication that I don’t know much about myself. What has influenced me though are the Bible Stories through this “Bible Story Library” my aunt gave me when I was a kid. I have loved the story about Jonah the most.

    When I got into high school, I started reading novels by Sidney Sheldon (also through my aunt) and that also influenced me and encouraged me to speak in English better (primarily because I live in the province and not everyone really prioritizes speaking well then).

    Since then, I have craved to read and read and read because it takes me to someplace else and I get to learn stuff.

  36. I dont have books but I loved reading books it will helped me grow. I can use what I learned when Im experiencing difficulities.

  37. Marie Lyzette Cuenca

    Mine would be The Comprehensive ENFP Guide by Heidi Pribe. 🙂

  38. The only book that I read is “The Little Prince” it helps me to learn more what is life and never forget your childhood.

  39. The book that helped me to grow is the Bible. God’s word helps me to have strength in each day and grow in the love of Christ and God. Reading a verse or two helps me get by the challenges and it reminds me to be joyful and give joy to others.

  40. Heather S

    “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi was spectacular. Neurosurgeon turned patient fighting for his life was brilliant and raw and the way he shares his personal experience with facing his own mortality is beyond inspiring. If you haven’t read it yet I highly highly highly recommend it. It helped me stretch and grow so much.

  41. Before I Fall isn’t a Self-help book but after I finished reading, it gave me a piece of advice that will always remind me in my every day life.

  42. Not much of self-growth books but children’s books speaks a lot to me about life and keeping things simple. One of them is Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster. It gives peace to a chaotic mind. 🙂

  43. To be honest, I have not many books about self-growth but I’ve read some contemporary books like All The Bright Places that helped me realized that I’m not the only person who experience this like anxiety. But reading books helped me to get away from all the things that are going on in my head. Lol yes, anxiety won’t keep my brain shut but through reading at least, it helped me to stay away from all the worries.

  44. Maybe it’s just my love for reading but I believe every book that I’ve read so far is a self-help book. Every story and every character (including the supportings) has their own advices that they were able to express in the book. Whether it’s from a particular situation or the character’s shared point of view, e.g. of how life changes in a single decision. Every book has helped me strive to become a better version of myself. I guess that’s the thing about reading, it never fails to give an impression to the reader which he/she may carry it for the rest of his/her life. These books from the giveaway may be just another set of books that could help me grow but truthfully, every book is a gem itself and I would be very happy to be able to read it. Also, the same with the other books that I’ve read, sharing it to my friends will definitely excite them and it might help them when it comes to self development as well.

  45. Elvie Mae Balea

    It was Lousa May Alcott’s Little Women that helped me grow in certain ways especially in terms of my relationship with my parents and siblings.

  46. For me, the book that helped me grow as a person is Tuesdays with Morrie. Every chapter of that book is filled with life lessons. It is a very inspirational read.

  47. Jayson Bumagat

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
    It really gives you ideas how to become a better person in terms on money and life. How you will organize your life and to think how to get your goals. Writing down your goals,doing actions on them and to see the results in the future. It also shares how the succesful ones achieve thier goals by not giving up because they stayed on their visions that what they are doing even it is hard will truly change their lives.

  48. What a good book set you have here. I hope to read them too.

  49. Erika Laron

    The Thea Stilton books helped me grow a lot personally. They helped me to discover my love for reading and in turn, reading has helped me in so many aspects of my life.

  50. Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project was the first memoir and self-help book I read. Since then, I’ve been interested on the said genres. It would really be nice if I could own and read more self-help books since reading it helps me understand myself and people around me better.

  51. Julie Erasga

    One of the books that have helped me grow is “Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. It’s packed with a lot of practical tips to improve your health and relationships, cultivate your passion, contribute to others, and achieve personal growth. Whether you’re a minimalist or not, you’ll definitely learn something new from the book.

  52. Kathrice Doll Marayag

    Aside from the Bible which has really changed and is still changing my life, books by Francis Kong and Bo Sanchez have helped me in my growth as a better person. My perspective in life has changed thanks to these two guys. I’ve been through trials, sadness and grief but I realized that all of these are part of the journey called life and that as demonstrated by the movie Inside Out, joy isnt the only emotion we should be having. Being sad makes us human but it’s also up to us how we should correspond to our blues and use it for something good-something that will actually help us grow and be strong.

  53. If there’s any book that helped me from growing more humane, it had to be the Giver. The Giver is one of those rare books that I’ve read that explored human nature and self preservation. Growing up distancing myself from the exploits of the outside world, I learned to separate my feelings, choices, and overall personae from the people I had to care about and “should” empathize with, in result gaining friendships and trust, socializing had been a pretty hard thing for me to put up with., that is why at the first few flip of pages of the book, it blatantly acted out as some sort of personal caveat for my cold-hardheartedness that I should’ve learn to drop early and to begin by being flexible enough in any situations at all cost. Furthermore, it heightened my desire to live my life in the best and most satisfying way I could ever think of. This had been my life’s turning point.

  54. So many books! Let me start with Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” helped me deal with day to day struggle of medicines unfixable. His Checklist Manifesto and Complications also gave me a real life idea into practicality of reducing errors in medical life. Anne Hadley’s Everybody Writes and Stephen King’s memoirs “On writing” are personal favorites. Helped me out greatly with writing! I got most of my life hacks from Tim Ferriss’ “The Four Hour Workweek” and “Tools of Titans”.

    Indeed I’m fully booked with books. So more books, yes! Option B should be I nice addition to my reading list! Thanks Fullybooked

  55. John Paul Solatorio

    What book has helped you grow in any way? Share your answer in the comments.
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I read it when I was a kid (probably 9 years old) and fell in love with
    the world of fiction and make believe. Being a person of logic and science, reading fiction helped me
    grow creatively and become interested in the arts.

  56. Maybe The Little Prince sounds a little too cliche but it’s a classic that has thought me a lot of things in life since highschool. Once in awhile I read the book to remind me of things I should and still need to learn.

  57. “Everybody Writes” by Ann Handley isn’t a self-help/personal growth book but it helped me a lot in facing my insecurities about being a writer. This book discusses tips and styles on how to write better in the marketing world but it also answers my biggest question life on who can be considered a writer. At this day and age, everybody can be called a writer, but only a few can write well. And I guess I hinged on that last clause to pursue what I love doing the most–even if it isn’t the most ideal or traditional set-up.

  58. Vanessa Chan

    I thought it was cliché when people say that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is their story but after reading it’s third book, Always and Forever Lara Jean.. It felt like it once was my story too. Thank you fullybooked for the chance!

  59. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven.

    I am worth it. I am loved. No one can take away my worth no matter how physically or mentally different I am.

  60. Patrick Cendreda

    The Boys in the Boat. I t tells the story of the US rowing team who make it to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. One of the most inspiring books I have ever read and my favorite to this day. It taught me that if those boys could go through everything that they did, then I can get through my own struggles. It helps to get a little perspective.

  61. This is probably a cliche answer, but I still go back to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. And I’m talking about the standalone book and not the hodgepodge collection that is the 48 Laws of Power. He certainly had a mind of tactical thinking and making the most of your efforts or limited resources and those principles have worked across a wide variety of situations in my life.

  62. Miles Lanver Llaneta

    It’s Kind Of A Funny Story helped me somehow because being the social pariah in a science high school whereas I’m also the eldest son who my parents depend on to take care of my brothers caused me to be sad. Depressed. I guess people will just say “he’s just looking for attention” but in reality, I was giving them signs of what I was going through. Being a reader made my mind think wider and my heart feel deeper so when I got the chance to read this book, I also met friends and changed my social outlook.

  63. Two books that changed my life are both from Khaled Hosseini, particularly “Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” Both made me realize that kindness, compassion, and the intense beauty of the I-Thou encounter with every other being are infinitely more fulfilling than money, status, prestige and power.

    It resonates a memorable line from the film Moulin Rouge! (2001): that deep down, the greatest thing one can ever learn is to love and be loved in return.

  64. One of the books that helped me grow a lot was Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I was pretty lost a few months back but after reading that I had some mini realizations and it helped me understand more of myself.

  65. Angelica Herico

    One of the books that I loved reading was Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Somehow, it made me understand men and women better and it helped me with my current relationships.

  66. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie really helped me grow as a person, and especially as a woman.

  67. Presence by Amy Cuddy helped me to become a better person. It’s a very good read.

  68. Bea Sorilla

    I’ve been reading self-help books since elementary. Being unreasonably and extremely shy, I picked up Carnegie books when I was still in 4th grade, hoping to improve myself and how I get along with people. I can’t say I changed drastically but I since then thought very differently, firstly putting myself in other’s shoes and trying to see from their viewpoint –which I believe is how reading books work.

    Books are like windows to other people’s minds. You get to see what the author is thinking and imagining, even how the author is feeling. Also got to say I’ve always wanted How to be Everything, and now that Ryan and Grant is in a package together with Emilie, I just need to have this :crossfingers:

  69. wow. 🙂 i cant wait to read these books.! thanks Fullybooked for sharing.

  70. Cristel Abenes

    Books are full of lesson. Every book i read was unforgettable, i treasure every part of it. I don’t have to choose was the best because all of it was worth reading for. And i want to get my luck in this giveaway. Books are part of my life. Reading is my companion. I’m a bibliophile.

  71. The book that helped me grow in different ways is probably the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series. Honestly, I feel like I am Lara Jean. Because she felt the same thing I felt upon entering college. I’m a high school student and the thought of being away with my parents when I turned college scares me. I have to leave my comfort zone for a brighter future, but it still scares me whenever I imagined myself being alone in my life without them in it. There are so many what if’s that’s going through in my head. But the series made me realize that I need to get out of my comfort zone to see the light. To see the real world that is waiting for me. And you don’t have to be scared with relationship. Relationships are not perfect, but it’s beautiful from the way it is. And Lara Jean describes her relationship with Peter K like it is the best part of her teenage life. I want to trust myself that I’m going to be fine in college. That I will be able to find a new comfort zone in the new world that I am going to enter. We have to let the universe to do its own thing.

  72. The book “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst has had a profound impact in my life. Reading it has helped me realize a true sense of purpose and to use that purpose to make intentional decisions. It has made saying “no” so much easier to certain things in order for me to say “yes” to things that truly matter. 🙂

  73. Gela Banaag

    This will be an interesting book to read! I’ve always wondered what other people think about these kind of things since I’ve gone through something like that recently.

  74. Aivhe Ortega

    Why Men Love Bitches and Why Men Marry Bitches by Sherry Argov. I’ve been in a series of failed relationships. These books helped me break the pattern I’ve been doing. It helped me understand men and myself.

  75. The book that helped me grow and improve myself is The Return Of The Young Prince written by A. G. Roemmers. It has helped me realize that things are not always what they seem. That we only open our eyes to the things we want to see, never for once we opened our hearts to understand. Reading it has made me realize things in a heartbreaking perspective, which admittingly, has brought me into tears. Life has its own wonders and mysteries, but the only thing that most of us did was ignore it and focus more on what we think is important. We forgot to make the most out of every day that we spend the rest of our lives sulking and complaining about the things that do not really matter. The Return Of The Young Prince has made me a better person, and it taught me a lesson that I will forever live by.

  76. Sandra Berjamin

    I have only just started reading self-help books recently and these are exactly the books I need because I am about to start a new big chapter in my life. I then need all the help I need to get through it.

  77. Kathleen Faith Abuyog

    One book that helped me grow in some ways was Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind Of A Funny Story. I learned about my “Anchor” and “Tentacles”. These “tentacles” are those things that drown us that we could no longer breathe. These are the things that are never good for us. But to outweigh these negativities, we must embrace the “Anchor”. The Anchor may be the things you love to do, the things that inspire you, or just something that bring out the goodness and positiveness out of a person. These were the things that I learned from the book. I couldn’t really explain perfectly, that’s why one must read the book. It was emotional for me, and that book changed me. It nurtured me with knowledge I could never forget.

  78. Charmaine Galano

    I am interested in this book ever since I read Sandberg’s article on teaching and developing children’s resilience in the face of personal loss and death of a family member.

  79. Leejan Balagtas

    This actually feels like my type of book since it shows promise to having something to hold on in times of crisis. I have already practiced relying on my own psyche all the time and this might widen my perspective.

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