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Old 7th June 2015, 17:33
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Default Recommend A Book - SA and MH

I just came across an inspiring free book on kindle and am a member of Good Reads and a meetup book group and thought it might be worth starting a thread.

I thought maybe those of us that are a bit older might have different reading needs. E.g. Reading about what people have been through in their lives over 30 or 40 years.
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Old 7th June 2015, 17:35
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So the book I came across is Triumph. A collection of short stories of different womens triumph over breakdowns.

Currently free on kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/Triumph-Coll...&_bbtype=email

I'm going to give it a go. If you do, let me know what you think.
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Old 23rd June 2017, 18:37
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Did you like it in the end Phool? Any other books that you found which were especially apt for the 40+ life?

p.s. hope you are keeping well btw, been a long time since we chatted
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Old 8th July 2017, 18:59
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I liked the Anneli Rufus books that I read - Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and Unworthy: How To Stop Hating Yourself.
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Old 11th July 2017, 10:19
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I really like William Boyd as his books are usually about one person's struggles with life and how they deal with other people.

Any Human Heart is a good one as it follows a man from his birth to his death as he lives through the 20th century from start to finish.

Brazzaville Beach is another good one about a women and her careers, relationships, and life over many years.

Stars and Bars is a great one about an Englishman in America getting confused by life.

Armadillo is a funny one about a socially awkward/isolated guy trying to sort his life out.

If you read too many books by the same author they start to get a bit familiar but the above are all good reads!
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Old 23rd July 2017, 22:20
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The Mirror world of Melody Black- which deals with bipolar disorsder
and the other book of the same author features a socially anxious protagonist "The universe vs Alex Woods
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Old 24th July 2017, 18:24
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Overcoming-...M6GW1925ZRYA00

^ My therapist likes this one

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Overcam...social+anxiety

^ This is one of a number that gets good reviews
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Old 24th July 2017, 21:07
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Two books that aren't self-help or offering cures, but if social anxiety has lead to social isolation and hence loneliness, both "The Lonely City" by Olivia Laing - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lonely-City...dp/1782111255/ - and "Lonely: A Memoir" by Emily White are very good for being able to read the story of someone who has walked the same path.
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Old 24th July 2017, 21:46
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Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Accep...cal+acceptance

The subtitle and cover seemed a bit wishy washy on first glance, but it's actually really insightful and honest. It's from a Buddhist perspective but doesn't push it on the reader, and I think is helpful if you normally find self help books a bit too prescriptive and goal-oriented.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Always-Cast.../dp/0141191457

Gothic horror about two young women and their sick uncle who live together in a mansion and are the only survivors of an attempt by one of the girls to poison her entire family. There's a real feel of anxiety and agoraphobia to it, especially when they interact with the hostile townsfolk.

Hyperbole and a Half

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hyperbole-H...ole+and+a+half

Some funny and perceptive stuff about anxiety, depression and motivation (and dogs ).
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Old 24th July 2017, 23:01
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^ I'm halfway through Hyperbole and a Half - good shout out!

I started reading it about 4 years ago, but being halfway through a book is high praise from me because I only manage 4 pages usually. It's coming on holiday with me, so I can finish it off.
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Old 25th July 2017, 19:00
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I'm currently reading 'The Other Side of Silence by Linda Gask': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Side-...ide+of+Silence

It's quite an interesting book as the author is a psychiatrist with her own first hand experience of mental illness.
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Old 25th July 2017, 21:34
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That "Other Side Of Silence" book gets some amazingly high Amazon feedback scores. I have quite a few books which I have bought but have yet to read, but I think sooner or later I'll buy this one too.
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Old 27th July 2017, 15:38
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I am not dating nor looking to but "Single, Shy, and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy & Socially Anxious" by Shannon Kolakowski might be of interest to some here.
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Old 14th August 2017, 04:17
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Starting to read The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.

This is not a "how to be happy" book. At least in the opening chapters, it's about how our mind is like an "elephant and a rider", with the elephant being our raw emotions and instincts while the rider is the conscious rational entity that tries (usually unsuccessfully) to control the elephant.

We tend towards fear and anxiety because the "elephant" is conditioned (by natural selection) to give highest priority to protection from harm.
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Old 17th August 2017, 21:13
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I am not dating nor looking to but "Single, Shy, and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy & Socially Anxious" by Shannon Kolakowski might be of interest to some here.
I swear I would read it if it would say "Single, Shy, Ugly and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy, Ugly & Socially Anxious".
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Old 18th August 2017, 20:44
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Has anybody read this one? My friend recommended it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Power.../dp/0141029196
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Old 8th September 2017, 10:22
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I'd highly recommend The Conscience of Consciousness by Steven Mullaney, but then, I would... I wrote it :P
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Old 8th September 2017, 11:12
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I'd highly recommend The Conscience of Consciousness by Steven Mullaney, but then, I would... I wrote it :P
Two five star reviews on your book too.

I hope you didn't write them yourself as well.
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Old 8th September 2017, 11:59
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Two five star reviews on your book too.

I hope you didn't write them yourself as well.
Thank you

Hahah, the really good review was a stranger who found my book on Instagram of all places
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