Not many people may know but November 1st is National Author's Day. This holiday was officially recognized by the United States Department of Congress in 1949. On this day we give thanks to our authors by sending them letters, tweeting out to them, or just saying hey, "love your stuff" on their social media sites. Many use the hashtag #NationalAuthorsDay
As library people we can go that extra mile and check out our favorite author's books, or share who your favorite author is in the comment section below.
My favorite authors inspired me to start a library, self-help book club called Build a Better You. This club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM both virtually and in person. For the past 3 years we've talked about many areas in the self improvement genre. Procrastination, loving yourself more, acceptance, living in the moment, facing vulnerability, decluttering, and the list grows. As you can imagine there is no end to the ways one could improve themselves.
Sometimes spiritual, sometimes philosophical, our Build a Better You book club helps attendees see the world and themselves differently. Many members often leave the monthly meeting with new ideas to try and new inspiration to help them improve their lives. The greatest part is, it isn't mandatory that you have read the month's book. We're just happy to have people come listen and share and hopefully come away with something that may help them somehow. In truth, I often feel that's what many authors hope to have happen. Hopefully someone will find their work helpful, and maybe even life changing.
My favorite authors from this book club have been Brené Brown and Eckhart Tolle. Below are my favorite books of theirs in honor of National Author's Day.
So who inspires you? Don't forget to share your favorite writers in the comments below.
Self Improvement Authors to Check Out
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Discusses how to embrace vulnerability in order to live a whole, courageous life, explaining that traits typically regarded as character flaws and weaknesses are actually clear paths to engagement and meaningful connections.
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle
To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the beginning of the first chapter we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where one breathes a lighter air, the air of the spiritual. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us.