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Books for planners

February 4

Check out this list of books that are perfect for planners and people into betting themselves and organization. Learn about your habits, how to make the most of your time, and how to pick only the most important tasks to focus on. AmberDowns.net


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I’m going to let you in on a secret.  I haven’t always loved “self-help” books.  For years I thought they were for saps who couldn’t take care of themselves.  I figured that I had my head screwed on tight enough so I didn’t need the help of some professional to tell me how to live my life.


It turns out I was wrong.  I started reading some of these self help/organizational books in late 2014 and I loved them.  These books weren’t just some feel good garbage, they were real life tips on how to make the best of your life from real people! Life hacks and pro tips,  my favorite!

So today I want to share some of my favorite “self-help” books that I think planners, bosses, organization lovers, and just about anybody would enjoy. Click the image to be directed to Amazon to purchase.

The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner

This is a great book for over stretched, over worked women who don’t know how to do it all.  We live in a world where every expects themselves to be “Pinterest Perfect.”  In this book Jessica shares how to pick the most important things in your life and spend your time on them, even if it means the laundry sits for a few days.

Getting Things Done- David Allen

This business world classic is a great read for anything looking to seriously evaluate their planing and organizational process.  If anything it needs to be read to be aware of his systems.

Super You by Emily V. Gordon

Although I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet I am very much looking forward to it.  In this book Emily, a former therapist, shares how to be the best you.  We all have a dark past, but Emily shows you how to get past adversity and become better from it.  (Think super hero origin story.)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less  by Greg McKeown

Ever feel like you are so busy juggling so many things that nothing is getting done as good as it could be?  According to the author, this is nonessentialism.  In this book you will learn how to decide what is the most important to you as well as how to say no to the things that don’t need your time and attention.

Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

This is one of my favorite books to recommend to friends who are looking to better themselves. Here Gretchen explains how to make, keep, and enjoy habits.  My favorite part about this book is that readers will learn about their personal habit keeping processes and what works for that personality type.

It is my hope that at least one of these books might be helpful to you.  If you do read one of these and enjoy it let me know!  Contact into on the top right of each page.

Have you already read on of these?  What did you think?  Share below!

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Holiday Book Guide- Part 2

November 25
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Holiday book guide part 1

I wanted to share some more book gift suggestions with everyone.  As I have mentioned before, I am a youth services librarian so most of my recommendations will be related to children and teens. This post focuses on books for middle grades through adult.  Enjoy!

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

I love Rebecca Stead. I loved When You Reach Me  and always look forward to her new books.  I was lucky enough to receive a early preview copy of her newest book, Goodbye Stranger via NetGalley, which is a book service for librarians and other influencers.  Goodbye Stranger takes place in New Your City over the course of a year with several middle school characters.  This book tastefully deals with the sensitive topic of texting photographs and the repercussions of what can happen. I think this is a great title for both boys are girls who are beginning to deal with life on the internet and the idea of a digital footprint.


Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht I picked up this book on a whim from the New Book shelf at the library.  It looked cute and seemed like an educational read.  After reading the first chapter I knew this book was a star. Aliza gives a no nonsense approach to how to be successful in your first job.  As someone who works with teens on a daily basis I can tell you that this is information young people need.  The author shares fun antidotes as well as a checklist onto how to follow her suggestions and really rock your job.  The rest of the book goes over how to get a promotion and really be successful and smart with social media.  This book would be an awesome gift for anyone from high school seniors through young professionals.  It would definitely be a great gift for a college graduation.  I know it looks girly, but this information in this book is for both guys and girls.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. CareyThis book was suggested by a friend on Facebook and it sounded a little interesting so I went with it.  The Girl with all the Gifts is a story about a girl who lives in a jail and that is the only life she has ever known.  As the story progresses we learn more about the new and different world this story takes place in. However, I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’m saying.  This is a great thriller for readers looking for something new and fast paced.  Although this is an adult book, I would suggest it for high school and adult aged readers.  Also, I haven’t heard anything yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a movie in a few years.  ‘d see it.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Do you have a teen who is still obsessed with Hazel and Augustus from “The Fault in your Stars?”  If so they need to read Everything Everything.  This is a great love story about Madeline, who, due to an extremely rare disease cannot leave her home.  Everything is going swimmingly until a boy moves in next door and suddenly her world is upside down. Perfect for teens and young adults who love a good love story.

Every Day by David Levithan Every Day is a story about A, a person who wakes up every day in the body of someone else.  This book tells the story of the first time A falls in love and what its like living in his unique world.  This book is the perfect blend of realistic fiction and a hint of sci-fi. Great for a teen or young adult into romance or science fiction.  

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