Thursday, July 5, 2012

Geek Help

Everybody remembers those Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year books, right?  Those were big in the '90s, I think.  I had always looked up my horoscope, but I don't think I had ever heard the term "personology" before.  But I am a sucker for a book that explains me to myself, so of course I looked up my birthday. I don't remember what it said.

Since then, there have been several other books of a similar nature that I have consulted, although I don't generally read philosophical or self-improving titles - I passed on The Secret, The Four Agreements, & The Last Lecture.  I also generally avoid books by Wayne Dyer, Joel Osteen, Geneen Roth, Caroline Myss, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, & the like.  Nothing wrong with them - they're just not up my alley. I tend more towards the tongue-in-cheek, offbeat, darkly humorous, alternative advice books, like Augusten Burroughs' new book, This is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More-- For Young and Old Alike , which I have just started reading.

Here are some similar titles you might enjoy:

Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur: A Mythological Dating Guide by Francesca Lia Block
Can a centaur (masculine mythological type) ever have a successful relationship with a dryad (feminine mythological type)? Read & discover your type & your best matches.

Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos by Bucky Sinister
For those who are turned off by conventional recovery books

Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits are Taking Over the World by Leslie Simon
Join the Geek Girl Guild! Are you a literary geek, a domestic goddess geek, a music geek, a film geek?

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive after High School by Alexandra Robbins

American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent

The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick [eBook only in our catalog]

Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life by Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl's Guide to Enlightment edited by Angela Watrous

If those aren't your bag, you might also consider some of these other guides to finding your personality type, your life's purpose, & other self-affirmation you may be seeking:

The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk [not currently in the catalog, but you can borrow a copy for $1 using our Interlibrary Loan service]

The New Chinese Astrology by Suzanne White

The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life's Purpose by Dan Millman
Calculate your Life Path number to find your purpose!  Not a straight-up numerology text.

Appetites: Why Women Want by Caroline Knapp
"The author makes connections among different kinds of addictive behavior, be it self-starvation, getting blind drunk, or compulsive shopping. But rather than narrowly focusing on the behaviors, Knapp delves into the question of appetite as a symbol: why women suppress their 'wants' in the first place."
~Kirkus Reviews

The Complete Astrological Handbook for the Twenty-First Century: Understanding and Combining the Wisdom of Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic, Arabian, Judaic, and Western Astrology by Anistatia R. Miller and Jared M. Brown

Glynis Has Your Number: Discover What Life Has in Store for You Through the Power of Numerology! by Glynis McCants

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Leman

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron

Three Keys to Self-Understanding: An Innovative and Effective Combination of the Myers-BriggsType Indicator Assessment Tool, the Enneagram, and Inner-Child Healing by Pat Wyman

But there are a ton of inspirational books out there!  Find your emotional type, your Ayurvedic body type, your money type, your psychic type, your design personality, your color code, even your cat's got a personality type.  What books have helped or inspired you?  What books would you recommend for those in times of crisis, or for those looking for a lifestyle change?

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