Bibliotherapy

My faithful readers!

While I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from my reviews due to a non-stop month, I have still been avidly reading and will have new ones for you starting tomorrow.

In the meantime, here is a fantastic article my aunt shared with me (thanks J!) on reading as therapy. The article focuses on Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, bibliotherapists and authors of “The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies.”

Links to the article and the book’s website below. 

With love and literature,

D
Can Reading Make You Happier?

The Novel Cure

1,000 Things to Say About My Aunt

I am very lucky to have grown up around many strong-willed, intelligent, creative women; so as I was desperately seeking inspiration and ways to challenge myself in 2016 it didn’t take me long to think of my aunt, Susan Goldfein. 

Susan has had a passion for writing through much of her life, and upon retirement decided to indulge that passion (and talent). About 6 years ago she started a blog of essays (originally titled 1,000 Things to Say Before I Die, now called An Unfiltered Wit); tackling everything from married life, to pop culture, to her dogs and all that’s in between with a sharp sense of humor and unique insight. Once Susan had accumulated a significant number of essays, and a numerous loyal and appreciative following (1,000 and counting) clamoring for more, she published her collection of essay’s in a book entitled How Old Am I in Dog Years which has subsequently received various accolades.

Speaking as one of 12 winners of the Delray Beach Library Author’s Showcase in January, Susan awed me with her accomplishments and the ease with which she was able to command the audience. Her pithy, whimsical observations had us all laughing out loud.  

I was so proud, moved, inspired by her fearlessness. It is Susan who gave me the courage to break out of my comfort zone, start my own blog and run with it as far as I can.

Creating and challenging myself to complete a book list was one thing, but, having the courage to put my opinions and writing out there was anxiety provoking. Susan, you are a large part of why I started this challenge, and the main reason I haven’t given up. Let’s make a deal: as long as you keep going, so will I.

Follow Susan’s blog: An Unfiltered Wit

Purchase her book on Amazon: How Old Am I in Dog Years

Accolades include:
Independent Publishers Awards (IPPY Award): Silver Award in the humor category
Featured author in The Transition Network’s national online newsletter
Delray Beach Library Author’s Showcase