Shelf Help Books

Oh my goodness I popped over to my friend Melissa Brown’s website and found this amazing article…. it spoke to me for sure.  I have so many Shelf-Help Books.

What’s a Shelf-Help Book?

“When your self-help books decorate your shelf instead of being read, you’ve got a collection of shelf-help books doing no one any good.

I love reading. I particularly love reading personal growth and development books. These books are also known as self-help books. When I hear about a book I think I want to read, sometimes I buy it just so it’s physically in my world. That way, I don’t forget about it. It’s there to decorate my shelf before I read it.

When Self-Help Turns Into Shelf-Help

When it stays on that shelf for a long time, that’s when it becomes a shelf-help book instead of a self-help book.

Unfortunately, the number of books on my shelf-help list has grown faster than the read list. There’s an extensive number of shelf-help books sitting on my bookcase now. I think I need an intervention.”


Melissa offered her list for people to comment on and suggest which book she should read next.  The only one I had read was Atomic Habits but darned if I didn’t see a whole list of books that I would like to read…..I just have to get through my Shelf-Help books first!!!

Why not help Melissa to decide what to read next from her Shelf-Help list.


Fran Watson

By Fran Watson

Involved in public speaking since 2000. Joined Toastmasters in 2002 and have served in all Executive roles including serving one year as the District Public Relations Officer. Achieved my DTM in 2014. Develop and facilitate workshops in the area of employment and career development.

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