It just seems that recently there has been an incredible growth in the self-help section of bookstores. I love bookstores. And whenever I pass by one, I have to take a little detour into it. Something that’s struck me in the last few months is that of the 10 bestsellers displayed, at least 2 or 3 will be self-help books. Has the world really become so difficult to live in that we need a guide to get through it?

I have to admit that I am one of those people who do at least browse through these books. Some of them can be very interesting (at least judging by their covers) and then there are those that I’ve bought and think that I could’ve spent my money on a good thrilling novel. I’ve never come across a book that’s really made go “Oh Wow!! Now that’s really something I can follow”. But then again I think I just haven’t read enough. I’ve given up on trying to find a self-help book that helps. Instead, I invest my money in a good novel that helps me escape into another world. Or I invest in a business book which makes me feel enlightened.

Although many of us would appreciate an instruction manual to life, I wonder how many of us actually read instruction manuals.