17 Uplifting Books About Losing

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Losing. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Sally Sore Loser by Frank J. Sileo

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

Great book and very relatable for kids. Losing is a life skill all kids need to learn, and this book did a great job of helping to teach it. It is perfect for teaching kids how to be a good winners and losers! It has a great one-liner in it that I had my social skills kids memorize. Now, when we play games, we focus on that one-liner! I loved this book and I highly recommend it to others. Highly recommended.

Kevin The Unicorn by Jessika von Innerebner

This product was recommended by Kim from Mom Of Kids

The most difficult part about losing is coping with uncomfortable feelings. We all make mistakes, we mess up, and we all lose! Feeling frustrated or disappointed is normal, and learning to sit with, and manage, emotions is really important! Kevin the Unicorn helps kids understand that everyone has bad days and that even when they try their best things don’t always go as planned. He teaches kids that even unicorn magic can’t ensure that every day is full of rainbows, but sharing your feelings and learning how to handle them sure can make things better!

Liam Wins the Game, Sometimes by Jane Whelen-Banks

This product was recommended by Sally Stevens from FastPeopleSearch

This book is simply written and gets its message across. I read it to my playgroup children – who can be very competitive – and I feel it has made a difference – that it is ok to lose. The book is simplistic in both storyline and pictures. It is longer, easily understandable and my son loves it. I’m now looking at other Liam books too. A great aid!

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Following her mother’s death at the age of 22, Cheryl Strayed made the rashest choice of her life when she chose to trek the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State by herself. Wild vividly conveys the terrors and delights of one young lady pressing forth against all obstacles on a trip that maddened, strengthened, and finally healed her. It is told with suspense and flair, glittering with love and humour. Wild is a dramatic storey of a young lady who pushes herself against all obstacles on a voyage of self-discovery.

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

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Reading Gabrielle Union’s essay collection feels like having a series of intimate chats with your bestie, so it can help fill that vacuum if you’re trying to connect with people in the aftermath of a friend split.

Be Quick – But Don’t Hurry by Andrew Hill

This product was recommended by Colin Barker from Filtersmart

This book is a bit special as Mr. Wooden (one of the most renowned teachers of his time) reveals the life lessons that made him successful and stopped him from losing. The book also consists of his student’s experiences of how their teacher’s wisdom helped and keeps helping them in their professional (in football) and personal lives.

The Value of Failure by Shane Lester

This product was recommended by Danielle Edenworth from Healthyland

The Value of Failure will teach you how to accept and learn from failure. It is an uncommon book that will teach you about the essence of losing and how to get back in gear in your life. This book takes a unique approach to victory and defeat. Shane Lester is not a best-selling author, and no one notable has endorsed this work. The author, on the other hand, will tell you the truth about failing. You can pick your idea of success based on that truth. You will be able to connect these dots for yourself after considering Lester’s perspectives: •How come formulating targets is the most effective method to fail? •Have you ever wondered why successful people seem to skip their mistakes? •How can you lose gracefully? •Is it possible to lose your road to success? •What must you take away from your setbacks?

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

This product was recommended by Danielle Edenworth from Healthyland

There is no such thing as universal career advice. As Adams says, the best approach to success is to learn from those who have gone before you and apply what you’ve learned to your situation. Adams peels back the layers of his own extraordinary life and reveals how he molded multiple losses into something wonderful and permanent, including his career, innovations, investments, and his two restaurants. There’s a lot to learn from his life narrative, as well as a lot of enjoyment. Adams uncovered some surprising insights that aided in his progress: • Goals, for example, are for amateurs. • Passion is nonsense; techniques are for champions. • A series of poor skills can make you shockingly powerful; all you need is a personal commitment. • You can manipulate your chances in a manner that makes you appear fortunate to others.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This book states that it is okay to face grief with a strong approach. Life contains a mixture of good and bad. Every individual must handle the loss in their life journey. It gives you life tips and helps the readers to recover from their loss precisely.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This product was recommended by Smriti Tuteja from Yogic-Experience

This book is a whirlwind of emotions, a profound memoir. What is more tragic than a loss? The feeling that you are losing it each day. The book is the journey from saving lives to counting days to the end of life. It offers a unique perspective on life and death. It helps you to value what you have before you lose it all and to inspire others by the way you live. Paul the protagonist’s life was a lesson to others, despite being a tragic story itself. A must-read for everyone for them to realize the real value of life and the magnitude of loss.

Led Astray by Karlianna Voncil

This product was recommended by Karlianna Voncil from KarliannaVoncil

Abandoned by her mother in a poor Sweet Valley neighborhood, Daisy falls in with a troupe of street-smart teens who offer her both the family and freedom she desperately craves. Their leader is Avia, a mysterious older teen who teaches Daisy both to survive and about the importance of family loyalty. But when tragedy strikes and sends Avia down the deadly path of revenge, Daisy must prove her loyalty in one truly unforgettable act.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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The author portrays the theme of the book using a fictional story. In this story, you are capable of creating your destiny. Only you can create the life you want to live. Indeed, you are expected to dedicate yourself to reaching your life goals, but the general motif of this story is fascinating and persuasive.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

This novel is based on self-discovery. It highlights a man’s spiritual struggles towards enlightenment. The themes in this book are primarily Buddhist, but the message is general and consequential for whoever is trying to find themselves.

The Iceberg by Marion Coutts

This product was recommended by Richard Lubicky from RealPeopleSearch

Marion Coutts’ novel The Iceberg chronicles an eighteen-month time with her art critic husband Tom Lubbock as he battles a brain tumour and finally dies. Tom’s tumour had a significant impact on his speech and language abilities, so Marion’s use of stunningly poetic prose throughout the book is particularly fitting – especially because the staccato rhythm directly reflects how surreal and disjointed I felt while both of my parents were dying. Marion doesn’t shy away from the grit and pain of watching a loved one slip away from her, and I admired Marion’s honesty and bravery in writing this book. Grief triggers: Given that the whole book is about her husband’s deterioration, it’s safe to assume that The Iceberg is explicit, thorough, and brutal in its depictions of death.

Option B By Sheryl Sandberg

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Sheryl Sandberg faced the unthinkable in mid-40. While traveling in Mexico, Mrs. Sheryl Sandberg found her late husband, Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg. She would have to face her children, her demanding career, and her seemingly endless anguish. We all live Option B, Sheryl says. This version of her life, without her true love, became Sheryl’s Option B. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, explains how the human spirit can help you persist and recover joy after enormous sorrow and loss.

The Year of Magical Thinking By Joan Didion

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For 40 years, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne wrote together. John died of a major heart attack in 2003, while Quintana lay unconscious in a nearby hospital from pneumonia and septic shock. Joan went into a condition of magical thinking after her husband died, expecting him to return and need his shoes. The Year of Magical Thinking is her account of mourning while caring for her daughter’s terrible sickness.

A Grief Observed By C.S. Lewis

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

The loss of a beloved is an amputation, wrote C.S. Lewis following the death of his wife, Joy Gresham. A Grief Observed is a raw depiction of grief so profound that it prompted a man of strong faith to question the universe. A moderately drunken or concussed feeling, he wrote. A thin veil separates the world and me. I can’t hear anything anyone says. Or maybe it’s hard to take in. It’s boring. But I want others to know about me. I dread the house being vacant. Just talk to each other instead of me.

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