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Anna Newell Jones – And Then We Saved

Anna writes about her Spending Fast at AndThenWeSaved.com as well as at Babble and WiseBread and these are her good things.

Good things to read.

The Happiness Project: This book had me looking at life in a whole new way. I liked the anecdotes and expert insights into the quest for happiness.

Your Money or Your Life: This was the first personal finance book that I ever read and it helped to change my perspective on finances. It showed me that I didn’t have to be a victim to my financial choices and that I could make changes.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth: I’m pregnant so I’ve got baby stuff on the brain. I like how this book presents childbirth as something that doesn’t necessarily have to be terrible. Another one I really like in the baby book category is Bringing Up Bebe.

Good things to watch.

Breaking Bad: Great characters, intriguing plot, some violence, blood and you just never know how crazy Walt is going to get. Completely awesome and addictive. Seriously, how crazy is Walt going to get?!

Dexter: Love it.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: This movie had me crying in the theater. It was hard to just pick 3 for this category so the other contenders for this category were the guilty-pleasure TV series Sister Wives, and True Blood.

Good things to use.

Sleep Cycle app: This is a fun app (just a heads up- it doesn’t work well if you have more than one person in your bed) that shows you, not surprisingly, your sleep cycles, length on sleep, and quality of sleep. It’s cool to wake up in the morning and see how the night before went.

Juicer: Nothing feels healthier (and more bad ass) than consuming 4 apples, a bundle of kale, a whole bunch of celery, some cumbers and a bit of ginger and lemon in one single drink.

Body:  Again, something that I’ve come to appreciate more since I’ve been pregnant. I appreciate simple things like sleeping on my belly, running, and bending so much more since I can’t do them as easily now. Also, getting into the gym and lifting weights feels great after not doing it for a little. Oh, and then there’s that whole growing another human thing that’s kind of amazing and makes me appreciate my body that much more;)

Connect with Anna on Twitter, @AndThenWeSaved.

Shannon Thompson – novel and poetry writer

Shannon Thompson is an author who has written in the longest and shortest forms and her affinity for cats may only be topped by the love of coffee.  These are her good things.

Good things to read.

The Stranger by Albert Camus. It’s a classic novel which defines existentialism. Our emotions are challenged, and the writing reminds us of what we find normal and connecting within society. It’s a perfect example of confronting a norm, while also bringing out understanding and sympathy from the other side.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer–a novel told from nine-year-old Oskar who loses his father in 9/11. The story follows him as he tries to solve the mystery behind what it all means, while also using history (from his grandparents) to compare present day to. Very challenging and emotional read. The novel, not only has words, but pictures that will become a part of the soul.

Poetry (specifically Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, and/or Billy Collins) I think it’s important to read both fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, because every genre brings something new into the light, and these three poets always bring me comfort, content sadness, and understanding, even if I have a moment of ambiguity towards why.

Good things to watch.

Casablanca.  It’s not only a classic; it’s honestly my favorite movie of all time. I’m a HUGE fan of older movies, because I find the writing and the story to be the most important part (rather than the graphics) and I’m always astounded by the subtle genius behind it all. Pay attention to everything Bogart says, or you might miss a beautiful instance.

A Little Princess. A little girl is dropped off at a boarding school after her father is enlisted in WWI. She’s from India, and she brings mystical stories to the others, while reflecting the reality of her life. It will return your childhood to your present-day life.

Big Fish. A reminder of the exaggeration of stories being an art form of love.

Good things to use.

Journals. I believe journaling can be one of the most important activities people can take part in. Write down what you’re feeling and learn why you feel this way. I have a strict rule of never returning until one year has passed, but that’s my personal preference.

Coffee. I need it to survive. Honestly. But it’s also comforting, energizing, and has recently had many health benefits discovered.

Kittens (Pets)- Cuddle up with that fuzzy one and make your day that much better.

Shannon is on Twitter and Facebook where you can keep up with new about her new book – Minutes Before Sunset – which comes out in May.

Anderson Cooper – television host

These are Anderson Cooper’s good things.

What are some good things you’ve read?

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. “It’s a classic. I first read it in high school and it sparked my interest in traveling to the far reaches of our planet.”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  “One of my all time favorites. I love the main character of this book”

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon.  “I like the surprises and couldn’t put it down.”

Copper offered more good books at AndersonCooper.com

What are some good things you’ve watched?

The Year of Living Dangerously

The Godfather


Like books, check out more movies at AndersonCooper.com

What are some good things you’ve used?

A shake for breakfast and plenty of Diet Coke along with John’s Pizza.

Sarah Schaaf

This is Sarah Schaaf and these are her good things

What are some good things you’ve read?

My favorite book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer about a boy’s search through New York for clues about a key he finds that belonged to his father. I’m not sure if it’s still cool to like this book since there is now a movie, but I think it is gripping, interesting and overall great. I couldn’t put it down. 10/10, would suggest.

You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Howard Zinn. It highlights overlooked parts of history, war, civil rights and more. It inspired me to get involved with my world. Sometimes you need to be radical to inspire change, and this book helps to reinforce that ideal. Howard Zinn was a remarkable person and all of his books are worth reading.

Letters of Note is a blog that gathers intriguing letters, postcards and other correspondence from interesting people throughout history. A new letter is showcased daily, and I can get lost on this site for hours just looking through the archive. The letters are like a look into the private lives of others, which, let’s be honest, is usually enjoyable.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Nyan Cat! There’s something this super simple, cute, catch video that sucks me in. It never gets annoying to me, which no one in my office appreciates. 

Corgi Rae Jepson- Call Me Maybe A corgi music video to one of the catchiest pop songs ever–it doesn’t get much better than that. Is it obvious that I really enjoy silly viral videos?

Arrested Development has to be one of the best sitcoms of all time. I can watch it over and over and still laugh at the quirkiness of it all. I pick up on so many little hilarious details every time I see it. There’s always money in the banana stand.

What are some good things you use?

Brace yourselves. The shameless plug is coming. Imgur, of course! Not only is it incredibly entertaining and provides hours of laughs, it’s a great service to the Internet. I’m really proud to work with Imgur, and I love my job. Check it out! 

My Yamaha Vino 125 scooter. Living in a city, I truly believe that a scooter is the best way to get around. I can park anywhere, I can bypass all of the traffic and my gas costs $3 per week. I even have a dog carrier that I wear as a backpack so I can take my pooch with me. It doesn’t get much more awesome than that!

Post-It Notes. I have Post-Its plastered all over my desk with various links to GIFs for all moods. I pretty much have a GIF response for every situation I may encounter. So maybe it’s actually GIFs that I use, rather than Post-Its. My answer is a two-in-one. GIFs and Post-Its.