By Sheila Barnard

The Oxford English dictionary defines adulting as “The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.”

The library is a great place to learn about these tasks! We have a wide variety of books on different adulting topics including, finances, basic cooking, household tasks, health, self care, career development, and many more. In this post today I am going to list some books that you can check out in our library to help you on the path to adulting.


The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey


“Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health. Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. “Don’t even consider keeping up with the Joneses,” Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. “They’re broke!” This book isn’t theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you”–Publisher’s description.


Rich dad, poor dad: what the rich teach their kids about money– that the poor and middle class do not. by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

Mass Market Paperback Rich Dad Poor Dad : What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! Book

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you. -Amazon description




Pick Another Checkout Lane Honey: save big money & make the grocery aisle your catwalk! by Joanie Demer & Heather Wheeler

What if you could save over 70% on your monthly grocery budget and build a stockpile of food at the same time? Don t be a skeptic! Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey will jumpstart your journey to saving $600 per month! If you re interested in the idea but overwhelmed by the logistics, you ll love our step-by-step approach that transforms even the most timid shopper from coupon-shy to coupon-savvy. Authors Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler share their expertise along with hundreds of tried and true coupon tips in a fun, user-friendly format that will have you high-fiving the grocery store cashier in no time. -Amazon description



100 days of real food on a budget: simple tips and tasty recipes to help you cut out processed food without breaking the bank. by Lisa Leake.

The author of the 100 Days of Real Food series addresses the most common concern of her readers — how to cut out processed food on a tight budget — in this full-color cookbook with shopping lists and prices for each recipe. Millions of American families are discovering the dangers of eating processed food. But wholesome, fresh ingredients can seem more expensive — from buying organic grains, dairy, and produce to the issue of food waste as people learn to plan and cook in new ways. With her 100 Days of Real Food blog and her two bestselling books, Lisa Leake has been a leader in helping everyday families move away from processed foods. She also understands the concerns of her followers who want to eat better without breaking the bank! In this book, she shows readers how to make a variety of unprocessed dishes for $15 or less a recipe. In addition to the wallet-friendly recipes, Lisa shares practical secrets for saving money in the kitchen: learning to plan ahead, getting the best deals on staple items, knowing what to make versus what to buy, growing your own herbs, and even reducing waste — which is currently twenty percent of all food purchased! -Amazon description


The quick and easy vegetarian college cookbook: 300 healthy, low-cost meals that fit your budget and schedule by Heather McKiel

The Quick and Easy Vegetarian College Cookbook: 300 Healthy, Low-Cost Meals That Fit Your Budget and Schedule by [Adams Media]

Finding time to eat a healthy meal can be difficult for any college student, but for those following a vegetarian diet, the limited fare in campus dining halls can make it nearly impossible. The Quick and Easy Vegetarian College Cookbook can help you create delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes that cost less than takeout and are ready before a deliveryman could arrive. In this cookbook, you will find 300 recipes that range from healthy breakfasts to study-session snacks perfect for all-nighters—without the need for a fully equipped kitchen. With the help of a glossary of cooking terms and checklists of essential kitchen and pantry staples, novice chefs can whip up new favorites like Scrambled Egg Burritos, Quick Pasta Pesto, and Mini Goat Cheese Pizza in no time!


Gluten-free on a shoestring: 125 easy recipes for eating well on the cheap by Nicole Hunn

Tired of spending three times as much (or more) on gluten-free prepared foods? If you’re ready to slash the cost of your grocery bill, you’ve come to the right place. In Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, savvy mom Nicole Hunn shows how every gluten-free family can eat well without breaking the bank.  Inside this comprehensive cookbook, you’ll find 125 delicious and inexpensive gluten-free recipes for savory dinners, favorite desserts, comfort foods, and more, plus Nicole’s top money-saving secrets. With advice on the best values and where to find them, meal planning strategies, and pantry-stocking tips, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring is your essential guide. Never fall victim to the overpriced, pre-packaged gluten-free aisle again. Roll on by—happier, healthier, and wealthier. -Amazon description

Meditation: an in-depth guide by Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson.

“Meditation is increasingly recommended for relaxation, for enhancing relationships and well-being, to increase performance in sports and business, for personal growth, and to assist healing. Introducing mindfulness-based stillness meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a daily meditation practice. The authors also show how meditation can be used to work with our emotions, aid healing, manage pain, or as a spiritual practice. Meditation is a path we can pursue and refine throughout our lives. Drawing on modern science as well as ancient Eastern traditions and the authors’ own extensive personal experience as practitioners and teachers, this guide offers the techniques and understanding needed to explore meditation practice deeply. It is also an invaluable resource for meditation teachers from all background. The inspiring and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to know how to meditate well. Introducing Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a daily meditation practice. They also show how meditation can be used to work with our emotions, aid healing, for pain management and as a spiritual practice”- Provided by publisher.
Anger Management: A guide for managing and controlling your anger and regaining control of your life by Charlotte Olsen
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l Ever Feel Like You Are Constantly Angry? You Aren’t Alone – Millions of people have anger management problems. The world is getting increasingly complex and full of distractions due to technology, careers, education finances, etc. Uncontrolled anger does have the ability to rob you of opportunities and ruin friendships, there are ways to control and eliminate the negative side of anger, starting right now. I personally suffered from angry outbursts in my 20’s when my career and finances took a turn for the worst, and the anger outbursts simply made it even worse. I constantly compared myself to others in my age group that were much more successful than I was, and it drove me crazy, silently of course…until someone or something set off a trigger, then I lost all control, saying things and doing things that caused real lasting damages to friends and situations, and when I was done I could not believe I acted so irrationally. The damage my uncontrolled anger had done was long-lasting many times over for years. It did take a while to get control of it, and it all started with baby steps and self-affirmations to avoid triggers. Sounds simple, right? Let me ask you a question; take an event in your past where you had uncontrolled anger, and try to observe yourself from an outside perspective, like a bystander watching you. Road rage, co-worker rage, domestic rage, whatever.. How do you feel? Your answer will reveal a lot about your deep inner psychology.. In this book you will learn steps to control and eliminate anger. Anger is not always a negative emotion but is a necessary part of our lives. Negativity comes in when we lose control. When anger emerges without boundaries, the fiery emotion burns through us like hot coals until it consumes us and everything around us, destroying lives, relationships and careers with the speed of a literal forest fire. Getting control of this emotion requires some deep inner searching. You need to understand what anger really is and how to deal with it. This book has been designed to give you fundamental principles we all experience when we are dealing with anger and teaches you basic techniques that can help you to reign it in without causing harm to yourself and others.

Setting the records straight: how to craft homeschool transcripts and course descriptions for college admission and scholarships by Lee Binz.

Give Your Homeschooler the Advantage in the High Stakes College Admission Sweepstakes! Parents who consider homeschooling their children through high school are often consumed by insecurity – “Are we ruining their college chances?” Well, worry no more! When it comes to college admissions and scholarships, homeschoolers have what the colleges are looking for! – Amazon description




Resumes for dummies by Joyce Lain Kennedy

Outlines steps to creating a resume, including special advice for handling employment gaps, job hopping, and lack of experience.





Crap: how to deal with annoying teachers, bosses, backstabbers, and other stuff that stinks by Erin Elisabeth Conley, Karen MacKlin, Jake Miller.

A humorous and unconventional look at everyday annoyances in teen life, “Crap” tells teens how to determine which types of crap are useful (and which aren’t), avoid crap when possible, deal with crap when it can’t be avoided, flush crap out of one’s life, and break the crap cycle once and for all.




It’s called a breakup because it’s broken: the smart girl’s breakup buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt

It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Break-Up Buddy by [Behrendt, Greg, Ruotola-Behrendt, Amiira]

Greg Behrendt knows that the one thing harder than realizing he’s not that into you is finding the courage to walk away from the relationship. Complete with a workbook to help you put the crazy down on paper and not take it out into the world, this is a manual for getting over Mr. Wrong and reclaiming your inner Superfox. In the first few days or weeks after a breakup, you need to recognize that some things can’t and shouldn’t be fixed, especially that loser who dumped you or forced you to dump him. It’s over for a reason, and deep down inside you probably know what that reason is. The goal is to help you turn your breakup into the event that changes your life for the better in ways you never dreamed possible.-Publisher description.


Ready or Not: A Girls Guide to Making Her Own Decisions about Dating, Love, and Sex

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This essential guide tells you everything you need to know about your body, his body, what boys say (and what they really mean), virginity, dating, contraception, STDs, pregnancy–and more. Taking a relationship further is a huge step and it’s essential to know all the facts before making any decisions.  Packed with friendly advice, quizzes, and practical information, this book is your ultimate guide to making the best choice for you!




The complete book of home organization by Toni Hammersley

Have you ever wished you had the time and tools to organize your house in a clutter-free, design-conscious, Pinterest-worthy way? From storage solutions and cleaning tips to secret space-saving methods and expert strategies, The Complete Book of Home Organization is packed with the tips and shortcuts you need to effectively organize your home. From small spaces and apartment solutions to how to tackle a big, messy home with a 15-week total home organization challenge, this book covers it all. The Complete Book of Home Organization spells out everything you need to de-clutter your house, store your belongings, and keep your home—and life—in tip-top shape. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover—this manual is the perfect gift! Organize the 30 main spaces of your home, including the living and dining spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms, guest areas, baby and kids’ rooms, utility spaces and garages, entryways and offices, patios and decks, closets and pet areas! Keep track of your pantry, holiday and craft supplies, weekly menu planning, keepsakes, and schedules. From the basement to the attic, this book covers every nook and cranny. With step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, and handy checklists, say goodbye to a messy home and wasted storage space!


The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo ; translated from Japanese by Cathy Hirano.

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. -Amazon description


One-yard wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins

Discover all that you can make with just one yard of fabric! Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins offer 101 stylish projects that use a single yard of fabric to make clothes, accessories, baby items, and more. With simple step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by templates and pattern pieces, each project is designed to be completed in just a few hours. Get inspired and turn a yard of your favorite fabric into a quilted lunch bag, bright sundress, or a cuddly plush turtle. -Amazon description