A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds

A Year of Doing Good One Woman One New Year s Resolution Good Deeds Judith O Reilly author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good Fed up of New Year s resolutions involving diet

  • Title: A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds
  • Author: Judith O'Reilly
  • ISBN: 9780670921133
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Judith O Reilly, author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good Fed up of New Year s resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good For one whole year She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day Some called it a socialJudith O Reilly, author of the hugely popular blog and book Wife in the North embarks on a year long social experiment in the witty A Year of Doing Good.Fed up of New Year s resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good For one whole year.She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day Some called it a social experiment At times she called it madness.Juggling family, friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home, she recounts the ups, downs, moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good From the small babysitting a friend s child, clearing up her neighbour s dead mice and feeding her friendship cake Herman the German, to the slightly larger trying to raise 10,000 for charity with her Jam Jar Army and teaching a severely handicapped child to write she describes what she learns along the way that no good deed is too small and that being good makes you happy Well, most of the time A funny, uplifting and admirable book Observer Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day utterly uplifting Woman Home Fizzing with energy Judith s writing is open hearted and funny though not a guide to doing good, Judith s story may inspire you to do a little for others this year Express Glorious sincerity e admiring accounts of others lives, the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented, the unending chaos of family life all are rendered honestly, colourfully and occasionally hilariously Lucy Mangan, Sunday Times A Year of Doing Good inspires the reader with the day to day journey of meaning, gratification and joy that comes from contributing to the lives of others in so many creative ways For those who want to put do unto others in the centre of their lives and reap the unexpected benefits of happiness and health, this is the book for you Elegantly written, the words jump off the page Stephen G Post, PhD, author of The Hidden Gifts of HelpingJudith O Reilly is a writer and journalist Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer Her third book is this one She is married with three children, and for one year she tried to be good.

    293 Comment

    • Merry says:

      Judith is an engaging diarist and this her second book is both thought-provoking and funny. Very funny in places! I was sorry to finish it and it left me contemplating the effect we have on each other in life. Small acts of benevolence and kindness can and do change the recipient's day/mindset/life.It is also personal and poignant - achingly so on maternal love.I look forward to the day when her novel breaks out of the drawer, I really do -

    • Sagittarius Scholar says:

      Actual rating 4.5 stars.I enjoyed reading this and it was very funny and sent me into bouts of laughter. But I skimmed a bit towards the end, because I felt it was repeating itself too much. I'm genuinely happy right now, just because I finished reading this book.Now I just need to find Wife in the North

    • Emma says:

      Found this book in Tesco supermarket and bought it on a whim as I like diary style books. It was really good and I didn't want to put it down. I thought it might be a bit preachy at times bearing in mind the subject matter but it wasn't AND it made me think which was probably what the author wsa aiming to do. It would have been easy for the author to just put money in charity boxes each day and draw the line there but she didn't - she went quite a way beyond that on some occasions. I'm now inter [...]

    • Vicky Thomasson says:

      I thought the concept of this book was really good. I could relate to a lot of what O'Reilly wrote because I too have lost a child and know how difficult it can be to help people (I recently was told I couldn't help the homeless at christmas because I didn't have the right qualifications!). The only problem I have with this book is that I am a Tory girl through and through! I thought it was funny and realistic. Definitely worth a read.

    • Gerri says:

      I was originally quite put off this book when I realised that it was a factual account of someone doing good deeds for a whole year, explained in detail day by day. However, I soon got into it and loved the author's cheeky sense of humour, occasional expletives and mercifully few deep investigations into the psychology of what she was doing. It was funny, sad, well observed and thought provoking and I was very sad when I reached the end. Very inspirational.

    • Jo Shaw says:

      I was hoping this book would be a bit of an inspiration but if I'm honest I thought the book was a little frustrating to read.It seemed like the author was very reluctant to do good deeds and spent more time complaining about them than actually growing from the experiences. I was willing the book to become positive but it never happened. I am donating the book to charity to make space on my bookshelf and hopefully the next owner will enjoy it more than me.

    • Nandini says:

      This book was wonderful in many ways, Judith's witty nature combined with her quest to do a good deed every day was highly enjoyable and I look up to her for being able to reach out and help so many people.

    • L Clare says:

      I chose this book from the library's display of 'New Non-Fiction' because Catholicism is mentioned on the back cover but nearly didn't read it beyond the introduction once the author had made her views on some of the Church's teachings clear. I thought Ms O'Reilly and I were too far apart in view to find a common ground and that reading her book would provoke me to anger. I, of course, am a perfect Catholic who agrees with the Church in every detail of her teaching.No. I am not a perfect Catholi [...]

    • Di says:

      Fed up of New Year's resolutions involving diets and exercise abandoned on January 2nd, Judith is attempting to be good. For one whole year.She embarked on a mission to do one good deed every day. Some called it a social experiment. At times she called it madness.Juggling family, friends and a variety of neighbours in the small Northumberland village she calls home, she recounts the ups, downs, moments of doubt and sheer bloody hard work of doing good. From the small - babysitting a friend's chi [...]

    • Wren says:

      When Judith O'Reilly announces on January first to her family and friends that she intends to do a good deed each day for the entire year, her husband puts his head in his hands and groans; setting the tone for this account of one ordinary, fallible woman inspired by the idea of doing good, doing things for others where she can.Her writing is honest and humorous. She isn't afraid to let it be known that her good deeds can be frustrating as well as rewarding, and that at times she would really ra [...]

    • Juliet Wilson says:

      Judith O'Reilly made a New Year's resolution to do a good deed every day and in this book she records the deeds she did, how she felt about them and muses on the meaning of doing good. Along the way she makes friends, meets philosophers, carers, lifeboat volunteers and others who spend their lives 'doing good' or in the case of philosophers thinking about doing good.Some of the good deeds are small, like letting people in front of her in queues, some are large (and ongoing) like teaching a disab [...]

    • penelopewanders says:

      I signed up for this ring, and the irony is that while I was reading it I attended a conference at which one of the speakers confirmed one of the premises of this book - ie doing good does good, and not just for the recipient. I had a number of loud chuckles when I began reading this, but have to confess that after a while I found it a bit of a slog. Some parts were quite interesting, and the question of who benefits the most was worth contemplating. I found I engaged more again towards the end, [...]

    • Rosie Amber says:

      I read about this book a while a go, then entered a competition to try to win a copy, finally I got my book! It is a true inspiration, written with humour and honesty. It is not pious or in your face, it's about everyday human life. The day I started reading it I began writing down any good deeds I had done that day, it's not easy it often requires effort, but at other times you can surprise yourself with the ease of doing something good for others. Having now finished, I intend to hunt out a ja [...]

    • Catrinamaria says:

      Easy, enjoyable read that has made me think about goodness and kindness. Find myself lacking of course-big time. And I don't have children or sick parents to stop me. Landscapes and towns of Northumberland which I know and love so well, clearly drawn and atmospheric. Strongly drawn relationships -particularly teaching Chryssie to write-and learning so much from her. I do think Judith should write the screenplay next and leave the novel until later. Surely One Day's Author would help as his good [...]

    • Fab says:

      Interesting idea & one I'd thought of s a New Year's resolution so it seemed an apt time to read the book.On one hand, she did a lot of good and made a lot of effort. On the other, some of the deeds - randomly posting books and phoning relatives, not to mention the poor ex-pats who get a rough deal- or at least a lousy reputation, seem like a bit of a cop out.I had thought of doing the same, but on a quiet Sunday with family you resort to flinging a couple of quid at the nearest charity to s [...]

    • Stephenie says:

      Very relevant at this time of year. It is authentically funny, at times very sad, and an interesting concept turned into a poignant call for action to do good things in the world. It also hit home for me being local to the Humber Estuary, and being very familiar with the devastating effects the murky waters and strong current can have on the surrounding community. The book touched me enough, at-least, to start my own ‘Jam Jar Army’ fund. Definitely worth a read!

    • Tracy says:

      This book would be a good read for a sour puss thinking audienceyou know, those people who struggle to see the "good" in mundane things & think you have to always be challenged. But does it really count to write down things you do naturally? Haha I snicker with some of the ideas having cause myself thinking parallel to what was written a time or two ;)

    • Jill says:

      I loved this - it was honest and down to earth - and it was about every day people not something pie in the sky. It makes you think about your contribution and yes I have a jam jar on the go love this and my favourite bit - Northumberland all big skies and sheep It captures this part of the world perfectly!

    • Hayley says:

      Judith O'Reilly pledges to do one good deed a day for a whole year. Despite the occasional resentment or reluctance to carry out certain good deeds which entail a substantial degree of personal inconvenience, she carries them out regardless and remains true to her pledge. A lovely and inspiring read; would recommend to anyone.

    • Hannah says:

      Perfectly fine book, easy to read but somehow it didn't work. I wanted to be left overall feeling inspired but actually my end point feeling was a tad of envy of the author because she has this amazing network of family and friends! Just missing something to give it that elusive appeal that the author is one of us all along

    • Emily says:

      The author had a wonderful way of telling her year long quest, without making herself seem flawless in the process. Her curiosity and her discussions with leading experts makes it a delight to follow along. Certain passages resonated with me. Even after finishing the book they were still turning around in my mind, making me think more seriously about the deeper philosophical questions of life.

    • Corissa says:

      Very enjoyable and engaging read of one woman's goal to do a good deed each day. Throughout it she also researches why people do good deeds. I especially enjoyed the scientific and religious studies research that she did in her year and the personal stories of many everyday people living their lives through successes and trials.

    • Emma says:

      This is a memoir and the author is really irritating (and her descriptions of disability whilst honest are really shocking in this day and age) but I still had to finish it because I wanted to know what happened.

    • Pippa Ainsworth says:

      An engaging and thought provoking read which sees the author undertaking a good deed every day for a year. The book examines the various ways in which people 'do good' and the effects and motivation for doing so.

    • Christine Dee says:

      Loved this book very inspirational sad in places but mainly made me smile a lot and laugh out loud often! I think there are sections in the book which everyone will be able to associate with . overall enjoyable read and a pleasant change form doom and gloom in lots of novels.

    • Nastassja says:

      I didn't even bring myself to finish the book. I personally felt the good deeds would be more than putting money in charity tins and picking up her friends kids from school. I found the book very uninspiring which is a shame because I bought it thinking it would be.

    • Sally Duffy says:

      Dull. Didn't get one star as I didn't hate it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thought provoking and, at times, tear jerking. It really made me think about myself. Feels very honest.

    • Bev says:

      Interesting book, and an intriguing resolution - to do a good deed every day for a year. Not sure I could do it but I admire the author for completing it.

    • Michelle says:

      Thoroughly enjoyable account of the author's attempt to spend a year of her life doing one good deed a day.

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