Favorite Books

I possess 40 gigabytes of e-books on my sundry electronic devices. I am also responsible for the death of many trees (via paper + bookcases). I have spent many hours alone with cups of tea—all in order to bring you this curated list of life-changing reading material.

FILL UP YOUR TANK AND CHARGE YOUR BATTERY

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self by Dr. Nicole LePera

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve given this book out. Full of things I want to say to other people, like “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently,” and “The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Twelve Steps of Adult Children Steps Workbook – Are you turned off by the idea of “adult children”? I get it. Someone once described this as “a step-by-step guide on how to get over having a less-than-perfect upbringing.”

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee

 

LIVE WELL

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert


HOW TO LEARN

The Oxford Guide to Library Research


LEARN AND STUFF

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth – My former coworker doesn’t believe that  capitalism was going to solve the climate crisis.

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – chance! Randomness! This book helped inspire my first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

Bonus question: is it tacky to link to your own book?
Answer: Probably!!!


FOR THE LOVE OF STORY AND LANGUAGE

Fiction and narrative = more empathy and better social skills. When you allow yourself to be emotionally transported to another narrative, you strengthen your ability to relate to others (especially people who aren’t like you), appreciate different perspectives, and see the world through the eyes of others. It’s like cross-training for relationships and being a better human— and what could be more important during the past 18+ months, since everyone’s social interactions have been lacking during the pandemic?

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – HOLY FUCKING SHIT. Trevor Noah has to be one of the most resilient people on earth, in addition to being an amazing writer and human being.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


READING NEXT:

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things ― Stories from Science and Observation by Peter Wholleben

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz