Radical Self Love - Gala Darling
A book I read early on when I started becoming interested in growth. One of the biggest things that I learned from this book is about tapping or EFT, which helped me through so much of my anxiety in college.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien
You know. Incredible story telling, vivid details, a classic.
Fuck it: Be at Peace with Life, Just as It is - John Parkin
One of the first self-help books I read, and it made a HUGE impact on me. A hilarious guide to not caring with care.
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra
This book had a huge impact on me. I would love to read it again (baby Forrest ate my original copy so I’ll have to repurchase it). I thought I would include in a bit of detail what is covered in the book (this is from Wikipedia):
1. The Law of Pure Potentiality: Take time to be silent, to just BE. Meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. Silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. Practice non-judgment.
2. The Law of Giving: Today, bring whoever you encounter a gift: a compliment or flower. Gratefully receive gifts. Keep wealth circulating by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love.
3. The Law of Karma: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others ensures the flow of happiness and success to you.
4. The Law of Least Effort: Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view.
5. The Law of Intention and Desire: Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Make a list of desires. Trust that when things don’t seem to go your way, there is a reason.
6. The Law of Detachment: Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Do not force solutions—allow solutions to spontaneously emerge. Uncertainty is essential, and your path to freedom.
7. The Law of Dharma: to give is to get
Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga - Deepak Chopra
This book was super similar to the book listed above, but for me it was worth the repeat of information getting into my brain.
Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge - Damien Broderick
Essays about what the future might be like.
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice - T. K. V. Desikachar
My favorite book I’ve read about yoga. It really dives deep and also has the Sutras in the back of the book.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert
This book really inspired me to tap back into my creative side during a time when I was mostly using my logical brain as an engineer.
Inward - Yung Pueblo
Short reflections by a young author I love. I actually went to his book signing in NYC and met him!
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcom Gladwell
About following your instincts. Has some really cool stories too.
You are the One - Kute Blackson
Just a good self empowerment book. Awesome stories mixed with advice about following your heart and all that good junk.
Night - Elie Wiesel
Probably one of my favorite required reading books in high school. A powerful holocaust memoir.
The Power of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle
The benefits of being in the present moment.
The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
My mom had this on audiobook and we would listen to it in the car when I was young. I don’t remember that much from it honestly, but I remember I loved listening to it.
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Another high school read that really shifted my perspective of the world.
East - Edith Pattou
One of my favorite adventure books growing up as a child. I’ve read this so many times.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle
SUCH a good children’s book. Also have read this so many times.
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
You know. You know.
Watchmen - Alan Moore
I went though a graphic novel phase when I was young. This is the one that everyone reads, and that’s because it’s really good.
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
I could read this over and over again.
Angel on the Square - Gloria Wheelan
I also went through a Russian historic fiction phase. This is a children’s book that follows a little girl though the revolution.
When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chodron
Given to me by a friend. I’m absolutely loving this book. It includes a lot about the benefits of meditation.
You are a Badass at Making Money - Jen Sincero
SO good and hilarious. All about our money mindset. Little journaling exercises scattered throughout and you know how I love journaling.
I could honestly include more, but that’s probably enough for now. I also have a habit of giving books away to friends after i’ve read them (especially the good ones) so that’s all I can remember.
On my list:
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - Greg McKeown
Rising Strong - Brene Brown
The 4 Hour Work Week - Timothy Ferris
Launch - Jeff Walker
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola Estes , Ph. D.
Raising Shakti - Kavitha M Chinnaivan MD
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Lovingkindness - Sharon Salzberg
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet - Michael R. Bloomberg, Carl Pope
Freedom from the Known - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Let me know some of your favorites so I can add them to my list!