I get asked for book recommendations from my clients, friends, and readers, all the time.
You have to understand, I have a very serious Audible addiction. Over the last few years, I’ve listened on average to one new non-fiction book every week. (Fiction is saved for my beloved Kindle cuddle-time.)
Basically I’ll read anything that could possibly improve my work with women (or my own life) and I dedicate time to learning every day. They’re not all winners though, which is why I love offering recommendations– to help people get straight to the good stuff.
I sent out a list of my recommended reading to my email list about a year ago (the original list is at the bottom of this post), and I’ve decided to create a Part 2 and share the whole thing publicly.
Every single book I’m including here has impacted me, or the work I do. Some changes were like huge, life-altering, “red pills” that took me down the rabbit hole. Others offered interesting education, or unexpected insights.
This list covers a variety of topics, from self-development to psychology to trauma to sex and feminism. Many of them directly impacted my work with clients, inspired social media posts and videos, and spawned numerous discussions with friends and family.
Note #1: I certainly don’t agree with or stand by everything written in each book, but there is value in each. I’ll leave it to you to decide which parts you agree with, and which you don’t.
Note #2: I didn’t include any of the business or marketing books I read, because, frankly, I find them so incredibly uninspiring.
Feel free to ask questions or let me know what you’re looking to learn, and I’ll offer some insight into where to start!
The books that I’ve loved and highly recommend since my list went out last time, in no particular order:
- I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t), by Brene Brown
- Queen’s Code, by Alison Armstrong (note: this one is technically fiction, but its fictional front is just a weak ruse for teaching important non-fiction themes)
- Full Frontal Feminism, by Jessica Valenti
- Pussy: A Reclamation, by Regena Thomashauer
- Slow Sex: the Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm, by Nicole Daedone
- Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic, by Esther Perel
- Sexual Healing: Transforming the Sacred Wound, by Peter A. Levine
- Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, by Robert M. Sapolsky
- Attached: the New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find– and Keep– Love, by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
- Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, by Ben Goldacre
- The Four Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace, by Martha N. Beck
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson
- Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl
Plus a quick highlight on these three books:
Why Me Want Eat is brand new, written by my friend and kickass coach Krista Scott-Dixon. It reads fast, and funny, and straight to the point of issues or “weirdness” around food, eating, weight and your body.
The other two– The Body Keeps the Score and Waking The Tiger, were two of of the most influential and important books I have ever read, on what trauma is, how trauma affects the body, and what we can do about it.
Oh, and in case you missed my original recommended reading list, here it is again:
- Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Dr Carol Dweck
- You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero
- The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You, by Karla McLaren
- Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight–and What We Can Do about It, by Harriet Brown
- The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Come As Your Are, The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, by Emily Nagoski Ph.D.
- The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, by Dr. Nathaniel Branden
- Tiny Beautiful Things, Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcom Gladwell
- The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
- Sex Object: A Memoir, by Jessica Valenti
- The Power of the Other: The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond-and what to do about it, by Dr. Henry Cloud
- Love Warrior: A Memoir, by Glennon Doyle Melton
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer
- Finding Your Own North Star, by Martha Beck
- Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling, by Anita A. Johnston
- The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, by Bruce H. Lipton
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephan Covoy
- The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander
- Big magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
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