I read A LOT! Since, I'm a writer that likely isn't a surprise. But you might be shocked to know that even though I write and love romantic women's fiction, I don't read it as much as you'd think. I spend most of my reading minutes submerged in self-development, wellness, and spiritual books. I gobble them up like that Smartfood white cheddar popcorn (so good!).
I've read the good, the bad, and the LIFE CHANGING. So there are a handful of books I recommend for every woman. Whether you read on the go on your phone, love the tactile feel of thumbing through soft pages of a paperback book, or listen to audiobook on your commute, these 5 books are MUST READS!
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here's the list.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If you haven't read this one already, what are you doing with your life?! It's a young classic, told as a beautiful fable packed with timeless wisdom and inspiration.
It will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling and the courage to go after your dreams. This is the only fiction book on my list and it's a really short read--so don't sleep on this one.
Existential Kink by Carolyn Elliott, PhD
This one has a whole new twist to shadow work. I discovered it only this past summer and it gave me an incredible gift.
THE PERMISSION TO BE MYSELF.
ALL parts of myself--especially the one's I've spent my life trying to hide.
I can't tell you how much it's helped me understand unhelpful patterns and given me tools to finally heal!
So if you've been trying to manifest your dream life with some magazine cutouts, a glue stick, and loads of positive thoughts but you're still facing the same old shit, this book helps explain why.
Also a short read, Carolyn's writing is so down to earth and real that you'll feel like you're having wine with your BFF.
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
If you're not already following the great work of Marie Forleo, you gotta look her up. She has been a huge positive influence in my life and business. So I was crazy excited when she came out with this gem in 2019.
Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Marie may be an online business coach but this book is packed full with insights and wisdom that you can apply to every aspect of your life.
One thing I love about it is there's no filler. It's just meat and potatoes, baby! There is an incredibly powerful meditation near the end of the book where you journal a letter from your 100 year-old self. It's been four years, and I still go back to my letter over and over again because it so simply holds the answers to my troubles. Now, that I mention it, I think I'm going to read it again.
Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashaur
This is one of those special revolutionary books that makes you feel like you're absolutely magic and deserving of all your desires.
This book taught me how to appreciate my body, treasure my womanhood, and claim my place in the world. The title is bold, to say the least, but this read is full of velvety feminine energy. I can't tell you how many people I've gifted a copy of this book to because the message is so important.
Also, this one pairs great with Existential Kink. I highly recommend reading them back to back.
Woman Code by Alisa Vitti
I hate to say it but Alisa is the one who educated me on my period when I was 33 years old!! Waaaaayyyy to late in life if you ask me. Now, I understand how my cycle effects my body and life throughout the month and I've been tracking it for years.
If you're a millennial or older, you know we've gotten some pretty crappy messaging about our hormonal rhythm. Not to mention, infertility rates are on the rise. This is one of those books that gives you the one-two punch of education and empowerment.
I recommend this one for all women, including teen females. Holy crap would I have avoided some heartache and judgment growing up had I'd know about all of this. I have a feeling you'll feel the same when you pick it up. But you know what they say, better late than never!
So there my list of must-reads! I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know if you've read any of these titles or tell me what books changed your life.
Until next time . . .