Books I Love

“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. Sometimes, human beings need story and narrative more than they need nourishment and food.” -Emma Thompson 

For Inspiration:

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson


For Your Spirit:

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey



For Perspective:

Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The War of Our Childhood by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Without A Net by Michele Kennedy


For Aspiring Writers:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

On Writing by Stephen King

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White


For When You Want Adventure But Don’t Want to Get Off the Couch:

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

Walking Home by Sonia Choquette


For When You Finally Accept That You Really Do Need to Get Off That Couch:

Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes

Spartan Up by Joe De Sena


For When You Are Ready for a Challenge:

Seven by Jen Hatmaker

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo


For Moms:

Momfidence by Paula Spencer

Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin


For Parents of Littles:

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau

On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam

The Vaccine Book by Robert W. Sears


For When You Need the Beauty and Romance of France and Italy:

My Life In France by Julia Child

A Thousand Days In Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi


For When You’re In the Mood For Really Good Fiction:

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fizgerald

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Kathryn Sticker


Just For Laughs: 

Home Game by Michael Lewis

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Bossypants by Tina Fey


For Good Reading with the Kids:

The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupery

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling

Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler

Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne