Left to my own devices, I would likely to read books only related to health, wellness, and how to be a better solo-preneur. But I made a conscious effort in 2019 to read some more fun. I’m glad I did! There’s a cleansing that happens when you step outside your habit. Your brain can rest.
If you read before bed, the type of content you choose can mean the difference between a refreshing night’s sleep, a mind filled with “work-busy planning”, or even vivid nightmares!
Anyway, you’ll see this mixture of work and play below. Several Top Picks stand out because they blended work with fun for me. For example, “When Nietzsche Wept” had in it many fascinating elements of the coaching experience, but not enough to get my brain into “coaching mode”. “Educated” blew my mind as a story of childhood developmental trauma. Some of these I read a little each day in the morning, or at night, depending on the time I had and the style of book. I hope you’ll get some good ideas here.
- Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope by Mark Mason
- Ghost in the Machine by Arthur Koestler
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
- Tribes by Seth Godin
- Waking: A Memoir of Trauma & Transcendence by Matthew Sanford
- When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
Also Very Good:
- Educated by Tara Westover
- I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
- Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar (to be fair, I’ll be at Chapter 4 at Jan 1, 2020: I read one a day, along with the corresponding translation from Liberating Isolation, by Frans Moors)
- New Menopausal Years: Alternative Approaches for Women by Susan Weed
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
Other Decent Reads:
- American Gods
- Core of the Yoga Sutras
- Everyday People: Color of Life
- I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want & How to Get It
- Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe
- Richest Man in Babylon
- The Constant Princess
- The GoldFinch
- Yoga for Emotional Balance
- Yoga Skills for Therapists
Books I Wish I Skipped*:
- Forgiveness is Really Strange
- My Own Words (RBG)
- Osler’s Web: Inside the Labrynth
- Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
*I’m not saying they’re bad; they just didn’t resonate with me.