reading books has always been a way to practice self care

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A bookworm since the beginning…


I’ve always been a bookworm.  When I was a kid I would read every book in a series and then devour more just as soon as I had completed one.


In fact, my first entrepreneurial venture was selling books in my neighborhood!  I figured that all the books I had finished could find a new home and why not make a little pocket change?


I would sit on top of my big, red-brick mailbox yelling “BOOKS FOR SALE!  BOOKS FOR SALE!”.  I had hauled the books outside in a cardboard box and as customers would come by I would sell the for a quarter or 50 cents.


Books are life-changing


Books have always been a huge part of my life.  When I was younger, I only read fiction.  I enjoyed many genres, but I was mostly drawn to books that had deep character development.  I would get lost in the stories and enjoy the book characters as though they were my friends.


Throughout high school and college I struggled with reading because I didn’t always like the classics.  And I NEVER liked to be told that I had to read something.  On occasion, an assigned book would speak to me (I remember liking Jane Eyre), but most often I would find a short cut or skim the book to get the bare minimum out of it.


But when I found a book I truly loved I would read it for hours on end and soak it up like a warm bath.  Reading wasn’t about escaping, but about learning and adventuring in ways that I didn’t know were possible.


The Book Club Queen


“Reading wasn’t about escaping, but about learning and adventuring in ways that I didn’t know were possible.”


As a young women in my 20s, reading became a way for me to socialize.  I became the “Book Club Queen” and loved participating in and hosting book club meetings.


True, sometimes they were more about social hour and having a glass or 3 of wine, but I also really enjoyed the discussions.  I also loved reading books that someone else picked out so I could expand my repertoire and read outside my comfort zone.


Reading as a save haven


When I went through a major life transformation in my late 30s, reading became a safe haven.  I discovered that there were books that spoke to me on levels that I didn’t know existed.


Books became a way for me to find answers to questions about myself that I didn’t even know I had!  I discovered the genre of self (or personal) development and my love of reading exploded like never before.


In fact, in the work that I do in helping women transform their own lives to one of passion, purpose and living SASSY AF, I am self-taught based on reading more books than I can remember!


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Book recommendations for you!


To this day, I love making book recommendations and one of the first questions I ask someone when I meet them for the first time is, “What are you reading right now?”.


While this list is nowhere near complete, I wanted to provide a starting point for a book list that I recommend.  It is my hope that some of these books speak to you in ways that you hadn’t even know you craved.


I also hope that you are inspired to try some new authors, titles or genres and get motivated to fall into your own love affair with books!


Personal Development


15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

5 Second Rule: How To Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do To Win At Life (Bulletproof)

The Angry Therapist: A No BS Guide to Finding and Living Your Own Truth


Sex & Relationships


Urban Tantra (Second Edition): Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century

Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want From Sex and How To Get It

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Lucy Libido Says… There’s an Oil for THAT

The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love


Business & Finance


The Compound Effect

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

Principles: Life and Work

You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

Everything is Figureoutable




Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Intuitive Being: Connect with Spirit, Find Your Center, and Choose an Intentional Life

Dear Universe: 200 Mini-Meditations for Instant Manifestations

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation


Women’s Literature


Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype


The Heroine’s Journey: Women’s Quest for Wholeness




What Alice Forgot

The Time Traveler’s Wife

City of Girls: A Novel

State of Wonder: A Novel

Who Do You Love: A Novel

All We Ever Wanted: A Novel


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