Book Recommendations & Reading List

 

 

Books I've read and found some kind of comfort in. 

I think you will too.

Click the book titles to find it on Amazon

Albums Thats Shaped Me

(My favorite records all time)

  • Copeland - Ixora

  • Ani Difranco - Dilate

  • Counting Crows - August and Everything After

  • Lorde - Melodrama

  • Ben Harper - Welcome to the Cruel World

  • Kevin Garrett - False Hope

  • Tove Styrke - Sway

  • Bon Iver - 22, A Million

  • Augustana - Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt

  • Brand New - Deja Entendu

  • Trevor Hall - This Is Blue

  • Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors

  • The Perishers ‎- Let There Be Morning

  • There For Tomorrow - A Little Faster

  • Justin Nozuka - Holly

  • Ellie Goulding - Halcyon

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

  • VersaEmerge - Fixed At Zero

A FEW MORE BOOKS I’VE READ AND LOVED

in no particular order

 

 

Fiction/Classics

  • This is How You Lose Her - Junot Díaz

  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

  • Slowness - Milan Kundera

  • Life Is Elsewhere - Milan Kundera

  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera

  • Eleven Kinds of Loneliness - Richard Yates

  • Roughing It - Mark Twain

  • Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

  • The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-ExupÌ©ry

  • Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

  • Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

  • Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson

  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

  • A Room with a View - E.M. Forster

  • Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

  • Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

  • Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman

  • Tender Is The Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

  • 1984 - George Orwell

  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

  • Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

  • Invisible Monsters -  Chuck Palahniuk

  • A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf

  • Moments of Being - Virginia Woolf

  • To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

  • Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

  • Factotum - Charles Buskowski

  • Post Office - Charles Bukowski

  • Journey to Ixtlan - Carlos Castaneda

  • One Day My Soul Just Opened Up - Iyanla Vanzant

  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson

  • Eleven Kinds of Loneliness - Richard Yates

  • The Other Side Of Midnight - Sidney Shelton

  • Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer

  • The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

 

POETRY / PROSE POETRY

(click the authors to find their books)

NON-FICTION / DIARIES / LETTERS / MEMOIRS

  • Walden - Henry David Thoreau

  • Journal of a Solitude - May Sarton

  • Women Who Run With the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola

  • The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

  • Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl // Review

  • You Learn By Living - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Reborn: Journals and Notebooks - Susan Sontag

  • Tiny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed

  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia - Marya Hornbacher

  • Finding Ultra - Rich Roll

  • The Idea of Duende - Federico Garcia Lorca

  • Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson

  • Economy of the Unlost - Anne Carson

  • ​One Day My Soul Just Opened Up - Iyanla Vanzant

  • The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

  • Black Coffee Blues - Henry Rollings

  • Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin 

  • Tales of a Female Nomad - Rita Golden Gelman

  • Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner - Dean Karnazes

  • Travels With Myself - Tahir Shah

  • Leonardo’s Notebooks - Leonardo da Vinci

  • And the Heart Says Whatever - Emily Gould

YOGA / SPIRITUALITY

BOOKS ON WRITING

  • Story Structure Architect - Victoria Schmidt

  • Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott

  • The Artist’s Way - by Julia Cameron

  • On Writing Well - William Knowlton Zinsser 

  • Henry Miller on Writing

  • On Writing - Steven King

BUSINESS & SELF DEVELOPMENT

  • The Road to Character - David Brooks

  • The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 - Travis Bradberry

  • Good to Great - Jim Collins

  • The Art Of Non-Conformity - Chris Guillebeau

  • Motivation and Personality - Abraham Maslow

  • The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Erving Goffman

  • The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau

  • Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

  • The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less - Richard Koch

  • The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki

Music Business

  • All You Need To Know About The Music Business - Donald S Passman

PHILOSOPHY

  • Letter Form A Stoic - Seneca

  • Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

  • A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy - William B. Irvine

  • Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault

... and some more

  • How to Be Alone - Jonathan Franzen

  • Whatever It Takes: A Journey Into the Heart of Human Achievement - Bob Moawad

  • Seven Dada Manifestos and Lampisteries - Tristan Tzara

  • The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

  • The Portable Nietzsche - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • The Celestine Prophecy (Celestine Prophecy, #1) - James Redfield

  • Shelley: A Defence Of Poetry - Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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5am
again,
drunk on someone else’s love,
or couch,
and I’ve never felt more at home.

I fled myself,
from the life I’ve built
because I’ve been inhabiting routines I don’t want to stand for.

Inhabiting skin I’d rather shed
but still took on
like a soldier serving his country,
for that’s what they told me to do.
But I was not
strong
or wise,
but young and foolish,
for what is this thing? Trading passions for a tiny bit of acceptance,

and I am not a Sunday morning inside four walls
with clean blood
and organised drawers.
I am the hurricane setting fire to the forests
at night when no one else is alive,
or awake,
however you choose to see it,
and I live in my own flames.
Sometimes burning too bright and too wild
to make things last 
or handle
myself or anyone else
and so I run.
Run run run,
far and wide
until my bones ache and lungs split
and it feels good.
Hear that, people? It feels good,
because I am the slave and ruler of my own body
and I wish to do with it exactly as I please,
and living in this skin is hard and painful, most of the times,

because I never volunteered to take this on.

The daily sacrifice of heart over mind,
the forever on going task of explaining this and that,
and why I don’t want to look like this and
be like that
but still here I am and if this is the body I’ve been given I’m sure as hell gonna make it work.
If this is the place I’ve been given, I’m sure as hell gonna make this work.

So I fled the me that was never really me and I’m on my way. To newer lands and uncleaned streets
for I’ve had enough of childish safety in comfort.
Enough of all telling me to look and do, like this and that,

and I never meant to please anyone but myself
and you can call me selfish,
throw words like knives in the dark but I will not listen,
for not listening to sharp words brought me to where I am today
and I believe in the path I’ve been given. If my only task in this life is to walk it,
I surely will walk it
prouder than anyone else.

If this is the path I’ve been given, I will walk it
prouder than anyone else,
for no one else can.

// from my book You’re Doing Just Fine ☾

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