“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

— Stephen King, On Writing

You can tell a lot about a person by the books they read, & even more, by the books love.

I love books that shift my perspective, nourish my soul, and withstand the test of time. Here are a few I recommend (& reread) again and again.

Creativity & Writing

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

On Writing by Stephen King

Personal Growth & Self Awareness

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Valters Painter

Steering by Starlight by Martha Beck

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile

Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss

The EROS Equation by Eve Hogan

Life Purpose, Dreams & Callings

Callings by Gregg Levoy

Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss

Wishcraft by Barbara Sher

The Life You Were Born to Live by Dan Millman

Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver

Fiction & Memoir

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Devotion by Dani Shapiro


To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

The House of Belonging by David Whyte

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver

Inward by Yung Pueblo

The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

Everything Comes Next by Naomi Shihab Nye