Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Brene Brown

Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life

Emily Nagoski Ph.D. (Author)

If you are a woman/vagina owner who is facing challenges with sex or asking yourself “is this normal?”, this book may be your key to a healthier sexual relationship with yourself and others. Personally, this book was pivotal in my sexual healing journey. As a victim and survivor of sexualized violence, I had an overwhelming sense of feeling sexually broken, pressured, and isolated. Emily’s words and real stories gave me the gift of self-compassion and an understanding for why I was doing and being a certain way. Her practical suggestions were incredibly helpful. Plus she’s very real and funny. If you have a partner, listen to the audiobook with them! (*errs on the heteronormative side).


James Nestor
I’m a super nerd about bio-hacking (finding easy ways to improve wellbeing and longevity). I’m also someone who does not buy-into or suggest anything without first understanding the “why” behind it and trying it myself. This breath stuff is no joke! Cheers to nose-breathing and mouth-taping ;P.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk

Alternative easier read (less science-y): What Happened to You? By Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry.

If you have chronic pain and/or illness and a history of trauma, the information shared here gives so much insight into ourselves and others. Knowledge is power. Choo-Choo! The knowledge-for-self-healing train has arrived, and there’s a seat just for you!

When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

Gabor Mate

This was the first book I discovered on my journey when taking my health into my own hands. I related to so much of this book, shedding many tears of relief and a few of sorrow. A must-read for anyone with chronic pain or illness.

How To Be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired guide for the chronically ill and their caregivers.

Toni Bernhard

This is a book for people who will not be their old self again and for all those whom, at least for now, getting better isn’t possible. This is a book that most reassuringly says even to those people, “You, too, are going to be okay – even if you never recover your health!”

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson
If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live? We get one body and experience the world through it, yet most of us don’t have a clue how it works. I loved this on audiobook because Bill takes you through every body system, vividly describing the systems and providing neat facts. You’ll respect your body after this one, I guarantee it. (An interest in biology helps).

Oh She Glows: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

Angela Liddon
Don’t be deterred by the fact that it’s vegan. You can add animal protein to most dishes if you desire, but even without these recipes are the perfect balance of healthy and tasty. Angela’s second book, Oh She Glows Everyday, is also fantastic.


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