Hi There,

I come across a lot of great books from my own explorations and from my amazing clients who share what moves them. This gives me a continual inflow of fresh resources to inform and empower our coaching. And after 10 years of coaching, the number of books I reference has GROWN.

This time of year, as you get ready to take your summer vacation – or even just to slow down while the weather heats up – I wanted to share a few books that I like and what I find moving about them.

Here are a few books to inspire your summer reading:   

Burnout by Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski

Oh! How do I LOVE this book! Many women feel that their stress and overwhelm is a personal failure. As if they should just “pull it together already!” This book masterfully uncovers the sources of systemic, societal expectations that keep women feeling stressed and small. Understanding our stress cycle is a game changer: it allows us to shift out of burnout into more peace. This book is essential reading. 

Inward by Yung Pueblo

This poetry book has become a touchstone for me. The words are loving reminders about healing and self-kindness that starts from within. The pathway to our happiness and peace comes through the inward gaze and holding lightly what we find there. Use this book as an inspiration for your journaling, meditation or prayer.

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

This is one of my favorite books for women who are ready for a big leap but find that their inner critic, fear and “good student” habits are holding them back. This empowering read provides a practical roadmap and several fantastic exercises designed to help the reader envision and embrace a bigger future and tap into their inner wisdom. I have taken multiple courses with Tara Mohr and love infusing what I have learned into my coaching. 

The Midnight Library by Matt HaigThis fiction book asks THE question: what makes life worth living? Between her life and death, the main character finds herself in a library where every book is a chance to make different choices and live a different life. Through countless iterations she experiences all the closed doors, revisits her regrets and reimagines WHO she is. It is a playful and powerful read that gently explores mental health, choice, and the search for peace. It is a little heavy on the inspirational messages, but the story will move you.

If you’ve read one of these books and it really resonated with you, hit reply and let me know!  And if you add one of these to your summer reading list, please let me know what you think.

Stay tuned for more reading recommendations in the coming newsletters.

Happy reading,


* When you buy something using the affiliate links included here, I may earn a small commission on any of the books at no extra cost to you. I do not accept any money for editorial reviews and please know that I wouldn’t recommend any books unless they were truly some of my faves!

Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.

Alberto Manguel