This list is always being updated
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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
If you don’t think you’re an artist or creative, get this book ASAP.
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
I consider this a must-have reference book for writers interested in the three-act structure and hero’s journey.
Me & White Supremacy Workbook by Layla Saad
Free, donations highly encouraged to respect Layla’s work. Note that I (and many others) consider this required work for all white folx.
*asterisk next to books in my library but still on my to-read list.
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
Incredible, amazing (partially fictionalized, I think) story of Rumi's life; I adore this book. It’s a mystical experience to read; just talking about it makes me want to read it again. I can’t even remember exactly what made it so perfect, but this is one of my absolute favorite books of all time.
salt. by Nayyirah Waheed
Nayyirah is my favorite poet and salt. is a masterpiece.
The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed) by Octavia E. Butler*
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown*
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition by Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina*
This book is considered the guide to thriving on a nutritionally complete, balanced, and healthy vegan diet.
Definitely recommend also following Jenne (SweetPotatoSoul) on Youtube; she is amazing and her recipes are delicious.
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
The O Manuscript: The Seer, The Magdalene, The Grail by Lars Muhl
This book is a Scandinavian bestseller that speaks of a mystical journey; I loved this series (link to book includes entire trilogy in one) and read each so quickly as it speaks to my spiritual quest-ing. The second part, The Magdalene, completely opens up and re-envisions Mary Magdalene’s role in Jesus’ life and paints her as the incredible being she was; this is one I would love to go back and reread as it has been a few years since.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I simply remember loving this book so very much when I read it years ago.
This book changed my entire life and was the beginning of my recovery from a decade+ of disordered eating, body dysmorphia, and self-loathing. For anyone who hasn’t been able to understand or heal their obsession with food and body, this is a must-read.
Donate & Support
Organizations, foundations, and funds I donate to and/or recommend donating to—no matter what your income, there is a monetary bracket you can contribute, even if that’s a couple dollars each month. In our household we like to say, “flow it out to flow it in.” In other words, abundance is cyclical; let it be energy. That said, I feel that the more resources you have, the more responsibility you have to share them. P.S. Do you know of an organization I should include below? Send me a message via the Contact page. Thank you!