“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.” - John Milton



Danna Faulds, Limitless

Danna Faulds, Go In and In

Jalal al-Din Rumi, The Essential Rumi

John Keats, John Keats: The Complete Poems

Lord Byron, Lord Byron: The Major Works

Mary Oliver, Dream Work 

Mary Oliver, House of Light

Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings

Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early

Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke's Book of Hours

Rainer Maria Rilke, Essential Rilke

Wendell Berry, Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

William Blake, Blakes Poetry & Designs

William Wordsworth, The Major Works including the Prelude

Here are other inspiring poets whose work hasn't reached me in book form

Derek Walcott, Galway Kinnell, Judy Brown, David Whyte, Martha Postelwaite, Dorothy Hunt, Rashani Rea, and Mark Nepo


Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Brené Brown, Daring Greatly

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Besel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score

Carol Dweck, Self-Theories

Carol Dweck, Mindset

Dali Lama & Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy

Dan Siegel, Mindsight

Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart

Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindess & Peace

Janet Connor, Writing Down Your Soul

Jim Robbins and Les Fehmi, The Open Focus Brain 

John Sarno, The Divided Mind

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are

Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness

Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom

Julie Cameron, The Artist's Way

Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Martha Beck, Finding Your Own North Star 

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger

Peter Levine, In an Unspoken Voice

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Rick Hanson, The Buddha's Brain

Rick Hanson, Hardwiring Happiness 

Rick Hanson, Just One Thing

Sakyong Mipham & Pema Chodron, Turning the Mind into an Ally

Sharon Salzberg, Faith

Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach, True Refuge

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step

Thich Nhat Hanh, A Handful of Quiet

Tias Little, Yoga for the Subtle Body 

Tsultrim Allione, Feeding Your Demons

Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche & Eric Swanson, The Joy of Living


A.S. Byatt, Possession

Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Daphne Du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (* I've never read a book, let alone a series, so enthralling!!!)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

Herman Hesse, Demian

Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf

Herman Hesse, Narcissus & Goldmund

James Joyce, Dubliners

Jane Austin, Persuasion

Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Monica Furlong, Wise Child ( *It's part of a 3-book YA series that's superb)

Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d' Arthur

Willa Cather,  O Pioneers!

Willa Cather, Song of the Lark


Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller, The Price

Thorton Wilder, Our Town.