June 1st, 2022 | by LeaLove

Books are my everything.

I love waking up in the morning, sitting at my table sipping tea, and flipping through a book of quotes or meditations or inspirations. I read something and really let it sink in. It truly helps to set the vibe for my day. In the afternoons, I read on my couch or outside on a bench in my yard or at a park or next to a river. 99% of the time I am deeply engrossed in a memoir. Before bed, I read something light and peaceful. It is my night-time routine that calms my nervous system and helps me relax before bed.

Reading has transported me out of distressing situations. Brought me comfort when I felt alone. Inspired me when I lost touch with my creativity. Taught me when I had no desire for formal education. And was there for me when I needed spiritual assistance and reassurance.

Reading elevates my soul. Guides me when I feel lost. Entertains me when I feel bored. Any opportunity I have to read, I do. While waiting in my car, before an appointment, at a café, before my baseball game, while waiting for a friend, early to a concert. . . there is always time to read.

And I’m always shown the exact book I need in every moment. My favorite books are non-fiction. I love, love, love true stories. I am fascinated by the human mind and heart, and how other people are experiencing life on this planet.

I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of memoirs. My gratitude to authors is infinite.

Here is a list of a few must-reads:

  1. Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo
  2. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  3. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
  4. Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
  5. Waking Up in Paris by Sonia Choquette
  6. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
  7. On Writing by Stephen King
  8. The Honey Bus by Meredith May
  9. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  10. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  11. This Is Not the Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson
  12. Never Broken by Jewel
  13. Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani
  14. Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle
  15. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
  16. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
  17. Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
  18. Trauma Farm by Brian Brett
  19. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  20. There is a Season by Patrick Lane

Take the time to nourish yourself with a good book. You can read five at a time like me or you can slowly savor one book with your devout attention. Or get recorded books and sit back and listen. Pick something that really interests you. Get a library card or browse the titles at your local bookstore. Set a book budget with your finances and indulge. It is such a treat!

In reading solidarity-

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