I was asked not to long ago about books I would recommend to those looking for inspiration or a way to incorporate something therapeutic into their lives. So I thought about books I have read that were influential to me, as well as a few I want to read because they were influential to people I know. I tagged amazon links to purchase all these books (I am in no way being compensated for recommending or sharing these links), but I highly recommend checking out your local library to get these reads for free-ninety-nine instead. So here it is…Lee’s List of Literature.
Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly
Brene Brown is the queen of empathy and gratitude (in my eyes) and that is what makes this book so important. The discussion about vulnerability is an important one to have if you are pushing to “find the new you” or simply want to be more in touch with yourself. Brown’s research has been instrumental in understanding people, and you will find this book to be instrumental in understanding yourself.
Michelle Obama’s Becoming
It took me longer than most to grab a copy of this book, but it was well worth the wait. Few autobiographies grab my attention, but former First Lady Michelle Obama’s story is one that is as inspiring as it is entertaining. I suggest reading this book as a way to reflect on your own life and dream of the possibilities that your life has to offer.
Shonda Rhime’s Year of Yes
Though I have not read it personally, I have heard great things about Rhime’s story telling abilities in this “self-help-esque ” book. Another story that evokes reflection on how you may be overlooking great opportunities for all the wrong reasons.
Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey
This book of poems is unique in all the right ways. I enjoyed reading this book with my husband and discussing our varied perceptions of the stories told. Though it can be hard to read due to some graphic descriptions, I highly recommend this quick and daring book of poetry.
Charlemagne Tha God’s Shook One
A lot of these books are lady-centered, but I wanted to throw in one with a little more male perspective. Charlemagne may not be for everyone, but I appreciate his honesty and work in reducing the stigma around mental health and therapy. This honest look at how anxiety affected his life is a great read for those hoping to feel less alone on their mental health journey.
Debrena Gandy’s Sacred Pampering Principles
This is an oldie, but a goodie. Gandy’s take on self care for African-American women was as important in ’98 as it is in 2019. She takes a holistic approach on self care that will make you want to #TreatYoSelf. If you are looking for a reminder on why and how to take care of yourself, this will become your go to read.
Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
My mother gave this book to me in college and it was such a powerful story. Reading about the trials and tribulations that Dr. Angelou went through to become the magnificent woman she was is incredible. For a look into the real life of a legend pick up this read.
Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass
The title alone makes this one of my favorites. I am all about empowering yourself and if this book can’t inspire you to believe that you are all that and a bag of chips, I don’t know what will.
Reading an inspiring story along with your therapeutic journey can be quite enlightening. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I and those around me have!