"She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott
Well, I certainly hope so, Louisa. I certainly hope so, because I am so very fond of books…in any form. Hard copy, audio, Kindle, used, borrowed…
Let me share a few of my favorites with you.
Most of these books are recovery related. Some not.
I highly recommend (in no particular order):
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. (When I was first trying to get sober, this book didn’t make sense to me. Probably because I was reading it with my head rather than my heart. Today, my Big Book goes almost everywhere with me and is one of my most cherished possessions. ❤️)
Between Breaths: A Memoir by Elizabeth Vargas (from ABC's 20/20...made me believe that even the "pretty" people struggle and ultimately, survive if they just surrender.)
Absolutely anything ever, ever, ever in the history of all things about vulnerability, creativity and life ever written by Brene’ Brown. Literally, anything. Trust me on this. *swoon
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz (changed my entire life!)
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton (lovingly reminding women that they are not alone)
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist (I love that she reminds me to slow down and enjoy my family, my marriage, my friends, and my life. Any woman who puts her Converse on the cover of a book is okay with me. Proof that I can judge a book by its cover!)
*Also, this book is available for $0 on Amazon Prime Library (via Kindle) right now!
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins (such simple advice…5-4-3-2-1…getta going!)
Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning To Say by Kelly Corrigan (like reading a great, big hug)
A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps by Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D. (the 12-steps from a woman’s perspective)
Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand (I know. I know. I didn’t think I was a Russel Brand fan either, but he is smart and opinionated and well versed…and above all, passionately sober.)
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie (Because you must. Because we are all codependent at some point in our life, with someone or something, whether we like it or not. One of my all-time faves.)
Emotional Blackmail by Susan Forward, Ph.D. (Another mind-blowing book. It's simple: FOG...fear, obligation and guilt.)
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie (I have the app on my phone that sends me daily devotional/meditations. Wonderful.)
Language of the Heart: Bill W's Grapevine Writings (Between 1944 and 1971, Bill wrote 150 articles for AA's monthly magazine, Grapevine. This book is a compilation of all those writings and is just yet, one more, love letter from Bill.)
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (Because we all need words like this: "give to those who have nothing to give to you".)
Courage to Change (Al-anon's "Big Book". So much valuable wisdom in this book including the three C's: Cause, Control, Cure and "Just for Today".)
What are your favorites?