Books! What I read and loved this year (and what’s next on my list) Books! What I read and loved this year (and what’s next on my list) Books! What I read and loved this year (and what’s next on my list)

Books! What I read and loved this year (and what’s next on my list)


This could well be one of my favourite posts of the year because it’s on one of my all time favourite topics – books. As we round out the working year, I thought I’d share what’s been on my bedside table, in my bag, on my iPad and floating around my mind this year. Hoping you might find something in here that might spark some inspiration or provide some joy over the holiday period (even if you’re still working, and especially if you are one of the many people who find the holidays a difficult time).

I have split this into a few lists to make it easy to scan – What I read and loved; the reprise list; what I’m reading now; what I bought but am yet to get to. I have left out the hundred or so books I read or referenced for research in writing Lead Like A Woman earlier this year but you can correctly assume that the list was filled with pos psych, gender studies, workplace stuff, leadership and wellbeing.

And I have linked to Amazon for ease of reference. I know my Aussie friends can also get everything on Booktopia.

Right, let’s dive in.


What I read and loved

This Is Woman’s Work: Calling Forth Your Inner Council of Wise, Brave, Crazy, Rebellious, Loving, Luminous Selves by Dominique Christina. With a title like that how could not love this. “A woman’s work is to define herself,” writes award-winning slam poet Dominique Christina. While this task is important for everybody, Dominique says, “There is an urgency for women. When you have inherited a construct that names, describes, and practices an ideology that women are somehow less important, less necessary, then the work of defining yourself carries with it a kind of fury.” Archetypes, stories, exploration of ourselves as women in today’s world. This book is always near me at home and on my Kindle and phone. It will fill you up.

Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender by Tosha Silver. I have been a reader and lover of Tosha’s work since reading her first book Outrageous Openess (also listened on Audible). In this sequel, and with her characteristic mix of passion and humor, Tosha shows how to embrace transformation from the inside out. Covering a variety of topics – from work and finances to love and self-worth – this book is a spiritual guide to help anyone open to this union with Love, even in times of difficulty or crisis, and includes a convenient “Change Me Prayers Quick Guide.” Tosha is profound, unique, and this book is often a hilarious guide to awakening. Oh and it’s easy to read a page before bed which I love.

Crossing to Avalon: A Woman’s Midlife Quest for the Sacred Feminine by Jean Shinoda Bolen. This is a brilliant book that is informing my reflections about what it means to be a woman today and how we go deeper into that sacred feminine part of ourselves essential to living an authentic and meaningful life. Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a Jungian analyst and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. This is her extraordinary memoir that celebrates the pilgrimage that heralded her spiritual awakening and leads readers down the path of self-discovery. In this account of her journey to Europe in search of the sacred feminine, she unveils the mythological significance of the midlife search for meaning and renewal. “In Crossing to Avalon, Jean Shinoda Bolen turns her acute and brilliant eye toward the interconnectedness of women’s mysteries, sacredness of the body, the effect of pilgrimage on soul, and deep feminine friendships.”- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves. If you like this book, you will love my 6 month women’s circle journey next year.

Yoga For Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom by Colleen Saidman YeeColleen went from a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to “First Lady of Yoga” (The New York Times), and in this book which I read from cover to cover when on Byron break, she tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga – and then inspired others to do the same. In her approachable and very real way, Colleen shares deeply personal stories along with practical instructions for applying yoga to everyday issues and anxieties. Specific yoga sequences accompany each chapter and address everything from hormonal mood swings to detoxing, depression, stress, and increased confidence and energy. The Kindle version is great, the actual book is beautiful.

The Book of She: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power by Sara Avant Stover. We read a lot about the Hero’s Journey, but a theme I have been on for the past few years is “What about the Heroine’s Journey? After reading Maureen Murdock for years, I was so pleased to find this book. It celebrates all that it means to be a woman, from mythological underpinnings to the cycles of our day-to-day lives. Drawing on archetypes including Mary Magdalene, the Dark Goddess, and Green Tara, Stover highlights a journey home to psychological wholeness, personal empowerment, and, ultimately, full feminine spiritual Awakening. Brimming with mystery and magic, this provocative book makes ancient wisdom and healing practices accessible to every woman who is ready to revel in her full femininity — the dark and the light — through joyfully becoming the heroine of her own life.

Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wild Wise Woman Within by Rebecca Campbell. This book by my dear friend Rebecca is a feast for the soul, soothing for the spirit, and empowering for our womanhood. You may have listened to the first podcast I did with Bec on Light Is The New Black, or the latest discussion we had on this new book (I had a client recently tell me she has listened to this interview four times!). Rise Sister Rise should be on every woman’s bedside table for when you need soul food. Full of tools, calls to action, contemplative questions, rituals, and confrontational exercises, this book teaches us that it is safe to let Shakti rise, safe to trust our intuition, and safe to take leaps of faith – because in healing ourselves we are healing the world.

The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow your Passion, by Elle Luna. You may have heard me talking about this book by the beautiful artist and writer Elle, who I connected with in San Fransisco this year. Most of us have asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. And it was her own personal journey that inspired her to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, touched hundreds of thousands of people who’ve read it or heard Elle speak on the topic. The book in hardcover is a piece of art. But read it anyway you can get it.


On Reprise Rotation

A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing by Bri Maya Tiwari

The Heroine’s Journey by Maureen Murdock

Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton


What I’m Reading Right Now 

The Art of Attention: A Yoga Practice Workbook for Movement as Meditation by Elena Brower and Erica Jago

The 22 Day Revolution: The Plant Based Program that will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits, and Change Your Life by Marco Borges

Life Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Power of Fruits and Vegetables by Anthony Williams



Books Patiently Waiting For Me (too many to mention, but some picks from my shelf)

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Beautiful Messy Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha’s Daughters by Christine Toomey

The War on Women: And the Brave Ones Who Fight Back by Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide to Taking Your Business Further, Faster by Julia Pimsleur

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behaviour by Jonah Berger


Coming on holidays with me

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer


My latest Amazon order about to arrive (inspo for my Sacred program in Feb)

Sacred Circles: A Guide To Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group by Robin Deen Carnes 

The Destiny of Women: Is the Destiny of the World by Gururattan Kaur Khalsa (thanks to the beautiful Elena Brower for the recommendation) 

The Gift of Womanhood by Guru Rattana Ph.D.

The Astrology of Success: A Guide to Illuminate Your Inborn Gifts for Achieving Career Success and Life Fulfillment by Jan Spiller

Wow that was a marathon! I hope you enjoyed these lists. I loved compiling them for you. Enjoy your reading – I hope it feeds you and fills you up in all of the very best ways.

P.S Did you download your free 2017 Possibility Planner yet? It’s 25 pages of beautiful inspiration and thought provoking questions to help you release 2016 and get really clear on what you long to create in the new year.

P.P.S Don’t forget to register for the wonderful full day retreat at my home in January, and if you feel so called, please join my 6 month women’s circle to create what you truly want in the new year. 

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