GREAT READS 900 600 Sharna Fabiano

Below is a small collection of books that I frequently recommend to friends and clients. These titles have inspired by thinking, my creativity, and my professional work, and they cover a range of topics. For the sake of curiosity and imagination, which are also important for our general health and well-being, the list includes some of my favorite titles in nonfiction and fantasy!

Personal Development

Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World & Me
Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility
Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap
Amy Lombardo, Brilliance
Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion
Gail Straub, The Rhythm of Compassion
Lynn Twist, The Soul of Money

Professional Development

David Allen, Getting Things Done
Brené Brown, Dare to Lead
Susan Cain, Quiet
Amy Edmondson, The Fearless Organization
Tim Hurson, Think Better
Michael Bungay Stanier, The Coaching Habit

Followership (& Leadership)

Ira Chaleff, The Courageous Follower
Marc & Samantha Hurwitz, Leadership is Half the Story

Human Potential

Johanna Macy & Chris Johnstone, Active Hope
Joseph Chilton Pearce, The Biology of Transcendence
John Prendergast, In Touch
Otto Scharmer, Theory U


Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity
John, Gottman, The Relationship Cure
Stan Tatkin, Wired for Love


Christina Baldwin, Life’s Companion
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Teri Degler, Divine Feminine Fire
Yoon Im Kane
, The Mindfulness Workbook for Depression
Sally Kempton, Meditation for the Love of It
Andrea Bonior, Detox Your Thoughts


Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End
Anne Garrels, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia
Sarah Kendzior, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Emily Nagoski, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life
Eduardo Porter: American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed our Promise
Karl Sabbagh, Palestine: History of a Lost Nation
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Joshua Wolf Shenk, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs
Stefanie Syman, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America
Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States


Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale
Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone Series: Shadow and Bone, Seige and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Zen Cho, Sorcerer to the Crown, The True Queen
Geneveive Cogman, The Invisible Library Series: The Invisible Library, The Masked City, The Burning Page, The Lost Plot, The Mortal Word, The Secret Chapter, The Dark Archive
Deborah Harkness, All Soul’s Trilogy: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January
N. K. Jemisin, Broken Earth Series: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky; The Inheritance Trilogy: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, The Kingdom of Gods
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus, The Starless Sea
Naomi Novik, Temeraire Series: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, Blood of Tyrants, League of Dragons
Robert Pullman, His Dark Materials Trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
V.E. Schwab, Shades of Magic Trilogy: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, Conjuring of Light
Samantha Shannon, The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Bone Season series
Sherry Thomas, Elemental Trilogy: The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights