Books to Inspire You

Books to Inspire You

Books to Inspire You 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 Growth

Andrea Bonior, Detox Your Thoughts
Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap
Nicole LaPera, How to Do the Work
Amy Lombardo, Brilliance
Yoon Im Kane,The Mindfulness Workbook for Depression
Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands
Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion
Gail Straub, The Rhythm of Compassion
Lynn Twist, The Soul of Money
Kasia Urbaniak, Unbound

Professional Growth

David Allen, Getting Things Done
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly, Dare to Lead
Susan Cain, Quiet
Ira Chaleff, The Courageous Follower
Amy Edmondson, The Fearless Organization
Marc & Samantha Hurwitz, Leadership is Half the Story
Michael Bungay Stanier, The Coaching Habit

Human Potential

Johanna Macy & Chris Johnstone, Active Hope
Joseph Chilton Pearce, The Biology of Transcendence
John Prendergast, In Touch
Otto Scharmer, Theory U
Joshua Wolf Shenk, Powers of Two
Ginny Whitelaw, Resonate


Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity
John Gottman, The Relationship Cure
Emily Nagoski, Come As You Are
Stan Tatkin, Wired for Love


Christina Baldwin, Life’s Companion
Flora Bowley, Art of Aliveness
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Teri Degler, Divine Feminine Fire
Sally Kempton, Meditation for the Love of It


Lisa Feldman Barrett, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World & Me
Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility
Atul Gawande, Being Mortal
Anne Garrels, Putin Country
Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens
Sarah Kendzior, Hiding in Plain Sight
Charles Mann, 1491
Eduardo Porter: American Poison
Karl Sabbagh, Palestine
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson, Caste
Stefanie Syman, The Subtle Body
Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom
Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk
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, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Zen Cho, Sorcerer to the Crown, The True Queen
Geneveive Cogman, Invisible Library Series: The Invisible Library, The Masked City, The Burning Page, The Lost Plot, The Mortal Word, The Secret Chapter, The Dark Archive
A.J. Hackwith, Hell’s Library Trilogy: The Library of the Unwritten, The Archive of the Forgotten, The God of Lost Words
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, The Once and Future Witches
N. K. Jemisin, Broken Earth Series: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky; 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; Bone Season Trilogy: The Bone Season, The Mime Order, The Song Rising
Sherry Thomas, Elemental Trilogy: The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights