20 Books to Read This Summer

Summer is reading season, and we cannot wait to curl up at the beach or pool with a great book. 

We're always looking to our community to provide us with suggestions and inspirations to help influence our lives surveyed our community to discover their favorite books.

We already provided you with 35 Yoga Books to Read This Summer

Below you'll find a handful of our tribe's must-reads, in no particular order. Did we forget your favorites? Be sure to add them in the comments. 

*Book descriptions pulled primarily from Amazon. 


20 Books to Read This Summer


1. "We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. 

2. "Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling

Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

3. "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss 

From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. 

4. "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

5. "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as "The Little Prince." Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. 

6. "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. 

7. "Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival" by Velma Wallis 

 

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

8. "Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free" by Héctor Tobar 

When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in "Deep Down Dark," he brings them to haunting, visceral life. 

9. "Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale" by Holly Black

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

10. "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle

Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. 

11. "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom" by Don Miguel Ruiz 

In "The Four Agreements," bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, "The Four Agreements" offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

12. "Where I Lost Her" by T. Greenwood

In her page-turning new novel, T. Greenwood follows one woman's journey through heartbreak and loss to courage and resolve, as she searches for the truth about a missing child. 

13.  "Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses" by Claire Dederer

Ten years ago, Claire Dederer threw her back out breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

14. "Wherever You Go, There You Are" by Jon Kabot-Zinn

 

In his follow-up to "Full Catastrophe Living" — a book in which he presented basic meditation techniques as a way of reducing stress and healing from illness — here Jon Kabat-Zinn goes much more deeply into the practice of meditation for its own sake. To Kabat-Zinn, meditation is important because it brings about a state of "mindfulness," a condition of "being" rather than "doing" during which you pay attention to the moment rather than the past, the future, or the multitudinous distractions of modern life

15. "The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation" by Londro Rinzler

This is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook.

16. "You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life" by Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

17. "Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives" by Dan Millman 

This is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Readers join Dan as he learns to live as a peaceful warrior.

18. "The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents" by Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie integrates her own life experiences and fundamental recovery reflections in this unique daily meditation book written especially for those of us who struggle with the issue of codependency.

19. "Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. 

20. "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter

This is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 

Be sure to let us know your favorite yoga books below. Happy summer reading!