Back to School Reading: Holisticism Picks
In honor of September, Virgo energy, and the last weeks of #beachreading, we present a list of books that tickled our fancy and kept us informed this summer. These reads are season agnostic—so you should be able to enjoy them well into fall and winter.
- Buy used from Amazon. You're upcycling (yay), and it's some kind of wonderful to find a hidden note or margin scribble from the previous reader as you flip through your new book's pages.
- Download as an audiobook. For auditory learners, or those of us who spend our commute time driving, Audible is bae.
- Borrow from your library (hardcover or audio). Did you know that most libraries have audiobooks that you can borrow FOR FREE? If you're tight on cash, or just want to budget effectively, shine up that library card and start borrowing.
all about love
Feminism, love, relationships, the patriarchy. Anything bell hooks is a must-read, and this is a good place to start.
A Book of Luminous Things
One of my current favorite books of poetry. I love how the editor informs the reader of the original language, translation, and gives cultural context for each poem.
The Body Keeps The Score
Bess Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Oh. My. Gah. If you're a bodyworker or movement practitioner, this might become your new Bible. Van Der Kolk does such a great job unpacking trauma and how it manifests in the body.
Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain
If you're extremely into astrology but also have limited bandwidth to understand things like transits, nodes, and stelliums, you'll appreciate this goofy and oh-so-90s approach to the cosmos.
Journey of Souls
OK, kind of looks like a book that a cult would require people to read, but if you're curious about Near Death Experiences and the afterlife you've gotta check it out.
eThe Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets
I still have some qualms and questions about Yogi Bhajan the man, but these essays on the mind are really interesting and quick reads.
The Art of Loving
An exploration of love in its many forms—platonic, romantic, familial, universal.
Man and His Symbols
Carl G. Jung
Admittedly not an easy read, but so fascinating!
Archetypes: A Beginner's Guide to Your Inner-net
Prepare to get your mind b-l-o-w-n. Best enjoyed alongside Jung's work.
A quick, beautifully executed fiction read.
Such a fantastic resource for how to communicate with other humans in a way that's authentic and respectful.
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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From what I've heard, this is a read-in-an-hour-on-your-lunch-break situation. Yah! That good! I can't wait to read it.