Health & Well-being

Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow
Dr. Sandy Skotnicki (2018)

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Michael Greger, M.D. & Gene Stone (2015)

The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease
Michael Greger, M.D. & Gene Stone (2017)

The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out
Dr. Robynne Chutkan (2016)

Reverse the Signs of Ageing: The Revolutionary Inside-Out Plan to Glowing, Youthful Skin
Dr. Nigma Talib, N.D. (2015)

Younger Skin Starts in the Gut: 4-Week Program to Identify and Eliminate Your Skin-Aging Triggers – Gluten, Wine, Dairy, and Sugar
Dr. Nigma Talib, N.D. (2016)


Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach (2004)

Mini Review

I listen to the audiobook when I am out walking and need a little sunshine. The combination helps clear my my mind of my stories and resets my heart.  It’s easy for me to get caught up in my judgements. The book and audio book help me look at myself and any bad feelings I have with compassion. Afterwards, I always feel better, do better and rewarding experiences seem to come my way. It’s pretty amazing.

Minimalism & Simple Intentional Living

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle (2016)

Mini Review

I’m an avid follower of Erin’s blog  Reading My Tea Leaves and Instagram account. I appreciate the way she gently and smartly shares her simple living choices. Her book is no different. It is a beauitful documentation of her sustainable minded minimalism. Her series on small apartment living was what initially drew me in, but there is much more to her book. The fashion and well-being sections hit all the right notes. While she is the mum of two small children I don’t feel her creations push that on the reader. As a single childfree 40-something gal I appreciate that.

Perimenopause & Menopause

The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced-Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond
Mache Seibel, M.D. (2016)

The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
Sara Gottfried, M.D. (2014)

Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever
Lauren Streicher, M.D. (2014)

Sexuality & Relationships

Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters-And How to Get It
Dr. Laurie Mintz (2017)

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life
Emily Nagoski Ph.D. (2015)

Make Every Man Want You: or Make Yours Want You More
Marie Forleo (2008)

Mini Review

Ridiculous title – great book! This is not a typical dating guide by any means. It’s an awesome, easy to relate to book that explores the myths and truths about relationships – especially the one you have with yourself. There are great suggestions on how to quiet the mind’s chatter, live in the present moment, and focus on what’s factual versus the stories we have created for ourselves or those of others that we have embraced over time. I found this book very helpful a couple of years after my separation and I was figuring out what my next chapter would be.

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
Esther Perel (2007)

Mini Review

This book explores the challenge of reconciling erotic desire and domestic stability. This conflict is something I have struggled with all of my adult life (even with inklings of it in my youth). Long term relationships, especially ones where you live with the person and/or have a family life, can become mundane and routine. This stagnation can lead to feeling isolated and other unhappy, unsatisfying feelings. The author, Esther Perel, examines why this is so and how turning separateness on its head can be healthy for a long term relationship. I totally love this book.

S.E.X, second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties
Heather Corinna (2016)

Mini Review

My dear friend Heather Corinna wrote this book as a part of her by and for youth sex education work. She addresses much more than the nuts and bolts of sex. This book is comprehensive and a must for all personal libraries whether they are for the young or the not-so-young.