While I love to digest as many books as possible, there are also those that I return to for the comfort they give. They aren’t necessarily intended to provide comfort but in some ways I draw strength from them anyway.
I had a bit of a hard time at work last year with some craziness going on and these were the books that I turned to when I needed to remember something or other to keep on going.
1. Everything Happens for a Reason – I had read this just before things went haywire but I had loved it and kept replaying parts. Things are perfect and I can’t always will things to be the way I want them. There’s a beautiful comfort in the way Bowler talks about it. Don’t just accept it, but know that sometimes we can do everything right and still lose it all. (my review)
2. the witch doesn’t burn in this one – every time I need to fuel the fire, I come back to this. I kept up by my bedside and had started to think of the trolls at work as matchboys to light up. I love the anger, which I sometimes need. I even gave it to a few friends when it seemed they needed somewhere to draw the fire from too. (my review)
3. Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office – this one is in no way intended to provide solace to women and girls still aiming for the corner office, but it did anyway. I kept thinking about all the things that it’s mentioned we do and we lose credibility for doing and calling people out at work for complaining about the women I work with doing those things. I know that’s not the point but it gave me comfort to think that just maybe I could use my position of authority (though not the corner office itself) to push back on girly things being lesser somehow and it all came back to this book. (my review)
4. Moving Beyond Words – seriously, the whole first chapter is essay is one of my favorite things ever. Gender bending incredibly sexist writing has become one of my favorite and most comforting things. It reminds me of how ridiculous some of it is and I make fun of the trolls in my head a little. (my review)
5. Anything Brene Brown – I fell in love with the work of Brene Brown when I first saw her amazing TedTalk in 2013 ish. Everything she writes is so helpful on a bad day, especially when I want to give on putting myself out there and just put up all the walls. That won’t do me or anyone I work with any good, though.
- Rising Strong by Brene Brown
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown
Do you have books that bring you comfort? I’m always looking for more so send me some suggestions in the comments!