The Ultimate Wellness Reading List for Summer 2016

I’m a believer in the transformative power of reading.  We can learn so much from books and the knowledge they contain.  Got a problem that can’t be solved?  Read about it.  Chances are someone else has gone through something similar and shared their experience in the written form.

My reading choices for this summer are centered around wellness and living life to the fullest. You might also notice a common theme of simplifying due to my growing interest in minimalism.

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Without further ado, here are the five books I’m reading this summer!

The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

The Buddha Walks Into A Bar

I really enjoyed Lodro Rinzler’s writing in his joint book with Meggan Watterson How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People).  You can read my review of it here.

The Buddha Walks Into A Bar caught my eye with it’s similarly entertaining title.  It offers spiritual advice for the modern man and woman.  Learning to apply mindfulness and still getting to enjoy a glass of wine?  Sounds like a good program to me.

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé


Jason Wachob is the founder of MindBodyGreen, a health and wellness website where I was featured for my piece How Yoga Made Me Respect The Hell Out Of My Body.

In this memoir packed with advice, he gives a different perspective on what defines a successful life.  Rather than focusing only on the accumulation of material things and wealth, a new definition is offered to give purpose and direction to one’s life.  This is “Wellth”: living with joy, health, and a depth that can’t be bought.

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

The More of Less

Joshua Becker is the man behind Becoming Minimalist.  He and his wife and four children take a minimalist approach to life.  They’re a normal family – minus the stuff!

Becker lays out the argument for why owning less can lead to more happiness and fulfillment.  He offers detailed outlines and practical advice on how to apply the principles of minimalism in your own life.  Basically, you get the why to and the how to all in one book.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love which is likely why Big Magic has already received a ton of press.  In this book, she delves into her own creative process to help teach others how to live a life filled with meaning and creativity.  Inspiration, power, and wonder can all be found inside these pages.

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

Zero Waste Home

Bea Johnson writes about her family’s zero-waste lifestyle on her blog: Zero Waste Home.  They produce almost no trash at all, and the waste they do create for the year fits into a mason jar.  Bea’s book lays out how to apply the principles of zero-waste to your own life by applying the 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot.  Plus, living this way can save a ton of money on household expenses.  Win, win.

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The Ultimate Summer Reading List

What’s on your summer reading list?


  1. Nice list! I have just read “The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own” by Joshua Becker and enjoyed it! It is a great book to start into minimalism.
    I also want to read “The Big Magic” it’s already on my Kindle, I’ll start it today.
    The other titles seems nice too!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Great to hear that you enjoyed The More of Less! I’m trying to decide which one to start with first so maybe I’ll pick that one 🙂

    • Summer’s the perfect time to clear our the mental clutter with some good reading! Thanks for stopping by

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