Books on my Shelves – The Short List

Lots of books around our house and in my office. This is the short list.  So many books have passed through our hands… I won’t even attempt to list them all.  Just a few…

I was blessed with receiving several books from a dear friend’s library who passed away last year from breast cancer.  She was an amazing friend, grandma & healer whose passion was all natural and alternative healing.  Thank you Millie for the gifts of your presence in my life and for a few gems from your book collection.  I will gradually add these books to the list as I read through them.  It’s going to take years!

I will update this list periodically as I continue to go through my shelves and Kindle. And of course, as I read new books.

Feel free to peruse the list and leave a comment if any of these books are familiar to you or you want to recommend a book to blog readers in any of these categories.  Please specify in your comment if the book you are recommending is your own creation.  Thank you!

Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Causing Disease

A Loving Approach to Dementia Care: Making Meaningful Connections with the Person Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementia or Memory Loss -Laura Wayman

 Coping with Change

Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Spencer Johnson, M.D.


Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples -Harville Hendrix, Ph.D

 Death & Dying

How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter *this book has graphic & medical descriptions of the body systems shutting down during the final phases of dying. It’s categorized by disease or injury. It is good for hospice workers, therapists, caregivers, and other providers working with the dying. It answers questions such as, “What is going to happen? What will it be like?” -Sherwin B Nuland

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters Most in the End -Atul Gawande


The Dream Encyclopedia –James R. Lewis

 Mindfulness & Meditation

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body & Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness –  Jon Kabat-Zinn with Preface by Thich Nhat

In the Light of MEDITATION – A Guide to Meditation and Spiritual Development – Mike George


The Mindfulness Solution to Pain -Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix with Lucie Costin-Hall, MA & Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D


Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking -Susan Cain


If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! The Pilgrimage of Psychotherapy Patients -Sheldon Kopp


The Effortless Sleep Method: The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia & Chronic Sleep Problems -Sasha Stephens


How to Know God: The Soul’s Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries -Deepak Chopra

A God Who Looks Like Me: Discovering a Woman-Affirming Spirituality -Patricia Lynn Reilly

The Way is Within -Ron Rathbun

Be Here Now -Ram Dass  *Still Here is on my “to read” list!

Living in the Light; Follow Your Inner Guidance to Create a New Life and a New World – Shatki Gawain


Trauma & Healing

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events – the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don’t -Jennifer Gilbert


Characters & Viewpoint – Elements of Fiction Writing – Orson Scott Card – awesome book

How to be a Writer in the E-Age A Self-Help guide – Catherine Ryan Hyde & Anne R. Allen – awesome book

bird by bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott – another awesome book

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett – loved it

Fiction, Memoir & Misc – Most of the classics are free on Amazon Kindle 🙂  Some of these books I sent off to the thrift stores… not enough space to keep them… 

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

Stephen King:  Salem’s Lot, It, The Stand, Bag of Bones, Bachman Novels, Carrie, Christine, Cujo, The Dark Tower series, The Dead Zone, Dolores Claiborne, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, The Green Miles series, Insomnia, Misery, Needful Things, Rose Madder, The Tommyknockers, and a few more.

Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms,  The Sun Also Rises, Death in the Afternoon, A Moveable Feast and a biography

Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina, War and Peace, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot

H.G. Wells: The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, War of the Worlds

Amy Tan: The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Joy Luck Club

Jonathon Swift: Gulliver’s Travels

Richard Bach: Jonathon Livingston Seagull

Anne Seagraves: Soiled Doves Prostitution in the Early West

Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, Cannery Row, Tortilla Flat

Louisa May Alcot: Little Women, Under the Lilacs,

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World

J.D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion

Pearl S. Buck: The Good Earth

Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island

Arthur Miller:  The Crucible, Death of a Salesman

William Bligh: Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty

Karen Hesse: Out of the Dust

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, Nicholas Nickleby

Yann Martel:  Life of Pi

Robert Munsch: Love You Forever

John Milton: The Poetical Works of John Milton – did not get through this one

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: The Last Man, Frankenstein Original 1818 Uncensored Edition

Alexandar Dumas: The Three Muskateers (I couldn’t get through this one!), The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo

O’ Henry: Gift of the Magi

D.H. Lawrence: The Daughter-in-law

Henry Rider Haggard: The People of the Mist

Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi

A. W. Tozer: The Pursuit of God

F.S Fitzgerald: The Beautiful and the Damned, This Side of Paradise

Edgar Allen Poe: The Raven

Bram Stoker: Dracula

Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Ubervilles: a Pure Woman

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Emily Bronte’: Wuthering Heights

Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Ernest, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote (couldn’t finish this one!)

Sir James Knowles: The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights (couldn’t get through this one!)

Charlotte Bronte’: Jane Eyre,

Victor Hugo: Les Miserables

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Herman Melville: Moby Dick, or the whale

Margaret Atwood: The Handmade’s Tale

D.G. Kaye: Conflicted Hearts -A daughter’s quest for solace from emotional guilt

I’ve read many classical children’s stories, fairy-tales, including original Brother’s Grimm stories (not Disney version), etc to my kids. We love to read in our house!
















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