According to this website, reading makes you both interesting and attractive. (According to Instagram, so does the beach, but that’s another story.) Obviously, we already know you’re both.
While these reads absolutely do not require a beach (neither do you), we’re intentionally titling this list “summer reading” in hopes to extend our favorite season as long as we possibly can. Included is: what’s currently on our reading list, what we’re reading, now, and a few all-time favorites we couldn’t leave off. All are simply meant to be devoured, and of course, alchemy inspired (ie. meant to transform your life).
14 alchemy inspired beach reads to change your life (in no particular order):
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A timeless classic, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, is one for the ages and one we continuously come back to.
2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Lifeblood for the #girlboss femme-preneur. I could not put this down. Seriously, I read half of it sitting on the floor at Barns and Noble.
3. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Because together we make up ⅓ of the six people in the world that haven’t read this.
4. Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work by Steven Pressfield
We adore Steven Pressfield and firmly believe the world would be a much better place if we all “turned pro”. A must-read for every single human being on the planet. And no, we are not exaggerating.
5. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
Another must-read for every single person on the planet (again, we are not exaggerating). The Four Agreements is a simple, straight-forward, quick read that cuts through your typical “spiritual” talk.
6. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte
We LOVE Danielle LaPorte and this book (part workbook) is a total game-changer.
7. The War Of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles’ by Steven Pressfield
This seems somewhat obvious since we've already professed our love for Steven Pressfield. The War Of Art is the perfect quick read to move past resistance, take action, and get sh*t done.
8. Yoga For Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom by Colleen Sandman Yee
Simply because this was recommended by my gorgeous friend Kate and this woman is almost 60 (seriously).
9. The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape the 9 – 5, Live Anywhere & Join the New Rich’ by Tim Ferriss Revolutionary ideas about escaping the rat race reclaiming your life.
10. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear To Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein
OK, so this technically isn’t out until next month (September 27th), but it is available for preorder and we love Gabby Bernstein so we had to include it.
11. Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within by Chade-Meng Tan
Although we’ve yet to grab a copy of our own, we’ve heard great great things about this book.
12. Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson
Direct from amazon, “A ‘heroic’ and ‘fascinating’ biography of John Cage showing how his work, and that of countless American artists, was transformed by Zen Buddhism.” Another work we can’t wait to get our hands on.
13. The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy by Lewis Howes
Practical tools and actionable insights to harness your potential and unlock your inner greatness. Plus, it’s Lewis Howes, and you all know how we feel about Lewis Howes.
14. The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful & Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Terms by Danielle LaPorte
More Danielle LaPorte because we love everything she writes. The Fire Starter Sessions will get you moving forward, with soul.
Have you devoured anything wonderful lately? Post your favorite reads in the comment section below and if you enjoyed this post, we’d love for you to share it.
Erika & Jess
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