Books on books on books.

At Shine HQ, we’re a bunch of proud bookworms. Whether we’re curling up with a suspenseful drama that keeps you up way too late or tearing through the latest how-to-get-your-thrive-on read (yeah, we’re making up a category) books are one of the big loves of our lives.

So, in honor of National Book Lovers Day, we’re sharing our faves to relax and release and our business go-tos.


When You Need a Mental Getaway

1. What Alice Forgot

By Liane Moriarty whataliceforgot

Liane Moriarty never disappoints, and this is one of her OG hits that will make you laugh and cry. It stars a relatable female-lead who forgets a large part of her life.

2. Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer intothewild

Jon Krakauer tells the gripping true story of a twenty-something who voluntarily disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness—and lost his life there—in 1992. The story itself is fascinating, and Krakauer's poetic descriptions of nature make it even more powerful.

3. Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch


Sci-fi. Romance. Time-travel. This book has all the things and is a quick read that will get you thinking about the paths you've taken in your life.

When You Need to Remember Your Badassery

4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By Jen Sincero youareabadassbook

Remember why you're great but also get some #inspo on how to take things to the next level with this honest and refreshing read.

5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

By Susan Cain


Introverts unite. This book will make you feel normal for wanting to be alone all the time, and it will help you rock your personal communication style.

6. Why Not Me?

By Mindy Kaling shinehqwhynotmebook

Mindy Kaling reminds us all that in any situation, someone has to be the first—why not you? Plus, she's hilarious and relateable.

7. Everything You Need You Have

By Gerad Kite everythingyouneedyouhave

Helped us view our emotions from a new perspective, and it offered really actionable tips that help combat negative thinking.

8. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

By Adam Grant originalshownonconformistsmoveworld

It takes you behind-the-scenes with highly successful people, and it teaches you how to shift your mental framework in order to identify and actualize the potential within you and those around you.

When You Want to Nerd Out

9. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

By Robert Cialdini influencepsychologyofpersuasionshinebooks

If you want advice on how to get anything you want, you need this social pysch read. Plus great research on the historical roots of power and influence? Yes, please.

By Malcolm Gladwell shinehqblinkbook

Basically we're all mind-readers. :) Okay, maybe not technically, but this great read validates the power of our intuition and the unconscious mind.

11. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

By Ben Horowitz hardthingabouthardthingsshinehq

There's no shortage of 'start-up go tos,' but few address how to survive and thrive amidst the entrepreneurial experience with the honesty of Ben Horowitz.

12. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

By Twyla Tharp thecreativehabitshinehqbook

This is a great resource to inspire creativity in your everyday routine—no matter your vocation. It's written by a leading dancer and choreographer.

13. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

By Anne Lamott birdbybirdbook

This book mixes writing advice with practical life advice—and it's pure magic. You'll want to reread it again and again.

14. Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman shinehqmagicthinkingfastandslow

This book really helped us see the shortcomings of instinctive behavior.

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