Self-Care Summer Reading List
There’s something about the sun’s warmth that makes us feel more optimistic and driven to pick up some good habits — and good books. Over the past few months, these three novels have helped me find balance in my relationships to my loved ones, my communities or myself. So whether school’s out forever or just for now, give yourself some time to unwind and turn inwards with our summer reading list:
In this classic, cultural critic bell hooks reimagines love in all its forms: intimate, nurturing, self-compassionate and divine. She mixes personal anecdotes with profound musings informed by intersectional feminist theories about learning to love.
This collection of conversations and essays on an array of topics, from sex work to climate change, explores the ways we can centre pleasure in building a socially just society. It’s important to recognize that self-love and care don’t exist in a vacuum. Eradicating systems of oppression are fundamental to living fulfilling lives rooted in compassion and community-care.
Psychotherapist Judith Blackstone outlines how the fascia (the body’s connective tissue) constricts in response to trauma. Informed by Hindu and Buddhist teachings and honed over decades of practice, her Realization Process is a meditative exercise for releasing unconscious reactions and embracing fundamental consciousness.
Well-loved on Instagram for her hand-written notes, writer Alexandra Elle created a journal and guide to reading and writing daily affirmations. The guide walks us through the concept of writing as a form of meditation and the journal prompts help us develop our own daily affirmations by reflecting on our innermost feelings.