Welcome to the second week of the bookshelf tour! Last week: Nonfiction. ICYMI, since I’m not on Booktube, and never will be, I wanted to travel through my shelves on a biweekly adventure on the blog. Since these are going to be pretty long, I won’t ramble on, so let’s get to it! Most of these are read, and I’m hoping at least half of them have been reviewed, so I’ll link to Goodreads if it’s available.

This shelf is a bit of a mess–it starts with Buddhism, drops briefly back into the rest of my nonfiction that didn’t fit on the shelf above (aka just Thoreau), swings into yoga, and then starts in on the first half of my poetry. I’ll link each title to Goodreads, as well as drop star ratings if I’ve read them.

Before we begin, my crystals are all orange, and I’m probably going to embarrass myself trying to remember what is what, but here goes: orange calcite, raw tiger’s eye, my favorite citrine point on top of my favorite lemon candle, two citrine clusters, tumbled tiger’s eye, pyrite, I have no idea, clear quartz point, some kind of tiger’s eye on top of a Gryffindor candle that my friend, Jen, got me. The statue on the left is a Tara that I went back to the store for three separate times before purchasing it and a photograph of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

And without the stuff so you can actually see the books.


I first discovered Buddhism in December 2011, which I’ve talked about more in-depth here, but it’s a huge part of my life. A lot of these are still unread, and I’d like to make a serious dent on them in the near future.

My top three in this section is:

I recognize that these are nowhere near alphabetical order, but they are by size.

Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV | ★★★★

My Spiritual Journey by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV | ★★★★★

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV & Desmond Tutu | ★★★★★ | Top 10 of 2019 | Review

Kindness, Clarity, and Insight by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV | ★★★ | Review

The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV | ★ | Review

The Tibetan Book of the Dead by Anonymous, translated by Gyurme Dorje | ★★★★★

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Liberation Through Understanding in the Between by Anonymous, translated by Robert AF Thurman | ★★★★★ | Review

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV | UNREAD

The Dhammapada by Anonymous, translated by Eknath Easwaran| UNREAD

The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous, translated by Eknath Easwaran | ★★★★ | Review

The Upanishads by Anonymous, translated by Eknath Easwaran| UNREAD


Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer | UNREAD

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, translated by Rika Lesser | ★★★★

Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism by Rebecca McClen Novick | ★★

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin EP Seligman | UNREAD

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden, or: Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Woods | ★★★★★ | Review


The story is pretty much the same here for Buddhism, though I’ve read a lot less books for yoga. I don’t tend to love them all that much, and most of these were probably assigned during my teacher training. At this point, I don’t generally seek out new yoga books.

My top three in this section is:

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen | ★★★★★ | Review

To Love and Let Go by Rachel Brathen | ★★★★★ | Top 10 of 2019 | Review

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar | read, but not rated

Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi | UNREAD

Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith| UNREAD

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff | read, but not rated

Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life by Rebecca Pacheco | ★★★★★ | Review

Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life by Shiva Rea | ★★★★

Raising the Bar: How Gymnastics Can Change Your Life by Nile Wilson | ★★★★ | Review

Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom by Colleen Saidman Yee | ★★★ | Review

Adult Fiction

My first full shelf is kind of a mess because all of the genres mix together, which means that this shelf contains the beginning of my adult fiction. They get more organized as they go on because I have more of each genre, but you’ll have to suffer for now.

I don’t have a top three for this section because there are so few.

P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern | ★★★★★

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom | ★★★★★

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | ★★★★★ | Review

In the Unlikely Event by Jude Blume | ★★★★★ | Review

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton | ★★★★★ | Review

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros | ★★★

Reading the Mountains of Home by John Elder | ★★★

Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work by Various | read, not rated

Do you have any nonfiction-specific subgenres that you love?

Posted by:Mary Drover

she/her | yoga teacher | Tibetan Buddhism | part-time witch | full-time author | astronaut in a previous life

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