The Zen Mama’s Cyber Monday…. My Recommendations for Holiday Reading!

Paradise:libraryI love to give books to friends and family for the holidays.

It’s because I love to read so much! For me it’s like a form of meditation, clearing my head. You can learn, laugh and even find yourself in a book. Each one is like a mirror showing you a piece of your soul. So many books have affected and changed me.

Over the years I’ve come across some great books! Here are just a few I’d love to pass on the recommendations (click on the book cover or link to lead you to Amazon or the book):

Books For Fun
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Maryann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Stones by the River by Ursula Helgi

Welcome to the World Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

Books For Parents
Mitten Strings From God by Katrina Kennison

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff With Your Family by Richard Carlson

Love and Logic by Foster Kline, M.D. and Jim Fay

Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.

Books for inspiration

Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

Real Magicby Wayne Dyer

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

From my favorite bloggers

Alex Blackwell of The Bridgemaker has a new book, Letting Go – 25 Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender.

Angela Artemis of Powered by Intuition has a 14 Guided Meditation: click here for more information.
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Tess from The Bold Life has a course, Click here to see more of The Bold & Courageous Mastermind Inner Circle.

Fran Sorin of Fran has a book, Digging Deep, Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening.

Cathy Taughinbaugh from has an audio book: 4 Giant Pitfalls to Avoid When Your Child is in Recovery.

Victor Schueller of Victor has a book, Mediocre No More.

Lastly check out my books at the Zen Mama’s Bookstore and at Amazon!!
My Books!

What is your favorite book?? Please let me know in the comment space below!

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18 Responses to The Zen Mama’s Cyber Monday…. My Recommendations for Holiday Reading!

  1. Hi Betsy,

    What a fantastic list! I’m familiar with each one of them. They’ve all shaped who I am today. Fran’s book knocks it out of the park. I guess I can relate because I spent my life on a farm with dirt under my fingernails;)


    Betsy Reply:

    Thank you Tess! Glad to have you as part of this post. I love Fran’s book, too!!


  2. Love this list, Betsy. Some of the books are new to me, so will definitely check them out. What a great list from the bloggers as well. Thank you for including me!


    Betsy Reply:

    My pleasure Cathy! I so admire the work that you are going!


  3. Thanks for this list Betsy! Books area ALWAYS on my Christmas list! It’s great to have a new book – or five – to curl up with when the winter storms come!


    Betsy Reply:

    I’m madly in love with books and still like books first over ebooks. Just read a great one during our recent arctic blast!
    Thanks for stopping by!!


  4. Vidya Sury says:

    Oh, I love that quote about paradise being a library! Just imagine! Sitting together, feet up, enjoy mugs of heavenly coffee and reading our day away! Bliss! Thanks Betsy – quite an impressive list you have here!


    Betsy Reply:

    Not surprised you love books, too! I spent Friday afternoon doing just that during our recent freeze, coffee included. It was divine!


  5. Elle says:

    Super compilation Betsy. Books have been the anchors in my life since I could read. To lose myself in a book was always such a delight. I haven’t read all of the ones on your list, but I’m adding them to mine right now. The power of words is astonishing and I truly understand paradise being a library, I really do.


    Betsy Reply:

    I don’t doubt that you do Elle! I can tell when reading your blog how truly well read you are!
    We have that in common!!


  6. Betsy,

    Thanks so much for putting this list together and for adding my book. Best wishes for a happy Holiday season!



    Betsy Reply:

    My pleasure Alex! Thanks for including me in your book. I hope it’s doing well!! Happy holidays to you, too!


  7. Victor says:

    Hi Betsy,

    I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for putting together this list, and thank you for including me in it as well. I am touched and honored. I wish you well as the semester comes to a close for you. Enjoy the holiday season! 🙂


    Betsy Reply:

    So glad to have you here! Just love your book! I know you must be looking forward to the end of your semester, too.


  8. Robert says:

    Hi Betsy, thanks a lot for all those great book recommendations. Just a shame that I have so little time for reading, but I think I will definitely check out “Simplify Your Life” by Elaine St. James.


    Betsy Reply:

    I know what you mean about the time restraint! Simply Your Life is perfect because it’s short chapters. It’s what I like to call a bathroom book! 🙂 It changed my life so I’ll know you’ll like it too!


  9. Fran Sorin says:


    Thanks so much for the mention. Although I’ve read several of the books that you’ve mentioned, there are others listed that have whet my appetite. Frn


    Betsy Reply:

    How could I not! I love your book and your gardening story. Glad to introduce you to some more books!


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