30 Books in 2020

Here is my book list for the year! As you will see, it’s a touch heavy on the whole ‘being a therapist’ side of things, as I took the leap into private practice this year, but I think anyone could get a lot out of most of the books I read (especially given the year we’ve all been through). Full disclosure, I’m only halfway through 2 of the books on the list, so it’s really “28 books in 2020” but I needed a win, ya know? So I’m rounding up.

*The bolded books are my TOP 5 of the year, and within each category, I’ve listed the books in order of preference (faves at the top of each section).


  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself – Kristen Neff
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb
  • Nonviolent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg
  • You Are Not Your Brain – Jeffrey Schwartz
  • The State of Affairs – Esther Perel
  • The Dance of Connection – Harrier Lerner
  • On Being a Therapist – Jeffrey Kottler
  • Walking The Tiger: Healing Trauma – Peter Levine
  • Letters to a Young Therapist – Mary Pipher
  • Love’s Executioner – Irvin D. Yalom
  • Come As You Are – Emily Nagoski
  • Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
  • Permission to Feel – Marc Brackett


  • Untamed – Glennon Doyle
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron


  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
  • The Lying Life of Adults – Elena Ferrante
  • Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • How to Be An Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
  • Small Game Hunting – Megan Gail Coles


  • Like Brothers – Mark and Jay Duplass
  • Comedy Sex God – Pete Holmes
  • Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The World According to Mister Rogers – Fred Rogers


  • How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen – Joanna Faber and Julie King
  • Oh Crap! Potty Training – Jamie Glowacki
  • The Montessori Toddler – Simone Davies

Thank you for reading and if you have any suggestions for my 2021 book list, feel free to share!

❤ Kailea

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