The 6 most important books I’ve read in my recovery so far


What books have you found most important in your recovery? πŸ“š πŸ–‹οΈ

As I approach 21 months of sobriety, I’m reading “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, one that was recommended to me at a few weeks sober (I gave up then as it didn’t resonate, but now I am LOVING IT; it’s exactly what I need).

I started thinking of how these favourite 6 books (amongst many others I’ve read and enjoyed) during my recovery have been perfect at different stages, and I thought I’d share my recommendations with you sober folks:

The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley


The Unexpected Joy of being Sober by Catherine Gray


I read these two beauties a few months in and WISHED I’d had them a year earlier πŸ˜‚Β – so inspiring for people who are at the start of their sobriety journey.


The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris- recommended by my therapist, this book changed my life. Everyone should read it! Especially if they struggle with anxiety or persistent negative thoughts.


You are a Badass by Jen Sincero- uplifting, inspiring, funny, easy to read.


img_20190112_113411_317The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks- now I’m settled in my sobriety, this is really helping me get my teeth into expanding and changing my career.


Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser- this was a total game changer. I read it before losing them, and it allowed me to navigate the grief of both my grandmother’s and best friend’s deaths in 2018 with relative grace and… just kinda shifted my idea of grief from something horrific to something simultaneously beautiful and painful πŸ’Œ

Most of these aren’t specifically sobriety-orientated! But support sobriety and personal growth perfectly.

Happy weekend, beautiful sober people! 😘😘😘
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7 Comments Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Interesting. My list has just two books on it. The Big Book and the BIG BOOK.


    1. Nadine says:

      Isn’t that just one book? πŸ˜‰

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  2. Marissa says:

    I read “Kick the Drink… Easily” by Jason Vale when I was first considering sobriety and it basically made the decision for me. It’s formatted to dismantle our backwards beliefs about alcohol. It’s kind of repetitve but it worked for me! I’d still reccommend it even to people who have been sober for awhile.

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  3. drunkvslife says:

    I always recommend Woman of Substances by Jenny Valentish. It had a massive impact on me and I feel it should be available on prescription for all women. There’s something in there for everyone. Or so it felt when I read it last year πŸ™‚

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  4. Nadine says:

    Great list. Thanks for sharing!


  5. annastk76 says:

    My husband can’t stand Russell Brand and I’ll agree he can be a bit much, but his book on recovery is pretty awesome – really made me think! This Naked Mind by Annie Grace cemented how I’d come to feel and probably the book I wish I’d read over a decade ago when I first sank into alcoholism for real. My list is forever growing and I will look up the books you’ve recommended here that I haven’t read! I already read Unexpected Joy and currently half way through Clare Pooley’s book, but the others I will get on to! Thanks for the recommendations! Anna xx

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  6. When I first got sober I was in rehab and had nothing but time to read!! I read so many books, I absolutely loved β€œThe book of Tao” not recovery based but still had a huge impact on my life, a lot of the recovery books were too graphic for me. Now 6 years sober I’m sure I could handle the graphic details of using but with three boys I need a vacation to get a book inπŸ˜‚!!! I’m going to check some of these out thanks!!! Congrats on your sobriety it’s an amazing life

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