Reading List


The list below features books that contribute to the tone of this blog and offer an alternative voice in a culture dominated by productivity and consumerism. This list was updated in July of 2023 to reflect many of the titles that have deepened my understanding of "simple living" over the years.

A Way Home by Mark Boyle
A Liberated Mind by Steven Hayes Ph.D
In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore
Not Working by Josh Cohen
Messy by Tim Harford
In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore
A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman
The Joy of Leaving Your Shit All Over The Place by Jennifer McCartney
The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard by Ollivier Pourriol
The Moneyless Man by Mark Boyle
The Value of Voluntary Simplicity by Richard B. Gregg (link)
The Art of Living by Lin Yutang
Becoming What You Are by Alan Watts
Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts
Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain by Dr. Elio Frattaroli
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson
The Freedom Manifesto by Tom Hodkinson
Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America by Tom Lutz
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Standing Firm by Svend Brinkmann
The Art of Happiness, by Epicurus
If You Meet The Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! by Sheldon B. Kopp
The Art of Living by Epictetus