Shawn’s Reading Corner

From time to time, I recommend books to read.

Honestly, it is likely more than from time to time.

Reading is as much a part of my day as breathing and coffee and empowering women to thrive.

I put all links here as part of my affiliation with Amazon, which gives a tiny, tiny percentage to me if you purchase one of these links. Your contributions to my Amazon gift card simply means I have more books to recommend to you. It’s a beautiful pay-it-forward initiative.

I will be updating this page in coming weeks to reflect my diverse library so stay tuned for that soon.


I am often asked about what planner I use. While I believe that just about any planner can work for you with the right planning strategies and skills, I do love the Law of Attraction Planner — which is closely tied to the Passion Planner. The Law of Attraction Planner has spaces for visioning and goal setting but does lack space for daily list making, which is definitely a weakness.


Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F$%^ by Mark Manson

A peaceful, abundant life

Savoring Slow: Simplify, Embrace the Chaos and Discovery an Abundance of Time at Home

by Shawn Fink. Of course I should start our my favorite books list with my own! Not just because I put so much heart and soul into it but because almost daily I have people saying to me what a gift this book has been to their lives. I am so honored and grateful for every woman who picks it up and reads it or who gifts it to a friend. Thank you. l

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

by Sarah Van Breathnach. This book has been the heart and soul of my life for two years. I can’t recommend it enough.

Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally

by Patti Digh. Fun book!

Four-Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives

by Patti Digh. Easy and lovely to look at.

Peace is Every Step

By Thich Nhat Hanh — The book that centers me every single time I pick it up and read it.


The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir

by Katrina Kenison. This is just a fun, slow-down kind of read.

Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood

by my wise friend Karen Maezen Miller. She just gets this whole mothering thing.

The Field Guide to Now

by Christina Rosalie (read it, love it and will read it again) (affiliate link). Rosalie is a phenomenal writer and storyteller.

The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality,

by the amazing and inspiring feminist Avital Norman Nathman

Hands Free Mama

by Rachel Macy Stafford.


The Conscious Parent

by Dr. Shefali Tsabary — Sometimes, I look at my older twin daughter and see nothing but myself. This book opened my eyes to that. For all that she does to push my buttons, she is simply my mirror image at times.

Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Attention

by Stephen Scott Cowan, MD

How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen & Listen So Your Kids Will Talk

by Adele Faber — I always re-read this one because I’m forever finding myself in a situation when I’ve said the wrong thing, or said too much, or can’t get the kids to get their pajamas on, etc. etc. etc.

The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

by Amy McCready — THIS book is amazing if you have a child that seems to constantly demand things from you – or who is hard to reign in with typical behavior management. I wish I read it 5 years ago or my house would be so different right now. Nonetheless, implementing it all now has been a huge relief. No more battles of backtalk. No more issues over screens or how to spend money. 

Family Life

Of course, my book Savoring Slow … as well as:

Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy

by Bernadette Noll

Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life by Doing Less

by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

by Kim John Payne

The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons

by Amanda Blake Soule and Stephen Soule