We LOVE books. Even though we carry all kinds of conscious living products, each of us in the Braid community holds a special place in our heart for the good old-fashioned physical book.

To make it easier for you to decide what to read, we have each compiled a list of our book recommends. Consider this our answer to the question: If you were deserted on an island and could only bring TEN books, which ones would you bring?

Open Books


  • The Captain’s Verses by Pablo Neruda

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  • Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

  • When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

  • B by Sarah Kay

  • The Impossible Will Take a Little While by Paul Loeb

  • Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Several Open Books


  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

  • Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Wilderness Essays by John Muir

  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

  • Impossible to Know by Brian Andreas

  • Humans of New York

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  • Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau 

Man with Book


  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammet

  • Swan's Way by Marcel Proust

  • Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

  • The Illustrated Man by Albert Camus

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • Selections by Gertrude Stein

  • Glass, Irony, and God by Anne Carson

Open Book


  • Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

  • Educated by Tara Westover

  • Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald

  • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

  • Shaman, Healer, Sage by Alberto Villoldo

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood



  • Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Stover

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Healing Crystals by Cassandra Eason

  • The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  • Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie

  • Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams

  • Faeries by Brian Froud

Typewriter Keys


  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

  • I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres

  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

  • The Art of Asking  by Amanda Palmer

  • I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar by Sharon Eliza Nichols

  • The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Pile Of Books


  • Wainscott Weasel by Tor Seidler

  • Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  • Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker

  • Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo

  • The French Cat by Rachel Hale

  • Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Sketching Materials


  • Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

  • The Adventures of Don Quixote by Cervantes

  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

  • The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra

  • The Essential Rumi edited by Coleman Barks

Design Books


  • Finding Grace: the Face of America's Homeless by Lynn Blodgett

  • Belonging by Toko-pa Turner

  • The True Story of Pocohontas by Custalow and Daniel

  • Kerry James Marshall by Gaines, Tate, and Rassel

  • Basquiat by the Brooklyn Museum

  • Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? by Mahmoud Darwish

  • Street Art Activity Book by Mitchell and Beazley

  • Crossing the Unknown Sea by David Whyte

  • Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

  • The Book Of Awakening by Mark Nepo



  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

  • Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

  • The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen



  • Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Konde

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

  • A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

  • My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros

  • He, She, We by Robert A. Johnson