We LOVE books. Even though we carry conscious living products, each of us in the Braid community holds a place in their 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 Albert Villoido

  • he 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


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

  • Belonging by Tolo-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