The first official day of fall is still a few weeks away, but if you’re like us, you’re already cozied up with a mug of healthy pumpkin spice coffee, a fluffy blanket and warm thoughts of foliage and crisp autumn days. The only thing that could make that combo even better? A good book, of course.

Lucky for you today just happens to be Read a Book Day (or so says the Internet), and what better way to celebrate than by offering up some literary inspiration for your next can’t-put-it-down read? Whether you’re a fan of health and wellness how-to’s or want to stretch your knowledge of the earth and environmental connection, there’s a little something to inspire the bookworm in us all. Read on to learn more then be sure to share your own must-reads with us on social!


#1 — Thin From Within: The Go With Your Gut Way to Lose Weight by Robyn Youkilis

If you instinctively recoil at books that mention any kind of weight loss in the title, you’re not alone. But don’t let the ‘thin’ in Robyn Youkilis’s latest title fool you, this just-released book is about more than losing weight. Way more. In fact, you could say it’s not about losing weight at all. The follow up to Youkilis’s first book, Go With Your Gut, Thin From Within focuses on a whole-body approach to wellness with a strong emphasis on gut health and balancing the body from the inside out. Turns out the ‘thin’ part is less about the scale and more about taking a simplified, holistic approach to caring for the self in mind, body and spirit. A certified wellness expert and AADP, Youkilis has the creds to back up her advice, which is delivered in an approachable, kind, empathetic and not one-size-fits-all way. If getting your gut health in order is topping your fall to-do list, this book is a must-read.



#2 — The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

As we begin to pay closer attention to the amount of time spent on our screens and connected via social media, the importance of in-person connection has become increasingly clear. But while many of us feel perfectly comfortable linking up via DMs, likes and comments, the important act of connecting IRL has taken a major hit. Priya Parker aims to change all that (and more) with her book, The Art of Gathering. A facilitator of gatherings of all kinds hosted around the world, Parker uses her years of experience to investigate what makes a successful gathering, well… successful, and how those learnings can be applied to everything from dinner parties to conferences to meetings. If you’d like to host more get-togethers or create more meaningful connection in your life this season, pick up The Art of Gathering before planning your next fall party!



#3 — Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

The change of seasons, whether winter to spring or summer to fall, offers the perfect opportunity to connect more closely with the world around us, especially when it comes to the environment and the food we often take for granted. In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, the author takes us along on her own journey to forging connection and taking a first-hand approach to the food she and her family consume. Vowing for one year to subsist only on food grown by their own hands or bartered from other local growers, Kingsolver’s family takes sustainable living to new heights. While the author has received criticism for writing from a place of privilege, if the reader can take an objective approach, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle offers up inspiration aplenty that can be easily applied to our everyday lives. Even if it’s simply growing your own herbs on a sunny windowsill in the city.



#4 — Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit by Candice Kumai

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🍵matcha coconut 🌴latte + your mother’s day gift to mom 💘 my matcha coconut latte INGREDS 2 teaspoons high quality matcha (like @matchalove ) 2 cups just under boiling water (175-185 degrees F) 1-2 tablespoons coconut manna//coconut butter (you can find this at a health food store, in a jar;)) 1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened is best) sweetener (if desired to taste, optional) I prefer mine unsweetened DIRECTIONS Place your matcha powder in a bone-dry @vitamix. Add your hot water, and coconut manna/butter and carefully blend on low, and after a few seconds, carefully bring to medium-high power. Blend for about 10-15 additional seconds. Or try this with a traditional chasen bamboo whisk. Pour into serving cups add almond milk 🍵🍵🍵 sip with one or two hands under your cup. Matcha Masterclass coming to @the.wing May 24! Deets on my newsletter 🙏🏼💕💖☀️💘 Did you pick up a new book for mom this am!?? Link in bio! #MothersDay

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In this book, wellness expert, chef, health journalist and author Candice Kumai takes the Japanese art of kintsugi and flips it on its head, applying it not to our belongings but to our inner selves. Traditionally, kintsugi (which translates to ‘golden joinery’) is the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted with powdered metals (often gold). By treating the break and subsequent repair with reverence and acknowledging it as part of the object’s journey, the fix becomes an important part of the piece, and in Kumai’s book, we learn that our own brokenness can be mended and treated with the same reverence. Offering up delicious recipes and inspiring traditions gleaned from visits with Japanese family members, Kintsugi Wellness is one part cookbook, one part wellness guide and one part travel companion that will have you booking a ticket to Japan ASAP. Kintsugi Wellness is the perfect companion for a season that invites us to turn inwards and nourish our being from the inside out.



#5 — Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

If science and nature (and the science of nature) fascinates you, or if you aim to connect more closely with the secret language of the living world around you, Braiding Sweetgrass is like a how-to guide for tuning in to what the Earth has to teach us. Wall Kimmerer, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and an indigenous scientist, argues that in order to fully appreciate and celebrate the living world, we must acknowledge what it has to teach us – both the positives, such as conservation efforts, and negatives, such as humanity’s destructive tendencies which threaten the land as a whole. By blending well-researched science with engaging storytelling, Wall Kimmerer translates the Earth’s teachings in a way that’s highly approachable so that we may all tune in more closely.



What’s on your reading list this fall? Share your must-read list with our community by tagging us with @AvocadoMattress or #AvocadoGreenMagazine