Court’s Bookshelf

If you’ve known me for longer than a few days, chances are, I’ve recommended a book to you. I love to learn, and the immersive opportunity to dig deep into a topic or story that books provide is too tempting for me to resist.

So I’m starting a list of the reads that I learned from most, and I think you might find them useful, too.

Highlighted Titles = Must Reads

Business and Leadership


  • Ruined by Design by Mark Monteiro (also includes ethics themes)


  • Think Again by Adam Grant
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker (also includes themes life and relationships themes)

Leading Teams

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier


  • The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

Life and Relationships

Courage and Vulnerability

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle (also includes queer and feminist themes)
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (also includes leadership and parenting themes)
  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

Mental Health and Trauma

  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (also includes psychedelic themes)
  • Burnout by Amelia and Emily Nagoski (also includes feminist themes)
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk
  • No Bad Parts by Richard C. Schwartz, PhD

Sex and Romantic Relationships

  • The Science of Happily Ever After by Ty Tashiro
  • Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
  • The Love Prescription by John and Julie Gottman

Parenting and Pregnancy

  • Cribsheet by Emily Oster
  • Beyond Birds and Bees by Bonnie J. Rough
  • Raising Them by Kyl Myers (also includes LBGTQ+ themes)
  • Good Inside by Dr. Becky Kennedy


  • The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn (also includes themes of social justice)
  • Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Social Justice

  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • White Fragility by Michael Eric Dyson
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee