Finding time to sit down with a book isn’t always easy, but carving out time for reading has become a priority for me over the years. I’ve always loved that reading can allow us to escape into someone else’s story — to learn about a world that’s different from our own, and to experience something new and exciting.

I have read so many powerful, impactful stories that have shifted my perspective on the world and prompted me to make changes in my own life. They’ve taught me to redefine what success looks like, inspired me to take a leap when I was scared, and reminded me how powerful storytelling can truly be. Below are some of the most memorable books I’ve read in recent years. I hope you’re inspired to pick one up for yourself, and I’d love to hear what books have inspired you in your own reading journey.

Rest Easy: Discover Calm and Abundance through the Radical Power of Rest Hardcover  by Ximena Vengoechea

I talk a lot about my own experience with burnout, and this book is a powerful reminder of the importance of rest. Filled with encouraging and easy-to-follow guidance, Rest Easy will help you find joy, balance, and energy through the transformative power of rest. 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

I couldn’t put this book down! This true story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Kalanithi’s beautiful retelling of his journey is filled with nuggets of wisdom, hope, and spirituality. 

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks

This book completely shifted my perspective on finding purpose and happiness. It’s all about the small steps we can take today to make our older years a time of joy and true success. It’s a feel-good read and will help you see aging from a completely new lens.

Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us, by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross

This book introduced me to the science of neuroaesthetics, which is so interesting. The authors delve into the research behind how our brains and bodies transform when we participate in the arts, and how this knowledge can improve our well-being, build stronger communities, and allow us to tap into our most creative ideas. It is a true eye-opener! 

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eger

This true story of an innocent 16-year-old girl who was taken to Auschwitz in 1944 will truly change you. Filled with bravery, hope, and wisdom, Dr. Eger’s story reveals how we can take some of the world’s greatest horrors and use our suffering for good. Her resilience continues to inspire me every day. 

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia and Bill Gifford

If you’re interested in living better and longer, you’ll love this book. A visionary physician offers a new approach to aging, preventing chronic disease, and increasing longevity. 

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad

This memoir is a real page-turner! It is about a young woman who gets diagnosed with leukemia a few weeks before her 23rd birthday. She fights for her life and survives, but then is faced with the next question: how to live. She takes you on her 100-day road trip across the country as she explores the world from a completely new angle.

Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World by Shelly Tygielski

So many of us think of self-care as a luxury — but the truth is, we need to make time for self-care if we want to invest in our relationships and help change the world around us. This book will empower you to do just that! It’s the reminder we all need to simply pause, reset, and take some time for ourselves.


  • Jen Fisher

    Human Sustainability Leader at Deloitte and Editor-at-Large, Human Sustainability at Thrive Global

    Jen Fisher is a leading voice on the intersection of work, well-being, and purpose. Her mission is to help leaders move from the legacy mindset that well-being is solely the responsibility of the individual to the forward-thinking idea of human sustainability, which supports the long-term, collective well-being of individuals, organizations, climate, and society.  

    She’s the co-author of the bestselling, award-winning book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines, the Human Sustainability Editor-at-Large for Thrive Global, and the host of the WorkWell podcast series.

    As the first chief well-being officer of a professional services organization, Jen built and led the creation and execution of a pioneering holistic and inclusive well-being strategy that has received recognition from leading business media brands and associations.

    Jen is a frequent writer on issues impacting the workplace today, including the importance of mental health and social connection to workforce resilience, happiness, and productivity. Her work has been featured in CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Harvard Business Review, among others.

    She’s a sought-after speaker and has been featured at events including TEDx, World Happiness Summit, Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Acumen Global Gathering, WorkHuman, The Atlantic Pursuit of Happiness event, and more. She’s also lectured at top universities across the country, including Harvard, Wake Forest, Duke, and George Mason.

    Jen is passionate about sharing her breast cancer and burnout recovery journeys to help others. She’s also a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, self-care champion, exercise fanatic, sleep advocate, and book nerd! Jen lives in Miami with her husband, Albert, and dog, Fiona.

    You can find her on LinkedIn or on Twitter and Instagram @JenFish23. You can also receive her personal insights and reflections by subscribing to her newsletter, "Thoughts on Being Well"