Free Career Books from Amazon Prime

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you recently got free access to over 1,000 Kindle books and magazines. Caroline Liu wrote an article over at The Muse about 8 career-boosting book recommendations, and I was inspired to follow up with some of my own. If I were unemployed or unhappily employed, I would want these on my bookshelf.

Some Books to Ease Your Career Transition

The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook: Good, Cheap Vegetarian Recipes for When You Need to Eat

Wait, I thought these were career books, I can hear you saying.

Yes, and when you’re going through a period of career transition, the rest of your life doesn’t just stop. You’ve still got bills and errands and responsibilities. If you’re really wanting some go-get-em book recommendations, check out Caroline’s article. When you’re feeling stressed and crazy, come back here.

This first book is for those of you who are broke (or saving money so you can quit your job or take a pay cut). It’s also for those of us who are hustling our butts off and don’t have the time or energy to make something fancier. I’ve made a few of the recipes and have been pretty happy so far. If you’re not vegetarian, check out The Everything College Cookbook: 300 Hassle-Free Recipes For Students On The Go.

The Zentangle Untangled Workbook: A Tangle-a-Day to Draw Your Stress Away

When you’ve got work stress, you need something that uses a different part of your brain. There are lots of books in the Arts and Crafts section of Amazon Prime, from woodworking projects to crocheted stuffed animals. I picked this Zentangle book because it has a low barrier to entry (literally all you need is a pen and paper) and it really helps to quiet the mind. Plus, you can do it when you’re on a conference call. 🙂

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

Laughing relieves stress and increases creativity. It’s hard to beat Calvin and Hobbes when you need a break from harsh reality.

The Man in the High Castle

Speaking of a break from reality, be sure you’ve got some fiction in the mix. I really enjoyed this Philip K. Dick novel about a world where the Axis powers won WWII, but Harry Potter might be more your thing. Not only do fiction books entertain us – they also help build empathy.

The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond

I know how big a toll verbal abuse can take on your life, whether it’s a partner or a boss. If you’re in a tough work situation that you need to stick out for awhile, having your experience validated and learning some emotional judo techniques might help you stay sane until you can execute your exit strategy. I haven’t read this particular book but I’m including it because the subject matter is important. I also recommend The Gentle Art of Self-Defense by Suzette Elgin and Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Okay, I have some pretty big issues with this book. The author is basically writing to straight, Christian, monogamous couples and ignores the existence of every other kind of relationship.


Times of transition can be really hard on a relationship and if you know how your partner prefers to express/receive affection, you’ll have a better chance of heading off miscommunication and hurt feelings. If you can make it past the parts that bug you and take away what’s useful, this book is worth a read.

From Stress to Stillness: Tools for Inner Peace

I haven’t read this particular book, but the table of contents is promising and addresses many of the topics I cover with my clients. Often our biggest obstacle to positive change is our own stressful thoughts and feelings, so it’s vital to have some tools for dealing with them when they come up. If you can weather your own emotional storms, I think you’ll find that the external world becomes much more manageable.

What books would you add?

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