At the end of December, when I was reflecting on the year that past, I decided to review the different books I had read throughout the year.  I realized that there were several books that I had actually read more than once. 

Do you every read a book more than once?  If so, what drives you to pick it up a second time?  Leave me a comment below, I would love to know.

For me, there are times when I read a book and it stirs something inside of me.  That stirring can be a connection to a “truth” that is shared in the book or a curiosity to learn more about a subject, or sometimes, it can just be that the information shared in the book is presented in a way that allows me to hear and understand it in a way I never have before.

The books in the list below are some of the books I read more than once in 2022, if you are interested in the rest of the list, you can find it HERE.

Here are more books I read more than once in 2022 and why…

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the legend of King Arthur, particularly the priestess Morgan LeFay.  I was always bothered with the way she was usually depicted as this evil sorceress, it seemed to me that she was just a wise, powerful woman who was misunderstood.  So, when I was introduced to the Mists of Avalon, my heart sang over the way the character Morgaine, aka Morgan LeFay was portrayed.  This version of the King Arthur legend is told from the perspective of the females of the story, particularly Arthur’s half sister, Morgaine.

I admit, my first introduction to The Mists of Avalon was through the mini-series that came out many years ago.  I loved it, but honestly now that I have read the book, the mini-series seriously pales in comparison to the rich storytelling of the book.  I have my fingers crossed that Netflix will decide it's worth a remake and that they do it justice this time around.

I have read the paperback, but my favorite way to consume this book is through the audiobook.  I will warn you; it is a time investment.  It is almost 51 hours long – YES, I know that is a lot, but it is absolutely worth every minute. 

The narration is fantastic, and it is easy to get lost in the story.  I am currently in my 6th listening of this book—it is that good!

Sure, I love the King Arthur legend, but this book is so much more.  To me, a practicing witch and priestess, it is the story of how the Divine Feminine was systematically banished with the rise of Christianity and ultimately, it’s the story of how everyday magic and the wisdom of its practice was lost to the world for thousands of years.  Each time I listen, it invokes this feeling that I lived this journey in another lifetime and in some way, it feels like coming home to myself and to my truth.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this wonderful book.  If you are even remotely interested in Arthurian legend, I highly recommend giving it a listen!

Here is the official description from Amazon
and the link to purchase if you are interested:

The magical saga of the women behind King Arthur's throne.

“A monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends . . . reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience. . . . An impressive achievement.”—The New York Times Book Review

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds' and old and new religions' claims its most famous victim.

The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real Happiness by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

I am not even sure how I found this book, I think maybe a friend recommended it to me, but this was another one of those books that changed my life. 

I read it for the first time when I was coming to the end of a three-year period of deep healing/spiritual work after my divorce.  It was the first time I was introduced to the work of Alfred Adler, and I found his take on psychotherapy fascinating and liberating. 

As I think back on what I loved most about this book, I want to say that I loved its gentle approach.  Again, I listened to this book as an audiobook, and I found the narration to be very calming.  It is basically a conversation over the course of many visits between a philosopher and a frustrated young man. 

My biggest take-away from this book was that we are the only ones who can change our own life AND, more importantly, it is not our job or responsibility to even try to change someone else’s life.  When we focus on fixing another, we distract ourselves from caring for our own self. 

This book helped me to see how I contributed to the ultimate demise of my marriage.  It helped me realize that for so many years, I was hyper-focused on fixing him (something I had no right to do) and because I was so hyper-focused on fixing him, I neglected me. 

It was a huge eye-opener and whenever I am struggling with any codependent tendencies that sometimes still linger, I pop this one on and give it a listen and it always helps me to shift into a healthier pattern of self-care and interaction in relationships.

Here is the official description from Amazon
and the link to purchase if you are interested:

The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous best seller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be.

Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 20th-century psychology, The Courage to Be Disliked follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own life, free from the shackles of past experiences, doubts, and the expectations of others. It's a way of thinking that is deeply liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change and to ignore the limitations that we and other people have placed on us. The result is a book that is both highly accessible and profound in its importance. Millions have already read and benefited from its wisdom. This truly life-changing audiobook will help you declutter your mind of harmful thoughts and attitudes, helping you to make a lasting change, achieve real happiness, and find success.

The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn

This was the first “spiritual” book I ever read. It was my first introduction to the concepts of manifestation and Universal law.  It was given to me as a gift in my late twenties and if I am being honest, the majority of the lessons and wisdom shared in this book were lost on me at the time.  But, it is one of those books that I have gone back to over and over again at different stages in my life and the truth is, each time I read it, I find some powerful new insight opening up to me.

This book is one of the originals when it comes to manifestation.  It was originally published in 1925 during the New Thought movement and yet, its wisdom is timeless.

I will admit, as a recovering Catholic, the heavy reference to scripture was a bit of an obstacle when I first read it. However, over time I have come to realize that just because I had a negative experience with the church, the teachings, especially those of Jesus hold deep wisdom and truth to them.  I share this part of my experience, because the book really is one of the best I have read about the power our thoughts and words have over influencing what we call into our lives.  I hope that even if the heavy use of scripture pushes some buttons in you that you will allow yourself to stay with it and soak up the powerful wisdom Florence Scovel Shinn has shared in this timeless classic.  It is a staple in my spiritual library!

I have both the print book and the audiobook.  I often listen to the audiobook as I fall asleep at night, they say that those few minutes before you sleep the mind is in a Theta state and you can actually reprogram your subconscious mind. The lessons Ms. Shinn shares are that valuable to me!

Here is the official description from Amazon
and the link to purchase if you are interested:

In the classic best seller The Game of Life and How to Play It, Florence Scovel Shinn helped to define the personal success genre. Written in the new thought tradition, her message is simple yet transformative - we receive back what we put into the world through our actions, energy, and attitudes. Negativity and pessimism are returned in kind, but by switching the script in favor of positive attitudes and affirmations, we are able to manifest success and joy in everything we do.

Life, Shinn tells us, is not a battle of us against the world, but rather a game of giving and receiving. What we give to the world we receive back - whether that be the dark weight of fear and inhibition or the freedom of joy and empowerment.

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About the Author Kim Turcotte

Kim Turcotte, spiritual life coach and magick maker, loves sharing her more than twenty years of experience connecting and working with the rhythms of the Earth, the cycles of the Moon, and the magick of nature. Through sacred ritual, Kim creates a safe space for her clients to step through fears, trust their inner knowing, and let go of things that no longer fit, helping them forge a deeper connection with themselves and reclaim the sovereignty and self-love that is their birthright.

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