Recommended Reading Lists

Existential Fiction Books

Now, it may be argued that existential messages can be found everywhere when you want to find them. Below is a never-complete list of books recommended by Existential Offerings community members that have stood out to them as being particularly impactful in their offerings of existential ideas.

  • Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

  • Carpe Diem Regained - Roman Krznaric

  • Freshwater - Akwaeke Emezi 

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera

  • 1984 - George Orwell

  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

  • The Trial - Franz Kafka

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

  • The Stranger - Albert Camus

  • Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre

  • The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

  • Animal Farm - George Orwell

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • No Exit and Three Other Plays - Jean-Paul Sartre

  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

  • When Nietzsche Wept - Irvin Yalom

  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

  • The Gay Science - Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Existential References & Non-Fiction Books

Drawing on the immense work of philosophers from across the globe, contemporary existential psychologists, psychotherapists, and philosophers have published a fantastic selection of must-read books. Each book offers a something unique to the reader, and are worthy of a place on bookshelves to be re-visited again and again!​

  • Existential Psychotherapy - Irvin D. Yalom

  • Existential Therapies - Mick Cooper

  • Man's Search For Meaning - Victor Frankl

  • Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contributions to a Pluralistic Practice - Mick Cooper

  • Practising Existential Psychotherapy - Ernesto Spinelli

  • Everyday Mysteries - Emmy van Deurzen

  • Meaning in Life: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Practitioners - Joel Vos

  • One Beat More: Existentialism and the Gift of Mortality - Kevin Aho

  • Clinical Perspectives on Meaning: Positive and Existential Psychotherapy - Editors: Russo-Netzer, Pninit, Schulenberg, Stefan E., Batthyany, Alexander (Eds.)

  • An Existential Approach to Interpersonal Trauma: Modes of Existing and Confrontations with Reality - Marc Boaz

  • Positive Psychology Across the LifespanAn Existential Perspective - Edited by Piers Worth

  • The Discovery Of Being - Rollo May

  • The End of Belonging: Untold Stories of Leaving Home and the Psychology of Global Relocation
    - Greg Madison

  • The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective - Kirk J. Schneider and Rollo May

  • The Divided Self - Ronald David Laing

  • The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy Paperback - Emmy van Deurzen (Editor), Erik Craig (Editor), Alfried Laengle (Editor)

  • The Courage To Be - Paul Tillich

  • Existential Migration - Greg Madison

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