Recommended Readings

We are living in an exciting time when it comes to existential contributions!

Below are FICTION and NON-FICTION reading lists from past and present writers.

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

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

  • 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

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

  • The Discovery Of Being - Rollo May

  • 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)