Ada's Coffee Morning Thoughts - Books, Podcasts and other Recommendations

Our list of recommended books, podcasts, and other suggestions in last week's coffee session

For last week's coffee session, we asked everyone to come prepared with some recommendations for their fellow Adas - whether that be book recommendations, podcasts, TV shows etc. - pretty much anything that you've been enjoying reading/watching over the last few weeks.

Have a look at all of the recommendations below, and add them to your reading / watch list. If you have anything that you'd like to add to this list, email us at and let us know :) 

And of course, don't forget to sign up for our next coffee morning on Thursday 11th Feb - we look forward to seeing you there!



The Daily Stoic - Ryan Holiday

A page-a-day book

"Aimed at the high-octane, action-oriented, doers of our wired world, this book is intended to open to them a new daily ritual and a new orientation that will bring balanced action, insight, effectiveness, and serenity."

Factfulness - Hans Rosling

"The international bestseller, inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world, and make you realise things are better than you thought."

Burnout: Unlocking the Stress Cycle - Emily and Amelia Nagoski

"This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men - and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimise stress, manage emotions and live a more joyful life."

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

"From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability."

The Total Meditation - Deepak Chopra

"For the past thirty years, Deepak Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the West. Total Meditation offers a complete exploration and reinterpretation of the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits that this practice can bring."

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Julia Serano

"Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations."

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like - Kate Raworth

"In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet."

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

"In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all."

Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life - Twyla Tharp

"Keep It Moving is a series of no-nonsense mediations on how to live with purpose as time passes. From the details of how she stays motivated to the stages of her evolving fitness routine, Tharp models how fulfilment depends not on fortune—but on attitude, possible for anyone willing to try and keep trying."

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention - Reed Hastings, Erin Meyer

"Drawing on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees from around the globe and never-before-told stories of trial and error from Hastings's own career, No Rules Rules is the fascinating and untold account of the philosophy behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies."

Swimming in the Sink - Lynne Cox

A book about the open water swimmer and her diagnosis of a heart issue.

"In this stunning memoir of life after loss, open-water swimming legend and bestselling author of Grayson Lynne Cox tells of facing the one challenge that no amount of training could prepare her for."

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News - Emily Maitlis

"Newsnight presenter, leading journalist, and queen of the side eye Emily Maitlis gives us the insider info on what we don't get to see on-screen."

The Duchess of Cornwall Reading Room on Instagram

"Join The Duchess of Cornwall in The Reading Room; discover new books each season & meet the extraordinary people who create them"

The Expanse Series - James S.A. Corey

"The Expanse is set in a future in which humanity has colonized much of the Solar System, but does not have interstellar travel. In the asteroid belt and beyond, tensions are rising between Earth's United Nations, Mars, and the outer planets."

A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

This is a trilogy and there's also a TV show!

"A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together."

The A.I. Who Loved Me - Alyssa Cole

"A captivating romantic comedy with a thrilling sci-fi twist!"



Blinkist App  

If you’re struggling to get back into reading books, you could try this app!

"Founded in 2012 by four friends, Blinkist now connects 17-million readers worldwide to the biggest ideas from bestselling nonfiction via 15-minute audio and text."

Pause+Expand Community

"Jennifer and Steve are innovators in the field of health and wellness and the co-founders of Pause+Expand. Their quest to find new and efficient ways to learn about themselves and support others in dealing with the mental health effects of the global pandemic caused them to birth Pause+Expand in March 2020."

Curious Minds & Diverse People 2021 Challenge

One of our fellow Adas, Patricia, is running a diverse authors “reading” challenge for second year. Check it out using the link above.


Free Code Camp

Learn to code for free with Code Camp. Build projects, earn certifications and land that next dream role!



Breaking Glass Podcast

"Let’s talk about womanhood around the world. Despite making up over half of the global population, women control less wealth, own less land, hold fewer public offices, and shoulder more domestic burdens. But in every corner of every country there are individuals with enough gumption to break the system and bend the rules. These are the stories of those glass breakers, these are the voices imagining a new narrative for women everywhere."

Unlocking Us - Brene Brown

"Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart."

How I Built This 

"Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built."

Call Your Girlfriend

"Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and executive produced by Gina Delvac. Every week, Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics."


TV Shows

Euphoria - on Now TV

"A group of high school friends face up to a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media in this much-talked-about US drama starring Zendaya."


Are there any more recommendations that you think we could include in this blog post? Reach out to us at and let us know.

And of course, don't forget to sign up for our next coffee morning on Thursday 11th Feb - we look forward to seeing you there!

February 3, 2021