The Enneagram can sometimes feel complicated and overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with the tool (I recommend starting here to discover your number). I love these books—written by women and non-binary authors—as they approach the Enneagram through a beginner’s lens. 

Whether you’ve just found your number or have been on this journey for a while, each of these books is an excellent resource for further growth and deeper understanding—and I recommend reading them in conjunction with our favorite podcasts. And if you have a favorite Enneagram book, please share it in the comments below!

1. The Honest Enneagram

Author | Sarajane Case

Sarajane Case is the founder of the hit Instagram account @enneagramandcoffee. Her debut book is an excellent introductory resource for understanding the Enneagram and learning more about your type. I especially love the warm narrative voice and accompanying illustrations.

Review | This is the first book to read once you have a pretty good idea you know what your type is but are wondering, ‘what next?’ Compassionate, conversational, and full of balanced information about your strengths and weaknesses and how to grow and prioritize self-care in ways that correspond with your type.” ― Sarah R., Goodreads Review

Price | $17, or less secondhand

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2. The Complete Enneagram

Author | Beatrice Chestnut, PhD

In this comprehensive handbook, Dr. Beatrice Chestnut takes readers through the nine Enneagram types and the three subtypes for each number. This book is an incredible resource for understanding the depth of the Enneagram tool, as well as the endless nuances to each type. 

Review | “I am especially pleased to see Chestnut’s credible research support for the renewal of this historic system in a postmodern setting. Work of this caliber invigorates the dialogue between science, mysticism, and psychology, streams of thought that have become estranged.” ― Helen Palmer, Enneagram Teacher

Price | $24.95, or less secondhand

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3. The Modern Enneagram

Author | Kacie Berghoef, Melanie Bell

Kacie Berghoef and Melanie Bell offer a fresh take on the Enneagram. Their simple yet thorough overview of the numbers is helpful for better understanding each type, and for discovering your own number.

Review | “Clear, concise, thoughtful and illuminating, this book provides insight into the theory of the Enneagram and also offers excellent examples for application in life, love and work. It is a necessary addition to any Enneagram library.” ― Deborah Ooten, Ph.D.

Price | $15.99, or less secondhand

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4. The Enneagram and You

Author | Gina Gomez

This newly-released Enneagram book is as beautiful as it is helpful. It includes a quiz at the beginning, as well as detailed overviews for each type. Gomez also writes about how each type can foster more meaningful relationships—at home, in the workplace, and romantically.

Review | “I absolutely loved this book. As someone who has been learning about the Enneagram for two years, I felt like Gina gave really great breakdowns of each type in a really clear way.” ― Alison H., Amazon Review 

Price | $16.99, or less secondhand

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5. The Path Between Us

Author | Suzanne Stabile

In her second Enneagram book, Suzanne Stabile explores relationships and teaches us how Enneagram types interact with one another. Consider reading this one once you know your number, as it’s a wonderful resource for better understanding ourselves within relationships. 

Review | “As a therapist, I use the Enneagram as a tool in my private practice. I have seen positive changes in my clients lives and their relationships. I recommend this book to my clients often. I also recommend it to my friends and family.” ― Libby Fischer-Osborne, Amazon Review 

Price | $24, or less secondhand

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6. The Enneagram in Love

Author | Stephanie Barron Hall

Fresh off the press and released only a few weeks ago, this book offers instructions for deepening bonds and developing more intimate connections—all through the lens of your Enneagram number. 

Review | “Finally, an Enneagram book that includes insights into each type’s connection to sex & intimacy! Hall also does an incredible job of taking a complex and ancient system like the Enneagram and explaining it in a modern, fun, and approachable way.” ― Gina Gomez, Enneagram Teacher

Price | $15.99, or less secondhand

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7. The Enneagram

Author | Helen Palmer

First published in 1991, this book offers a framework for the Enneagram, as well as practical insights. Written by Helen Palmer, a leading voice in Western Enneagram teachings, it’s an essential text for learning about the tool and each of the nine types.

Price | $15.99, or less secondhand

Review | “[Palmer’s] focus on the practical import of this unique personality system gives her book special power, the power to transform.” ― American Humanistic Psychology Review

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8. The Conscious Enneagram

Author | Abi Robins

Abi Robins is the founder of Conscious Enneagram, an online community to help you apply the teachings the Enneagram has to offer into your day to day. Robins focuses on embodied practices for a holistic and mindful approach to this sometimes esoteric tool, and their book helps to put that all into practice.

Review | “For those circling around the ‘what’ of the Enneagram, this book helps you to make accessible the ‘now what?'” ― Nhiên Vuong, JD, MDiv, Founder of Evolving Enneagram

Price | $24.99, or less secondhand

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9. Enneagram Daily Reflections Series

Authors | Christine Yi Suh, Morgan Harper Nichols, Juanita Campbell Rasmus, and more

Enneagram teacher Suzanne Stabile has partnered up with a fantastic roster of authors to create and edit Enneagram books specific to each type. We love that many of the readings come with journal prompts, spiritual practices, or reflection questions to help you on your journey—whichever number you are. You can view the books for each number here.

Review | What I didn’t anticipate was how disarmingly tender this book of daily reflections would be. When Christine offers profound insights into how Enneagram Fours are shaped by their environments, she also generously invites us into her lived experiences, the intersections of her ethnic identity, her womanhood, her faith and work. Each daily reflection ends with questions and guidance that leads you from her reflections into your own. My relationships and my own soul are already richer for the experience.” ― Jo Saxton, Leadership Coach and Author

Price | $15

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Kayti Christian (she/her) is a Senior Editor at The Good Trade. She has a Master’s in Nonfiction Writing from the University of London and is the creator of Feelings Not Aside, a newsletter for sensitive people.