Reading List

Welcome! This is a running list of everything I’ve read the last several years – most recent reads at the top, oldest at the bottom. I am fascinated with what books others are reading, as I find that it gives me an inside look at what their interests and priorities are at the moment, where their business is going (or where they want it to go), and what ‘streaks’ they’re going through. Sometimes I feel like it even provides a sneak peek into rarely seen parts of their personalities.

I hope you find my list even a fraction as interesting.

All books listed I have read cover to cover, unless otherwise noted. Books upon which I have posted a formal review are linked as well. All links are Amazon affiliates.

Happy reading,



Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person Shonda Rhimes

Tempting Fate Jane Green


Total books read: 40

The Choice Nicholas Sparks

The Martian Andy Weir

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World Emily P. Freeman

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Ann Voskamp

Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty

Essential Zen Habits Leo Babauta

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards Jen Hatmaker

A Light in the Window Jan Karon

At Home in Mitford Jan Karon

Miracle at Augusta James Patterson

Sisterland: A Novel Curtis Sittenfeld

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers Anne Lammott

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn Melanie Shankle

The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life Melanie Shankle

Sycamore Row John Grisham

All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful Myquillyn Smith

Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline

Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections Giuliana Rancic

Out Live Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference Max Lucado

Yes Please Amy Poehler

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands Lysa TerKeurst

I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Terry Hayes

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination J.K. Rowling

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics Adam Hamilton

The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon Sophie Hudson

Looking for Alaska John Green

Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way Laura Sobiech

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life Glennon Doyle Melton

The Most of Nora Ephron Nora Ephron

Paper Towns John Green

The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith

Why: Making Sense of God’s Will Adam Hamilton

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Ray Bradbury

Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity Adam Hamilton

When Christians Get It Wrong Adam Hamilton

The Racketeer John Grisham

The Book of Jonas: A Novel Stephen Dau


Total books read: 18

When Christians Get It Wrong Adam Hamilton

The Racketeer John Grisham

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World Gary Vaynerchuk

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity Jen Hatmaker

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison Piper Kerman

The Fault in Our Stars John Green

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Brene Brown

Allegiant Veronica Roth

Insurgent Veronica Roth

Creativity For Sale: How I Made $1,000,000 Wearing T-Shirts and How You Can Turn Your Passion Into Profit, Too Jason Surfrapp

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel Matthew Dicks

Family Pictures Jane Green

The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body Cameron Diaz

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! Rachel Macy Stafford

Divergent Veronica Roth

The Compound Effect Darren Hardy

B Sarah Kay

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel Mitch Albom


Total books read: 35

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations Ree Drummond

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life Gretchen Rubin

Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom From Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle Si Robertson

The Minimalists: Essential Essays Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do Meredith Maran

Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office Jen Lancaster

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love Sherry & John Petersik

A Day in the Life of a Minimalist Joshua Fields Millburn

The Flinch Julien Smith

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns Lauren Weisberger

At First Sight Nicholas Sparks

50 Shades of Grey E L James

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving With Grace Gordon MacKenzie

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Tansforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead Brene Brown

The Lost Symbol Dan Brown

Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (skimmed) Dan Schwabel

Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legend as the Duck Commander Phil Robertson

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel Matthew Quick

Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? Seth Godin

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (I got through half of it, couldn’t get myself to finish. Ugh!) Simon Sinek

Good Dog. Stay. Anna Quindlen

Rich Kid, Smart Kid: Giving Your Children a Financial Head Start Robert Kiyosaki

Another Piece of My Heart Jane Green

Happy Accidents Jane Lynch

Letter to my Daughter (audio) Maya Angelou

Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn

Calico Joe (audio) John Grisham

The Time Keeper Mitch Albom

In a Sunburned Country (audio) Bill Bryson

A Long Way Down (audio) Nick Hornby

The Age of Miracles: A Novel Karen Thompson Walker

The Things That Matter Nate Berkus

The Book of (Even More) Awesome Neil Pasricha

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Total books read: 52

Black and Blue: A Novel Anna Quindlen

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected: A Memoir Kelle Hampton

Sign With Your Baby: How to Communicate With Infants Before They Can Speak Joseph Garcia

London Is the Best City in America Laura Dave

The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson

The Business of the 21st Century Robert Kiyosaki

The Litigators: A Novel John Grisham

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods Hank Haney

Three Weeks with My Brother Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks

The American Heiress: A Novel Daisy Goodwin

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness Scott Jurek & Steve Friedman

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Anna Quindlen

Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams Shawn Johnson

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Mindy Kaling

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman Nora Ephron

Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business With Pinterest Beth Hayden

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life Francine Jay

House Rules: A Novel Jodi Picoult

Sell Your Crap (ebook) Adam Baker

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future Chris Guillebeau

Rich Like Them: My Door-to-Door Search for the Secrets of Wealth in America’s Richest Neighborhoods Ryan D’Agostino

Trump: How to Get Rich Donald J. Trump

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0) Cheryl Strayed

SXSW Pokes Seth Godin

Busy is a Four-Letter Word Kim & Jason Kotecki

Stop Stealing Dreams Seth Godin

The Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate: How to Become Wealthy in Your Spare Time (skimmed) Mike Summey, Roger Dawson

The Secret: The Power Rhonda Byrne

Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love Matt Logelin

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog John Grogan

Making Money is Killing Your Business: How to Build a Business You’ll Love and Have a Life, Too (skimmed) Chuck Blakeman

Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born Tina Cassidy

Rockabye: From Wild to Child Rebecca Woolf

Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich, and Why Most Don’t Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki

Social Nation: How to Harness the Power of Social Media to Attract Customers, Motivate Employees, and Grow Your Business (skimmed) Barry Libert

Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos (skimmed) Sarah Lacy

The Giver Lois Lowry

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable Seth Godin

Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way Richard Branson

Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs (skimmed) Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H Pink

Every Thing On It Shel Silverstein

21 Things I Wish My Broker Had Told Me: Practical Advice for New Real Estate Professionals (skimmed) Frank Cook

Active Lifestyle Design (skimmed) Kevin M Roy

Page Cycle Diet: Break the Cycle (skimmed) Mike Page

It’s Rising Time: What It Really Takes To Reach Your Financial Dreams Kim Kiyosaki

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) Suzanne Collins

The Happiest Baby on the Block Harvey Karp

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin


Total books read: 75

We Are All Weird Seth Godin

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The World According to Twitter (skimmed) David Pogue

Pregnancy & Childbirth: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need (skimmed) Tracie Hotchner

Baby Play, Gymboree (skimmed) Wendy Masi PhD

Being Committed: A Novel Anna Maxted

I Will Teach You To Be Rich Ramit Sethi

Vegabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Rolf Potts

Three Feet From Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities (Think and Grow Rich) Sharon Lechter & Greg Reid

Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger

Seriously…I’m Kidding Ellen Degeneres

Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education Robert T Kiyosaki

Anything You Want Derek Sivers

Miracles Happen: The Life and Timeless Principles of the Founder of Mary Kay Inc. Mary Kay Ash

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth Jenny McCarthy

Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl Susan McCorkindale

The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage John Maxwell

Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives Annie Murphy Paul

Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be Rebecca Eckler

Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew Zak Bagans

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Todd Burpo

The Girls From Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship Jeffrey Zaslow

Night Elie Wiesel

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It Michael Gerber

Persuading Annie Melissa Nathan

My Dream to Trample AIDS: What Everyone at Any Age Should Know About HIV/AIDS (unpublished manuscript) Don Carrel

That Night Alice McDermott

Slow Waltz In Cedar Bend Robert James Waller

One Day David Nicholls

Googled: The End of the World As We Know It (skimmed) Ken Auletta

Have a Little Faith: A True Story Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Gretchen Rubin

The Book of Awesome Neil Pasricha

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Betty Smith

Life As We Knew It (review) Susan Beth Pfeffer

Ford County: Stories (review) John Grisham

Bel Canto Ann Patchett

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss Dean Karnazes

The Blind Side Michael Lewis

Promises to Keep Jane Green

Real Estate Investing from A to Z: The Most Comprehensive, Practical, and Readable Guide to Investing Profitably in Real Estate (skimmed) William Pivar

The World Without Us Alan Weisman

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity Hugh MacLeod

What Difference Do It Make?: Stories of Hope and Healing Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You’ll Love Nate Berkus

The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks

It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life Lance Armstrong

The Help Kathryn Stockett

The ABC’s of Property Management: What You Need to Know to Maximize Your Money Now (review) Ken McElroy

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir (made it through half of the book, ugh) Frank McCourt

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels Ree Drummond

Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements (skimmed) Robbin Phillips, Greg Cordell, Geno Church, Spike Jones

Never Get a “Real” Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business, and Not Go Broke Scott Gerber

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote

Poke the Box Seth Godin

The Thank You Economy Gary Vaynerchuk

From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava Jay Kopelman

Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq Dr. Dave Hnida

Chocolat Joanne Harris

Beach Money: Creating Your Dream Life Through Network Marketing Jordan Adler

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income (skimmed) Darren Rowse & Chris Garrett

The Middle Ages: A Novel Jennie Fields

Bergdorf Blondes Plum Sykes

The Big Love: A Novel Sarah Dunn

The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All (skimmed) Azim Jamal & Harvey McKinnon

StrengthsFinder 2.0 Tom Rath

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland Jim DeFede

In The President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect Ronald Kessler

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny Robin Sharma

Up in the Air Walter Kirn

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life Neil Strauss

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss (skimmed) Arthur Agatston MD

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman (review) Timothy Ferriss

Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal Lance Armstrong

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (review) Chris Guillebeau


Total books read: 47

Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage Elizabeth Gilbert

McGuffey’s Fifth and Sixth Eclectic Readers (skimmed) William Holmes McGuffey

Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men – One Message Donald J Trump & Robert T Kiyosaki

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas James Patterson

American Wife Curtis Sittenfeld

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time Keith Ferrazzi

The Broker John Grisham

The Last American Man Elizabeth Gilbert

How to Invest in Real Estate with Little or No Money Down Robert Irwin

YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty Michael F Roizen, Mehmet C Oz

Start Late Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan For Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age David Bach

Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Taylor Kidd

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing Start Engaging Scott Stratten (book review)

Little Bee Chris Cleave

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan 

F reakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner

Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann 

Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher

Mercy Jodi Picoult

Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell

The Westing Game Ellen Raskin

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner Dean Karnazes

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior Ori & Rom Brafman

Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone Mitch Joel

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose Tony Hsieh (book review)

50/50: Secrets I learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days — and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance! Dean Karnazes

The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Timothy Ferriss

The One Minute Manager Kenneth H Blanchard, Spencer Johnson

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Christopher McDougall

The Shack William P Young

The Business of the 21st Century Robert T Kiyosaki

The Eloquent Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Portrait in Her Own Words Bill Adler

Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening Roger Nierenberg

Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money Robert T Kiyosaki

Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online Chris Brogan (book review)

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz

How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life Tom Rath, Donald O Clifton

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Michael J Fox

Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur Pamela Slim

Before You Quit Your Job: 10 Real-Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business Robert Kiyosaki

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time Elizabeth Rogers

Dear John Nicholas Sparks

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World Vicki Myron

Push: A Novel Sapphire

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Garth Stein

1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina Chris Rose

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Bill Bryson