What’s on Your Reading List?

One of my goals this year was to read more. I wanted to read for at least half an hour every day. It didn’t happen every day, but I have read more books than I would have without the goal. And I found that I was always glad when I did read. Reading more has added more enjoyment to my life.

So next year I want to continue with this goal and try to read at least one book per week. I’ve written up a list to help me reach this goal.

  1. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Packing Light –Allison Vesterfelt
  3. The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown
  4. Scary Close – Donald Miller
  5. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  6. The Year of Living Biblically – A. J. Jacobs
  7. Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamot
  8. The Orthodox Heretic – Peter Rollins
  9. Marsden on Marsden – John Marsden
  10. The Introvert Advantage – Marti Olsen Laney
  11. Do the Work – Stephen Pressfield
  12. What We Talk About When We Talk About God – Rob Bell
  13. A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson
  14. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
  15. Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
  16. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  17. The Philosopher and the Wolf –Mark Rowlands
  18. God Loves Ugly – Christa Black
  19. No Plot? No Problem! – Chris Baty
  20. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  21. Walden: Or, Life in the Woods – Henry David Thoreau
  22. The Year of Magical Thinking –Joan Didion
  23. The Writing Life – Annie Dillard
  24. Status Anxiety – Alain De Botton
  25. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  26. The True Secret of Writing – Natalie Goldberg
  27. Thunder and Lightning – Natalie Goldberg
  28. Living the Writer’s Life – Natalie Goldberg
  29. My Life as an Experiment – A. J. Jacobs
  30. The Know-It-All – A. J. Jacobs
  31. The Divine Magician – Peter Rollins
  32. The Idolatry of God – Peter Rollins
  33. Love Wins – Rob Bell
  34. Drop Like Stars –Rob Bell
  35. Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
  36. Animal Liberation –Peter Singer
  37. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) – Brene Brown
  38. Rising Strong – Brene Brown
  39. Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
  40. Connections – Brene Brown
  41. Tribes – Seth Godin
  42. Linchpich – Seth Godin
  43. Purple Cow – Seth Godin
  44. Poke the box – Seth Godin
  45. The Icarus Deception – Seth Godin
  46. Whatcha gonna do with that duck – Seth Godin
  47. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) – C. S. Lewis
  48. Prince Caspian (1951) – C. S. Lewis
  49. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) – C. S. Lewis
  50. The Silver Chair (1953) – C. S. Lewis
  51. The Horse and His Boy (1954) – C. S. Lewis
  52. The Magician’s Nephew (1955) – C. S. Lewis
  53. The Last Battle (1956) – C. S. Lewis
  54. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  55. Letters from a Stoic –Seneca
  56. The Republic – Plato
  57. Nicomachean Ethics –Aristotle
  58. Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche
  59. Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching –Laozi
  60. Stumbling on Happiness – Dan Gilbert
  61. How Proust Can Change Your Life – Alain De Botton
  62. The Consolations of Philosophy – Alain De Botton
  63. The Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Heidt
  64. Flow: The Psychology Of Happiness – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  65. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  66. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  67. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  68. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  69. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
  70. The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide – Francine Jay
  71. The Situation and the Story – Vivian Gornick
  72. Walking on Water – Madeleine L’Engle
  73. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  74. The Double Helix – James Watson
  75. Story of a Soul – Thérèse of Lisieux
  76. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin
  77. Essays – Michele de Montaigne
  78. The Elements of Style – William Strunk
  79. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  80. The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Dobelli
  81. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  82. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  83. The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  84. Writing Tools Roy Peter Clark
  85. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
  86. The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  87. 1984 – George Orwell
  88. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  89. Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
  90. The Odyssey – Homer
  91. The Illiad – Homer
  92. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  93. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  94. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
  95. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
  96. The Dune Chronicles – Frank Herbert
  97. The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov
  98. The Mallorean – David Eddings
  99. Repenting of Religion – Gregory Boyd
  100. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  101. Ecce Homo – Friedrich Nietzsche
  102. The Art of the Novel – Milan Kundera
  103. Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes
  104. Divergent series – Veronica Roth
  105. The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins

What books should I add to this list?


16 thoughts on “What’s on Your Reading List?

  1. Some other books to consider reading:

    On Writing by Stephen King
    All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
    The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
    Brain On Fire by Susannah Cahalan
    Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates
    A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel
    The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
    The Conversation: Learning To Be a Poet by Dawn Potter
    The Devil In Pew Number Seven by Becky Alonzo
    Wreckage by Emily Bleeker



  2. I would recommend All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, and the The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. Those are all basically historical fiction and I don’t now if you like historical fiction, but those are definitely the best books I have read this year and I would love for others to read it.


      1. All The Light We Cannot See is a fantastic book. It has been on the NY Times best seller list for over 75 weeks. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or not, it is well worth your time.


  3. You might enjoy The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford, Return to the One by Brian Hines, various works by John Ortberg and Pema Chodron. I have also really enjoyed Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. (My personal favorite).


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