Average of Ten Chapters per Book / One Chapter per Day = 36.5 Books per Year


A good book is my constant companion. Reading is the greatest gift to me. It brings great joy to learn from the experience, insight, and living of others.


2020 Reading List (so far)


Currently Reading

  • Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran, Nina Ansary
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and The Golden Age of Journalism, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie (Re-read annually)
  • On Earth, We're Breifely Gorgeous, Ocean, Vuong

Completed in 2020

  1. The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom


Completed in 2019

  1. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Setters Who Brought The American Ideal West, David McCullogh
  2. Gerald J. Boileau and the Progressive-Farmer-Labor Alliance, James, J. Florence
  3. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh
  4. The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek
  5. Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Susan Fowler (Second Read)
  6. Shine, Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. (Second read)
  7. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, David Epstein
  8. Astroball: The New Way to Win It All, Ben Reiter
  9. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee *****
  10. Collective Genius: The Art and Practice: Tha Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, Linda A. Hill
  11. Helpning People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth, Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith, Ellen Van Oosten
  12. Coaching for Performance:The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership, Sir John Whitmore
  13. After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom, Alice Marie Johnson
  14. The Grind: inside Baseball's Endless Season, Barry Svrluga
  15. A Man (Cola Hudson) and His Kingdom, John LaBarge
  16. Grant, Ron Chernow
  17. Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life In and Out of Baseball, Billy Beane with Chris Bull
  18. Becoming a Resonant Leader, Annie McKee, Richard Boyatzis, Frances Johnston
  19. The Strategy Book, Max McKeown
  20. Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, Mark Perna
  21. Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
  22. Henry Clay, James Klotter
  23. James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, Lynne Cheney
  24. Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, William C. Davis
  25. John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, Richard Brookhiser
  26. On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis
  27. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Amy Cuddy
  28. Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of America, Richard White
  29. Self-Leadership, Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler
  30. The Leadership Pipeline 2E, Ram Charam, Stephen Drotter, James Noel
  31. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey


Completed in 2018

  1. The Girl from Aleppo: Hujeen's Esacpe from War to Freedom, Nujeen Mustafa with Christine Lamb
  2. Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, Zora Neale Hurston
  3. Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose
  4. Miracle in Shreveport: A Memoir of Baseball, Fatherhood, and the Stadium that Built a Dream, David and Jason Benjamin
  5. The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness, Harlow Giles Unger (Audible)
  6. Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson
  7. Eisenhower, Paul Johnson (Audible)
  8. William Henry Harrison: The Life and Legacy of the First American President to Die in Office, Charles River Editors (Audible)
  9. The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester Arthur, Scott S. Greenberger (Audible)
  10. Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (About) Everything Wrong, Kristen Hadeed*****
    • This is a quick read. It is a heartfelt, real-life story about the courage and experience it takes to grow as a leader. I do not remember who recommended it to me. Whoever you are, thank you. I will pay you forward by telling anyone who wants to lead to read this book!
  11. Don't Take It to Work, Sylvia Lafair
  12. John Quincy Adams, Harlow Giles Unger
  13. Power Questions: Build Relationships, win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel, and Jerold Panas
  14. Gender Stories: Negotiating  Binary World, Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico, Karen A. Foss
  15. Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD
  16. Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What Questions to Ask, Michael Marquardt
  17. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, Edgar H. Shine
  18. Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement, Bill Sims, Jr.
  19. The Wide Circumference of Love, Marita Golden *****
  20. HR and the New Hispanic Workforce: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivating and Leveraging Employee Success, Louis E.V. Nevaer and Vaso Perimenis Ekstein
  21. Grover Cleveland, Henry F. Graff (Audible)
  22. Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Great Managers, Stan Slap
  23. Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas
  24. Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD
  25. Through Five Administrations, William H. Crook (Audible)
  26. William McKinley, Kevin Phillips (Audible)
  27. You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen (Audible)


Completed in 2017

  1. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Richard P. Feynman
  2. Never Coach on an Empty Stomach, Richard Greenberg
  3. A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger
  4. Revolution of Hope, Vincente Fox
  5. Living Out Loud, Craig Sager
  6. Where Wagons Could Go, Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spalding
  7. Time Management Magic: How to Get More Done Every Day. Move From Surviving to Thriving, Lee Cockrell
  8. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  9. The Cure for Career Quicksand: Advancing Your Career One Slice at a Time, Reagan Cannon
    • Buy eleven copies of this book; one for you and one for each of the first ten family, friends, strangers, under thirty your meet in the next three days! This is Drucker's Managing Oneself on steroids.
  10. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
  11. Succession Planning that Works, Michael Timms
  12. Social NOTworking, Jody Katz Pritikin, Esq.
  13. Resonant Leadership, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee
  14. A Life on the Road, Charles Kuralt
  15. Ask More: The Power of Question, Frank Sesno
  16. The Lost Art of Listening, Michael P. Nichols, PhD
  17. I Live for This, Bill Plaschke with Tommy Lasorda
  18. Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation, Mike Robbins
  19. The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman and Paul White
  20. Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyalzis, Annie McKee 
  21. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall (I'm not a runner. This is a story about running, but more of a story about life. Great way to start the new year.)
  22. Baseball in Cape Cod, Dan Crowley


Completed in 2016

  1. The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. SmartStorming, Mitchell Rigie and Keith Harmeyer
  3. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence
  4. Just Listen, Mark Goulston
  5. The Leadership Pipeline, Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel (Re-read)
  6. 1776, David McCullough
  7. Rumor in Town, Matt Dahlgren
  8. StandOut, Marcus Buckingham
  9. The Closer, Mariano Rivera
  10. The Cost of Bad Behavior, Christine Pearson and Christine Porath
  11. Working, Studs Terkel
  12. Escape from Management Land, Ken Carnes and David Cottrell
  13. Off Camera, Ted Koppel
  14. Major Conflict, Jeffrey McGowan
  15. Sandy Koufax, Jane Leavy
  16. The No Complaining Rule, Jon Gordon
  17. The End of Average, Todd Rose***** (This rare book challenges "normal")
  18. The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
  19. Positive Intelligence, Shirzad Chamine
  20. Big Data @ Work, Thomas Davenport
  21. Where Nobody Knows Your Name, John Feinstein
  22. The Oregon Trail, Rinker Bunk (what a great adventure)*****
  23. Good to Great, Jim Collins
  24. The Prince (audio), Niccolo Machiavelli
  25. Silos Politics, and Turf Wars, Patrick Lencioni
  26. The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon
  27. Jim Murray: The Last of The Best (on my shelf since 2000)
  28. The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
  29. Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, Patrick Lencioni
  30. The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon
  31. The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  32. Crucial Accountability (audio), Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
  33. To Lift a Mirror .... For What You've Lost, Nangy Ghafarshad
  34. Becoming Big League, Bill Mullins
  35. Girls Guide to Being a Boss (audio), Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio
  36. Ten Things You Can't Say In America, Larry Elder
  37. Bias, Bernard Goldberg
  38. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (can't go wrong with a Studs Terkel book - insights galore)
  39. Turn the Ship Around, L. David Marqet


Completed in 2015

  1. Bully at Work
  2. Thinking Fast and Slow
  3. Get Out of Your Own Way
  4. How to Become a Great Boss (for the New Manager)
  5. The Five Choices (get control of your time and your life)
  6. No One Understands You and What to Do About It
  7. One Page Talent Management (good for HR Professionals)
  8. Give and Take
  9. Between the World and Me (read this one) *****
  10. The Pig War (Our one-day war with Canada)
  11. East of Eden (John Steinbeck is my favorite all-time author)
  12. The Entitled
  13. The Boys of Summer
  14. The Bullpen Gospels
  15. The Heart of Everything That Is (Red Cloud)
  16. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (this book will open your eyes) *****
  17. Sparky and Me (if only we could all live our life by this example) *****
  18. Blink
  19. Wait Till Next Year
  20. A Portrait of My Father
  21. Calico Joe
  22. Lion in the White House
  23. The Old Ball Game
  24. Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick (a special insight into Canadian and U.S. history)
  25. Man in the Middle
  26. The Wright Brothers 
  27. His Excellency (George Washington)