If you know me, you know I enjoy exploring the pages of a good book. A long-ago mentor taught the typical book includes ten chapters. Reading one chapter a day for 365 days each year is 36.5 books. I like to listen to one book while I exercise in the morning, read a chapter of a second book over coffee, and end the day by reading one chapter of a third book. 


Completed in 2021 (53)

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  • Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
  • The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Long-Distance Leader, Kevin Eikenberry
  • The Joy of Accounting, Peter Frampton
  • Parkinson's Law, C. Horthcote Parkinson
  • The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger
  • On Friendship, Alexander Nehamas
  • Reorg, Stephen Heidari-Robinson
  • CalChamber 2021 HR Quick Guide
  • ​For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  • The League, John Eisenberg
  • Master Your Emotions, Thibaut Meurisse
  • The Accidental President, A.J. Baime****
  • The Fifteen Commitments of Conscious Leadership, Jim Dethmer
  • The Business Guide to Legal Literacy, Hanna Hasl-Kelchner***
  • D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose
  • Flawless Consulting, Peter Block
  • Of Human Bondage, Somerset Maugham
  • HBR Guide to Remote Work, Various
  • The Immortal Irishman, Timothy Egan
  • The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
  • Bunker Hill, Nathaniel Philbrick
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Deesha Philyaq***
  • The Daily Drucker, Peter F. Drucker
  • The Practice of Management, Peter Drucker*****
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Mayberry v. Madison, William E. Nelson
  • Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  • The Greatest Beer Run Ever, John Donahue
  • Crazy Busy, Edward M. Hallowell
  • Mercer Girls (Old Seattle Book 1), Libbie Hawker
  • Trust Exercise, Susan Choi
  • Make Your Bed, William McRaven
  • Social Chemistry, Marissa King
  • Building Leadership Competencies, Wesley Donahue
  • Dewey Defeats Truman, A.J. Baime****
  • Triumphs of Experience, George E. Valliant
  • The HeART of Laser-Focused Coaching, Marion Franklin
  • Sooley, John Grisham
  • Fundamentals of Project Management, Joseph Heagney
  • The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving
  • Chasing Daylight, Eugene O'Kelly
  • Madam (Old Seattle Book 2), Libby Hawker
  • Employees First, Customers Second, Vineet Nayar
  • Passages, Gail Sheehy
  • Lincoln Unknown, Dale Carnegie
  • The Maze, Alexandra Russell
  • Teacher Man, Frank McCourt
  • Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois


Completeted in 2020 (58)

Sabrina & Corina, Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Fear of Flying, Erica Jong

John Newton, Jonathan Aitken

The Fall of the Year, Howard Frank Mosher

Theory U, C. Otto Scharmer

The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

Good Habits, Bad Habits, Wendy Wood

Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings, Annette Gordon-Reed

Leadership (8th edition), Peter G. Northouse

The Noticer, Andy Andrews

You're Not Listening, Kate Murphy

On the Brink of Everything, Parker Palmer

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, Olivia Hawker****

What the Dog Saw, Malcom Gladwell****

Discover Your True North, Bill George

Race Results, Ellen C. Moore

We Can't Talk About That at Work! Mary-Francis Winters

Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick

Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent Nerburn*****

The Business of Friendship, Shasta Nelson

The Education of Thomas Jefferson, Alan Taylor

The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw

The Great Influenza, John M. Barry*****

Lincoln's Notebooks, Dan Tucker

Founding Feuds, Paul Aron

Gender Results, Eileen C. Moore****

Friends Divided, Gordon S. Wood

Effective Delegation of Authority, Hassan Osman

Don't Reply All, Hassan Osman

So You Want to Be a Leader, Al Restivo

Influencing Virtual Teams, Hassan Osman

The New Corner Office, Laura Vanderkam

Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson****

The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz

Pilgrimage, Mark K. Shriver****

Who, Geoff Smart and Randy Street (Reread)

Why Can't We Get Along, Al Restivo

Your Marketing Sucks, Mark Stevens

A Patriot's Handbook, Caroline Kennedy*****

Dodge City, Tom Clavin

Success Mindsets, Ryan Gottfredson

Leadership Prayers, Richard Kriegbaum

Sons of the Profits: The Seattle Story (1851-1901), William C. Speidel

Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Boom, Tom Brokaw

Decision Points, George W. Bush

Progress and Poverty, Henry George

The Five Most Important Questions, Peter F. Drucker

Toxic People, Marsha Petrie Sue

Old-Time Baseball, Harvey Frommer

My India. The India Eternal, Swami Vivekananda

How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie (Re-read annually)

The Bully Pulpit, Doris Kearns Goodwin

How the Other Half Lives, Jacob A. Riis

The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom****

On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong*****

Wilson, A. Scott Berg

Jewels of Allah, Nina Ansary

Completed in 2019 (31)

The Pioneers, David McCullogh

Gerald J. Boileau and the Progressive-Farmer-Labor Alliance, James, J. Florence

Heartland, Sarah Smarsh

The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek

Self Leadership & the One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Susan Fowler 

Shine, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. (Second read)

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, David Epstein

Astroball: The New Way to Win It All, Ben Reiter

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee *****

Collective Genius, Linda A. Hill

Helpning People Change, Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith, Ellen Van Oosten

Coaching for Performance, Sir John Whitmore

After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom, Alice Marie Johnson

The Grind: inside Baseball's Endless Season, Barry Svrluga

A Man (Cola Hudson) and His Kingdom, John LaBarge

Grant, Ron Chernow

Going the Other Way, Billy Beane with Chris Bull

Becoming a Resonant Leader, Annie McKee, Richard Boyatzis, Frances Johnston

The Strategy Book, Max McKeown

Answering Why, Mark Perna

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

Henry Clay, James Klotter

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, Lynne Cheney

Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, William C. Davis

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, Richard Brookhiser

On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Amy Cuddy

Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of America, Richard White

Self-Leadership, Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler

The Leadership Pipeline 2E, Ram Charam, Stephen Drotter, James Noel

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey


Completed in 2018 (28)

The Girl from Aleppo: Hujeen's Esacpe from War to Freedom, Nujeen Mustafa with Christine Lamb

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, Zora Neale Hurston

Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose

Miracle in Shreveport: A Memoir of Baseball, Fatherhood, and the Stadium that Built a Dream, David and Jason Benjamin

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness, Harlow Giles Unger (Audible)

Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson

Eisenhower, Paul Johnson (Audible)

William Henry Harrison: The Life and Legacy of the First American President to Die in Office, Charles River Editors (Audible)

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester Arthur, Scott S. Greenberger (Audible)

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!

Don't Take It to Work, Sylvia Lafair

John Quincy Adams, Harlow Giles Unger

Power Questions: Build Relationships, win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel, and Jerold Panas

Gender Stories: Negotiating  Binary World, Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico, Karen A. Foss

Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD

Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What Questions to Ask, Michael Marquardt

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, Edgar H. Shine

Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement, Bill Sims, Jr.

The Wide Circumference of Love, Marita Golden *****

HR and the New Hispanic Workforce: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivating and Leveraging Employee Success, Louis E.V. Nevaer and Vaso Perimenis Ekstein

Grover Cleveland, Henry F. Graff (Audible)

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Great Managers, Stan Slap

Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas

Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD

Through Five Administrations, William H. Crook (Audible)

William McKinley, Kevin Phillips (Audible)

You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen (Audible)


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