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 get ready in the morning and when I am driving. I read a chapter of a second book over coffee, and end the day by reading one chapter of a third book. 


Reading Now

  • Matrix: A Novel, Lauren Groff

Completed in 2022 (28)

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (Re-read every January 1)
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. Telex From Cuba, Rachel Kushner
  4. Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds, Paul Farmer
  5. Hell of a Book, Jason Mott
  6. Find, Fix, and Fill Your Leadership Gap,  Candice-Gottlieb-Clark
  7. Clark and Division, Naomi Hirahara
  8. Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall
  9. The Truth About Trust, David DeSteno
  10. The Emptiness of Our Hands, Phyllis Cole-Dai 
  11. Connected, Nicholas Christakis
  12. The Power of Positive Deviance, Richard Pascale
  13. Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
  14. Hybrid Work Management, Hassan Osman
  15. Hardwiring Excellence, Quint Studer 
  16. The Good Hand, Michael Patrick F. Smith

  17. The Box, Marc Levinson

  18. Seeing Around Corners, Rita McGrath

  19. The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave

  20. The Engineer's Wife, Tracey Emerson Wood

  21. Redesigning Work, Lynda Gratton

  22. Invictus, John Carlin

  23. The No Club, Brenda Peyser, et. al.

  24. Better Decisions, Andy Stanley

  25. Small World: A Novel, Jonathan Evinson

  26. The Business Case for AI, Kavita Ganesan

  27. Zorrie, Liard Hunt 

  28. In Scoring Position, Bob Ryan

Completed in 2021 (53)

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


Completeted in 2020 (58)

  1. Sabrina & Corina, Kali Fajardo-Anstine
  2. Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
  3. John Newton, Jonathan Aitken
  4. The Fall of the Year, Howard Frank Mosher
  5. Theory U, C. Otto Scharmer
  6. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  7. Good Habits, Bad Habits, Wendy Wood
  8. Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings, Annette Gordon-Reed
  9. Leadership (8th edition), Peter G. Northouse
  10. The Noticer, Andy Andrews
  11. You're Not Listening, Kate Murphy
  12. On the Brink of Everything, Parker Palmer
  13. One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, Olivia Hawker****
  14. What the Dog Saw, Malcom Gladwell****
  15. Discover Your True North, Bill George
  16. Race Results, Ellen C. Moore
  17. We Can't Talk About That at Work! Mary-Francis Winters
  18. Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick
  19. Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent Nerburn*****
  20. The Business of Friendship, Shasta Nelson
  21. The Education of Thomas Jefferson, Alan Taylor
  22. The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw
  23. The Great Influenza, John M. Barry*****
  24. Lincoln's Notebooks, Dan Tucker
  25. Founding Feuds, Paul Aron
  26. Gender Results, Eileen C. Moore****
  27. Friends Divided, Gordon S. Wood
  28. Effective Delegation of Authority, Hassan Osman
  29. Don't Reply All, Hassan Osman
  30. So You Want to Be a Leader, Al Restivo
  31. Influencing Virtual Teams, Hassan Osman
  32. The New Corner Office, Laura Vanderkam
  33. Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson****
  34. The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz
  35. Pilgrimage, Mark K. Shriver****
  36. Who, Geoff Smart and Randy Street (Reread)
  37. Why Can't We Get Along, Al Restivo
  38. Your Marketing Sucks, Mark Stevens
  39. A Patriot's Handbook, Caroline Kennedy*****
  40. Dodge City, Tom Clavin
  41. Success Mindsets, Ryan Gottfredson
  42. Leadership Prayers, Richard Kriegbaum
  43. Sons of the Profits: The Seattle Story (1851-1901), William C. Speidel
  44. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  45. Boom, Tom Brokaw
  46. Decision Points, George W. Bush
  47. Progress and Poverty, Henry George
  48. The Five Most Important Questions, Peter F. Drucker
  49. Toxic People, Marsha Petrie Sue
  50. Old-Time Baseball, Harvey Frommer
  51. My India. The India Eternal, Swami Vivekananda
  52. How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie (Re-read annually)
  53. The Bully Pulpit, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. How the Other Half Lives, Jacob A. Riis
  55. The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom****
  56. On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong*****
  57. Wilson, A. Scott Berg
  58. Jewels of Allah, Nina Ansary

Completed in 2019 (31)

  1. The Pioneers, David McCullogh
  2. Gerald J. Boileau and the Progressive-Farmer-Labor Alliance, James, J. Florence
  3. Heartland, Sarah Smarsh
  4. The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek
  5. Self Leadership & the One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Susan Fowler 
  6. Shine, 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, Linda A. Hill
  11. Helpning People Change, Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith, Ellen Van Oosten
  12. Coaching for Performance, 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, 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, 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 (28)

  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*****
  11. 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!
  12. Don't Take It to Work, Sylvia Lafair
  13. John Quincy Adams, Harlow Giles Unger
  14. Power Questions: Build Relationships, win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel, and Jerold Panas
  15. Gender Stories: Negotiating  Binary World, Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico, Karen A. Foss
  16. Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD
  17. Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What Questions to Ask, Michael Marquardt
  18. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, Edgar H. Shine
  19. Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement, Bill Sims, Jr.
  20. The Wide Circumference of Love, Marita Golden *****
  21. HR and the New Hispanic Workforce: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivating and Leveraging Employee Success, Louis E.V. Nevaer and Vaso Perimenis Ekstein
  22. Grover Cleveland, Henry F. Graff (Audible)
  23. Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Great Managers, Stan Slap
  24. Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas
  25. Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD
  26. Through Five Administrations, William H. Crook (Audible)
  27. William McKinley, Kevin Phillips (Audible)
  28. You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen (Audible)


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