Reading List

One can not write without reading first. It simply can not be done. In fact, a writer must always be reading: to learn, to inspire their writing, and, in my humble opinion, to live life fully.

I also believe strongly that one should not limit oneself when reading! Read everything! Read fiction, non-fiction, memoir, humor, & leadership! Reading, much like writing, is a journey not a destination.

Below are books that I’ve read and what I think about them, more or less. The College Years and Pre-college Years lists are pretty much books that I really enjoyed and/or books that stuck in mind for one reason or another. I have read way too many to make a comprehensive list, especially on here, but I did want to share some of them. The 2013 list is obviously the easiest to keep track of and I look forward to expanding it.

My Ratings

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = Loved it! Buy this book NOW!
★ ★ ★ ★ = Great Read! Glad I picked this one to read!
★ ★ ★ = OK Read. Neither liked it, nor hated it.
★ ★ = Not really enjoyable, but not the worst book I’ve read.
★ = Why did I finish this book? It was either really boring or just plain aweful

2013

  1. Letter to My Daughter ★ ★
    By: Maya Angelou
  2. Here If You Need Me: A True Story ★
    By: Kate Braestrup
  3. Rules ★ ★ ★
    By: Cynthia Lord
  4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Jenny Lawson
  5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Elizabeth George Spear
  6. How to Win Friends & Influence People in the Digital Age ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Dale Carnegie
  7. Just Open a Vein ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: William Brohaugh
  8. 2013 Writer’s Market ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Robert Lee Brewer
  9. Creative Writer’s Style Guide: Rules and Advice for Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Christopher T. Leland

College Years

  1. Twilight #1 ★ ★
    By: Stephanie Meyer
  2. The Scarlet Letter ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Edgar Allen Poe
  4. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate ★ ★ ★
    By: Gary Chapman
  5. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: John C. Maxwell
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Stephen R. Covey
  7. First Things First ★
    By: Stephen R. Covey
  8. Redeeming Love ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Francine Rivers
  9. Magic of Thinking Big ★ ★ ★
    By: David J. Schwartz

Pre-College Years

  1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (#1) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Mildred D. Taylor
  2. Let the Circle Be Unbroken (#2) ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Mildred D. Taylor
  3. The Road to Memphis (#3) ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Mildred D. Taylor
  4. Little Women ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Louisa May Alcott
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (#1) ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (#2) ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: J.K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3) ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: J.K. Rowling
  8. Black Beauty ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Anna Sewell
  9. The Little House on the Prairie Collection ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  10. Anne of Green Gables (#1- #8) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: L.M. Montgomery
  11. Animal Farm ★ ★
    By: George Orwell
  12. Horse Crazy (Saddle Club #1) ★ ★ ★
    By: Bonnie Bryant
  13. Coming Home (Heartland #1) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    By: Lauren Brooke

 

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