2019 Reading List

I use asterisks to rank the books on a scale from 1 (*) to 5 (*****).  These are purely my subjective sense of how much I enjoyed the book, nothing more.


  1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera****
  2. Faust: Part One,  J. W. von Goethe, Tr. David Luke****
  3. Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe****
  4. The Resistance Man (Bruno, Chief of Police), Martin Walker*****
  5. The Children Return (Bruno, Chief of Police), Martin Walker*****
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez****
  7. The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Book 1, Tad Williams****
  8. Stone of Farewell: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Book 2, Tad Williams*****
  9. To Green Angel Tower: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Book 3, Tad Williams****
  10. What I’m Going to Do, I Think, L Woiwode****
  11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson****
  12. Everything and Nothing, Jorge Luis Borges***


  1. River Inside the River, Gregory Orr****
  2. The Bat Poet, Randall Jarrell****
  3. The Gingerbread Rabbit, Randall Jarrell***
  4. Selected Poems, Randall Jarrell, Ed. William H. Pritchard****
  5. Soul Over Lightning, Ray Gonzalez**
  6. The Collected Poems, Stanley Kunitz***
  7. Renunciation: Poems, Corey Marks****
  8. Seven Sermons to the Dead, C.G. Jung***

YA Fiction

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster*****
  2. Matilda, Roald Dahl****
  3. Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor*****
  4. Harriet The Spy, Louise Fitzhugh*****
  5. Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll***
  6. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, Karina Yan Glaser*****
  7. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling**
  8. Stuart Little, E.B. White**
  9. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary****
  10. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl****
  11. How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell**
  12. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke, Roald Dahl***
  13. Runaway Ralph, Beverly Cleary**
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban*****
  15. The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl***
  16. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket*
  17. The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich****
  18. The Town Cats and Other Tales, Lloyd Alexander***
  19. Moo: A Novel, Sharon Creech*****
  20. The Book of Boy, Catherine Gilbert Murdock*****
  21. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, Leslie Connor*****


  1. Memories, Dreams, Reflections, C.G. Jung*****
  2. I and Thou, Martin Buber, Tr. Walter Kaufmann****
  3. The War of the Gods in Addiction, David E. Schoen****
  4. How to Break Up With Your Phone, Catherine Price****
  5. The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton***
  6. The Tragic Sense of Life, Miguel de Unamuno****
  7. Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress Free Productivity, David Allen****
  8. Ready for Anything: Productivity Principles for Work and Life, David Allen***
  9. GTD with Things 3, Eric A. Bowers****
  10. The Paradox of Love, Pittman McGehee**
  11. Jung’s Map of the Soul, Murray Stein****
  12. Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer**
  13. The Courage to Be, Paul Tillich****
  14. The Courage to Create, Rollo May****
  15. Man’s Search for Himself, Rollo May*****
  16. Love and Will, Rollo May****
  17. Poetry as Survival, Gregory Orr****
  18. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown****
  19. Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky****
  20. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann*****
  21. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—And the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari****
  22. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari***
  23. The Examined Life, How We Lose and Find Ourselves, Stephen Grosz***
  24. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek**
  25. Men, Women, and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough, Brené Brown*****
  26. The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection, Brené Brown*****
  27. Rising Strong as Spiritual Practice, Brené Brown*****
  28. Knowing Jesus, James Allison O.P.****
  29. Buddhism Without Belief, Stephen Bachelor****
  30. Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, Dr. Laura Markham***
  31. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage, Brené Brown*****
  32. The INFJ Personality Guide: Understand Yourself, Reach Your Potential, and Live a Life of Purpose, Bo Miller****

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