Great Books to Read

Books to Read

My latest edition of my book recommendations are here to help you cross off another great read off of your “to read” list.

Never Finished Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within by retired US Navy SEAL David Goggins: It’s not a self-help book but a wake-up call. A great book to kick off the new year.

Laundry Love by Patric Richardson: This book offers tips you may not have heard of before and dispels common myths about washing your clothes. I follow his recommendations, so my clothes last longer.

A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney: Comedian Rob Delaney writes about the death of his young son.

The Queen: Her Life by Andrew Morton: An in-depth look at Britain’s longest reigning monarch, exploring the influence Queen Elizabeth had on both Britain and the rest of the world for much of the last century.

The Science of Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond: Transform your dishes from bland and boring to punchy and flavorsome with this definitive guide to spices. I’ve never seen so many five-star reviews.

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict: Snag if you like Gilded Age-era and art history.

Good Boundaries and Goodbyes: Loving Others Without Losing the Best of Who You Are by Lysa TerKeurst: If you are processing a breakup or divorce, this book may help.

Lighter: Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future by Yung Pueblo: There are chapters on letting go, emotional maturity, self-love, finding your practice, human habit vs. human nature, how healing changes your life, an extensive chapter on relationships, and much more. It is possible to heal the heaviness of old hurt and trauma. It is possible to feel lighter.

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner: Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to opioid addiction, and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He’s been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen. But when Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he has to leave behind.

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center: The tale of a highly-trained bodyguard posing as a rock star’s girlfriend so that his family doesn’t know he’s being stalked.

How Do You Know by Gordon Barnes: The book addresses how to talk to someone with different beliefs. It’s a discussion about personal philosophical foundations between two college freshmen, a conservative and a leftist, with a college senior philosophy major as a referee. It isn’t a book about who’s right. It’s about why each person thinks he’s right. It touches on many relevant topics to illustrate how people could have different beliefs and opinions while still being intelligent and competent.

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin: Gabrielle Zevin’s novel examines the relationship between Sadie Green and Sam Masur. These two gamers met as tweens and reconnected at college to build video games. It’s a dazzling and intricately woven novel that examines the diverse nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and our need to connect and love. It is a love story, but not one you have read before.

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki: This book tells the story of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the daughter of C.W. Post, who created the Post Cereal Company, later known as General Foods. This is the story of a woman who realized from a young age that she had so much to offer the world and would not take no for an answer. The details of her parties, decorating, and relationships were intriguing.

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jennings Reid: Carrie Soto is Back is about Carrie Soto, who was once the number one tennis player in the world. It tracks her rise, fall, and her comeback.

Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors by Tom Bower: Britain’s leading investigative biographer did extensive research and exclusive insider interviews surrounding the Sussexes and their relationship with the royal family.

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand: This heartwarming story delivers an immensely satisfying page-turner in this tale about a summer of scandal at a storied Nantucket hotel.

Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte: The productivity expert outlines strategies for managing and making better use of the overwhelming amount of content we absorb daily. Learn how to save your ideas, organize your learning, and dramatically expand your creative output with digital notetaking.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: A  powerful love story set against a horrific background of unimaginable hate. The book tells the story of how Slovakian Jew Lale Sokolov, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1942, fell in love with a girl he was tattooing at the concentration camp.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi: This book will help you understand how to invest and earn more money. An excellent gift for college grads and newlyweds.

Scary Close by Donald Miller: This book will help you improve your relationships.

The Lantern House by Erin Napier: From the co-host of HGTV’s #1 hit show Home Town comes the quintessential home celebration. Erin wrote the book in hopes that children will realize the importance of home and how we all contribute to the next chapter of its story.

The Palace Papers by Tina Brown: Full of powerful revelations and with exclusive access, the author takes readers behind the palace walls to tell the story of the Windsors over the last twenty years since the death of Diana.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss: Chris Voss, a former FBI top hostage negotiator, shows you how to use the techniques he learned and tested working as a kidnapping negotiator. He shows how to use these skills in the workplace and every other aspect of your life.

The Diamond Eye Kate Quinn: Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.

Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication by Vanessa Van Edwards: Vanessa Van Edwards is an expert in body language, facial expressions, and nonverbal communication. Her latest book Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication is packed with practical tools and exercises to help you understand more about others and communicate your own ideas with warmth and competence.

Looking for more good books, check out all my recommendations here.


Have you read anything good or memorable lately?


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