Reading List


These books and short stories are at the top of my list – they are classics and cannot be replaced because they have made such an impact on my life.

The Bible (Life)

Ceremonies of Dark Old Men: A Play by Lonnie Elder III (Live for today)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (Overcome obstacles)

The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant (Knowledge)

  • The Age of Faith
  • The Reformation
  • The Age of Napoleon

I Write What I Like – Steve Biko (Determination)

A Rose for Emily – William Faulkner (Perception and acceptance)

When and Where I Enter – Paula Giddings (Knowledge and respect)

Hannibal – Man of Destiny – M. Taleb (Incredible history and courage)

The Ministers Black Veil – Nathaniel Hawthorne (The perception of secret sin)

Desert Flower   – Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller (Foreign deprivation and appreciation)


READING LIST 2009-2010

Thomas Jefferson said it best, “I cannot live without books”.  I love biography, history and anything nonfiction, inspirational or motivating. I am a “shoe-in” for anything on leadership and war heroes with great strategies. I read fiction when it is recommended and I am a magazine junkie. I simply love to read. Therefore, I cannot list every book that I have read since 2009.  The books listed are books that stand out.  Of course, being on my list does not mean they were published the year I read them.  Although some of the books listed on both list may be out of print, I own them and they are on my bookshelf. However, I encourage you to follow the list and read as many as you can.

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

The Disorganized Mind –Nancy A. Ratey

The Seat of the Soul – Gary Zukav

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived – Steven K. Scott

Inner City Miracle – Judge Greg Mathis

Whose Child is This – Bill Wilson

When She Was White – Judith Stone

The Power of Vision – Myles Monroe

Begging for Change –The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive -Robert Egger

The Struggle of Love – Sharon D. Johnson

Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life – Rethinking Ministry to the Poor – Robert D. Lupton

Next Generation Leader – Andy Stanley

Aging with Grace -What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier and More Meaningful Lives – David Snowdon,Ph.D.

Choosing to Cheat : Who Wins when FAMILY and WORK COLLIDE- Andy Stanley

Too Small to Ignore – Why the Least of These Matters Most – Dr. Wess Stafford with Dean Merrill

Holding Her Head High-12 single mothers who championed their children and changed history – Janine Turner

20/20 Thinking – 1,000 Powerful strategies to sharpen your mind, brighten your mood and boost your memory – Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, Ph.D.

Small Change -Little Things Make a Big Difference-Susan Terkel/Larry Terkel

Excellence-Inspiration for Achieving Your Personal Best – Edited by J. Pincott

Starting from Scratch-When You’re Single Again – Sharon M. Knudson/Mary Fran Heitzman

January 2011

The Teacher who couldn’t read – One Man’s Triumph Over Illiteracy – Excellent true story

Everyday Survival -Why Smart People Do Stupid Things- Great book on everyday wisdom

February 2011- May

Biography of the Dollar – Craig Karmin

50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People – Sally Beare

The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

The Blind Side – Michael Lewis

Who Switched Off My Brain – Dr. Caroline Leaf

The Supernatural Ways of Royalty – Kris Vallotton & Bill

June – August 2011

Peace from Broken Pieces – Iyanla Vanzant  (WOW)

There ‘s No Traffic on the Extra Mile (Lessons on the Road from Dreams to Destiny) – Rickey Minor- music director American Idol

He talk like a white boy – Joseph C. Phillips

Is Bill Cosby Right? – Michael Eric Dyson

Brain Surgeon – A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles – Keith Black, MD (combination bio and educational/very good book);

The Other Wes Moore – One Name, Two Fates – Wes Moore

Becoming myself -Reflections on growing up female – Willa Shalit

An Ordinary Man- Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner – autobiography that inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda

September – October 2011

How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer- very good book – insightful

Love is a Verb – Gary Chapman – good book -easy reader – religious view point

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove – Jeff Henderson -Read this over the summer – His interest in cooking helped save him from drugs and the streets-very good book.

January -February 2012

Fighting Fear – Winning the War at Home     – Edie Melson

Basic Brown – My Life and Our Times – Willie Brown

Mandela – A Biography – Martin Meredith

Catherine the Great (e) – Robert Massey  (Excellent book!)

Vintage Baldwin – James Baldwin – Book of essays and short stories -very insightful

The Conversation – Hill Harper – Male view on relationships…

The Necessity of an Enemy – Ron Carpenter, Jr.

A Chance in the World (e) – Steve Pemberton

March – April 2012

The Cracker Queen – Lauretta Hannon (Poverty in the white world)

The Age of Miracles – Marianne Williamson

Hannibal – Theodore Ayrault Dodge (I have three books on Hannibal-this was a reread)

Bone to Pick – Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation and Revenge – Ellis Cose

May – July 2012

Once Upon a Secret -Mimi Alford

Who Owns History? – Eric Foner

Intruder – Naturally kicking Out Cancer – Reschelle Means

Decisions and Consequences – Kevin Rasberry

The Color of Love – Gene Cheek


3 responses

25 11 2010

Now I want a reading list! :)

7 08 2011

Hi Ree:
Thanks so much for the feedback. Please keep me updated on your new possibilities and the books your daughter reads. There are so many great books out there to be read. I
am also open to recommendations. If you read something new that is not on my reading list – please share.

7 08 2011

Hi Ree:
Thanks so much for the feed back. There are so many great books out there! Please keep me posted on your endless possibilities and the books your daughter reads.
Also, I am always open to suggestions on good books. If you find another to recommend – please let me know.

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