Cover to Cover

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

Every year I aspire to read a number of books simply because I love to read. My house is full of books of all sorts – non-fiction, fiction, self-improvement, biographies and autobiographies, classics, spiritual, informative, and so on. I have a love affair with books. They educate me, entertain me, and comfort me.

James McBride, author of “The Color of Water”, with his beloved mother

Top Ten Books Ever (Year Read)

(1) The Color of  Water – James McBride (2002)

(2) A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (2008)

(3) The Help – Kathryn Stockett (2010)

(4) The Warmth of other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson

(5) Life on the Color Line – Gregory Howard Williams (1995)

(6) The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

(7) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

(8) Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert (2008)

(9) Roots – Alex Haley (1990)

(10) Savage Inequalities – Jonathan Kozol (2001)

2017 Reading List
(1) The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland – Rebekah Crane
(2) Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian – John Elder Robison
(3) The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds – Selina Saik Chin Yoke
(4) Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
(5)Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard
(6) A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
(7) The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
(8) The ONE Thing – Gary Keller
(9) The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
(10) We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(11) Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Chip and Dan Heath
(12) Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
(13) Every Day I Fight – Stuart Scott
(14) Everything We Keep – Kerry Lonsdale
(15) Love Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melton
(16) The Good Girl – Mary Kubica
(17) Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth
(18) Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations – Michael Simpson
(19) 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success – Amy Morin
(20) The PsychoPath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Indusry – Jon Ronson
(21) Animal Farm – George Orwell
(22) Call Me Tuesday – Leigh Byrne
(23) I Thought It Was Just Me – Brene Brown
(24) Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
(25) The Girl in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
(26) Faithful – Alice Hoffman
(27) The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeeau (in process)

2016 Reading List
(1) Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes
(2) Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(3) Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
(4) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
(5) House Rules – Jodi Picoult
(6) Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes – Tom Rath
(7) The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
(8) The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
(9) The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League – Jeff Hobbs
(10) The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom
(11) The First Phone Call from Heaven – Mitch Albom
(12) Fall of Giants – Ken Follett
(13) The Conversation – Hill Harper
(14) Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
(15) After You – Jojo Moyes
(16) Think Like a Freak – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
(17) The Rose That Grew from Concrete – Tupac Shakur
(18) The Girl Who Fell from the Sky – Heidi W. Durrow
(19) The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
(20) Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant
(21) Freakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
(22) A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
(23) Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
(24) Every Little Step – Bobby Brown
(25) Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
(26) Winter of the World – Ken Follett
(27) Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
(28) Landline – Rainbow Rowell
(29) A House for Happy Mothers – Amulya Malladi
(30) A Dangerous Fortune – Ken Follett
(31) The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
(32) Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson
(33) The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
(34) The Constant Princess – Philippa Gregory

2015 Reading List
(1) And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
(2) The Warmth of other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
(3) Night – Elie Wiesel
(4) Yellow Crocus – Laila Ibrahim
(5) When I Married My Mother – Jo Maeder
(6) The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
(7) The Fifth Agreement – Don Miguel Ruiz
(8) Wild – Cheryl Strayed
(9) Carry On Warriors – Glennon Doyle Merton
(10) Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
(11) Sharp Objects – Gillian Glynn
(12) Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
(13) Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
(14) Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
(15) Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
(16) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
(17) The Good Neighbor – AJ Banner
(18) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
(19) The Dogs of March – Ernest Herbert
(20) All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
(21) Paper Towns – John Green
(22) Ghettoside: ATrue Story of Murder in America – Jill Leovy
(23) Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
(24) I’m Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
(25) Honeymoon in Paris – Jojo Moyes
(26) Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
(27) Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
(28) The Martian – Andy Weir
(29) Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
(30) The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

2014 Reading List
(1) Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
(2) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
(3) Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
(4) Labor Day – Joyce Maynard
(5) The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver
(6) Hidden – Catherine McKenzie
(7) Proof of Heaven – Eben Alexander
(8) The Power of Less – Leo Babauta
(9) The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
(10) The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
(11) 12 Years A Slave – Solomon Northrup
(12) Look Me In The Eye – John Elder Robison
(13) Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
(14) Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
(15) 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – Jen Hatmaker
(16) When I Found You – Catherine Ryan Hyde
(17) The Undertaking of Tess – Lesley Kagen
(18) A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park
(19) The One You Love – Paul Pilkington
(20) Finding Emma – Steena Holmes
(21) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
(22) Ellis Island – Kate Kerrigan
(23) Emma’s Secret – Steena Holmes
(24) The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
(25) Pretty Little Things – Jilliane Hoffman
(26) The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitgerald

2013 Reading List

(1) No Impact Man – Colin Beavan
(2) David & Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
(3) Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
(4) Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
(5) An Invisible Thread – Laura Schroff
(6) The Leadership Challenge – James Kouzes, Barry Posner
(7) The One Minute Manager – Keith Blanchard
(8) The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
(9) The Other Hand (Little Bee) – Chris Cleave

2012 Reading List

(1) The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stiegg Larson
(2) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stiegg Larson
(3) Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
(4) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
(5) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba
(6) I Know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb

2011 Reading List

(1) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
(2) Drowning Ruth – Christina Schwarz
(3) Same Kind of Different As Me – Ron Hall and Denver Moor
(4) Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
(5) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stiegg Larson
(6) The Mermaid Chair – Sue Monk Kidd

2010 Reading List

(1) The Gospel According to Starbucks – Leonard Sweet
(2) The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
(3) Native Son – Richard Wright
(4) The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb
(5) The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo
(6) The Help – Kathryn Stockett
(7) The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
(8) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
(9) A Hope in the Unseen – Ron Suskind
(10) Push: A Novel – Sapphire

2009 Reading List

(1) Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
(2) Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
(3) The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
(4) A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
(5) The Shack – William Paul Young
(6) Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster
(7) Bitter is the New Black – Jen Lancaster
(8) The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
(9) The Giver – Lois Lowry
(10) The Pact – Jodi Piccoult
(11) My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Piccoult
(12) Perfect Match – Jodi Piccoult
(13) Vanishing Acts –  Jodi Piccoult
(14) Picture Perfect – Jodi Piccoult
(15) Harvesting the Heart – Jodi Piccoult
(16) Handle with Care – Jodi Piccoult
(17) The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
(18) Stealing Buddha’s Dinner – Bich Minh Nguyen
(19) Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson

2008 Reading List

(1) Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
(2) The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
(3) How Starbucks Saved My Life – Michael Gates Gill
(4) The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
(5) Leadership – Rudy Giuliani
(6) The Measure of a Man – Sidney Poitier
(7) The Art of Happiness – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
(8) How to Practice the Way to a Meaningful Life – His Holiness the Dalai Lam
(9) The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
(10) Now You’re Speaking My Language – Gary Chapman
(11) The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
(12) Change of Heart – Jodi Piccoult
(13) Keeping Faith – Jodi Piccoult
(14) 19 Minutes – Jodi Piccoult
(15) Mercy – Jodi Piccoult
(16) Second Glance – Jodi Piccoult
(17) Plain Truth – Jodi Piccoult
(18) Songs of the Humpback Whale – Jodi Piccoult
(19) Salem Falls – Jodi Piccoult
(20) The Tenth Circle – Jodi Piccoult
(21) Leadership – John C. Wooden
(22) The Art of Seduction – Robert Greene

Books Read in Prior Years
The Color of Water – James McBride (2002)
Savage Inequalities – Jonathan Kozol (2001)
The Value in the Valley – Iyanla VanZant (1999)
My American Journey – Colin Powell (1997)
Life on the Color Line – Gregory Howard Williams (1995)
Roots – Alex Haley (1990)

2 Comments

  1. Wow! Thanks! I need a new book to read! It looks like you did all the work for me! Now I just have to pick one and go buy it! Thanks so much Claudine. Reading through everything else….You are amazing! I might just be a better person for knowing you! Hope to see you this weekend!

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