Reading Lists

Reading is a great way to continue to explore and educate yourself. It is also a wonderful way to spark the imagination, explore ideas, and entertain yourself. In either case, reading is a skill that opens the world to the reader. I have multiple lists in a variety of areas. Please feel free to explore the lists. If you have any suggestions for books I should read, please feel free to use the contact form.

 

Understanding Human Behaviors & Yourself:

What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People , by Joe Navarro & Marvin Karlins

Mistakes Where Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics, by Jonathan Haidt

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success, by by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn’t–and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger, by Daniel Gardner

The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, by Olivia Fox Cabane

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brene Brown

What It Is Like To Go To War, by Karl Marlantes

     I suggest that you read the books in the order listed, but if you feel that any single book jumps out at you, please feel free to try them out. I listened to them in audio form. If possible, please buy your books from locally owned bookstores.

 

Teaching & Education:

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Sir Ken Robinson

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, by Salman Khan

Books that Have Changed My Life:

Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

Mistakes Where Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics, by Jonathan Haidt

Adult Fiction – Fantasy:

The Dresden Files

The Iron Druid Chronicles

Anything by Brandon Sanderson. Seriously! Anything!

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (Warning: This book is either loved or hated by its readers. There is adult content, but it tasteful and respectful. It is worth reading at least once.)

Adult Fiction – Science Fiction:

Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein (Don’t waste your time with the movie, please.)

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix

 

Young Adult Fiction:

The Dark is Rising Sequence

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer*

The Supernaturalist, by Eoin Colfer

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians, by Brandon Sanderson*

The Keys to the Kingdom Series, by Garth Nix

Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix

*Part of a series that is worth reading.