What I’m Reading

What I’m Reading Now: 

  • Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day in a Distracted World by Roman Alexander Krznaric

2017 – Goal 52

  1. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
  2. Calming Your Angry Mind by Jeffrey Brantley
  3. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  4. Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by William Burnett
  5. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  6. The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: A Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World by Emma Mildon
  7. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  8. The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe by Anuschka  Rees
  9. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
  10. You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters by Deepak Chopra
  11. Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training by Diane S. Menendez
  12. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  13. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
  14. Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
  15. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
  16. Martha Stewart: A Biography by Joann F. Price
  17. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  18. Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott
  19. The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
  20. Big Miracles: The 11 Spiritual Rules for Ultimate Success by Joanna Garzilli
  21. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  22. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  23. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
  24. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  25. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  26. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
  27. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  28. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  29. The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business by Steve Mariotti
  30. Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry
  31. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  32. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  33. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman
  34. Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness by Anna Akbari
  35. Real Love by Sharon Salzberg
  36. The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry
  37. A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
  38. The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work by Jody Foster
  39. Braving the Wilderness by Brené  Brown
  40. The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
  41. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  42. Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston
  43. Beyond the Castle: A Disney Insider’s Guide to Finding Your Happily Ever After by Jody Jean Dreyer
  44. Natural Solutions to PCOS by Marilyn Glenville

2016 – Goal: 45, Actual: 48

  1. Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin by Adina Grigore
  2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. Master Successful Personal Habits: Zig Ziglar Success Legacy Library by Zig Ziglar
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  6. Underemployment: Psychological, Economic, And Social Challenges by Douglas C. Maynard
  7. Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas by John Butman
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Welcome to your Crisis by Laura Day
  10. Change Your Words, Change Your World by Andrea Gardner
  11. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith
  12. Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life by Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson
  13. A Woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating: How to Convince, Collaborate, and Create Your Way to Agreement by Lee E. Miller
  14. The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
  15. Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People by Polly Campbell
  16. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant
  17. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  18. Nickel and Dimed by Barhara Ehrenreich
  19. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  20. The Betrayal of Work by Beth Shulman
  21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  22. Troublemaker by Leah Remini
  23. The Lake House by Kate Morton
  24. Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age by David Morris
  25. The Betrayal of the American Dream by Donald Bartlett
  26. Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado
  27. We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler
  28. The Working Poor by David Shipler
  29. Why Can’t I Meditate? by Nigel Wellings
  30. Living with Intent by Mallika Chopra
  31. The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz
  32. The Past by Tess Hadley
  33. Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
  34. This is Woman’s Work by Dominique Christina
  35. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant
  36. The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America by David Rolf
  37. The Mood Repair Toolkit: Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning Into Depression by David A. Clark
  38. Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
  39. Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides by April Meadow Stallings
  40. Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo
  41. You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
  42. Love Warrior by Glenn Doyle Melton
  43. The Working Life  by Joanne B. Ciulla
  44. Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home by Ilona Bray J.D.
  45. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
  46. Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White by Tim J. Wise
  47. Rising Strong by Brene Brown

2015 – Goal: 40, Actual: 40

  1. Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
  2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  4. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  5. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  6. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. How to Grow Up by Michelle Tea
  8. Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
  9. Run for It: A Woman’s Guide to Running for Physical and Emotional Health by Karen Bridson
  10. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  11. The Small Business Bible by Steven Strauss
  12. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  13. The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson
  14. Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life by David Perlmutter
  15. Moody Bitches by Julie Holland
  16. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  17. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
  18. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
  19. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  20. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  21. Us by David Nicholls
  22. Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang
  23. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  24. Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser
  25. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
  26. The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life by Judith Orloff
  27. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  28. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
  29. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  31. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  32. Before Happiness by Shawn Achor
  33. Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood by Alida Nugent
  34. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  35. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  36. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  37. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  38. Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender by Margaret L. Andersen
  39. How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir
  40. Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson

2014 – Goal: 35, Actual: 37

  1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  2. One and Only by Emily Giffin
  3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  4. Not That Kind of Girl  by Lena Dunham
  5. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  6. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  7. Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain–and Your Life by Rick Hanson
  8. How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Manual for Dog Owners by the Monks of New Skete
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  10. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
  11. Boomerang Kids by Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.
  12. 29 Gifts by Cami Walker
  13. The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski
  14. The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
  15. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  16. The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide by Marcos Salazar
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  18. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  19. Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
  20. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  21. 1984 by George Orwell
  22. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  23. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  24. Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis by Cynthia Lowen
  25. Little, Big by John Crowley
  26. Taking Charge of Anger by W. Robert Nay
  27. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Marie Semple
  28. I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
  29. Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists by Courtney E. Martin
  30. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
  31. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
  32. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  33. You Don’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark
  34. In Defense Of Food by Michael Pollan
  35. Clash!: 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are by Hazel Rose Markus
  36. If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now by Claire LeZebnik
  37. Paris Was The Place by Susan Conley

2013 – Goal: 30, Actual: 28

  1. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
  2. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  3. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
  4. Pit Bulls for Dummies by D. Caroline Coile
  5. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow
  6. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  7. Higher Education in America by Derek Bok
  8. White Guilt by Shelby Steele
  9. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  10. Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog by Cesar Millan
  11. How To Do Everything And Be Happy by Peter Jones
  12. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy
  13. The Migraine Solution: A Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pain Management by Paul Rizzoli, Elizabeth Loder, and Liz Neporent
  14. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  15. Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door by Harvey Mackay
  16. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  17. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  18. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin Seligman
  19. Bad Dog: A Love Story by Martin Kihn
  20. The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life by Richard Wiseman
  21. The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell
  22. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman
  23. Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference by Susan Komives
  24. Revising Herself: Story of Women’s Identity from College-Midlife by Ruthellen Josselson
  25. Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda
  26. Splitting the Difference: A Heart-Shaped Memoir by Tré Miller Rodríguez
  27. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  28. Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan


  1. How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind by Stanley Coren
  2. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  5. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  6. ‘Tis by Frank McCourt
  7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  8. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  9. Why We Buy by Paco Underhill
  10. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich
  11. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  12. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  1. The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Cinderella by Henry Hewet
  6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  12. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
  13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  15. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  17. Blood River by Tim Butcher

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