Reading

Matthew Kudija

Reading is an essential part of my education.

Below are books and other works I have read over the past several years.


2018

  • How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D.
  • Epidemiologist by Nel Yomtov
  • Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease by Jeanette Farrell
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
  • Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
  • The Pleasures of Counting by T.W. Körner
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau
  • Biostatistics for Dummies by John C. Pezzullo, PhD
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Silence In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
  • Modern Physics and Ancient Faith by Stephen M. Barr
  • Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World by Tyler Cowen
  • The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax
  • American House Styles: A Concise Guide by John Milnes Baker, A.I.A.
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie A. Perlow
  • The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems . . . and Create More by Luke Dormehl
  • Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  • The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science by Kieran Healy
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Consuming the Word: The New Testament and The Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn
  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
  • When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment by Ryan T. Anderson
  • Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today's World by Pope Francis
  • A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
  • Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On by Christine Benvenuto
  • "Greenleaf" and "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  • The Constitution of Ireland
  • The Island of the World by Michael D. O'Brien
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting by Matt Coyne
  • Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
  • Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
  • Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
  • The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World by John Davies and Alexander J. Kent
  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  • Honey for a Child's Heart (Fourth Edition) by Gladys Hunt
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

2017

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Legacy by James Kerr
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
  • Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres Cathedral by Philip Ball
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Highest Duty by Chesley B. Sullenberger
  • Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster by John Konrad & Tom Shroder
  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
  • The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett
  • Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput
  • The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rob Dreher
  • City of God by Saint Augustine
  • The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom
  • The Shadow of His Wings (Abridged) by Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla by Marc J. Seifer
  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World by Adam Grant
  • Just Married by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
  • Tidy Data (Journal of Statistical Software) by Hadley Wickham
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Conversations with Major Dick Winters by Cole C. Kingseed
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Dick Winters
  • Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
  • Salary Tutor by Jim Hopkinson
  • Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Airport by Arthur Hailey
  • Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities by James Turner
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One by Thomas Sowell
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Poetry as Prayer: Jessica Powers by Robert F. Morneau
  • The Fortunes of Poetry in and Age of Unmaking by James Matthew Wilson
  • Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands
  • The Sale of a Lifetime: How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017-2019 Can Make You Rich by Harry S. Dent, Jr.
  • The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church by John Thavis
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by John Paul II
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri by James A. Michener
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  • Saint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis by Michael J. Ruszala
  • The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages by Scott Hahn
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates: Apology, Phaedo by Plato
  • Aristotle for Everybody by Mortimer J. Adler
  • Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
  • Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric by Ward Farnsworth
  • The Will to Climb by Ed Viesturs
  • The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor
  • Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan T. Anderson
  • Things I Wish I’d Know Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Mark Tegmark
  • The World's Great Catholic Literature edited by George N. Shuster
  • Till We Have Faves: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis
  • The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford
  • Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark
  • Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  • Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • Master Builders of the Middle Ages by David Jacobs
  • The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose selected and edited by W.H. Gardner
  • A Geography of Ireland by O.J.R. Howarth
  • Some Permanent Things by James Matthew Wilson
  • The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
  • A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip W. Keller
  • Painting as a Pastime by Winston S. Churchill
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman
  • Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  • The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
  • Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History by Kalee Thompson
  • Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
  • Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Meditations for Advent by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality by Andrew Sullivan
  • New American Bible, Revised Edition: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts of the Apostles, Revelation, Job, Isaiah, Wisdom, Matthew, James...

2016

  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  • Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
  • Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities by Peter Fox-Penner
  • The Machine Stops by E.M. Forester
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
  • How to Read Churches: A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture by Dennis R. McNamara
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola
  • Solar Power Demystified: The Beginners Guide to Solar Power, Energy Independence, and Lower Bills by Lacho Pop and Dimi Avram
  • Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
  • You Can't Predict A Hero: From War to Wall Street, Leading in Times of Crisis by Joseph J. Grano, Jr.
  • Vision to Reality by Honorée Corder
  • Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life by Donald Rumsfeld
  • The Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages by Jean Gimpel
  • Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church by Pope Francis
  • A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  • Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper
  • Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Father Jacques Philippe
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
  • Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook by Michael Lopp
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain
  • Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis
  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  • The Vatican Pimpernal: the WWII Exploits of the Monsignor Who Saved Over 6,500 Lives by Brian Fleming
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zuskar
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
  • Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  • The First Congress by Ferguson M. Bordewich
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • The God Machine: The Story of the Helicopter by James R. Chiles
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (Abridged) by Daniel Yergin
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight by W.J. Wagtendonk
  • Jesus of Nazareth: From The Baptism In The Jordan To The Transfiguration by Joseph Ratzinger
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Making of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
  • Why Teach: In Defense of a Real Education by Mark Edmundson
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  • The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
  • The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy From Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
  • A Man On The Moon: The Voyages Of The Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin
  • The Art of Data Science by Roger Peng and Elizabeth Matsui
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope
  • Witness to Love: How to Help the Next Generation Build Marriages that Survive and Thrive by Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret
  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • His Needs Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard F. Harley, Jr.
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane by Matthew Hutson
  • Walden by Henry David Throeau
  • Data Science From Scratch by Joel Grus
  • Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints by Bridget Burke Ravizza and Julie Donovan Massey
  • Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have by Dimitri Maex
  • Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else by Steve Lohr
  • The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development by Chad Fowler
  • Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
  • Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love by Dietrich von Hildebrand
  • The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
  • Saint John Paul the Great by Jason Evert
  • Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • God in the Dock by C.S. Lewis
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  • The Early History of Rome (Book I) by Livy
  • Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter
  • The Library: A World History by James W. P. Campbell
  • The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance by Anthony Gottlieb
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods
  • An Outline of European Architecture by Nikolaus Pevsner
  • Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz
  • Modeling Aircraft Loan & Lease Portfolios by Nils Hallerst
  • New American Bible, Revised Edition: Luke, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

2015

  • Peace of Soul by Fulton Sheen
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  • Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen
  • Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Catholic Literary Giants by Joseph Pearce
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
  • Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.: Priest, President, Citizen of the World 1917-2015 , Notre Dame Magazine
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • John Paul II: A Personal Portrait of the Pope and the Man by Ray Flynn
  • Theodore Roosevelt by Louis Auchincloss
  • Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy
  • The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly
  • The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
  • Seeds of the Word: Finding God In The Culture by Robert Barron
  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Robert Barron
  • The Seven Deadly Sins by Dr. Kevin Vost
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • What Is Marriage - Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George
  • Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor by Allen Hunt
  • Inferno by Dante
  • Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
  • Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists by Sebastian Mahfood
  • Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed the World (and Still Does) by Scott Hahn
  • Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales's Simple Approach to Holiness by Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S.
  • Meditations for Advent by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • The Rosary of Our Lady by Romano Guardini
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • New American Bible, Revised Edition

2014

  • Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design Edited by Wiley J. Larson and Linda K. Pranke
  • Lumen Fidei by Pope Francis
  • Dei Verbum
  • Lumen Gentium
  • Sacrosanctum Concilium
  • Foundations of Strength and Transform Your Habits by James Clear
  • Change by Design by Tim Brown and Barry Katz
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  • The Other by Ryszard Kapuściński
  • The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
  • The God of Jesus Christ by Joseph Ratzinger
  • Life Out of Death: Meditations on the Paschal Mystery by Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man by Henri de Lubac
  • The Wealth of Nations (Book I, Chapters I-VIII) by Adam Smith
  • Vipers' Tangle by François Mauriac
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae by Pope John Paul II
  • The Portal of the Mystery of Hope by Charles Péguy
  • In Good Company by James Martin, S.J.
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Idea of a University by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • For Better Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak
  • Evangelical Catholicism by George Weigel
  • Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  • The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II by Edward P. Hahnenberg
  • YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  • St. Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red by Fr. Godfrey Poage, C.P.
  • Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by J.E. Gordon
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Camerado, I Give You My Hand by Maura Poston Zagrans
  • Finding Darwin’s God by Kenneth R. Miller
  • Better by Atul Gawande
  • To Save a Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett A. Brannen
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • On Heaven and Earth by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka
  • Finding True Happiness by Fulton Sheen
  • The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Life of Service in a Mexican Jail by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand by Paul Kengor and Patricia Clark Doerner
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

2013

  • On China by Henry Kissinger
  • The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
  • My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ
  • Making All Things New by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won't Learn in College About How to be Successful by Michael Ellsberg
  • Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton
  • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
  • The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton by Dale Ahlquist
  • Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
  • Vocation of the Business Leader
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Getting It Right by Viva Barktus and Ed Conlon
  • The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan
  • Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
  • Seeking a Center: My Life as a "Great Bookie" by Otto Bird
  • Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
  • Holy Cross and Christian Education by Fr. James B. King, C.S.C.
  • No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton
  • St. Anselm's Proslogion
  • Navigating the Interior Life by Daniel Burke
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
  • The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, SJ
  • Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury
  • Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman
  • Breakthrough Marketing Plans by Tim Calkins
  • Grow by Focusing on What Matters by Joel E. Urbany and James H. Davis
  • When You Are an RCIA Sponsor by Rita burns Senseman
  • The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Rekindling the Fire: 9 Days with the Living Legacy of Basil Moreau by Joel Giallanza, C.S.C.
  • Ordinary Lives Extraordinary Mission by John R. Wood
  • Manalive by G.K. Chesterton
  • Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft
  • Seven Reasons Why a Scientist Believes in God by A. Cressy Morrison
  • Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course on Bible Study by Scott Hahn
  • Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

2012

  • Einstein by Walter Isaacson
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Warmth Disperses and Time Passes by Hans Christian Von Baeyer
  • Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering by Henry Petroski
  • Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story by Michael Collins
  • The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs by Stephen B. Johnson
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Life's Greatest Lessons by Hal Urban
  • The Existential Pleasures of Engineering by Samuel C. Florman
  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Frugal Cool: How to Get Rich Without Making Very Much Money by John F. Gaski
  • The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must by Robert Zurbin
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  • An Introduction to General Systems Thinking by Gerald M. Weinberg
  • The Truth About Confident Presenting by James O'Rourke
  • In the School of the Holy Spirit by Jacques Philippe
  • The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
  • Microeconomics for MBA's by Richard B McKenzie and Dwight R Lee
  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
  • The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
  • A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics by David A. Moss
  • The Information by James Gleick
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

2011

  • Doing the Truth in Love by Michael Himes
  • Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
  • Handbook of Model Rocketry by G. Harry Stine
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts
  • The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  • The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler
  • The Reverse of the Metal
  • Design of Aircraft by Thomas Corke
  • The Elements of Preliminary Aircraft Design by Roger Schaufele
  • What the CEO Wants You To Know by Ram Charan
  • Turning Point: The Inside Story of the Papal Birth Control Commission by Robert McClory
  • Why Choose the Liberal Arts? by Mark William Roche

2010

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • If You Really Loved Me by Jason Evert
  • The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
  • The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Evangelium Vitae: The Gospel of Life by John Paul II
  • Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
  • The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelley
  • A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt
  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • The Lamb's Supper by Scott Hahn
  • United States Catholic Catechism For Adults
  • Reasons To Believe: How To Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith by Scott Hahn
  • Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • An Introduction to Catholic Sacramental Theology by Alexandre Ganoczy
  • Confessions by St. Augustine
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2009

  • Stages of Faith by James Fowler
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
  • God, Country, Notre Dame by Theodore Hesburgh
  • Making the Most of College by Richard J. Light
  • Domers: A Year at Notre Dame by Kevin Coyne
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

2008

  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Othello by Shakespeare
  • Fences by August Wilson
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelley
  • The Seven Levels of Intimacy by Matthew Kelley
  • There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Rachel and Her Children by Jonathan Kozol
  • Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America's Eagle Scouts by Alvin Townley

2007

  • Utopia by Thomas More
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare
  • Kriegies, Caterpillars and Lucky Bastards by Glenn A. Stephens
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Tales of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twin
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
  • Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

2006

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Turned the Tide of World War II by Sam Moses
  • Medal of Honor by Peter Collier
  • Air Power: Heroes and Heroism in American Flight Missions 1916 to Today by Bill Gilbert
  • It Doesn't Take A Hero by Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  • Beowulf
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

2005 (and before)

  • Voyager: The Flying Adventure of a Lifetime by Jeana Yeager & Dick Rutan
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson
  • The Small Back Room by Nigel Balchin
  • The Dambusters Raid by John Sweetman
  • The Battle of Britain by James Lucas
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
  • Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

Some Reading Quotes

Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
—Winston S. Churchill1

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
—Jane Austen2

A book is a way of connecting with another person’s mind.
—Dr. Peter Kreeft3

Wide reading does two things - it extends knowledge and it adjusts the judgment.
—Gerard Manley Hopkins4

Ultimately, only a great diet of excellent reading material can sustain a long and happy life.”
—Ben Sasse5

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and
digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
—Francis Bacon6

Make books your treasures and bookshelves your gardens of delight.
—Judah ibn Tibbon7

Can a dwelling place without books ever truly be a home?
—Michael D. O’Brien8


  1. Winston S. Churchill, Painting as a Pastime (New York: Cornerstone Library Publications, 1965), 11. 

  2. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (New York: The Modern Library, 2000), 41. 

  3. Dr. Peter Kreeft, “The 10 Books Nobody Should Be Allowed to Die Without Reading”, Delivered at Immaculata Classical Academy, December 3, 2017. 

  4. Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins (New York: Penguin Books, 1963), 210. (in a letter to Robert Bridges) 

  5. Ben Sasse, The Vanishing American Adult (New York: St. Martin’s, 2017), 241. 

  6. Francis Bacon, "Of Studies", 1625. 

  7. 12th century Judaic scholar Judah ibn Tibbon, quoted in David Sax, The Revenge of Analog (New York: Perscus Books, 2016), 121. 

  8. Michael D. O’Brien, The Island of the World (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2007), 777. 


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