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.


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
  • New American Bible, Revised Edition: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts of the Apostles, Revelation, Job...

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
  • 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

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