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.


2020

  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Lord of the World: A Novel by Robert Hugh Benson
  • The Word on Fire Bible: Volume I - The Gospels
  • After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre
  • The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies
  • The Hanging God by James Matthew Wilson
  • The History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium by James Hitchcock
  • Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr Donald Calloway
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput
  • On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer by Antonin Scalia, edited by Christopher J. Scalia & Edward Whelan
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid
  • An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels by Fr. Gabriele Amorth
  • The Aquinas Prayer Book: The Prayers and Hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas by St. Thomas Aquinas, edited by Robert Anderson & Johannes Moser
  • Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less by Michael Hyatt
  • Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know by Jamie Glowacki
  • Listen To The Silence: A Retreat With Père Jacques by Pére Jacques, translated by Francis J. Murphy
  • Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
  • Pére Jacques by Michael Carrouges
  • Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger
  • The Dark Night by St. John of the Cross
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
  • The Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle by Michael Stephenson
  • Workshops: Expert advice for designing a great woodshop in any space by Editors of Fine Woodworking
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein
  • The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny by William Strauss & Neil Howe
  • Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Seacoast Fortifications of the United States: An Introductory History by Emanuel Raymond Lewis
  • Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  • The Birth-Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • "Shorting Home Equity Mezzanine Tranches" by Greg Lippmann
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  • Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  • "So Long as I Can Read": Farm Women's Reading Experiences in Depression-Era South Dakota by Lisa Lindell
  • Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Working Wood: A Complete Bench-Top Reference by Jim Tolpin
  • Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael D. O'Brien
  • Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco: The Apostle of Youth by St. John Bosco
  • The Divine Favors Granted to St. Joseph by Pere Binet
  • The Minimalist Woodworker: Essential Tools and Smart Shop Ideas for Building with Less by Vic Tesolin
  • Common Trees of Ohio by Joseph Illick
  • The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees: The Ash in Human Culture and History by Robert Penn
  • Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke
  • Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman
  • On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The 35 Doctors of the Church by Fr. Christopher Rengers O.F.M.Cap. and Matthew E Bunson
  • Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester
  • The Odyssey by Homer, translated by W. H. D. Rouse
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • The Family & the New Totalitarianism by Michael D. O'Brien
  • A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte
  • Manual for Eucharistic Adoration by The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration & Paul Thigpen

2019

  • Bible: Second Catholic Edition RSV (Mark, Luke, Matthew, John, Acts, Song of Songs, Daniel)
  • Walking: One Step At a Time by Erling Kagge
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • How to Raise Good Catholic Children by Mary Reed Newland
  • Centesimus Annus by Pope John Paul II
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Complete Book of Woodworking by Tom Carpenter & Mark Johanson
  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
  • Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle
  • Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964 by William Manchester
  • Saint John Bosco by F. A. Forbes
  • Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II
  • Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait by Fr. Francesco Napolitano
  • The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • The Love That Keeps Us Sane: Living the Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux by Marc Foley, O.C.D.
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  • Property & Casualty Insurance Primer by Cliff Gallant et al. (KBW)
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Son by Lois Lowry
  • John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father by Peggy Noonan
  • Messenger by Lois Lowry
  • The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest by John Gerard, S.J.
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Machine Learning: The High-Interest Credit Card of Technical Debt by D. Sculley et al.
  • Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by J. E. Gordon
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • The Way of a Pilgrim edited by G. P. Fedotov
  • "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  • The Rule of Saint Augustine by St. Augustine (introduction and commentary by Tarsicius J. Van Bavel, OSA)
  • The Rule of St. Benedict in English by St. Benedict (edited by Timothy Fry, O.S.B.)
  • How to Make a Good Confession: A Pocket Guide to Reconciliation with God by John A. Kane
  • Edith Stein: Essential Writings by Edith Stein (selected by John Sullivan, OCD)
  • Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter
  • Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals by Robert Barron
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
  • "Forget Not Love": The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe by André Frossard
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • A Plan of Life by Joseph M. Muntadas
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Into the Rising Sun: World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat by Patrick K. O'Donnell
  • The Servile State by Hilaire Belloc
  • Successful Fathers: The Subtle but Powerful Ways Fathers Mold Their Children's Characters by James B. Stenson
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  • Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity--What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves by Christian Rudder
  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
  • Saint Anthony of Padua: Our Franciscan Friend edited by Cassian A. Miles, O.F.M.
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
  • Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer and August Cole
  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
  • Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last in a World That Is Falling Apart by C. R. Wiley
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940 by William Manchester
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: from the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Pope Benedict XVI
  • The Jeweler's Shop by Karol Wojtyla
  • The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah
  • Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot by Jay Richards & Jonathan Witt
  • Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge & Michael S. Erwin
  • The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Walking by Henry David Thoreau
  • Negotiating Your Salary by Jack Chapman
  • The Red Bandanna: A life. A choice. A Legacy. by Tom Rinaldi
  • The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton & Leila Lawler
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
  • Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake by Frank Abagnale Jr. & Stan Redding
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich
  • Men in Green Faces: A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs by Gene Wentz
  • How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life by J. J. Luna
  • The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin Mitnick
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr
  • Thomas Aquinas in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
  • A Shorter Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica by Peter Kreeft
  • The Power of Zero, Revised and Updated: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket and Transform Your Retirement by David McKnight
  • Washington: A Life (Abridged) by Ron Chernow

2018

  • New American Bible, Revised Edition (Luke, Mark, Matthew, John, Daniel)
  • The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life by Charles Murray
  • The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
  • 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know by Terry Glaspey
  • No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy Seal by Mark Owen
  • The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning by Simcha Fisher
  • Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth by John Doerr
  • Start Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them by Garrett Sutton
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen
  • Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle
  • Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God by Daniel Burke
  • Loopholes of Real Estate by Garrett Sutton
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
  • The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch
  • 50 Money-Saving Tips for Every Landlord: A Practical Guide to Maintaining Short-Term Rental Properties by Mike McLean
  • Foreclosure Investing For Dummies by Ralph R. Roberts
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
  • How to Get Started in Real Estate by Robert Irwin
  • Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Making Room for God: Decluttering and the Spiritual Life by Mary Elizabeth Sperry
  • The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture by Haley Stewart
  • Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
  • Commercial Real Estate Investing by Dolf de Roos
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life by Noble Smith and Peter S. Beagle
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Iliad by Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford
  • The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath by Nicco Mele
  • The Practice of the Presence of God (Paraclete Essentials) by Brother Lawrence & Hal M. Helms (Editor), Robert J. Edmonson (Translator)
  • The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (#1) by C. S. Forester
  • Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  • From Islam to Christ by Derya Little
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners by Jonathan Franklin
  • Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by William Manchester
  • A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry
  • Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections by Stephen Biesty & Richard Platt
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Honey for a Child's Heart (Fourth Edition) by Gladys Hunt
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI
  • The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World by John Davies and Alexander J. Kent
  • Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen
  • Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly
  • Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting by Matt Coyne
  • Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman
  • The Island of the World by Michael D. O'Brien
  • The Constitution of Ireland by
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
  • "Greenleaf" and "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor
  • Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On by Christine Benvenuto
  • A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
  • Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today's World by Pope Francis
  • When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment by Ryan T. Anderson
  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
  • Consuming the Word: The New Testament and The Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science by Kieran Healy
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  • Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
  • The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems . . . and Create More by Luke Dormehl
  • Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie A. Perlow
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • American House Styles: A Concise Guide by John Milnes Baker, A.I.A.
  • The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax
  • Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World by Tyler Cowen
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
  • Modern Physics and Ancient Faith by Stephen M. Barr
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
  • Silence In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Biostatistics for Dummies by John C. Pezzullo, PhD
  • Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • The Pleasures of Counting by T.W. Körner
  • Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease by Jeanette Farrell
  • Epidemiologist by Nel Yomtov
  • How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D.

2017

  • New American Bible, Revised Edition (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts of the Apostles, Revelation, Job, Isaiah, Wisdom, Matthew, James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude)
  • Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality by Andrew Sullivan
  • Meditations for Advent by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
  • Deadliest Sea: The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guard History by Kalee Thompson
  • The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  • Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins
  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
  • Painting as a Pastime by Winston S. Churchill
  • A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip W. Keller
  • The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
  • Some Permanent Things by James Matthew Wilson
  • A Geography of Ireland by O.J.R. Howarth
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose by selected and edited by W.H. Gardner
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
  • Master Builders of the Middle Ages by David Jacobs
  • Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and rew McAfee
  • Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmark
  • The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford
  • Till We Have Faves: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis
  • The World's Great Catholic Literature edited by George N. Shuster
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Mark Tegmark
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Things I Wish I’d Know Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman
  • Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan T. Anderson
  • The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor
  • The Will to Climb by Ed Viesturs
  • Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric by Ward Farnsworth
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
  • Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
  • Aristotle for Everybody by Mortimer J. Adler
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates: Apology, Phaedo by Plato
  • The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages by Scott Hahn
  • Saint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis by Michael J. Ruszala
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri by James A. Michener
  • Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Pope John Paul II
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • 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 Sale of a Lifetime: How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017-2019 Can Make You Rich by Harry S. Dent, Jr.
  • Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands
  • The Fortunes of Poetry in and Age of Unmaking by James Matthew Wilson
  • Poetry as Prayer: Jessica Powers by Robert F. Morneau
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One by Thomas Sowell
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities by James Turner
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday
  • Airport by Arthur Hailey
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
  • Salary Tutor by Jim Hopkinson
  • Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
  • Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Dick Winters
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Conversations with Major Dick Winters by Cole C. Kingseed
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Tidy Data (Journal of Statistical Software) by Hadley Wickham
  • Just Married by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World by Adam Grant
  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla by Marc J. Seifer
  • The Shadow of His Wings (Abridged) by Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM
  • The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom
  • The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers
  • City of God by St. Augustine
  • The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rob Dreher
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput
  • Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen
  • The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster by John Konrad & Tom Shroder
  • Highest Duty by Chesley B. Sullenberger
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres Cathedral by Philip Ball
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became odore Roosevelt by David McCullough
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Legacy by James Kerr
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
  • Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005 (and before)

  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  • Press on! by Chuck Yeager
  • That Others May Live: The True Story of a PJ, a Member of America's Most Daring Rescue Force by Pete Nelson and Jack Brehm
  • Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
  • The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Battle of Britain by James Lucas
  • The Dambusters Raid by John Sweetman
  • The Small Back Room by Nigel Balchin
  • Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Brian's Hunt by Gary Paulsen
  • Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen
  • Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen
  • The River by Gary Paulsen
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Voyager: The Flying Adventure of a Lifetime by Jeana Yeager & Dick Rutan

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

If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or, as it were, fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on their shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you will at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances.
—Winston S. Churchill9

Reading should help us to pray by concentrating our attention.
—Robert Cardinal Sarah10

What matters is that it is your library, invested with your intellectual capital, and serves as a garden of the mind to which you can return again and again.
—James Mattis11

Bring in the books, let every man have a week away inside the world of a book. If the mind could open the heart would follow.
—Anthony Ray Hinton12

As for me, with the exception of the Gospels, I no longer find anything in books. The Gospels are enough.
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux13

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore professore dottore Eco, what a library you have! How many of these books have you read?” and the others—a very small minority—who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb14

Let the floor go unswept if necessary; simplify your meals; but make time for reading, studying and thinking.
—South Dakota Farmer15

No other purchase of that far-off day is even remembered, but the little book still remains a treasured possession read over and over. It is only one of many that have given me a great deal of pleasure in the years gone by and will continue to do so as long as I live.
—South Dakota Farmer16

I don’t want to sound pretentious but I don’t understand people who don’t have books.
—Emmanuel de Bayser17

I cannot live without a library, and I cannot live without a garden. A garden is where we negotiate with nature—a place between the wild and the tame—and a library is where we confront everything.
—Vik Muniz18

There’s more to life than books, you know. But not much more.
—Coralie Bickford-Smith19


  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. 

  9. Winston Churchill, quoted in William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1983), 31. 

  10. Robert Cardinal Sarah, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2017), 31. 

  11. Adm. James Stavridis & R. Manning Ancell, The Leader’s Bookshelf (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2017), 249. 

  12. Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018), 153. 

  13. Fr. Christopher Rengers O.F.M.Cap., The 35 Doctors of the Church (Charlotte: TAN Books, 2014), 699. 

  14. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan (New York: Random House, 2007), 1. 

  15. Lindell, Lisa R. “‘So Long as I Can Read’: Farm Women’s Reading Experiences in Depression-Era South Dakota.” Agricultural History, vol. 83, no. 4, 2009, pp. 503–527. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40607531. Accessed 7 May 2020. 

  16. Lindell, Lisa R. “‘So Long as I Can Read’: Farm Women’s Reading Experiences in Depression-Era South Dakota.” Agricultural History, vol. 83, no. 4, 2009, pp. 503–527. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40607531. Accessed 7 May 2020.

    Also this one: “How many, many times I have been asked, ‘Don’t you get terribly lonely out there, so far from town, so isolated?’ And always my answer has been, ‘Never, so long as I can read!’” 

  17. Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle (New York: Random House, 2019), 59. 

  18. Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle (New York: Random House, 2019), 99. 

  19. Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle (New York: Random House, 2019), 205.