There is so much wisdom to be gained from reading about the most successful people throughout history.Reading other people’s success stories and taking an interest in what other people have achieved inspires us to try new things and look at things from a different perspective.

The story of someone else’s ups and downs in life can help you personally evaluate certain things about your own life and make some serious decisions.

This year I made a personal goal of reading books from a book list that I compiled, based on historical biographies.

Making a book list and mapping out your reading goals such as I have done here  is important for the following four reasons…
 
1.  You’ll Be a Better Steward of Your Reading Time...Time is one of our greatest resources, but there’s simply not enough time in this life to read every single book in any given library. Planning your reading will help you choose the books that you do invest your time reading more wisely.

2.  You’ll Become a Better Writer…One of the biggest reasons why writers should read more, and better, books is to become better writers themselves.

3.  You’ll Read Better Books…Planning your reading helps you think of books beyond your normal perspective and preferences.

4.  You’ll Read More Books…If you plan your reading, you’re pretty much guaranteed to read more than you did last year. Taking the time to pick out twenty to fifty books you really want to read creates excitement and anticipation. 

    Join me on the Muffins and Magnolias Book Club on the My Book Club  for my book list and book reviews…or feel free simply to browse the bookshelf…

        
      1.  Barbarian Days: A Surfing LifeWilliam Finnegan 

       

      2.  Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America...Patrick Phillips  

      3.  Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today…Simon Morrison 

        

      4.  Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America...T.J. Stiles

        

      5.  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City…Matthew Desmond
        

      6.  First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies...Kate Andersen Brower

        

       7.  Get in Trouble: Stories…Kelly Link 

       

      8.  Gloria… Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
        

      9.  Hamilton: The Revolution… Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCartey 

       

      10.  Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill...Candice Millard 

       

      11.  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 

       

      12.  Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies…Ross King
        
      13.  Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War... Brian Matthew Jordan 

        
      14.  Maud’s Line..Margaret Verble 

       

      15.  Moonglow…Michael Chabon

        


      16.  Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes...Paul Staiti

        



      17.  Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva…Rosemary Sullivan
        
      18.  Swing Time..Zadie Smith

        

        19.  Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor... James M. Scott 

          
        20.  The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship…: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice…Patricia Bell-Scott
          
        21.  The Humans...Stephen Karam

         

         22.  The Light of the World: A Memoir...Elizabeth Alexander
          
        23. The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency. ..Annie Jacobsen 
          
        24.  The Sympathizer...Viet Thanh Nguyen

         
        25.  The Underground Railroad...Colson Whitehead  26.  The Wright Brothers…David McCullough

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