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 Life…William Finnegan
2. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America...Patrick Phillips
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
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