I wanted to share with all of you some amazing books I have read over the past few years that I think many of you would enjoy. I decided to start keeping a log of my reading list when I began in earnest to write my book near the end of 2012. I read everything I could get my hands on about How to be a Writer, and one tip that kept coming up again and again was that writers read A LOT! Well, I take training seriously, so if I wanted to be a writer, I had to read more.
I read fifteen books in 2013, and thirty-nine last year, but I decided to up the ante for 2015 and set a new reading challenge. The challenge was to read fifty books in one year. One of the minimal perks to our neighborhood is that we live a few blocks away from a public library. I have enjoyed many an afternoon trolling the aisles of our local Biblioteca searching for as many free reads as my arms could carry. Therefore, I knew with some fortitude and diligence I could accomplish this goal with out bleeding our bank account. I kicked off my challenge on the first Monday of the year, January 5th. Guess what? I read my first fifty by the middle of July.
Moreover, I know that reading has in fact done wonders for my writing, even though it has obliterated my television knowledge. Oh, well. I will take words on a page over a screen blaring at my eyeballs any day of the week.
As promised, following is a list of my favorite recent reads organized in categories.
The Secret Race: Inside The Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs.
Authors: Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
Run Or Die
Author: Kilian Jornet
David and Goliath
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Author: Daniel Pink
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
Author: Carmine Gallo
Author: Steven Pressman
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
Author: Tim Grover
Author: Kristen Armstrong
Author: Rich Roll
Running And Being
Author: George Sheehan
What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love
Author: Carole Radziwill
Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America
Author: Marshall Ulrich
The Summit Seeker
Author: Vanessa Runs
Going Off Script
Author: Giuliana Rancic
Author: Jennifer Lopez
A Bloody Valentine
Author: Anthony Bourdain
Author: Joe Bastianich
My Foot Is Too Big For the Glass Slipper
Author: Gabrielle Reece
This Is A Story of a Happy Marriage
Author: Ann Patchett
The Big Tiny: A Built It myself Memoir
Author: Dee Williams
Why Not Me?
Author: mindy Kaling
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself
Author: Jen kirkman
Uganda to be Kidding Me
Author: Chelsea Handler (All of her books are hysterical!)
Author: Amy Poehler
The Andy Cohen Diaries
Author: Andy Cohen
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author: David Sedaris
Man Made: In Which a Dad Learns To Be A Man For His Son
Author: Joel Stein
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying
Author: Carol Leifer
I Such At Relations So You Don’t Have To
Author: Bethany Frankel
Author: Tina Fey
If this feature is a hit, I will follow up with more of my top picks.