Buddy’s 2017 Reading List


These are books that I have read or am reading this year, along with a comment or two from time to time.  Add a comment about these books or recommend a book for me to read!

Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson  – This is a great read for all parents and one that I pick up and review nearly every year.

The 36 Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace, MA and Peter V. Rabins, MD- A family guide for caring for older adults, especially parents.

Dearest Friend by Lynne Withey. – Bestseller.  Life of Abigail Adams.  The second First Lady of the United States.

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne – Bestseller.  About the last chief of the Comanche Plains Indians.

The Rape of Nanking – The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang.  NY Times Bestseller.  I learned so much about this absolute atrocity that is all too much under-reported in our history books.  Written 20 years ago but still worth the read. Recommend.

A Bittersweet Season – Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves by Jane Gross.

Washington – A Life by Ron Chernow.  Best Seller and Pulitzer Prize Winner for a reason.  Recommend.

Undaunted Courage: Merriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose.  Very good.  A bit of a difficult read because much of the text contained journal passages from the expedition which were filled with strange spellings and punctuation.  But overall very informative.  Recommend.

Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West by Ethan Rarick.  Not bad.  Quick read.  Some interesting descriptions of the journey.

Truman by David McCullough.  I learned so much that I didn’t know about President Truman.  Recommend.

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by  Doris Kearns Goodwin.    Really good book.  Interweaves the lives of Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft as well as instrumental people in the press of the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Recommend.

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough.  Interesting read about Teddy Roosevelt’s family and early life.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.  An interesting take on getting older and the decisions that all of us must make about dying with dignity.  Recommend.

Nothing Like It in the Word: the Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose.  I really liked this book.  Learned a ton and it tells a great story about American strength, persistence and ingenuity.  Recommend.

Truman by David McCullough.  Pulitzer Prize Winner.  Great biography as McCullough’s books always are.  It is long though – over 1,000 pages so goes into a lot of detail that only the person who really loves biographies will enjoy.  Recommend (if you love biography).

Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas.  One of the best biographies I’ve ever read.  And, I learned a lot about Walt that I hadn’t known.  Recommend.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.  My daughter was assigned this at school and it had been awhile since I read any Shakespeare, so I dove right in.  Always a great story whenever you read any Shakespeare.  Recommend.

Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees.  I’ve read a lot about this time in history, but the details contained in this book are horrifying.

Letters to Pastors by Ron Walters.  Fifty short devotions directed to pastors.  Interesting stories.

If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas.  Thoughts on American liberty and its future.

World Changers: Live to Serve by Bob Beltz.  About the life of William Wilberforce.

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose.  Watch the HBO mini-series by Tom Hanks first.  It will help make this book even more enjoyable to be able to picture the scenes and characters even more vividly.

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baier.  Good, quick read.  Recommend.

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climatic Battle of WW II by Stephen Ambrose.  Ambrose’s books are always great.  Recommend.

Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly – I learned a lot.  Good read.  Recommend.

American Spring: Lexington, Concord and the Road to Revolution by Walter R. Borneman

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis – Pulitzer Prize winner.  Good book.  Recommend.

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allisson

1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History by Jay Winik – Interesting style.  Lots of personal stories of people impacted by, and part of, the war.  Recommend.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – I saw a lot of my extended family’s history in this.

The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton

The Bible by God.  Recommend.