1. The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown
This wonderful book is about the U.S. rowing crew from the University of Washington and their journey entering the 1936 Olympics. It’s beautifully told. I love non-fiction books in novel form.
2. The Wisdom of the Enneagram
by Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson
This is a wonderful starter book about the nine personality types of the enneagram. It is very thorough and readable, both in helping you discover your type (I’m fairly certain I’m a Type 1) as well as giving you insights on how to use this knowledge to identify your specific strengths, weaknesses, fears, desires, etc.
3. The Blessing of Humility
Walk Within Your Calling
by Jerry Bridges
Don’t we love to see humility in a person? But it’s so hard to practice in ourselves. Jerry Bridges uses the Beatitudes to show us patterns of humility we can imitate.
4. Life Path
Personal and Spiritual Growth through Journal Writing
by Luci Shaw
If you need motivation to keep a journal, this book will do it for you. Lucy Shaw shares examples from her own journals, gives you reasons to write yourself, and suggests many exercises to try. Life Path was the May selection for the Red Couch Book Club, and an excellent choice it was. Next up: I Am Malala.
The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin
I chose this because I’m reading Newbery Honor Books this year from the 2010s (this one is a 2013 winner). And what a treasure I uncovered. It’s the history of the race to build the atomic bomb. It includes drama, science, spy tales, photos, and more. (I’m not sure why it’s considered a children’s book though; the material was complicated, albeit explained well.)
6. Understanding Exposure
How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
by Bryan Peterson
In a revised edition of this classic book, Peterson explains how to shoot better pictures by understanding exposure. It contains striking examples and exercises to try yourself. I’ve been a slower learner to understanding how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture work together, but I think I’m finally getting it.
by Jane Austen
This is a beautiful story, beautifully told by Jane Austen, of 27-yr-old Anne Elliot, her family, and their acquaintances and love lives, in and out of Kellynch Hall. Why did I wait so long to read this novel? I loved it.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
by Tina Fey
- The Day the Angels Fell
by Shawn Smucker
- The Words of Gandhi
compiled by Richard Attenborough
- Entering the Castle
by Caroline Myss
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- On the Blog – May 2016