This is a non-exhaustive list of books I have recently read. See inspirational links below on why reading (particularly books) is critical to personal growth, empathy, child development, and temperance.



Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed. Tilman Fertitta. 2019. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Man for all Seasons. Robert Bolt. 1990. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Thirst: a Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World. Scott Harrison, founder & CEO of charity: water. 2018. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile. 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Brené Brown. 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. Cal Newport. 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meditations. Aurelius, Marcus. 180 A.D. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth. Dr. Brad Blanton. 2005. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Miguel Ruiz. 2001. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves: Transforming parent-child relationships from reaction and struggle to freedom, power and joy. Naomi Aldort. 2006. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: Guidance on the Path to Mindfulness from a Spiritual Leader. Haemin Sunim. 2012. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Marshall B. Rosenberg. 2003. ☮️☮️☮️


Essays in Love. Alain de Botton. 1993. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Articles about Reading

Below are some of my inspirational links below on why reading (particularly books) is critical to personal growth, empathy, child development, and temperance:

Quotes about Reading

A few of my favorite and, often recited, quotes on the topic of reading:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” — George R.R. Martin

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” — Joseph Addison

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” — John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.” — Ben Okri

Videos about Reading

Irony. But maybe a video can inspire temporarily, especially for those that struggle even reading the above. The sound of the human voice has power, too.