Kari’s Book Wish List


About 2 years ago I rekindled my love for reading. I needed to stimulate my brain in ways I wasn’t getting elsewhere. Since then, I’ve created a list of all the books I wish to read and the list has grown exponentially. Sometimes I get asked for book recommendations and based off what I know about the person I recommend something from the list. I’m posting this here so if you’re looking for ideas there may be something on the list for you.

The other reason I’m doing this list is because I only had it on my phones notes app. When I finished reading a book I would just delete the text and I felt like I wasn’t making any progress on this list. So instead, here I can just cross off titles. Unfortunately there is no way my brain remembers all of the books I read and deleted off the list before posting it here. I did my best. As you’ll see I’ve made quite a dent in “would be interesting to read” but not in the other areas. I need to do better. So without further delay the list of books that I wish to read, categorized by topic:

Update: I’ve gone and linked any book reviews I’ve written. Click on the title and the blog post will open in another tab.


Year of Yes-Shonda Rhymes

The Happiness Project- Gretchen Rubin

The Means and Manner of Obtaining Virtue-Benjamin Franklin

Self-Reliance- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Secret- Rhonda Byrne

The Big Life- Ann Shoket

Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert

The Power Of Now- Eckhart Tolle

Getting Things Done- David Allen

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger-Michael Matthews

Wired To Create- Scott Barry Kaufman

I Know How She Does It- Laura Vanderkam

The Perfect Fit Diet-Lisa Sanders

The Dip- Seth Godin


Elements of Style-William Strunk Jr.

Other Career

Crack the Coding Interview- Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World-Reshma Saujani

Overcoming Adversity

The Psychology of Self Esteem- Nathaniel Braden

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond-Laurie Hernandez

Black Dove-Ana Castillo

Around the Way Girl-Taraji P Henson

Bouncing Back -Dr. Ronald L. Mann

David and Goliath- Malcolm Gladwell

Quiet- Susan Cain

Courage to Soar- Simone Biles

A House of My Own-Sandra Cisneros

Grit- Angela Duckworth

Yo Soy La Hija De Mi Padre: Una Vida Sin Secretos- Maria Elena Salinas


How Children Succeed- Paul Tough

How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk- Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Raising Boys Without Men- Peggy Drexler

Rattled- Christine Coppa

Do Parents Matter- Robert A. Levine & Sarah Levine

Opting in: Having A Child Without Losing Yourself- Amy Richards

Odd Girl Out-Rachel Simmons

Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion- Daniel Paisner and Dick Franklin

Blessings of a skinned knee- Wendy Mogel

Voice Lessons- Wendy Mogel


Influence: The Power of Persuasion-Robert B. Cialdini

Leadership 101: John C. Maxwell

Never Eat Alone-Keith Ferrazzi

Made in America- Sam Walton

Self Made- Nely Galan

Choose Yourself- James Altucher

The Snowball- Alice Schroeder

The Challenger Sale- Matthew Dixon

Will it Fly- Pat Flynn

How to Master the Art of Selling-Tom Hopkins

E myth- Michael Gerber

Shoe Dog- Phil Knight

Business Adventures- John Brooks

Split The Difference- Chris Voss

Personal Finance

Rich Dad Poor Dad-Robert Kiyosaki

The Total Money Makeover- Dave Ramsey

Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill

The Intelligent Investor-Benjamin Graham

The Interpretation of Financial Statements- Benjamin Graham and Spencer B. Meredith

Security Analysis- Benjamin Graham

Expectations Investing- Alfred Rappaport

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits- Phillip Fisher

One up on Wall street – Peter lynch

Beating the Street- Peter Lynch

The Laws of Wealth; Psychology and the Secret to Success- Dr. Daniel Crosby

Becoming a Better Feminist

Bad Feminist- Roxanne Gay

The Gutsy Girl- Caroline Paul

The Guy’s Guide to Feminism-Michael Kaufman & Michael Kimmel

We Should All Be Feminists-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What Will It Take To Make a Woman President?- Mariannne Schnall

The Purity Myth- Jessica Valenti

The Feminine Mystique-Betty Friednan

Spinster-Kate Bolick

All The Single Ladies- Rebecca Traister

Neutered Mother, the sexual family and other 20th century tragedies- Martha Fineman

Dead Feminists- Chandler O’Leary

Why Have Kids- Jessica Valenti

Postcards From The Edge- Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist- Carrie Fisher

Beloved- Toni Morrison

Social Justice

Letters From a Birmingham Jail- Martin Luther King Jr.

Gang Leader For a Day- Sudhir Venkatesh

Sister Citizen- Melissa Harris Perry

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot

Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption-Bryan Stevenson

Islamophobia- Deepa Kumar

No One is Illegal- Justin Akers Chacon

101 changemakers: Rebels and Radicals who Changed US History

Palante- Young Lords Party

Chinese Los Angeles in 1870-1871 the makings of a massacre- Scott Zesch

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of The United States- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Who speaks for Islam? What a billion muslims really think- John L. Esposito

Citizen- Claudia Rankine

How Does it Feel to be a Problem? Moustafa Bayoumi

I Rigoberta Menchu- Rigoberta Menchu

No More Heroes-Jordan Flaherty

Paying the Price- Sarah Goldrick

The Grim Sleeper-Christine Pelisek

Borderlands: La Frontera- Gloria Anzaldúa

Would be interesting to read:

A Raisin in the Sun-Lorraine Hansberry

The Scarlet Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell

Freakonomics-Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubnet

Big Little Lies- Liane Moriarty

Bossy Pants- Tina Fey

Yes Please- Amy Poehler

The Sports Gene- David Epstein

How to Be Single- Liz Tuccillo

Go Set A Watchman- Harper Lee

The Alchemist-Paulo Coelho

The Mothers: Brit Bennett

Dear Mr You- Mary Louise Parker

Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts

Narconomics- Tom Wainwright

Love, Loss & What We Ate- Padma Lakshmi

Marching Powder- Rusty Young

Common Sense- Thomas Paine

Half of a Yellow Sun- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Inferno- Dante Alighieri

Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan

The Federalist Papers-Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

National Security Mom- Gina M Bennett

I’m Judging You- Luvvie Ajayi

Rich People Things- Chris Lehmann

The princess saves herself in this one -Amanda Lovelace

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes and Privateers Who Rules the Seven Seas-Laura Sook Duncombe

Of love and shadows – Isabel Allende

The House of spirits – Isabel Allende

Becoming – Michelle Obama


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