101 Books to Read

One of the items on my bucket list was to create a list of 100 books I want to read and read them. The folowing is the first part of the item. As I read them, I will mark them off in purple rate them and write a short review

  1. Childless revolution – Cain – 5/5 – I cannot praise this book enough! I have already recommended it to many of my girlfriends! It cemented what I already felt about childbearing and helped me with ways of talking to people about the subject – great statistics & easy to read!
  2. Diarios de Motocicleta – Che Guevara (en Espanol)
  3. The Pilgrimage – Paolo Coelho
  4. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter – Vargas Llosa – 4/5 – I loved how this book was written as part radio serial and part narrative. Parts of it had me laughing out loud
  5. iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life 1/5 – this book was more about the author, unfortunately than about overconsumption
  6. Emotional intelligence – Goleman – 4.5/5 -Everyone should read this! It’s a little dense at times, but completely worth it. The basic premise is that Emotional Intelligence (i.e. identifying and handling emotions, interpersonal interactions, etc) is often more important than intellectual intelligence. My copy is marked and highlighted!
  7. Don’t G0 – Lisa Scottoline – 4/5 I really enjoyed this book and finished it quickly. It’s about a military husband dealing with the loss of his wife
  8. A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants –Baggarly L
  9. You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan for Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want – Janine Driver L
  10. Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir – by Franz Wisner 4/5 – the author makes lemonade out of a potential mid-life crisis, uses it to travel the world with his brother, and shows how travel can heal
  11. A Brief History of Anxiety…Yours and Mine – by Patricia Pearson
  12. A Child Called It – Pelzer 4/5 pretty powerful book about child abuse and the man who overcame it
  13. Migrations to Solitude: The Quest for Privacy in a Crowded World – Sue Halpern
  14. Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America’s Premier Mental Hospital – Beam
  15. 100 Things Giants Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die -Chastain
  16. Veronika Decides to Die – Paolo Coelho L
  17. Witch of Portobello – Paolo Coelho L
  18. Wild – Cheryl Strayed 4/5 – great book about a woman who decided to keep herself sane by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail – alone.
  19. La Casa en Calle Mango – (en Espanol)
  20. News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez L
  21. 100 Years of Solitude – GGM L
  22. Dance of Anger- Lerner 4/5 great insight on dealing with anger as a natural emotion. Society shys away from it as a bad thing, but it’s there for a reason
  23. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado
  24. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  25. The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
  26. Olga: Revolutionary and Martyr by Fernando Morais
  27. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
  28. Warrior of the Light – Coelho (next time you read Alchemist again)
  29. Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Health System 4/5 
  30. The Travels of Ibn Battuta: in the Near East, Asia and Africa, 1325-1354
  31. Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
  32. One More Day Everywhere: Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding – Glen Heggstad
  33. My Mother’s Keeper: A Daughter’s Memoir Of Growing Up In The Shadow Of Schizophrenia – Holley
  34. Henry’s Demons – Cockburn – Schizophrenia is so little understood and this touching memoir provides a look inside a family affected by the illness.
  35. Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo – Whitman – 3/5 – some good tips for women on safety and how to make the most of your trip – most of them are pretty common sense
  36. Three weeks with my brother – 3/5 I enjoyed the travel bits of this memoir about Nicholas Sparks on a RTW trip with his brother, but thought he delved a but too much into his childhood
  37. Motivational Interviewing
  38. La Fiesta Del Chivo/The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
  39. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld
  40. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran
  41. Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings
  42. Death in the Andes – Llosa
  43. Lost Memory of Skin – Banks
  44. Geography of Bliss – Weiner – 4/5 – though I believe parts of this book could be condensed, it was still an interesting read of his experiment with what brings people happiness around the world.
  45. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared M. Diamond – It was too dense for me, but I learned a bit & there are some very interesting facts regarding lesser studied populations
  46. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific J. Maarten Troost – 4.5/5 – the author is hilarious and recounts his years spend in Kiribati – explaining through stories that will make you giggle what life is like on one of the least visited islands in the world
  47. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  48. The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
  49. Salt: A World History Mark Kurlansky
  50. Spice: The History of a Temptation  Jack Turner
  51. A History of the World in 6 Glasses  Tom Standage
  52. When the air hits your Brain: Tales From Neurosurgery – Frank Vertosick
  53. Forgive for Good – Luskin – 5/5 – great advice on how to free yourself from holding grievances without saying that what was done was okay. Luskin backs his advice up with various studies which show the benefits of forgiveness, for example: better health! This changed my relationships!
  54. Social Intelligence – Goleman
  55. Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves
  56. Child Of The Dark: The Diary Of Carolina Maria De Jesus
  57. The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival Alicia Partnoy
  58. Confessions Of An Argentine Dirty Warrior: A Firsthand Account Of Atrocity – HoracioVerbitsky
  59. Don’t Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart: The Story of Elvia Alvarado
  60. Take Me with You: A Memoir Carlos Frías
  61. Wanderer Sterling Hayden
  62. Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure…and Somehow Got Home in Time To Cook Dinner Pamela Madsen
  63. Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth John Hubner
  64. Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories From Red People Memory -Tingle
  65. The Difference a Day Makes: 365 Ways to Change Your World in Just 24 Hours by Karen M. Jones
  66. The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo
  67. The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
  68. Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons the Oprah Magazine
  69. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know – Horowitz
  70. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell L
  71. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  72. Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
  73. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
  74. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle
  75. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  76. Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez -Howard Campbell
  77. January First – Schofield 4/5 a book about a little girl who had her schizophrenia onset in childhood which is rare written by her father, who tirelessly fought to support her
  78. Secrets in the Cellar John Glatt
  79. A Savage Wisdom – Norman German
  80. Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story by Glenn Burke
  81. Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir Fatima Bhutto
  82. City of Refuge Tom Piazza
  83. Death by Fire: Sati, Dowry Death, and female Infanticide in Modern India
  84. Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide
  85. The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld -Asbury
  86. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman
  87. Elizabeth Street Laurie Fabiano
  88. The Madonnas of Echo Park: A Novel Brando Skyhorse
  89. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  90. Inevitable Revolutions: The US in Central America Walter LaFeber
  91. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent – Galeano
  92. I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala Rigoberta Menchú
  93. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  94. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  95. Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left by Nikolas Kozloff
  96. Searching for the Bright Path: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal (Indians of the Southeast) by James Taylor Carson
  97. Passion on the Vine: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy
  98. More Terrible Than Death: Drugs Violence and America’s War in Colombia – Kirk
  99. Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border – Rotella
  100. Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top Jane Billinghurst
  101.  Book that I wouldn’t have chose to have read: A “new-age” friend recommended I read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman – 4/5 -I thought this book had a lot of common sense to it, which is good. I have yet to put any of it to practice but have definitely thought of how to apply the love languages in my own life. 

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