7 books I have always recommended, even purchased to get some
people to read…
One Minute Manager by
Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
This is a book I have not only suggested to people, I have
bought many copies and given them to people for many different reasons.
Published in 1982, it’s true this book had a
certain amount of gossip and stigma around it.
The Wall Street Journal claimed the book was plagiarized and Blanchard
A student continued to claim
the ideas were his but after the two authors sold 10,000,000 copies the claim
sort of faded away. In truth, it doesn’t matter.
This is really worth a read.
Short as can be and easy to read, it doesn’t
matter if you need to manage your business, teach your employees, manage a
non-profit organization board or manage your life and/or your family.
There are so many wise tidbits in here.
The Deerslayer by
James Fenimore Cooper
This book is #5 in a
series called “The Leatherstocking Tales” and can really stand alone.
The first four books are a little slow but
definitely worth a read if you so choose.
Although this book is about a young fictional character named Natty
Bumpo, the character throughout the series, it is mostly about his time during
the French & Indian War, his great friendship with the Mohican Chief,
Chingachook and his love for a trapper’s daughter.
The Lord of the Rings
by J. R Tolkien
What is often called the “Tolkien Trilogy” is truly a series
titled “The Lord of the Rings”. This contains three books…” Fellowship of the
Ring”, “The Two Towers”, and “The Return of the King”.
This is the birth of the hobbit, Frodo
A very popular Sci-Fi book
written in 1954 which has sold over 150,000,000 copies, yes, that’s 150
million. I have pasted a small abstract below.
Believe me you do not have to be a Sci-Fi reader to love this series.
The story begins in the Shire, where the hobbit
Frodo Baggins inherits the Ring from Bilbo Baggins, his cousin and guardian.
Neither hobbit is aware of the Ring's nature, but Gandalf the Grey, a wizard
and an old friend of Bilbo, suspects it to be Sauron's Ring. Seventeen years
later, after Gandalf confirms his guess, he tells Frodo the history of the Ring
and counsels him to take it away from the Shire. Frodo sets out, accompanied by
his gardener, servant and friend, Samwise ("Sam") Gamgee, and two
cousins, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck and Peregrin "Pippin"
The Bell Jar by
I’m not going to tell you this isn’t a rather dark
None of Sylvia Plath’s writing is
In fact, when I became
fascinated with her books and her poetry in high school, my mom took all of my
Sylvia Plath books and put them away.
She told me she thought I needed a break from her writing. While all of
this may be true about her writing, the Bell Jar is a classic.
The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American
writer and poet Sylvia Plath. It is written as a novel which is often thought
of as being based on Sylvia Plath’s own depression issues and bipolar
In fact, Plath died by suicide
a month after its publication in Britain.
This is a novel often assigned as reading in high school but as I said
it is rather dark. It is a story of college friends and the feelings of one of
them, Esther, who can’t seem to make herself feel. She seems to feel as if she
is always on the outside looking in. She, as well as her friends go through a
very wild time; should she lose her virginity; should she marry; should she
have a career. She tries in many ways to lose her virginity and has some
In other words,
this story is about a very confused and searching young woman.
Especially Dogs by Gladys Taber
Gladys Taber was born in 1899 and published 59 books in her
She was also a columnist for
Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle.
Her books are becoming collector’s items but are really worth a
She owned a kennel and had a
wonderful garden on a farm named Stillmeadow, which exists on Cape Cod even
today though very run down now.
a wonderful cook and has cookbooks as well as many novels about animals and
Her books are calming and
enjoyable; they make you feel like spring even if they aren’t written about
that season. She was divorced much of her life and was a very strong woman. Here
is a bit of her quite contemporary humor even in 1950. “Economics
is too complex for me. But I have instincts about supply and demand which I
believe in. And I shall always feel a carrot next door is better than a carrot
from Ames, Iowa, all things being equal.”
Diary of Anne Frank
by Anne Frank
Anne Frank wrote this diary while she and her family were in
hiding for two years in a little room behind a closet. This was during the Nazi
occupation of the Netherlands. Her family was discovered in 1944 and they were
sent to the concentration camps.
of typhus in the camp a year later.
diary was retrieved and given to her father, the family's only known survivor.
The diary has been published in more than 60 languages. This is not a story of
constant horrid happenings.
story of a young girl, unable to make any noise, unable to play loud or to sing
and so she wrote her thoughts. A book I think everyone should read, no matter
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn
I’m not sure I can give a good explanation of or about Atlas
Shrugged. It is a big book; very deep and yet one I could not put down at the
I’ve spent all of my years since I
read it suggesting people read “Fountainhead” (her first book) and this one, “Atlas
Shrugged”. I’ve never had one person say they didn’t like either one. It sure
takes some getting into but they are both novels with fascinating characters
all with different types of moral values. It was one of those “sit around the table
and debate” type of books back in the days it was published (1957)…well I wasn’t
sitting up arguing by then but you get my drift.
Ayn Rand was born in 1905. She was a screen-writer,
an author, and philosopher, and is known to this day for her development of a philosophical
system called objectivism. Think about this…a female born in 1905, graduating
from Petrograd in 1924 and known for a philosophical system. To this day there
are Atlas society’s as well as Objectivism groups. This is a book to read.
Do you have a special book you suggest to everyone? If so, leave a comment.