More than Reading

 “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

 “To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experiences and the fruits of many inquiries.”

~ A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

For the first time this year, I am participating in the 2012 One Word revolution (#OneWord2012) and using the word “intentional”. In the spirit of being intentional about my personal and professional development, I am taking part in the challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks (#52in52). I will alternate between professional and leisure reads and plan to take the time to reflect on any literature that has a particularly powerful and positive impact. Below is a list of books that I cannot wait to dive into organized into categories that I am dedicated to learning more about. I will check them off my list as I go. I am looking forward to both sharing lessons I learn and learning from others who are also participating.

I would enjoy any reading suggestions you could offer so feel free to use the comments section to tell me about some of your favorites!

Italian Language & Culture

The History of Italy: (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations), Charles Killinger

  • Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Purgatorio, Dante Alighieri

Paradiso, Dante Alighieri

La Bella Lingua, My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language, Dianne Hales

Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri

Speak the Culture: Italy: Be Fluent in Italian Life and Culture, Andrew Whittaker   


Empowering Women in Higher Education & Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives, and Practice From Feminist Perspectives (An ACPA Publication), Penny A. Pasque, Shelley Errington Nicholson, and Linda J. Sax

Power, Politics, and Pearls: How Women Can Win and Lead, Madeleine M. Kunin

  • The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine  

The Male brain, Louann Brizendine  

Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, Jessica Valenti  

On Becoming a Woman Leader, Susan R. Madsen


  • The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living, Stephen Cope
  • The Elements of Zen, David Scott and Tony Doubleday


  • Strengths Finder, Tom Rath
  • Demonstrating Student Success: A Practical Guide to Outcomes-Based Assessment of Learning and Development in Student Affairs, Marilee J. Bresciani, Megan Moore Gardner, and Jessica Hickmott

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

  • The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels, Michael Watkins  
  • Learning Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  • The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate by John H. Zenger & Joseph R. Folkman
  • Exploring Leadership by Susan R. Komives, Nance Lucas, and Timothy R. McMahon

For Fun

  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Simon Wiesenthal

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, Jan Tomasz Gross

The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli

  • A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
  • A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin
  • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
  • The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, Gretchen Rubin
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
  • The Traveler by Daren Simkin and Daniel Simkin

More than Reading

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