Bookshelf

“Surely the whole point of writing your own life story is to be as honest as you possibly can, revealing everything about yourself that is most private and probably most interesting for that very reason.” - Judith Krantz

Great Authors. Great Books. Amazing People.

There is always more to a person than being able to tell a great story. No matter what genre someone writes, they leave precious pieces of themselves within the pages. Their life, their experiences, their paradigm of the world is shared- open and raw- for all the world. No matter what someone does or who they are, it’s easy to only see them as the work that they put into the world rather than the whole multifaceted person. These are people I know, or have met, or don’t know at all…but I admire in some way…These are Great Authors, who write Great Books, who are Amazing People…

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John Burley

So anyone can read Dr. John Burley’s bio and find out that he was an EMT turned Paramedic turned Firefighter turned physician and how he is always finding a new path to better help humanity.

Most people can see why he is an award-winning author and his books; The Absence of Mercy, The Forgetting Place, and The Quiet Child are all complex and chilling psychological thrillers.

But most people don’t have the opportunity to work with him for many years and never once see him be frustrated, impatient, or unkind to a patient or a peer regardless of the stress or exhaustion level in the emergency room.

And even fewer people have the pleasure of spending time with him and discovering his dry hilarious sense of humor and how he makes the world around him brighter with his easy smile and genuine nature.

John Burley is more than a great author writing great books…
John Burley is an amazing person.

john-burley.com

River Braun

When you read a piece of writing with such a strong and complex compilation of voice and depth, you will follow that character anywhere. The main character from the debut novel,
The Anarchist’s Yacht Club is so compelling that I followed him right to the source…author River Braun.

Within moments of meeting Mr. Braun it is clear that the sharp wit, intelligent perspectives, deep contemplation, and unyielding hope found in this story are drawn from the storm of experiences he has weathered.

Highly intelligent and poised in the traditional path to success- law degree in hand- Mr. Braun shattered expectations and chose authenticity. Speaking out, sharing, mentoring, and writing—Mr. Braun is always looking to reach out and support anyone facing the many challenges of this life. An adventurer who lives his truth, River Braun’s writing is rich, honest, and always infused with his ever-present humor.

In true form, Mr. Braun sets his life to sail in 2018.

Because he believes that one should “…live free, on our own terms, to explore corners of the world unknown.”

River Braun is more than a great author writing great books…
River Braun is an amazing person.

riverbraun.com

Catherine Ryan Hyde

After 32 published books, bestsellers, movie adaptations, and numerous awards it would be understandable for Ms. Catherine Ryan Hyde to be too busy for the many eager fans desperate to know where her story idea for ‘Pay It Forward’ and others originated, but that is never the case. Ms. Hyde diligently makes time for every question, is gracious to every comment, and personally responds to every single inquiry or e-mail she receives.

I first met Ms. Hyde at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference as a keynote who was swarmed with guests all wanting some tiny bit of guidance and attention, but it wasn’t until later that I got to know her better. It was not through lengthy conversation that I came to know Ms. Hyde as a person, but in her many acts of kindness. Through her patience, mentoring, support and constant encouragement she helps to spark the light of inspiration in all who seek her out.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an established literary presence and one of the most prolific writers I’ve come across, publishing two novels a year such as— Heaven Adjacent, The Wake Up, and Allie and Bea. She touches lives through her words addressing challenging themes and difficult situations with optimism and a deep uplifting perspective.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is more than a great author writing great books…
Catherine Ryan Hyde is an amazing person.

catherineryanhyde.com

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What I’m Reading

Some of my favorites, some new, some noteworthy, some are just an afternoon of word-candy.

These are the books on the shelf right now (in no particular order).

Some Read, Some Re-read, Some I loved, Some I haven’t finished (Yet!).

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

 

Susan Cain

Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

 

Kevin Smith

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

 

Daniel Pink

The Happiness Project

 

Gretchen Rubin

Ready Player One & Armada

 

Ernest Cline

The How of Happiness

 

Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Quiet Child, The Forgetting Place, & The Absence of Mercy

 

John Burley

A Dirty Job

 

Christopher Moore

Authentic Happiness & Flourish

 

Martin E.P. Seligman

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

Stephen King

The Book Thief

 

Markus Zusak

Start with Why

 

Simon Sinek

You Are A Badass

 

Jen Sincero

When You Were Older, Funerals for Horses, & Pay it Forward

 

Catherine Ryan Hyde

10% Happier

 

Dan Harris

The Power of Habit

 

Charles Duhigg

A More Beautiful Question

 

Warren Berger

Bird by Bird

 

Anne Lamott

Scrappy Little Nobody

 

Anna Kendrick

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Harper Lee

Big Magic, Committed & Eat Pray Love

 

Elizabeth Gilbert

Daring Greatly, Rising Strong & Braving the Wilderness

 

Brene Brown

Me Talk Pretty One Day,
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim & Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

 

David Sedaris

Life Reimagined

 

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

The Catcher in the Rye

 

J. D. Salinger

Pride and Prejudice

 

Jane Austen

Fahrenheit 451

 

Ray Bradbury

Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol & Oliver Twist

 

Charles Dickens

The Notebook

 

Nicholas Sparks

The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Valkyries, The Fifth Mountain, & Brida

 

Paulo Coelho de Souza

What should I be reading this year?

My 2018 reading wish list. So many amazing books, so little time!

If you have suggestions, let me know!

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