Lee Ann Monfredini

A Year of Good Books

Autumn seems like a perfect time to catch up on your reading, doesn’t it? The weather turns a little cooler, the sun goes down a little earlier and curling up with a good book helps fill some time (not to mention filling your mind with new thoughts).

Following are more than two dozen books I’ve come to really love over the years and, if you read at about my speed, will take you about a year to read.

Once you’ve finished these (or found a new author you particularly like), I suggest you visit one of the local bookstores in your neighborhood and ask the proprietor for recommendations. Amazon is fine for downloading e-books you already know you want, but their automated recommendations are based solely on genre and author. A good bookstore manager, on the other hand, is usually there because truly they love literature and will love the chance to help you discover other authors who write in the same style as those you appreciate. And, trust me, they’ll also appreciate the business.

Three of my favorite bookstores in the Bay Area are Books Inc (one of the oldest bookstores in the city with fabulous service), BookShop West Portal (my personal neighborhood go-to guys) and Green Apple Books (which also offers a vast selection of used and hard-to-find books).

Can’t wait to hear what you think of the list. I’m sure I missed a few, so please feel free to share your favorites in the Comments section below. Your recommendation will be entered in a random drawing next month for a Free $50 Gift Certificate to your favorite bookstore.

Must-Read Fiction

  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Women by T.C. Boyle

Must-Read Business

  • Built to Last by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  • On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  • The Pursuit of Wow by Lori Bryant-Woolridge
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Words That Work by Frank Luntz

Must-Read Spiritual, Health & Wellness

  • Big Mind, Big Heart by Dennis Genpo Merzel
  • The Essential Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi
  • Excuses Be Gone by Wayne Dyer
  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson
  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup

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Lee Ann Monfredini

Lee Ann Monfredini

A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in Management, Lee Ann Monfredini has not only served on the boards and executive teams of some of the most respected health and social organizations in the Bay Area, but also become a one of the most respected agents in the real estate market. With more than $100 million of successful home sales under her belt, she’s living proof that personal expertise and insightful perspective can provide any client with a competitive advantage.

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  • Great choices! For fiction I would also mention Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

    • Congratulations, Joan! You’ve won a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Watch your email inbox. Thanks for being a loyal reader of the blog and for submitting these suggestions (PS: By coincidence, Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors, too.)

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