Growing up, my parents tried to cultivate a love of reading in our family. We’d have dedicated reading time each night when we’d retreat to our favorite part of the house for time dedicated to reading for pleasure. I’ve been out of school now for over 8 years, and I’m happy to say that I’ve internalized that love.

I use this page to keep track of the books that I’ve read. I love the sense of progress that comes with finishing a book and adding it to this growing list.


Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future by Joseph C. Sternberg

Stong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker, MD

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

The One Thing: Passing Faith Onto Children by Matthew Kelly

You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want by Jesse Mecham

Democracy Inc.: How Members of Congress Have Cashed In On Their Jobs by The Washington Post

8 Minute Meditation Expanded: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. by Victor Davich

Hunting El Chapo: The Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captured the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord by Andrew Hogan

Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War by Eva Dillon

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt


Grant Us Peace by Chet Collins

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

Hiroshima by John Hersey

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Spectre: Origins by C.W. Lemoine

The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started by Jon Sweeney

When Saint Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages by Jon Sweeney

Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan by US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput

Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age, It’s a Financial Number by Chris Hogan

Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Keep Your Kids Catholic: Sharing Your Faith and Making It Stick by Marc Cardaronella

Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church by Allen Hunt, PhD

Instruction on Respect for Human Life by the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Dignity of A Person by the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

Building the Kingdom: A History of the Catholic Church by Robbie Peñate

Operation Mincement: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

On Conscience by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Rainbox Six by Tom Clancy

Messy & Foolish by Matthew Warner

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation by Jon Sweeney

You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want by Jesse Mecham

© 2019 Chet J. Collins