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My 2018 Reading Challenge-- Part III

 “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” – Louis L’Amour

In 2018, for the third year in a row, I set a New Year’s resolution – a reading challenge to read 30 books in a year. By December 31, I had achieved my goal plus some – 47 books read. I discussed the challenge in Part 1 and Part 2.

Here is the list of books I read in 2018, along with a few closing thoughts.


Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith


Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

The Coaching Mindset: 8 Ways to Think Like a Coach by Chad Hall

The End of Membership as We Know It: Building the Fortune-Flipping, Must-Have Association of the Next Century by Sarah Sladek


Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan


All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Brethren by John Grisham

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddon

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

The Racketeer by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Theater Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

Winter Solstice by Elin Hildebrand


Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance by Cami McLaren

Law Is a Buyer’s Market: Building a Client-First Law Firm by Jordan Furlong

The Lawyer’s Guide to Succession Planning: A Project Management Approach for Successful Law Firm Transitions and Exits by John W. Olmstead

The Lawyer’s Retirement Planning Guide by Susan Berson


So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through by Katie Jacobs

Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude by Candace Cameron Bure

The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering by Elizabeth Heiskell

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon


A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists by Terry Gross

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Harvests of Joy: How the Good Life Became Great Business by Robert Mondavi

Love Warrier by Glennon Doyle Melton

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe


A Christmas Garland by Julie Mitchell

Political Science

Dear Madame President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri


Grit by Angela Duckworth

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Race Relations

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu


Designing Your Life: Build a Life That Works for You by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live by Leon Logothetis

Remember Who You Are: Achieve Success, Create Balance, Experience Fulfillment by Paula Stafford Brown and Lisa Grimes

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church


Already in the New Year, a few of you have reached out to me to share your 2018 reading lists and I have new friends connected on Goodreads. Reading is my favorite pastime and I enjoy the many hours spent on my Reading Challenge. This year I am thinking of tracking the time I spend reading. I’ll let you know how that works out next year!


I look forward to many more conversations with you about reading and writing in 2019.


Camille Stell is the President of Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services. Continue this conversation by contacting Camille at or 800.662.8843.

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Camille Stell

Camille Stell is President of Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services, offering succession planning, business development coaching, keynote presentations and more. Continue this conversation by contacting Camille at or 800.662.8843.

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