What I’m Reading: Lately, Currently, and Next


Last Finished:

FDR, Jean Edward Smith


The Great Depression: America in the 1930s, T.H. Watkins

Next up:

Churchill: Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts


My reading rotation, with my current category in bold and my last completed from each category in blue:

  1. Next item from my book list, 52 Great Books to Read from the New York Public Library, Lynn Gordon , Chronicle Books, 1998.
    (Native Son, Richard Wright)
  2. Item suggested by and/or owned by my wife.
    (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling)
  3. Suggestion from my local library, or its latest annual community-wide One Read selection.
    (Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann)
  4. My personal choice, which may be from any of the other categories or something entirely different.
    (Taft 2012, Jason Heller)
  5. A biography of one of the US presidents.
    (Calvin Coolidge: The Quiet President, Donald R. McCoy)
  6.  Suggestion from a friend or family member.
    (Room, Emma Donoghue)
  • Wild Card–a title that was an impulse or recommendation and moved ahead of my next book already in the queue.
    (Uncle Tom’s Children, Richard Wright)
  • I am also reading one presidential biography in between each category.
    (FDR, Jean Edward Smith)



My collection as it was recently. Owned presidents currently are: 1Washington, 2Adams, 3Jefferson, 4Madison, 5Monroe, 6Adams, 7Jackson, 8Van Buren, 9Harrison, 10Tyler, 11Polk, 12Taylor, 13Fillmore, 14Pierce, 15Buchanan, 16Lincoln, 17Johnson, 18Grant, 19Hayes, 20Garfield, 21Arthur, 22Cleveland, 23Harrison, 24Cleveland, 25McKinley, 26Roosevelt, 27Taft, 28Wilson, 29Harding, 30Coolidge, 31Hoover, 32Roosevelt, 33Truman, 34Eisenhower, 35Kennedy, 36Johnson, 37Nixon, 40Reagan, 41Bush, and 42Clinton.

38 (Ford) is the only deceased president for whom I do not yet have a biography of any kind, although  I will get one soon. For the living presidents, I have not made a real effort to own one, as their entire life story is still being written. For the most recent presidents, I believe it will take some time before we see a fair assessment of their administrations, and of their lives as a whole. For the record, the living presidents are: 39 (Carter), 42 (Clinton), 43 (Bush), 44 (Obama) and 45 (Trump).