Mike Matthews

My thoughts after 60 years on this planet on family, public education, cooking, and life.

Books Library

Spark Joy

Marie Kondo 2016
Read: 2018
Non-Fiction

The introduction to this book has Marie Kondo saying, “I don’t really see a need for this book. I told   […]   View Post →

Spark. The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

John J. Ratey, MD 2008
Read: 2011
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Exercise makes us better. Plato had it right when he wrote: “In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity.

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson 2011
Read: 2011
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I downloaded this on the first day it was available. I said at the TEDx conference that I think Steve Jobs   […]   View Post →

Stranger in a Strange Land

Robert Heinlein 1961
Read: 2013
Fiction

My dad recommended this book to me. It’s a combination of science fiction, sixties mentality and utopian society thinking that had   […]   View Post →

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Character)

Richard P. Feynman 1997
Read: 2019
Non-Fiction

Oh, and the reason I like his views as a teacher was that he believes that textbooks bring nothing additional to the classroom, and only a great teacher bringing a subject to life matters. Word.

Switch

Chip and Dan Heath 2010
Read: 2011
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

It’s centered on the idea that humans have two sides: a rational side (the rider) that plans and knows what is best, and an emotional side (the elephant) that actually get things done.

Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell 2019
Read: 2020
Non-Fiction

In recent months, I have become a fan of podcasts. I have a long commute so I enjoy getting to   […]   View Post →

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein 2008
Read:

It’s a sad history told by Enzo, an amazing dog destined to be a human in his next life. Enzo,   […]   View Post →

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100

Dan Buettner 2019
Read: 2021

I learned about this book when I received my Blue Zones newsletter in my in box, and then I was   […]   View Post →

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

Neal Stephenson 2000
Read: 2013

My sister-in-law recommended this book to me. It’s a science fiction book about a futuristic world where computers and humans   […]   View Post →

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

Robert Dugoni 2018
Read: 2020
Fiction

This book combines some classic underdog stories in the setting of a traditional Catholic school education. I was reminded several   […]   View Post →

The Flip Side: Break Free of The Behaviors that Hold You Back

Flip Flippin 2007
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I heard Flip Flippen speak at a conference. He’s an incredible force. He’s adopted children from around the world and   […]   View Post →

The Hobbit

JR Tolkein 1937
Read: 2013
Fiction

My 25 year old son, who just graduated from law school, was my companion as we watched all of the   […]   View Post →

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins 2008, 2009, 2010
Read: 2012
Fiction

I just finished reading this three part series that young adults are crazy about. I can see why. It’s a   […]   View Post →

The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver 2009
Read: 2020
Fiction

I don’t get a chance to read much non-fiction, but when I do, there’s not much better than a Barbara   […]   View Post →

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo 2011
Read: 2018
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction, Reading Now

I was listening to an architect who specialized in building new schools talk about what classrooms should be. One of   […]   View Post →

The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Connelly 2011
Read: 2012
Fiction

I know it’s summer when I’m reading a Michael Connelly novel. It’s not great literature, but it’s always fun. This   […]   View Post →

The Long Walk to Freedom (The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)

Nelson Mandela 2013
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I read this book after the great Nelson Mandela died. I’m so happy that I read it, but it took   […]   View Post →

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead 2019
Read: 2021
Education/Leadership, Fiction

I “read” this book via an audiobook. I love audiobooks when I am traveling, but for some reason, not while   […]   View Post →

The Obesity Code

Jason Fung 2016
Read: 2017
Non-Fiction

I am always on a quest for better fitness. I know that if I let up, I will get big.   […]   View Post →

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan 2007
Read: 2020
Non-Fiction

If you have looked at my book list before, you have seen a lot of books on the art of   […]   View Post →

The On-Time On-Target Manager

Ken Blanchard and Steve Gottry 2004
Read: 2010 or before
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

Procrastination damages everything it touches. Schools, kids, business and families. It must be admitted to and dealt with. In this   […]   View Post →

The One Thing

Gary Keller 2012
Read: 2013
Non-Fiction

First and foremost, any book that contains a reference to any of my amazing family is a great book for   […]   View Post →

The Power of Collective Wisdom

Alan Briskin and Sheryl Erickson 2009
Read: 2014
Education/Leadership, Non-Fiction

I read The Wisdom of Crowds a few years back. It told of the mathematical wisdom of crowds. Give enough   […]   View Post →