Books I Have Loved 2019: Faculty/Staff Picks

Cover of Michelle Obama's biography 'Becoming'

“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”

--Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


“A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.”

--Edith Hamilton


Each year we ask the Overlake Faculty and Staff to name the best book(s) they read that year. What were their "cheap but lasting pleasures?" Which book showed them "the quality of the people of our time?" Which book that made them forget to check their Twitter feed, grade their assignments, eat their dinner, or call their best friend on their birthday? Which book opened their eyes and their mind in ways they never expected?

They responded in spades, and you can now fill your to-be-read list from their Books I Have Loved 2019 list. The list is organized alphabetically by the faculty/staff member's last name. Do be aware that the majority of these are adult titles, so this is not a list for younger students. Most recommended book on the list is Michelle Obama's biography Becoming.

Need even more titles for your list? Check out last's year's recommendations. 


“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” 

--Kathleen Norris