Here is a stand-alone list of my recommended reading. If I've ever referred to it in the blog, I'll add it in, just in case you're caught standing in the library scratching your head. But by all means, don't read these until you're completely up to date with your blog reading...
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
In His Steps by Charles Sheldon (click to read Hannah's Review)
Beloved Bride: The Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife by Bill Potter (click to read Hannah's review)
Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (click to read Hannah's Review)