2017 Presidential Reading Goal

2017 Presidential Reading Goal

This year I want to read a book about each president NOT named Washington, Lincoln, or Kennedy. I mean, I will still read books about them I am sure, but I need to branch out and learn about all of these great and not-so-great men who were chosen at various times in history to lead the greatest nation on earth. Maybe if I am feeling especially ambitious, I can read about the VPs and First Ladies too! But for now, let's just focus on the POTUS.

**EDIT** 3/29/17: With me now working on my own book project, I have decided that while attempting this goal, I will not necessarily being doing a full review for all of the books. I will still rate them and say a few things or make a few notes, but to try to maximize my time, something has to give. I am juggling reading president books with Eleanor of Aquitaine jumping about inside my brain and while I enjoy the busy-ness of it all, I have to be realistic about what I can accomplish while also being a momma and an educator.

Happy Reading!

George Washington

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

James Monroe

John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren

William Henry Harrison

John Tyler

James K. Polk

Zachary Taylor

Millard Filmore

Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan

Abraham Lincoln

Andrew Johnson

Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes

James Garfield

Chester A. Arthur

Grover Cleveland

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt: Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner 4 Stars

William H. Taft

Woodrow Wilson

Warren. G. Harding

Calvin Coolidge

Herbert Hoover

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower: Eisenhower: A Life by Paul Johnson 3 Stars

John F. Kennedy: If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield 3 Stars

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon: Watergate: The Scandal that Brought Down a President by Charles River Editors 3 Stars

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

George H.W. Bush

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Barack Obama: The Obamas by Jodi Kantor 1 Star

Books about Multiple Presidents


  1. Um, isn't there someone missing at the end of your list, Sarah?

    1. He's not in office yet, and I would never consider him worthy of reading about anyway! That's saying a lot, considering I always thought W would be the worst.

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    1. Thank you! As I have read about some of my favorite presidents over the years, I have come to realize how little I know about others. I am excited to accomplish this goal.

  3. Great idea! I've been playing with the idea of reading a book on each president (at least those who were in office long enough to do something....no love for you, Harrison!), but it's a back-burner kind of thing. Good luck to you in your quest, though!

    1. Thank you! I've fallen hopelessly behind in my attempt and this will soon become the 2017/2018 Presidential Goal, but it is one I still hope to complete. Poor Harrison, always left out of everything!