Building a Personal Canon of Books: Part 2

Last week I started writing my list of my personal canon of books. After a bit of writing, I realized that the post was going to be pretty long. So I decided to split it up between fiction and nonfiction books. Here’s the nonfiction books. Don’t forget to check out my fiction list.

Home Comforts

I can’t say enough about this book. It is an amazing resource for keeping your house comfortable. It has sample cleaning schedules, answers all of your laundry care questions, helps you know how to store fruits and veggies, and so much more. Do yourself a favor and get this book in hardback.

10 Essential Herbs

This book is the first one that gave me the confidence to start using herbs to help heal. It makes herbs so approachable and easy to understand!

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie is a little wordy for today’s audience. He uses ten examples when a modern author would use one or two. However, he sets forward true principles for getting along with people. I read this one every few years.

A Charlotte Mason Companion

This was one of the first homeschooling books I read that helped me feel like I could homeschool my children. I love this book and quickly added it to my personal canon of books. Check this out if you are considering homeschooling or if you want an idea of how education can be different from public school.

A Thomas Jefferson Education

This book is one that I return to a lot. It helps define the difference between schooling and education. It also helped me discover some principles to guide my own and my children’s education.


The nonfiction books that I return to and reread the most are the books of scripture. They have made the biggest difference in my life and my personal behavior.

What is in your canon of books?

I would love to know what books are in your personal canon of books. Please share here in the comments.


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