Kathy Buckworth does it all: an award-winning writer, public speaker and television personality, she balances a dynamic career with raising four kids. When she gets a bit of down time, she's usually writing a book--she currently has six to her name, including “I Am So The Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family The Business” (the rights to which were recently bought by Warner Bros.). 

With such broad interests, it comes as little surprise that Kathy has a wonderfully diverse library--both on her Kobo eReader and in print. We visited Kathy at her home to find out what's on her bookshelf and why.


Dorothy Must Die Stories by Danielle Paige: I was taken in by the very first “Dorothy Must Die” book. As a longtime fan of The Wizard Of Oz, the bizarre twist of Dorothy being evil was such a joy to read. Each book in this series has been captivating.


Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll: This book reads like a movie, and I can’t wait to see it made. Page turning – funny, annoying, irritating and couldn’t put it down.


Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham: I’m a Grisham fan from way back. I wasn’t expecting this one to be more or less short stories (interwoven) but it works. His characters are so well drawn.


The MOST of Nora Ephron: Nora Ephron is one of my writing idols and I keep this book near my bed to pick up and read when I need humour writing inspiration. She’s one of the best.

I got this figurine of me made for a story I wrote a few years ago. My kids think it's weird, I've kind of grown attached to it :)

By the Book by Pamela Paul, Scott Turow: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review. Q&A style format with uncut interviews with some of the greatest writesr of our time. Great questions you’ve always wanted to ask them.


The Widow by Fiona Barton: Just started this book, but already drawn in and love the writing over different perspectives, over different time frames. Easy to follow for a complex way of storytelling.


The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman: I love Peter Decker and his journey from high profile detective in a big city to small time cop. Kellerman weaves great back stories and new ideas into every book.


The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian: This horror writer has a way of surprising you with not only the subject matter but the changes in plot. Sometimes predictable, sometimes not which keeps it interesting.


Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman: Obviously I have a thing for the Kellermans. Have read pretty much both of all of their books. I have a crush on psychologist Alex Delaware.


The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe: This book about abandoned children is dramatic, moving, and at the same time uplifting. Read it practically in one sitting and felt grateful to have had a happy childhood afterwards. Love this writer.

Just kidding, I'd never throw away my children!

Other books I'm reading

Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Kathy with wine
Perfectly paired with a crisp, light-bodied pinto-grigio.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 

I'm just as wrapped up in the phenomenon as everyone else.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

My Kobo makes traveling so much easier!


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