Top 9 Books of 2019

I completed 90 books in 2019. If that’s a staggering number to you, I recommend you take my free 5-day challenge to read more books!

While I didn’t hit my goal of 100 books in 2019 (and didn’t match the 103 I read in 2018), I’m content with that number.

We had a lot of life happen in 2019 with homeschooling, foster care, pregnancy loss, and -ahem- video games. 90/100 is still an A in my book.

These books were all new to me in 2019. If I included rereads, this would’ve been more like top 30!

 

My Top 9 Books of 2019

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Catholic Fiction: In This House Of Brede

A book about nuns of a Benedictine monastery doesn’t sound thrilling. Go on and say it, you think it might be boring. Won’t it be all pious and sweet?

 

I assure you, no realistic portrait of 96 women could be a gentle and darling thing. Rumer Godden’s penetrating, lyrical work lulls you in with a restraint that is quintessentially British. Then, with your guard down, she strikes at your heart. The personalities, secrets, and piercing truth make In This House of Brede my favorite work of Catholic fiction.

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33 Days To Merciful Love: Read Along Group

Join us on Facebook for a consecration to Divine Mercy, inspired by the spirituality of St Therese of Lisieux and her Little Way.

We’ll spend 33 days reading Fr Michael Gaitley’s book. Just a few pages each day builds a solid biography of St Therese.

More importantly, these weeks of prayer will open our hearts to the merciful heart of Jesus. We can experience his merciful love, and console his heart with our own!

You can find your copy of the book at your local Catholic store, or on Amazon.

 

 

Our online book club will run May 14th through June 16th. We’ll make our consecrations on Trinity Sunday, the anniversary of when St Therese first offered herself to God’s merciful love.

Don’t Feel Like Reading? 7 Tips To Get Back To Reading More

The beginning of this year was a roller coaster for me. Extreme highs contrasted with extreme lows.

 

One day I was on top of the world.

 

My business was keeping me busy. We had a packed social calendar. And after years of infertility, we were pregnant again!

 

Then we suffered a miscarriage and lost the twins.

 

I didn’t feel like reading

 

Grief sapped my energy. Depression steals your personality. I was trapped in my thoughts, unable to focus on the hobby I once loved.

 

I had to find a foothold and grapple my way up Depression Mountain, through the Vale of Tears, and get back to myself.

 

The journey has changed me in countless ways. But I’m so glad to have reading back. Here are 7 ways to shake the cobwebs and jump back into reading.

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100 Days, 5 Dresses: Micro Capsule Wardrobe for Moms

Capsule Wardrobes

 

33 well-planned articles of clothing. There are spreadsheets, books, and courses devoted to the concept. Wearers meticulously design them based on mix-and-match potential and classic looks.

I did something crazier.

I wore the same 5 dresses for 100 days.

This was not well planned.

Back in April, I decided to try out that Lularoe Nicole dress. Or 5 of them. Because when I like something I go all in.

Laughing about my purchase, I told a friend “I should wear one each day of the week!”

She said “When will you do laundry? And wouldn’t you need 7?” [See, this is why you have friends smarter than you]

Ignoring these practicalities, I decided to go even deeper.

Here’s what I gained by wearing the same 5 dresses for 100 days.

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7 Things That Won’t Make You A Good Catholic Mom

As Catholic mothers, we have the same vocation. But God calls us to live out this vocation in diverse ways! Although Tolstoy claimed happy families are all alike, we know holy families are all different. Allow me to highlight 7 different ways Catholic moms can go against the current “super-Catholic” grain and still find sanctity.

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A Different Kind of Reading List for 2018

2017’s reading list had 17 minutely researched, considered, and chosen titles. But I only finished half.

 

I read lots of other books: new recommendations, book-club picks, and old favorites. My interests evolved. Many of the books I wanted to check out from the library (or purchase) I never got around to. I also give myself full permission to quit books, so that kicked a few off the list.

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