"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Monday, January 2, 2017

My favorite books I read in 2016

I read a total of 72 books in 2016! So obviously I needed to pick my favorites to share with you, as I'm not sure I will ever read that many books in one year ever again. They're in the order I read them (thanks Goodreads!) and all received a 5-star rating from me. Of the 72 I read, I rated 25 of them 5 stars, but I didn't include all of them here. (You're welcome.)

I save my 5-star ratings for books that I couldn't put down, that I will definitely read again, or that greatly impacted my life in any way. In case you were curious. I should also mention that I'm not a big fiction reader - although a few made it onto this list!

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

I enjoyed this so much that I plan to reread it again this year. The religious life has always seemed so appealing to me (but I love my life now!), and it was neat seeing the inner workings of life in the convent - even though it's fiction. It's a bit long but don't let that stop you!

Deep Prayer/Deep Conversion by Thomas Dubay

I've heard a lot of people refer to Dubay's writings and knew I would probably like this book but was surprised by how much I did. It's one of those potentially life changing books, so I definitely recommend it if you need a little push in your prayer life.

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

This was my first book by Berry and will certainly not be my last. His writing is so lovely! And the story realllly made me want to live on a farm.

Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II's Love and Responsibility by Edward Sri

If Love and Responsibility is too intimidating for you (*raises hand*), this book is perfect!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I'm not sure I would have read this had it not been for a book club, but I just really thought Ove was endearing in his own special, grumpy way. Loved the ending!

The Temperament God Gave Your Kids by Art and Laraine Bennett

If there was one parenting book I'd recommend to you, this would be it.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Whew, this guy is totally inspiring and it just gives you some perspective if you think life is hitting you hard. (Well, technically I listened to the audiobook but I enjoyed it.) The movie is good too!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I have a thing for WWII stories, fiction or nonfiction, and this one was SO good. It's becoming a movie too! (I also listened to the audiobook of this! So good with her French accent.) I'm seriously still mourning the loss of one character...and I read it in March.

Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy by Simone Troisi and Christian Paccini

Chiara's life was definitely inspiring and convinced me that maybe becoming a saint in today's world isn't so impossible after all.

Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels by Colleen C. Mitchell

This book just spoke to my heart on so many levels. It felt totally inspired by the Holy Spirit and I will be reading it again for sure!

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Maybe I loved this so much because I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Chip and Joanna and I just want to be their BFF. But I also loved how it's a story of God leading you into the most unexpected places.

Honorable Mentions

  • Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft
  • Elijah in Jerusalem by Michael O'Brien
  • On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace by Hallie Lord
  • The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

If you choose to read these this year, I hope you like them as much as I did! What were your favorite reads this year? TELL ME!

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