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Thursday, December 28, 2017

My favorite books I read in 2017

Whew, it was hard to pick my favorites this year. I spent much time cultivating a list of books to read and made sure there were good ones. There were! (Stay tuned for 2018's list!) I ultimately decided to pick ones that I would recommend to anyone, anywhere, and saved my honorable mentions for more specific audiences (like married people, people experiencing pregnancy loss, etc.). You'll see what I mean.

I'm kind of stingy with my 5-star ratings, but all of these received that precious title from me. All of these books have stayed with me throughout the year and many will likely be reread in the future. Just so you know. Now let's get to it!

33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley

I'm looking forward to reading this again. It just might be my yearly Lenten read.

Left to Tell by Immaculate Ilibagiza

Immaculee's story and trust in God is amazing and inspiring. I literally read this in 2 days.

Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

This was not what I was expecting but it came highly recommended and I loved it.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

I still think about this a lot. This past year I've been even more convinced of how sneaky the devil can be, and this book is the perfect reflection of that.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

People in the health care industry will probably find this more fascinating than most, but I think it's an important read for everyone.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

This is extremely relevant right now, as it deals with white supremacy and racism. Page-turner, for sure. Some parts are hard to read, though.

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

When I first read this, I thought that maybe it would only be good for people who have difficult relationships. But now I think that anyone could gain some insight from this book. Relationships are hard...but they don't have to be.

Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Gregory Boyle

This will make you think twice about stereotypes...I think Fr. Greg just came out with a new book too!

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn

I just finished this so it'll probably be in my next Recent Reads post. Not the easiest read at times (but maybe I was just distracted by other books too), but it helped me greatly appreciate and better understand the Old Testament and God's plan for salvation.

Honorable Mentions:

  • A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy, and Triumph by Sheldon Vanauken - mentioned in this Recent Reads post
  • The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
  • Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss by Heidi Indahl - you can read my review here
  • The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
  • Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend - I'll be sharing about this one in my next Recent Reads post but basically, I think every married couple should read this!
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott - I think every writer should read this, but fair warning, she has a bit of a potty mouth and a weird sense of humor (which I personally found hilarious)
  • The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery - the word that comes to mind when I think about this book is "delightful." Predictable, yes, but such a fun read.

I probably could add a few more buuuuut I think that's enough. You're welcome.

Oh, and in case you're curious, I've read a total of 54 books this year and might even finish one or two more before the year is officially over. I definitely did not expect that (my goal was 36) since I knew Aaron would be more mobile and I wouldn't be nursing anymore halfway through the year. I'm still trying to decide on my goal for 2018...

So what about you? What were your favorite books this year?

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