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Monday, January 1, 2018

Books I'm reading in 2018

Here we go....my third annual book list. (Check out my 2016 and 2017 lists.) I will keep doing this because apparently it's just what I need to be a consistent reader. You should try it too. I kind of pride myself on reading good books, so all of these are pretty well rated and recommended, based on my research. I also try not to spend too much money on books (because I read wayyyy too many to have to buy all of them), so most of these are available from my library, I already own, or I can borrow from someone. I'll fill in the gaps with my Amazon gift card. Reading on a budget, basically. You know how it goes!

I probably read less fiction than most people....so fair warning. Nonfiction is my jam. Sorry not sorry.

Listed by my super fancy and professional (ha) categories because I'm what you would call a temperamental reader.


  • By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride by Alice von Hildebrand - I honestly can't believe I haven't read this yet but sooo many people have recommended it
  • The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art and Laraine Bennett - this is the only temperament book by the Bennetts that I haven't read, ironically enough
  • Naked Marriage: Uncovering Who You Are and Who You Can Be Together by Corey Allan


  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel
  • The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson


  • Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
  • Divine Mercy for Moms by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet
  • Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacque Philippe - I think I'm most excited about this one
  • Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Sonja Corbitt
  • The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah


  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot - AKA my marathon book for this year (800+ pages!)
  • Little Women (Book 2) by Louisa May Alcott
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan

Biography/Memoir (my favorite!!)

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table With Recipes by Shauna Niequist
  • The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Self-help/personal development/non-fiction/I don't know

  • Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism by Sterling Jaquith
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
  • You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt

Possible re-reads

  • In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • Who Does He Say That You Are? by Colleen C. Mitchell
  • 33 Days to Merciful Love by Michael Gaitley

Last year my goal was to read 36 books, and I ended up reading 54. So, I decided to meet somewhere in the middle with a goal of reading 45 books in 2018.

I'm still doing a reading challenge with my friends, and here's the graphic with our categories! Feel free to use it. In October, for "a book picked from a drawing," everybody (there are 9 of us) will put the name of a book they read into a hat, and everyone will pick one. That's something new we're trying this year!

Modern Mrs. Darcy posted her 2018 Reading Challenge if you want to do that one too. Happy reading, everyone!

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