"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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Recent Reads (vol.14)

The post in which I prove that I do read fiction sometimes! And I'm only 1 book behind now in my reading challenge. Woot.

  • Total books read this year so far: 30 (goal is 45)
  • Books completed on my 2018 reading list: 14 (out of 24)

The 21 Undeniable Secrets of Marriage by Dr. Allen Hunt

2018 will be known as the year I read too many marriage books. I read this because of a FB group I'm in, and I enjoyed it. Easy read. I'm not sure I had any new revelations, but it was still good. (4 stars)

Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

I read this for my August book as part of my reading challenge with friends. August's category was "a book set in a place you have visited", and a friend recommended this since it takes place in New Orleans. It wasn't the best written novel, but I loved the characters and how I recognized all the places. I wouldn't read it again, but I still liked it. (3 stars)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This was a fun read - reminded me of The Awakening of Miss Prim. Delightful, slightly humorous, and makes you wish you could live there and know all of the characters personally. The movie was good too! I talked about that here. (5 stars)

Middlemarch by George Eliot

It took me over 3 months, but I finished! The first half was slow and a little confusing with all of the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised with the second half. I loved several of the characters and was not expecting so much of the book to be revolved around marriages. But it was, and I loved it. (What I learned: there have always been struggling marriages! Even before divorce was common.) (4 stars)

By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride by Alice von Hilderbrand

I cannot believe I had not read this before. It came highly recommended, and now I can't recommend it enough. Every woman should read this, preferably in the first year or two of marriage! It's one of those easy reads that is good to pick up every now and then for a refresher. (5 stars)

Walking with Purpose: Seven Priorities that Make Life Work by Lisa Brenninkmeyer

I read this for an upcoming book club of Catholic women, and it was recommended by their awesome priest. It was one of those perfectly-timed reads for me. It kind of reminds me of A Mother's Rule of Life, but if you didn't like that book, you'll probably like this one better! The priorities were very similar (at least the first 4), but this book had chapters dedicated to friendship and outside activities. I found it extremely helpful and encouraging. (5 stars)

You know the drill! What good books have you read lately?

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