"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

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Recent Reads (vol.19)

It's that time again...I realize I've read 10 books since my last book post and decide to share my thoughts. And ooh, boy, I have some thoughts about some of these.

Goodreads has kindly alerted me to the fact that I am 3 books behind schedule on my reading challenge. Womp womp. The annoying thing is that it should actually be 1 book, because I read a trilogy but Goodreads only had it listed as one book. But whatevs.

2019 Reading Challenge: 40 out of 50 books read.

Books I'm reading in 2019 list: 16 read out out of 23 (and I'm in the middle of another)

Also, I'm officially NOT reading David Copperfield this year like I originally planned, because there is no way I'm reading 1,000 pages in the next 6 weeks. But I do plan on reading it eventually! (Next year, maybe? I just won't put it on my list like an idiot.) Okay, on to the books I've read...


Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this. The second half was reallllly different and much slower...it was almost like it was meant for people who worked in psychiatry? I don't know. But it did get better. So just be warned of that if you read it! It was a good book overall though.

Fearless by Sonja Corbitt

I had high expectations for this for some reason. (Maybe because I LOVED her book Ignite?) Although it didn't meet those expectations, it was still a helpful read. I could have done without her frequent use of "Dear One" though...

Letter to a Suffering Church by Bishop Robert Barron

This was a short and easy read and one I highly recommend for any Catholic, especially if you're struggling with the scandals in the Church.

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

This was a reread for book club, and I think I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around! (It was one of my fave books read in 2015.)

The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre

Brant Pitre never fails to completely blow my mind with his knowledge. I learned so much and was constantly telling Logan about what I was reading. So many epiphanies. Everyone should read this! Catholic or not.

The Well by Stephanie Landsem

Y'all. I read this for a book club and a couple ladies said it made them cry, and I was like, I'm not a crier. BUT I TOTALLY CRIED. It's based on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, and my goodness, it's a good one. The end got me good too. There are actually two more books in the series, and I'm about to start the second.


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Thanks to my friend Maria for recommending this one! It reminds me of both Jane Austen books and the book Jane Eyre, all of which I love. I didn't realize it was so long (500+ pages), so I listened to the audiobook. But I loved it and would love to read the actual book eventually. It was a little painful at times, due to a troubled marriage situation, but you all know I love a good book with a marriage theme.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This was another one that came highly recommended, and it sucked me in good. I could do without the handful of sexual scenes (maybe they didn't even have sex, can't remember, but the details were a little too, um, detailed). But this book got me all the way til the end.

Momnipotent by Danielle Bean

I reread this since my moms group is going through the Momnipotent program. Such an easy and helpful read!

Nadzieja: The Story of a Girl Named Hope by Nadzieja Jadwiga McMillan

So this was actually three books that I read, but it's on Goodreads as one. The author is one of my friend's husband's grandmother (did I say that right?). And while it wasn't the best written thing I've read, it was pretty interesting. She was from Russia but her mom had to put her and her sister in an orphanage in Poland. She eventually came to the U.S., where she stayed (I think she died a few years ago.) My favorite part was the first book, since it took place right before WWII and explained all of the turmoil happening in the world during that time, and her experiences in the orphanage. Plus it's just cool knowing the history of my friend's family!

Any good books you've read lately that I should know about??

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