My 30 Books This Year!

I hit my goal of 30 books in 2018! Between birthing a new baby, working two ministry’s (check out Blessed is She & Creighton Model Fertility Care!), homeschooling & wifing…it’s been an amazing reading adventure! I’m a changed, better woman by these books. A few years ago I started documenting the books I read, categorizing them by month and topic. It makes for a great reference for recommendations, and provides the pleasure to simply reminisce. I highly recommend keeping track of your books, especially for my fellow list loving friends, and categorizing by topic. I read in the early morning hour before kids, evening hour, and always stash books in my purse, on my bedside table and minivan floor. The habit slowly grows, and the culture is steadily built. Oh, the added benefits your modeling will reap. It is simply incomparable! So wherever you are in your adult reading journey, I challenge you to add reading to your New Years goals.

Yet, before you begin your grand goals or swallow in a feeling of failure, let my list loving nature detract to remind us of an important truth. The experience of reading is not about crossing off a list, reading more than your neighbor or doubling last years number. We don’t read to have read, we read to read. 30 is just a number. The experience of one great book read slowly and thoughtfully over the course of a year can have more power than 50 books read lightly. I have friends who read triple this amount & beyond, and friends who can’t remember the last book they finished. We don’t read to have read, we read to read. The real adventure lies in your relationship to written word, the story, the characters, and the truths shared.

My advice for the newbies would be to find something you like, that interests you, and aim for one book a season. Find a book buddy to discuss what you’ve read, or follow some awesome bookish bloggers. For the advanced, maybe dive into unfamiliar territory - a new author or different genre, and consider joining a formal book club. We can all take the challenge to pick up a book before the iPhone scroll! They say, you are what you eat…well, you are what you read. Fill your eyes and mind with the true, good and beautiful. Be intentional and selective in the New Year.

Here is my 2018 Booklist, in case you are looking to add something to your amazon cart before the New Year! It’s so fun to look back through the year & recall the fond memories with each book. I hope it inspires you, or leaves you with a great recommendation! My 2019 reading goals include diving into the Church doctors, CS Lewis novels, Russian literature, popular autobiographies, and some New York Times Bestsellers. I’m open to recommendations ;)

2018 Book-List 

  1. January - The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand 

  2. February – Saint Anthony of Padua His Life, Legends, & Devotions by Jack Wintz 

  3. February - Introduction to Classical Education by Christopher Perrin 

  4. February – Navigating the Interior Life by Daniel Burke 

  5. February – The Love that Keeps Us Sane: Living the Little Way of St Therese of Lisieux by Marc Foley 

  6. March – Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker, MD 

  7. April – The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker, MD 

  8. April - Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize 

  9. April - The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard 

  10. April - The Read Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie 

  11. April - Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina  

  12. May - Made For This by Mary Haseltine 

  13. May - Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp 

  14. June - Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish 

  15. June - Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley MD 

  16. June - Home for Dinner by Anne K. Fishel, PhD 

  17. June - One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler 

  18. July - Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen 

  19. July - Edith Stein by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda 

  20. August - Critical Care by Theresa Brown 

  21. August - Crazy Busy by Edward Hallowell MD 

  22. August - One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp 

  23. September - Less Than a Minute to Go by Dr Bill  Thierfelder 

  24. September - Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey 

  25. October - Proud Parents Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced, Coordinated Kids by Karen Ronney 

  26. November - Edith Stein Essays’ on Woman translated by Freda Mary Open 

  27. November - Raising Creative Kids by Susan Daniels & Daniel Peters 

  28. November - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

  29. November - Know and Tell by Karen Glass 

  30. December - Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl 

I’m also currently reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Being Mortal, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, and hoping to finish before the New Year!

Books provide such encouragement, truth, inspiration and absolutely joy!!! What should I add to my list in 2019?

Happy reading friends!!!

In Joy,



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