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Books I Read in 2017 and Books to Read in 2018

I guess there is one advantage to catching the flu — ample couch time for writing quite the extended post. Luckily, I can’t pass germs through the computer so it is completely beneficial to you, dear reader.

This past year, I’ve done a monthly round up book post so I will not include another review, but I’ve provided the link at the end of each book so you can click through to read them.

It was funny to me to find that I, unintentionally, seemed to be reading along a theme each month {mostly}. I guess when I get in the mood for a topic, I like to do it justice.

My top 6 picks for the year I marked with asterisks. This didn’t include the read-alouds I did with the girls; those were all excellent reads!


What were some of your favorite reads this past year? 


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  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi {read in January} **

  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom {read in January}

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson {read in February} **

News of the World by Paulette Jiles {read in February}

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie {read in April} **

Silence by Shusaku Endo {read in June}

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams {read in June}

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner {read in July}

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer {read in November}

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher {read in December}


A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny {read in March}

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny {read in April}


  Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star Crossed Love Story of Two WWII Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific by Bill Lascher {read in January}


  Five Love Languages of Children by Gary C. Chapman {read in January}

Caught Up in a Story : Fostering a Storyformed Life & Imagination with Your Children of Great Books by Sally Clarkson {read in February}

The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd {read in April}

Home Education by Charlotte Mason {read in May}

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay {read in May}

Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie {read in July}

Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason {read in July}

School Education by Charlotte Mason {read in August}

The Way of Beauty by David Clayton {read in September}

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross {read in September}

Self/Home/Family Improvement

The Lifegiving Home : Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally Clarkson {read in February}

The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels {read in April}

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein {read in April} **

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel {read in July}

The Fringe Hours: Making More Time for You by Jessica Turner {read in August}

In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore {read in August}

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner {read in August}

 Not of This World : A Catholic Guide to Minimalism by Sterling Jacquith {read in November}

The Creative Family Manifesto : Encouraging Imagination and Nurturing Family Connections by Amanda Soule {read in November}

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey {read in December}


At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider {read in March}

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines {read in April}

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz {read in September}



Upstream by Mary Oliver {read in April}

New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver {read in September}

Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting edited by Ann Hood {read in December}

Devotions by Mary Oliver {read in December} **


  Interior Freedom by Jacques Phillippe {read in January}

Rooted in Hope by Take Up and Read {read in December}

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell {read in December}

Politics/Law/Public Policy

Evicted : Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond {read in March} **



Read Alouds with my Children

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White {read in January}

Some Writer! : The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet {read in January}

Stuart Little by E.B. White {read in February}

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White {read in February}

When Green Becomes Tomatoes : Poems for All Seasons by {read in February}

Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo {read in March}

 James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot {read in April}

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson {read in April}

Little Bear Collection {audio format} by Else Minarik {read in May}

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo {read in July}

Paddington on Top by Michael Bond {read in July}

Paddington At Large by Michael Bond {read in September}

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame {read in September}



To Read in 2018: 


Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution by Allison and Owen Pataki

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Address by Fiona Davis

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Within the Walled City by Virginia Evans

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles {re-read}


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A Rule Against Murder : Inspector Gamache #4 by Louise Penny


L’Appart : The Delights and Disasters of Making Paris My Home by David Lebovitz

Hourglass : Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love by Katherine and Jay Wolf



Consider This : Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass

The End of Education : Redefining the Value of School  by Neil Postman

Beauty in the Word : Rethinking the Foundations of Education by Stratford Caldecott

Homeschooling Series by Charlotte Mason {I’m on Volume IV here.}

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley

Whole Brained Child by Daniel J. Siegel {re-read}

Self/Home/Family Improvement

Essentialism : The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown {re-read}

Steal Like an Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Make it Happen by Lara Casey

Quiet by Susan Cain {re-read}


When We Were Eve: Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be by Colleen C. Mitchell

God or Nothing : A Conversation on Faith by Cardinal Robert Sarah

The Holy Spirit, Fire of Divine Love by Fr. Wilifred Stinissen

Strangers in a Strange Land : Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput

Knit One, Purl a Prayer : A Spirituality of Knitting by Peggy Rosenthal

To Light a Fire on the Earth : Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age by Bishop Robert Barron

Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Phillipe

33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Heaven in Stone and Glass : Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals by Bishop Robert Barron

Bridging the Great Divide : Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic by Bishop Robert Barron

Social Sciences

The Little Book of Hygge : Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Out of the Ashes : Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen

The Power of Silence : Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Cardinal Robert Sarah

Deep Work : Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance


Knitting Yarns : Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood

A Paris All Your Own edited by Eleanor Brown

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr

Read-Alouds with My Children 

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder


{Books I Read in 2016}
{Books I Read in 2015}
{Books I Read in 2014}

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