(For 2016 and before, check out this post.)
So, I hit my goal of one book a week this year, due in large part to fetal first trimester reading holed up in my bed (shout out to my mother’s helpers to making this happen!) and lying in binge reading. I couldn’t have done it without you, crappy pregnancy!
Among the 50-ish books I read, here are notables and favorites:
- The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet. This is the kind of book that you finish and wish you had written yourself. Lots of excellent book club discussions.
- Creating with God: The Holy Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy. So reassuring when you’re holed up battling morning sickness or raging heartburn or however pregnancy ultimately gets you.
- The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women’s Work, which I read right before the beginning of morning sickness and so didn’t reflect on. (Find it on WorldCat here) I did copy down some of my favorite passages, though, including one describing the almost comically domestic appeal of the Mass:
“…the priest as a kind of daft housewife, overdressed for the kitchen, in bulky robes, puttering about the altar, washing up after having so great a meal to so many people.”
- A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul. I need to eventually revise the well-laid plans I made following reading this book, as I promptly started growing a human and sleeping all the time and never mopped again.
- Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. Some of this is way flaky, and yet I find myself drawing on its wisdom often
We’ve got a faith and vocation thing going here as it starts to look like I’ll be home full time for the foreseeable future, so I might as well figure out what that means to me, my home, and the world.
- The Sparrow. JESUITS IN SPACE! Haunting and wonderful and profound. Also, the sequel does not live up to it. Be warned.
- The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society.Am I the last person ever to have read this?
- Middlemarch. Another goal off the list, and so worth the effort.
- In This House of Brede. Kicking off my monastic/convent-y (conventual??) year.
- The Awakening of Miss Prim. Now I’m definitely the last to read this!
In other trends, audiobooks are still going strong and I officially can’t read a library book without it coming overdue, so that’s the season we are in I guess. Our little free library finally got its first book from someone other than me — a Baha’i faith book — but I’m counting that a win, too. And I’m enjoying reading aloud chapter books to Pip, too, even if I’ve lost a bit of ground on my own reading.
What did your year of reading look like? What was the best book you read in 2017?