Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 Reading List Catch Up

As you might recall, I wrote a post or two about all the reading 2014 was bringing my way. I am really happy to say that the list has changed a bit, but I am keeping up with my goals! As it stands, I have made it through six (6, SIX!!!!!) books this year. It is only June 2nd! I have two more that I am working on, but in the mean time I will review a few. Spoiler: I naturally would recommend all of them.

First, I'm going to brag about my list:

The Long Loneliness
Pope Awesome
Daring Greatly
The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
Something Other Than God

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (and here)
Lean In

I am feeling pretty good about the fact that I might leave the month of June with EIGHT books under my belt for the year. Eight was my goal for the year, so needless to say, I am stoked. I have not been this well-read since Book-It. Now I want a personal pan pizza, please.

In hunting for this pic, I discovered Book-It T-shirts. Forget the pizza. I WANT A SHIRT.

The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning

Book selfie. It's a thing.
I really had no intention of buying this book. I read the occasional Simcha blog post and thought she was clever, but NFP is in my life for good or bad, so I didn't think I really needed to read another book about it. I read an article all about how she accidentally released the electronic version of the book (no idea what you call that... I'm a paper kind of gal) then I went to Amazon to pre-order. I am glad I did! It was a quick read, but worth it to be reminded that there is more than one way to live a life in line with the Catholic Church, and that sometimes it is just more fun to keep the humor.

Something Other Than God

If I had kept up on my blog reading these past few months, I would have known there was a photo contest.

Part Two of Books I Was Not Going to Buy. I don't really know why I had decided to pass on the book. Maybe it was because every person I knew in the Catholic blogosphere was going to read it. I'm a rebel, Dottie. A loner. I caved a week before the release. Given my own bouts of doubt and spiritual dry spells, there were some things I needed to hear. This passage specifically was striking:

I'd come to see that the only way for people to shut down the power of rationalization is to adhere to an external moral code, one that they don't have the power to change on the fly when it gets inconvenient. If God did become man and did personally found a religion that he continued to guide in its doctrines, one mark it would surely bear is a clear view of right and wrong that did not change over the centuries. This moral code would not vary by region, and it would not flit around like a weathervane as the winds of popular opinion changed. Within Christianity, the only organization that fit that bill was the Catholic Church.

Then, there is also the fact that she mentions The Case for Christ... an unexpected favorite of mine.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

I don't want to go to the fan girl place, but itistoolateiamalreadythere. It was fun to read a Veronica Mars story line as opposed to watch it. I am eagerly anticipating the next book. Please hurry Rob. Don't make me binge watch the series and the movie again.

Lastly, Hattie wanted in on the book reviews...


I asked her what she liked about the book and she said, "It has my favorite pictures of creatures. And cheering things."

I think that is a rave.

What are you reading? Help me add to my list!


  1. Stopping by from WIWS. . . . " don't really know why I had decided to pass on the book. Maybe it was because every person I knew in the Catholic blogosphere was going to read it. I'm a rebel, Dottie. A loner." Too funny. Your story = my story. I resisted, read it, and loved it too. ;-)

  2. I very much enjoyed reading Something Other Than God. It was excellent and made me realize that I have to seek God actively in my day to day life. It is not enough to know that He created and loves me. I must look for him and recognize how He is active in my daily life, guiding me, blessing me, and giving me grace through the minutes of my day.
    I enjoyed Pope Awesome, too. Hilarious and heartfelt story.
    I have heard many great things about Simcha's book, but I have not read it because, as a 38 year old woman that struggles with infertility, I didn't think I would benefit from it.

  3. I get that- I have had struggles with infertility in the past. Simcha's book doesn't read like a how-to fortunately. There is something in it for everyone I think, but it might not be the kind of book for everyone.

    There have been several great books written by female Catholic authors in these last months. What a great year!

  4. Wow! Great job on getting 6 books read! I have a problem where I start books and don't finish them. I'm currently reading SOTG, Sinner's Guide to NFP, Saint Gianna: Wife, Mother, Doctor, An Exorcist Tells His Story, Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, Weightless by Kate Wicker, A Little Oratory, Real Catholic Love and Sex...the list goes on and on. I started some of these books years ago. I need to stop starting a book when I'm still in the middle of reading another. You are my inspiration! :)


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