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2020 Books Read

Here's what I read in 2020 (regularly updated throughout the year).

Catechist Resources

This is a listing of catechist resources I've found helpful over the years. Hope it helps you!

    Marian Resources

    My devotion to Mary has grown over the years, and since I've been getting an increasing number of requests for my favorite Marian recommendations, here you go. 

      My Books

      Just, you know, finally reading a book I’ve seen lauded around and faces out in bookstores. I was leery, but I liked it. And I may read it aloud to my own gorilla boy. Or not. #inajuniebgroove What’s your fave Newberry Medal book? ...

      8 1

      The ridiculous in my life is not limited to humans. Yes, that’s a cat on a cookie sheet on a chair. Have a good day! ...

      33 4

      A WW2 novel with forgeries and romance and suspense and a dash of mystery. I really enjoyed it, and especially appreciated the author’s note at the end. 👍🏻❤️ ...

      22 7

      I’m a sucker for homemade gifts. I’m a double sucker when it’s something this lovely. On the one hand, how can I possibly use this? On the other hand, how much joy will there be in having this as part of the dish towel rotation? #totallyusuingit ...

      30 1

      Flashback to a different season in our lives and a picture that captures my heart every time it resurfaces. (Loving that feature of the iOS update, not gonna lie.) ...

      55 7

      First rate. Agatha Christie’s debut novel, and I didn’t even come close to having it figured out. Something to love about audiobooks: I got the right pronunciation for the French (I took Spanish). What has your attention? ...

      10 5

      It’s good of the husband to have a spot for Her Highness, don’t you agree? ...

      25 2

      I’m enjoying my way through the Enola Holmes series, but you know what’s struck me? Her mom. Not going to spoil things, so I’ll just say...my thoughts on her mom are really getting fleshed out. As the second in a middle grade series, I’m a fan and if these had been around in my girlhood, I likely would have tried to be Enola myself. These are also reminding me of the pleasures of a mystery. 🧐 What are you reading? ...

      20 5

      Why yes, a new washer is especially exciting (even when the old one wasn’t even 3 🤬😱). And I’m just going to embrace the joy of laundry in light of this self-clean function, which I may be running hourly with the backup I have after 48 hours... 🤨 But seriously. Who needs football? #dontanswerthat #gobucks ...

      14 1

      After watching the musical Hamilton a few times, I found myself intrigued about his wife. That led me to see what biographies exist about her. I accidentally read a historical novel first (and I enjoyed it), but this is the book o was looking for. Really enjoyed it, and hey! One of my saint squad made a bit of an appearance, and I was delighted by that, too. (Maybe it’s time to find a bio about her next...) 🎉 I don’t read a lot of biographies, but I think I should change that...this was interesting on so many levels. For instance, the Hamiltons had EIGHT kids. And the interplay and deaths in the 18th and 19th centuries were...very different. And yet, so much of the story, boiled down, wasn’t so very different from a modern tale. That’s what gripped me. These were people, not just names in a history book. They came alive for me, and that might be the best part of it all! ...

      26 8

      A fun look at 25 Catholics who were, as the title suggests, super smart. Some are saints, some are on the canonization path, some are currently living. All are modern and a few surprised me (Louis Braille!). Could be a great read aloud and my 10yo son is looking forward to diving into it. Great work @paulinebooksandmedia! ...

      32 6

      I thought I was picking up a whimsical middle grade novel, a quick read that I saw recommended somewhere and that was due soon to be returned to the library. And it was. But it was also, most inexplicably, a tale of heart-rending realization and awareness. I was touched and heartened and encouraged. Abuse is not an easy topic ever, and it’s dealt with both gently and respectfully, using metaphor. And also, there is magic and forest animals, so there’s a lot to love. 🦊🐿🌳 ...

      17 1