Friday, November 15, 2013

What I've Been Reading (in 140 characters or less): November 2013

On my birthday this year, I wrote a 30 Before 30 list.  One of my goals was to read 40 books, 20 of them fiction.  That's only 10 books a year and so far I've read 14!  (And I'm only 8 months in!)

In addition to listing completed books on my list, I decided to join Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly book link up and write book reviews Twitter style (140 characters or less) to catalog what I've read.  You can see my other Twitteratures here.

Exiles: A Novel by Ron Hansen
Parallel narratives of 5 nuns who died in Deutchland shipwreck & priest who memorialized them in poetry. Sad! Good read. #basedonatruestory

You can trust your snap judgments. Except when you can't. Fascinating examples from music, relationships & war. A new favorite author.

The Cana Mystery by David Beckett
A mystery thriller based on the lost Jars of Cana. A free download, it was surprisingly entertaining.

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell
From college to presidential speech writing(!) to motherhood, Campbell shares a Saint that guided her through each era of life. #newfavorite

On the brink of divorce, American woman moves to Italy with her husband, teen & preteen. Loved how Catholic faith was an underlying current.
Must-read for mothers after pregnancy loss. I dream of starting a charity to send this & other resources to comfort women after loss. 

Wholly Mary: Mother of God by Chris Padgett
Overview of Church's Marian teachings & practical suggestions for growing closer to the Blessed Mother. Hilarious ch on family rosary time.

Currently in the works: 

Worthy: See Yourself as God Does
My Name is Mary Sutter


  1. Mandi, these all sound awesome! I am especially intersted in reading My Sisters the Saints. The only one I have actually read is Blink, which I read in a two day time period because I was so into it. I think there is also another book written by the same author, but can't remember the name of it.

  2. Blink sounds really good! Going to have to put it on my goodreads list!

    Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek

  3. I'm listening to David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell right now. Youtube has audio books and I'm in love! I highly recommend them, if you can listen to books during the day.


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