My Reading Goals for 2015

my reading goals for 2015

Every year I love creating a reading list for the new year. I'm not by nature a list maker, but book lists are the exception. This year my main goal is to finish two giant classics. This is the THIRD YEAR that Les Mis is on my reading list and, although I'm almost halfway through, I can't believe that it's taken me this long. Anyhow, I'm giving myself several months to read the last 700 pages … [Read more...]

What I Read in 2014

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I don't know why I'm so nosy about other people's reads, but...I totally am. And since some of you might be fellow bookshelf snoopers, I thought I'd share the books I read in 2014. In exchange, you have to tell me all about your favorite reads of 2014 in the comments! The one thing I hate about making these lists is that I always feel like I've missed a book....or ten. Non-Fiction I am … [Read more...]

10 Books That Have Stuck With Me

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The other day my friend Tsh tagged me in a little Facebook literary challenge. You've probably seen it. You write down 10 books that have stuck with you and share then right away. They have to be right off the top of your head. You can't hem and haw and try to pull out the fancy classics you haven't thought of since college. And it was fun! So, I'm sharing my list. Although, I did change one … [Read more...]

27 Books for Your Mass Bag (And Tips for Dealing with Little Ones in Mass)

27 Books for Your Mass Bag

After I posted about how my kids didn't ruin Mass despite their best efforts, I often get emails wondering how we deal with having small children in Mass and what we do to get them to behave. Don't get me wrong. I'm not an expert and oftentimes our two youngest still give us a run for our money on Sunday mornings, but we have learned A LOT over the past five and a half years of parenting in the … [Read more...]

6 Favorite Homeschooling Resources for Little Ones

6 Favorite Homeschooling Resources for Little Ones

Image source: Books, by shutterhacks It looks like everyone is scrambling to put together their homeschool curriculum for the year. We take it pretty easy at our house because my oldest is in Kindergarten, so most of our day involves digging in the dirt, climbing trees, playing with LEGOs, and reading books. Not much structured school time yet. But we do have a few homeschooling resources that … [Read more...]

The Carrots Classic Book Club: Brideshead Revisited Discussion Recap #1

A couple of weeks back, we had our first meeting of the Carrots Classic Book Club and discussed the beginning of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (you can see the whole discussion in the FB event). It’s a familiar read for me, my very favorite novel, but I still learned so much from you all. What jumped out at me the most is how masterful Waugh’s characters are. I feel like I know them because … [Read more...]

20 Picture Books That Will Delight Your Children (And That Won’t Annoy You)

20 Picture Books That Will Delight Your Children (And That Won't Annoy You)

This is a popular post from the archives that has been brushed up to share some of our favorite picture books! These are some tried and true titles that have passed an important test: we've read them hundreds of times to our kids and don't hate them yet (miraculous, no!?). The stories and illustrations of these books are enchanting and they have become classics in our household. Enjoy our list and … [Read more...]

A Flood of Earth-Shattering Events and a Few Things You Should Know About Books

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What an exciting week! We're still on the road, but will be arriving home tonight after an amazing trip from Florida to New Orleans to Texas and back. We attended the wedding of a dear friend at the church where we were confirmed (and it was the first Catholic wedding we've ever been to!) Gorgeous wedding, glorious reception under the Texas stars. Then we got to visit my best friend's newborn … [Read more...]

A Un-bookish Reader’s Guide to Falling in Love with Fiction

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Guest post by Mandi of Messy Wife, Blessed Life: Imagine the quintessential “bookish woman.” In your image, is she sitting next to the fire or in a comfy armchair with a cup of tea in hand? Is she reading Austen? Shakespeare? Fitzgerald? I am not that woman. I’m ambivalent toward tea at best.  I love to read, but I’m much more likely to lose myself in war history than a classic. Not only do … [Read more...]

An ABCs of Must Read Children’s Book Authors

An ABCs of Must-Read Children's Book Authors

"I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." -C.S. Lewis In solidarity with C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, I decided to compile a list of children's book authors that my children love and whose books I love reading aloud over and over. Instead of searching for new titles … [Read more...]