I love to talk about books, part I

May 18, 2007 | 3 comments

Christine tagged me with this book meme. Thanks!

How many books do you own?

Oh, man. Based on the fact that I cannot seem to get all our book boxes unpacked after being in this house for almost two months now, I’d have to estimate it at around a zillion.

Book(s) I am reading now:

I tend to read two books at once, and “upstairs book” and a “downstairs book”. My downstairs books is something easy and light that I keep around to read while the kids are playing outside or something. My upstairs book is what I read at night, usually something more serious.

1. (Downstairs book): Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey

2. (Upstairs book): Augustine: Major Writings by Benedict Groeschel

I also have Finding God’s Will for You by St. Francis de Sales and The Gift of Faith by Tadeusz Dajczer on the way for my upstairs books, and On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee for my next downstairs book. I am very, VERY excited about reading all of these.

Books I’ve Read Recently

1. Journey to Easter by Pope Benedict XVI

2. He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek

3. The Lessons of Saint Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life by John Michael Talbot

4. The Oxford History of the Crusades

Books that Mean a Lot to Me

I’m not exactly sure what this question means, but I’ll take a stab at it:

1. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel: I have a special place in my heart for this book because it kicked off my investigation into Christianity. For whatever reason I had the silly impression that all modern Christian authors wrote goofy, emotion-based books that didn’t appeal to logic or reason, and this book made me wake up and realize that that was not the case at all.

2. Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon: This is the most worn-out, dog-eared book in my entire library. I’ve found it to be an invaluable source of inspiration and information when I’ve had various medical issues come up.

3. Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way: This is the book that got me started cooking dinner on a regular basis. Also, unintentionally, my husband, mother and I all lost weight with these recipes. I love it because it cuts out processed, overly carb-y food without cutting out good carbs like veggies and other natural foods.

4. Domestic Tranquility by Carolyn Graglia: I came across this book when I was still a self-proclaimed feminist who thought that having kids sounded like the worst thing in the world. I actually don’t remember the details of what Graglia discusses, but I remember thinking that she had some interesting points and pained a picture of life as a housewife that made it seem not half bad. It was the first “conservative” book I ever read, and it opened my mind to a lot of new ideas that I hadn’t considered before.

I would like to tag my commentors who don’t have blogs. If you’re up to it, leave your answers in the comments. (Many of my favorite books have been recommended to me by my commentors when we talk about books — I read each comment and add many of the recommendations to my Wish List).


  1. Kiwi Nomad 2006

    lol @ “upstairs” book being the serious one. Anything by my bed does not have much chance of being read quickly or at all: after a paragraph I am ready to turn off the light and nod off!

    You have made lots of interesting points here: I will be back later.

  2. Christine

    You know, I nearly put down The Case for Christ, too. It was one of the first apologetics books I ever read. Later, I discovered Catholic Answers online when a particularly insistant Jehovah’s Witness kept coming back. When I offered the book (Strobel’s) and some Catholic Answers material to her one time, she said she was “not allowed” to read anything I gave her like that. It was the last time I saw her.

    I wonder what ever became of her.

  3. beez

    Book(s) I am reading now:

    Technically, I’m not reading anythign right now, because I had cataract surgery last week and I am still recovering (and having problems seeing to read). However, the next item on my stack (just bought) is: Jesus of Nazareth by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)

    Book(s) I have read recently:

    Called to Communion by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

    The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux

    Thud by Terry Pratchett

    Book(s) that mean a lot to me:

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church

    The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Courage to be Catholic by George Weigel

    Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, And the Splendor of Truth by Richard John Neuhaus

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