So as it turns out, I am not good at actually publishing my blog posts. I promise that I did write this in January and now it’s almost the end of February. Where did the time go?

It seems like most of the world is wishing good riddance to 2016 and hoping that 2017 will be better. I don’t know about you guys but 2016 was pretty great for me. I know that so many terrible things happened and are still happening in the world, and I certainly don’t want to downplay how difficult last year was. But I think it’s also important to take a second and be thankful for all of the awesome things that happened over the last year!

Thank you 2016!

The two best things that happened last year were:

First, getting Married!

Second, having a baby on the way!!

We rented our first apartment, I left my deli job, and now I work at an awesome media company!

I am really excited to see what 2017 has in store for us.

Looking to the year ahead.

So what is in store for us this year? Besides having a baby and hoping to move into a larger apartment we don’t really have a whole lot of big things going on. (I know having a baby is huge thing, I’m just talking in large brush strokes here.) But I have been thinking a lot about this blog and what my hopes are for it in the coming year.

I have a strong desire to incorporate more of my Catholic faith into what I write here. I haven’t exactly decided how that is going to go down yet, but I have set some personal goals for myself to grow this year, and I think that will spill over into what I am writing on here.

In an effort to continue learning and growing and challenging myself I have created a reading list for the year. It might get challenging especially when the baby comes, but I think that if you aren’t challenging yourself you aren’t causing any growth. I will be including my reading list a little bit later on.

My 2017 Reading List - Month by Month

My 2017 Reading List:

In college I read a ton of books for class, and because I went to a Catholic university the majority of those books were religious in nature.  Since graduating I have missed those books in particular, so I made an effort to include at least one spiritual book each month. I also made sure that I was getting a mixture of fiction and nonfiction in there as well.  Picking out books to read for the whole year was a challenge especially because I don’t usually keep my eye out for books to read, but I think I was pretty successful with finding a good variety.

I got the idea from Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas to split my list up by month, also I snagged a few book ideas from her reading lists too. 🙂

Update: I’ve italicized all of the books that I finished off this list and added any extra books that I read.


The Time In Between – Maria Duenas

The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives – Pope Benedict VXI

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi


Macbeth – William Shakespeare

Husband Coached Childbirth – Robert A. Bradley (Because we’re getting ready to have a baby, and I am a researcher. I need as much info as possible!)

Amoris Laetitia – Pope Francis


The Awakening of Miss Prim – Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Natural Childbirth: The Bradley Way – Peter Rosegg and Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg

I Believe In Love – Father Jean d’ Elbée


All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Adam and Eve and the Pill -Mary Eberstadt


Middlemarch – George Eliot

Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser

The Power of the Cross – Raniero, OFM Cap Cantalamessa

Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenting – Gregory Popcak


The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Drunks and Monks – John Carmichael

A Biblical Walk Through The Mass – Edward P. Sri

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting – Pamela Druckerman

Bebe Day By Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting – Pamela Druckerman


The Sound of Gravel – Ruth Wariner

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves – Jason Evert

Yes, Please – Amy Poehler

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

The Mirrored World – Debra Dean

The Madwoman Upstairs – Catherine Lowell


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale – Art Spiegelman

Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know – Diane Moczar

A Fata Grace – Louise Penny

The Cruelest Month – Louise Penny


Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Weight of Glory – C.S. Lewis

St. Michael and the Angels – Tan Books and Publishers Inc.

A Rule Against Murder – Louise Penny

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin


Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting – Laura Kelly Fanucci

Family and Life – Pope Francis

The Magnolia Story – Chip and Joanna Gaines

The Brutal Telling – Louise Penny

Burry Your Dead – Louise Penny

The Benedict Option – Rod Dreher


Lila – Marilynne Robinson

A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul – Holly Pierlot

The Word Made Flesh – Pope St. John Paul the Great

A Trick of the Light – Louise Penny

The Beautiful Mystery – Louise Penny

How the Light Gets In – Louise Penny


Follow Your Heart – Andrew Matthews

Love and Responsibility – Pope St. John Paul the Great


A huge extra special thanks to my friends who suggested books to me!