My Catholic Summer Reading List

Catholic Reading list

Well it has been a lot longer than I realized since my last post. Whoops! Time flies when you are entertaining a 16 month old that barely naps. I also have been using my spare time to read a few of my favorite catholic mom blogs and get a good list of catholic books that I would like to read this summer ( You know, in all that extra time I have, ha!) Well there will be some traveling time later this summer, so I am hoping I will get to read a little on our long plane, train, and car rides. I am also starting to make an effort to read more and watch less Netflix in the evening ( after the babe is asleep). Although sometimes all my brain can handle after a long day is some Sherlock Holmes or Chuck.

I also have been praying and thinking a lot about the future education of my babies and have found myself heavily contemplating homeschooling…insert shock faces here. I know, I know, it scares a lot of people including all my family members that I have told. But I am at the stage of inquiry and doing a lot of research about it and a lot of praying. Right now, I feel a calling towards it and the idea truly excites me.( So if anyone wants to comment with positive words and encouragement that would be appreciated.) So… I mention this because a couple books on my list are for homeschoolers.

And without further ado, here are the books that have gone on my summer reading list (I should probably call this my Hope to Read List):

American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton
by Joan Barthel

I have already started on this one and am loving it. It’s a great novel about Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton who is a great inspiration to all mamas out there and especially converts like myself. She went through a lot of struggles and overcame them all in her brief life to become a founder of a religious order and the first American Saint. As a recent convert, I don’t know any saints that well and I want to start learning more about them. They are meant to be our role models! Afterall, isn’t our ultimate goal as Catholics to become a saint? Yes or I sure hope so!

Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood by Gregory and Lisa Popcak

This looks like a great one for the time period of my little families life. “They recommend rituals, routines, and tips on how to manage feeding, fatigue, and finances and how also to prioritize marital bonding and faith”. Catholic parenting advice…I’ll take it please!

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie

This book has great reviews on Amazon and I have found on several reading lists for people who are interested in homeschooling and for those that have been doing it for awhile. I am excited to read someone’s very positive and real perspective on the homeschooling experience.

Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the rest of Us by Rebecca Frech

This is another great homeschooling book. I have already read the sample on Amazon and am very excited to read the whole book now.

Rosaries Aren’t Just For Teething: Reflections on Mary by Mothers Edited by Michele Chronister

I have been looking for a great devotional book about Mary and this seems like a great one. As a catholic convert I am very new to concept of having a devotion to Mary but I would to start my journey on better understanding the deep relationship so many catholics have with our holy Mother. Who could be a better inspiration for a new mother than her?

Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour by Michael Foley

Ok Ya’ll, this one is just for fun! I stumbled across this suggestion on one of the blogs I read and it just looks like a great little book to own and get some fun liturgical year inspired drink ideas from. Why not? Well…I’ll have to actually wait to use it till after baby #2 comes but it will be right in time for advent and Christmas season …you know a great drinking time 😉 I also think this looks like a cute and fun book gift for your fellow Catholic friends and family that enjoy a good adult beverage or two or three.


And here are some links to some great Catholic Blogs that I have found recently.

Carrots for Michaelmas– “Cultivating a Catholic family through literature, liturgical living, and urban homesteading”

Blessed is She– “we help foster community, through daily devotions straight to your inbox”. This blog sends out great devotionals from the daily readings

A few Homeschooling blogs to inspire me for the possible future. They also have great ideas for activities to do with your young children and organizing your home.

Wildflowers and Marbles

Catholic Icing

Amongst Lovely Things



Well that’s it for tonight. Getting close to me bed time and I would like to do some reading now 😉 Hope this inspires others to do some extra reading and maybe a daily devotional too! 🙂

Peace be with you all!

-Mamabelly- Lili

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