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100 Books Every (Catholic) Woman Needs To Read


Inspired by this post, 100 Books Every Man Needs to Read, I tried to come up with my own 100-book list. I got up to 65, then 118, and then cut it back down to 86, then back up to 112, down to 91, and so on…. I’m at 96 now and tired of trying to decide what should go on it and what shouldn’t. I’m trying to achieve some sort of balance, I suppose — genre, history, voices, etc… but I don’t know if it’s realistic to put a limit on myself, though it’s a good question to ask: If I could read ONLY 100 books, what should they be? I may tweak pending input, or not. 🙂

33 Days to Morning Glory – Fr. Michael Gaitley
A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Mother’s Rule of Life – Holly Pierlot
A Return to Modesty – Wendy Shalit
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Mosseini
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Abandonment to Divine Providence – Jean Pierre de Caussade
Adam and Eve After the Pill – Mary Eberstadt
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables (series) – Lucy Maud Montgomery
Apologia Pro Vita Sua – John Henry Newman
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Catherine of Siena – Sigrid Undset
Christian Self-Mastery – Basil Maturin
Come Be My Light – St. Teresa of Calcutta
Covenanted Happiness – Cormac Burke
Divine Intimacy – Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene
Essays on Woman – Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
Fire Within – Thomas Dubay
For Better, For Worse, For God – Mary Jo Pedersen
Forming Intentional Disciples – Sherry Weddell
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Getting Things Done – David Allen
God Has No Grandchildren – Leila Marie Lawler
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
In This House of Brede – Rumer Godden
Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila
Interior Freedom – Fr. Jacques Philippe
Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Joan of Arc – Mark Twain
Joseph of Nazareth – Federico Suarez
Kristin Lavransdatter – Sigrid Undset
Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilibagiza
Life of Christ – Fulton Sheen
Life-Giving Love – Kimberly Hahn
Love and Responsibility – St. John Paul II
Making Sense Out of Suffering – Peter Kreeft
Man and Woman He Created Them – Michael Waldstein
Married Saints and Blesseds – Ferdinand Holbock
Maurice and Therese – Patrick Ahern
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Mulieris Dignitatem – St. John Paul II
My Antonia – Willa Cather
My Name Is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
Nudging Conversions – Carrie Gress
On Food and Cooking – Harold McGee
Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra/That Hideous Strength – CS Lewis
Particles of Faith – Stacy Trasancos
Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water – Susie Lloyd
Poems and Prose – Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Silence – Shusako Endo
Simplifying Your Domestic Church – Abby Sasscer
Something Other than God – Jennifer Fulwiler
Splendor in the Ordinary – Thomas Howard
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child – Anthony Esolen
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The Art of Eating – MFK Fisher
The Authentic Catholic Woman – Genevieve Kineke
The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor – Flannery O’Connor
The Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross
The Fairy Tale Novels – Regina Doman
The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
The Gorgeous Nothings – Emily Dickinson
The Great Heresies – Hillaire Belloc
The Hidden Power of Kindness – Fr. Lawrence Lovasik
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
The Holy Bible – God 😀
The Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis
The Lord – Romano Guardini
The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
The Privilege of Being a Woman – Alice von Hildebrand
The Reed of God – Carryl Houselander
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur – Elisabeth Leseur
The Sinner’s Guide – Luis de Granada
The Song of Bernadette – Franz Werfel
The Soul of the Apostolate – Jean Baptiste Chautard
The Spiritual Combat – Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
The Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux
The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
The World’s First Love – Fulton Sheen
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet – Madeleine L’Engle
Till We Have Faces – CS Lewis
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
What’s Wrong With the World – GK Chesterton
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Nino’s Reading Journal

Books he’s been enjoying since November (not including Advent/Christmas books)

A mother’s song / by Janet Lawler
A father’s song / by Janet Lawler
Marven of the Great North Woods / written by Kathryn Lasky
Pond year / Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Mike Bostoc *****
The magic kerchief / by Kirby Larson ; illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger *****
The end / by David LaRochelle ; illustrated by Richard Egielski *****
Snowbaby could not sleep / by Kara LaReau ; illustrated by Jim Ishikawa
The little matador / words and pictures by Julian Hector
Peedie / Olivier Dunrea
Pip in the Grand Hotel / Johannes Hucke, Daniel Müller *****
Merry Christmas, Spot! / Eric Hill
My chair / written by Betsy James ; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma *****
Picasso and Minou / P.I. Maltbie ; illustrated by Pau Estrada (super-favorite! i love that it has the street we passed, roaming around Montmartre, where Picasso lived, or at least what looks like it) *****
A box full of kittens / story by Sonia Manzano ; illustrated by Matt Phelan
George and Martha rise and shine / James Marshall *****
All for pie, pie for all / David Martin ; illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev *****
When I was born / Isabel Minhós Martins, Madalena Matoso
Mrs. McDockerty’s knitting / Ruth Martinez ; illustrated by Catharine O’Neill
A gift from Saint Francis : the first creche / by Joanna Cole ; illustrated by Michele Lemieux *****
The First Noel : a child’s book of Christmas carols to play and sing.

***** – Nino’s favorites

A Compilation of Reviews for Twilight (books and film)

No, we have not read them. No plans of doing so right now. Label me fanatic, that’s fine. But I’m more than a bit struck with weird things going on in the world today…. I know my dd feels it too. Like this huge black cloud wanting to envelop us. I’m not prophesying doom and gloom. Every prayer and reading in the Liturgy of the Hours, esp. since after the election, reminds me of just how much God is in control and I’m not fearing His abandonment. But there is a sense of something not quite definable (or maybe it IS definable but I don’t want to define it for you)…. that’s hovering, or waiting…

A few months ago a friend of my daughter started reading Twilight and was encouraging her to read it. Thankfully my daughter isn’t so easily swayed anymore by peer pressure and conveyed her disinterest — the young lady didn’t insist so nothing more was said. Again and again since then the subject has come up between her and several more girl friends, and she still hasn’t changed her mind (too many things to keep her busy, especially a course right now on Anglo-Saxon literature that is MUCH TOO enjoyable for her to consider additional reading). Meanwhile I’ve kept my radar up since seeing the books at B&N and Borders, wondering when I’d start hearing about it from the moms. I’m sure I need not mention how much I respect and love and admire the ladies that post there. Their opinions hold a lot of weight with me. Interestingly enough, there are parallel discussions all over the blogosphere and other online lists I’m on, so I’m compiling the links here — for further discussion with dd should the need arise. We may or may not decide to read the series, but I am definitely on guard about it.

In terms of choosing literature, my main objection is not so much any sort of evil depicted in these stories — though those of course are always cause for scrutiny. But some authors have dealt with these and beautifully (CS Lewis and Tolkien come to mind), and that’s the point. There are literally THOUSANDS of books out there that are so much more worth reading… and there is NEVER enough time to read them all (Lord, is there a library in heaven? Would we even care?)… proof: the TALL piles of books on both mine and dd’s bedside tables. Why waste time on subpar stuff?

Regina Doman’s Review

(Maria’s dd) Michelle Rioux’s review at The History Place (membership required)

Catholic Mom at Catholic Media Review — along with some giddy teen comments; why am I not surprised?

Jennifer’s review

You Are What You Read and Eat, from Nancy — I second the recommendation for Regina Doman’s books, which my dd loves

Julie in CT, who recommends the books for teens only for 17 and up — my dd knows girls 12-16 that ARE reading the books sans advice from parents… it’s that insidious thing going on again… like how to boil frogs and all that…

Maureen Wittmann’s

Amy Welborn’s compilation

Very thorough reviews and commentary from Spes Unica

The Best Thing Since Harry Potter? from Clare Cannon

from Sarah Reinhard at Just Another Catholic Pondering (added 12/2/08)


What about the movie?

Catholic Media Review on the Twilight Movie

from Plugged In Online

from the USCCB

and a must read from Steven Greydanus at Decent Films — I’ve been waiting for this review and I wasn’t disappointed!!

Linky Links Again, and Another Recipe

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons Fastest-Growing ‘Churches’ in U.S. — Wow, never realized US was actually PREDOMINANTLY CATHOLIC! I had always thought the US as “predominantly Protestant”. Very encouraging, but as a PinoyDefensorFidei listmember pointed out, very sobering as well — if you look at the numbers of separated brethren.

A discussion of grocery budgets and such at 4real yielded this link to the USDA’s food cost averages — including those on a thrifty plan, low budget plan, medium, and liberal. Makes me feel better about how much we spend at food here at home with 4 kids, but I’m sure there’s always room for more frugality and prudence.

Maureen Wittmann, author of For the Love of Literature, The Catholic Homeschool Companion and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury, has anew project! The Virtues Reading List. Not only that, she is also beginning a new book: Books for Kids Who Love to Read. Get over there and tell her all about the books your kids love!

Are you (or your child/children) participating in World Maths Day? It’s next week!

Latin Podcast

Story of the Church at Sonitus Sanctus — the handouts are here.

A fellow hs mom was kind enough to send me the link to Franciscan University’s Transient Programs — one or the other may appeal to Aisa…. depending on where we end up in the next year or so…

Vegetarian Chili Recipe:

2 tablespoons canola oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced (I used a 7-inch one)
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
6 tomatoes, chopped
approx. 1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar
hard boiled egg, chopped (optional)

Saute garlic and onion in heated oil in medium saucepan. Add spices and saute a couple minutes more. Add sweet potato, green bell pepper, carrot, and tomatoes. Add water, cocoa powder and salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 30 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add sugar, adjust seasonings to taste, and cook 2 minutes more. Serve topped with hard boiled egg.

This is the shortcut version of this recipe from Epicurious.com, but trust me, I think it really tastes better if you don’t put your SELF into it 😉 .

Links and a Recipe

Baby Poems over at Martha’s, Yes They’re All Ours!

The American Mathematics Competitions


Latin Spell Checker

Catholic Music Network

Spirit and Song

Why Eating a Big Mac is Cheaper than Eating a Salad

Latin Altar Card (pdf file)

Altar Cards in Word format

More Altar Cards

Blue Knights Lenten craft


Kids need to watch their #&!@* mouths: Cussing commonplace — Really…? Kids need to watch THEIR mouth? What about US adults? If adults don’t cuss and don’t allow cussing to enter the household via the TV, ‘net or music, kids will not have to watch their mouths. As the Spartans said, “IF.” This really shouldn’t be a NEWS article. Turn the TV on primetime, click through a few channels, and you’ll see exactly why.

And a recipe — which dh will use as a dip for his carrot sticks tomorrow:

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

4 handfuls spinach, washed well to remove all grit
4 canned artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and drained again
1/3 cup Vegenaise (vegan mayo)
1/3 cup water buffalo yogurt (or other safe non-dairy alternative if you like — or vegan cream cheese)
pinch hot red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper to taste
salt to taste
vegan parmesan if you like
enough rice milk or soy milk to get mixture creamy

Mix. Bake everything in dish at 350 degrees, 15 minutes. Transfer to food processor, process, cook 20 minutes more or until thick and bubbly.

Soooo good with potato chips or tortilla chips or other chippy substance you prefer. Or eat healthier and serve with vegetable crudites instead.


So I’m sick. And spent more time on the computer today than usual, owing to my being in bed most of the day. I did try to work on one of Yena’s summer outfits this morning, and got as far as the sleeves. Then I realized I needed to have lining, and I’m out. So that will have to wait until a trip to Joann’s or Hancock Fabrics.

We have 30 books waiting for us at the library!!! DH will be picking them up tomorrow. The boys worked through a similar number of books in December-January. I know now the secret to keeping them from reading junky, twaddly stuff. Keep a steady supply of good/great books!!! Most of the books I have on hold are recommendations from Michael O’Brien’s A Landscape with Dragons. More than any of my guides to good books, this is my favorite. Why? Because it has so many older titles, some classics, but not all heavy reading as to turn off a child. Plus, he has recommendations by age, e.g., same author, but some books for 11 and up, some for 9 and up. AND he’s got LOTS of wonderful book suggestions for BOYS. For instance, 11-yo just loves “The Story of a Bad Boy“. Just the title is enough to get your attention. The book is so well-written that our 16-yo read it and INSISTED that the boys must read it. I haven’t read it myself… yeah… I gave up on that game a while back. If I try to catch up on every single book my kids are reading I’ll have to read 24 hours a day, more if God will grant me more. Next best thing? Rely on the recommendations of known Catholic moms/fellow homeschoolers and authors. The only type of book really that I am still able to catch up on are the picture books, since 6-yo, though she reads on her own, still asks me to read to her daily (with pleasure!!). Had I had this many choices in good books, picture and otherwise, I probably would have avoided some of the icky material I was exposed to in elementary and high school, and might have formed my conscience better at a younger age.

I am now reading Emma. Then perhaps after the Jane Austen marathon I will go back to reading Don Quixote which I pushed aside last year — it’s just sooo much work! Dd-16 reminded me again today that I haven’t read Lord of the Rings. Ugh. I have yet to finish The Hobbit. Sigh…. the Jane Austen books are so entertaining, and me having such an attachment to Old World things, they’ve easily become my favorite books. And though every Austen book I’ve read so far has lessons to impart, I particularly was struck by the lessons from Mansfield Park. I could almost call it the Jane Austen novel for homeschooling moms — lots of teachings, especially at the end of the book, about how important it is that we focus on the inner person, on principles, rather than outward accomplishments and proprieties. Though story-wise to me it’s the most unsatisfying Austen book. (I’ll elaborate more maybe one of these days.)

This morning I did finish re-reading Sins of Parents. It’s funny how these books, no matter how many times you reread them, always has something NEW jump out at you as if you’ve never read it before. I’ll be reading parts of it aloud to hubby the next few days.

Oooh, and guess what I had time to do today, finally!!! My categories! I’ve narrowed them down to 10, though I still have cleaning and tidying up to do. I am not looking forward at all to fiddling with those tags. Tried that before and spent too many hours, only to be rewarded with a non-working blog and having to go back to square one. Hopefully not this time. AND! I’ve worked a bit on the recipe index — after more than a year of blogging at this domain, I just today realized that the links I’ve got on that index are still my old ones from Stefoodie.net. Duh. Still in progress, but at least most of the links should be working now.

In the Past Four Weeks

– we traveled twice to St. Lou/Cape and back
– I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Persuasion; Northanger Abbey; finishing up Mansfield Park today
– tried out Door-to-Door Organics and didn’t like it
– wintersowed roughly 46 seeds, with at least 4x more coming in the next few weeks
– changed our phone plan to something $10 cheaper and has an additional phone Read more