Growing up, my parents tried to cultivate a love of reading in our family. We’d have dedicated reading time each night when we’d retreat to our favorite part of the house for time dedicated to reading for pleasure. I’ve been out of school now for over 8 years, and I’m happy to say that I’ve internalized that love.

I use this page to keep track of the books that I’ve read. I love the sense of progress that comes with finishing a book and adding it to this growing list.


Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Keep Your Kids Catholic: Sharing Your Faith and Making It Stick by Marc Cardaronella

Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church by Allen Hunt, PhD

Instruction on Respect for Human Life by the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Dignity of A Person by the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

Building the Kingdom: A History of the Catholic Church by Robbie Peñate

Operation Mincement: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

On Conscience by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Rainbox Six by Tom Clancy

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Messy & Foolish by Matthew Warner

The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation by Jon Sweeney

You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want by Jesse Mecham

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

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