A Good Vacation: Six(ish) Books

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Hey y’all. Julie graciously gave me permission (and a login!) to post my bookish thoughts here. I’m usually over at Snoring Scholar (where I talk books, faith, and family, among other miscellany). The first week in July, I unplugged myself from the various blogs, social networks, and electronic doodads that fill my days and went [Read More...]

Riders of the Purple Sage

Another of the Oxford’s World Classics I picked up on sale is Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage, a title I’ve been familiar with just about forever. Note well: it’s not the book I’ve been familiar with, just the title. For some reason, people like to riff on it. There’s a country rock band, “New Riders [Read More...]

Converts and Kingdoms

Converts and Kingdoms: How the Church Converted the Pagan West and How We Can Do It Again is a new book by Diane Moczar being published by Catholic Answers. This book illustrates some of the major movements of conversion throughout history.  Starting with the time just before Constantine and dealing with the growth of Christianity [Read More...]

Review: The Art of Faith by Judith Couchman

The Art of Faith: A Guide to Understanding Christian Images by Judith Couchman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Judith Couchman wished she understood Christian images in art. She wound up with an art history degree, teaching classes at a local college. Later, wishing there was a simple, concise reference that could be carried into [Read More...]

Praying the Rosary for Intercession

“Praying the Rosary for Intercession” is a new book by Catherine M. Odell published by OSV. This book like so many that came before it has a standard format. A history of the Rosary followed by meditations for each mystery and lastly specific instructions on praying the Rosary along with guidelines for intentions. The reflections [Read More...]

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives [Read More...]

“Now that I found Happy Catholic Bookshelf yesterday, I am spending time there to reduce stress.”

It was at our Catholic women’s book club. I just finished saying that I wasn’t reading the news much because it made me so stressed. A pal casually tossed in the statement above. I looked at her and said, “Oh, thank you!” She looked at me in obvious surprise. I said, “That’s my blog, you [Read More...]

The Moonstone

Amazon had a sale a couple of weeks ago, a bunch of books for $0.99. Five of them were classics published by Oxford World’s Classics, i.e., by Oxford University Press; and I figured that at $0.99 it was worth grabbing them just for the chance that the production would be better than the average low-price [Read More...]

An Enchanting New “Classic” Fairy Story: The Hidden Princess by Stephanie Angelini

The Hidden Princess by Stephanie Angelini My rating: 5 of 5 stars A thousand days walk from here, all made in lefts, there was some time ago a young kingdom and a younger King. Even the mountains of the kingdom were young — sharp and callow and reaching, with a forest thick and thieves and [Read More...]

The Egg and I

Simcha Fisher back in May posted an article on LOL Books and mentioned this book. The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald.  One of my favorite memoirs.  A lovestruck newlywed follows her husband to the largely unspoiled wilderness of Washington State, where they carve out a homestead and raise chickens, with backbreaking labor from dawn [Read More...]


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