Thursday, September 12, 2013

Five Favorites {Vol. 20} + WWRW

Yeepers, it's been awhile since I've joined in with Hallie over at Moxie Wife for her weekly link-up 'Five Favorites.' Technically, this week it's hosted by Grace from Camp Patton, who just so happens to be one of my other fave bloggers (shoot, I could just make a five favorites of bloggers I love... another day may haps).

I'll also be linking up with HouseWifeSpice for the first time ever for her (also Wednesday) weekly link up: What We're Reading Wednesday. At first I felt it could be cheating to do both in one, but hey, there are waaaaay more cool bloggers doing it, and you do what the cool kids do, right?

You might recall a certain list I wrote at the beginning of the summer with the books a very overzealous me hoped to complete. Well, I am human after all, and a mama foremost, and that list barely got touched. With that in mind though, I figured I'd share 5 of my favorite books that I read this past summer or that I am presently working my way through. Enjoy!


Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage by Kimberly Hahn

This book has been on my 'to read' list for a few years now; I finally picked it up at the beginning of summer, and now it's still on the 'being read' shelf. However, it's such a lovely read full of encouraging reminders from Holy Scripture and the Church's teaching of the Sanctity of Marriage. It's perfect for those entering into marriage soon, those married more recently, and the seasoned wives, too. 
Chosen and Cherished is broken up into 6 parts, with each part focussing on a separate verse from Proverbs 31. As I said I'm only partway through, so there's much more to be had, but so far I've been so encouraged by how Kimberly shares from her own story alongside bible verses addressing major issues such as full trust as well as often forgotten ones like generosity and its blessing on the family as a whole.
There are several more books in this series, and I look forward to checking each of them out.


After realizing the hit PBS series of the same name was actually based on a book, I knew it had to be amongst my top picks to read this summer. So, so glad I did! If you're a lover of the TV series, you'll find you recognize many of the stories throughout; however, there is a stronger sense of Jenny's feelings and less of others since they aren't being acted out. Being a book, many extra details and back stories are also added.
For those who haven't seen the series - Jenny is a midwife in the 1950s getting her start in the East End of London while living and working with the Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus House alongside a couple other young midwives. She's thrown right into the thick of the poverty, squalor, and myriad of interesting characters, and her memoir vividly recalls births and deaths, times of joy and times of sorrow.
Just to note, there is one tale of a prostitute who Jenny befriended, and that chapter delves into a fair amount of obscene detail.
All in all, it's a thoroughly entertaining insight into the lives of people in post WWII London. Jenny's love for her work and for the people is apparent in each word you read.


As a mama with my brains and memory slowly leaking out child by child (or as I hope instilling themselves in my children's heads, so at least I can claim my brain at work when my kids do smart things), I rarely pick up "heady" books. I would definitely classify this in that genre, but at the same time, the conversational approach Mr. Kreeft takes to bring up some very fine points in the abortion debate makes it a bit easier to read. I am still plugging through this, so I'm definitely not saying it will be a breeze.
I've been involved in active pro-life work for about a decade now, and I am not a debater. I can tell you what I believe and am willing to share my story and what being pro-life means to me; however, arguing points thrown at me by someone who disagrees with me is just not my forte.
Socrates appears in modern day Athens to talk with a doctor, an ethicist, and finally, a psychologist. The books divided into three parts, each focussing on Socrates discussion with each of the latter individuals. The brilliancy of Peter Kreeft shines through as a witty and good natured banter happens in the debate of where human life begins, whether or not it should be protected and why, and the concept that abortion is morally wrong even outside the Church. It is a rational approach that points out how closed minded the pro-abortion side can be, and I'd highly recommend for anyone. I intend to have my children read it in high school. =)



A fun, but somewhat lengthy, tale of an independent and adventurous young lady in the late 1800s. Set in Maine, Cordelia is a young woman living at home with her parents, itching for excitement when a mysterious trunk arrives from her deceased uncle. The adventure begins with the learned information that she has inherited a parcel of land in the northern part of the state from this uncle. The whole book is full of new characters, including a bear named Maude, and you feel like you've moved to a friendly small town. Only a little romance, barely any violence, and a few very tame ghost stories would make this book great for a read aloud for elementary school age kids or a book suggestion for an older child.


Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Not only the shortest in name of my 5 faves this week, but it's also the shortest in pages. This was a fun afternoon read, and I can't wait to add it to the "To Read" list for my boys. I did review this one earlier in a Weekly Capture, so check out a little more of my thoughts there. =)

How about you? Did you read any fantastic books this summer? Please share in the comments! I'd love some more ideas as I plan for 2014 (yup, already!).

Linking up with the oh so awesome Grace today! 

Annnnnd HousewifeSpice

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  1. #2. Spot ON! I really appreciated a greater sense of Jenny's increasing spirituality that seems to me missing from the series.
    #3. I feel like you and I are in the same place, pro-life, but not confrontational. I have high schoolers, we may read this together.
    #4. Sounds like my kind of book!
    Thank you for linking up.

    1. Thanks for hosting a fun link-up!
      I agree with the appreciation for even the mention of Jenny's faith and spiritual journey. I felt the show kind of omitted it as much as possible. Love how the book included it - the 2nd one is in my library queue now. =)

  2. :0) you are very good at I want to read all of these (well, I've read #5...but I've read most of his stuff; such fun!)

    we are blog-twins this week w/ the books, btw ;)

    1. Thanks! I always worry that I don't share enough or that I'm being too wordy in some areas and forgetting others. And Yay for being blog-twins. =) I'm honored.

  3. OK now I want to read all those books too! Thanks for your descriptions, very informative without giving to much away. I've heard so much talk about the Called to be a Midwife book and series, so now I'm curious to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Happy reading and yes, definitely check out the Call the Midwife series!

  4. This summer my favorites were Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Night Circus, The Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl ... I read a lot of great things, actually! Here my Pinterest board of everything I've read this year with mini-reviews:

    1. Ooooh, those sound fascinating! Checking out your Pinterest board now... =)


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