What I’m Reading đź“–


  1. Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love by Carl Anderson and Eduardo Chavez
  2. Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does) by Scott Hahn
  3. Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You by Matthew Kelly
  4. Discerning Religious Life by Sister Clare Matthiass, CFR
  5. Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within by Thomas Dubay, S.M.
  6. Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God by Judy Landrieu Klein
  7. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
  8. Shunned: How I Lost My Religion and Found Myself by Linda Curtis
  9. The Gospel of Trees by Apricot Irving
  10. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa
  11. Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky
  12. Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by James Martin, S.J.
  13. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  14. Good Neighbors by J.D. Serling
  15. Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love by Trent Horn
  16. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
  17. Period edited by Kate Farrell
  18. Born With Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman by Daisy Khan
  19. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
  20. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
  21. Saints: A Closer Look by Thomas Dubay, S.M.
  22. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
  23. Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness by Genevieve Kineke
  24. The Perfect Mother: A Novel by Aimee Molloy
  25. Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Fr. Jacques Philippe
  26. Dietland by Sarai Walker
  27. Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought by Terrence C. Wright
  28. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
  29. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  30. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  31. The China from Buenos Aries by Patricia Park
  32. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami
  33. The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan
  34. Vox by Christina Dalcher
  35. Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk
  36. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  37. Severance by Ling Ma
  38. An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King
  39. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  40. Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church by Michael S. Rose
  41. Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  42. Walking With Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross by Edward Sri
  43. God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God’s Help by Fr. Jonathan Morris
  44. Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink
  45. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  46. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families: Stories From Rwanda by Phillip Gourevitch
  47. Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts by Trillia Newbell
  48. Notes from China by Barbara W. Tuchman
  49. I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became it’s Own Unforgettable Lesson by Eden Collinsworth
  50. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann


  1. Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living With Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly
  2. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
  3. Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood by Kate Wicker
  4. All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters by Pat Gohn
  5. Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self-Harm by Terry Williams
  6. Lists to Love by for Busy Wives by Mark and Susan Merrill
  7. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman
  8. Human Acts by Han Kang
  9. The H Spot by Jill Filipovic
  10. Beyond Mars and Venus by John Gray
  11. Praying the Angelus by Jared Dees
  12. 101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin’ Catholic’s Guide by Thomas J. Craughwell
  13. Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
  14. Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren
  15. Everything Reminds You of Something Else by Elana Wolff
  16. Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li
  17. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  18. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  19. The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  20. Airportness: The Nature of Flight by Christopher Schaberg
  21. Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate by Sue Scheff and Melissa Schorr
  22. Push by Sapphire
  23. A Heart for Freedom: The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China’s Daughters by Chai Ling
  24. The Drive to Learn: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about Raising Students Who Excel by Cornelius N. Grove
  25. Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself by Faith Salie
  26. Silence by Shusaku Endo
  27. 1001 Reasons Why It’s Great to be Catholic by Robert M. Haddad
  28. Sky Burial by Xinran
  29. My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons
  30. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  31. The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
  32. Chemistry by Weike Wang
  33. A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin
  34. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  35. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  36. The Electric Shadows of Shanghai by Clare Kane
  37. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
  38. Lucky by Alice Sebold
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  40. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
  41. Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
  42. Black Flower by Young-Ha Kim
  43. Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min
  44. Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn
  45. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  46. The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis by Dr. Carrie Gress
  47. The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara, Convert and Servant of the Slums of Tokyo by Fr. Paul Glynn, S.M.
  48. The Book of Catholic Prayers by E. Paige
  49. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  50. Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
  51. Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos
  52. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  53. Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper
  54. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
  55. What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Guide for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
  56. Double Bind: Women on Ambition edited by Robin Romm
  57. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  58. 20 Answers: Apparitions and Revelations by Michael O’Neill for Catholic Answers
  59. Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation by Matthew Kelly
  60. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
  61. The Virgin Mary by Fr. Raymond de Thomas de Saint-Laurent
  62. Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in my Soul by St. Faustina Kowalska
  63. Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic by Patrick Madrid
  64. Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower by Roseann Lake
  65. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
  66. To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age by Bishop Robert Barron with John L. Allen, Jr.
  67. The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In-Between by Mitch Finley
  68. A Song for Nagasaki by Fr. Paul Glynn, S.M.
  69. 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C.
  70. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad
  71. Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers
  72. The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio


  1. Letter from Peking by Pearl S. Buck
  2. Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt
  3. Etiquette (18th Edition, 2011)  by Emily Post, updated by the Emily Post Institute
  4. Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls by Zhao Ban, forward by Susan Blumberg-Kason
  5. Factory Girls: From Village to City in Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
  6. China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  7. My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody
  8.  Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
  9. Clear Your Clutter by Karen Kingston
  10. Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray
  11. Year of the Goose by Carly J. Hallman
  12. On Gold Mountain by Lisa See
  13. The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
  14. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  15. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  16. The World is Bigger Now by Euna Lee
  17. I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin
  18. Bound Feet and Western Dress by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang
  19. China Witness by Xinran
  20. Dear Life by Alice Munro
  21. Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer by Kate Grosmaire
  22. United States of Jihad by Peter Bergen
  23. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  24. Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
  25. Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women by Penny Young Nance
  26. Understanding China: A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political History by John Bryan Starr
  27. Vegangelical by Sarah Withrow King
  28. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  29. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  30. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
  31. Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get From Broke to Badass in Record Time by Anna Newell Jones
  32. Life of the Party: How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, and Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing
  33. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  34. A Call to Mercy by Mother Teresa
  35. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories by Yiyun Li
  36. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories by Yiyun Li
  37. Girl in the Woods: A Memoir by Aspen Matis
  38. From the Dragon’s Mouth: 10 True Stories that Unveil the Real China by Ava Funtes
  39. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo – and The Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry
  40. The Interpreter by Suki Kim
  41. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  42. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  43. Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
  44. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  45. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge
  46. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
  47. Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
  48. Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West
  49. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  50. Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling
  51. The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change the World by Matthew Kelly