What I’m Reading ūüďĖ

2019

  1. What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan
  2. It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America by Reniqua Allen
  3. Such Good Work by Johannes Lichtman
  4. Rock Meets River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady
  5. Lotus: A Novel by Lijia Zhang
  6. Sharp Objects: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
  7. Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FDLS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs
  8. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  9. Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues¬†by Leila Miller and Trent Horn
  10. One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Both of Them by Jennifer Fulwiler
  11. Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
  12. Brooklyn in Love: A Delicious Memoir of Food, Family, and Finding Yourself by Amy Thomas
  13. Girl, Arise! A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World¬†by Claire Swinarski
  14. When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over by Addie Zierman
  15. Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg
  16. Interior States: Essays¬†by Meghan O’Gieblyn
  17. The Weight of Being: How I Satisfied My Hunger for Happiness by Kara Richardson Whitely
  18. Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood by James McMullan
  19. Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It¬†by Ina Yalof
  20. The Korea Asylum: An Expat’s Tale of an East Asian Land¬†by Antony Jukich
  21. A River of Stars: A Novel by Vanessa Hua
  22. Come With Me by Helen Schulman
  23. We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir¬†by Jennifer Coburn
  24. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  25. The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts by Shannon Ethridge
  26. Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure – Right Where She Is¬†by Sarah Mae
  27. Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
  28. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  29. The End of the Moment We Had by Toshiki Okada
  30. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis
  31. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
  32. A Comrade Lost and Found: A Beijing Memoir by Jan Wong
  33. The Expatriates: A Novel by Janice Y.K. Lee
  34. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  35. Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in Paris by Craig Carlson
  36. My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
  37. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  38. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood¬†by Alexandra Fuller
  39. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
  40. You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
  41. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
  42. A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother¬†by Janny Scott
  43. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success¬†by Amy Morin
  44. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  45. From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America by Howard Schultz
  46. Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons
  47. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  48. Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton
  49. The Emissary by Yoko Tawada
  50. Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander
  51. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living and Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  52. The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust by Laura Smith
  53. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
  54. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy¬†by Amy Morin
  55. Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
  56. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
  57. Quiet Girls Can Run the World: Owning Your Power When You’re Not the “Alpha” in the Room¬†by Rebecca Holman
  58. How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price
  59. The Bling Dynasty: Why the Reign of Chinese Luxury Shoppers Has Only Begun by Erwan Rambourg
  60. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  61. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  62. Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life by Amber Scorah
  63. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking¬†by Susan Cain
  64. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  65. My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLaoche Willams
  66. Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper
  67. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

2018

  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

2017

  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

2016

  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