Books: March 2019

I found it difficult to make time for reading last month, but I did discover a new favorite book.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

It’s been a while since I read a novel and this one was so well reviewed I had to give it a chance. (It was the perfect read for our Hawaiian vacation.) I enjoyed the book and especially loved the references to nature as I read it on the beach in Maui. I am not a fan of mysteries or court room dramas (and this book is not classified in those categories) but it did contain some elements of both of those genres. While I enjoyed the book, it did leave me wanting to know more. (I.e. details about the main character’s adjustment in the “real world” as well as her romantic relationship towards the end of her life.)

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

I have another book to add to my ever-growing list of favorites. This book is a life changer and one of the most profound reads I’ve ever experienced. It was recommended by my cousin Trudy (who has suggested most of my favorites), and again I am a little sad that I had not read it earlier in life. I loved this book so much, I called my best friend and told her she had to read it (after reading Rule #1) and then I bought copies for my kids too. This book is excellent as an audible version also. It is read by the author, and his enthusiasm and emotion are transferred to the listener with every word. I think I have most of it highlighted, but it is one that I will want/need to read again and again for the rest of my life.

PODCAST - Work Life with Adam Grant

I love this podcast and was excited for the new season. Even the commercials are awesome. You don’t have to work in a corporate environment to learn something about human nature and behavior. I highly recommend this podcast!

The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey

The Divine Office for Dodos by Madeline Pecora Nugent

My Lenten sacrifice for 2019 (and one of my 19 in 2019 Goals) was to learn and practice The Liturgy of the Hours or The Divine Office. The Liturgy of the Hours (Latin: Liturgia Horarum) or Divine Office (Latin: Officium Divinum) or Work of God (Latin: Opus Dei) or canonical hours, often referred to as the Breviary, is the official set of prayers "marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer.” I have always been interested in this spiritual practice and decided to commit to learning the procedures, but it turned out to be a lot more complicated than I could figure out. (Even with the use of The Dodos book!) One of the authors stated that she learned the Divine Office while on a week-long retreat at a convent. I think I need to try that technique. In the meantime, I’ve adopted a modified version of the hours for daily practice.