My Life in Books – Q1 2024


Talking about beautiful things in terms of “quarters” feels a bit wrong, but I’m trying to be more consistent. In the past, I’ve just dumped an entire year’s worth of books on you guys (here’s 2022 and 2023), and that just felt like a lot – for all of us. So for this year, my goal is to publish these little reading updates quarterly. For Q1 (opens briefcase), here’s what I read:

The Truth and Beauty: How the Lives and Works of England’s Greatest Poets Point the Way to a Deeper Understanding of the Word’s of Jesus by Andrew Klavan – I don’t know how to properly express my love for and astonishment at this book. Definitely not my typical read, and it took me by delightful surpise.

The House of Love and Death by Andrew Klavan – Another Klavan, I know. This is the final installment of his detective series featuring Cameron Winter. I liked, but did not love, this series.

Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith – Eye-opening to say the least. Smith exposes our “cultural liturgies” and forces one to consider our true allegiances in this life.

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne – I absolutely adore Winnie the Pooh. Like…you don’t even know. So when I realized that Milne also wrote detective fiction, I had to give it a go. This one was a tad predictable, but still good fun.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – We read this aloud for literature in homeschool; it’s just the best. So funny, endearing, intelligent…

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry – Warning: can cause gardening.

A Praying Life by Paul Miller – One of those “game-changing” books. Completely changed the way I approach prayer.

Your Future Self Will Thank You by Drew Dyck – A book on self-control that is engaging, despite the dry-sounding topic.

Howards End by E.M. Forster – Never read a Forster I didn’t love.

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell – A super addictive mystery/thriller. Not going to make you a smarter human being, but still a good time.

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse – Listen…if you’ve never read Wodehouse (I hadn’t until last year), you’re missing out. British humor at its very best.

Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Just the most lovely read aloud. Sweetest story, most lovable characters. Cannot recommend enough.

It’s been a good year of reading, but definitely not my most…robust. Having a baby and homeschooling your kids will do that, I suppose 😉



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