Hello Readers! I hope your February went by quickly! This was supposed to be written on the first of March, but with Pope Benedict XVI last day as Pope and a sinus cold I was unable to get this out until now.
Goodreads is such an addictive site, I mean it is a good site, but addictive (Everyone needs to check it out!). When I fully decided that this year I would make a low goal for my reading of 2013 I would either reach it or overcome the number. As it happened I was in a good start last month with nine books read; this month I read fourteen books! I am very impressed with myself.
So what did I read?
At the beginning of February I finished a book that I had tried last year to read. Three to Get Married is a very deep, but beautiful book by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It was one of the books that everyone I knew said to read, especially great for those getting married.
As I mentioned it took me a LONG time to finish this book. It is not because Archbishop Sheen is terrible at writing; for it is quite the opposite his writing was beautiful. And it was not that he did not know what he was talking about (if you have ever seen his television show you can understand he knows what he is talking about). I think what made me take so long in finish this book was I did not understand all the terminology.
This book while is amazing and hits just right in the understand of mutual love in a marriage, but to remind yourself that you are not living for yourself but for each other and for God. I feel this book if you wish to read it you must have a firm stance on the terminology he uses, but a firm understanding of the theology and teachings of the Church.
Rating: 4 out of 5
You have read readers my love for the author Julia Quinn so I will be kind to your eyes and brain for my praises of this woman’s work. Right before the Lenten Season this year I made a bet I would be able to read all the Bridgerton books before Ash Wednesday. I did succeed!
Julia Quinn normally writes books in series, so this set of stories was about a family with eight children and how they found love. I find if you wish to start reading her work, starting with her first book Splendid is wonderful, but I would highly recommend these books first.
It is difficult for me to pick my favorite book in the series, because I love all the characters! They are so funny (My favorite line is either Anthony, the eldest saying he was done with marrying off his sisters his only hope is that all his daughters will convert to Catholicism and become Nuns or Anthony saying “Oh hell, she has the mallet of death” when they are going to be playing the Bridgerton version of past-time game), have a wit about them, and so loyal and loving to each other. There is only one of the books (When He was Wicked) I am not a big fan of so I did skipped it when I vowed to read the series. I have read it once and never really wanted to pick it back up. It is not a bad story, but not for me.
Anyways, think of this family like the seven brothers from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. (Yes the children are names alphabetical order *giggles*) The books do not start out in order of the age of the children (Book One and Two are not in order). You will see ties of the other books in the series, which is always fun for me.
I highly recommend these books, you will find yourself laughing more than you would think you should.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Even before Papa Benedict XVI’s announcement of stepping down from the Papacy, I had already decided for Lent I would read all of Jesus of Nazareth Series. Afterwards, I believe because Papa’s announcement it furthered my determination to get through the books.
The first of the series I had yet to finish, I was just not getting half way in the book. I was quite displeased with myself because I was not hating the book, I just was being slow. Of course some and many will say because Benedict XVI is very deep. That is true, but I just do not believe that was the reason. I think it was because I felt I had little time to actually contemplate what I was diving into.
So, on Ash Wednesday I began back at the beginning of Jesus of Nazareth Book One. It was completely outlook that the previous attempts to read this book. I found myself hearing Papa’s voice as I read. It was as if I was being placed in a classroom with him giving us a lecture. This trend of thought was the same as I went through both Book Two and Three.
One thing I also noticed is my love for the way he writes, it is very similar to the way St. Thomas wrote his Summa. Where there are many questions in the chapter and Papa was giving two different view points (or more than two) which he then gave the commentary of how it was against what is not just his opinion, but the teaching of the Church.
Book One and Two were thick books, but the thinnest was the third book, which focused on the Infant Narratives. Now, for many there is nothing new in this department that he is writing about, but I actually found myself liking the book. Papa gives a different look at something we know with the Narratives.
Rating: 5 out 5
During the Week (Monday through Saturday) I read almost not secular books (I do read some comics/mangas, but not enough to worry), but during Sunday I read at least one secular book. You might be asking yourself why, well simply it is a little Easter and so technically Lent does not fall on the Sundays. But, it is also because I have books from the Library and I want them done so I can turn them back in.
So, one of those Secular books is going back to my childhood. I was a huge fan of Dear America and American Girl series. When I went to NWS library (Base Library) and saw this book, I picked it up and knew I wanted to read it.
Recently I have been craving fiction books of some kind dealing with the American Revolutionary War, it might be because of the comic I read. Yet, I think it is because I love historical fiction in general, always have. Many a nights I have even come up many historical fiction stories to help me sleep.
While as I mentioned I love these series, I was a little bummed by this one. I have no idea why, maybe it is because I feel there could have been more to it than what was written. I know in a sense this is just a diary, but I do not know. It made me feel like I was still hungry. I feel one of the other Dear America books dealing with the Revolutionary War might be a little better.
Rating: 3 out of 5
At the end of this month I really focused on reading as many of the books written by Pope Benedict XVI so the last two books are written by him.
These two books were sermons and papal audiences of Papa’s on the subjects than actually in-depth books.
What It Means to Be a Christian is actually from 1965 before he was Papa! It was a difficult read for me because I felt it was too short and not as deep as his other pieces. It did shine through some good points about being Christian. So, even if it is short and blah I would recommend reading it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Great Teachers was very interesting because it his Papal Audiences that focus on his reflection on Saints who really helped with the foundation of the Church. I will say that he is truly a man who loves both Dominicans and Franciscans because he largely wrote about St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure.
These writings are really great ways of understanding not only great Saints, but also their influence one the teachings of the Church.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Well that is all for this month, hopefully there will be a better review post for the month of March.