Glorious Fall Leaves and Book Talk



While I can’t get enough of the changing leaves and their glorious color, my three-year-old boy can’t get enough of the combines at work in the fields all around us.

What’s your favorite part of fall?

fall Weekly Book Talk

Recent Reads


UnSouled (Book 3 in the Unwind Dystology), by Neal Shusterman (YA fiction, Simon & Schuster, 2013)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Unwind series is, I think, one of the most important fiction series for young adults–or anyone, for that matter. It tells a story, and tells it well, and it makes you think about the ramifications of the decisions we make. I want to write about it so badly, and it’s going to take some work to get my thoughts in order. Shusterman is a master storyteller, and I’ll be checking out his other work, that’s for sure.


The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States, by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson (Image Books, 2014)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book as much at the end as I did at the beginning. Definitely a book to own and share.

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Shepherds to the Rescue (Gospel Time Trekkers #1), by Maria Grace Dateno, FSP (MG fiction, Pauline Books & Media, 2013)

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have had this series on my review shelf for way too long, and my nine-year-old called me out on it this weekend. We started reading this together aloud, and I finished it that evening. Utterly delightful. I can’t wait to whip through the rest of the books in this series!


Current Reads

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Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus, by Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T. (Ave Maria Press, 2014)

I had a chance to hear Sr. Miriam speak last year at our local Catholic women’s conference and I was blown away. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her book, and, at chapter 2, I’m feeling completely justified. Her message is powerful and it’s well done. I’ll have more about this next week, I’m sure!


The Way of Perfection, by St. Teresa of Avila (for the Catholic Spiritual Direction book club) (also free online)

I’m hoping to finish this book in the next week, but we’ll see. I’m not finding it easy reading, but I am finding nuggets that I needed within it. I’d recommend it, but I would also recommend reading it with a group or with a friend. There’s a lot here and I find it helpful to have the discussion.


North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell (fiction, courtesy of Craft Lit)

Only a few more chapters to listen to and I’ll be done with this book. Honestly, I don’t think I would have taken the time to read this, but I have so enjoyed listening to both the book and to Heather Ordover’s commentary and discussion about it. Good stuff.

Up Next

Why Should I Learn This? A Guide for Homeschool Parents and Students, Edited by Erin Brown Conroy and Maureen Wittman (Homeschool Connections Publishing, 2014)

Though I don’t homeschool, I can’t help but be interested in it. (And I can’t help but wonder at that. I researched homeschooling and then I have kids who want and insist on regular school. Hmmm…) So given the request to read an early copy of this book, I couldn’t resist.

What have YOU been reading lately?

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Copyright 2014, Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.


    • Maaaaybe. Haven’t read Magic Tree House…though my 9yo has read a few of them and I have the gist. They find themselves magically transported back to Bible times. I’m planning to whip through the rest of the books after I finish the new Unwind book that showed up on my Kindle at midnight… 🙂

    • Barb,
      That’s a great comparison. I would say yes. My 7-year-old has read all of the Magic Tree House books and 3 (so far) of the Gospel Time Trekkers and made the comparison. He loves them – I gifted his first grade class with two of them last year and the kids and teachers enjoyed them a great deal!

  1. I just started reading “When the Church Was Young” by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. I am not too far into it, but I like it. I know I will learn a lot. I’m just not a fast reader, so it might take me awhile. Up next for Well-Read Mom is “Pride and Prejudice,” which I’ve read a couple times. I may look for an audio version to mix it up! 😉 I am going to look into the Gospel Time Trekkers books for my kids!

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