What I’m Reading and Watching This Week

Now that our health has been restored, I can finally get back into the regular swing of things.

On Netflix, Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City became exciting with people 1) making meals, 2) going swimming, and 3) doing laundry. Also, the folks are starting to develop crushes on one another. One thing that really surprised me about this show is that there’s a panel of people who watch what’s happening and discuss it. The panel is made up of adults and a 14 year old young man. I’m kind surprised with how the panelists discuss how attractive the women are (and I’m totally shocked that they would do that in front of a 14 year old – some of the language is colorful).

Another thing about Terrace House that I don’t understand is that there’s clips of the participants at university, at jobs, etc. I can’t tell if they’re actually still working their jobs and continuing their education while the show is filming or if that’s something they did before filming. If I remember correctly, the show The Real World just had the participants at the house but not still employed (although maybe I’m wrong about that).

Anyways. I’m finding it fun to watch although slightly turned off by the whole crush-talk.


I needed something to read that was easy to read but not exactly the literary version of candy, so I decided to try Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly.

Kelly discusses how we basically are our own worst enemies, because more often than not; we know what we should do but just don’t do it. If we just did we we know we should; we’d find ourselves happy. He takes the reader through his life – not to be a braggart but to show how people have guided him in forming an interior life, how that’s helped his overall life and happiness. It’s not a biography but a great “guide to forming an interior life” type book that have short, to the point chapters.

I’d recommend this book to new converts, people who have no idea what an interior life even is, those who feel stuck spiritually but aren’t yet ready for SUPER MASSIVE UNDERTAKINGS.

I picked this book because 1) it had been recommended to me a while ago by my parish’s parochial vicar and I felt embarrassed that I hadn’t read it and 2) I wanted something to help me get a better idea of Sacred Scriptures and how it all fits together.

This book definitely does a great job of showing how Sacred Scripture foreshadows events, how some of the more scandalous parts of the Old Testament fit into the overview of salvation history, how events are connected, and more. It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be, and I’m definitely embarrassed that I didn’t start reading it sooner!

I’m only halfway through the book but I’m finding it highly engaging and hard to put down. Each chapter flows the next and it’s very well-written. I’ll be a little sad when it’s over because I don’t know what book would be a good follow up book to it!


I’m turning my mind towards Lent to figure out what would be good spiritual reading. Nugget’s Godfather had recommended Death on a Friday Afternoon a few Lents ago. I know Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ is a good book for Lent, as well. I’ll have to pick through my books and see if anything strikes me.

One book that I did already purchase for Lent is the Lenten devotional journal entitled “Above All“. It arrived Monday, is thick and absolutely beautiful inside. I’m really looking forward to using it this Lent. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading and Watching This Week

  1. Thank-you for reminded me about “Life of Christ”….that sounds like it would be good for Lenten reading. (Still my favorite non-GKC book besides stuff like the Bible or Catechism.) BTW, you’ll be pleased to learn that I found a Fulton Sheen book at a thrift shop today that I was able to pick up for a dime. 🙂 It’s called “The Choice: The Sacred or Profane Life”

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      • Will do. It states on the cover it is from “The Life Is Worth Living Series”, and appears to be transcripts of 29 of his broadcasts united around themes related to the book title, More specifically, on the inside, the book is described in this way:

        “In this book, the great teacher and theologian poses the provocative and challenging question: Will you life for yourself and for the moment, or for God- and for eternity.

        Sounds like good Lenten reading, I think, so I plan on reading at least part of it…(and hopefully all of it.)

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      • Interesting! I have a book of all his Life are Worth Living shows (or at least most of them). I bet there’s some overlap between your book and mine!

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