Diving into a Good Book: Suggestions from Women Like You

Ahhh…there’s nothing quite like the smell of a new book. The crisp pages, text shining brilliantly off the page. The perfectly bound spine. The delightfully designed cover, free of smudges and stains.

But then again, there’s nothing quite like a feel of an old book… when you pick one up, it’s tempting to imagine the stories of the people whose fingers flipped through the wrinkled, dog eared pages as they ravenously devoured each chapter.

Whether you’re a lover of new books or an old, illuminated book kind of gal, chances are you’re probably looking for a great read - one that will will hook you right from the beginning and pull you deeper. Books that point towards the good, the true, the beautiful. Books that will inspire you, uplift you, challenge your viewpoint or sometimes, just entertain you.


The other day on Instagram, we shared some of our favorite summer reads and asked you all to share your own favorite books! Below you’ll find a selection of books curated by YOU and other women, all striving to live today well! This collective belongs to you and so does this book list ;) Regardless of what kind of book you’re looking for, we hope you’ll find something on this list that will appeal to you!


The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy - a favorite of @michaelsbecca

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - a favorite of @annabonnema, @jwheelerdesign, and @karabecker_

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt- a favorite of @jwheelerdesign

Traitor’s Kiss (Part 1 of a Trilogy) by Erin Beaty - a favorite of @belovedblessedart

Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott - a favorite of @that1catholicgirl

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell - favorite of

Surrender by Carmen Marcoux - a favorite of @catholicgirltalk

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - a favorite of @aabello21

My Antonia by Willa Cather

The Once and Future King by T.H. White - a favorite of @catholiclibraryassistant

Fire in the Night by Lynn Austin (Part of series, but can stand alone) - a favorite of @that1catholicgirl

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - a favorite of @juliegamine


Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World by Isabel Gillies - a favorite of @stella_maris _prints

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle - a favorite of @ohhey.rene

Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen - a favorite of aabello21

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - a favorite of @jwheelerdesign

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeust - a favorite of @bertschirae

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food  by Lysa TerKeust - a favorite of @bertschirae

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World by Sarah Quezada - a favorite of @annabonnema

Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat- Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Fr. Michael Gaitley - a favorite of @aabello21

Who Does He Say You Are? By Colleen C. Mitchell - a favorite of aabello21

This: Becoming Free by Michael Gungor - a favorite of @deannacaroline

I Choose the Sky: A Scriptural Devotion for Women by Emily Wilson - a favorite of aabello21

The Complete Works of Elizabeth of the Trinity (Vols. 1 & 2) by Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity- a favorite of @cat_lady_ lisa17

Read a great book recently and want to share? Leave a comment below or shoot us a message and we’ll add it to the list!

The Live Today Well Collective Team

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