My 2018 Reading List

Hello friends! Hope you have had a nice weekend. Today I want to share some of the books I want to read this year! I will also try to update this list with mini reviews and new books I find that I want to read/have read throughout the year.

On our honeymoon I really got back into reading for fun. I had somehow forgotten how much I love getting sucked into a novel and losing days hours of my life while I’m hooked. Since I had the reading bug, and also don’t have funds to buy 290194 new books to read, I decided to get a public library card. It is FREE, and I don’t think I’ve ever re-read a fiction book, so borrowing makes a lot more sense than owning for me. (Also, I’ve never been a big electronic reader… I just like the feel of a real paper book in my hands. Anyone else like that??) I’m so glad I got a card! Although the most popular new book may not always be in, browsing through books that you didn’t know existed is actually really fun. Going to the library every 3 weeks (when they are due back) has become a very fun routine for me. (Am I the oldest-lady 22 year old you’ve ever met?)

Anyway…. even though I love picking up random books, I also love searching for books beforehand and compiling a little “wishlist” of books I would love to read. I love reading other bloggers’ book reviews and perusing Good Reads. So, I thought, why not write about books I love or want to read?

T H E  B O O K  L I S T

  1. A Simplified Life 

    Review: I LOVED this book. It can be tricky for me to get through “self-help” kind of books/nonfiction sort of stuff, but I actually flew through this one. It had really practical advice and some really good simplifying strategies I hope to carry out in all areas of my life. This is one of the few books I actually own, and I’m sure I’ll reference it in the future a ton!

    Recommend? Yes!

  2. The Twilight Wife
  3. What Alice Forgot
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  5. The Harry Potter Series (again)
  6. The Woman in the Window
  7. Red Clocks
  8. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
  9. The Wife Between Us
  10. The Perfect Mother


Are you a big reader, too? Let me know what you’re reading right now!


2017 REAL Caitlin

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My Word of the Year: 2018 (and also, it’s me again with a life update!)

So, where was I when we last spoke? Oh yea, I had just gotten married and started my final (LAST EVER) semester of seated coursework for my master’s degree. That sort of consumed my life, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as I am preparing for externships in real work settings with real humans! Yay!!! Now here I am, several months since you heard from me, and it feels like so much has changed!

I have settled into married life (almost 5 months already!), settled into our first home together, and ADOPTED OUR FUR BABY, LOLA. She is the light of our lives and the sweetest rescue pup you will ever meet. (Just wait till we have an actual human baby. LOL.)

Photo Credit: Anna Neale Photography

We enjoyed putting up our first Christmas tree together, celebrating with loved ones, and just spending a lot of quality time together as husband and wife.

Currently, I am a studying machine, preparing for my comprehensive exam and the praxis (on the 11th, wish me luck!). Oh, and spending too much time writing goals and filling out my oh so beautiful Simplified Planner. (Yes, I’m that person who makes 929384 new years resolutions.) Anyone else out there a planner nerd? My secret (not-so-secret) dream job would be to open a tiny stationary store with all of my favorite curated stationary products. I just love pretty paper and cute office supplies. Wouldn’t that be the coolest??

Aaaaaannyway… in the title of this post I told you that I would be sharing my new word of the year! I thought about this one a lot, and came up with the best word (for me) ever to guide my year.


Some of my favorite synonyms for steadfast include: devoted, faithful, unwavering, constant, dedicated. As I reflected on 2017, I realized how so much of my life was bogged down by a lack of discipline, motivation, consistency, etc. I pretty much had to drag myself to get things accomplished, and had an attitude of ‘meh’ surrounding so many things. NOT the way to be when life is busy and you have things you both want and need to do.

The verse I am meditating on right now is 1 Corinthians 15:58.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

In 2018, I want to be steadfast in all that I do. I want to have steadfast faith, steadfast love, steadfast labor, steadfast hope, steadfast joy. God wants us to do his work not with a begrudging heart, or half-way-because-I-don’t-want-to-also-I’m-gonna-complain-about-it, but in a devoted, dedicated, joyful way. I want to mirror the steadfastness of the Lord in my life. That’s the way I want to “labor” this year when it comes to serving and loving my husband, working with others in my job, and just doing the nitty gritty that comes with adulting.

Did you choose a word of the year? I’d love to hear about it!

I hope to be posting and sharing more this year, but you know how I am… So, until next time (whenever that is)…

2017 REAL Caitlin

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I Got Married!!!

Hello friends! I’ve missed you!

Since we last chatted, I GOT MARRIED!!! I am now Mrs. Caitlin Burch. Weird, right?

On August 12th, Jake and I had the best wedding ever with our friends and family surrounding us, and celebrated our love. It was seriously the best!!! My vision for the style of our day turned out exactly as I’d hoped and I couldn’t be happier with how everything went. Thank you to everyone who helped make our day so special!!! We love you!!


Photo Credit: the amazingly talented Erin Stubblefield

Then, we woke up at 3:00 am the next day and left for our amazing honeymoon to St. Lucia! It was a week of fun and relaxation and quality time and we loved every minute. (Beside leaving Jake’s passport on the plane and me being patted down TWICE by TSA… only us.)

If you are getting married soon and don’t know where to honeymoon, I would totally suggest St. Lucia. AND AN ALL INCLUSIVE. So much food. So much fun.

It was also just so so beautiful. Picture overload below:1B86166E-552B-4B34-A064-5ADA7400205E2F2B16B7-4763-4C50-A27A-4587F6205F980ECDF057-296B-4033-BF46-5322C024B98A6F8123E5-FFF4-4F66-8652-E9D2ACB4A24E31E07BBB-7668-45D3-9B3A-629AB243CF91447DFF51-C5F7-4FC4-970A-663DF41944CED6B8D1EC-7A16-41E7-9AC8-EBC74DAD63AFD6D3C9C0-F7FD-4E0B-8799-D867629C7AF7E9D20917-E375-44A1-A27C-B7D7E468F33DFA2AB3F4-92C0-476D-A4A2-9DE138B69BB5IMG_1173.JPG8132F5E0-56B3-416B-8903-1D2872DE9C72

Now we are back to reality. And loving newlywed life. Being married is so fun! My favorite part so far is feeling like Jake and I are a new family unit, and the excitement that comes with thinking about the future and what our family will end up being like. So fun to dream and plan! Oh and hanging out with your best friend for the rest of your life is pretty cool too. (:

I love being Mrs. Caitlin Burch!

The school/work side of my life is going well, too. I just started classes and clinic starts this week. My research project is progressing well, and my work as a graduate assistant has gone well too. All of that keeps me pretty busy, but I feel like I will be able to spend more time physically at our house, which is big for me. I am a major homebody, so being able to work from home contributes positively to my mental well-being.

Also, I am so excited for my clients this semester! I am ready to meet them tomorrow and work with them to improve their speech and language this semester.

I think that about sums up my life update for you guys! Soon I want to share an apartment tour, because I’m loving the way it has come together! I feel like we have created a cozy first home together and it really feels like home.

Have a wonderful week!

2017 REAL Caitlin


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Word of the Year: Mid-Year Update

Hi guys! I’m back today, and have some thoughts to share about my word of the year that I chose in January.

I thought it would be fun to update you guys about how the word I chose has applied to my life/how I have been applying it over the past 6 months. Also, side note, can you believe we are halfway through the year?! Me either!!!

The word I chose was ‘truth.’


I’ll try not to take it personally if you forgot what word I selected. 😉 To read more about why and how I chose my word, feel free to read my original post.

Anyway, spoiler alert: I still am loving this as a focus word! Currently, I’m trying to read and study God’s truth daily. The more truth I bring into my life, the less room there is for distractions and junk. The enemy likes to tell us a lot of lies to get us to forget God’s true promises. Pretty crappy, right?

But reading, remembering, and believing the truth can help combat the lies. Truth is cool and comforting and reassuring and a lot of other great things!!!

While writing this post, I think the next step for me is to and memorize verses. I want to be equipped with truth so I can have some mantras for tough situations.

I’m excited to see how my word of the year continues to evolve through different seasons for the rest of the year. If you didn’t choose a word in January, why not choose one now? It’s not too late! And it’s fun!

I hope you have a great week! Also, I get married in 12 days. EEK! I can’t wait! Bye!

2017 REAL Caitlin


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