This excerpt by St. Alphonsus Liguori called “On Spiritual Reading” was so helpful when I first read it 3 1/2 years ago, and so I would like to pass it on:
I spent a lot of time meditating on it, and gradually, I have cut out the bad, worldly reading (I even quit secular TV and movies because God gave me the grace to see that they were influencing me too much), and replaced it with Scripture and the spiritual classics. I can no longer count how many lights and graces I have received through spiritual reading.
There’s a lot of material out there that calls itself Catholic, and so much of it rejects Church teaching in favor of the writer’s own idea of what it means to be a good Catholic. (I do not wish to single out any specific person or website, but I have even stopped looking at many Catholic websites because they reject all popes since Vatican II.) Even with a lot of good Catholic material, some books are a better use of time than others. I have found it more helpful to stick with a few books and read them over and over, rare than to read many different books.
What I have done is to get a Kindle Paperwhite (much easier on the eyes, and easier to read at all light levels than other kinds of Kindle) and download spiritual classics at little or no cost. Many can be found at Catholic Way Publishing: catholicwaypublishing.com/all-products/
Many other good ones were recommended to me because I bought Catholic spiritual classics.
My 5 favorites (apart from the Bible, of course), alphabetically by title:
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
The Sinner’s Guide by Ven. Luis de Granada
The Spiritual Combat by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
The Spiritual Works of Louis de Blois
The Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux (my favorite saint, apart from the Blessed Virgin Mary)
These have been the source of so many helpful thoughts and counsels for me, I would love for others to benefit from them.