I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 "in the Books"

One of my friends from Church had a goal in 2013 to read 52 books in the year...and she did it. (And they were regular adult novels, some longer than others. Wow!)

Though a far cry from 52, I managed to read 25 books (at least, as best as I can recall) last year. Here they are, color-coded for your reference:

Red = YAC (Church) Book Club
Blue = Children/YA
Purple = Professional Development
Green = Personal/For Fun

* = rating (out of 5)

- Rediscovering Catholicism ***
- My Life with the Saints ****
- The Goshawful Gold Rush Mystery **
- The Mysterious Benedict Society ****
- Our Greatest Act of Fidelity ***
- Tuck Everlasting *****
- Wringer ***
- The One and Only Ivan ****
- Wonder ****
- Hold Fast ***
- 39 Clues (Book 1) ***
- The Book Whisperer ***
- Because of Mr. Terupt ****
- The Giver ****
- Hoot ***
- What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most ***
- 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator ***
- The Storyteller *****
- The Fault in Our Stars ****
- Tuesdays with Morrie *****
- The Boy on the Front Porch ***
- Love and Salt ****
- Fearing the Stigmata ***
- Shirt of Flame ****
- Counting By Sevens ***

Yep, that just about does it. I've blogged about some of these as I read them within the past year, but if you're interested in any of the above, feel free to email me or leave a comment requesting further details. As you can tell, I love to share my joy of reading!

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