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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book 2 Down...Book 3 to Go...

I spent the past two nights engrossed in Insurgent - it's the second of the Divergent trilogy. (Actually, I fell asleep on the couch around 9 last night and couldn't keep my eyes open to finish because I was plum exhausted - that's why it took 2 nights.)

Yes, it's a young adult book. (Think Mockingjay but more clever and unpredictable.) And, yes, I said engrossed.

At first, I honestly thought I enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy more (and, granted, I haven't finished this series yet), but now I'm inclined to stand down from that opinion.

What most impresses me about the Divergent books so far is the large number of twists and turns in the plot - characters changing sides and popping up unexpected, many times when you don't know if Tris is in a simulation (you'll have to read the books to understand what that means), and deep truths about human nature/character that come to light (which, let's be honest, is probably my favorite aspect). You (the reader) think you know what's about to happen and then, bam!, change of plans.

And, like all good second books of a trilogy, Insurgent leaves you on the edge of your seat. (Good thing my copy of Allegiant (Book #3) is sitting in the school office, waiting for my arrival tomorrow morning.)

Apparently there is a line to check out this series at the public libraries (according to my mother)...but if I were you, I'd get in line now. (Or, you could borrow it from a friend - I bet someone you know has a copy.) The movie comes out in March. I'm excited to see how it turns out, considering how they filmed in Chicago and all...