Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Discover Your Vocation: Marriage, Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Permanent Diaconate, Single Life. By Father Stephen Wang, 96 pp

Very interesting read; though I always figured I'd become a Franciscan or Trappist monk after my mother passed, there is a strong need for new bold and strong leadership in the priesthood.  Maybe I can serve as a priest in a Franciscan or Trappist monastery!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory -- 254 pages

Caitlyn has always been fascinated by death, and fulfills a dream of hers by getting a job at a crematory (this is non-fiction BTW).  The chapters of the book go to describe many of the lessons she has learned, ways things are done in a crematory, death traditions, and many tidbits and philosophies of death.  The author has gone on to run alternative funeral practices.  It's an interesting read.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks -- by Nicholas Sparks -- 384 pages

Nicholas Sparks always writes a good love story.  This one throws in a lot of suspense as the main female character is also the victim of a crazy stalker.  I was on the edge of my seat, figuratively speaking, for much of the book.  I wanted to shout at her several times the equivalent of "Don't, go into that dark room, dummy." several times.  Yes, there is death in the book and some misty eyes  on my part.  I just won't tell you where....  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Though Non Go With Me -- by Jerry Jenkins -- 298 pages

A book tracing the life of Elizabeth, who became a Christian as a young teen deciding to follow Christ no matter the cost.  While I liked the premise, I didn't care for the book.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter, 242 pages

I had to kill an hour waiting for Samantha on Saturday and this was the only thing I could find in the car. A girl has to deal with 5th grade, a younger brother, and hiding the fact that her family are witches from her best friend. Then you throw in a new kitten that seems to be just a little peculiar, and it might be more than this witch can handle.
This was actually a really fun book that I enjoyed.

Dead City:Blue Moon by James Ponti, 328 pages

This is a great teen zombie series, not nearly as dark as Maberry's stuff but still a great read. I can't wait to see what happens next. I hate discovering a new series early on, because then I have to wait for each new book.

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London by Judith Flanders, 520 pages

This was a fascinating read. I love anything historical, more so if it has an English view, so this was great. I learned a lot, including the fact that newspapers used to be rented at one point. So much of this could be made into a great BBC documentary.