Month: September 2015

September 2015 in Review

Posted September 29, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 6 Comments

September 2015 in Review

Things that Happened in September

  • It is so strange that September is already over! This month has been so overwhelming!!
  • The first weeks of the school year have dragged and yet they have also gone by so quickly.
  • I was dragged to the city to try on dresses for my sister’s wedding next summer. I think we found one that everyone liked. That itself is an accomplishment. 🙂
  • This month has seemed to go by so fast when I wasn’t at the school. Just crazy fast.

I have decided to start reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer in Polish in hopes that it will help my Polish vocabulary. So far, it is very slow going.

I watched the Pope in Philadelphia on EWTN. I love Pope Francis so much. He is so inspiring and so full of joy. What a great representative of God’s love for all people, especially families, at the World Meeting of Families.

Books I Read in September

The Conspiracy of UsDaughter of the ForestNever, NeverLi Jun and the Iron Road
The Kiss of DeceptionEarthboundEarthquake The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard

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{Review} Becoming Darkness – Hitler’s Immortal and Won the War

Posted September 28, 2015 in Reading, Review / 4 Comments

{Review} Becoming Darkness – Hitler’s Immortal and Won the WarBecoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles
Publisher: Switch Press (2015)
eARC (485 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune–a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.
Lindsay Brambles’ debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis’ terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away.

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{SQT} Getting the Religious Ed Classroom Ready

Posted September 27, 2015 in Faith / 0 Comments

Seven Quick Takes

Seven Quick Takes is a weekly link-up hosted by This Ain't The Lyceum.


It is absolutely crazy to realize that religious education starts this coming Wednesday. Usually we would have begun already, but the Director just had her baby so we held off starting. I have been working very hard to get the classroom all ready for the students. It is just about there.



First there is the west wall that starts the theme for my classroom this year: Divine Mercy. The small board on the left is based on the Divine Mercy image. I had a lot of fun getting that board ready.




The northern wall continues the theme of Divine Mercy. This is also the main wall of the classroom and the boards that I use most often. As you can see, I already have the Creed and the first two mysteries of the Rosary ready to go on Wednesday.

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{Review} Code Name Verity – Historical Fiction on WWII

Posted September 24, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} Code Name Verity – Historical Fiction on WWIICode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2012)
Hardcover (332 pages)
Via: Library
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

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