Daily Archives: June 5, 2013

Quarterly Reading Challenge #10

Okay! I didn’t do so well on the last reading challenge, probably because I started it with only a few days left, so here I will try again! πŸ™‚

Duration: June 1, 2013 – August 31, 2013

We are a YA Book Club, so all books should be young adult.

You have 3 months to read 10 YA books that satisfy following requirements:

1) Read a book that from ALA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations list. The list can be found here. If you find nothing you want to read on that list, you may read from other other years. The full list is here.

2) Read a book that is a new release published in June, July, or August of 2013. GoodReads offers lists of the most popular new releases by month, they might help you to make your choices – June, July, or August (If you have difficulties obtaining these new books, you can read a release from the same months in 2012).

3) Read a book set in summer or that has a summery cover (beach and such).

4) Read a book whose title starts with one of the letters of the word SUMMER.

5) Read a classic title.

6) Read a book with a cover that does not have a person on it. [This may be harder than you think!]

7) Read a book that involves traveling: a road trip, a trip or moving to another state, country, or continent.

8) Read a book that is funny.

9) Read an author’s debut novel (a list of this year’s debut authors can be found here.)

10) Read a book which is a 5-star favorite of one of your GoodReads friends (if you’ve yet to make any GoodRead’s friends, choose a 5-star favorite of a co-moderator – and friend them if you want!)

And, as a reminder to me, I should post my progress on their page. I’m not sure how Goodreads tracks this…. πŸ™‚

I’ll try to keep this post updated with my progress, as well!

What are you guys reading this summer?

Five Flavors of the Week

5 Faves

Today is a day for trying new things! πŸ™‚ So, after seeing a bunch of my friends joining in on this link-up thing, I decided to join in! (But only the fun ones…)

Hallie runs a website called Moxie Wife, and she hosts Five Favorites on Wednesdays. And that’s all you have to do. List 5 of your favorites. However you interpret that. πŸ™‚ Sweet! πŸ™‚ And good thing for me that it is weekly, as my preferences change quickly!

So here are some things this week that I am enjoying:


This weather. Maybe not the rainy days, but the sunshiny warm-but-not-sticky days. I usually don’t do this, but lately I have been enjoying going outside on my lunch hour and spending some time in the sun at one of the picnic tables. I try to ignore the fact that everyone in the building can look out their window and see me. πŸ™‚


These are some wildflowers at the edge of the wadi (?) on the front lawn of my workplace.
Flowers at NCAC


Learning. I don’t think I will ever stop learning. I go to school as much as I can (afford). I am currently in the middle of pursuing a Master’s degree in Theology, but I read everything I can get my hands on. And I tend to look up things I don’t understand. Like the word “wadi” used in the last Favorite. πŸ™‚ I kept hearing that term when reading the Bible, but I had no idea what a wadi was. So, I asked Google (who knows all).

I found out that a wadi is a dry riverbed or drainage course that is typically dry, except after heavy rains. This is pretty spot-on for what we have surrounding our office building, so I keep calling it a wadi. πŸ™‚ I think most other people around here (and me, previously) would have called it a creek. (The creek is dry; the creek has water in it from the rain…)

Here is my wadi:


Prayer. I am working on reinvigorating my prayer life. And adding more discipline into my life in general. But this week, I have added more time in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, recommitted myself to praying at least an hour per day, recommitted to journaling when I pray, and am starting a new fast. For various medical reasons, I don’t do fasting from food very well. So, I will be fasting from Facebook. I’m on FB *constantly*, so this really will be a sacrifice for me. πŸ™‚ I get that I’m still on Twitter and the internet and blogging and stuff, but I want to pick something that I can do and stick with it. I can always expand later when it becomes a habit, but what I don’t want to do is to make it some huge thing that I will be unfaithful to in a week or so. I think that small things, done with great love and faithfulness tend to have more import than short-lived grandiose offerings. πŸ™‚ (And I like St. Therese of Lisieux, which might explain things a bit…)


Challenges. I’m very competitive. Even with myself. πŸ™‚ I had spoken previously about a challenge that I found on my Goodreads group, but unfortunately, due to the lateness of finding the challenge and the hours of the library surrounding the Memorial Day holiday, I was unable to complete it. However!!! There is now a new challenge, and since I’m finding out about it sooner, hopefully I will be able to complete this one! πŸ™‚

I suppose a corollary Favorite would be reading. This extends to all kinds of media-consumption: music, movies, etc. πŸ™‚

I’ll post about the new challenge shortly. (Just don’t hold me to today… No guarantees!)

And I’m still plugging away at my C25K program, although I have been getting very tired recently and having more pain, so there’s been more time between running sessions than I’d like. Keep cheering me on; I need it! πŸ™‚

Until next time! Join me at Hallie’s for some more Five Favorites!