Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!
What I Reviewed:
- [21 Jan] Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen ★★★★½
- [22 Jan] Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis ★★★★
- [23 Jan] Shattered Vows by Kaylea Cross ★★★★
What’s Coming Up:
- Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan
- The Reverse Play by Julia Clarke
- Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts (audiobook)
This Week’s New Releases:
What I Found Online:
This Week’s Book Haul:
This week was a test in patience for sure! Lots of my coworkers were sick, so it was a trial trying to cover everything. It is really cold and its going to get colder. I can’t seem to shake this cold/sinus infection. So, I’m ready for January to take a hike!
I didn’t get to read much this week either. I was tired at night (when I usually read) so I was only getting through a chapter or 2 before I fell asleep. Thursday night I fell asleep at 7 pm. It was sad! I’ve also had some struggling getting into audiobooks too. Nothing seems to hold my attention for long!! I did finish Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts and it was quite good. Because of all my reading/listening struggles, my goodreads goal is already ‘3 books behind schedule’. Thanks for that, Goodreads…
If you have been watching the news, you might have heard about the incident in DC last weekend involving Covington Catholic. So, I teach at a Catholic school in Cincinnati…about 20 min away from CovCath. To say it’s been interesting is an understatement. We all have had to get lots of reminders about expectations and such so that this never happens to us. Regardless of whether the young man in the video was causing an issue or not, the school has been under fire recently for a few other issues (they have dressed in blackface for basketball games…and this incident wasn’t their only example of poor judgment). Its also an example of a rush to judgement by everyone-even the Archdiocese was quick to throw these kids under the bus. I think there were multiple wrongs in the event-the students wearing those hats just makes them scream ‘white privilege’ and some adult really should have told them it wasn’t a good time to wear those. The group of adults screaming taunts at the kids were obviously not behavior well either. The Native American interjecting himself to help was good, but then to disparage the students afterward was kind of shady.
It’s so sad to see people disparage Catholic education because of the poor behavior of a few schools. This could have happened to any group of teens from public school just as easily. I don’t think the reason they are entitled rich kids is because they attend Catholic school. There are entitled white kids at public schools too. The school I teach at is very diverse, both ethnically, religiously, and economically. Lots of private schools are diverse in these ways, but the ones that become well known are the really elitest private schools and they give everyone a bad name. So, I think all this drama added to the stress of the week too. We had lots of discussions with the students about it-what they thought, what we learned as the story evolved, why you should behave as if your parents will see your actions (because, in this day and age, someone is always filming and your parents WILL see), and how to pray about it. Next week is Catholic Schools Week where we celebrate the joys of Catholic education. In my school, the kids write cards to some of their elementary school teachers, they get free lunch for the week, we have Franciscan friars come to speak to the kids about our Franciscan values and heritage, and we have a 3 on 3 basketball tournament to raise money for St. Vincent de Paul. I’m hopeful this will help us remember why Catholic school is a blessing for so many of these kids who would be in failing schools otherwise.
Ok, so kind of a bummer week…But this week will be better for sure! And look at my book haul! That was a good pull!
So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!