Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a book that stays with you for a very long time. It is hands down the best book (adult or children's) that I've read this year, and 2012 was a great reading year for me! If I were a school administrator I would require every fifth and sixth grade student to read this book, and maybe even up into the high school grades. The story of ten-year-old, August (Auggie) Pullman, truly shows how we shine from the inside and not from merely our appearances.
I love lists. When my mind is jumbled with the hundred things to get done in a day, there is nothing more satisfying then to sit down and write out a to-do list. The tasks on the list get crossed off one by one, and my earlier panic gives way to a sense of relief. Sometimes I will write something down after I've done it, just to get the satisfaction of then crossing it off.