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Recent Reads

Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell (2012)--Chapter book.  Maya calls this "the best book we've ever read."  Sixth-grader Isabelle Bean doesn't have any friends, and she knows her life doesn't quite fit.  Then she falls into another world through a door in the school nurse's office.  Where is she?  Why is she there?  Will she ever go home again?  Does she even want to go home again?  Highly recommended.

Dearly Departed, A Zombie Novel (2011) and Dearly Beloved, A Zombie Novel (2012) by Lia Habel--Young Adult.  In 2195, zombies are real, and Nora Dearly is busy fighting them when she falls for an undead soldier named Bram Griswold.  While their love begins during the first novel, their relationship faces society's censure during the second novel.  A very original, entertaining take on young paranormal love.  Highly recommended.

Naked (The Blackstone Affair) by Raine Miller (2012)--Romance.  Despite my dislike for the current trend to break what could easily be a regular novel into short, serial ebooks, I enjoyed this one enough to be anxiously waiting for parts two and three.  Just to warn you, though, the ending is abrupt and very much a hanging ended.  Elaina is seriously damaged, Ethan is older and domineering, and they're keeping important secrets from each other.  Highly recommended.


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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

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Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?