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Recent Reads

Ghosthunters Series by Cornelia Funke--Chapter books.  Maya enjoys the action and humor involved with finding the ghosts.  I appreciate the sharp ghosthunter team of a grandmotherly Hetty Hyssop, a young boy named Tom, and a friendly ghost named Hugo.  Recommended.

Unravel Me by Kendall Ryan (2012)--Romance.  Psychology student Ashlyn falls for a man she's studying for her doctoral thesis.  Ethics aside, the big issue is that "Logan" has amnesia and is considered the prime suspect in a vicious murder.  Recommended.

Joy Ride by Desiree Holt (2011)--Romance.  Emma, tired of having a predictable career and an even more predictable fiance, goes to a rock bar for the first time, and heads home with a guitarist.  Marc knows he wants more than just a fling with the woman who won't even tell him her name, but what does Emma really want?  Highly recommended.

The Sacrifice by Evangeline Anderson (2012)--Romance.  Anderson is a hit-and-miss author for me, and this one is more of a miss.  Emma is a witch and herbologist who doesn't seem to have any special powers, and Aiden is the new sovereign vampire.  Imagine Emma's surprise when Aiden chooses her as his blood sacrifice, essentially his to do with as he will for a year.  Average.

Are you reading anything you would recommend?


Becky said…
Just finished _Finding Casey_ -Jo-Ann Mapson's sequel to _Solomon's Oak_.... both really good stories. Earlene Fowler comes out with her sequel to _The Saddlemaker's Wife_ on Dec. 29. It is titled _The Road to Cardinal Valley_. Some of her signings will be in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, CA, in January, and Vern and I are heading down for a winter escape and to have, at Earlene's invitation, a meal together! I'm really happy and excited about this. She continues to e-correspond with me.

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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?