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Recent Reads

School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari (2009)--Chapter book.  First in a series, and we can hardly wait to read the other books.  Maya and I were often in hysterics reading together about four very different twelve-year-olds sent to a bizarre summer "school" to cure them of their life-limiting phobias.  Highly recommended.

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas (2012)--Romance.  Another in the current rash of Fifty Shades-type novels, this one just needs some proofing and a little editing to be exceptional.  Expect the usual hanging ending because the next book in the series comes in January 2013.  Recommended.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (originally 1847)--Romance.  You may have read this one for a high school or college class, and I read this again as part of my book club at work.  If you like your hero dark and brooding and your heroine smart and unaware of her own worth, give this one another look.  Highly recommended.


Lou La La said…
'Bronte Country' is Haworth which is 15 mins drive from my house :-)
sapphireblue said…
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books.

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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?