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BookBub recommendation.  My friend Kym suggested this site to me, and I find at least two or three free books to download every week from the daily messages.  To quote from their site:

"BookBub is a free email newsletter that keeps you updated about deeply discounted and free digital books. You choose the types of books you'd like to get notified about -- with categories ranging from mysteries to cookbooks -- and we send the best deals in those genres to your inbox."

Fan fiction for The Walking Dead.  With TWD t.v. series on hiatus until season three resumes in February 2013, I'm feeding my fixation with exploring the available fan fiction.  I'm really enjoying seeing where others take the story and characters, though I might not want to admit how many late-night hours I'm spending browsing and reading.

Marco's Redemption by Lynda Chance (2012)--Romance.  Chance is one of my favorite authors for the Alpha male/slightly shy female, and I pretty much stalk Amazon for new releases from her.  In this one, Natalie crashes her cousin's car into Marco's Audi, and he suggests being his live-in housekeeper for a year as a way to repay the repair bill.  Of course, he doesn't really need a housekeeper. . . .  This particular story moved a little slowly, and I didn't feel a connection with the characters.  I suggest reading Seduced by the American Millionaire by the same author instead.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (originally 1850)--Classical fiction.  This is still the book I pick if I'm forced to limit myself to one favorite, and I read this over again at least every two or three years.  Hester Prynne with her scarlet A for adultery, living in a Puritan society with a child born out of wedlock, is an iconic literary figure.  This story is an interesting take on religion, personal responsibility, and hypocrisy--all issues that still challenge American society today.    


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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?