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Recent Reads

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (2011).  Recommended.  As promised to fellow blogger Anny with a Why, I read Warm Bodies over the weekend.  Maya and I saw the movie version back in February.  I think anyone who enjoys the movie will enjoy the book and vice versa.  Light, entertaining read with humor and romance that just happens to be set in a world with zombies.

The Shadows by Jacqueline West (2011).  The Books of Elsewhere series, volume 1.  Highly Recommended by Maya.  Maya and I are reading this series together because there are paintings with a life of their own, witches, and cats that can talk in the house where Olive and her oblivious parents live.  Olive is engaging, quirky, and a bit of a misfit.  The scariest part of this first book in the series for Maya?  Olive, at eleven-and-three-quarters, is left home alone overnight by her parents, and Maya's parents had better not ever, ever do that to her!!

Reawakening by Charlotte Stein (2011).  Forever Dead series, book 1.  Highly Recommended.  After spending two years surviving in a world filled with zombies and equally dangerous other survivors, June is found by Jamie.  He takes her to the island oasis he shares with Blake.  The slide from learning to trust the two men to becoming friends and then more is quick, but who knows if tomorrow might be their last day?  Highly erotic content.

Real by Katy Evans (2013).  Highly Recommended.  Underground fighter Remington Tate wants Brooke Dumas in his life from the minute he spots her in the crowd at one of his fights.  I'm a sucker for the attraction-at-first sight stories, and this one does not disappoint.  While there are more books coming about Remy and Brooke, this book provides a satisfying ending on its own (yay).

As an aside, I seem to be finding a lot of romance novels called "new adult," including Real, these days.  Have you been reading anything in this relatively new category?  What do you think?  I'm wondering, just as happened in recent years with young adult novels, if new adult is the hot trend of the current time.

As always, I would love to hear what you're reading, plus your thoughts if you have read any of the books mentioned here.


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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?