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Recent Reads

In the Castle of the Flynns: A Novel by Michael Raleigh (2002).  Highly Recommended.  This is the August discussion selection for my work book club.  The story revolves around an Irish Catholic Chicago family in the 1950s.  Live, love, and learn with Daniel, a seven-year-old who goes to live with his grandparents and bachelor uncles after his parents die in a car crash.  I laughed out loud more than once, and I hope that's true for the other book club members.

Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins (2013).  Recommended.  Sara's working on getting her high school diploma at a second-chance school when she meets Dale, a younger twin for the rock star she adores to the point of obsession.  Rollins deals with some serious issues while creating a sweet romantic relationship for her characters.  I enjoyed the setting of the late 1980s, too--nostalgia!

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (2013).  Recommended.  Thought-provoking portrait of Jesus in the context of the period in which he lived, plus a portrait of the earliest Christians and Paul's influence on Christianity.

What are you reading?


SapphireBlue said…
I'm reading "Smokin' Seventeen" which is part of the Stephanie Plum series.

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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?