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Recent Reads

The Ghost Sitter by Peni R. Griffin (2001).  Highly Recommended.  Charlotte's little brother finds an imaginary friend named Susie when they move into a new house.  Susie also happens to be the name of the little girl who died fifty years ago while living in their house.  What can Charlotte and Shannon, the girl next door, do to help Susie?  Maya and I cried while reading this book together.

The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel by Rhiannon Frater (2012).  Highly Recommended.  Nice blend of action and romance, with a fighter heroine who wasn't born until after zombies existed.

Blind Allegiance by Violetta Rand (2013).  The Blind Series.  Recommended.  Historical romance about an English woman gladly given to a Viking marauder by her brother.  Entertaining read about cultural and communication issues, family trials, and love.

Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls (2012).  The Famished Trilogy.  Highly Recommended.  Four years after the start of the zombie apocalypse, Kansas is surviving on her own quite well.  Then other survivors arrive in her little world, and everything changes.  The only downside to this story is waiting for the next release in the series.  [Insert usual diatribe about wanting a return to complete stories inside one book.]

Please also click on the Books Read tab at the top of the page to find other books I've read recently and chosen not to include in a Recent Reads post.  Something new to this blog!


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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.

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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?