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Joyland by Stephen King (2013).  Dev is a young man working at a carnival in the early 1970s, and, as often happens, the girl he likes is into someone else.  Sounds like a pretty regular story, right?  Well, this is Stephen King telling the story.  Throw in a serial killer, a ghost, and just the intriguing setting of the carnival, and you have an interesting story.  [Full disclosure--I borrowed this book from my local public library.]

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011).  During the first part of the book, first-person narrator Tony is looking back on his youth from forty years ahead.  We learn all about his friendships and his first love.  During the remainder of the book, his present and his past collide, leaving him to realize the truth about his past isn't quite as he always believed.  As always, Barnes has the perfect touch, yet the story is incredibly sad.  I can't help thinking this book exemplifies the Lauren Oliver quote, "Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do--the only thing--is run."

Writing on the Wall by Tracey Ward (2013).  Survival series.  This series is another one set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world.  This time, though, we're a decade past the initial outbreak.  Survivors are living in colonies, as parts of roaming gangs, or, very rarely, alone, which is our heroine Joss' choice. When she meets Ryan, part of a gang, her carefully-built solo existence changes.  I'm more than ready for Backs Against the Wall, the second book in the series, coming in February 2014.

The Last Hit by Jessica Clare (2013).  Hitman series.  This is a standalone book.  If you like your "book boyfriends" a bit on the stalker side, this might be the romance novel for you.  Daisy leaves her stifling father, who kept her a virtual prisoner in order to keep her safe from the outside world, only to come under the notice of contract killer Nikolai.  He may be sweet to her, but he has plenty of enemies.

What are you reading?


SapphireBlue said…
I have never been able to finish a Stephen King book. I think because of the length.

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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?