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Recent Reads

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (2015).  Maya and I read this YA book, recently released as a movie, together.  We enjoyed the book well enough that I think we'll go to the movie.  Seventeen-year-old Maddy stays inside the house, seeing only her mom and her nurse, to avoid dying from her allergies.  Then Olly moves in next door.  How much would you risk if you fell in love for the first time, even knowing that leaving the house to be with Olly could kill you?

Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner (2017).  Attorney Ella's younger sister, Charlotte, goes missing right after giving Ella the start of a semi-autobiographical novel about a murdered woman seeing three men, leaving three suspects.  A little disappointing that the Big Reveal wasn't much of a big reveal.  Plus, I didn't particularly like either of the sisters, so I didn't feel very vested in the story.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher:  A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (2012).  Based on the 1860 investigation into the death of a three-year-old English boy by Scotland Yard Detective Jonathan Whicher.  Unlike now, when a child's death certainly triggers close scrutiny of immediate family members, the detective's idea that someone in the household must have killed the boy caused an uproar.  Interesting to read about the lives of the remaining family members, too.


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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.

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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?