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Recent Reads

The Everest Years by Chris Bonington (1987).  This is the third volume covering the career of British mountaineer Bonington.  While Everest makes the title, his climbs during the 1970s and 1980s of the Ogre and K2, Mt. Konjur, and Mt. Vinson also get covered in detail.  He shares a lot of the details that went into planning trips, as well as his experiences during the climbs.  He shares a lot of his own thought processes.  I think he shows a particular sensitivity when discussing the impact on loved ones left behind and the deaths of friends.

After She's Gone by Maggie James (2017).  Interesting psychological thriller about the past coming back to haunt a family.  There's a lot about relationships, secrets, and discovering how well she really knows the people around her for Lori when her sixteen-year-old sister, Jessie, is raped and murdered.  Who is the killer, and what is the motive?  And who is the next victim on the list? 

More than Survival and If Only to Forget by Camryn Lynn (both 2015).  Standalone stories set in the same post-apocalyptic world with zombies.  In More than Survival, Lucy spends years living in a secluded cabin with her prepper uncle after her parents' deaths during the early days of the outbreak.  What happens when her uncle fails to return from a trip to get supplies, and someone else finds Lucy?  In  If Only to Forget, Kyra and Riley are part of a group of strangers seeking safety in a high school during the early days of the outbreak.  How long can they stay in the school, and what will happen if they leave?  [Also published as More than Survival and Fighting for a Future by Kate L. Mary (both 2016).]


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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

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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.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

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?