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Wayward Reads
Shameless Plug Alert!
Wayward on Words
Wayward Quotes
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!

Facebook Group

Wayward Cat Book News now has a Facebook Group where we can talk books, reading, words, and maybe even, on occasion, cats! We're just getting started, so come on over and join us!

Wayward Reads

We're knee-deep in summer! Here are some heavy summer reads for you:

Florida by Lauren Groff
Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: a collection of stories by the author of Fates and Furies.
I'm living it! Except the secrets part.

Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson
"Brilliantly imagined, profoundly thought-provoking, and ultimately heartbreaking."
That's my kind of read.

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death."
Sounds deep and satisfying.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
"Deadpan absurdities of institutional living; stunning and unsentimental; audacious and tragic."
In my shopping cart!

New and noteworthy non-fiction reads:

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
"A timely call-to-arms by a Silicon Valley pioneer."

Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty by Jacqueline Rose
"An incisive, rousing call to action from one of our most important contemporary thinkers."

These Bones Will Rise Again by Panashe Chigumadzi
"Chigumadzi successfully nests the intimate charge of her poignant personal story in the sweeping historical account and mythology of Zimbabwe." – Brian Chikwava, author of Harare North

Mini Reviews

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
Conley writes about his experience in a Christian "ex-gay" program.  A bit superficial, but a good read.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Is she gay? Is she straight? Do we care? A bit slow, but a good read.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Under Heaven's Shining Stars by Jean Grainger
A story of 1960s Ireland. Could have been so much better...
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Wayward Recommends

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Beautifully disturbing coming of age story.
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Wayward on Words

First, has a list of "ghost words"--words that came about due to error. As in, not meant to be! They include:

tweed: supposed to be the Scottish word twill, but they pronounced it tweel, and one thing led to another.

syllabus: supposed to be sittybas or possibly sittubas, the ancient Roman word for a label on a papyrus roll. One drunk monk and we lose the great word sittybas!

momblishness: means muttering talk. Chalk another one up to drunken scribe. They misspelled the plural of the French word for forget-me-not. It's unclear how its definition came about, other than that it sounds like the way your mom talks when she's trying to remember which kid's name she wants to scream.

And here are a few weird words that begin with the letter J (for July):

jumbuck: a sheep (Australian) 

jumentous: resembling horse's urine. Eeeewwwww! horse urine so different it needs its own word?

jungli: uncultured or wild (Indian)

Flamin' hell, you jumentous ingrate, your jungli jumbuck's in my barley again!
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Wayward Quotes

I read a book twice as fast as anybody else. First, I read the beginning, and then I read the ending, and then I start in the middle and read toward whatever end I like best.                                                                                            --Gracie Allen

Florida Crackers

This adorable, fuzzy thing is a juvenile green heron. Spotted with a sibling at Blackpoint Wildlife Drive in Brevard County Florida in July 2018



Upon Judith

Robert Herrick

 Judith has cast her old skin and got new,
    And walks fresh varnish'd to the public view;
    Foul Judith was and foul she will be known
    For all this fair transfiguration.

The Surprise at the End!

When you live with a cat, you're never alone.
This sweet photo was taken and posted to Flickr by Maggie.
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