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Florida Crackers
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The Surprise at the End!

Wayward Reads


Fiction Wise

Spring has sprung...apparently. Here in Florida we've already moved on to summer. This makes me sad. But here is the Times Herald-Record online with what they call "Some Cheery Choices for Spring." I could use some cheer! Here are a few of their picks:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
"Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways." I'm not fond of novels fully told in letters, etc. I think I'll watch the film instead.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Hester Velmans
"...inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age." I totally just bought it!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
"A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew." Oops. Just bought another one...

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
"Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart." I'm on a book buying roll now.

Girls' Poker Night: A Novel of High Stakes
by Jill A. Davis
"Ruby knows that happy endings aren’t for cowards, and she hasn’t lost hope that there are risks worth taking. As smart as it is laugh-out-loud funny." Well, I like laugh out loud while I'm reading...at night...while my husband is trying to sleep in the bed next to me...


Thrilling Thrillers 

These are too scary for me. But this is all about you.

Guilty by Laura Elliot
"With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare." Nope. Mothers' worst nightmares are my worst nightmares!

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
"And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman." Aaaahhhhh! Toy telephones accepting phone calls from the dead?! ...Actually, that sounds kind  of cool.

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo
"A haunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park about a man who finds himself at odds with the dark heart of the wild—and the even darker heart of human nature." There's nothing more frightening than the dark heart of human nature. Am I right?

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis
"Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret's. Before it is too late." Very creepy, if you ask me.


Mini Reviews
The Vatican Princess by CW Gortner
Salacious. It got to be a bit too much toward the end.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Sewing Holes by Darlyn Finch Kuhn
A sweet coming of age story.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith
The ending was a bit pat, but a great read.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
Beautiful story!
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars



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Wayward on Words


From "15 Wacky Words Word-Lovers Want to Know" over at The Odyssey Online:

Colporteur: Someone who peddles books, newspapers, or other writings, especially bibles or religious tracts

Logomachy: An argument about words

Wayzgoose: An annual summer party and outing that used to be held by a printing press for all its employees

Pooter: A suction bottle for collecting insects and other small invertebrates

Hoddy-noddy: A foolish person

During the grand wayzgoose last weekend, our head colporteur and I had quite the logomachy after which I threatened to use my pooter on her. What a hoddy-noddy, she is!
 

Wayward Quotes

 
You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.

                                      – Dr. Seuss

 
Links
Wayward Cat Publishing
Dianna Dann Narciso
The Sunshine State
My Photos at iStock Photo
Pinterest

Florida Crackers

These are great blue heron feetsies!

Wikipedia says it's "the largest North American heron and, among all extant herons, it is surpassed only by the goliath heron (Ardea goliath) and the white-bellied heron (Ardea insignis). It has head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36–54 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), a height of 115–138 cm (45–54 in), and a weight of 1.82–3.6 kg (4.0–7.9 lb)."

I like them because they don't move around a lot. Easy to photograph. 

Poetry 

 

This Much and More

by Djuna Barnes
 
If my lover were a comet
Hung in air,
I would braid my leaping body
In his hair.
 
Yea, if they buried him ten leagues
Beneath the loam,
My fingers they would learn to dig
And I’d plunge home!

 

The Surprise at the End!

 
Who could resist this face?

This fabulous photo of a kitty named Sherlock was taken by David Brown and made available through Flickr
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