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Wayward Reads
Wayward on Words
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Florida Crackers
Poetry
The Surprise at the End!
It's May! All of the flowers from the April showers are supposed to bloom. Let's celebrate with some new books!

Wayward Reads

Fiction-wise

Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore
Moore's newest book! "Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging—last seen in The Serpent of Venice—washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool." I get that this description makes absolutely no sense. But Moore fans are thrilled!

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
"Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most." Sounds like a wonderful summer read!

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
"When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn't interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way..." A sweet romance!

The Book of V. by Anna Solomon
"Lily is a mother and a daughter...in 2016. Vivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife in the Watergate era. Esther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia. In Anna Solomon's The Book of V., these three characters' riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years." I don't know...in thousands of years all we get is two in modern America and one in ancient Persia? Still, I'd give it a try.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam
"Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation." This is some tense scifi!


Mystery
Our minds could use some mystery distraction right about now...

Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay
"Life is all sugar and spice for the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakers--Melanie Cooper is engaged to the delectable Joe DeLaura, Angie Harper and her husband Tate are savoring married life, and the bakery is bustling with happy customers. Until one of their most valued cupcake connoisseurs ends up dead." Cupcakes and murder!

Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs 
"Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley are guests at a bird hunt styled in the precise manner of an English shooting party. Which means elevenses (sloe gin fizzes), gun loaders, the drawing of pegs, fine looking bird dogs, and shooting costumes of tweed, herringbone, and suede. But as gunshots explode like a riff of Black Cat firecrackers, another shot sounds too close for comfort to Theodosia and Drayton. Intrigued but worried, Theodosia wanders into the neighbor's lavender field where she discovers their host, Reginald Doyle, bleeding to death." You had me at Tea maven!

The 20th Victim by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The shooters' aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection. When Lindsay realizes that the fallen men and women excel in a lucrative, criminal activity, she leads the charge in the manhunt for the killers. The victims were no angels, but are the shooters villains . . . or heroes?" James Patterson and his writers always pull off a great read!

Bullets and Beads: A Miss Fortune Mystery
 by Jana Deleon
"It’s Mardi Gras time and Fortune is looking forward to seeing the spectacle firsthand, but when a visitor to Sinful is murdered during the celebration there, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie can’t help but wonder what happened. As they start looking into the woman and the family in Sinful she came to visit, their investigation sends them to New Orleans, right at the height of the Mardi Gras celebration. But instead of relaxing a little and enjoying the festivities, Fortune can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched." Sounds like murderously good fun!


Mini Reviews

Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told by Tom Phelan
A quirky cast of characters in a quaint Irish town with a secret.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen by Sybil G. Brinton
A wonderful read spoiled by the hurried ending.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs
If you don't mind ridiculously improbable stories, this is a great read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
If I'd known it was based on a real person from the start, it would have been even better.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars





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Wayward on Words


From the V section of my treasured (purple, naturally) velvet covered copy of The Gilded Tongue: Overly Eloquent Words for Everyday Things by Rod L. Evans, PhD:

Varlet: A low, unprincipled person. A rascal, knave. (Wascally Varlet.)

Velitation: A minor dispute or slight contest. A skirmish. (Like Elmer Fudd might have with a Wascally Varlet?)

Verbigerate: To repeat a word or sentence endlessly, meaninglessly, and usually unconsciously. (Wascally Varlet! Wascally Varlet! Wascally Varlet!)

Verruca: A wart. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is made anew with such information.)

Vibrissae: The whiskers of a cat. (But not a wascally wabbit?)

 
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Wayward Quotes


“It’s only when you look at an ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day that you realize how often they burst into flames.”

                                                                        – Harry Hill
 

Florida Crackers


This is a leaf footed bug. He's huge. About the size of my palm. He'd be scary if he wasn't so weird looking. Anyway, this one's been hanging out on the orchid tree in our back yard lately. Leaf footed bugs eat plants, so he's probably the reason for the holes in our leaves. And they apparently let off a foul smelling odor if disturbed or threatened. I'll be sure to talk nicely around him. (April, 2020)
 

Poetry 

May is Back

by Richard Le Gallienne

May is back, and You and I
Are at the stream again -
The leaves are out,
And all about
The building birds begin
To make a merry din:
May is back, and You and I
Are at the dream again.

May is back, and You and I
Lie in the grass again, -
The butterfly
Flits painted by,
The bee brings sudden fear,
Like people talking near;
May is back, and You and I
Are lad and lass again.

May is back, and You and I
Are heart to heart again, -
In God's green house
We make our vows
Of summer love that stays
Faithful through winter days;
May is back, and You and I
Shall never part again.

 

The Surprise at the End!

 
April Showers bring May Flowers 
This beautiful cat was shared by tuija2005 and made available via Flickr
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