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Wayward Reads
Shameless Plug Alert!
Wayward on Words
Wayward Wandering
The Sunshine State
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!

Wayward Reads

The email said, "10 Spooky Books You Have to Read this October" and I was like, yes! But when I clicked on the link and got to the article, it said, "10 Spooky Books You Have to Read this Fall," which, I don't have to tell you, makes absolutely no sense. Except that, granted, it'd be hard to read all of these scary books in one month. Nonetheless, here are some if the spooky books the people at Parade suggest we read:

We Were Mothers by Katie Sise
"A scandalous revelation is about to devastate a picturesque town." 'Nuff said. I'm reading it.

River Bodies by Karen Katchur
Murder in a small town. "Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface—memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden." Sounds awesome!

Daughters of the Lake
by Wendy Webb
"As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations." This one sounds positively creepy.

And here's an extra, not from this article:
The Gryphon's Glade by Linda L. Zern
"The dark water that slips through the cypress knees of Reed's childhood home bear silent witness to the secrets and myths and nightmares found in the Gryphon's Glade." Don't read it all alone at night!

From the same "spooky books" Parade article:

Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter
Now with added gory details you never wanted to know...but really did!

Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith by Carly Gelsinger
A "shocking and creepy" memoir. Well, what good is a memoir if it's not at least a little shocking and creepy?

Mini Reviews

No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
An engaging, satisfying read.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Reparation: A Novel by Ruth Rodgers
A heartbreaking Southern story.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
A deeply moving read!
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

Crimes in a Second Language by Elizabeth Sims
Fascinatingly, un-put-down-able.
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Wayward on Words

From Mental Floss' "10 Words With Spooky Etymologies":

Aghast: Originally meant "frightened by a ghost." The ghast part is derived from the Old English word "goesten" (meaning "to terrify") which is itself a derivative of "goest" meaning...ghost.  Ah, it makes sense now.

Nickel: From the German word Kupfernickel or "copper demon." Mischievous creatures that tricked "unsuspecting miners into thinking they had discovered copper, when in fact they had discovered nickel, which was comparatively less valuable."

Mindboggling: The word "boggle" comes from a Middle English word, bugge, an invisible ghost or monster. Bugges could apparently be seen by animals, however; hence a spooked horse might be said to have seen a boggle.

Mascot: Originally a mascot was a talisman or charm. From masca, an old French word for witch or sorceress.

Lemur: Would you believe that Carl Lennaeus named Lemurs after "the ghoulish Lemures" of Ancient Rome? The Lemures were said to be the "zombie-like ghosts of murder victims, executed criminals, sailors lost at sea, and anyone else who had died leaving unfinished business behind them on Earth."
Lemurs? Cute little Lemurs? Say it isn't so...
Wayward Cat Publishing
Dianna Dann Narciso
The Sunshine State
My Photos at iStock Photo

Wayward Wandering

Caturday Cat Faire!
Saturday, October 13
Hart Memorial Library, Kissimmee, FL

Cocoa Village Book Fest
Saturday, November 3
Cocoa Village, Cocoa, FL

Miami Book Fair Street Fair
Friday-Sunday, November 16-18
Downtown Miami, FL

The Sunshine State

Where it's too hot to think straight...

There's a snake in the house! A Florida story...

Caviar of the South! And a recipe...

10 Things I hate about October in The Sunshine State...
(This one's worth it just for that pumpkin shot)

Florida Crackers

The black vulture. Fluffy. Pensive. Melancholy. Perhaps evaluating his life choices. Or wondering where his next carcass will come from.



My Spirit Will Not Haunt the Mound

Thomas Hardy

My spirit will not haunt the mound
Above my breast,
But travel, memory-possessed,
To where my tremulous being found
Life largest, best.

My phantom-footed shape will go
When nightfall grays
Hither and thither along the ways
I and another used to know
In backward days.

And there you’ll find me, if a jot
You still should care
For me, and for my curious air;
If otherwise, then I shall not,
For you, be there.


The Surprise at the End!

What are you doing? What are you doing? I must know...
This sweet photo was taken and posted to Flickr by Greyloch.
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