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

Wayward Reads

The Evening Standard has its summer must-read list out! Here are some of their suggestions:

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane
"A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year." This sounds wonderful!

The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts
"A laugh-out-loud, toe-curlingly honest debut for fans of Helen Fielding and Bryony Gordon." Author Jilly Cooper says the sex in this book makes her feel like a nun. I'm going to pass. 

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
"Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place." Sounds good to me.

Late in the Day
by Tessa Hadley
"Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer’s evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: she is at the hospital. Zach is dead." This sounds like my kind of book!

Cozy Mysteries!
I haven't read a cozy mystery in ages. Cozy mysteries typically take place in small, closely-knit communities and tend to have touches of adorable-ness in every chapter. Here are some new releases to consider: 

Murder Misunderstood by Susan Bernhardt
"A privileged and unlikeable newcomer arrives in Sudbury Falls...with an unsettling hobby: cultivating a poisonous garden. When the newcomer is discovered dead, the neighbors are somewhat relieved, yet someone must be held responsible for the crime." Kay Driscoll is on the case!

Wed, Read, and Dead by V.M.Burns 
Samantha's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau. To pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks, a flamboyant wedding planner is engaged. "But their beacon of hope quickly sends everyone into a blind rage, most of all the groom-to-be. So when the maddening micromanager is strangled with her own scarf, it's a shock, but not a surprise." Oh my!

Knit One, Die Two by Peggy Ehrhart
"When Arborville, New Jersey’s snooty theater scene is upstaged by a shocking murder, Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club must act quickly to stop a killer from making an encore performance." There are cats on the cover so it has to be fabulous!

Murder from Scratch
by Leslie Karst
"Restaurateur Sally Solari’s cousin Evelyn may be blind, but she can see all too clearly that her chef mother’s death wasn’t an accidental overdose—she was murdered." No! Not murder!

Mini Reviews

Sand by Hugh Howey
Well, there's a lot of sand. Actually a very cool read, but I haven't gone for the second book yet, so...
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

The Heirs by Susan Rieger
A surface story that ought to have run deep. But not a bad read.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Not as good as I was told, but I still enjoyed it very much.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Okay, so I only gave it 4 stars. Don't let that stop you. I was a really great read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

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Wayward on Words

From "34 of the Craziest Words in English" over at Express Writers: 

Gardyloo: what people in Edinburgh used to shout out the window before dumping their slop buckets into the street. 

Taradiddle: something filled with pretentious nonsense. A lie.

Snickersnee: a long, dangerous knife. 

Gubbins: an object of little or no value. A gadget.

Wabbit: a Scottish term meaning exhausted.

Gardyloo, Monica! My bucket of taradiddly gubbinses is ready for the window. Now, hand me my snickersnee and let's get wabbit chopping vegetables. (I tried.)
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Wayward Quotes

“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

                                                                        – Alan Dundes

Florida Crackers

Gopher tortoises and their burrows are protected here in Florida. This happy tortoise was enjoying some greenery at Port Canaveral last weekend, just off the sidewalk. I'm happy to say that all the people passed him by without molesting him in any way.

Just look at that armored skin!




John Clare

     'T is evening: the black snail has got on his track,
     And gone to its nest is the wren,
     And the packman snail, too, with his home on his back,
     Clings to the bowed bents like a wen.
     The shepherd has made a rude mark with his foot
     Where his shadow reached when he first came,
     And it just touched the tree where his secret love cut
     Two letters that stand for love's name.
     The evening comes in with the wishes of love,
     And the shepherd he looks on the flowers,
     And thinks who would praise the soft song of the dove,
     And meet joy in these dew-falling hours.
     For Nature is love, and finds haunts for true love,
     Where nothing can hear or intrude;
     It hides from the eagle and joins with the dove,
     In beautiful green solitude.


The Surprise at the End!

This munching cutie was shared by tuija2005 via Flickr
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