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Wayward Reads
Wayward on Words
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Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!
I feel a melancholy this August. I can't tell if it's the loss of naiveté, old age, or the sense of solitude due to the pandemic. The only source of healing, I should think, is reading. 

Wayward Reads


A Star is Bored by Byron Lane
"She's an actress in need of assistance, and he's adrift and in need of a lifeline. Laugh-out-loud funny, and searingly poignant, Byron Lane's A Star is Bored is a novel that, like the star at its center, is enchanting and joyous, heartbreaking and hopeful." Well, despite the lack of the word "of" in "...a couple minutes..." in the second paragraph, I put this one on my to-read list.

Happily Whatever After by Stewart Lewis
"Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?" This one sounds like a lot of fun!

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
"Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition—under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, wickedly observant debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men—and herself—for a chance to live happily ever after." A sweet romance!

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
"When [Dean] moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken—and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year..." Adorable!

The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms
"As one of the most popular influencers on social media, Mia Bell has lived her life online for years... But off-camera, her world is far from picture perfect. After being jilted by her fiancé and faking her nuptials to please her sponsors, Mia finally has had enough. She heaves her phone off a cliff, ready to live—and maybe find love—offline for a change." Paige Miller..."hacks Mia’s account and begins impersonating the internet celebrity...But when she grows too bold and is caught in the act, a fiasco ensues that could forever change Mia, Paige, and the people who love them." Well, it sounds heartwarming and sweet. Maybe just what we need right now."

Oh, to be lost in a fantasy world right about now...

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence
"In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown. Yaz’s people call it the Pit of the Missing and now it is drawing her in as she has always known it would. Yaz’s difference tears her from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger." Oh, this sounds really cool!

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
"The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another . . ." Book Two: The Trouble with Peace has just been released, so there's plenty to keep us occupied with this story.

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
"Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands. Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience." Sounds intense.

The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin Book 1)
 by Melissa Caruso
"Deep within Gloamingard Castle lies a black tower. Sealed by magic, it guards a dangerous secret that has been contained for thousands of years. As Warden, Ryxander knows the warning passed down through generations: nothing must unreal the Door. But one impetuous decision will leave her with blood on her hands--and unleash a threat that could doom the world to fall to darkness." Fabulous fantasy!

Mini Reviews

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
Meh. This book isn't all it was promised to be. You can read my complete review on The Sunshine State Blog (link in the "links" section below.)
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

The Andy Griffith Show Book by Richard Michael Kelly
I enjoy reading books like this and this one did not disappoint...too much.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
Haunting. A weirdly good read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I loved every minute of this book!
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Wayward on Words

Here are some of the shortest obscure words in English with definitions taken from

Aa: basaltic lava having a rough surface. (A perfect word for a Central Florida August.)

Id: the part of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses that seek satisfaction in accordance with the pleasure principle and are modified by the ego and the superego before they are given overt expression. (That part of me that keeps going to the AC unit to make it colder in here?)

Kip: the hide of a young or small beast. A bundle or set of such hides. (I'm so hot here I don't want to think about leather right now.)

Pyx: the box or vessel in which the reserved Eucharist or Host is kept. A watch-shaped container for carrying the Eucharist to the sick. Also called pyx chest--a box or chest at a mint, in which specimen coins are deposited and reserved for trial by weight and assay. (I got nothin'...)

Zek: (in the former U.S.S.R.) an inmate of a forced-labor camp. (Exactly what it feels like having to go outside in this heat.)

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Wayward Quotes

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.”

                                                                        – Jane Austen

Florida Crackers

The partridge pea, or sensitive pea, looks like a weed, but has lovely delicate yellow flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Its seeds are eaten by songbirds.  (Summer, 2020)



August Moonlight

By Richard Le Gallienne
The solemn light behind the barns,
The rising moon, the cricket's call,
The August night, and you and I -
What is the meaning of it all!
Has it a meaning, after all?
Or is it one of Nature's lies,
That net of beauty that she casts
Over Life's unsuspecting eyes?
That web of beauty that she weaves
For one strange purpose of her own, -
For this the painted butterfly,
For this the rose - for this alone!
Strange repetition of the rose,
And strange reiterated call
Of bird and insect, man and maid, -
Is that the meaning of it all?
If it means nothing, after all!
And nothing lives, except to die -
It is enough - that solemn light
Behind the barns, and you and I.


The Surprise at the End!

Summer Fun for Cats! 
These beautiful cats were shared by mcmorgan08 and made available via Flickr
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