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

Wayward Reads

Fiction Wise
Have you ever thought that there are just too many books? You'll never get to read all of them! In this section of the newsletter, I usually point you to new and noteworthy books that you might want to check out. But this month, I'm going to draw your attention to (gasp!) old books. From Jeff Minick's article "Older Books are Still Worth a Read," in the Smoky Mountain News, these books are not to be missed!

Beyond the Bedroom Wall by Larry Woiwode, 1975
"...a rich, lyrical novel about the Neumiller family in North Dakota." Library Journal says if you like sweeping family sagas, this one's for you.

Moving On by Larry McMurtry, 1970
"After calmly finishing a Hershey bar alone in her car, a restless Patsy drives away from her lifeless marriage in search of a greater purpose." You had me at Hershey bar!

A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter Miller, 1959
"In a terrifying age of darkness and decay, [newly discovered] artifacts could be the keys to mankind's salvation." Apocalyptic!

Ninety-Two In The Shade by Thomas McGuane, 1973
The impetus of a thriller with heartbroken humor.  I love heartbroken humor!

What's Your Fantasy?
Okay, Okay! You want some new books, too? How about this month we take a look at the fantasy genre... 

Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman
"Mysterious invaders have come to Australia to set up a colony, and the natives whose lands they take suffer the consequences." (Do these invaders know about the Sydney funnel web spider?)

Kingdoms and Chaos (King's Dark Tidings Book 4) by Kel Kade
Sure, it's book four, but don't you love a series?

Mirror Gate (Harbinger Book 2) by Jeff Wheeler
"Two young women unite as two worlds approach the brink of war…"

I Am Gamer by Gabriel Rathweg
"A legendary Native American God has sent Lawrence back to North America circa 1400 AD. What’s a gamer to do?" 

Mini Reviews
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The epic conclusion to the Mistborn trilogy. Partly awesome, often tedious.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Chasing Paris by Jen Carter
An engaging story of family secrets.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Butterfly's Child by Angela-Davis Gardner
A wonderfully engrossing, if not a tad unbelievable, read.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
A fabulous read! 
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

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Wayward on Words

Do you play Words With Friends? I do. From "21 Wacky Words that Will Get You Megapoints in Scrabble," by Kaitlyn Miller over at MSN Lifestyle, here are a few wild words for you to consider:

quixotry -- behavior inspired by romantic beliefs without regard to reality. (Can you say "stalker?")

oxyphenbutazone -- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. A metabolite of phenylbutazone. (Also very dangerous!)

etaerio -- an aggregate fruit, as one consisting of drupes (like raspberries) or achenes (like traveller's joy) (Wait...what is traveller's joy?)

muzjiks -- a Russian peasant. (I hope it's not a pejorative!)

syzygy -- in astronomy, an alignment of three celestial objects. Also, any two related things, either alike or opposite. (Pronounced siz-i-jee)


traveller's joy -- aka: old man's beard (clematis vitalba). (Yeah, I'm not eating that.)

Wayward Quotes

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
— Lily Tomlin


Florida Crackers

On our visits to Black Point Wildlife Drive in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, we often see wild hogs. They are typically skittish, darting into the reeds as soon as we slow the car. These two, on the other hand, were clueless. And apparently deaf! All I wanted was a good shot of an adorable, furry, boar head. But nope. They were not interested in me in the least. (Taken August 25, 2018)



A Song
by Virna Sheard

0 heart of mine - if I were but a swallow - 
A thing so fearless, swift of flight, and free - 
On wings unwearied I would find and follow
Some path that led to thee!

Were I a rose out in the garden growing
My sweetness I would give the vagrant breeze
For he, perchance, might meet thee all unknowing - 
Yet bring thee memories.


The Surprise at the End!

It's September already?!

This fabulous photo was taken by Capital Area Animal Welfare Society and made available through Flickr
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