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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

Happy New Year! Let's take a look at coming films based on books so we can decide whether or not to read the books first. That way, we can sit smugly in the theater lamenting the ways in which the film has ruined the book. Or, as rarely happens, sit enraptured at the way in which filmmakers have taken a mediocre book and turned into story brilliance!

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt, a boy who grows up in a town of only men, discovers that despite everyone's shared ability to read minds, his peers keep him from a terrible secret. How are they going to pull that off? 

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox, an agoraphobic architect, disappears before a family trip to Antarctica. Her daughter, Bee, compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world. Messages, documents, and correspondence overwhelming a narrative aren't my thing. I'll see the film.

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
In this historical thriller set in '40s post-war Germany, a woman reunited with her husband learns she'll have to share a home with a mysterious widower and his troubled daughter. Mystery and trouble. I'll take it.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
"Theo Decker moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle." The book had mixed reviews. The film should tighten it up a bit.

The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
"Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?" This looks like a definite "read before the movie" book. 

Non-fiction Rules!

Get your new-year brain in gear with these titles.

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity by Jamil Jivani

Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington's War Over the Supreme Court by Carl Hulse

The Witches are Coming by Lindy West 
This one requires some text: "One of our foremost thinkers on gender unveils her unifying theory of America: that our steady diet of pop culture created by and for embittered, entitled white men has stoked our sociopolitical moment."

Mini Reviews
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Like war itself...longer and more tedious than we expected.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War in fiction done right.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Highly engaging and fascinating. It'll rock your world! 
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

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Wayward on Words

From "20 Awesome Historical Words We Should Bring Back." (I told you I'd milk this one for a few months!)

Groke: Someone who stares at you hoping you'll give him some of your food. (Like the cat?)

Shivviness: The uncomfortable feeling of wearing new underwear. (Always wash it first!)

Crapulous: Feeling ill as a result of eating too much food. (I always feel crapulous after the holidays!)

Mugwump: Someone in charge who affects being above petty squabbles. (Nobody likes a mugwump.)

Dysania: Someone who has extreme difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. (Well, I'm crapulous!)

Wayward Quotes

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
– C.S. Lewis

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Florida Crackers

From Wikipedia: The anhinga "sometimes called snakebird, darter, American darter, or water turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. The word anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake bird." This one's caught a bit of plastic netting, by the look of it. I had every confidence he could disengage. (Taken January 3, 2019, at Circle B Bar Preserve in Lakeland, FL)




by Madison Julius Cawein

A barren field o'ergrown with thorn and weed
It stays for him who waits for help from God:
Only the soul that makes a plough of Need
Shall know what blossoms underneath its sod.


The Surprise at the End!

Happy New Year!

This fabulous photo was taken by Ari Helminen and made available through Flickr
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