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Wayward Reads

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September already! For the lucky ones in the north, it's time to dig out sweaters and start thinking about pumpkins and scarecrows! Here in Florida,'s still summer. But we'll get into the Autumn mindset in our own way, eventually. In the meantime, here are some new books to get you in the mood for curling up with a great read. (Courtesy of Business Insider's "The 12 best books to read this September, according to Amazon's editors.")

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahisi Coates
The "dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved." This sounds like a wonderfully impactful read!

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
"Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be." This sounds magical!

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
"At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves." Ooh, my kind of book!

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
"A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago." Do you think the author's first name had anything to do with this idea? Anyway, sounds great!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
"In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. Then she finds a strange book...that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors... Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own." Excellent!

From "The All Time Best Science Fiction Books for Gamers," at Forbes.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson 
weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age." Cool.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
"Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City..., Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats 'existence' as something that can be bought and sold." Well, that sounds wild!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
"Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class." This one sounds like a great choice!

Mini Reviews
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
Weird characters, a pall of dread, and great writing usually do it for me. But this one was just almost there.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
Okay, so not as fantastic as the first book, but still a wonderfully charming read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A very good story, well told.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends
Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman

Very enjoyable read, filled with all the stuff of good fiction. 
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Okay, time for the shameless plug. Scroll on by for more on words...
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Finding Wayward

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Nov 2 & 3
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Miami Book Fair
Street Fair
Nov 22 - 24
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Downtown Miami


Wayward on Words

This month I decided to hit up Google for some words by asking questions. The first (and, as it turns out for this month, only) question I asked was, "What is the funniest English word?" This query led me to Babble Magazine and their list (from a scientific study!) of the funniest the British, anyway, under the title, "What's the Funniest Word in the World," which is misleading as there could very well be funnier words not in English.  

The top twelve words are:
12. Twerp
11. Ass
10. Egghead
9. Bebop
8. Tinkle
7. Waddle
6. Twit
5. Nitwit
4. Hooter 
3. Booby
2. Tit
1. Booty

Which tells us that the British are mostly fourteen-year-old boys. 

To find the funniest word in the English language, however, they used the science of comedy and decided that it must have the letter K in it, or at least the sound of K. Their criteria were: 
1. It should be uncommon
2. It should have some kind of humorous usage attached to it
3. It should have hard stops, especially the K sound
4. It should be benign, in that it won't hurt anyone, but should break the rules of expectation

And the word they came up with? 


That's right. Cucumber

Hogswaddle! Pure hogswaddle, if you ask me.

Florida Crackers

If there's a rock, a tree branch, or a tiny island in any pond, river, or creek in Florida, you'll find turtles on it. This is from Turkey Creek in Palm Bay, in August 2019.



Old Hudson Rovers

by Michael Earls 

Send us back the olden knights, tell no law to track 'em,
Give to boy and maid the storytellers as of yore,
Millionaires in legend-wealth, though no bank would back 'em,
But old Benny Havens by the West Point Shore.
Off with lazy vagabonds, social ghosts that shiver,
Give to worthy road-men the great green way,
And we'll hear a song again up the Hudson river,
Ringing from a drifting raft, set in silver spray.

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The Surprise at the End!

Too soon?
Kitty 2 was photographed by Peter O'Connor aka anemoneprojectors and the picture made available via Flickr 
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