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Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
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Demon Volume 2 by Jason Shiga
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In the Beginning... by Arnaud Plumeri
The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea by Blair Niles
Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines
Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 by Tim Hedrick
We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved by Patricia Hruby Powell

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Books about cats written by women
February 2017 ROOB and other news
Inclusive reading in February 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 27)

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 27): 03/27/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 27)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Monday and Tuesday, my youngest was home sick. Since I couldn't go anywhere, I had extra time to read. I also finished the necessary pieces of my redesign / move to the new domain. Now comes the fun part — creating new, larger images for all my older posts. I'm working my way backwards and just finished the posts from August 2016.

In other news, our move to Canada is being put off for at least a year. We may, however, be moving locally because we do need an extra bedroom.

What I read last week:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro - the latest Charlotte Holmes book
Read Review
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
DNF: I needed a break from it.
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
DNF: I might finish it later
The Magic Cornfield
The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
Library book
Awesome picture book I read for my road narrative project.
Otis and the Scarecrow
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
Library book
Picture book about a tractor and a scarecrow; also read for the road narrative project.
Over the Ocean
Library book
Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi
A Japanese picture book about what might lie over the ocean
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem by  Kelly Thompson
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem by Kelly Thompson
   

Two "did not finish" books in a week is unusual for me but I wasn't enjoying either of them. I might go back to both books later.

What I'm reading:

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
The Genius of Birds
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Nonfiction, layman's introduction to ornithology.

Up Next:

My goal continues to read through my personal collection, although I do have one library book in the mix; it's a book about fishing. I haven't been fishing in about thirty years and I need a refresher before I take my own kids.

Complete Book of Baits, Rigs & Tackle
Complete Book of Baits, Rigs & Tackle by Vic Dunaway
Library book
Mockingjay
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Giant Days, Vol. 3
Giant Days, Vol. 3 by John Allison

Last Week's Posts

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Comment #1: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 22:44:09

MarthaE

Hi! The blog is looking very sharp!
Otis and the Scarecrow looks fun as does Giant Days.
I hope you enjoy the fishing book as you prepare for your outing.
I hope your boys are feeling better.
Moving to Canada? That is quite a move.
Happy reading and reviewing!



Comment #2: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 19:49:24

Pussreboots

Thanks re the blog. Otis and the Scarecrow is part of a series but the only one I've read. I was reading it more for the scarecrow than the tractor. I am enjoying the fishing book — the little of it that I've read so far. It lays everything out in a simple to follow but informative fashion. My daughter is better (and she's the one who wants to go fishing). My son seems impervious to the whatever is going around. The move to Canada is most likely off for at least a year while the company sorts out headcount.



Comment #3: Sunday, March, 26, 2017 at 23:17:30

MarthaE

Sorry - I said "boys" instead of "child". I'm glad your daughter is better. That is fun that she wants to fish. :-)



Comment #4: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 20:24:49

Pussreboots

No worries. I was vague in my post.



Comment #5: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 01:03:09

Greg

The Last of August and Otis and the Scarecrow both look good.



Comment #6: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 22:20:10

Pussreboots

Otis is part of a series where I haven't read the others. It was cute but not exactly what I was looking for. The Last of August though was fun and I'm looking forward to a third book.



Comment #7: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 02:41:10

Kathryn

You are very good to take your children fishing. I don't mind the fishing but hate having to kill the fish - such a wuss, so I don't go! Yes reading our own books is always a mission!



Comment #8: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 07:24:24

Pussreboots

I don't mind killing the fish. I've done it before. But before any of that I need to get a license and equipment.



Comment #9: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 08:10:39

Christina T

Good luck with your website project and your moving plans!

Hope you enjoy this week's books more than last week's. I usually like Rick Riordan's books but if it isn't working for you it is probably best to pick up something else. I have to do that from time to time too. Why waste time reading something you/re not in the mood for, right?

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog.



Comment #10: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 07:29:10

Pussreboots

Moving, even locally, will be an adventure after thirteen years in our current place.

Normally I like Rick Riordan's stuff too but the ending of the Heroes of Olympus had too many points of view and too much going on in too many places to get invested in any one plot or character. Plus the series has the unfortunate luck of having a character named Leo and a character named Piper — which automatically makes me start comparing the entire book to a long, stupid plot from Charmed.



Comment #11: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 09:50:58

Laurel-Rain Snow

Enjoy your week and your new books. I am curious about The Last of August.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.



Comment #12: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 07:36:50

Pussreboots

Last of August is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte. Both plots are rather complicated, so I recommend starting at the beginning.



Comment #13: Monday, March, 27, 2017 at 10:18:30

Nicole

Wow! The Charlotte Holmes series looks really awesome. Additionally, how did you like Jem? I am really looking forward to picking up that trade. Mosquitoland, I have heard good things about. And All Four Stars looks lovely. Good luck with reading this week!



Comment #14: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 07:41:18

Pussreboots

The Charlotte Holmes is a solid YA mystery series. I love the Jem series. I buy the IDW omnibus volumes. Dark Jem collects issues 11-16. The next one comes out this August. All Four Stars so far is cute and there are a bunch in the series.



Comment #15: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:55:32

Kathy Martin

I enjoyed City of the Lost and the sequel. I thought City of the Lost had some nice plot twists. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #16: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 08:44:55

Pussreboots

I have the sequel on my phone waiting to be read.



Comment #17: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:32:45

SweetMarie83

A Study in Charlotte was my favourite book of 2016, and I really enjoyed The Last of August. I'll read anything Sherlock related!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer



Comment #18: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 08:57:11

Pussreboots

Like you I will read anything Sherlock related. Another good series just started is a middle grade one. The first book is The Great Shelby Holmes and the next in the series comes out this fall.



Comment #19: Monday, March, 27, 2017 at 11:36:46

Beth

I've been listening to the Rick Riordan on audiobooks - so enjoyable. Just started The Titan's Curse!



Comment #20: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 08:59:26

Pussreboots

Riordan's books do lend themselves to being exciting audios. We listened to most of the Percy Jackson books as a family. Now we're doing the same with the Magnus Chase books.



Comment #21: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:50:41

Beth

Otis and the Scarecrow looks like an interesting book!



Comment #22: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 09:04:15

Pussreboots

Otis and the Scarecrow is odd because Otis is a sentient tractor with animal friends but the scarecrow is an inanimate object from start to finish. There are other Otis books which I haven't read, so perhaps the first one explains why he's sentient.



Comment #23: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 12:48:00

Geybie's Book Blog

Awesome list. You're really a very productive blogger. I hope you enjoy the book you're currently reading and the ones you'll be reading next. Have a great week. :-D



Comment #24: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 09:58:24

Pussreboots

I work on the blog at night when my husband and son are watching anime (unless I'm also interested in the series).



Comment #25: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 14:10:45

Tara

Oooh, I enjoyed Mosquitoland; hope it works for you!



Comment #26: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:25:12

Pussreboots

It is so far. I'm on page 50.



Comment #27: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 17:41:06

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

It seems like so many people have been sick recently. :( Glad that your youngest is feeling better!

The Genius of Birds looks good - I am a bit of a bird nerd. :)



Comment #28: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 15:36:41

Pussreboots

Genius of Birds is marvelous. I also recommend that you read Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear (2017).



Comment #29: Monday, March, 27 2017 at 17:49:02

Sam @ WLABB

I loved David Arnold! I really like Mosquitoland, and I loved KOA. Enjoy!



Comment #30: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 15:36:41

Pussreboots

Kids of Appetite is on my wishlist.



Comment #31: Monday, March, 27, 2017 at 18:40:38

Sarah's Book Shelves

I read Mosquitoland a few years back and thought it was just OK up until something happened later in the book, which made me look at things in a whole new light. Enjoy!



Comment #32: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 15:43:41

Pussreboots

I'm on page 80 of the book. I am enjoying it — but I'm reading it with a critical eye as part of an on-going road narrative project.



Comment #33: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 19:00:54

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I have often thought about reading Mosquitoland. Let's see what you think!



Comment #34: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 17:52:00

Pussreboots

So far I am really enjoying Mosquitoland. I will write a review when I'm done.



Comment #35: Monday, March, 27 2017 at 20:39:28

Nise'

Looks great, hope the updating continues to go well.



Comment #36: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 17:55:52

Pussreboots

Thanks! The updating is going smoothly but each image takes time.



Comment #37: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 23:18:10

Susie | Novel Visits

The Hunger Game books were so good. Enjoy Mockingjay. Love the big flower in the background here!



Comment #38: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 20:57:18

Pussreboots

We'll see. I liked the first one. The second one was pretty good but I'm wary of the final one. Regardless, I'm planing to donate the set when I'm done.

I change the blog's background every Friday. So next week you'll see something else. It will probably be something natural though.



Comment #39: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 06:32:22

Book Dilettante

My grandkids would love Over the Ocean!



Comment #40: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 08:53:36

Pussreboots

I certainly did.



Comment #41: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 09:46:26

Sarah

Wow you got a lot of reading done last week. Good luck with your upcoming move.



Comment #42: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 08:56:49

Pussreboots

Thanks!



Comment #43: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 18:33:11

Yvonne

From Here to Eternity I've watched the film many times but never thought of reading the book. It sounds like a challenging read.



Comment #44: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 17:08:33

Pussreboots

I've never seen the film, save for certain scenes. I was reading it in ebook form but I don't think it was a very good edition. In paper the book comes out at about 800 pages. In ebook form it's 2300 pages. I think if I try again, I'll either fiddle with the font to get it to something closer to its actual page count or I'll borrow a print copy from the library.



Comment #45: Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 02:22:10

Louisa

Oh, The Last of August! Awesome book! And of course, Mockingjay! And that's all that I recognize :) Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #46: Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 11:44:22

Pussreboots

I still haven't started Mockingjay. I want to finish Mosquitoland first.