Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
This Month Previous Articles Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Over Easy by Mimi Pond
The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Kitchener Waterloo: A Guidebook from Memory edited by Robert Motum
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala by Laura DiSilverio
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
XVI by Julia Karr

Miscellaneous
Detour ahead
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 3)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 10)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 17)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24)
March 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
March 2017 ROOB and News
What's your earliest memory of reading?

Previous month

Rating System

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? (April 17): 04/17/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 17)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

I'm back home from my week long trip from Hayward to Pine Cove. My daughter brought along the current stomach bug that plagued her school this holiday week so we didn't get to do all the things we planned. But we still managed to have fun.

Flowers at Pine Cove

Spring is hitting a little late there so the entire mountainside is awash in apple tree and cherry tree blossoms as well as daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths. The lupins will be in bloom next month.

Fire at Pine Cove

It's still pretty chill up there at night so we enjoyed a fire each night from dinner until bed time. My son turns out to have a natural skill at building them, so it became his nightly chore.

Left: Lake Fulmor, Right: Lake Hemet
Left: Lake Fulmor, Right: Lake Hemet

We visited two nearby lakes: Lake Fulmor on the Banning side of the mountain, and Lake Hemet near the city of Hemet.

Monica the catMonica the cat head-butting my daughter.

The highlight of the trip though was probably the trip to Living Free in Mountain Center, where we got to hang out with all the cats awaiting their forever homes.

Dying eggs

We also dyed eggs and had an early Easter celebration, so the kids and I could get home in time for school to start on Monday.

What I read last week:

Vampires on the Run
Vampires on the Run by C.M. Surrisi
Ebook
The next mystery in the Quinnie Boyd series. Still reading this from last week.
Haunting Jordan
Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
Ebook
The first of the Port Chatman Mystery series
Traveling Light
Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
Personal Collection
A road trip book I picked up last weekend.

What I'm reading:

They Came in from the road
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
Personal collection
A novel about a family living along one of the newly built highways in Wyoming in the 1920s.
Bought on my trip.
Pachinko
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Ebook
Multigenerational novel about a Korean family
Vinegar Girl
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Ebook
A retelling of The Taming of the Shrew for the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

Up Next:

As expected my "up next" set of books is exactly what it has been for the last two weeks because of my traveling.

The Final Kingdom (TombQuest, #5)
The Final Kingdom (TombQuest, #5) by Michael Northrop
Personal collection
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Rumble Volume 1: What Color of Darkness
Rumble Volume 1: What Color of Darkness by John Arcudi and James Harren
Library book

Last Week's Reviews

Comments (48)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:


Comment #1: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 23:22:35

Christina T

I hope your daughter is feeling better now! Glad you were able to have a good time anyway. There seems to be some different viral infections going around here as well.

I have a copy of Vinegar Girl on my TBR pile but haven't read it yet. Hope you enjoy it! I am really curious about these modern retellings of Shakespeare.



Comment #2: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 20:34:22

Pussreboots

Although we were hundreds of miles away, my daughter and her school friends all got sick at the same time, and all got well at the same time. It's definitely a virus that's going around. It's been a rough month for illnesses at school. Hopefully it's the last one.

In regards to Vinegar Girl, put it on the top of your TBR. I'm about a quarter of the way through and it's delightful.



Comment #3: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 23:30:13

Sam Still Reading

Glad you managed to have fun! I love Vinegar Girl, hope you enjoy it too.



Comment #4: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 20:40:20

Pussreboots

I'm a quarter through Vinegar Girl and I'm enjoying it very much.



Comment #5: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 00:21:47

Melinda

Oh my goodness, that egg is gorgeous! Did you dye it?



Comment #6: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 21:28:21

Pussreboots

I did! My mother purchased a kit with pre-mixed dyes that were thick enough to paint on. It was our first time trying this method.



Comment #7: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 00:38:17

Geybie's Book Blog

Happy Easter!

I hope your daughter is getting better. Wow.. what an amazing trip! Glad that you and your family were having a wonderful time. Love the pictures! The one with your daughter and the cat is cute. Hehe

Have a great week and Happy reading.



Comment #8: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 21:47:00

Pussreboots

She was better about half way through the trip. My daughter wants to be a small animal vet. She's great with pets and animals seem to know it.



Comment #9: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 00:45:26

Greg

Looks like you had a nice time, and there's nothing like a fire outside! Glad it was a good week.

Looks like a nice mix of books. Tombquest and Vampires on the Run look fun, and Traveling Light looks like a nice road trip one.



Comment #10: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 21:50:45

Pussreboots

Tomquest is a fun series but you'll need to start with Book of the Dead. Vampires on the Run is excellent, but you should read The Maypop Kidnapping first. Traveling Light is a stand alone and you should read it right away if you're a fan of road trip fiction.



Comment #11: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 01:22:28

Kathryn

Sorry a little illness dogged the trip but still sounds wonderful. Thanks for colour suggestions, going to order a few small pieces of fabric and do a "decision making" process.



Comment #12: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 10:24:22

Pussreboots

I'm curious to see what colours you decide on — and to see the progress of the quilt. Despite my daughter's illness, we had fun and it was good for my son and daughter to spend time with their grandmother.



Comment #13: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 04:58:30

Majanka

Did you enjoy Haunting Jordan? I thought it looked interesting, and I liked the cover.

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.



Comment #14: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 08:30:58

Pussreboots

I did, and I didn't. Haunting Jordan is two stories: the modern day paranormal mystery and a historical drama where all the present day ghosts are alive. I loved the present day story but found the flashbacks to be distracting. You don't actually need to read the flashbacks to solve Hattie's death as it's all revealed again through Jordan's present day research.



Comment #15: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 09:01:28

Kathy Martin

Sounds like a great trip. Too bad the stomach bug traveled with you. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #16: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 08:33:01

Pussreboots

The stomach bug prevented us from going to the Living Desert in Palm Desert. Otherwise we were able to do what we wanted and had fun.



Comment #17: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 09:28:02

Beth F

Stomach bugs = no fun. I think I have a copy of Traveling Light ... I'm so behind in my reading.



Comment #18: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 08:37:02

Pussreboots

The stomach bug definitely put a damper on the early part of our trip but it could have been so much worse. At least it didn't hit her so hard that it was scary and messy. It was just annoying.

If you find your copy of Traveling Light, move it to the top of your TBR pile. It is one of my favorite new books this year.



Comment #19: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:13:28

Laurel-Rain Snow

Great photos! Now I want a mountain getaway. I was recently at the beach, though, so that will be it for a while.

Enjoy your reading. I loved Vinegar Girl.

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.



Comment #20: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 08:40:21

Pussreboots

This was a mountain getaway on the cheap as we were visiting my mom. It's been too stormy to go to the beach here and probably will be until summer.

I am also loving Vinegar Girl. I suspect it will be the first book I finish this week.



Comment #21: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:59:27

Beth

Happy Reading! I'm visiting from the Reading with Beth blog.



Comment #22: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 09:33:59

Pussreboots

Hello and welcome.



Comment #23: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 18:12:08

Sam @ WLABB

The lake looked beautiful, and that is some expert egg dying. Wow!



Comment #24: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 17:59:12

Pussreboots

The lakes were gorgeous — the best they've looked in years. The rain and snow has really helped. The egg dying was luck mostly. The dye we used was pre-mixed and was thick like undiluted watercolor so it could be painted on.



Comment #25: Monday, April, 17, 2017 at 19:19:45

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Love your photos.

Gorgeous egg.

I hope your daughter is feeling better. Poor kiddo.

I read Traveling Light - it was good.

ENJOY your books and your week.



Comment #26: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 18:03:18

Pussreboots

Thank you re the photos. The eggs were fun to do and my Mom found such an easy dye to use. My daughter was on the mend as of last Wednesday. She's all better now. I LOVED traveling Light and just posted my review of it.



Comment #27: Monday, April, 17, 2017 at 19:42:12

Susie | Novel Visits

My mom grew up in Hayward and my grandparents lived on a small farm there until I was about 8! Small world. Glad you had a fun week despite the flu bug!



Comment #28: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 18:12:12

Pussreboots

Most of the farms are gone now, or they've been turned into hiking trails. However, near where I live, there are a couple hold outs. It's common to see kids riding to and from school on horseback.



Comment #29: Monday, April, 17, 2017 at 20:12:21

Deb Nance

I really like the look of Traveling Light!



Comment #30: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 18:17:20

Pussreboots

I loved Traveling Light. I just posted my review of it.



Comment #31: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 02:24:34

Lynn

Looks like you had fun at Easter.



Comment #32: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 08:17:20

Pussreboots

We did but we did it early. Sunday we were back on the road, driving home.



Comment #33: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:18:42

Casey @ She's All Booked

Looks like a lovely trip, even with the bug! Glad you enjoyed yourself. Those are possibly the coolest eggs I've ever seen - how did you make them look like that?



Comment #34: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 08:19:11

Pussreboots

I made an undercoat of color using the usual PAAS egg dyes. Then I used a paper towel to get the worst of the moisture off. For the top coat of colors I used a paintbrush and Candy Apple Shine dyes. It was a kit my mother had found. The dyes come as as liquid, rather than power tablets. The dye is about as thick as undiluted food coloring. You probably could just use undiluted food coloring and a paintbrush to do it yourself.



Comment #35: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 16:46:00

Yvonne

I'm sorry to hear about the stomach bug. I hope everyone is feeling good now.

I read Haunting Jordan awhile ago and enjoyed it. Have a great week!



Comment #36: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 18:41:00

Pussreboots

Everyone was well by Wednesday so we did get to have some fun on our trip. Haunting Jordan was a good vacation read.



Comment #37: Tuesday, April, 18, 2017 at 19:44:13

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

It looks like mutual happiness between Monica and your daughter! I clicked over and realized I could not linger on that site lol. I want all the animals. Lol. I am glad that you guys had a good time despite the changes.



Comment #38: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 18:43:12

Pussreboots

If we lived locally and didn't already have two cats, we would have adopted Monica and Betty (a cat who loved hanging out on my shoulders).



Comment #39: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 02:58:02

Louisa

That egg's colours makes it look really pretty! And yeah that XVI got such a high rating because I enjoyed it as well :) Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #40: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:45:58

Pussreboots

Thank you. It was my first time using this brand of egg dye. It was thick like undiluted food colouring. We usually make our own dyes — so I want to try to recreate the effect at home.



Comment #41: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 03:33:17

Louisa

I really hope you enjoyed Mockingjay! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #42: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:47:33

Pussreboots

Mockingjay was ok. My favorite out of the series is Catching Fire.



Comment #43: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:16:23

Jo

Looks lovely. I am a volunteer with the Cats Protection here in the UK so I would have loved the rehoming centre.



Comment #44: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:50:22

Pussreboots

It's a lovely place and has expanded since the last time I was there.

Comment #45: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 07:04:19

Amanda

ovely holiday pictures! Hope you had a nice time away. The easter eggs are gorgeous too!

Great looking book selection this week, I have always wanted to read Anne Tyler so Vinegar Girl appeals to me :-)



Comment #46: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:43:00

Pussreboots

The dye my mother purchased made dying the eggs with colorful designs easy. I just finished Vinegar Girl and loved it. Frankly you can't got wrong with Anne Tyler's books. Pick up any one of them and start reading.



Comment #47: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 19:55:41

Dragonfly

Oh sorry to hear about your daughter stomach bug. I think I enjoy fires no matter what even in summer! that egg is very unique and hippy LOVE IT



Comment #48: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 18:18:19

Pussreboots

She was well by Wednesday, so we still had some time to have fun. That egg was the last one I worked on, so I was in "try all the colors" mode.