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Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special by Ben Boquelet
Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
The Better Country by Dallas Lore Sharp
Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
California by Edan Lepucki
Camera and Lens by Ansel Adams
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack
Draw! by Raúl Colón
Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Tagged by Diane C. Mullen
This Land I Love: Waterloo County by Carl Hiebert
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex

Miscellaneous
Armchair BEA introductions
April 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Best Practices
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 08)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29)
Mapping the roads of the American nightmare
Read Our Own Books - April 2017

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? (May 15): 05/15/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 8)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Friday my husband left for a business trip, so it's just me, the children, and our cats.

The newly repaired ceiling is dry but on Wednesday we almost had a moment of deja vu when the garbage disposal jammed and then fell off the bottom of the sink (the same sink that caused the water damage we just finally fixed). Fortunately we were here when it happened and no water got anywhere it shouldn't be. The fix was an easy one and the culprit was a screw. According to our plumber, when this happens, it's usually a screw falling into the sink. Who knew?

Sushi boats

For Mother's day, the kids and I went to a sushi boat restaurant and then we went to see the re-screening of my favorite movie, The 5th Element. What a blast that was. The theater was packed with diehard fans. We were all saying the best lines before they happened and laughing before the funny parts.

This July, Luc Besson has a new film coming out which also looks amazing. I haven't read the graphic novels that inspired the film. Nor have I seen the joint France-Japan anime series. I will be doing both before the film premiers in July.

What I read last week:

Farm Fresh Murder
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Library book
First of the Farmers' Market mystery series
California
California by Edan Lepucki
Personal collection
Minotaur takes a cigarette break
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
Research
A story about the Minotaur working in a greasy spoon somewhere in America..
Winter Wonders
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan
Library book
The third of the Cupcake Cousins series
The City as Catalyst
The City as Catalyst by Diana Festa-McCormick
Library book
A collection of essays on cities in fiction.
Max vs the Cube
Max Versus the Cube by Hanne Türk
Personal collection
A mouse tries to solve a Rubik's cube.
Adulthood is a Myth
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Personal collection; ebook
   

What I'm reading:

Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, et. al.
Personal collection
First of the Lumberjanes graphic novels.
Miss Peregine's  Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Personal collection
Storm
Storm by Amanda Sun
Personal Collection; ebook
The third in the Paper Gods series.

Up Next:

A List of Cages
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Library
Real Friends
Read Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Personal collection
Shannon Hales graphic memoir about elementary school.
The Book Stops Here
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
Personal collection
The eighth of the Bibliophile Mystery series

Last Week's Reviews

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Comment #1: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 01:40:10

Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews

It looks like you had a very nice mothers day - sushi sounds yum! Great to hear you got to see a rescreen of a fave film, what a great idea!

Enjoy your books this week, California looks interesting!



Comment #2: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 23:12:00

Pussreboots

It was a really fun day and such a lucky break that my favorite film was showing today. California reminds me a little bit of Cherry 2000 mixed together with The Postman. I'll get a proper review written as soon as I can.



Comment #3: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 01:59:05

Greg

Soo... Valerian looks awesome. :) This is the first time I've seen the trailer, and it looks visually stunning. I'll definitely be seeing this! Funny too because I just read the first Valerian graphic novel a few weeks ago- who knew?

I have Lumberjanes on my ComiXology queue. And I wanted to read Goodnight June- nice to see you gave it 5 stars!



Comment #4: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 23:15:00

Pussreboots

I agree that Valerian looks amazing. I haven't read any of the graphic novels but plan to in June. Nice new reissues are being released on the 1st. There's also an anime that was a joint Japanese-French production I want to watch. It's on Crunchyroll.

I have the Lumberjanes books in print. I'm not much of a screen reader for comics. Goodnight June is a quiet but delightful book.



Comment #5: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 02:05:01

Geybie's Book Blog

Glad to hear you had an amazing week and time celebrating Mother's Day. I don't read lots of children books. If I need some recommendations for my nieces and nephews, I'll come here and ask you, for sure.

I hope you enjoy your new books especially the one you're currently reading. Have a wonderful week. :)



Comment #6: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 23:20:00

Pussreboots

This isn't specifically a children's book blog. Most of the books I reviewed this week aren't for children.



Comment #7: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 02:52:50

Kathryn

Good to see you enjoyed Goodnight June, I remember really liking it. The Book Stops Here, a bibliophile mystery would interest me. Thanks for sharing your top booksm I had a peek at it. Love seeing the authors others read.



Comment #8: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:28:00

Pussreboots

If you're interested in The Book Stops Here, I recommend starting at the beginning with Homicide in Hardcover.



Comment #9: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 08:04:36

Beth F

Glad you had a great Mother's Day and the plumbing issue was minor.



Comment #10: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:28:00

Pussreboots

Me too!



Comment #11: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:28:45

Kathy Martin

I'm glad your dishwasher problem had an easy fix. The movie sounds good too. I thought A List of Cages was heartbreaking. I hope you enjoy it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #12: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:32:00

Pussreboots

Thankfully we have a good local plumber nearby. I'm about fifty pages into A List of Cages and so far I wouldn't call it heartbreaking. We'll see how the rest goes. It's due next week at the library and there are a ton of holds on it, so I won't be able to renew it.



Comment #13: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00:27

Laurel-Rain Snow

You have some interesting looking books...I think I mentioned having rediscovered California after reading the author's newest book...and I hope to dive into it at some point.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week...with no plumbing disasters.



Comment #14: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:32:00

Pussreboots

California is a pretty quick read despite it's length. I hope to get to her new book later this year.



Comment #15: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 16:05:22

Emma

Belated Happy Mother's Day! Sounds like you had fun. I had water related incidents this week too...what do they about water always winning?



Comment #16: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 13:17:00

Pussreboots

I saw that. What an adventure!



Comment #17: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 16:25:47

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Nice looking books.

ENJOY this week.

My It's Monday, What Are You Reading



Comment #18: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:24:00

Pussreboots

Thanks! I think so too.



Comment #19: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:04:15

Sam @ WLABB

I am a total fan of the Peculiar Children. Loved that series. I want to read A List of Cages soon. I keep seeing raves for it.



Comment #20: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:27:00

Pussreboots

Would you believe it's my third attempt at starting Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children in the time that I've owned the book? This time, though, it seems to be clicking with me.

A List of Cages is very well written — the 80 pages or so that I've read.



Comment #21: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:24:33

Ellen Pilch

I am glad you had a nice Mother's Day. Looks like you have read a lot of great books too.



Comment #22: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:27:00

Pussreboots

It was a remarkably good week of reading.



Comment #23: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 19:19:54

Sarah

Sounds like a great week, even with an almost repeat of the water disaster. Luckily you getting to go out for sushi, I love sushi but don't get to eat it very often as the closest place that serves it is almost 4 hours away. Enjoy your week!



Comment #24: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:39:00

Pussreboots

We are lucky to live with in driving distance of a number of sushi restaurants. This particular one happens to be next door to the movie theater which makes it the perfect lunch or dinner spot when going to see a film.



Comment #25: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 19:26:49

Deb Nance

You've had some house troubles!

Enjoy all your books!



Comment #26: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 17:41:00

Pussreboots

Hopefully it's all behind us. Have a good week.



Comment #27: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 21:51:50

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Sushi!!!! Yum! And the 5th Element rocks. I love it too. We used to go to this really cool huge Halloween party in Detroit, and one year someone was there dressed like Leeloo and she was spot on.

Have a great week!! LumberJanes keeps beckoning me. I will wait for your review!



Comment #28: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 20:56:00

Pussreboots

Seeing a The 5th Element with a room full of fans was so much fun. I've seen a Leeloo custom too back when the movie was newer. She was also spot on.

Volume 1 of the Lumberjanes is awesome. I'm almost done and I have more volumes on hand to read.



Comment #29: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 22:02:33

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

..."the culprit was a screw..." sounds like a good title for a book! The book cover for A List of Cages caught my eye. Enjoy your reading week!



Comment #30: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 21:04:00

Pussreboots

It does sound like a title of a book. Maybe a cozy? A List of Cages is very good so far; I'm 80 pages in.



Comment #31: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 22:34:35

Susie | Novel Visits

Mmmm...sushi! Perfect choice for Mother's Day. Are you going to review California? I'm curious what you thought of it.



Comment #32: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 21:07:00

Pussreboots

I will be reviewing California. I'm not sure when exactly, but I will.



Comment #33: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 03:06:25

Lindsay

Sounds like you had a fun Mother's Day! I'm jealous that you're about you read Adulthood is a Myth — my library doesn't have it. :( It looks hilarious -- did you enjoy it?



Comment #34: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:47:00

Pussreboots

I read Adulthood is a Myth as an ebook. I have the second volume to read soon. It is funny and very relatable.



Comment #35: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 03:52:05

Amy

Adulthood is a Myth looks hilarious! I didn't really like Miss Pergrines Home for Peculiar Children but I hope you do!

Seems like you had a great week :)



Comment #36: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:53:00

Pussreboots

Adulthood is a Myth is a fun way to spend an afternoon. I have the second volume to read. I will review both.



Comment #37: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 07:37:00

Sace

I recently read Adulthood is a Myth and thought it was hilarious!



Comment #38: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:57:00

Pussreboots

I did too. I have the second volume on hand to read soon.



Comment #39: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 09:46:17

nickimags

Nice selection of books!



Comment #40: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 13:02:00

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #41: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:15:52

Dragonfly

oh I see great books here Sarah! I hope we can chat about them. I ADORED Adulthood. I hope you liked it too! I liked Miss peregrine a lot too. I read it almost two years ago, hope to post a review one day. :) List of Cages.. I need to go back to that one :)



Comment #42: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 13:05:00

Pussreboots

I enjoyed Adulthood and I'll be reading the second volume soon. I'm on my third attempt at Miss Peregrine's. A List of Cages is very good so far. I'm about a third of the way through.



Comment #43: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 16:07:20

Stefanie

What a fun mum you are! I bet your kids love how their mum reads graphic novels and follows manga and anime. Yeah, I can't read Austen's novels because their conversations are so wordy; it's like navigating through a maze. I'm glad I have access to the audio versions.



Comment #44: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 13:15:00

Pussreboots

My husband reads manga and watches anime too. Saturday morning cartoons in this family is often Saturday morning anime.

I was grateful to find the Austen audiobooks because my boss at the time had written her masters thesis on Austen. She talked about Austen and her novels all the time.



Comment #45: Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 23:21:39

Susan @ The Book Bag

Sorry to read about your plumbing issues. Hopefully everything will be good now. How are you liking the Peregrine book. I loved the series and the movie was interesting. Happy reading!



Comment #46: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 21:01:00

Pussreboots

The plumbing issues are all fixed. I've finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I liked it for the first 250 pages. But once we got to the explanatory chapters before the big final show down, I fell out of love with it. It's too much like Bleach.



Comment #7: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:52:48

Darlene

I have Lumberjanes from the library, which I picked to complete one of my reading challanges. I hope it's good! It sounds like you had a great Mother's Day.



Comment #8: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:21:00

Pussreboots

Lumberjanes is great — especially if you were ever a Girl Scout. Mother's day was lots of fun.