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All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Bloom by Doreen Cronin
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
The Lens by N.K. Guy
The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
On the Trail to Sunset by Thomas William Wilby and Agnes Anderson Wilby
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
Storm by Amanda Sun
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
VanDerZee by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Who Is AC? by Hope Larson

Miscellaneous
Books with Strong Families
Collaboration
Half year round-up - Favorite books read in 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Read Our Own Books May 2017

Thirty years of tracking my reading
What do readers want?

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? (June 05): 06/05/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 05)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Armchair Book Expo and boxing books took up most of last week's free time, so I didn't accomplish anything on my redesign.About half maybe, two thirds of our home library is now in storage.

Volunteers' Tea

Wednesday the elementary school hosted the annual Volunteers'' tea to celebrate all the family members who have donated time to the school. I was invited for being on the School Site Council.

Cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes

On Saturday our realtor came to do an initial walkthrough of the house. The last time we had worked with her was the summer of 2004. My oldest was a toddler and now he's in high school. Our plan for attack is to move into a nearby apartment which we are in the process of leasing over the summer. Then we'll get our home fixed up, cleaned, and staged before going on the market. Then we get to look for our new home! Hopefully if all goes well, we'll be in our new house by Christmas.

Daughter covered in paint

We're in the last few days before the drama club presents their production of "The Entire American Revolution in 40 minutes or Less." Today the kids worked on painting their backdrops. My daughter came home covered in paint. I would be upset except I was part of drama too and once ended turning my blue jeans into purple jeans during a painting accident.

What I read last week:

The Book Stops Here
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
Personal collection
The eighth of the Bibliophile Mystery series
Dragon's Green
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
Personal collection
First of the Worldquake Sequence. Drop whatever you're reading and get yourself a copy of the British edition. Read it now!
Big Mushy Happy Lump
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Personal collection
The second Sarah Scribbles book
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter and Birgitta Sif
Library book
Cute story inspired by fostering cats and kittens.
Chopping Spree
Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson and Barbara Rosenblat
Persona collection, audiobook
A re-read, but this time as an audio. Last time I read through the series as audiobooks, this book hadn't yet been read by Rosenblat. So I read it in print.
 

What I'm reading:

Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran
The Long Cosmos
The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Personal collectionn
Us Conductors
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Personal collection

Up Next:

Murder is Binding
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Personal collection - audibook
The first of the Booktown Mystery series
Giant Days Volume 4
Giant Days Volume 4 by John Allison
Personal collection
Wandering Son Volume 3
Wandering Son Volume 3 by Takako Shimura

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Comment #1: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 04:43:13

Kathryn

Hope you enjoyed Armchair BEA and had fun with it.



Comment #2: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:18:00

Pussreboots

I did. Thanks!



Comment #3: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 09:19:56

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Yeah...my kids would have been covered in paint too. I have a volunteer evening at my kids' school coming up this week too. I hope your packing goes smoothly. Enjoy your reading week!



Comment #4: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:19:00

Pussreboots

I'm not sure how much reading I'll be getting done with all the end of the school things going on.



Comment #5: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 09:51:16

Laurel-Rain Snow

Enjoy your new books, and the whole moving process. What an adventure!

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Have a great week.



Comment #6: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:23:00

Pussreboots

It's an adventure after thirteen years in the same place.



Comment #7: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 11:20:42

nickimags

The afternoon tea looks great!



Comment #8: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:25:00

Pussreboots

It was.



Comment #9: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 11:35:25

Sace

HAHAHAHA! "painting accident" Hey, purple is a great color :-)



Comment #10: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:26:00

Pussreboots

I had a unique pair of jeans after that.



Comment #11: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 12:09:04

Amy

've wanted to read The Long Cosmos for ages now! Hope you enjoy it.

Sounds like you have had a great week!

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading



Comment #12: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:28:00

Pussreboots

I've held onto the Long Cosmos for about a year now. It's time to read it so I can pack up the entire series.



Comment #13: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 12:14:07

Beth F

Good luck with the packing and moving into a smaller place for the summer. I always have a love-hate feeling about moving.



Comment #14: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:30:00

Pussreboots

As our realtor put it, we've out grown our current place. It would be nice to have an extra room or two — and more places for each of us ot be when we don't want to be together. It would also be nice to have a yard.



Comment #15: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 13:50:11

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

You have been busy this week!

I was never able to afford BookExpo when I had kids at home, but now that my kids are grown....



Comment #16: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:30:00

Pussreboots

That's where I am now.



Comment #17: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 14:08:25

Kathy Martin

Good luck on your move. I hope it goes smoothly for you. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!



Comment #18: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:33:00

Pussreboots

We won't be moving far and we'll be taking things slowly. By taking this halfway step with an apartment we'll have more control over the sale and the purchase.



Comment #19: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 17:58:18

Sherrie

Hi,
Haven't read any of books. A few of them look interesting. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!



Comment #20: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:36:00

Pussreboots

I enjoyed them.



Comment #21: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 19:26:38

Greg

What a stressful but exhilarating time it can be to look for a new home! Hope it goes well and you find the perfect place. And sounds like you had fun with Armchair Book Expo!



Comment #22: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:23:00

Pussreboots

We've come up with a workable plan. Our realtor knows her stuff and now that we have housing until the end of January, we can take our time finding a new place and getting it fixed up the way we want it.



Comment #23: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 20:10:24

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Getting messy is fun! :)

It sounds like everything is lining up well for a move! Exciting stuff. :)



Comment #24: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:26:00

Pussreboots

Thursday I get to see her play and all the fruits of her after school and weekend labors. The move is finally becoming tangible.



Comment #25: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 20:58:03

Casey

I'm curious to hear what you think of Murder is Binding! I've been eyeing that series.



Comment #26: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:29:00

Pussreboots

I'm about halfway through Murder is Binding. I'm listening to it as an audio while I pack boxes. It's quite good.



Comment #27: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 23:55:10

Amanda

You've been busy! Lucky Boy is on my TBR for some day. I need to get in the right mood for that one.



Comment #28: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:31:00

Pussreboots

I just finished Lucky Boy but I found the writing rather dry despite the plot.



Comment #29: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 14:44:29

caren

Looks like a fun week. I've read The Book Stops Here, that's a great series.



Comment #30: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:33:00

Pussreboots

I just finished The Book Stops Here. It's the last of the Bibliophile mysteries that I have on hand, which is good. I'm ready for a break from the series.



Comment #31: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 15:27:19

Jade @ Reading with Jade

The tea looked delicious and your daughter certainly seems to have had fun! Happy reading!



Comment #32: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:36:00

Pussreboots

The tea was delicious. My daughter's having fun with all her extracurricular activities. Tonight was her Girl Scout bridging party, and spring concert (chorus and violin). Thursday and Friday is her play. Then we're done!



Comment #33: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 16:58:24

Yvonne

I read the first book in the Lorna Barrett series and enjoyed it. I really have to get back to reading it.

Hope you have a great week!



Comment #34: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:39:00

Pussreboots

I am enjoying Murder is Binding. I'm listening to it as I pack up boxes. I'm about half way through.



Comment #35: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:53:33

Nise'

Best of luck with the house! Hope all goes quickly as well as smoothly.



Comment #36: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 21:41:00

Pussreboots

I hope it goes smoothly and quickly too. Right now we're hoping to be completely settled no later than the end of January.



Comment #37: Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 05:40:27

Louisa

Sounds like a fun and busy week both in books and in life! Hope you enjoy this week! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #38: Friday, June 09, 2017 at 07:44:00

Pussreboots

It's been a busy week. I'll have lots to post about.



Comment #39: Friday, June 09, 2017 at 06:27:16

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

Mmmm. Cake! Officially starving. :)

Your daughter looks so happy! It's great that she's enjoying drama and the preparations so much. It's great that you've been there before!!!

I need to read that second Sarah Scribbles book. I loved the first one!

Thanks for visiting my Sunday Post earlier this week. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back around!



Comment #40: Friday, June 09, 2017 at 08:28:00

Pussreboots

Her second play performance was last night (the first being done just for the school), and her third and last performance is tonight. We watched as a family last night and it was fun. Tonight it will just be me because of scheduling conflicts.

I will be posting the review of Big Mushy Happy Lump on the 17th.



Comment #41: Friday, June 09, 2017 at 09:30:18

anna herding cats

Oh The Book Stops Here looks very cute :) Love the kitty on it :)



Comment #42: Friday, June 09, 2017 at 08:36:00

Pussreboots

The Book Stops Here was one of the better ones of the series but it was still problematic. I will be posting a review as soon as I can.