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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Ivy by Katherine Coville
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 27)
October 2017 Sources
October 2017 Summary
Reading Goals for 2018

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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? (November 27): 11/27/17

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

We had a quiet Thanksgiving in our new home. It was just the four of us and our cats. We roasted the smallest turkey we could find and managed by Sunday to eat through all our leftovers. My daughter made chocolate cake with mint frosting instead of pie. She helped me with the rolls.

Cake
The cake my daughter made.

Cake
Rolls we baked.

dinner
Thanksgiving dinner.

We're doing a second Thanksgiving this coming weekend when my husband's parents come up to visit. In previous years we've gone down to their home but this year our schedules just didn't mesh.

I'm keeping up with Nanowrimo. As of Sunday night, I have 47,100 words.

What I read:

Sweet Shadows Beyond the Bright Sea 14 Hollow Road Secret at Mystic Lake Boundless The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones From Ant to Eagle The Football Girl

  • Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn CHilds; library book
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk; personal collection / audiobook
  • 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop; library book
  • Secret at Mystic Lake by Carolyn Keene; library book
  • Boundless by Jillian Tamaki; library book
  • The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt
  • From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle; personal collection
  • The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring; library book

What I'm reading:

Player Piano Kitty Cornered Braced Caleb and Kit

  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; personal collection
  • Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home by Bob Tarte; library book
  • Braced by Alyson Gerber; library book
  • Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel; personal collection / audiobook

Up Next:

The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming The Someday Birds How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Adventure on Whalebone Island

  • The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats; library book
  • The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla; library book
  • How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta; library book
  • Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson; personal collection

Reviews Posted

Armstrong & Charlie Alex & Eliza Winnebago Graveyard #3 My Dirty Dumb Eyes Farm Fresh Murder The Lotterys Plus One My Dirty Dumb Eyes

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Comment #1: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 05:24:19

Emma

Belated happy Thanksgiving! Glad you had a good time in your new home x



Comment #2: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:34:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. It was nice, quiet, and relaxing.



Comment #3: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 05:35:05

Greg

Nice job on NaNoWriMo! Go you! And glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! Hope your second one is as enjoyable.

Beyond the Bright Sea looks nice, and so does the Nancy Drew mystery and Farm Fresh Murder.



Comment #4: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:36:00

Pussreboots

Of those three, Beyond the Bright Sea is my favorite. The Nancy Drew was fun but too similar to Mystery of the Midnight Rider (book 3 in the series). Farm Fresh Murder had pacing issues.

The Nanowrimo was pretty easy for me this year which surprised me since I took the last two or three years off. Plotwise I'm only about a quarter of the way through. Maybe I'll keep writing now. Or maybe I'll part two for next November.



Comment #5: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 07:13:07

Beth F

Sometimes a quiet holiday is the best. Looks like you had a yummy meal.



Comment #6: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:41:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. It was just what we needed.



Comment #7: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:27:44

Laurel-Rain Snow

How great to finally be settled enough to celebrate the holidays.

Enjoy those books! Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES



Comment #8: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:43:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. We needed it.



Comment #9: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 12:07:26

Kathy Martin

We're still working on leftover turkey here. I also read Sweet Shadows and then bought and read Sweet Legacy to finish up the series. Come see my week here. Have a great week!



Comment #10: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:45:00

Pussreboots

I won't get to Sweet Legacy until sometime early next year. I have too many other reading obligations for the end of the year.



Comment #11: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 13:23:14

Kathryn

Those rolls look tasty. Great to get rid of left overs early and enjoy this week's dinner with the relatives.



Comment #12: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 20:20:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. It's just the roll recipe in the Betty Crocker cook book. I will post about this week's family Thanksgiving next Monday.



Comment #13: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 06:57:19

Yvonne

All those books look good. Do your cats bother you for turkey? Mine do. Actually they bother us for whatever we are eating. LOL Have a great week!



Comment #14: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 20:22:00

Pussreboots

Last week's books over all were good. Tortuga cat always demands that we share when we have poultry. She likes turkey but her favorite is chicken. Salmon, on the other hand, is completely baffled by Tortuga's demands for table scraps.



Comment #15: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:09:06

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like it was a wonderful family celebration. I love the cake your daughter made! :)

The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats and The Someday Birds both look really good!



Comment #16: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 20:28:00

Pussreboots

Thanksgiving was nice and quiet this year. We usually travel so being able to stay home and read and cook was delightful.

Both are good but I'm finding the protagonist in The Someday Birds more relatable.



Comment #17: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 17:40:40

Katie @ Read-at-Home Mom

I just borrowed Beyond the Bright Sea from the library yesterday. Really looking forward to starting it this week. I've also heard good things about Braced, but haven't read it yet.



Comment #18: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 20:34:00

Pussreboots

I listened to the audo of Beyond the Bright Sea and was captivated start to fnish. I will be reviewing it in the middle of ext month. Braced took me by surprise and ended up personally relevant. I will be reviewing it soon too.



Comment #19: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 06:09:00

Harvee

I like reading YA as well.



Comment #20: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 20:39:00

Pussreboots

I would like to read more of it than I do.



Comment #21: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 15:02:58

Donna

It looks like you have some great books on your list.



Comment #22: Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 18:11:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. I enjoyed them.



Comment #23: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 17:44:24

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Love the cake's colors. Rolls look good too.

Wow...lots of books.

Is Emma Donoghue the author who wrote ROOM?

ENJOY your week.



Comment #24: Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 18:11:00

Pussreboots

Rolls were good. Cake too. My daughter chose her favorite colors. This week will have even more books.

Emma Donoghue is in deed the author of Room.



Comment #25: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 09:06:52

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Looks like you're doing great with your Nanowrimo writing! November is such a crazy month for me that I could never take on such a major project. Enjoy your reading week!



Comment #26: Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 19:02:00

Pussreboots

I took the last couple years off because I was either too busy or didn't have a reliable computer. This year I wasn't as busy as I have been, had a reliable machine, and ideas rattling around my head. I only decided at the last minute. I did zero prepwork.



Comment #27: Friday, December 01, 2017 at 08:40:31

BookishOwlette

Hey!

I really enjoyed Alex & Eliza! I posted it weeks ago yet I still laugh at some of the scenes every now and then! Congrats on ur new home! That’s so exciting! Thanks for dropping by!



Comment #28: Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 19:09:00

Pussreboots

I'm curious to read the sequel.



Comment #29: Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 19:15:19

Sarah

Your dinner looked delicious. I gave up on NaNoWriMo last week, I just wasn't in it this year.



Comment #30: Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 19:12:00

Pussreboots

That last Nanowrimo I participated in — 2013 or 2014 — I don't really remember — I ended up giving up on after three days. Most years that I participate I make it all the way to the end.