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Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
CatStronauts: Space Station Situation by Drew Brockington
Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga
Feathertop by Robert D. San Souci
14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop
From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
Lights, Camera, Middle School! by Jennifer L. Holm
The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman
Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Paper Girls Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Red Leech by Andrew Lane
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Ripped From the Pages by Kate Carlisle
The Scarebird by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sís
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Kidman Cox

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2017 books read and reviewed
Back Half round-up: Favorite books read and reviewed from July-December 2017 Canadian Books reviewed in 2017
Diverse Books Reviewed in 2017
First Book of the Year Graphic Novels Reviewed in 2017
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 04)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 11)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 18)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 25)
Mysteries reviewed in 2017
Road Narrative Summary
November 2017 sources
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 11): 12/11/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 11)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

While our family was up visiting, my mother in law started talking about some old family photos she and her brother had found. They have been working on trying to put names to faces and build a family tree but my mother in law isn't satisfied with the results they've gotten. My great uncle has been managing a family tree through a website — and our library also offers (albeit limited) access to that same site. I blithely volunteered to poke around the site to see if I could find some better info.

I ended up upgrading my membership so I could become the manager of the Sammis family tree. Her side of the family has been very tricky. While the records offered through the family tree site have been helpful, I've also had to rely on digitized old phone books and the marriage records offered by the Denver Public Library. In the process I ended up finding three American born younger siblings of my husband's great grandfather!

What I read:

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Demon Volume 4 Book Clubbed Girl with a Camera Posted Restart Speed of Life Not a Sound

  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling; library book
  • Demon Volume 4 by Jason Shiga; personal collection
  • Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett (audio book); personal collection
  • Girl with a Camera by Carolyn Meyer; library book
  • Posted by John David Anderson; library book
  • Restart by Gordon Korman; library book
  • Speed of life by Carol Weston; library book
  • Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf; library book

What I'm reading:

Player Piano Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 Patina A Fatal Chapter

  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; personal collection
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Kidman Cox (editor); personal collection
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds; personal collection
  • A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barret; library book (audio)

Up Next:

The Coffee Book Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes Finding Perfect Click'd

  • The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop by Gregory Dicum and Nina Luttinger
  • Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
  • Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
  • Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone

Posts:

November Sources

Reviews Posted

Piecing Me Together Hear the Wolves Beyond the Bright Sea Paper Girls 3 The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game

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Comment #1: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 01:05:39

Kathryn Trask

I really enjoyed Not a Sound, hope you did too. Lots of interesting looking books.



Comment #2: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:23:00

Pussreboots

I did too, although I had to rush through it. I only three days to read it before it was due back at the library. IT got lost in my pile of Cybils books.



Comment #3: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 04:45:04

Emma

I've been doing my family tree too on and off for years. This Christmas we're having the family over to go through photos. I'm looking forward to it. Hope you have success searching.



Comment #4: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:25:00

Pussreboots

We'll be working together on it over new years. I hope she brings photos.



Comment #5: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 08:10:23

Beth F

Good luck with the family tree. That coffee book caught my eye.



Comment #6: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:27:00

Pussreboots

The Coffee Book has been on my wishlist for a while. I was fortunate to be able to find a copy through interlibrary loan.



Comment #7: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 09:45:23

Laurel-Rain Snow

I loved Not a Sound...and I'm curious about the cozies on your stack.

Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES



Comment #8: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:30:00

Pussreboots

I also enjoyed Mot a Sound. I've now gone through all the Book Town mysteries in audio form that I can get through my library. I'll need to buy most recent two if I want to continue reading the series in audiobook format.



Comment #9: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:42:20

Kathy Martin

Working on a family tree sounds fascinating. I've always regretted not asking my older relatives about family before they passed away. Now there is no one left to ask. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:33:00

Pussreboots

Even when families do talk, the information isn't always easy to find. Family stories I thought I knew end up being wrong. A grandmother I thought was born in Mexico ends up being born in Indiana. A great grandmother I never thought was anywhere near Mexico, ends up from there. It's fascinating and sometimes frustrating.



Comment #11: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:31:35

Greg

It's often fascinating when you dig through genealogy, my family on my mom's side did a pretty exhaustive review and I learned a lot of stuff about my family!

Speed of Life looks fun, and so does Family Game Night.



Comment #12: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:37:00

Pussreboots

My grandmother's brother has done their part of the family tree, exhaustively. But he's ignored all the other branches. So I'm working on my father's tree, my step-father's tree, and my husband's tree. My husband's tree is the most difficult but the one that motivated me to start this project.



Comment #13: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:41:46

Mystica

A cousin of mine started our family tree and I have discovered relations all around the globe.



Comment #14: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:41:00

Pussreboots

I've been finding some interesting family connections too.



Comment #15: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 23:48:39

Kym

A really great collection of books you're working on! I'd love to read The Coffee Book. ;-) Thanks for visiting my blog today!



Comment #16: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 21:41:00

Pussreboots

I've been wanting to read the Coffee Book for a while. I found a copy via interlibrary loan.



Comment #17: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 01:28:57

Myra from GatheringBooks

Patina looks fun! But I have to catch up and read Ghost first, looks like. Great books you have here! Awesome.



Comment #18: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 21:56:00

Pussreboots

Patina is good so far. I hope to finish it by this weekend.



Comment #19: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 08:57:53

JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

Good luck with the family tree... what an exciting project! You had a great reading week, too.



Comment #20: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 21:05:00

Pussreboots

The family tree is very addictive. There are 769 names in there now. I'm not sure how far back or how far out I'll manage to go.



Comment #21: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 19:27:30

Yvonne

Building a family tree sounds like such fun and interesting. Hope you have a great week!



Comment #22: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 21:12:00

Pussreboots

The family tree is time consuming and addictive.



Comment #23: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 23:31:20

Thebluestbutterfly

What have you thought of the Vonnegut book so far?



Comment #24: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 21:16:00

Pussreboots

I'm enjoying it. I usually do enjoy his books. Once Cybils are done, I'll have a chance to finish it.