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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 15): 01/15/18
Every year the local art gallery hosts a build a better birdhouse competition for high school students who are in an art or shop class. This year my son had a birdhouse in the show. I bid on it and two others and won all three! My son's birdhouse and another one will be going into the garden for the local birds. The third one, a gorgeous ceramic acorn called "Sea Mist" will be on display in our house. My daughter actually opted to spend her allowance money on it; so it's now hers.
Also every year, the national PTAs host an art contest for students (grades 2 through 12), called Reflections. The theme changes every year. This year's theme was "Within Reach." My daughter won at her level at her elementary school and was invited to the regional awards ceremony. Unfortunately she didn't earn a spot at the state level but she's determined to try again next year.
What I read:
What I'm reading:
Comment #1: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 22:12:06
Wow, nice birdhouses! And congrats to your daughter as well. How exciting!
I loved a Darkness Absolute, that's one of my favorite series right now.
Comment #2: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:19:00
I'm about ten percent through A Darkness Absolute and so far I'm enjoying it.
Comment #3: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 00:26:02
Those birdhouses are beautiful! And congrats to the daughter for winning the contest at her level!
Comment #4: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:22:00
Thank you! All the birdhouses were lovely but I was most drawn to the natural looking ones. I'll pass along your contrats to both kids.
Comment #5: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 06:00:31
Love the birdhouses. I would have one myself but with a cat, we never get birds in our garden anyways.
Comment #6: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:24:00
We have two indoor cats and numerous neighborhood outdoor cats. I put out food for the birds and they seem good at avoiding the cats. I get about a hundred birds on any given day.
Comment #7: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 08:15:23
Talented family! I have the Milford on my list.
Comment #8: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:26:00
Thanks! Ghosts of Greenglass House is good but it needs time to read and ponder over.
Comment #9: Monday, January, 15, 2018 at 11:28:36
Great birdhouses! I have a few here and there, inside my house. For display, not for actual birds. LOL
I've been wanting to read Kelley Armstrong.
Enjoy your week, and here are my weekly updates.
Comment #10: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:29:00
There were definitely other birdhouses there for display only. My house though isn't set up yet for displaying that type of art.
You should give Armstrong a try. She's written a ton and in a variety of genres.
Comment #11: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 13:59:20
Hooray for artistic kids! I enjoy that Kelley Armstrong series and hope you do too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Comment #12: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:31:00
Artistic kids are great. They usually ask for art supplies instead of toys, even when they were younger.
The Armstrong book is good so far. I'm about ten percent through.
Comment #13: Monday, January, 15, 2018 at 14:15:04
Those are great birdhouses.
Comment #14: Monday, January, 15, 2018 at 14:15:04
Yes they are!
Comment #15: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 20:24:07
Aloha; mahalo for droppin' by today. Thank you for that rec; I assume you were talking about the one by Carol Weston? The birdhouses are awesome! I love how your son made those grooves in the wood. The mesh one is neat and oh boy that ceramic one is nice.
Comment #16: Monday, January, 15, 2018 at 19:55:00
Yes — Carol Weston is the author. I completely blanked on her name earlier.
Comment #17: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 19:30:30
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
Beautiful work from both your son and daughter.
You have certainly been busy reading.
Comment #18: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 19:56:00
Thank you. I'll pass along your compliments.
Comment #19: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 20:12:15
Those birdhouses are wonderful!
Have a great week!
Comment #20: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 19:58:00
Thanks! Same to you.
Comment #21: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 09:11:03
Ooh, I love Faith Erin Hicks! Also, PATINA! I read Ghost last year and I need to read Patina soon. Have you seen the cover of Sunny? It's so cute.
Comment #22: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 14:38:00
I've seen the cover for Sunny. The three books together make a cute set.
Comment #23: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 09:37:22
Congrats to your son for making the birdhouse. What a great school project. Although Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian author I have yet to read any of her books. Enjoy your reading week.
Comment #24: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 14:44:00
Kelley Armstrong has written a ton of books. Of the ones I've read, her Casey Duncan series is the most overtly Canadian. A bunch of her books are set in the United States. Casey Duncan starts in Toronto and ends up in the Yukon.
Comment #25: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 15:30:59
I love birdhouses and bird feeders! Lucky you, to have two artistically motivated kids :)
I loved Darkness Absolute and have read all 3 books in that series already.
Comment #26: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 14:51:00
Thanks! It's nice having two artistically motivated children.
My goal is to finish Darkness Absolute this month and read This Fallen Prey next month.
Comment #27: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 23:00:52
I really like the variety in the birdhouses!
Your daughter's picture is really well done. Others in my family got the art talent while I got the word talent. :-)
I can't keep up with all your reading but I like the looks of several. Stay warm and keep enjoying!
Comment #28: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 15:07:00
There were even more birdhouses but I didn't stop to take photos of all of them. I'm reading more than I usually do (by a little bit). I'll settle down as the year progresses.
Comment #29: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 06:29:16
Those birdhouses are amazing. Glad to hear you got all of them. You son is extremely talented. Thank you for sharing. I hope you enjoy your books this week. Happy reading.
Comment #30: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 15:10:00
I'm glad too but I still need to get them hung.
Comment #31: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 09:29:26
Those are great looking bird houses. And your daughters art is great. Have a great week!
Comment #32: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 15:12:00
Thanks. Same to you.
Comment #33: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 04:06:36
That sounds like a great opportunity, and I can see why she wanted it!
A Darkness Absolute was so great, and the 3rd book is coming out soon, yeah! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!
Comment #34: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 15:12:00
The third one comes out on the 6th.