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Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
Habibi by Craig Thompson
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

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It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 01)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 08)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 15)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 22)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 29)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 15): 01/15/18

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

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.


The one on the left is the one my son made.


"Sea Mist" is the one I bid on, on behalf of my daughter. We need to figure out how to best display it. Suggestions welcome.

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.


The botton right one with the three girls dreaming about their future careers is my daughter's.

What I read:

Ghosts of Greenglass House White Night Black Hammer 2 The Terrible Two Go Wild Big & Little Questions

  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • White Night by Jim Butcher; personal collection (audiobook)
  • Black Hammer, Vol. 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire; personal collection
  • The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, Kevin Cornell; personal collection
  • Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe

What I'm reading:

Marvelous Land of Oz Welcome to the Real World The War at Ellsmere Murder Most Frothy

  • The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum; personal collection (re-read)
  • Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick; personal collection
  • The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
  • Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle; personal collection (audiobook)

Up Next:

Winterhouse Darkness Absolute Internet Famous Dear Poppy

  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol; personal collection
  • A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong; personal collection
  • Internet Famous by Danika Stone; personal collection
  • Dear Poppy by Ronni Arno; library book

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Comment #1: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 22:12:06

Greg

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

Pussreboots

Thanks!

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

Melinda

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

Pussreboots

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

Emma

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

Pussreboots

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

Beth F

Talented family! I have the Milford on my list.



Comment #8: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 14:26:00

Pussreboots

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

Laurel-Rain Snow

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

Pussreboots

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

Kathy Martin

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

Pussreboots

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

Ellen Pilch

Those are great birdhouses.



Comment #14: Monday, January, 15, 2018 at 14:15:04

Pussreboots

Yes they are!



Comment #15: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 20:24:07

Stefanie

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

Pussreboots

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

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'll pass along your compliments.



Comment #19: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 20:12:15

Yvonne

Those birdhouses are wonderful!

Have a great week!



Comment #20: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 19:58:00

Pussreboots

Thanks! Same to you.



Comment #21: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 09:11:03

Laura @ That Librarian Lady

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

Pussreboots

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

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

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

Pussreboots

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

Kari

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

Pussreboots

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

MarthaE

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

Pussreboots

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

Geybie’s Book Blog

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

Pussreboots

I'm glad too but I still need to get them hung.



Comment #31: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 09:29:26

Sarah

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

Pussreboots

Thanks. Same to you.



Comment #33: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 04:06:36

Louisa Paarsmarkt

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

Pussreboots

The third one comes out on the 6th.