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Reviews
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

Miscellaneous
December 2017 Sources
December 2017 Summary
Five stars in 2017
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)

Road Essays
The transformative power of the cornfield: magic in the Marvelous Land of Oz

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 29): 01/29/18

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 29)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

It was a quiet week. I took some hikes early in the week. Last year with the move, I hardly did any hiking. Even places I used to frequent look different to me.

blue heron at Don Castro Regional Park

I'm still adjusting to my new schedule of reading and reviewing, especially the making room for one newly published book each week. I get them on Tuesday (typically) and that gives me until Saturday to get them read and reviewed.

What I read:

Darkness Absolute The Road is Yours Love, Hate & Other Filters Baseball Genius Frozen Rabbi Step up to the plate, Maria Singh Whipping Boy

  • A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong; personal collection
  • The Road is Yours by Reginald M. Cleveland, S.T. Williamson; research
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed; personal collection
  • Baseball Genius by Tim Green; personal collection (audio)
  • The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern; library book
  • Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami; library book
  • The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman, Peter Sís; library book

What I'm reading:

Marvelous Land of Oz Internet Famous Whiskerella American Street

  • The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum; personal collection (re-read)
  • Internet Famous by Danika Stone; personal collection (ebook)
  • Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon; personal collection
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi; personal collection

Up Next:

Mystic River The Newlyweds Dragons beware Murder Past Due

  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane; library book
  • The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger; library book
  • Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre; personal collection
  • Murder Past Due by Miranda James; personal collection (audio)

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Comment #1: Sunday, January, 28, 2018 at 22:19:30

Greg

I read A Darkness Absolute and liked it. And Dragons Beware! and Murder Past Due look cute.



Comment #2: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 21:05:00

Pussreboots

I have mixed feelings about A Darkness Absolute. Dragons Beware! is the second in a three part series. The first book, Giants Beware! came out a few years ago and the third one, Monsters Beware! comes out next month. Although I wasn't immediately wowed by the first book, it's become one of my favorite middle grade fantasy graphic novels. Murder Past Due I've only just started so I don't really have an opinion yet.



Comment #3: Monday, January, 29, 2018 at 10:19:12

Laurel-Rain Snow

I'm curious about Love, Hate, & Other Filters. I also enjoy Miranda James's cozies.

Have a great week, enjoy the hiking, and here are My weekly updates



Comment #4: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 21:14:00

Pussreboots

Love, Hate & Other Filters is a good book. I've posted my review if you're curious.



Comment #5: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 12:51:14

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

I have yet to start the Frank L. Baum OZ series though I want to. The Wizard of Oz was my mother's favourite movie in the whole world and she read the books when she was a kid.



Comment #6: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 21:18:00

Pussreboots

The Wizard of Oz book as well as the rest of the series are very different than the film and the many Oz inspired books, tv series and movies. The Oz series really comes into its own not with Wizard, but with The Marvelous Land of Oz, the book I'm re-reading now. The Oz books are as important to American fantasy as Pratchett's Discworld books are to British fantasy.



Comment #7: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 13:05:54

Kathy Martin

I wish I could work it out to consistently read books that are recent arrivals. Too often they get thrown on TBR mountain until there is a gap in my calendar. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #8: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 21:25:00

Pussreboots

I'm only doing one new book a week. Many of the other reviews I post each week are ones I've written over the holidays or when I have free time. Eventually I will run out of this these extra reviews and then I will have to rethink my schedule.



Comment #9: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 14:28:21

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Hiking gets you out and getting exercise and fresh air, until you can get back to your books. :-)



Comment #10: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 21:36:00

Pussreboots

I do like my hikes. I take my camera along. It's fun.



Comment #11: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 17:00:02

Mystica

A very heavy mailbox. Enjoy them all.



Comment #12: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 22:34:00

Pussreboots

Nope. Not a mailbox. Library books and a few purchases.



Comment #13: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 19:06:51

Yvonne

I love the Miranda James' series, although I'm a bit behind on it. It's a fun one. Hope you have a great week!



Comment #14: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 22:34:00

Pussreboots

Since I'm only on book one, you're definitely ahead of me.



Comment #15: Monday, January, 29, 2018 at 20:24:23

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I love the photo. I hope you have a great week!



Comment #16: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 22:38:00

Pussreboots

Thanks! Monday was good but today we had a minor flood in our garage. Plumber comes tomorrow.



Comment #17: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 21:16:31

Louisa Paarsmarkt

Yeah that you have time to take walks again! And yeah, A Darkness Absolute! That book was so great for me, hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #18: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 22:41:00

Pussreboots

I just posted my review which I will include a link to next Monday.



Comment #19: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 02:04:08

Emma

What a lot of books. I think it's good to have a schedule - though I never stick to it!



Comment #20: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 22:43:00

Pussreboots

Only one book a week is scheduled as far as reading goes. I have reviews scheduled for each day but most of them are already written.



Comment #21: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:00:36

Cahleen Hudson

I've heard a lot of buzz about Love, Hate & Other Filters. I probably won't read it since I'm not into YA, but it'd be interesting to know how it is! American Street looks interesting.



Comment #22: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 09:10:00

Pussreboots

Love, Hate & Other Filters is an excellent book. You can read my review if you want to know more.



Comment #23: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 20:57:12

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I love seeing all the covers of books you are reading or going to read or have just read. Crazy, but I’ve never read Hamster Princess.



Comment #24: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 09:13:00

Pussreboots

The Harriet Hamsterbone books are delightful. If you read only one, make it the first in the series, Harriet the Invincible.



Comment #25: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:41:47

Katherine

So many intriguing books! I'm hoping to get to the OZ books this year. I've never read them before!



Comment #26: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 09:16:00

Pussreboots

Excellent. When you do, try to get a hold of ones that include the O'Neil illustrations. He was the illustrator starting with the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz, onwards.



Comment #27: Tuesday, January, 30, 2018 at 07:57:45

Donna

All these books are new to me. I hope you have a great reading week. Girl Who Reads



Comment #28: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 09:19:00

Pussreboots

It's turning out to be a very good week for books and reading.



Comment #29: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 15:46:12

Sarah

Great picture. While I'm not much of a fan of hiking, I do love walking in nature and can't wait until it's warm enough to do so on a regular basis. I want to read American Street one of these days, it looks really good.



Comment #30: Monday, February 05, 2018 at 22:11:00

Pussreboots

I don't usually do hardcore hikes. There just isn't time. These are more like long meanders through nature with my camera.



Comment #31: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 23:45:22

MarthaE

That is a lovely photo!
You always have such a good variety going.
Oldies like Mystic River to newer like A Darkness Absolute. Hope you enjoy your reading... and walking too!



Comment #32: Monday, February 05, 2018 at 22:11:00

Pussreboots

Thank you! I like to have a variety of books going.



Comment #33: Friday, February 09, 2018 at 01:04:16

herding cats

Oh lots of good looking reads. I need to get caught up with Armstrong.



Comment #34: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 15:11:00

Pussreboots

I'm not sure it's possible to be caught up with her work. She's very prolific.