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Reviews
Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
The Dastardly Deed by Holly Grant
Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and, Emily Jenkins
Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn
Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria J. Coe
The Final Kingdom by Michael Northrop
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
Hamster Princess: Whiskerella by Ursula Vernon
Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
The Maze in the Mind and the World: Labyrinths in Modern Literature by Donald Gutierrez
Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #1: Twilight Sparkle by Thomas Zahler
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Noragami: Stray God Volume 4 by Adachitoka
The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla
Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 2: The Pilgrimage by Tim Hedrick
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Miscellaneous
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (February 05)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (February 12) It's Monday, What Are You Reading (February 19)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (February 26)
January 2018 Sources
January 2018 Summary

Road Essays
Gender in Ozma of Oz
The Splendid Dystopia in the Marvelous Land of Oz
Unmappable structures: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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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? (February 19): 02/19/18

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (February 19)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

My husband was out of town last week on business which meant I had to get up an hour early to make sure our son got to high school in time. He takes a zero period so he can have time for both his Honors and AP classes and wood shop. While I'm admittedly not a morning person, getting up early did give me the opportunity to photograph the dawn. So every morning I'd take him to school and then stop halfway to home where there's a great view of the San Francisco Bay and photograph the dawn.

Dawn in San Francisco

Meanwhile the plum tree is now at maximum bloom. I've been photographing it every day to capture the blossoms. It's already starting to grow leaves which means pretty soon the flowers will be gone. Between the wind and birds, the flowers will probably be gone in a week.

Plum flowers

My reading for the week was as productive as last week. With my husband out of town, I didn't have the temptation of anime after dinner. Instead of watching TV I spent my time reading before bed. I also had four books due at the library with no more renewals available and that motivated me to finish them.

What I read:

Murder Past Due Let's Talk About Love The Kairos Mechanism Crossing the Tracks Love Lies Bleeding The Nest Title Wave Books of a Feather Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1

  • Murder Past Due by Miranda James; personal collection (audio)
  • Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann; personal collection
  • The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford; personal collection / research
  • Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber; library book / research
  • Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert; library book
  • The Nest by Kenneth Oppel; library book
  • Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
  • Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1 by Kelly Thompson; personal collection (comic)

What I'm reading:

March Book Two Ozma of Oz Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2: The Pilgrimage Flaming Iguanas

  • March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and, Nate Powell (illustrator); personal collection
  • Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum; research
  • Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2: The Pilgrimage by Tim Hedrick, Mitch Iverson, and Jung Gwan
  • Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez; personal collection / research

Up Next:

A Dash of Trouble Soupy Leaves Home Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Sovereign

  • A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano; library book
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci; library book / research
  • Stanley Will Probably Be Fine by Sally J. Pla; personal collection
  • Sovereign by April Daniels; personal collection

Reviews Posted

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Comment #1: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 01:24:50

Kathryn Trask

That photo of SF is so gorgeous, and so worth getting up to see and photograph.



Comment #2: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:26:00

Pussreboots

I like photographing sunrises but I'm physically not much of a morning person. I doubt I could do it on a regular basis.



Comment #3: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 03:15:17

Michelle

Beautiful flowers! Seems like you have read lots of books and more to come. Have a happy reading week!



Comment #4: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:29:00

Pussreboots

I've gotten through the pile of must reads before returning to the library. Now that I don't have a large pile of library books all due at once I can take a more leisurely week of reading.



Comment #5: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 07:00:20

Beth F

Blooms! We still have snow...



Comment #6: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:31:00

Pussreboots

Tonight the temps are dipping down to freezing which is unusual for here.



Comment #7: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11:09:05

Laurel-Rain Snow

I do love early morning views, and you have some good ones in the SF area.

Enjoy your week, and here are My weekly updates



Comment #8: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:33:00

Pussreboots

We do have some pretty views but I'm more of a sunset person than a sunrise.



Comment #9: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11:27:10

Kathy Martin

Wonderful assortment of books! I gave Let's Talk About Love a try since I had a review copy from Macmillan but it just wasn't for me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:34:00

Pussreboots

That's a shame. Have a good week.



Comment #11: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 16:40:12

Deb Nance

When books are due at the library, I find a way to read them quickly. It looks like you have some great ones. Enjoy!



Comment #12: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:37:00

Pussreboots

Reading fast to beat library due dates is what I was doing these last two weeks. This week I can focus more on my own books.



Comment #13: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 17:11:22

Jolene Wilson

Great haul of books! I hope you enjoy all of them.



Comment #14: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:40:00

Pussreboots

OK. Thank you.



Comment #15: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 18:56:41

Yvonne

Wonderful photos! Beautiful.

I might try to listen to the Lorna Barrett series on audio. It might be easier for me to catch up.



Comment #16: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:42:00

Pussreboots

I've listened to the entire series as audio. Even with a change of narrators half way through the series, it's been fun.



Comment #17: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 20:20:36

Nise'

My hubby is an early riser and on those days that I have to get up earlier he always encourages me with what I will see that I normally miss! Lovely pics.



Comment #18: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:46:00

Pussreboots

My husband is an early riser but he's not exactly a fan of it. My mother, though, does seem to enjoy getting up early. She's usually the one encouraging met to photograph the sunrise.



Comment #19: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 20:29:45

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Awesome photos! I hope you have a great week!



Comment #20: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:51:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I hope your week is also great.



Comment #21: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:37:45

Greg

Nice pic! And yay for more reading time. Title Wave just sounds like a fun cozy and I've seen that one around, it's on my list of cozies to read.



Comment #22: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:53:00

Pussreboots

Title Wave would work as a good standalone because it's set on a cruise ship.



Comment #23: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 23:16:33

Louisa Paarsmarkt

Waking up early is never fun, but that sounds very ambitious of your son, good luck to him in his endeavors!

Looks like some really fantastic books, hope you enjoyed, and will enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #24: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 21:55:00

Pussreboots

My son is making the most of high school. He's turning out to be a pretty nifty person. It was a good week of reading.



Comment #25: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 05:04:01

Myra from GatheringBooks

I am always amazed by the amount of books you manage to read - so awesome! :) I also enjoyed The Nest - super creepy. Have a great reading week.



Comment #26: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 21:27:00

Pussreboots

I always have a bunch of books going and sometimes they all finish within days. Nest was a definitely great but creepy read.



Comment #27: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 13:22:42

Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

I didn't know plum trees had such beautiful flowers. I love the flowers a cherry tree gives off. I would be taking a ton of pictures too if I had a tree producing such pretty flowers.



Comment #28: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 21:27:00

Pussreboots

The tree's almost done now. They only bloom for about two or three weeks before all the leaves come in. Then it's another year of waiting. I don't know if this one will be fruit bearing like our old one was. I hope it is.