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An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley Alienated by Melissa Landers
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
Out of Tune by Gail Nall
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination by Mitsumasa Anno
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Miscellaneous
February 2018 Sources
February 2018 Summary
It's Monday, what are you reading (March 05) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 12) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 19) It's Monday, what are you reading (March 26)

Road Essays
Introduction to the road narrative project
Metaphoric language of marginalized travelers
Place Character Shibboleth: Towards an understanding of bypass stories
Rethinking Urban Fantasy: Where is Nagspeake?
Road trip to the underworld: the Nome King and Hades

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 12): 03/12/18

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 05)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

It's the first day of Day Light Saving Time. Boo hiss. I don't like it. I really and truly prefer Standard Time. I'm exhausted and grouchy.

One of my side projects has been the building (re-building in parts) of the family tree. My MIL asked a question about her side of the family. To get to her side, I had to start with myself. My great uncle had already built one for my side (well, his side) of the tree but of course I had to add in my father's side, my step-father's side, my husband's side which then becomes my FIL and MIL's sides.

On Friday I noticed that there as a somebody or other who had married into the Barnum family. The Barnums aren't any of our direct ancestors but I was still curious to see where it would lead. Sure enough, after ticking up a bunch of generations and back down a bunch, I found P.T. Barnum.

PT Barnum, photo via wikipedia

What I read:

The Belles Problim Children Interpretive Conventions A Side of Sabotage Every Heart a Doorway Sweet Tooth Labyrinth Lost

  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton; personal collection
  • The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd; library book
  • Interpretive Conventions: The Reader in the Study of American Fiction by Steven Mailloux; library book / research
  • A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi; personal collection (ebook)
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire; library book
  • Sweet Tooth: Book One by Jeff Lemire; library book / research
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova; personal collection (audio) / research

What I'm reading:

Sovereign The Left-Handed Fate Wonder Valley The Case for Jamie

  • Sovereign by April Daniels; personal collection
  • The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford; personal collection / research
  • Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda; library / research
  • The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro; personal collection

Up Next:

American Panda Tess of the Road The Phantom of Nantucket A Just Clause

  • American Panda by Gloria Chao; personal collection
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman; personal collection
  • The Phantom of Nantucket by Carolyn Keene; personal collection
  • A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett; personal collection (audiobook)

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Comment #1: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 at 12:34:34

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Wow...busy week...great books.

ENJOY, and thanks for coming by my blog.



Comment #2: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:25:00

Pussreboots

It was in deed and this week I have just as many library books coming due but I think I'll be sending a bunch back unread. I'm just not as inspired this week to read.



Comment #3: Monday, March, 12, 2018 at 07:12:08

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

So many fascinating books! I may do nothing but read after I retire. Still I won’t read all the good books!



Comment #4: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:25:00

Pussreboots

I read a lot but I don't think I could spend all my free time reading. I would get restless.



Comment #5: Monday, March, 12, 2018 at 07:38:20

Beth F

I have American Panda on my list. I hate the time change too.



Comment #6: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:28:00

Pussreboots

I originally planned to have American Panda finished and reviewed by now but I'm falling behind that initial schedule.



Comment #7: Monday, March 12, 2018 at 11:56:45

Kathy Martin

I hope you enjoy Tess of the Road as much as I did. Your family tree project sounds fascinating. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #8: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:29:00

Pussreboots

I hope so too. I should get to it in the next week or so.



Comment #9: Monday, March, 12, 2018 at 17:13:23

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Oo The Belles and Every Heart a Doorway both sound good. And how cool, that P.T. Barnum is hanging out somewhere in your family tree!



Comment #10: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:31:00

Pussreboots

The Barnums ended up being on my husband's side of things, so I can only count him via marriage. The Bells and Every Heart a Doorway are both very good but very different.



Comment #11: Monday, March, 12, 2018 at 18:46:59

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I’m also not a fan of the time change. I like my sleep! I still need to read Every Heart A Doorway. I’ve heard good things about it. Have a great week!



Comment #12: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:33:00

Pussreboots

Every Heart a Doorway is very short. You can read it in the course of an afternoon.



Comment #13: Monday, March 12, 2018 at 21:31:00

Laurel-Rain Snow

I do like studying the family tree...although I haven't done it. I once had a distant relative working on it, but he never finished.

Enjoy those books, which look really tempting...and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #14: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:34:00

Pussreboots

My great uncle was working on it but he was clearly focused on his immediate family. With my MIL asking questions about her bit of it, I had to cast a wider net. It's fascinating and something I can work on while watching TV.



Comment #15: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 00:42:20

Greg

I'm not a fan of the time change either. And that's interesting that someone in your family married into the Barnums! Amazing the stuff you find sometimes.

A Side of Sabotage looks fun.



Comment #16: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:37:00

Pussreboots

The Barnums are on my husband's side of the family. With 6,000 names in the tree it's easy to lose track of where one is.

A Side of Sabotage is the third in the series. They are all lovely middle grade mysteries.



Comment #17: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 03:23:59

Myra from GatheringBooks

I loved Natalie Lloyd's Snicker of Magic - so I am pretty excited with The Problim Children. Sweet Tooth looks so interesting, too! I will have to find that one soonest.



Comment #18: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:41:00

Pussreboots

I haven't read any of Lloyd's other books so I can't say how The Problim Children compare.



Comment #19: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 07:16:31

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

Very interesting and fun about P. T. Barnum.

Great books too....enjoy.

I hope Daylight Savings Time hasn't gotten the better of you today.

Have a good week.



Comment #20: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:43:00

Pussreboots

I will be grumpy at Daylight Saving Time for the next six months. I'm plugging away still at the family tree. I wonder who next I will find.



Comment #21: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 23:34:33

Ellen Pilch

Very interesting about P.T. Barnum. Have you read AJ Jacobs book, It's All Relative? There are a ton of resources listed in it to help with ancestry.



Comment #22: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:45:00

Pussreboots

No. I haven't read It's All Relative. So far I'm not having trouble (for the most part) with filling out the tree. The problem is mostly one of time. There are some very specific questions that aren't really ancestry related that I might need to research how to answer later. For instance, there's the question of when my husband's grandfather changed his named. We have a family story around it but a lot of it is conjecture.



Comment #23: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 09:59:44

Harvee

Your books all look so intriguing!



Comment #24: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:45:00

Pussreboots

I agree. I want to finish them all but I've only finished done so far.



Comment #25: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 13:52:19

Louisa Paarsmarkt

Interesting genealogy stuff :) And books! Tess of the Road, The Case for Jaime, Every Heart a Doorway, I've only read one of those, but I've enjoyed other books by those authors, and I hope you enjoy/enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #26: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:53:00

Pussreboots

I'm making good headway with The Case for Jaime; it's good so far. Every Heart a Doorway was memorable but I have a few quibbles with it. I haven't started Tess of the Road yet.



Comment #27: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 15:22:37

Stefanie

This is a great selection of covers. What a fun discovery in your family tree!



Comment #28: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 21:55:00

Pussreboots

I wish I were further a long in my reading this week. So far all I've finished is a genealogy book.



Comment #29: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 13:15:10

Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

Lots of good books this week. The Belles and American Panda of two books that I have been wanting to read. I hope you enjoy all your upcoming reads. :)



Comment #30: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 21:10:00

Pussreboots

I am looking forward to starting American Panda. First I hope to finish Sovereign.



Comment #31: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 04:55:09

Lynn @ Ellesea Loves Reading

Tracing my ancestry is an on-going project of mine too. I hope you've had a great week.



Comment #32: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 21:11:00

Pussreboots

The ancestry project is taking on a life of its own. I will probably clear 10,000 names next month or the month after.