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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 01): 10/01/18

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

Last week was busy. My daughter now has her braces and a keyless expander. While she's glad to finally have her braces she's in a lot of pain. THe last few days haven't been for for any of us. I've been spoiled by my son who seems impervious to dental pain. He's getting close to being done and has always been rather blasé about everything.

Saturday marks the 1st anniversary of us being house owners after living in a tiny condo for most of our adult lives. We're still "moving in" but we're happy. A year in and we don't have a dining room table or enough bookshelves or the den set up the way we'd like it. We're also still working on getting the yard fixed up so we can adopt a dog.

Tortuga then and now

Sunday marks the seventh anniversary that Tortuga cat came to live with us. She was the run of a little of barely weaned kittens a local barista found. She believes her neighbor moved and took mama cat with them but didn't want the responsibility of a litter of kittens. Tortuga was small and not weaned and cold and scared. She was clearly going to need the most care. With my youngest child just in kindergarten, caring for an infant wasn't that far way from my memory so I made a choice and took her in. Initially my plan was to foster her until she was old enough to be weaned and spayed. Well, that didn't happen because the whole family fell in love with her (and named her).

Burrowing owl WIP

I'm about half way through a burrowing owl painting. The background and the bird both require a lot of attention to detail. I suspect I'll have many sessions of painting layers of grass and blades of grass.

On the blog front I realized my website was running almost at capacity. I had a ton of old crap from previous iterations of the site that I'm not using. Also when I moved to the larger images for posts, I wasn't careful early on with my compression. Those original images are huge and are taking up too much space. I spent most of Sunday cleaning house and still have more images re-compress.

Reading-wise it was a good week. This week I need to finish Monoceros by Thursday as it is due at the library. Of course tomorrow is the start of Cybils nominations so pretty soon I'll be busy reading whatever makes the long list.

What I read:

The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case An Unkindness of Ghosts Still Missing Weather or Not Robots and Repeats The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two This is Rome

  • The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Eulberg; personal collection
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon; library book / research
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens; library book
  • Weather or Not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins; personal collection
  • Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang; library book
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh (Artist); personal collection
  • This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek; library book

What I'm reading:

Bruja Born Monoceros Giant Days Volume 8 The Ice Witch

  • Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova; personal collection / research
  • Monoceros by Suzette Mayr; library book
  • Giant Days Volume 8 by John Allison; personal collection
  • The Ice Witch by Joel Ross; personal collection

Up Soon:

Sodom Road Exit Pride File M for Murder Foe

  • Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi; personal collection / research
  • File M for Murder by Miranda James; personal collection (audiobook)
  • Foe by Iain Reid; personal collection / research


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Comment #1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:01:41

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

> Ugh, colds! I'm sorry you are not feeling well. My son and I both had colds last week - you were right about those preschool germs!

I love your hummingbird painting!

Feel better soon and have a great week.

Comment #2: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 20:49:00


Thanks. I'm basically fine now. I'm just congested.

Comment #3: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 00:18:00


>I really want to read Running with Lions!

Comment #4: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 20:50:00


It was okay.

Comment #5: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 00:57:19


Happy house anniversary (and kitty too)! I remember having braces and not being particularly happy about it lol. Hope she adjusts well!

Happy reading!

Comment #6: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 20:52:00


Thanks. Today is the first day she's felt and acted like herself.

Comment #7: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 08:48:41

Beth F

Hard to believe it's been a year since you moved!

Comment #8: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 20:53:00


It's hard for us to belive too especially since 2017 was so busy it felt like two years in one. This one feels like half a year.

Comment #9: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 10:59:19

Kathleen M Martin

I've been in my house for just over a year and feel like I'm still settling in too. You have a nice assortment of books here too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #10: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 20:57:00


I remember. We were on very similar schedules last year.

Comment #11: Monday, October, 01, 2018 at 15:07:51

Kathryn Trask

Wow, one year since you moved in to your house. Time flies. Yes I hated teeth braces and really feel for your daughter.

Comment #12: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 20:59:00


I never had braces so I'm not the most sympathetic. Fortunately my husband did, so he knows what she's going through.

Comment #13: Monday, October, 1, 2018 at 11:00:33


Ah, your poor daughter. My older girl only needed minor corrections so she had very little pain with her braces. My younger girl, on the other hand, had her braces for three years and suffered a LOT. I hope that your girl does okay with her braces, it's so worth it in the end.

You had a great reading week, too. Bruja Born looks interesting.

My roundup!

Comment #14: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:03:00


Today was her first good day. I think we're over the worst of it. I'm 100 pages into Bruja Born and it's very good, albeit different from Labyrinth Lost.

Comment #15: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 11:04:35

Laurel-Rain Snow

I loved Still Missing. Enjoy your books, and being able to spread out in your space.


Comment #16: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:07:00


I wish I could say the same. It wasn't for me.

Comment #17: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 18:29:30


Happy anniversary for your house and for your adorable kitty! Hope you have a great week. Enjoy your books.

Comment #18: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:08:00


Thank you. I'm glad I took a chance with Tortuga.

Comment #19: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 18:58:26

Jolene Wilson

An Unkindness of Ghosts sounds super creepy. Enjoy!

Comment #20: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:16:00


It isn't horror. It's science fiction and an examination of racism. It's fabulously written.

Comment #21: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:52:15

Ellen Pilch

>I am glad you decided to keep her, she is a cutie. File M for Murder looks interesting. Have a nice week!

Comment #22: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:24:00


I finished File M for Murder earlier today. It was an enjoyable audiobook.

Comment #23: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 23:52:23

Cheryl Malandrinos

What a beautiful painting. You are so talented. Happy anniversary for you and your furry family member. If it makes you feel any better, we have lived here 20 years and some rooms still don't have anything on the walls.

Good luck with reading this week. So many great covers featured.

Comment #24: Monday, October 01, 2018 at 21:26:00


The walls are the least of my worries. But we do still need furniture. And I still need to sort through our home library that's mostly in storage. There are books in there that we can donate and others that we can sell.

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