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Month in review

Reviews
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe
Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions by Chloe Rhodes
Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase
Classified as Murder by Miranda James
The Clue at Black Creek Farm by Carolyn Keene
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
Giant Days: Extra Credit by John Allison
The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Ice Witch by Joel Ross
It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
Kraken by Wendy Williams
The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames
Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
The Million by Karl Schroeder
Monoceros by Suzette Mayr
Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn and Eric Shanower
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Restart by Gordon Korman
Running With Lions by Julian Winters
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Weather or Not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Miscellaneous
Cybils Update (October 16)
Cybils Update (October 23)
Cybils Update (October 30)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 08)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 22)
September 2018 Sources
September 2018 Summary

Road Essays
FFCC99: Orphan Uhoria Labyrinth
FFCC33: Orphan Uhoria Blue Highway: A comparison of The Sentinel and Three-Quarters Dead
FFCC00: Orphan Uhoria Interstate: The Polar Express, Waiting for Augusta, and Winterhouse
FF99FF: Orphan wildlands cornfield
Road Narrative Update for September 2018

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4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish



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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 15): 10/15/18

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

Finished painting of a burrowing owl

I finished the burrowing owl painting. In the end all it needed were some sky blue outlines here and there.

Paritailly painted portrait of Reggie the turkey

Now I'm working on a new portrait of Reggie the turkey. He lives at nearby Sulphur Creek, a wild animal rescue center. My original portrait I sold to the library. It was the one painting that everyone was sad to see go.

Readingwise I had a good week. I had some library books due and got them read. I'm also now entering the third week of the Cybils. The public nominations are ending. So far there have been ninety-three nominations (and I've read nine of them). The remainder of the month will be publisher nominations and our list of books could grow by another fifty or so.

I won't list every single nominee that I look at, only those that I read cover to cover. As a first round reader, I'm not required to read every book word for word, just enough to get a sense of whether or not it needs to go to the next round.

What I read:

Rainbow Brite 1 Three Quarters Dead Pride Snake Bite I Date Dead People Dragon Kiss Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish The Doughnut Fix Foe

  • Rainbow Brite #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams (Illustrator); personal collection (ebook)
  • Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck; library book
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi; personal collection / research
  • Snake Bite by Andy Lane; library book
  • I Date Dead People by Ann Kerns and Janina Görrissen; library book
  • Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker
  • Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya; personal collection
  • The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz; library book
  • Foe by Iain Reid; personal collection / research

What I'm reading:

Sodom Road Exit Supernova The Benefits of Being an Octopus Tintin in Tibet

  • Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn; personal collection / research
  • Supernova by Kazu Kibiushi; personal collection
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden; personal collection
  • Tintin in Tibet by Hergé; library book

Up Soon:

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Anywhere but Here The 13 clocks Small Favor

  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty; personal collection
  • Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson; library book / research
  • The 13 Clocks by James Thurber and Marc Simont (Illustrator); library book
  • Small Favor by Jim Butcher; personal collection (audiobook)

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Comment #1: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 23:33:12

Louisa Paarsmarkt

Good that there wasn't anybody there, bad that there was a fire and the subsequent smoke! Looks like a pretty great week, book wise! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #2: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:18:00

Pussreboots

It was thankfully an uninhabited area. But grass burns fast and the winds carried the smoke everywhere.



Comment #3: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 08:50:21

Beth F

Have fun with the Cybils books



Comment #4: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:21:00

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #5: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:36:48

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

Black Cats and Evil Eyes looks good! I love books like that.

I love your paintings! :) Congrats on selling one! :)



Comment #6: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:23:00

Pussreboots

Thank you, re the paintings. The ones I'm painting now aren't for sale. They are for my family and are replacements for a set I did sell. THe sales process took longer than we expected and we got attached to the old set. With them gone to their intended home, I have the freedom to start anew.

Black Cats and Evil Eyes wasn't what I was looking for.



Comment #7: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:55:57

Aymee

Your paintings are always so impressive, you've got a lot of talent. Looks like you had a great reading week, too.

My Roundup



Comment #8: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:27:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. It was a good week for reading. I hope this week is as well.



Comment #9: Monday, October, 15, 2018 at 11:54:17

Kathy Martin

Most of your books are new to me this week. I hope you are enjoying the Cybils you are reading. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:32:00

Pussreboots

Cybils is fun. There are some excellent books. There are some that aren't but the process is still worth the effort.



Comment #11: Monday, October, 15, 2018 at 14:39:37

Kathryn Trask

I love your paintings and so happy you are sharing them here. I have read a few of the earlier Amulet books so I see its still going well.



Comment #12: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:34:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm pleased you enjoy my paintings. They're fun to do. After this Amulet book, there is one more. Things are wrapping up.



Comment #13: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 18:52:16

Hallie

I always love reading through your lists! I'm really interested in Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish and hope to get to it soon!



Comment #14: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:37:00

Pussreboots

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish is a quick and delightful read.



Comment #15: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 19:17:46

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

I like your paintings. You are talented. You've read an eclectic mix of books. I'm curious about Pride. Have a great reading week!



Comment #16: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:40:00

Pussreboots

Pride is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in Brooklyn. I loved it. I hope you get it a read.



Comment #17: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 19:52:38

Jolene Wilson

I will be curious to see how you like Benefits Of Being an Octopus. I thought it was excellent.



Comment #18: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:42:00

Pussreboots

I'll post a review when I'm done.



Comment #19: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 20:30:43

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I love your birds! I’m a second round Cybils judge, so I’m eagerly waiting to see what gets passed along to me.



Comment #20: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:44:00

Pussreboots

We will strive to hand you the best list possible!



Comment #21: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:33:38

Greg

Hope your reads are good this week!Love the look of Sherlock Holmes Snakebite.



Comment #22: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:47:00

Pussreboots

Snakebite was a quick read but not as fun as previous books.



Comment #23: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 23:30:00

Cal's Constant Raving Reviews

Wow-- I hope you write a review for Pride. I'm on the fence whether to read it.

What an excellent reading week.



Comment #24: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 22:51:00

Pussreboots

I'm planning on reviewing Pride near the end of the month.