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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 16): 10/22/18

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

I had a very busy week of reading, so much so, that I gave myself the weekend off. Five of the books I read for the Cybils. One of the books, Anywhere by Here is a DNF because I found the mother cruel, rather than charming. The rest of the books were for fun reading or research. Of course, I'm doing my road narrative spectrum project for fun, so there really isn't much of a difference.

Reggie the turkey painted in acrlyics

I finished the portrait of Reggie the turkey.

Macaw painted started, in acrlyics

I've started a painting of a macaw from a photograph I took about five years ago at the Oakland Zoo.

The start of a Mabel Pines costume

I sewed on some felt to help my daughter with her Mabel Pine's costume. Here she is showing off the new complete turtleneck.

What I read:

Supernova Echo's Sister Louisiana's Way Home The Benefits of Being an Octopus Tintin in Tibet Lowriders Blast from the Past Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Sodom Road Exit Anywhere but Here (DNF) Just like Jackie 24 Hours in Nowhere The 13 clocks

  • Supernova by Kazu Kibiushi; personal collection
  • Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier; library book
  • Rust Volume 4: Soul in the Machine by Royden Lepp
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden; personal collection
  • Tintin in Tibet by Hergé; library book
  • Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper and Raúl Gonzalez III; personal collection / research
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty; personal collection
  • Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn; personal collection / research
  • Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard; library book
  • Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson; library book / research
  • 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling; personal collection; research
  • The 13 Clocks by James Thurber and Marc Simont (Illustrator); library book

What I'm reading:

Small Favor Bluecrowne Louisiana's Way Home No Fixed Address

  • Small Favor by Jim Butcher; personal collection (audiobook)
  • Bluecrowne by Kate Milford; personal collection / research
  • Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo; personal collection
  • No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen; personal collection

Up Soon:

Burntown Elementary, She Read Mystery of the Missing Mask Sweep

  • Burntown by Jennifer McMahon; library book / research
  • Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany; personal collection
  • The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson' personal collection
  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier; personal collection


Reviews Posted

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Comment #1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 19:55:03


You are getting through the books like one does before the Academy Awards. I love the Harry Potter movies but I lurve the books so much more.

Comment #2: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:29:00


I've only seen the first two movies and I stopped reading the series midway through book five.

Comment #3: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 18:38:04

>Sue Jackson

>Wow, you've been busy! That's a LOT of books! Participating in the Cybil's sounds like fun.

Nice paintings, too - you are talented!

Comment #4: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:33:00


Thank you. The Cybils are both a lot of work and a lot of fun.

Comment #5: Thursday, October, 18, 2018 at 09:21:37


Ah, Tintin is great! I'm French, so I read tons of it when I was a kid. I saw the amazing exhibition on it when I was travelling through Quebec last year. I like your painting. I also paint, but almost exclusively on rocks. Here is my site, though I have not posted any of my latest rocks for ages...

Comment #6: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:37:00


I love your rocks, especially your bird rocks. I read that particular Tintin because John Steed was shown reading it in one of the early Avengers TV episodes. I would like to see Quebec sometime. I have family roots in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Comment #7: Sunday, October, 21, 2018 at 23:46:41

>Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Such catchy titles! I usually read the most in the evenings and on weekends as I take time off from the computer. Five books in five days is awesome. :-)

Comment #8: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:42:00


The five books are just the Cybils books. I read twelve in total which is a more than I usually do.

Comment #9: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:03:05


You had a busy week! Your daughter is too cute though. :)

I love the Vicki Delany series, although I haven't read the first book yet. Oops. Enjoy!

My roundup!

Comment #10: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:42:00


Have you read her lighthouse library series, written as Eva Gates?

Comment #11: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:27:42

Laurel-Rain Snow

I actually enjoyed Anywhere But Here...I also watched the movie, with Susan Sarandon as the mother.

Enjoy your week! Great art! Here are

Comment #12: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:51:00


Maybe it's better as a movie. I just couldn't get past the mother's behavior.

Comment #13: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 13:57:19

Kathy Martin

Great assortment of books. I'm a fan of Jim Butcher but want him to write faster. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #14: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:54:00


I read maybe a book and a half of his each year. He writes plenty fast for me!

Comment #15: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 15:38:18


I love how your daughter is dressed up as a character from her favorite show. I had to Google the name, LOL, as it wasn't familiar.

Thanks for the well wishes for my kid. She feels better body wise. Just dealing with a cough but she ran the mile today for PE and felt fine.

Comment #16: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:55:00


The show has been off air for a few year now but when it was on she said that if she ever got braces she would dress up as Mabel. Glad your daughter is on the mend.

Comment #17: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 18:02:59


You did great this week between your painting and reading. Hope this week is a good one for you.

Comment #18: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 20:57:00


Thank you. Today was busy doing chores and non-creative stuff. Tomorrow maybe!

Comment #19: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 21:49:40

Katie @ Read-at-Home Mom

I really enjoyed Louisiana's Way Home. I also remember really liking Anywhere But Here when I read it during college.

Comment #20: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 21:01:00


I hope to finish Louisiana's Way Home this week.

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