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Blowing Clear by Joseph C. Lincoln
Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller
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The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
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Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Curtis Ebbesmeyer
Giant Days Volume 8 by John Allison
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
If Someone Says 'You Complete Me,' RUN! by Whoopi Goldberg
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
Little Red Rodent Hood by Ursula Vernon
The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl
The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser
Runaways, Volume 2: Best Friends Forever by Rainbow Rowell
Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters by Gene Luen Yang and Matthew Holmes
Seldom Disappointed by Tony Hillerman
Show Me a Story! by Leonard S. Marcus
Small Favor by Jim Butcher
Soof by Sarah Weeks
The Speaker by Traci Chee
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
Very Rich by Polly Horvath
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse

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Cybils Update (December 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 03)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 10)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 17)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 24)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 31)
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Thirteen favourite Canadian reads of 2018

Twelve favorite diverse books read in 2018

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Twelve favorite road narrative spectrum essays written in 2018

Road Essays
FF9900 Orphan Wildlands Blue Highway

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FF66CC: Orphans at home in the maze

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Road Narrative Update for November 2018

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 17): 12/17/18

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

I'm officially done with the Cybils this year. Stop by the Cybils website on January 1st to see what the short lsits are.

Sad Hei Hei

With everything back to normal, I was able to finish my silly "Sad Hei Hei" painting for my daughter.

Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, seascape, a WIP

Now I'm well into my first of three landscape paintings I have planned. The one I'm working on now is based on a photograph of Rockaway Beach I took a few years back. It's been about twenty-five years since I last painted a seascape. They aren't my usual subject.

Bruce the Spruce

Sunday my husband and daughter picked out a Christmas tree for our home. We always get a living, in a pot, tree. This year we have Bruce the Spruce. After the holidays we'll transplant him to a larger pot. He'll eventually get up to eight feet tall. He'll be good for another four Christmases, give or take, and then we'll transplant him on our hill.

For the remainder of this month (and year!) I plan to focus on the 2018 published books I purchased but haven't read yet. Whatever ones I don't finish I'll keep reading in January.

What I read:

  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson; library book
  • Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs; library book
  • The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue; personal collection
  • The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks; personal collection by Faith Erin Hicks

What I'm reading:

  • The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm; personal collection
  • Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott; personal collection
  • Clobbered by Camembert by Avery Aames; library book
  • Runaways, Volume 2: Best Friends Forever by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Illustrator)

Up Soon:

  • My Life as a Diamond by Jenny Manzer; publisher copy
  • Inkling by Kenneth Oppel and Sydney Smith (illustrations); personal collection
  • Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko; library book
  • Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower; personal collection

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Comment #1: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:14:37

Shaye

I really, really enjoyed The Parker Inheritance. I've been curious about The Rhino in Right Field — may be adding that one to my list. I still love your Sad Hei Hei — perfect spot on the wall by your tree! <3



Comment #2: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:01:00

Pussreboots

I will be posting my review of the Parker Inheritance later today. There's only one good place to put the tree and it happens to be in front of the wall where my daughter hangs her artwork.



Comment #3: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:29:16

Laurel-Rain Snow

Great looking paintings...and I love that tree.

Whoopi's book caught my eye. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.



Comment #4: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:03:00

Pussreboots

Whoopi's book was an enjoyable and quick read. I love the tree too. It's better than was I was expecting they'd bring home.



Comment #5: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:34:15

Beth F

I bet it feels good to be done with the Cybils!



Comment #6: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:05:00

Pussreboots

It does. Although this year was one of the least stressful Cybils I've participated in.



Comment #7: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:07:39

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

I love your painting of Rockaway Beach. You are talented. I hope you enjoy Kenneth Oppel's new book. He's one of my favorite authors.



Comment #8: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:07:00

Pussreboots

I also hope I enjoy Inkling. Thanks.



Comment #9: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:52:40

Kathy Martin

Nice looking tree. I like the idea of a live tree. I also like your plan to read books you bought in 2018 now that your Cybils commitment is finished. I hope you find some good ones. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:07:00

Pussreboots

Over all I was pretty good about reading the books I bought this year but over summer I lost my momentum and some books took longer than I expected. That's when I fell behind. Cybils put me even further behind.



Comment #11: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 20:30:21

Yvonne

I love landscape scenes. Your tree is beautiful! Have a great week!



Comment #12: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 15:53:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I love them too but I'm usually painting birds or flowers or other small things. It's a nice change in pace.



Comment #13: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 08:51:23

JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

Bruce the Spruce... love it!! Happy holidays :)



Comment #14: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 15:55:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. Happy holidays.



Comment #15: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 09:16:56

Wendi

I loved The Third Mushroom! I hope you're enjoying it as well.



Comment #16: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 15:56:00

Pussreboots

I just finished it. It was very good.



Comment #17: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 09:47:38

Susan @ The Book Bag

So many great looking books here. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!



Comment #18: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 15:57:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. Same to you.