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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 14): 01/14/19

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

With the kids back in school, I'm painting again. I finished my seascape, based on a photograph I took at Rockaway Beach a fear years ago.

Acrylic painting of Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, California.

Now I am working on the salt flats that parallel I80 in western Utah. This painting is based on a photo I took either in 2016 or 2017 during a road trip.

Acrylic painting of the salt flats of western Utah (WIP)

I'm also taking part in the sketchbook project at the Brooklyn Art Library. I just got my blank book and it's due back at the end of March. I'm calling my book "A turkey is like a T-Rex." I'll post updates as I have them. Right now I'm storyboarding my pages.

What I read:

  • Which Big Giver Stole the Chopped Liver? by Sharon Kahn; library book
  • SOS at Night by M.A. Wilson; personal collection
  • The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis; personal collection
  • The Extremely High Tide! by Kir Fox; personal collection / research
  • The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer; personal collection
  • Rainbow Brite #2 by Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams (Illustrator); personal collection
  • Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter; personal collection
  • Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany; personal collection
  • The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson; personal collection
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan and Dana Wulfekotte; library book

Up Soon:

  • Naomis Too by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and and Audrey Vernick; library book
  • All Summer Long by Hope Larson; personal collection
  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi et al.; personal collection
  • White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig; personal collection


Reviews Posted

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Comment #1: Saturday January 12, 2019 at 17:27:38

Louisa Paarsmarkt

Sounds like a pretty good week! Boo for a DNF book, but that just means more time to read a book that you'd enjoy! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

Comment #2: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 21:55:00


DNFs only accounted for 3% of all my books read last year.

Comment #3: Monday, January 14, 2019 at 08:00:54

Cheryl Malandrinos

What great paintings. Love the colors. Hope you get a lot of reading done too. Many of these sound fascinating.

Comment #4: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 21:57:00


Tuesday's almost over and I haven't finished a single book yet. I'm a little frustrated but the book I'm reading is really good. I've just been busy doing other things like painting, writing, running errands and that sort of thing.

Comment #5: Monday, January 14, 2019 at 08:32:16

Laurel-Rain Snow

You have some tempting books Enjoy, and thanks for sharing Thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #6: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 21:59:00


Thanks. Have a good week.

Comment #7: Monday, January 14, 2019 at 08:40:54

Beth F

I liked All Summer Long —- hope you do too.

Comment #8: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 22:01:00


I think I will. I normally like her books.

Comment #9: Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:17:27

Kathy Martin

Such a great assortment of books! Seeing White Rabbit reminded me of how much I enjoyed it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #10: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 22:01:00


White Rabbit has been sitting on my TBR for months. I'm happy to be finally getting to it.

Comment #11: Monday, January 14, 2019 at 15:24:02


I always love seascape type of pictures and your paintings are wonderful. Good work.

Have a great week!

Comment #12: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 22:01:00


Thank you. I think I'll be painting more time for landscapes this year.

Comment #13: Monday, January 14, 2019 at 22:02:31

Ellen Pilch

Nice paintings. I Date Dead People sounds interesting.

Comment #14: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 22:05:00


The whole series is fun if you're looking for some paranormal romances as graphic novels.

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