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Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
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Black Hammer, Volume 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
Boat of Dreams by Rogério Coelho
Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany
Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 1 by Ryo Maruya and Mamenosuke Fujimaru
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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg
Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs
Frazzled: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties by Booki Vivat
The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll
The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
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Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
The Red Slippers by Carolyn Keene
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Takedown by Laura Shovan
Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 3: Absolution by Mitch Iverson
Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (February 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (February 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (February 18)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (February 11): 02/11/19

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

I have five pages left in my sketchbook and will hopefully be mailing it back in a week or two, well before the March 30th deadline. I'm taking a multimedia approach by using acrylics, pen and ink, and colored pencils as needed.

Painted sketches of a cardinal, blue jay, California scrub jay, and Steller's jay

On Monday my new lens arrived, a 75-300 mm lens. Of course it's been raining again for most of the week, so my chances to test it out have been limited to the birds who visit my yard and the gorgeous rainy sunsets.

Acorn woodpecker
Acorn woodpecker shot with the new lens.

Last Monday it got cold enough during our day long rainstorm that the local hills got a dusting of snow. Actually this weekend, some of them got a second, thicker dusting. The photo below was taken Tuesday morning.

Snow on the Palomares ridge

What I read:

  • White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig; personal collection
  • Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 2 by Ryoko Kui; personal collection
  • Bird and Squirrel All Tangled Up by James Burks; personal collection
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee; personal collection
  • Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall; personal collection / research
  • Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley; personal collection
  • Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 3: Absolution by Mitch Iverson; personal collection
  • Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle; personal collection
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon; library book

Up Soon:

  • The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley; personal collection
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova; personal collection
  • Ghostbusters: Crossing Over by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening (Illustrations); personal collection
  • Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen; personal collection

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Comment #1: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at 20:59:43 Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

I always enjoy looking at your paintings. I enjoyed Bellewether, especially since its history takes places in my province.



Comment #2: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:10:00

Pussreboots

I'll be posting my review of Bellewether next week.



Comment #3: Sunday, February, 10, 2019 at 00:59:01

herding cats

We had a lot of flooding last year it rained so much in such a short time. Hope it wasn't too bad!



Comment #4: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:12:00

Pussreboots

Around us it wasn't so bad. Now we have another big storm rolling through. It's supposed to be here for the next five days.



Comment #5: Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 12:03:59

Jennifer | Book Den

>I'm really wanting to read Dragon Pearl. I hope you are enjoying it.



Comment #6: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:15:00

Pussreboots

Oh you should. It's an excellent book.



Comment #7: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 08:21:15

Beth F

I have Dragon Pearl on my list!



Comment #8: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:18:00

Pussreboots

Move it to the top.



Comment #9: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 09:41:20

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

Wow those are amazing renderings of birds!! I love the cardinal. You are right, they we do have them here, but we don't have Acorn Woodpeckers! Great shot!



Comment #10: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:20:00

Pussreboots

I love watching the acorn woodpeckers.



Comment #11: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:21:38

Laurel-Rain Snow

Lovely sketches! I like Kate Carlisle's cozies. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #12: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:22:00

Pussreboots

I have a love hate relationship with the Bibliophile series. The last two though have been top notch. The current one is quite good so far.



Comment #13: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 13:01:48

Kathleen M Martin

Nice bunch of books. I like your photo of the mountains with snow. We have lots of new snow too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #14: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:27:00

Pussreboots

Our local snow doesn't count as lots and it was gone by the end of the next day.



Comment #15: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 15:35:22

Sharlene

It was very exciting to see snow in the local area! And love your sketches again!



Comment #16: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:28:00

Pussreboots

The snow was a bit of excitement. I'll have a few more sketches to share next week.



Comment #17: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 20:45:47

Yvonne

Love your paintings, as always. The cozies on your list look so good. Hope you have a great week!



Comment #18: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:31:00

Pussreboots

The cozies have been fun— Vivien Chien's especially.



Comment #19: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 21:00:01

bermudaonion (Kathy)

Your drawings are gorgeous!

I love Dragonbreath!



Comment #20: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:33:00

Pussreboots

Dragonbreath was fun. I plan to read the others in the series.



Comment #21: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 22:20:20

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

I'll have to look for your review of Bellewether and see what you thought of it.



Comment #22: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 20:35:00

Pussreboots

I'll be posting it on the 19th.



Comment #23: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 22:33:39

Greg Hill

Love that photo of the hills with the snow!



Comment #24: Tuesday, February, 12, 2019 at 22:36:00

Pussreboots

You should have seen all the cars pulled over so people could photograph the snow.



Comment #25: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 00:54:38

Emma @ Words And Peace

Wow, great paintings! And I love birding. Unfortunately, the Acorn woodpecker is not in the Midwest. Really cute!



Comment #26: Tuesday, February, 12, 2019 at 22:38:00

Pussreboots

Lots of your birds aren't here so it's a trade off.