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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 25): 03/25/19

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

I finished two gouache and acrylic paintings in the Climate Change series. Number four is another sunset view overlooking the Sun Gallery, but focuses on the clouds instead of the building. Number five is from a photograph I took on Wednesday.

Climate Change 4
Climate Change 4

Climate Change 5
Climate Change 5

All five paintings
All five paintings together

On Wednesday and Thursday we had our last super moon of the year. It happened to fall on the equinox, making it the Super Worm Equinox Moon. The clouds were cooperative and I was able to get some good shots.

Super Worm Equinox Moon
Super Worm Equinox Moon. The spring moon apparently gets called a worm moon because the earthworms come up after the rains. Oh the things I learn on the radio.

On the reading front, it looks like I spent the entire week reading because of the large number of books. Actually, though, by Friday I had only finished two books: An Ocean of Minutes and Kid Gloves. The list is inflated by more reading for work. I'm looking at picture books for inspiration for the bird and dinosaur camp I'm planning. The Penderwicks at Last is an audiobook I've been listening to while painting for most of this year.

What I read:

  • An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim; personal collection / research
  • Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley; personal collection
  • Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso by Pablo Picasso; library book / work
  • The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall; personal collection / research
  • Knife Edge by Andrew Lane; library book
  • All Ducks Are Birds: But, Not All Birds Are Ducks by Tara Michele Zrinski; library book / work
  • Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland; library book / work
  • Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat (illustrator; library book / work
  • To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer; personal collection
  • The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator); personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli; personal collection
  • The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene; library book
  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders; personal collection
  • Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor; library book

Up Soon:

  • A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano; personal collection
  • A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany; personal collection
  • Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts; personal collection
  • Misfit City Volume 2 by Kirsten Smith; library book / research

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Comment #1: Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 23:20:34

Kathryn Trask

The worm moon! Hmm I noticed we had a really bright moon too recently. Great paintings.

Comment #2: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:09:00


It was a bright one. Thanks in regards to the paintings.

Comment #3: Monday, March, 25, 2019 at 00:25:50

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

You’ve accomplished a lot this week, congratulations.

Comment #4: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:10:00


It was mostly last minute.

Comment #5: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 00:38:28

Cheryl Malandrinos

Wow! Your paintings are beautiful. Especially love the third one. I tend to drive the night shift when we go to NC, so that one really calls to me.

Finding Dorothy is in my pile in the office. I hope I can get to it before we leave on vacation in June.

Enjoy your week.

Comment #6: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:12:00


Thanks. That one is the closet to home as it's just across the street. I'm looking forward to Finding Dorothy.

Comment #7: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:01:51

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

I didn't know what gouache was until you posted about it last time. I felt so informed when I flipped through a homeschool curriculum called Exploring Nature with Children and saw that this month also explored gouache art with kids! Lol. So thank you! I don't home school but I do utilized a bunch of homeschooling curriculum to add to my son's learning. :) We are also in an online Kid's Moon Club, it's pretty cool. I am loving your climate change painting collection.

I am writing down so many of these books - especially All Ducks are Birds and Birds Make Nests!

Comment #8: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:16:00


I'm happy you're enjoying my Climate Change series. I'm working on number six this week and then I'm going to take a break from them to work on a new project. I only recently learned what gouache is, from my daughter who was learning about it via Youtube. It sounded like the perfect medium for the Climate Change series. I think you and your son will enjoy those two bird books.

Comment #9: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:39:13

Laurel-Rain Snow

I love the climate change sketches, and the photo of the moon. Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #10: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:21:00


Thank you. The paintings and photos were fun to make and take.

Comment #11: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 13:44:30


Wow those are beautiful paintings! Did you like Kid Gloves? I want to read it, because I had a MC in December and I feel like it might be a good read for me. So many good books coming up!

Here's my it's monday

Comment #12: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:23:00


I did enjoy Kid Gloves but it's very frank and very heavy hitting. I had two miscarriages back in the early 2000s. I don't think I could have handled this book right after either of them. On the other hand it's an excellent resource of all sorts of things that can go wrong and what to look out for, especially if doctors are dismissive as her were.

Comment #13: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 14:33:30

Kathy Martin

Great assortment of books. I see a number I want to know more about. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #14: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:25:00


I hope you've found some good ones among my lot. Thanks for visiting.

Comment #15: Monday, March, 25, 2019 at 15:26:26


Nice art. And I was wondering why they were calling it a Super Worm Equinox moon!

Comment #16: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:28:00


I am grateful for my local meteorologist for explaining the reason behind the moon's name this month.

Comment #17: Monday, March, 25, 2019 at 20:40:33 Nise'

I see quite a few books that interest me. Lovely paintings.

Comment #18: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:32:00


Thank you. I hope you found some that you will like.

Comment #19: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 20:56:57


That's a great shot you got of the super moon.

Comment #20: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:35:00


Thank you. It's nice to finally get some good shots. The first few times I attempted photographing the moon at night were disastrous. It's a learning curve.

Comment #21: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 21:04:33

Ellen Pilch Looks like you got a lot of reading done. And your paintings came out great. Have a nice week.

Comment #22: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:38:00


Thank you. The paintings have been fun. Most of that reading happened on the weekend.

Comment #23: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 01:57:39

Yvonne @ Fiction Books

I can't believe that you are so lucky to have the opportunity to read and review so many lovely books as part of your day job.

Looking at your cover selection together like this, I am also amazed at just how far the publishing of childrens and YA books has moved on since I was that age!

Whilst I don't have any little people in my life to buy books for on a regular basis, there are so many from your choices I would like to own.

The one which particularly caught my eye is 'An Ocean Of Minutes', for its intriguing premise and lovely cover art.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week :)

Comment #24: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 22:40:00


This blog is a hobby. The couple books I've tagged as "work" are ones I've read to get ideas on for bird or dinosaur themed art projects. My day job is as an art instructor at a local gallery.

Children's literature has certainly improved in recent decades. That's why I read so much of it now. As a kid the selections were terrible. There is absolutely nothing wrong with reading YA or children's books as an adult; they are written by adults after all.

An Ocean of Minutes is an excellent novel. I will be reviewing it a week from today.

Comment #25: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 09:30:12


My book club is reading An Ocean of Minutes for its April meeting. I read it last year so I'm leading the discussion. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads.

Comment #26: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:39:00


I loved the book. I will be posting my review next week.

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