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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 15): 04/15/19

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

This week my kids are on Spring Break. My youngest is volunteering as a PA for the spring Girl Scout camp. My husband and oldest are taking a two day road trip to check out some colleges. Daffodil painting, WIP

Last week I made progress on my second mini nature painting. I'm nearly done with the daffodil but I got distracted by other things and didn't finish it. Landscapes

Yesterday was the artists' reception for the Planet Earth: the Beauty of Life show. I have four paintings in the show: two landscapes and two birds. The seascape and the salt flats paintings in the above photo are mine. Owl and hen paintings

On the reading front, it was a good week. It was a mixture of new and backlist. I read four mysteries, a children's book, a humor book, and a comic book.

What I read:

  • Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold; personal collection
  • Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower; personal collection
  • To Brie or Not To Brie by Avery Aames; library book
  • Giant Days, Vol. 9 by John Allison; personal collection
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson; library book
  • Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Choi by Sharon Kahn; library book
  • Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan; personal collection
  • The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • The End of Oz by Danielle Paige; personal collection / research
  • The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee; personal collection
  • The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena; personal collection
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part One by Faith Erin Hicks; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro; personal collection
  • The Unteachables by Gordon Korman; library book
  • Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles; personal collection / research
  • City of Lies by Victoria Thompson; library book

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Comment #1: Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 23:52:33

Cheryl Malandrinos

So many great books. Never enough time. I've got Finding Dorothy in my pile, but haven't even cracked the cover. Hope you enjoy all your books.

Love the colors in your new painting.

Thanks for visiting my blog last week.

Comment #2: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:41:00


Finding Dorothy was a quick read. Thanks in regards to the painting.

Comment #3: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 01:13:12

Kathryn Trask

Love the look of all your books, such great covers. So a little peaceful time for painting while everyone is about their business!

Comment #4: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:43:00


I need to clean up the art table. It's become the dumping ground for my family. That's tomorrow's task.

Comment #5: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:26:55

Beth F

Congrats on having 4 paintings in the show. Hope your child finds a college he/she likes.

Comment #6: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:45:00


He has a couple favorites. We'll see what the next year brings.

Comment #7: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 19:27:26


There are some fun covers in this post. Cozy mystery titles can be entertaining.

Comment #8: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:47:00


Cozies are my go to for entertainment.

Comment #9: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 20:27:40

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

love your bird paintings - I can't say which I like more, they are both so cool!

As usual most of your books look interesting! City of Lies and A Question of Holmes are definitely going on my list. And yay for road trips!

Comment #10: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:50:00


I'll get those two reviewed as soon as I can.

Comment #11: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 20:35:28

Laurel-Rain Snow

Great sketches...and the books look good. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Comment #12: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 20:52:00


Thank you. I worked hard on those paintings.

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