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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 22): 04/22/19

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

My kids were on spring break. For my oldest, that meant tons of homework. For my youngest, it meant four days of volunteering at the Girl Scout spring fling camp. She was working for a different council and their way of running camp was very different. She came home exhausted each night.

Girl Scout cabin

On Tuesday I worked. We've moved on from children's picture books to the environment as our subject. The field trip classes are always themed around the main show in the gallery.

Another field trip

My husband took Thursday and Friday off, so that was nice. As a family we did some spring cleaning and gardening. My daughter (when she wasn't working) took charge of the weeding and I helped out. Fire season has begun and we have a month to get ready before the fire mitigation inspections begin.

Wees in a trashcan

I finished the daffodil painting (Mini Nature 2). It's not quite what I was going for but I don't normally work on such small pieces. Frankly these things are so small that it's sometimes hard to see what I'm painting. I need to get a magnifying glass and desk lamp with a good white light.

Daffodil painting on a 4x4 inch canvas

This weekend was also a mixture of holidays with a seder on Friday and egg dying and hiding today.

Dyed eggs

What I read:

I had a good week of reading. More picture books for work to plan out art projects that are bird and dinosaur themed. Of these, my favorite is If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur. I also finished five newly published books. I'm starting to make a dent in my new purchases.

  • The End of Oz by Danielle Paige; personal collection / research
  • The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee; personal collection
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part One by Faith Erin Hicks; personal collection
  • The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena; personal collection
  • If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold and Greg Newbold (Illustrations); library / work
  • Learn to Draw Dinosaurs by the Walter Foster creative team; library / work
  • The Unteachables by Gordon Korman; library book
  • The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol; personal collection / research
  • A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June; library book / research
  • Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles; personal collection / research
  • Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm; library book
  • Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and Ryan Andrews (illustrator); personal collection
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia; personal collection
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh (Artist)
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee; personal collection

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Comment #1: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 18:16:38


Have a great spring break!!

Comment #2: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:25:00


It was a busy one.

Comment #3: Thursday, April, 18, 2019 at 11:07:24

herding cats

Very neat! Sounds like you all had a big week :)

Comment #4: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:26:00


It's been a busy month.

Comment #5: Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 23:33:12

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

You and your family have had a busy week! It sounds like your art class program is coming along well, and you have some lovely upcoming reads.

Have a great reading week

Comment #6: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:29:00


I hope so. It'll be my first summer teaching so I'm a little nervous.

Comment #7: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 02:38:55

Kathryn Trask

Happy Easter. A yard clean up will have left you very satisfied hopefully. The Avatar books were very popular in my class when I was teaching. Hope Easter is a good family time.

Comment #8: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:32:00


Being in compliance with the fire mitigation will make me happy. The rains have encouraged things to grow in all manner of places where they shouldn't be. The Avatar books are fun.

Comment #9: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10:30:23

Beth F

Sounds like everyone had a good week!

Comment #10: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:39:00


Good and busy.

Comment #11: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:17:42

Laurel-Rain Snow

Enjoy your week and your books. Love the photos!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #12: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:40:00


Thank you. I hope I do.

Comment #13: Monday, April, 22, 2019 at 14:57:12

>Kathy Martin

Great looking assortment of books. I added a few to my wishlist. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #14: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:42:00


I hope you found some good ones.

Comment #15: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 20:04:26


Egg coloring is always fun. :)

Hope you have a great week!

Comment #16: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:46:00


It is. It was a fun diversion on Sunday.

Comment #17: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 21:20:32


Great photos. I hope you had a great holiday.

Comment #18: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:54:00


Thank you. We had a nice time, although it wasn't as restful as we would have liked.

Comment #19: Monday, April, 22, 2019 at 22:10:34

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Cool eggs! It sounds like the kids are staying busy on their break. Have a great week!

Comment #20: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:56:00


They stayed busy. Now they're back to school.

Comment #21: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 09:02:14

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

It sounds like you all had a very busy week, but a productive one. I've been wanting my husband to take some time off for the same reason, we have some work to do around here I want to get done and we need the two of us to do it. Lol.

Wee Sister Strange and The Little Guys both look great! Do you mind if I ask what you are researching? Is it for your job? Have a great week! :)

Comment #22: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 14:59:00


My project is called the Road Narrative Spectrum. I'm looking at road trip / travel stories across genres that are written in North America. I break down my analysis in three ways: type of traveler, type of destination, and type of route. My latest essay is included in this post: CCFFCC: Siblings through the maze to utopia. All the essays and reviews are available from the top navigation.

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