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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 29): 04/29/19

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

My husband is out of town until next Saturday. It's one of his quarterly business trips. His first day gone I had to take my oldest across town for an AP study session and then my youngest to her friend's home. It's no big deal beyond my morning being front loaded on a day when I hadn't slept well because of my husband leaving at 3 AM.

This weekend was the last one before the fire mitigation inspections begin. Part of living at the edge of things becoming rural are these annual inspections. Fire season runs from April to October. We have the month of April to weed before the inspections begin in May. Last year we had no problem being compliant but this year we've had four months of almost non-stop rain and grass from other yards has made itself at home in our yard. We've been weeding every weekend this month.

On the plus side, after twenty years of living in the Bay Area, I've finally managed to grow a California poppy in my yard. Truth be told, it's only the second year I've actually had a yard — but they don't take kindly to pots. They do, however, seem to pop up in all manner of unlikely places, likes gutters, cracks in sidewalks, and so forth. But try to invite them to you yard, and it's a struggle. Hopefully this one will invite more friends.

California poppy

After the gardening, laundry, dishes, and feeding my kids and myself breakfast (though not in this order), I took an hour to do some painting. Mini Nature 3 is coming along nicely. I think I need one more round with the painting before it's done. The painting is 4x4 inches, so getting details in place involves the need for a steady hand and tiny paint brushes.

Nature 3 painting: a bee on a cornflower. Painted on 4x4 inch canvas

What I read:

Until Thursday, I had only read two books. Then I read through a bunch of picture books for the art camp I'm planning, I need to get my projects scheduled out by Tuesday night. My two favorite picture books were Some Birds and If You Plant a Seed. Among the books read for pleasure, my two favorites were Prince in Disguise and The Phantom Tower.

  • Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June; library book / research
  • Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm; library book
  • Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles; personal collection / research
  • The Blue Bird's Palace by Orianne Lallemand and Carole Henáff (illustrations); library book / work
  • Some Birds by Matt Spink; library book / work
  • If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson; library book / work
  • My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo; library book / work
  • The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and Ryan Andrews (illustrator); personal collection / research
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh (Artist)
  • The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff; library book / research

What I'm reading:

I have a small pile of library books due a week from Tuesday. That means I'll probably be concentrating most on the library books at the expense of my recent purchases.

  • Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas; personal collection A murder for the books by Victoria Gilbert; library book
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia; personal collection
  • The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell; library book / research

Up Soon:

  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee; personal collection
  • The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; library book
  • You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook; personal collection
  • The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser; personal collection

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Comment #1: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 15:29:58

cheriee weichel

You have some fabulous books on your list. Some of them are on mine, but unread. Those I have read, like All Summer Long and Where the Heart Is. I didn't really like Wee Sister Strange, but appreciated your review and the links you provided.

Comment #2: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 19:55:00


Wee Sister Strange is an odd book but a good example of a particular kind of story. It was useful for my road narrative spectrum project.

Comment #3: Sunday, April, 28, 2019 at 23:47:33

>Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

You Owe Me a Murder is a great title, I’m curious to learn more. I’m glad we don’t have inspections, the waist high weeds in our backyard definitely would be an issue. Have a great reading week

Comment #4: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 19:58:00


I hope to get to You Owe Me a Murder soon. But first I have some library books coming due a week from today. Yesterday the green bin pick up was late because so many people had waited until the last minute to weed. The trucks were filling up multiple times. Half my street was out weeding, racing the arrival of the trash pick up.

Comment #5: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 00:47:55

Cheryl Malandrinos

Well, sure sounds like that weeding can keep you real busy. If I lived out there, I would be in deep trouble. My poor garden never gets enough attention. What a beautiful color poppy.

Love the new painting!

Picture books are so much fun. I miss my girls being little enough to read them, but since I write them, I still have some in the house.

The Train to Impossible Places looks good too.

Enjoy your week.

Comment #6: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:01:00


The library is a great source for picture books should you get the inkling to read some new ones. I hope to get The Train to Impossible Places read this week. It's due at the library next Tuesday.

Comment #7: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 01:29:11


Very nice pic of the California poppy! That would be such a nice splash of color!

Comment #8: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:08:00


Across the street there are dozens growing. I hope this one plant will encourage others.

Comment #9: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 01:37:25

Kathryn Trask

Hope you have less rain now. I love a good Californian poppy, they grow okay here and as you say grow in the smallest of places after self seeding.

Comment #10: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:09:00


It's been dry for about two weeks now. I doubt we'll have any more rain until October a the earliest. I hope my one poppy will encourage more.

Comment #11: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:57:16

Laurel-Rain Snow

I love the poppy! I remember when our fields were covered with them. Sigh.

Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #12: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:11:00


I wish my yard were covered with them.

Comment #13: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 13:39:01

>Kathleen M Martin

The one thing I miss about working was the access to picture books in my library. Now that I have a public library card, I should browse for new picture books. Come see my week here. Happy reading.

Comment #14: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:12:00


By all means, you should check out your library's collection. That's where I've been getting the ones I'm reading for the summer camp.

Comment #15: Monday, April, 29, 2019 at 20:54:59


Beautiful poppy pic and I love the painting! Have a great week!

Comment #16: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:15:00


Thank you. I'll have a new painting to share next week.

Comment #17: Tuesday, April, 30, 2019 at 22:07:10

Martha Eskuchen

The poppy pic is great and I love the bee painting.
You always have so many books for us to consider.
I ike the looks of If You Plant a Seed and Galloglass.
Hope this is a good week for you - painting and reading!

Comment #18: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 20:16:00


If You Plant a Seed is lovely. Galloglass was fun; it's the third in a series. I hope there is a fourth. I'll have a fourth painting to share next week.

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