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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 27): 05/27/19

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

I finished Mini Nature 5 last week. It's a ladybug on some pickle weed, a plant which grows along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. I haven't stared Mini Nature 6 yet because I'm focusing making some sample pieces for the summer camp I'm teaching in July.

Mini Nature 5

Below are two pieces. The one on the left is an owl done with yarn and glue. On the right is the start of a dinosaur stained glass done with tissue paper. I will post the finished version next week.

Mini Nature 5

This being a three day weekend, I"m taking a little time off from planning camp to goof around. My biggest distraction is the Switch my husband got for me. I have been spending blissful hours playing Stardew Valley on it. I do plan to get other games but for now, it's my one game.

What I read:

You'll see a couple more picture books in there. Those were holdovers from the month when I was reading for ideas for camp. I also finished an audio book I started back in February. Five of my seven adult books were published this year. Don't ask me which one was my favorite as all the new ones were page turners.

  • We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin; personal collection / research
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds; personal collection
  • Royals by Rachel Hawkins; personal collection
  • Fenway and Hattie in the Wild by Victoria J. Coe; personal collection
  • Chicken Girl by Heather Smith; personal collection
  • Nifty Thrifty Animal Crafts by Faith K. Gabriel; library book / work
  • Weird Birds by Chris Earley; library book / work
  • Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion and Robert Meganck; library book / work
  • Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs; library book
  • Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • Woman 99 by Greer Macallister; personal collection
  • City of Orphans by Avi; library book / research
  • One Lie Too Many by Eileen Cook
  • Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby; personal collection / research
  • Little Big Love by Katy Regan; personal collection
  • Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates; personal collection
  • All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan; personal collection

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Comment #1: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 05:55:30

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

>That Owl is cute! Woman 99 looks promising, I hope you are enjoying it.

Comment #2: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 21:51:00


Woman 99 was a pleasant surprise.

Comment #3: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 08:50:48

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

>I like the look of Superlative Birds and Weird Birds. Merci Suarez was a wonderful read, I thought. Meg Medina is one of my favorite authors now.

Good luck with your projects. I hope you enjoy your time off today.

Comment #4: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 21:55:00


Of the two bird books, I found Weird Birds the more engaging. It was a nice three day weekend, although I didn't get as much art done as I would have liked.

Comment #5: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:09:24

Helen Murdoch

Looks like you've got some great reading done! Have a great week.

Comment #6: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 21:55:00


It was a good week for reading. We'll see how this one shapes up.

Comment #7: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 12:51:15

Kathy Martin

Great assortment of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #8: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 21:59:00


Thanks. They were fun to read.

Comment #9: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 14:07:12


I love the ladybug. Lovely! How do you like the Essie Lang books? Those look good. Have a great week!

Comment #10: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 22:01:00


I enjoyed Trouble on the Books. I hope there is a sequel.

Comment #11: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 16:16:20

Wendy @ Falconer's Library

This post is a really good argument for why book designers are so important. I just added several books to my TBR because the cover drew me in so readily (and then when I looked them up, the description sounded good as well). Superlative Birds, We Cast a Shadow, Woman 99 and One Lie Too Many.

Your art is both fun and inspiring as well!

Comment #12: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 22:04:00


I hope you enjoy the books if/when you read them. Thanks re my art

Comment #13: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 17:09:32


Have a great Memorial Day and enjoy the switch. :)

The Fever King looks intereting!

Comment #14: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 22:06:00


It was interesting. I'll be reading the second book when it's released.

Comment #15: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 21:38:34

Alison Flores

I LOVE the variety of your reads!!

Comment #16: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 22:08:00


Thank you. I like variety.

Comment #17: Tuesday, May, 28, 2019 at 08:15:56

Beth F

All That I can Fix is on my list.

Comment #18: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 22:10:00


I'll get it reviewed as soon as I can.

Comment #19: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 03:21:50

Kathryn Trask

Hmm pickle weed, what an interesting name. I have seen Woman 99 around the blogosphere, hope you are enjoying it.

Comment #20: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 22:10:00


The plant really is pickle colored and the individual nodules are like mini pickles. It's an apt name. I will get Woman 99 reviewed soon.

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