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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 24): 06/24/19

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

It's been a busy week. My husband is still on his business trip. Early in the week a painting I had purchased arrived. I bought it from artist Margaux Wosk in Vancouver, Canada. She has an Etsy shop. Go check out Retrophiliac's work.

Orange cat in a pink and blue tea cup on a purple background.
Painting by Margaux Wosk.

While my daughter was working as a PA at the local Girl Scout day camp, I worked out the last ideas for my summer camp. Take for instance these tropical birds. I drew inspiration from the collages of Lorna Simpson.

Three watercolor and Sharpie birds

The last two summer camp projects will be crafts: a shadow box/diorama and bird feeders from milk jugs. I have enough things to teach the kids and keep them busy. As I feel the need to take a break from the Mini Nature paintings, I've moved onto the first of two full sized (16x20 inch) pieces that will feature cats encountering the local wild life. This first one is a feral cat eying a turkey who has come to eat the dry cat food put out by a someone.

WIP acrylic showing a young cat trying to stare down a wild turkey who is between him and his breakfast.

Because these cats and turkeys share their meals outside of the Hayward Japanese Friendship Garden, I'm calling the painting "いただきます (Itadakimasu)." It's the phrase said before a meal.

Staff Show reception at the Sun Gallery

The reception was also a retirement party of a local art teacher and muralist, Andrew Knight. My son was in his last art class. He has some other upcoming projects. The photo is him on stage with the woman who got him into painting murals for the city. She happens to be retiring as well and he painted one last mural (in the form of a utility box) as a present.

Andrew Knight's retirement party

What I read:

My goal this week was to focus on my library books. We'll be traveling soon and I don't want to have any out while we're gone. Plus I feel like they are getting in the way of my own purchases.

  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter; library book
  • Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw; library book
  • Read on Arrival by Nora Page; personal collection
  • The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Michelle Wong; personal collection
  • Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert; library book
  • Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker; library book / research

What I'm reading:

  • The Doughnut King by Jessie Janowitz; personal collection
  • Big Hero 6, Vol. 1 by Haruki Ueno; personal collection
  • Up for Air by Laurie Morrison; personal collection
  • The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright; library book

Up Soon:

  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée; personal collection
  • Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames; library book
  • In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen; personal collection
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan; library book

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Comment #1: Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 22:08:57


The Margaux Wosk painting is lovely. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your reading.

Comment #2: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:08:00


So far, so good with this week's reading.

Comment #3: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 00:16:59


Hello There! Wow! You have been reading some interesting books and have some interesting ones coming up! I added Read On Arrival, Shelved Under Murder and Days of Wine and Roquefort to my Want to Read list! Thank you for sharing!

Comment #4: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:10:00


I've finished the first two you mentioned and can say they were very entertaining.

Comment #5: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 00:24:46

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

Love the birds :)
Looks like mainly middle grade fiction and cozy mysteries for you at the moment.

Enjoy your reading week

Comment #6: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:13:00


I've been wanting quick reads this month.

Comment #7: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 03:04:15


My money is on the turkey!

Comment #8: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:16:00


What the painting doesn't show yet is that there is a plate of dry cat food behind the turkey. He and the cat after I took the source photo ended up eating side by side at the plate of kibble. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good shot of that.

Comment #9: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 07:49:33

JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

Sometimes you need to focus on all the library books! My stack has gotten out of control, so that's been my main focus lately, too. Good luck!

Comment #10: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:18:00


After these four library books I'll be done for a while. I really want to focus on the books on my shelves at home.

Comment #11: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 08:22:17

Beth F

The cozies always catch my attention.

Comment #12: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:20:00


They're fun to read.

Comment #13: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 08:44:05

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

It seems like a wise idea to get all your library books read before your trip. I hope they turn out to be books you enjoy. The nice thing about library books, though, is no one is out if the book doesn't zing... you simply return it.

I wonder how much longer it will be until you have your camp. You seem to have everything worked out well.

I like the new idea for your painting, and I like how you are taking a break from one structure. It keeps us fresh, I think.

Have a great week!

Comment #14: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:20:00


I have a very good track record of purchasing books I like. There are a couple stinkers but they are few and far between. My camp runs the week of July 22. I've worked about three months on planning it. I think I'm as ready as I can be. The turkey and cat painting is something I've wanted to do for about six months. I just had other things that needed doing first as this one is strictly for fun.

Comment #15: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 09:18:43

Laurel-Rain Snow

I love the art, and your books look tempting, too.

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Comment #16: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:29:00


Thank you. The books have been good so far.

Comment #17: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 13:24:50

Kathy Martin

I did stop in at my local library but didn't check anything out. I was looking for the next in a series I'm reading but they didn't have any of them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #18: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:31:00


I put books on hold to make sure I get the books I want and don't get tempted to take home a bunch I wasn't planning to read.

Comment #19: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 15:31:35

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

I was just thinking the other day that now that summer is here, I want to read another Penderwicks! Have a great week. :)

Comment #20: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:34:00


I've read them all now but am spacing out the reviews.

Comment #21: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 17:41:52

Alison Flores

Love the tropical birds painting. Sounds like a busy week!

Comment #22: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:34:00


The tropical birds were fun to paint.

Comment #23: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 17:48:56


I love the tropical bird painting. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads.

Comment #24: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:39:00


You're welcome. They were fun to paint.

Comment #25: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 21:03:10

Susie | Novel Visits

As always, I love your paintings and your creativity!

Comment #26: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:40:00


Thank you.

Comment #27: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 22:04:06


I like the craft stuff you share. Happy reading this week!

Comment #28: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 21:42:00


Thank you.

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