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Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together by Kallie George
If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
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Itty Bitty by Cece Bell
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Royals by Rachel Hawkins
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 12): 08/12/19

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

After most of the summer of working on it, I finished the "Let's Eat" painting. I just hit my groove last week and before I knew it, it was done.

Painting of a turkey and cat both staring at a plate of kibble
Let's Eat, 16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas. Collection of Sean Sammis

On Thursday we met up with a bunch of my daughter's friends and went swimming at the local lagoon. Maybe it was the weather (cool and windy) or maybe it's too late in the summer (some schools have started) but none of the swim camps were there. The sea gulls outnumbered the people, 3 to 1.

A nearly empty swim lagoon
Don Castro Regional Park, swim lagoon.

Last week I also started on the companion piece to "Let's Eat." This one I'm calling "Neighbors." It's the same size as the previous painting.

A black and white cat stares ata  young deer.

What I read:

  • The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis; personal collection
  • If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann; personal collection
  • Camp by Kayla Miller; personal collection
  • Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer; personal collection
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance, Part Two by Faith Erin Hicks; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil; personal collection / research
  • Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee; personal collection
  • Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass; personal collection
  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante; personal collection
  • See You on a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder; personal collection
  • Giant Days, Volume 10 by John Allison; personal collection
  • The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara; personal collection

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Comment #1: Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 21:59:00

Yvonne

Great paintings as always! I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!



Comment #2: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 19:39:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. It's been a good week of reading so far.



Comment #3: Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 22:38:32

LiteraryFeline

Your paintings are beautiful. I bet it was nice at the lagoon without the crowds.

Your current and upcoming reads all look good. I love the cover of Booking the Crook. And All of Us With Wings looks really good. I hope you enjoy them!

Have a great week!



Comment #4: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 19:41:00

Pussreboots

It was a nice day at the lagoon, although it could have been a little warmer. Of course this week it's 30 degrees warmer and frankly too hot. I'm reading Booking the Crook right now. All of Us with Wings deals with some difficult subjects but was worth the read. I'll be reviewing it soon.



Comment #5: Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 22:40:15

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I love your finished painting. The turkey is especially realistic, but it's the juxtaposition of turkey with cat that is fascinating.

So many good books here...All of Us With Wings...Everything I Know About You...If It Makes You Happy...I need to look for all of these.

Have a great week!



Comment #6: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 19:45:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. The painting is based on something I witnessed at a feral cat colony in town. I've now read All of Us with Wings, Everything I Know About You, and will be reviewing them and If It Makes You Happy soon.



Comment #7: Monday, August, 12, 2019 at 06:24:02

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

That lagoon looks like a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Congrats on finishing the painting, it’s wonderful.

Have a great reading week



Comment #8: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 20:52:00

Pussreboots

The lagoon is a nice place for an afternoon swim. I'm glad you like the painting.



Comment #9: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 07:54:08

Beth F

Gosh, all your books this week are new to be. The Laurie Cass looks fun.



Comment #10: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 20:54:00

Pussreboots

I'm on page 75 right now of the Laurie Cass mystery.



Comment #11: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 14:35:48

Kathy Martin

Great assortment of books. I prefer swimming when it isn't so crowded. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #12: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 20:56:00

Pussreboots

I've never seen the lagoon as empty as it was.



Comment #13: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 15:25:34

Colletta

You have quite the variation in books this week! I hope you have a great reading week and stop by if you get a chance:



Comment #14: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 20:57:00

Pussreboots

I usually do. I try to avoid focusing on just one genre, though I do have my favorites.



Comment #15: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 17:03:44

Laurel-Rain Snow

I love your photos and paintings. Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #16: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 20:58:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'll have progress to share next week.



Comment #17: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 20:13:20

Stefanie

Ooh, didn't know that was around. How neat! If you're on IG, 67cloverstudio paints also; Tracey paints neat animals and sea life.



Comment #18: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 21:00:00

Pussreboots

Thank you for the recommendation.



Comment #19: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 22:01:19

Susie | Novel Visits

That lagoon is gorgeous. Glad you had a nice week.



Comment #20: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 21:01:00

Pussreboots

It is. It's one of a half dozen in our area. We go there because it's the closest.


Comment #21: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 00:27:51

Books In Bloom

Great progress this week! What did you think of Kneaded to Death? Looks like my kind of book.



Comment #22: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 21:02:00

Pussreboots

I liked it and I plan to continue with the series.


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