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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 30): 09/30/19

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

With both cat portraits finished, it was time to put the hardware on their backs and get them hung in the den. I did the hanging myself and I'm too short to reach high enough on the left side. So right now, Tortuga's portrait is a little lower down than I'd like. My husband says he likes it uneven like this because it makes Salmon (on the right) look smugger.

Two 16x20 acrylic paintings of tuxedo cats hanging over a flat screen television
Portraits of Tortuga (left) and Salmon (right).

Over the fourth of July we watched a fireworks show, our first one in five years. I had a new lens with me and had fun both watching and photographing. Going over my recent photos made me want to do a series of fireworks paintings.

I'm doing two different projects snow. The first is a series of acrylic paint sketches on paper for Project Sketchbook. The second will be a series of acrylic paintings on stretched canvas. How many and what sizes, I haven't decided yet. I am starting off the canvas series with a photograph from the 2014 finale we watched in Oregon.

A 16x20 acrylic painting WIP of colored smoke illuminating the treeline over the Columbia River
Anticipation (WIP)

My husband continues to enjoy the new smoker. Last week's brisket was amazing. This week he's doing two pork shoulders and a brisket. Some of the pork he's planning to take to work. His coworkers have been begging him to share.

A man works on the meat in an open smoker

What I read:

  • Nevers by Sara Cassidy; personal collection / research
  • The Boney Hand by Karen Kane; personal collection / research
  • CatStronauts: Slapdash Science by Drew Brockington; personal collection
  • Out of Circulation by Miranda James (audio); personal collection
  • The Space Between by Dete Meserve; personal collection
  • Dead Voices by Katherine Arden; personal collection / research

What I'm reading:

  • The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert; personal collection
  • America for Beginners by Leah Franqui; personal collection
  • Level 13 by Gordon Korman; personal collection
  • Nate Expectations by Tim Federle; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien; personal collection
  • The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes; personal collection
  • Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart (illustrator); personal collection
  • Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman; personal collection

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Comment #1: Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 21:32:00

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Love the cat pictures. It’s hard to paint faces—-be they people or even cats.

I like the look of Nevers and The Boney Hand. You read so many children’s books. I bet it is difficult to decide what to nominate for the Cybils.

Have a great week.

Comment #2: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:14:00


Nevers wasn't what I had hoped it would be. The Boney Hand was fun. I hope there is a third book in that series. So far the books I would have nominated have been. I'll wait to see if anything is overlooked.

Comment #3: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 00:30:43

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

I love your painting ‘Anticipation’ it’s very evocative.

Wishing you a great reading week

Comment #4: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:17:00


Thank you. The painting still needs work but I am pleased with the progress so far.

Comment #5: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 12:01:01

Beth F

The smoker sounds fun. You got some good reading in too.

Comment #6: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:22:00


He's enjoying using it and we're enjoying what he cooks.

Comment #7: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 12:09:20

Laurel-Rain Snow

I am ready for some cozy mysteries, so Out of Circulation grabs me. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Comment #8: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:24:00


Out of Circulation is the 4th book. The series starts with Murder Past Due (2010)

Comment #9: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 14:49:46

Kathy Martin

I'm glad your husband likes his smoker. Looks like he's turning out great food. Nice assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #10: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:26:00


The food has been great. This week he shared a bunch with his coworkers.

Comment #11: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 19:42:42


That smoker looks awesome. :)

Hope you have a nice week.

Comment #12: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:28:00


It is. Have a good week.

Comment #13: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 05:05:29

Sarah McLean

You had a great reading week last week! Wonton Terror sounds particularly interesting!

Comment #14: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:29:00


I'm just starting it today. I plan to have it reviewed next Wednesday.

Comment #15: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 09:58:56

Daniela Ark

Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale sounds good! Hope you enjoy it!

Comment #16: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:31:00


I've enjoyed other stand-alones in this series. I'm expecting to enjoy this one too.

Comment #17: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 14:28:28

Wendi lee

I read Wonton Terrror and enjoyed it for the most part. I really need to read Dead Voices soon. Have a great week!

Comment #18: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 12:33:00


I'm starting Wonton Terror tonight.

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