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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 11): 11/11/19

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

The time I spent making Inktober drawings last month is now going to writing this month. I'm steadily working my way through Nanwowrimo. As of writing this post I'm at 23,000 words. As I plan to start writing once I'm done with this post the word count will be higher by the time you visit.

I did, however, manage to finish "Aerial" after six hours of work. My next bird painting will be of royal terns from a photo I took thirteen years ago at La Jolla Shores.

Abstract of a turkey vulture flying
"Aerial," an abstract acrylic painting of a turkey vulture over Castro Valley.

I'm making good progress on the daylily painting that started as my October 3 Inktober drawing. I hope to finish it next week.

Daylily
10x10 acrylic painting of a Japanese daylily.

What I read:

  • Giant Days, Volume 11 by John Allison
  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
  • Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
  • (Don't) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  • What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
  • Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase (audiobook)

What I'm reading:

  • I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
  • Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, Mathieu Sapin (illustrator)
  • Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
  • BLAME! Master Edition 1 by Tsutomu Nihei, 弐瓶 勉, Melissa Tanaka (Translator)

Up Soon:

  • The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott
  • It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  • Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Comment #1: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 20:36:19

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

Congrats on your success so far with NaNoWriMo. Lovely paintings as always. Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #2: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:47:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. The site estimates I'll finish on the 20th. We'll see if I can keep up that pace.



Comment #3: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 20:38:35

bermudaonion (Kathy)

I so admire those who take up the NaNoWriMo challenge and wish you the best of luck - it sounds like you're off to a great start.



Comment #4: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:48:00

Pussreboots

It's something to while watching TV or at times when I'm not tired enough for bed yet. It does mean, though, that I'm not working on my photography or my family tree, my usual after dinner projects.



Comment #5: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 20:52:20

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I hate to admit defeat so I won't; I'll call it postponement. I didn't get into NaNoWriMo right away, and I have so many other things to do. I decided to do NaNoWriMo next spring. You are doing great!

I've got so many books to read that I'm feeling a bit of anxiety. We were gone all weekend and I have gotten behind. I'm trying to remind myself that I can catch up next week.



Comment #6: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:51:00

Pussreboots

Spring sounds good too. I know you're busy with the Cybils. You'll catch up with your reading.



Comment #7: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 23:31:00

Cheryl Malandrinos

Thanks for visiting my blog last Monday. I'm catching up now.

What fabulous artwork. Love the bowl of ramen and the colors of the turkey vulture painting.



Comment #8: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:52:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. The bowl of ramen will eventually become a painting. I finished the turkey vulture painting which you'll see when you visit this week's post.



Comment #9: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 08:49:58

Cheryl Malandrinos

Love the turkey vulture one. The daylily one is gorgeous. Impressive with how much you read. I'm a bit jealous. :) Giant Days caught my eye. Hope you have a great week.



Comment #10: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:54:00

Pussreboots

Giant days has one more volume before it finishes. Then you can read the entire thing without having to wait six months between volumes.



Comment #11: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:39:37

Yvonne

Do you like the Julie Chase series? I have the first couple on my Kindle and haven't gotten around to reading them yet. It looks like a good series.



Comment #12: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 13:01:00

Pussreboots

Yes. I read the first two books as ebooks and they were fun. I read the third one as an audio and it was very good that too. I'll be reviewing books three and four soon.



Comment #13: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11:39:28

Sharlene

Good luck with Nanowrimo!



Comment #14: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 13:02:00

Pussreboots

Thanks.



Comment #15: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 16:07:31

Kathleen M Martin

Good luck with your writing this month. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #16: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 20:55:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm having fun so far.



Comment #17: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 18:06:46

Laurel-Rain Snow

What Rose Forgot looks tempting. Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #18: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 20:58:00

Pussreboots

I think you would like What Rose Forgot. I'll be reviewing it next week.



Comment #19: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 19:15:37

Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

I love that you are so creative! I am curious about the Nevada Barr book. I used to read her all the time!



Comment #20: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 20:59:00

Pussreboots

I will be reviewing the Nevada Barr next week. It was quite the page turner!

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