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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 27): 01/27/20

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

Last week was a short one for my kids. No school on Monday or Friday. All day Saturday felt like Sunday. This week will be a normal one.

Left: Wildflower from Jan 20. Right: Squirrel eating seeds from Jan 21. Both drawn with Copic Markers
Left: Squirrel eating seeds from Jan 21. Both drawn with Copic Markers

Left: Bunch of bananas from Jan 22. Right: Shasta daisy and clover from Jan 23. Both drawn with Copic Markers.
Left: Bunch of bananas from Jan 22. Right: Shasta daisy and clover from Jan 23. Both drawn with Copic Markers.

Left: Chill frog from Jan 24. Right: Shiitake mushroom from Jan 25. Both drawn with Copic Markers.
Left: Chill frog from Jan 24. Right: Shiitake mushroom from Jan 25. Both drawn with Copic Markers.

WIP of paintbrushes.
Made progress on the green heron on the water. I'm now 5 hours into this project.

Paintbrushes on a painting of clouds. WIP. 2 hours of work.
I started a new project. I'm 2 hours into it.

Moose reaching for an apple. WIP. 2 hours of work.
I started a new project, "Apple Moose." I'm 2 hours into it.

Pride Shoes finished
I also finished "Pride Shoes."

What I read:

  • The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
  • There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  • Share Your Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle
  • Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito and Yuji Oniki (Translator)
  • Roll with It by Jamie Sumner

What I'm reading:

  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
  • The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
  • A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  • Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry

Up Soon:

  • The Thief Knot by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  • Spore by Alex Scarrow
  • Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong (Illustrator)

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Comment #1: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 06:40:31

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

I like the finished result of Pride Shoes. I’ve been wanting to read Waiting for Tom Hanks

Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #2: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:27:00

Pussreboots

Thank you! I will review Waiting for Tom Hanks shortly after I read it. Did you know there's a sequel coming out later this year?



Comment #3: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 08:05:47

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I love seeing your paintings. You are having so much fun with your art.

Waiting for Tom Hanks...Clean Getaway...Roll With It...all of these look like books I'd enjoy.

Have a lovely week, Sarah.



Comment #4: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:30:00

Pussreboots

I am, although Pride Shoes ended up being a struggle. Clean Getaway and Roll with It are both very good.



Comment #5: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 09:03:18

Emma @ Words And Peace

Your green heron looks great!



Comment #6: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:32:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I think it's almost finished.



Comment #7: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 09:20:00

Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

I'm curious about Roll with it! My son uses a wheelchair so I am always on the lookout for inclusive books for him, even if it is one I shelve and hold onto until he is old enough for it.

Have a great week!



Comment #8: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:33:00

Pussreboots

Ellie, the narrator, has cerebral palsy. She and her mother move to Oklahoma to help her grandmother. It's about how she makes friends, comes to terms with her grandfather's declining health, and her love of baking.



Comment #9: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 09:58:52

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I LOVE your artwork this week. It’s so colorful. Have a great week!



Comment #10: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:39:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm trying to avoid falling into a rut.



Comment #11: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 13:29:29

Vicki

Nice drawings! I cant draw a good circle :)

I have Clean Getaway on hold at the library.



Comment #12: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:41:00

Pussreboots

Clean Getaway is a fantastic read. I'll be reviewing it soon. A compass makes drawing good circles much easier. My circles are just quick approximations.



Comment #13: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 13:35:32

Melinda

Your paintings are beautiful!



Comment #14: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:45:00

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #15: Monday, January, 27, 2020 at 13:47:00

Kathy Martin

Nice looking books and art. Come see me week here. Happy reading!



Comment #16: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:48:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. Same to you.



Comment #17: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 20:26:36

Yvonne

You are so talented with your drawings. I love how the Pride Shoes came out. Have a great week!



Comment #18: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:49:00

Pussreboots

Pride Shoes ended up being a tough painting. I'm not entirely happy with it but I'm also not planning on selling it.



Comment #19: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 20:40:07

Greg

Short weeks are always nice but it's hard to go back when they're over. :)

I'm looking forward to reading Mike Chen's new one.



Comment #20: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 21:51:00

Pussreboots

I'm 100 pages into A Beginning at the End and so far it's excellent.



Comment #21: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 09:41:02

Wendi @ All Who Wander

How did you like Roll With It? It's on my TBR. Have a great week!



Comment #22: February 01, 2020 at 12:15:00

Pussreboots

I like it once the plot got going. It's a much better book after the MC and her Mom move to Oklahoma.



Comment #23: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 12:36:01

Lisa notes

Such an interesting list - these are all new to me! Thanks for sharing.



Comment #24: February 01, 2020 at 12:18:00

Pussreboots

You're welcome. Enjoy your books.



Comment #25: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 20:41:48

Athira

I only recently learned of the new Raina Telgemeier book - I've loved all of her previous books so I can't wait to check this one out. You have some exciting reads coming up soon!



Comment #26: February 01, 2020 at 12:20:00

Pussreboots

This latest one is more of a how-to work book than something you'd read straight through.

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