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Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 02)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 02): 03/02/20

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

Coraline:

10 week old English lab

The big news this week is that we picked up our puppy today. She's a ten week old English labrador. We've named her Coraline. She's full of energy and already learning the basic commands of sit and stay.

Drawings I made:


Left: A bunch of bananas (Feb 23). Right: Lavender in bloom (Feb 24)


Left: The Adventures of Zollstrasse (a bird ina trench coat and Fedora) (Feb 25). Right: Flamingo (Feb. 26). Both drawn with Copic Markers.


Left: Turkey inspector (Feb 27). Right: Orange wildflower (Feb 28).


Left: Pencil eraser (Feb 29). Right: Self portrait with Coraline (English lab puppy) (Mar 01).

Paintings worked on:

I have opened an Etsy store. Right now there are four paintings available but I will be adding more. I can also take commissions.

Etsy
Current listings.

Butternut soup and grilled cheese
Butternut soup and grilled cheese after 3 hours of work.

Casa del Capitan
Casa del Capitan after 3 hours of work.

What I read:

  • Notorious by Gordon Korman
  • The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson
  • The Red Tree by Shaun Tan
  • The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
  • The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
  • Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  • Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher

What I'm reading:

  • The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
  • Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  • Ascender, Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire
  • Turtle under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

Up Soon:

  • Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  • In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
  • Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Comment #1: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 00:02:21

Cheryl Malandrinos

Congratulations on your new furry family member. How exciting and so cute.

Great paintings. You always use fabulous colors in your work. I will have to check out your Etsy store.

I want to read The Library of Lost and Found.

Hope you have a nice week.



Comment #2: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:16:00

Pussreboots

Coraline is cute and exhausting but adjusting nicely. I will be adding more pieces to the store, although these last three days have been Coraline focused. I also do commmissions. I just finished The Library of Lost and Found and enjoyed it.



Comment #3: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 03:28:12 <

Marg

Oh, Shaun Tan! Love his books

Coraline is super cute!



Comment #4: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:20:00

Pussreboots

I am trying to read through my wishlist by checking out books that the library has. But I don't want the library checkouts to overwhelm all of my other reading.



Comment #5: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 07:12:55

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Congratulations on the arrival of your new puppy. That will be great fun.

And I'm happy to see you have opened an Etsy store. Good for you.

I need to look for the Shaun Tan book.

Have a good week!



Comment #6: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:26:00

Pussreboots

The three Shaun Tan books were collected and reissued as Lost and Found. Since I had the three books listed separately on my wishlist, I chose to record my reading as three separate books, rather than one.



Comment #7: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 08:13:10

bermudaonion (Kathy)

Aww, Coraline is adorable. I know she's a member of the family already.

I've heard Egg Drop Dead is good.



Comment #8: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:29:00

Pussreboots

Coraline is fitting in nicely. She's even learned her name already.

I've loved every book in Vivien Chien's mystery series, so getting Egg Drop Dead was an automatic purchase.



Comment #9: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 08:44:23

Laurel-Rain Snow

Coraline is adorable.

I have The Library of Lost and Found...and need to move it up!

Enjoy your week.



Comment #10: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:37:00

Pussreboots

You absolutely should move The Library of Lost and Found up. It is a delightful read.



Comment #11: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 08:51:57

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

Oh Coraline is so cute, lucky you, and her!

Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #12: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:39:00

Pussreboots

I swear she knew from the moment we first held her that we'd been watching her grow up on the webcam. She just knew we were her humans.



Comment #13: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 10:05:29

Emma @ Words And Peace

Congrats on your wonderful paintings, I like your self-portrait! The Lost Thing is intriguing



Comment #14: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:39:00

Pussreboots

Thanks! Right now the self portrait is just a sketch. I will paint it in the near future. I even have a spot on the wall set aside for it. The Lost Thing is a thoughtful little book.



Comment #15: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 10:14:34

Athira

Such gorgeous paintings! Love them - thank you for sharing those with us every week!

Looks like a very good reading week as well.

Enjoy your puppy! I love that you picked Coraline as the name! How cool and nerdy is that! She's going to be just the right companion to you in reading as well.



Comment #16: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 14:59:00

Pussreboots

It was a good week for reading. This week is off to a slow start for obvious reasons. Coraline's name came about as a compromise. The kids wanted to name her Coral because of the color of her coat and to keep the nautical theme to our pets. The cats are Tortuga and Salmon. I nixed the name because my great-grandmother was named Coral and it felt weird to name a dog after her. So Coraline was our compromise — and yes there have been jokes about me being her "other mother."



Comment #17: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 11:45:13

Vidya

Wow!! This is the first time I am visiting your blog (how is that so, I wonder?) and I am amazed at all that you have completed in a week - the drawing/painting and the reading!! And love those categories/options at the top of your blog.



Comment #18: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 15:02:00

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog. Feel free to explore. There are a ton of reviews, as I've been posting them daily since the summer of 2006.



Comment #19: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 13:25:36

Yvonne

Coraline is beautiful! I love that you already did a self portrait. As always your drawings are wonderful!

Have a great week!



Comment #20: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 15:27:00

Pussreboots

Sunday was all about Coraline. Drawing her seemed appropriate for the big day.



Comment #21: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 13:45:15

Kathy Martin

What a cute puppy! It makes me want one for myself. Come see my week here. Happy readng!



Comment #22: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 15:31:00

Pussreboots

She's cute and exhausting.



Comment #23: Monday, March 02, 2020 at 17:40:11

Katherine

>Happy New Puppy!
What a cute fuzzy face. :)



Comment #24: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 15:32:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. She's as soft as she looks.



Comment #25: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 10:27:53

Kristilyn (Dreaming of Hygge)

Oh my gosh, your puppy is adorable! We're getting a new puppy in 10 days and can't wait. I love puppies. :) Have a great week!



Comment #26: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 15:33:00

Pussreboots

Enjoy your new puppy.

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