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Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special by Ben Boquelet
Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
The Better Country by Dallas Lore Sharp
Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
California by Edan Lepucki
Camera and Lens by Ansel Adams
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack
Draw! by Raúl Colón
Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Tagged by Diane C. Mullen
This Land I Love: Waterloo County by Carl Hiebert
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex

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Armchair BEA introductions
April 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Best Practices
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 08)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29)
Mapping the roads of the American nightmare
Read Our Own Books - April 2017

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22): 05/22/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 8)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

My husband is home for a month and then he's off again for another business trip. That should be the last of the trips for a while.

New concrete

We had no more plumbing problems but repairmen suddenly showed up on Monday to pour concrete at the bottom of the stairs that lead from our stoop to the stairs leading to the carport. As we live in a townhouse, repairs like this aren't unheard of but usually we're giving a warning the week before. The bottom area has always flooded as long as we've lived here and with the last very rainy season it was perpetually a little square pond. Now that's been filled in with a four inch slap of cement that connects the two bottom stairs. I would feel better about the repair if they had left a draining tunnel under or through the slab. I think the flooding problem isn't solved — just altered into a new problem.

New concrete

Saturday my daughter's school hosted a school-wide art show. They turned the cafeteria into an art gallery. The PTA and the principal saw me with my camera and asked me to document the entire event so they could share pictures with the school board. My daughter did a calligraphy project with her class and also submitted this piece with the two different color wheels which she did on her own at home.

What I read last week:

Lumberjanes
Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, et. al.
Personal collection
First of the Lumberjanes graphic novels.
Miss Peregine's  Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Personal collection
A List of Cages
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Library
An Elephant is Not a Cat
An Elephant is not a Cat by Alvin Tresselt
Personal collection
Odd book about an elephant in Holland
Sunflower House
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Personal collection
A story of a club house grown out of sunflowers.
Hilda and the Stone Forest
Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson
Library
The 5th of the Hildafolk comics.

What I'm reading:

Storm
Storm by Amanda Sun
Personal Collection; ebook
The third in the Paper Gods series.
Real Friends
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Personal collection
Shannon Hales graphic memoir about elementary school.
The Book Stops Here
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
Personal collection
The eighth of the Bibliophile Mystery series

Up Next:

American Road Narratives
American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film by Ann Brigham
Research
Dragon's Green
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
Personal collection
First of the Worldquake Sequence
Showing Off
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and, Emily Jenkins
Personal collection
Third of the Upside-Down Magic series

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Comment #1: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 02:32:15

Geybie's Book Blog

Sorry to hear about the poor concrete. I hope everything is going well with the repairing process. Ohh your daughter is so cute. It is beautiful. She is so creative. I hope you enjoy the books you're currently reading and planning on reading this week. Have a wonderful week. 😁



Comment #2: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:39:00

Pussreboots

We won't know until October or November if the cement slab is a fix to the flooding problem. My daughter was thrilled to participate in the art show. She's been making art for most of her life.



Comment #3: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 02:46:54

Kathryn

Sure hope the water problem isn't channelled somewhere else. When it rains I guess you'll know. Loved any book I've read by Eve Bunting.



Comment #4: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:44:00

Pussreboots

We probably won't get rain until October or November. The homes are above a crawl space so flooding is unlikely.



Comment #5: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 07:52:59

Laurel-Rain Snow

Enjoy your books...I agree that the cement slab might just be another kind of problem...sigh.

Congrats on your daughter's art contribution. I love it!

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.



Comment #6: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:47:00

Pussreboots

Her piece was one part art, one part experiment. She wanted to compare how color wheels would look with red, yellow, and blue vs magenta, yellow, and cyan as primaries.



Comment #7: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:13:58

Casey @ She's All Booked

Oy, hope your concrete problem turns out to be a solution and not just a bandaid! How frustrating.

Looks like lots of fun books on your list, perfect for summer! Happy reading this week!!



Comment #8: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:51:00

Pussreboots

The thing that annoys me most is that we weren't told why it was being done or given any chance to provide feedback before it was done. Three weeks until summer vacation begins for the kids.



Comment #9: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:07:16

Kathy Martin

Nice looking bunch of books. Congratulate your daughter on her cool art project. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #10: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:53:00

Pussreboots

I will! Enjoy your books.



Comment #11: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:56:15

Beth F

At least the water will help your plants???? Look at all that reading you got done.



Comment #12: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 09:55:00

Pussreboots

I wish but there isn't anything there to water. It goes to the dirt that's under our stoop. Most of my books this week were short.



Comment #13: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 17:04:46

Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

I hope the water doesn't settle at the house's foundation.

That is an adorable piece of art work your daughter had entered in the art show.

Enjoy this week of reading.

My It's Monday, What Are You Reading



Comment #14: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 20:53:00

Pussreboots

We're on a hill and the water flow doesn't go in the direction of the foundation. If it's going to settle against a foundation it will be the base of the stairs leading up to my front door.



Comment #15: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 18:10:50

Greg

That's cool you were asked to capture the art event for the board. Nice! And hopefully the concrete solves the problem, but yeah... that might not be the end of the story. :)

I finally read Lumberjanes last week, and Real Friends looks good. I always like Shannon Hale.



Comment #16: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:04:00

Pussreboots

Read Friends is good but heartbreaking in parts. You'll come away knowing Shannon Hale better.



Comment #17: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 18:23:36

Sam @ WLABB

I love your daughter's piece! She looks so proud in the picture. =)

I have pushed A List of Cages up my TBR because everyone is saying great things. Looking forward to it.



Comment #18: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:10:00

Pussreboots

I'll be reviewing A List of Cages on Saturday.



Comment #19: Monday, May, 22, 2017 at 19:44:10

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

You read a lot of fascinating titles last week. An Elephant is Not a Cat? Really?



Comment #20: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:13:00

Pussreboots

An Elephant is Not a Cat isn't the only book to conflate the two animals. There's also My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet.



Comment #21: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:11:32

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Yay for your husband being home for the moment! :) And congrats to your daughter - I love that color wheel project!

I need to add An Elephant is Not a Cat to the list - I am intrigued that you called it odd. :)



Comment #22: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:16:00

Pussreboots

The color wheel project was all her idea. An Elephant is Not a Cat is an older book. I've had mine since I was a kid.



Comment #23: Monday, May, 22, 2017 at 22:31:12

Joy @ A Little Reading

The Bibliophile Mystery series sounds like some fun books. I'll have to check them out.

Hope you enjoy your all your reading this week!



Comment #24: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:39:00

Pussreboots

I find the Bibliophile Mystery hit or miss. I love the book binding aspects of them but the main character's Hippie family gets on my nerves.



Comment #25: Monday, May, 22, 2017 at 22:53:23

Ellen Pilch

Sounds like you are having a good week. That looks like a cool project your daughter did. Enjoy having your hubby home.



Comment #26: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:44:00

Pussreboots

My daughter always seems to have a project going. It was great for her to have a venue to show one of them.



Comment #27: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 23:58:42

Nicole

Lumberjanes continues to be my favorite comic recently. Happy you're reading it.

Congrats on the art show. And I understand about townhomes--we just sold our condo, and I remember having to deal with another team to 'fix' things.



Comment #28: Monday, May 22, 2017 at 21:44:00

Pussreboots

I have four more volumes at home to read. I hope to get to them soon.

The weird thing about this repair is that usually non-emergency repairs are done slowly and cautiously and with lots of warning. These guys just showed up with no warning.



Comment #29: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 20:51:51

Louisa

I hope you enjoyed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and enjoy Storm! I'm only on book 2 in the Amanda Sun series, but yeah, very good series! Thanks for stopping by! happy reading!



Comment #30: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 18:15:00

Pussreboots

I enjoyed the first 250 pages of Miss Peregrine and then the book fell apart for me in the final act. I will explain how and why in the review when I get it posted. I am enjoying Storm. It's my current lunchtime read on my iPhone.



Comment #31: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 20:43:09

Amelia

I LOVE Lumberjanes!



Comment #32: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 18:06:00

Pussreboots

I have four more volumes to read. I will get to them soon.



Comment #33: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 07:29:24

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

The art show sounds good and I"m glad you were able to document it for them!

Interested to hear what you thought of Miss Peregrines. I was left somewhat underwhelmed and haven't yet continued with the series. I am interested in watching the movie though.



Comment #34: Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 15:41:00

Pussreboots

I was riveted for the first two thirds of the book. Then as the monsters were revealed I was disenchanted. It was too much like Bleach. I have the other two books and I will read them but I'm not interested in seeing the movie.



Comment #35: Saturday, May, 27, 2017 at 17:51:43

Lindsey

My kids have Real Friends out from the library right now. The only problem is that they both want to be reading it all the time!!

Hope you enjoyed your books this week!



Comment #36: Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 15:47:00

Pussreboots

I knew Read Friends would be a book my daughter would love and want to re-read so I bought a copy for her. She read it three times before she gave it to me to read.



Comment #37: Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 01:21:21

Louisa

A List of Cages looks really good! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!



Comment #38: Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 12:47:00.

Pussreboots

It is. You can read my review here.