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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 12): 11/12/18

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

I'm now well and truly swamped in Cybils. The floor of my living room is covered in piles of books I'm reading for the first round.

As so much of my reading time is going into the Cybils, my fun reading is being pushed to the back burner. On a normal week I would have finished Sweep but I'm only fifty pages into it.


In other news, the staircase from the backyard to the back hill has finally been built. The contractors will come back sometime soon to also build a matching fence/railing at the top of the wall.

Macaw painting

I finished the macaw painting. Then I took a vote on Twitter and Facebook to help me decide the next painting. I had two canvases left for this first set of paintings. The bird that got the most votes was the rosy cockatoo I photographed a couple years ago in Vancouver at the Bloedel Conservatory during their holiday lights display.

Partially finished cockatoo painting

On Saturday night my son and I went to see a local production of Blood Wedding put on by the theater arts department at Cal State East Bay. It was very well done.

And while I'm watching TV at night I'm doing Nanowrimo.

What I read:

Elementary, She Read Haunting of Hill House

  • Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany; personal collection
  • Tiny infinities by by J.H. Diehl; library book
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; personal collection / research
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender; personal collection
  • House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones; library book
  • Soof by Sarah Weeks; personal collection
  • Like Vanessa by Tami Charles; library book
  • Wild Blues by Beth Kephart; personal collection
  • Class action by by Steven B. Frank; library book
  • The Button War by Avi; library book
  • Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin; personal collection
  • Hope in the holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre; library book
  • Wonderland by Barbara O'Connor; library book

What I'm reading:

Sweep Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Little Red Rodent Hood

  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier; personal collection
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser; personal collection
  • Little Red Rodent Hood by Ursula Vernon; personal collection
  • So Done by Paula Chase; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • The Missing Magic by Kallie George, Alexandra Boiger; library book
  • Miss Communication by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Illustrator); library book
  • The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage; personal collection
  • The Bigfoot Files by Linday Eager; personal collection


Reviews Posted

Bluecrowne Bluff and Bran and the Snowdrift Echo's Sister' Foe Hold The Cream Cheese, Kill The Lox Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Comment #1: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at 21:19:03

Martha Eskuchen

I like your parrot - great colors!
You always have so many good reads! I enjoy Butcher and Delaney. I picked Wild Blues as a Book That Caught Our Eye in a summer Monday Mailbox post. It really sounds good.
Enjoy your reading!

Comment #2: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:07:00


Wild Blues is a beautiful book. I just finished it.

Comment #3: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 21:32:37

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

I know what it's like to have to push aside my fun reading to make place for review books. Your satirs look great!

Comment #4: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:15:00


Come January I'll be free to read what ever I want. I'm already planning what I'm going to read.

Comment #5: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 09:20:25

Erin @ Cracker Crumbs

I love the colors for the cockatoo painting! Very cool.

And there are so many books listed here that I want to read now, way too many to list. Have fun with all of your projects! :)

Comment #6: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:19:00


Thank you. I have a ways to go with the cockatoo before I'll feel like it's finished. The red on its back is so intense in the photo and I want to capture that in the painting.

Comment #7: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:35:05

Laurel-Rain Snow

I am curious about Wild Blues. Enjoy your books, and thanks for sharing.

Comment #8: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:21:00


Wild Blues is a creative mixture of real events retold in a fictional form. It's beautiful and poetic.

Comment #9: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 14:21:18

Kathy Martin

That is what I was afraid would happen if I applied for the Cybils. I am already feeling overwhelmed with books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #10: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:22:00


This is my tenth year of participating, so I definitely knew what I was committing to. It's always a ton of work but it's always rewarding.

Comment #11: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 21:11:35

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Wow, you’re busy. Good luck with NaNo and Cybils! I’m a second round Cybils judge, so send me lots of good books. Have a great week!

Comment #12: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:24:00


Have fun in January when it's your turn with the Cybils. Nano this year is going really smoothly. I'm writing just before bed and I'm about two days ahead of where I need to be.

Comment #13: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 23:49:22


Great list of books! Hope you enjoy them.

Comment #14: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:26:00


Thank you. I hope I do too.

Comment #15: Tuesday, November, 13, 2018 at 10:26:57

Jolene Wilson

Comment #16: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 23:27:00


Thank you. A lot of the books were new to me too. But that's part of the fun of Cybils.

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