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The illusion of organized reading
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 06)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 20)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 06): 05/06/19

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

Last week my husband was traveling for work. He arrived home yesterday afternoon. Rather, we picked him up at his local office as it's close to the airport. Our teens have busy schedules and those schedules conflicted with picking him up directly from the airport.

Mini Nature 3

Last week I finished Mini Nature 3 which features a honey bee on a cornflower. I'm really please with how it turned out. Now I am working on Mini Nature 4 which features a honey bee and a plum flower.

Mini Nature 4

What I read:

No picture books last week. All of these books were about three hundred pages long. I had hoped to also finish The Train to Impossible Places this week. I'm about half way through it and will finish it probably tomorrow night.

  • Galloglass by Scarlett Thomas; personal collection
  • A murder for the books by Victoria Gilbert; library book
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia; personal collection
  • Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates; personal collection
  • Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg; library book

What I'm reading:

Besides the four listed here, I also have an interlibrary loan book that I need to finish this week. It's due on the 11th. The book is The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield (1920). I'm fifty pages into it.

  • The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P.G. Bell; personal collection / research
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee; personal collection
  • The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser; personal collection
  • You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook; personal collection

Up Soon:

  • Heartwood Hotel 2: The Greatest Gift by Kallie George
  • Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien; personal collection
  • The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum; personal collection / research
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds; personal collection

Posts and reviews:

I posted seven reviews, four posts, and one essay.

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Comment #1: Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 23:33:44

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

I’m curious about The Guilty Plea just because of the cover.

Have a great reading week, Murder Lo Mein sounds fun.

Comment #2: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 19:59:00


The Guilty Plea is the second of the Detective Greene mysteries by Robert Rotenberg. They're set in Toronto. I'll have it reviewed in early June.

Comment #3: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 01:03:03

Kathryn Trask

Charms and Chocolate Chips is making me feel like a cookie! Love the bee paintings, they are so important and deserve the attention.

Comment #4: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:08:00


Charms and Chocolate Chips is the third in the Magical Bakery mystery series. Chocolate chips weren't a big feature of this book, despite the title. It was, however, a good read.

Comment #5: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 08:21:02

Beth F

I love a good cozy mystery and it looks like you read a few

Comment #6: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:11:00


I'm reading more mysteries right now to have some to review in upcoming weeks. Plus, they're fun.

Comment #7: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 10:25:37

Ellen J Pilch

Charms and Chocolate Chips looks good. Your paintings are fantastic, especially the first one.

Comment #8: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:13:00


It was. It was my favorite so far of the three I've read. The first painting is finished. The second one I'm still working on.

Comment #9: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 10:45:34


Love your artwork!!
I just finished Watch Us Rise. What a great read!

Comment #10: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:17:00


It was a great read.

Comment #11: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 14:14:38

Kathy Martin

I still haven't managed to get to the public library for some picture books. Maybe I'll have a chance this week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #12: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:25:00


I hope you get a chance but I'll understand if you don't.

Comment #13: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 22:28:32


I like the bee pic! And I hope You Owe Me A Murder is good!

Comment #14: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:28:00


Thanks. I had fun painting it. I'll review You Owe Me a Murder shortly after I read it.

Comment #15: Monday, May 06, 2019 at 23:40:37

Katie @ Read-at-Home Mom

My daughter loves the Heartwood Hotel books. Murder Lo Mein was also good.

Comment #16: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 20:31:00


My niece is a fan of her previous series. Once I finished them, I moved onto the Haartwood Hotel series. I'm looking forward to reading Murder Lo Mein.

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