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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 14): 10/14/19

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

I'm continuing with Inktober. Below are some of the ones I created last week.

Inktober 8 and 9
Left image: koi. Right image: Paint brushes on a painted surface.

Inktober 10 and 11
Left image: Pumpkin soup and grilled cheese. Right image: A fern in sunlight.

Inktober 12 and 13
Left image: Jellyfish. Right image: Three nectarines in a handmade bowl.

I made progress on my second fireworks painting. This one is an abstract and is called "City Lights."

Colored lines on a diagonal
"City Lights" WIP - 16x20 inches, acrylic on canvas.

I recently bought a bunch of small canvases of difference sizes and shapes. My plan is to paint some smaller, affordable pieces, and restart my Etsy shop. I'm taking some inspiration from my Inktober drawings.

WIP of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich
WIP of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich — 6x6 inches, acrylic on canvas.

Meanwhile, my daughter's Halloween costume is nearly complete. She's been working on detangling her wig. This coming weekend she plans to style it.

Blond wig on a styling head and tripod in a bathtub.

What I read:

  • Nate Expectations by Tim Federle; personal collection
  • A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton; personal collection (audio)
  • Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling; personal collection
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (illustrations); personal collection
  • The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner; personal collection
  • It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad (Illustrations); personal collection
  • The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes; personal collection

What I'm reading:

  • Archimancy by J.A. White; personal collection
  • Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman; personal collection
  • The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser; personal collection
  • Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink; personal collection / research

Up Soon:

  • Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly; personal collection
  • Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips; personal collection
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood; personal collection
  • The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee; personal collection

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Comment #1: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 00:22:51

Laurel-Rain Snow

Great paintings! Enjoy your books and your week.



Comment #2: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:05:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'll do my best.



Comment #3: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 02:03:54

Kathryn

Love the paint brushes painting. Okay Witch looks like a load of fun.



Comment #4: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:06:00

Pussreboots

It's an ink drawing. But I might turn it into a painting later. I'll be reviewing The Okay Witch on Thursday.



Comment #5: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 06:47:29

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Your artwork is progressing nicely. I especially like the paintbrushes.

What did you think of The Storm Runner? I haven't read any of the books under the wing of Rick Riordan, but this one sounds like something that I would like. Have a great week.



Comment #6: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:08:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I might turn the paintbrushes drawing into a painting.

Storm Runner reads like a blend of 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling (2018) and Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2019), except that it follows the formula of The Lightning Thief (2001). For the most part I liked the book and I will certainly read the sequel, but I thought it had some pacing issues in the middle.



Comment #7: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 09:05:49

Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

I love your fern painting!

So many books here look good, especially Spell and Spindle and The House in Poplar Wood. Have a great week and continue creating! I love to see your work.



Comment #8: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:19:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. Right now it's just a quick sketch using markers. I might do a painting of it in the near future.



Comment #9: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 09:38:05

JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

Lots of good reading ahead... I'll be curious to hear what you think of The Testaments. The photo of the wig in the tub made me smile:)



Comment #10: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:22:00

Pussreboots

I probably won't start The Testaments until this weekend. We've nicknamed the wig "Violet Everbucket."



Comment #11: Monday, October, 14, 2019 at 09:43:53

Lisa R. Howeler

Beautiful artwork! And that’s quite a list of books! Enjoy!



Comment #12: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:24:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I hope I do!



Comment #13: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 13:12:13

Kathy Martin

Nice variety of books. I liked The Storm Runner and hope you did too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #14: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:28:00

Pussreboots

I liked The Storm Runner but I thought it had some pacing issues in the middle.



Comment #15: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 06:40:28

Ms. Yingling

Wow! Lots of great books this week. Glad you are enjoying painting — not a skill I have!



Comment #16: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:30:00

Pussreboots

Thanks. Painting and drawing takes passion and practice like any other skill.



Comment #17: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 13:25:13

Alison Flores

I love the artwork! Hope you enjoy your books this week.



Comment #18: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:32:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. So far it's turning out to be a good week for reading.



Comment #19: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 14:59:24

Wendi lee

What did you think of the Harley Quinn book? I like Mariko Tamiko as a writer, but I'm always a little skeptical about novels written about superheroes. That said, I think Quinn would have a very interesting story!



Comment #20: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:33:00

Pussreboots

I just posted my review. The short version is that I have been enjoying DC's YA graphic novels written by YA authors. For Harley Quinn, I had a couple minor concerns but overall still enjoyed it.



Comment #21: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 16:00:19

Greg

I like your artwork, especially the fern one.

I still kind of want to get to The Testaments.



Comment #22: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:36:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'm hoping to turn it into a painting. I'll be reading The Testaments at the end of the week or possibly over the weekend.



Comment #23: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:34:22

Martha Eskuchen

A painting a day is impressive. I really like the City Lights WIP. Lots of fun looking books.

I'll be curious about your thoughts on The Testaments.

Happy Reading!



Comment #24: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 21:38:00

Pussreboots

It's an ink drawing a day, although I am turning some of my favorite drawings into paintings. Painting takes longer, even for a small canvas. I'm planning on reviewing The Testaments on October 29.

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