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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 20): 01/20/20

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

Last week was rough. My husband was traveling to Denver and I still had a bad cold (or maybe a weak flu). I did manage to stick with my art366 project and even got some painting in. The painting mostly happened late in the week when I was finally feeling like myself.

My spouse is home. The cats are ecstatic, especially Tortuga. She really missed him.

Left: View of snow from the California Zephyr Jan 12. Right: Dead helebores from Jan 13. Both drawn with Copic Markers

Left: Blue bear at the Denver Convention Center from Jan 14. Right: A nuthatch from Jan 15. Both drawn with Copic Markers.

Left: Four combs: a purple one, an orange one, a turquoise one, and a green one against a brown patterned surface from Jan 16. Right: A ginger and white kitten asleep on its back, paws over its head from Jan 17. Both drawn with Copic Markers.

Left: The yellow eye of a sandhill crane from Jan 18. Right: A prickly pear blossom from Jan 19. Both drawn with Copic Markers.

Sandhill crane courtship, finished
The Sandhill crane courtship painting is finished. I'll be shipping it to its buyer later this week.

Two calico koi swimming, finished
I also finished this small, 4x4 inch koi painting.

Green heron on the water, WIP: 3 hours of work.
Green heron on the water, WIP: 3 hours of work

What I read:

This week's reading was primarily audiobooks and short texts.

  • Freezer I'll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton
  • Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan
  • The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
  • A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  • The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
  • The Walking Bread by Winnie Archer
  • The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham
  • Shadowspell by Jenna Black
  • Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack

What I'm reading:

  • The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
  • There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  • Share Your Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Up Soon:

  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito and Yuji Oniki (Translator)
  • The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
  • Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry
  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Comments  (36)


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Comment #1: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 21:27:37

bermudaonion (Kathy)

I hope this week is better! I'm amazed at how much you read and paint in one week.



Comment #2: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 17:24:00

Pussreboots

Husband is home. The kids have a short week. It should be a good week. Most of the art I post is actually drawn. Drawings take minutes, rather than hours to do.



Comment #3: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 21:54:43

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Glad you are finally feeling better. I'll never forget having the flu. I hope to never have it again.

Look at that fabulous artwork. I especially like the cat and the cactus.

A new Raina Telgemeier! Wonderful. And who could resist The Walking Bread?!

Have a great week!



Comment #4: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 17:36:00

Pussreboots

The flu is no fun, that's for sure. I seem to get some version of it ever year even with the flu shot. At least its not as severe after the shot.

I'm pleased with the cactus too. The cat's not quite what I was hoping for. That's the problem of knowing the source material and having the drawing not live up to mental expectations.

Share Your Smile came out last spring. I just haven't gotten to it yet. The Walking Bread is the third in the Bread Shop mystery series.



Comment #5: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 22:40:32

Lisa R. Howeler

Lovely paintings and that looks like a great selection of books too!



Comment #6: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 17:37:00

Pussreboots

Paintings and drawings. Last weeks books were mostly good. Hopefully this week's will be too.



Comment #7: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 22:54:17

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

Sorry to hear you haven’t been well, I hope hubby is looking after you now he is back home.

Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #8: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 18:04:00

Pussreboots

He got home after I was well. Just the funny timing of things.



Comment #9: Sunday, January, 19, 2020 at 23:06:22

LiteraryFeline

I am sorry you had a rough week, Sarah. I did too, but for different reasons. I hope you are feeling better. I hope you are enjoying your reading! Have a great week!



Comment #10: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 18:11:00

Pussreboots

Sorry you had a rough week. I am well now, thanks.



Comment #21: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 23:07:58

Bryan G. Robinson

What was your favorite book from last week?



Comment #22: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 18:14:00

Pussreboots

That's a tough question. My five star books last week were: Freezer I'll Shoot, Just Like a Mama, The Winterhouse Mysteries, and Come Tumbling Down.



Comment #23: Sunday, January, 19, 2020 at 23:31:48

Laurel-Rain Snow

The art work is beautiful.

I am curious about your books, especially The Golden State.

Enjoy your week.



Comment #24: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:10:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I had fun working on it. Here's the link to the GoodReads blurb for The Golden State.



Comment #15: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 00:09:57

Melinda

I am giving Race to the Sun to my daughter for her birthday and I might read it after she's done. I hope you like it!



Comment #16: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:12:00

Pussreboots

I hope I do too. I've liked her other books.



Comment #17: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 00:30:02

Yvonne

You did great with your painting. I hope you are feeling better. Take care of yourself!



Comment #18: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:14:00

Pussreboots

I'm well thanks. I hope to have more painting progress to share next week. I'll certainly have more drawings.



Comment #19: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 01:34:55

Cheryl Malandrinos

Sorry to hear you've been sick. I hope you're back to your old self now.

Wow! I've missed seeing your lovely artwork. The cat one is adorable.

Lots of great books on your list. The Winterhouse Mysteries and There's a Murder Afoot should be on my list.

Hope you have a nice week.



Comment #20: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:18:00

Pussreboots

I am back to normal. The cat is certainly my most popular drawing. I wanted to make it better — and I will when I do the painting at a future date. The Winterhouse Mysteries is the last book in a trilogy. I recommend starting with Winterhouse. There's a Murder Afoot is the fifth book. The first one is Elementary, She Read.



Comment #21: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 05:12:52

Marg

Hope you feel better soon!



Comment #22: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:29:00

Pussreboots

I'm well now, thanks!



Comment #23: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12:43:27

Kathy Martin

I'm glad you are feeling better. I'm still dealing with a lingering cough. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #24: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:31:00

Pussreboots

I'm pretty much over it. I hope your cough goes away soon.



Comment #25: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 14:58:41

Susan Dyer

Have a great week and happy reading!💜



Comment #26: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:33:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. Same to you.



Comment #27: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 15:02:24

Emma @ Words And Peace

I hope Uzumaki. I was curious, but alas, I don't like horror. I love your paintings, especially your birds.

I also paint, but exclusively on rocks. I love sandhill cranes. The very last picture on this page is them in flight.



Comment #28: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:39:00

Pussreboots

Do you sell your rocks? These were my first sandhill crane paintings — the subject was picked by my client. I want to keep painting and drawing them.



Comment #29: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 15:57:08

Tina

Beautiful paintings!! They’re all lovely. I’m a huge fan of Junji Ito and Uzumaki was really....full of twists and turns haha, hope you enjoy it!



Comment #30: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:45:00

Pussreboots

Thank you — although the first eight are drawings done with alcohol markers. I've liked anime based on Junji Ito's work, so I'm looking forward to reading it.



Comment #31: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 17:10:59

Becki

I think A Love Hate Thing was the only overlapping book we have lately :) Have a great week!



Comment #32: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:45:00

Pussreboots

You and I rated A Love Hate Thing the same number of stars, but for different reasons. My review is here.



Comment #33: Monday, January, 20, 2020 at 20:06:40

Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

Your paintings look wonderful! I love the cat laying on its back, so cute!

I'm glad that you are all feeling better!



Comment #34: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:54:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. The first eight, including the kitten, are drawings done with alcohol markers. Paintings take me much longer.



Comment #35: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 21:40:01

Athira

I'm amazed at all the painting you did this week - beautiful! We are recovering from the flu as well - I hope next week is better for both of us!



Comment #36: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 19:54:00

Pussreboots

I finished two paintings and worked on a third, for a total of three or four hours of work spread out over a week. The other eight pieces are drawings. Each 6x6 inch drawing takes me about half an hour. I do one of them each and every day.

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