Top Ten Tuesday and the animal kingdom…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week‘s topic: Animals (Real and Fantasy) in the books, on the cover or in the title…

Ok, animals in books, no problem…. there are plenty of werewolves and dragons in my reading past… the tricky part will be to find books that I haven‘t mentioned here before. Let‘s see…

Animal Farm — read in the 80s or 90s…?
by George Orwell

I read this a long time ago. It was good, I don‘t remember all that much. Maybe time for a re-read of this classic fable about communism.

Animal Dreams — read in 2006
by Barbara Kingsolver

I liked “Poisonwood Bibel” and loved “Prodigal Summer”. But this one wasn‘t for me. It bored me at the time and I didn‘t like the main character. It has an animal in the title though!

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
by Naomi Novik

This was fun. Set in an alternate universe during the Napoleonic wars, the British and the French not only fight each other with their powerful Navies, but also with aerial combat — the captains not flying in planes, but riding on dragons. Well written, it reads a bit like a mix of Patrick O’Brien and Anne McCaffrey.

Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4) — read in 2004
by Douglas Preston,  Lincoln Child

A serial killer starts killing in a small Kansas town. The corn is high, the heat is hot and the agent, that appears out of nowhere, dressed all black, is really weird….

If you are into graphic violence, this is for you. Really nasty murders, with a lot of detail! Ewwww. I sort of made my way through that book in small doses. Pretty gruesome. And that agent was really very weird. 

Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan, #2) — read in 2005
by Tom Clancy

I like Clancy and Jack Ryan is one of my favourite characters. With only slightly over 600 pages this is one of Clancy’s shorter efforts. It was ok at the time. But I do not recall any of the storyline, which usually means that it was nothing special.

A Falcon Flies
by Wilbur Smith

At the end of the 19th century our main characters travel to Africa to make their fortune and search for their father, who disappeared into South-East Africa several years previously. They encounter the British Navy, slave traders, African kings, elephants, treasures, witches, buffalo, malaria, love, betrayal, loss and their destiny… To be continued in the next book… 😉

My next and last two offerings are colouring books! I have the German versions, but both have originally been published in English.

Animorphia – Phantastische Tiermotive: Eine atemberaubende Welt zum Ausmalen
by Kerby Rosanes

I couloured in this last time in 2018. I should probably get out my art supplies again….

A quick and messy watercolor…

The whale was fun…

The elephant was a bit simpler…


And my favourites, the owls!

Nordische Wildnis: Ausmalen und entspannen
by Claire Scully

Here I stayed in one colour…

And here it is black and white with some highlights…

And the snake was a lot of fun:

Ok, that‘s only eight books, but I am done for today! 😏

Lots of crocodile doodles

Animorphia - Phantastische Tiermotive: Eine atemberaubende Welt zum AusmalenAnimorphia – Phantastische Tiermotive: Eine atemberaubende Welt zum Ausmalen by Kerby Rosanes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful, crazy sketches with hidden objects. I will post updates of the sketches, as I go along.

March 2018

Done with the crocs! Here is the current status:

I could colour more of the doodles, but I think I am done for now…

February 2018

Up next is one of those doodling things, chosen for me through the pick-it-for-me challenge:

Time to get those black fineliners out of their box…


Colour Your Own Van GoghColour Your Own Van Gogh by Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here is the original:…

I am not trying to duplicate it, instead I got challenged by one of my coloring buddies to just use yellows and orange…

December 2017:
Was in transit throug Amsterdam airport two days ago and made the mistake of entering a bookshop. Saw this and had to get it…. And I don’t even like Van Gogh all that much! But the book is very nice.

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Christmas doodle

I give you my festive glitter doodle….

The glitter is a little difficult to see and I didn’t manage to get rid of the glare…. that was a lot of fun with the pens. I might need to get more pens. No shading, but very satisfying.

Crazy Cunning Coloring Cult

Nordische Wildnis: Ausmalen und entspannenNordische Wildnis: Ausmalen und entspannen by Claire Scully
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent colouring book. Good quality paper, great motifs. Animals, landscapes, variety. Fun. I have done four pieces so far and really enjoyed doing them. I will definitely continue using this book. I would recommend or gift it to friends.

December 10, 2017: Pick For Me Challenge

This is how it works: post a list of your coloring books. Another member will choose one of them and then give a page number for you to color. Tada!

Here is what I ended up with, picked by Gundega:

I am thinking about combining it with two other currently running challenges:
Mixed media–I plan on using watercolor for the large areas and backgrounds and do the details with gel pens and pencils.
Winter color theme–I am going for pale blue, green, grey and maybe mix in some pale purples. I saw a winter scheme like that somewhere and think it could work well with this motif.

Then again, it might end up being totally different, as I am very much a spur-of-the-moment coloring person… 🙂