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photo 2017-06-23 01:29
The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo,Jo Nesbø
Hector and the Search for Happiness - François Lelord
The Leopard: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 6) - Jo Nesbø,Don Bartlett
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (6-Nov-2014) Paperback - Joe Hill
How to Catch a Star (10th Anniversary edition) - Oliver Jeffers
Die Trying - Lee Child
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - Michael Connelly
By Lemony Snicket The Dark (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) (First Edition) - Lemony Snicket
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - Neil Gaiman
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
Booklikes-opoly
1st roll : ?8
2nd roll - Main street 14
Paradise Pier 30
Tomorrow land 36
Main Street 10
Cars Land 16
New Orleans 19
Monorail 29
Frontierland 2

Started on 15 April already. So I am a few days late. 


See details here. 

 

http://blog.booklikes.com/post/1552561/wanna-plan-a-game-it-s-booklikes-opoly-created-by-moonlight-reader-obsidian-blue  

 

Rolled dice 1st on 17 April and got 8 .  Landed at Question 8 on the board. 

So a mystery novel. Started with Jo Nesbo "The Devil's Stars" 

 

Collected $20 at Start. 

 

See how it goes. 

 

Update: 24 April.  Finished reading The Devil's Star. 522 pages. Collected $5.

 

New Total = $25

 

2nd roll dice of 7.

 

 

Get me to Main Street 14. Read a book that involves oversea travel or has a suitcase on the cover. 

 

Hector and the Search for Happiness 192 pages. 

 

30 April 2017. Read the book. Collected $2. 

 

New Total = $27. 

 

3rd roll of dice. A 10. 

 

Landed me at Water Works. "Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event." 

 

 

 

Rain is water. Picked "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo. 740 pages. 

 

Finished the book on 4 May. Collected $5. 

 

4th Roll the dice on 4 May.: 8

 

Landed in Paradise 30 Suspense book over 555 pages.  

 

Picked NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. Supernatural suspense story 692 pages. 

 

New total: $32

 

Read the book on 9 May. Collected $5.

 

New total: $37

 

5th roll on 10 May: 6 

 

Get me to Tomorrow land 36 

 

Read a book with space in the cover. 

 

Picked How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages. 

 

Read this book. Collected $1. Roll again. 

 

New Total: $38. 

 

6th roll 12: Landed Main street 10. Collect $20 at Start. 

 

Select Die Trying by Lee Child happened in small town USA. 557 pages. 

 

New Total: $58

 

15 May. Finished Die Trying. Collect $5.

 

New total:$63. 

 

7th roll: 6

Land at Cars Land 16 

 

Picked Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly, story happened in LA California. 400 pages. 

 

2 June: Finished the book. Add $3. 

 

New total: $66

 

8th roll: 4

 

Landed in New Orleans 19 

 

Pick a children book as I don't usually read horror. The Dark by Lemony Snicker. 40 pages. 

 

New total: $67

 

3 June 

9th roll :8

Landed Adventureland 27

Picked Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman 308 pages

 

 

13 June 

Read Trigger Warning and collect $3 

10th roll:11

Landed Monorail 29

Have difficulty picking a book. Do not want to read Girl on a Train. Interpret that a book with car on the cover also fit. Pick "Nemesis" by Jo Nesbo 706 pages 

 

 

New total: $70

 

22 June 

Read "Nemesis". Collect $5.

11th roll:10

Passed start: Collect $20. 

Landed Frontierland 2

Pick "Redbreast" by Jo Nesbo 636 pages. 

 

New total: $95

 

 

 ******************************************

Summary

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Started with $20

 

1st roll 17 April -8
Landed at ?8
Read "The Devil's Stars" by Jo Nesbo 522 pages.
Finished on 24 April and collected $5.
New total $25

 

2nd roll 24 April - 7
Landed on Main street 14.
Read "Hector and the Search for Happiness" 192 pages.
Finished 30 April. Collected $2.
New total $27

 

3rd roll 30 April - 10
Landed at Water Work.
Read "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo 740 pages.
Finshed on 4 May. Collected $5.
New total $32

 

4th roll 4 May -8
Landed at Paradise 30.
Read "NOS4R2" by Jo Hill 692 pages.
Finished 9 May. Collected $5.
New Total $37

 

5th roll 10 May -6
Landed at Tomorrow Land 36.
Read "How to Catch a Star" by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages.
Read it and collected "$1".
New total $38

 

6th roll 11 May - 12
Landed Main street 10.

Collect $20 at Start. 
Read "Die Trying" by Lee Child 557 pages.
Read on 14 May. Collected $5.

New total $63

 

7th roll 15 May -6
Landed at Cars Land 16.
Read "Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly 400 pages.

New total $66

 

 

8th roll 2 June - 4

Landed at New Orleans 19 

Read "The Dark" by Lemony Snicker 40 pages. 

New total $67

 

9th roll 3 June - 8

Landed Adventureland 27

Read "Trigger Warning" by Neil Gaiman 308 pages

New total:$70

 

 

10th roll 13 June: 11

Landed Monorail 29

Read "Nemesis" by Jo Nesbo 706 pages 

New total: $90

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review 2017-06-10 01:35
The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

This took me longer than I expected. It wasn’t exactly a hard read, but there was this dreamy quality to the prose that I wasn’t entirely sure I liked. It almost feels languid. It’s told from three perspectives: Thorbjorg – a freewoman and witch, Katla – Thorbjorg’s unfortunate thrall, and Bibrau – Katla’s unwanted daughter. All three perspectives are told in the first person which I didn’t entirely like. It is very clear whose section is whose and none of them are very long, but I still wasn’t sure I liked the convention. This isn’t a happy story but it is an interesting one. We follow Thorbjorg and Katla as they travel from Iceland to Greenland in the 10th century and it’s the kind of historical fiction where the magic and spirits are real because the characters believe them to be. There isn’t a lot of magic; just the kind of stuff that’s mixed in with folk tales and rituals and believing in spirits. There’s a lot of Norse mythology mixed in with the threat of Christianity.

 

I did decide that I liked how everything tied together though, so I’m going with four stars.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Tomorrowland 34 since it has a child on the cover. Well, a baby. I’m pretty sure that counts. At 450 pages, I get to add $5 to my bank, bringing my total to $114.

 

Previous update:

41/450 pages

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text 2017-06-05 16:30
Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 450 pages.
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

I went with this book for Tomorrowland #34 (child on the cover) since it's been on my shelf so long.

 

I've been trying to figure out just how long it's been sitting there unread, and I have to admit that I'm not sure. I know I picked it up for $5 or so in the bargain section at Chapters (actually I think it was at one of the stores still under the Indigo name). The book was published in 2006 so it probably wasn't put in the bargain section until 2007...maybe 2008? Regardless of which year it was, it's kind of sad that it's been on my shelf close to a decade even if it hasn't quite reached that mark.

 

It's about time I read it, isn't it?

 

So far it's about a bunch of people emigrating from Iceland to Greenland, and the main point of view character is Katla, a thrall (read: slave) of one of the leaders. I don't think this is going to be a very happy story.

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text 2016-02-08 14:22
Breathing Life into Medieval Characters: Guest Post by Annie Whitehead
To Be a Queen - Annie Whitehead

To celebrate her recent book release, Annie Whitehead is on my blog discussing her passion for history and how she uses historic facts to flesh out her fictional characters. If you love medieval England as much as I do, you will love her insights into the 10th century. Also, check out her new book, Alvar the Kingmaker.

 

Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2016/02/breathing-life-into-medieval-characters.html
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review 2015-02-13 00:00
The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
The Success Principles(TM) - 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be - Jack Canfield,Janet Switzer The 10th Anniversary edition of “The Success Principles” is a refreshed, updated, version of the original “Success Principles” book that will benefit readers of the original version and new readers alike. The stories and examples of people who have struggled and realized success are more contemporary, allowing this new generation of readers to better relate to the names and stories that are shared, the facts and figures have been updated, some of the sections have been renamed and there are entirely new sections at the end of the book. These new sections are: “Brand Yourself with an Online Persona,” “Use Social Media in a Way that Enhance Your Reputation,” “Use the Exponential Power of Crowdfunding,” “Connect with People Who Can Expand Your Vision.”

In all, the sections now number 67 and the page count has increased from 473 to a whopping 587. While the page count seems formidable and daunting, readers should remember that Jack and Janet did not acquire or perfect the skills in this book overnight and that the information provides the basis for life-long learning. For instance, removing ourselves from an environment where we are surrounded by negative people and influences will likely be an adaptation that we will make over an extended period of time and will always face, unless of course we are on a desert island with a volleyball.

Additionally, managing expectations, dealing with feedback, creating a wealth consciousness, speaking with impeccability, practicing gratitude and a host of other ideas will be lifelong endeavors.
Granted, some of the suggestions like, “Pay yourself first” or “Hire a coach” can be performed immediately; however, regardless of the task, one of the crucial points to remember is that although the suggestions/ideas in “The Success Principles” will benefit everyone, each person will need to customize the ideas to their own situation. To that end, one of the exercises at the beginning of the book involves determining your unique purpose in life and also the answer to an all-important question, “What does success mean to you?”

Just as the answers to the crucial questions will be unique for every reader, the journey through this book will also be unique and I found some sections zoomed past like a speed boat and in other sections I felt like I was paddling a canoe. Some of the information was self-evident, other information provided some wonderful “A-ha” moments; certain ideas have sunk in, and other ideas will need to be revisited numerous times. And, thankfully, Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer have provided a massive resource that will give me easy access to some of the information that I need and, in the end, makes the road to success more accessible to everyone.

Success is an evolving, lifelong experience and if you want to improve the quality of your life, whether on a personal level, with a loved one, or in business, there are bound to be words of wisdom and tools in “The 10th Anniversary edition of The Success Principles” to help you build a better way.
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