I love shopping the sale pile. I found a bunch there that I already owned and three more to add to my library. This will keep me going for a while, don't you think.
Bank account: $215
Many thanks to Obsidian Blue and Moonlight reader for hosting this game. It was so much fun! Both playing and watching everyone else's updates - a special shout out to Magnetic Monkey and Penni, who have been quite the entertaining duo.
My personal goal for this game was to tackle my TBR shelves, both physical and electronic, and try and read as many books that I already own as I could.
In that, I think it has been a resounding success. I managed to read
40 books. Which added up to an amazing 12205 pages! And I loved many of them. Even ones that were outside of my normal reading comfort zone - Hello Sci-fi! and time travel.
In fact, I managed to re-connect with one of my favourite childhood authors - Jules Verne. Not that Verne is a children's author. I just happen to have had my first encounter with Verne when I was a child. Now I want to read more of his works. They are just amazing!
Overall, not all of the books I have read over the game have been impressive. There have been 3 DNFs, and all the books together averaged a 3.36 rating.
However, there were some honourable mentions which I have linked above.
The Thorn Birds, Howards End, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth were re-reads, so the most surprising or best discoveries of the last three months have been Making History by Stephen Fry and The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulff.
Again, many thanks to OB and MR and to all the other BLikers who have taken part or cheered from the sidelines. You all rock!
Below (after the page break) are all my game updates.
“It is cold at six-forty in the morning on a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.”
One of the best opening lines ever.
This was a re-read for me, and I am glad I re-read this one.
While the descriptions of the police work are now dated, this is still a great thriller. And I guess, it could even pass as historical fiction now since Forsyth gives a great overview of the political tension between France and Algeria in the 1960s and the presidency of Charles de Gaulle. For this alone this is a fascinating book.
But there is more, the description of the police work trying to collaborate with international agencies was fascinating - no internet, no cell phones, no fax. I swear I laughed in admiration when Forsyth described how they tapped phones and identified a number that was called by the time it took for the dial to return to 0. Yes! Phones with dialling discs!
And then of course, we have the main character, The Jackal, who is charming and almost made me forget that he is the baddie of the piece. Almost. Because unlike Fleming (sorry but I keep thinking about Bond, who also is a hired assassin when it comes down to it), Forsyth has no qualms about reminding us that the Jackal is a ruthless killer.
So, even tho the details of the story are dated, this is still a chilling thrill of a read.
"IT IS COLD at six-forty in the morning of a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad."
Well, I knew this book would fit the task of my BL-Opoly square, but I didn't know it would satisfy the task in the first sentence!
(Task: Read a book with a main character that knows how to handle a gun, or where someone is shot.)
Przyzwyczajona do tego, że Forsyth mocno stąpa po ziemi, nie spodziewałam się książki, która będzie jednocześnie tak nieskomplikowana pod względem fabuły, a z drugiej strony tak tajemnicza, ocierająca się o ciemną stronę. Przewidywalna od pierwszych stron a jednak wciągająca, wzbudzająca w czytelniku ogromne napięcie.
Autor pisze bardzo ciekawym językiem. Książka jest dość krótka, ma tylko 80 strona, ale dzięki temu nie ciągnie się w nieskończoność. Polecam.