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review 2018-04-09 17:18
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life - Francesc Miralles,Hector Garcia-Molina,Marisa Martinez Abad,Heather Cleary

There's a point of intersection between what you love, waht you are good at, what the world needs and what you can be paid for and that's Ikigai, and I'm still not sure what mine is. It's something I really should think about rather than yearning for something more in my life, and maybe it's in my hobbies rather than in my job but I really should try to find something in my life that feeds my soul.

Comes across as a bit pat and simplistic but interesting and food for thought

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review 2017-08-17 00:00
Last Night, When I Prayed
Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rod... Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rodgers,Hector Acosta I received this book through BookLikes and I found it an interesting read for children. I received an ebook so for my reader there were a couple of layout issues that were not massive but weren't great.

The illustrations were really vivid, the language was good. I would share this book with some children and maybe adults I know but I am aware it was some pretty heavy content. It would be of interest to people dealing with a hard point in their lives.

The book deals with the unseen realms around us and I think sometimes that can be upsetting. This book handled the subject well though.
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photo 2017-07-31 01:29
The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbø,Jo Nesbø
Hector and the Search for Happiness - François Lelord
The Leopard: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 6) - Don Bartlett,Jo Nesbø
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 Nesbø
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. 




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. 


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



15 May. Finished Die Trying. Collect $5.


New total:$43


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 $5 


New total: $48


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: $49


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

New total$52


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: $57


22 June 

Read "Nemesis". Collect $5.

11th roll:10

Landed Frontierland 2

Finished "Redbreast" by Jo Nesbo 636 pages


New total: $62


25 June 

12th roll 7

Landed in Fantasyland 9 
Fiinished The Unadultered Cat by Terry Pratchett 160 pages

Picked the Son Jo Nesbo 656 pages. $5


New total:$64


11 July 

13 roll 9 

Landed ?17

Finished  the Son Jo Nesbo 656 pages. $5 

New Total:$69



17 July 2017

Finished Headhunters by Jo Nesbo 384 pages. $3
roll 14:12
Landed Free Parking
Roll again. Got a 3. Odd number sent to WaterWork

Picked Blood on Snow 192 pages as there is enough water in snow.


New total $72


22 July 2017

Finished Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo. $3
Roll 15: 7
Landed The Monorail

Travel by air. Picked Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo 224 pages.


New Total $74


23 July 2017

Finished Midnight Sun. Picked up $3. 

Roll 16: 10

Landed in Frontierland 2
Maincharacter is a shooter.

Picked Stand by, Stand by and Zero Option by Chris Ryan 416+374= 790 pages.


New Total $77


30 July 2017
Finished Stand by Stand and Zero Option by. $5
Roll 17: 7
Landed Fantasyland 9
Picked The Land of Stories Worlds Collide 434 pages


New total $82






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.
Read "Die Trying" by Lee Child 557 pages.
Read on 14 May. Collected $5.
New total $43

7th roll 15 May -6
Landed at Cars Land 16.
Read "Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly 400 pages. $5
New total $48

8th roll 2 June - 4
Landed at New Orleans 19
Read "The Dark" by Lemony Snicker 40 pages. $1
New total $49

9th roll 3 June - 8
Landed Adventureland 27
Read "Trigger Warning" by Neil Gaiman 308 pages, $3
New total:$52

10th roll 13 June: 11
Landed Monorail 29
Read "Nemesis" by Jo Nesbo 706 pages Collect $5.
New total: $57

11th roll 22 June: 10
Landed Frontierland 2
Read "Redbreast" by Jo Nesbo 636 pages Collect $5.
New total: $62


12 roll 25 June:7
Landed Fantasyland 9
Finished Unadultered Cat 160 pages Collect $2

New Total 64


13 Roll 11 July: 9 

Landed ?17 

Finished The Son by Jo Nesbo  656 pages. $5

New Total:$69


14  roll 17 July: 12

Landed Free Parking 

Roll again. Got a 3. Odd number sent to WaterWork

Finished Headhunters by Jo Nesbo 384 pages. $3

New total $72


15 Roll 22 July 2017:7

Landed The Monorail

Finished Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo. $3 

New Total $74



16 roll 23 July 2017:10

Landed in Frontierland 2 

Finished Midnight Sun. Picked up $3. 

New Total $77


17 roll 30 July 2017 :7

Landed Fantasyland 9

Finished Stand by Stand and Zero Option by. $5

New total $82

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review 2017-04-30 15:06
Hector is like a gentlemanly French Mr. Bean
Hector and the Search for Happiness - Francois Lelord

Happy go lucky. Travel the world to find answer. Over simplified incidents and wrote notes down as if there is any wisdom in them. 


Silly. And not so funny. 


Not really my cup of tea or coffee or juice. 


Yes. Juice. This book is like drinking juice, a little sweet, refreshing, yet unsatisfying. 

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review 2017-03-14 22:34
Loving Hector by John Inman
Loving Hector - John Inman

I really wanted to like this story but unfortunately this didn’t work for me. Ultimately I’m blaming the fact that humour (or humor, and that missing u may have been the issue) is more subjective than any other form of writing. Think ‘The Hangover’ and ‘Dirty Grandpa’ and you have the sort of humour that most closely resembles this book. I found both of those films amusing in places but mostly just embarrassing. That pretty much sums up the way I felt when reading this book.



John Inman can write. My issue here isn’t with the writing. (Actually, that’s not true there is one issue with the writing but I’ll come to that later. And it’s not a deal breaker for me if I’m really invested in the story.)

The dog. Chester/Noodles. Brings the couple together. Great plot device for a romance. The animosity surrounding the return of Chester/Noodles was great and should have gone on longer IMHO.

The cover – I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I like Paul Richmond’s artwork. And it does have the right feel for the content.

Multicultural/interracial romance. There aren’t enough of these around.

Grandpa – Grandpa is a scream. A funny comic creation. Horny and happy to explore his sexuality. The scene at the dinner table was priceless and possibly my favourite part of this book. He’s also obviously adores Dill and is his greatest advocate. His speech when Dill brought Hector over for dinner brought a lump to my throat.



The cover – Hector (the guy in the front) is supposed to be Mexican. Dill harps on constantly about the contrast between their skin tones. Brown. He uses the word brown a lot when talking about Hector. So why is this not reflected in the cover.

The head-hopping – OMG. So much head hopping. Bad enough if it was just between the MCs but we had side characters getting in on the act on occasions. At some points I had no clue whose POV we were in.

Insta-love – I’m all for instant attraction and whirlwind romance but they had two ‘non-dates’ and then they were moving in together. This after Hector had confessed to wanting to take things slow and having trust issues due to a former abusive relationship.

The self-editing – Dill is a writer and he self-edits in his head. That got annoying fast, as did reading some long-arsed sentences that were excused with the ‘that thought needs editing’ line at the end of the passage.

The geriatric threesome – More power to them that they all got their groove on but I didn’t need to read about them discussing it. Or Dill imagining it.

The villain – Just give him a moustache to twirl in a ridiculous manner and let him tie Hector to the train tracks.

The side characters – I’ve thought a while about whether to comment on this because nobody else has picked it up but I found the way he wrote a lot of the side characters to be borderline offensive. I know it was being played for laughs but every immigrant was fat or ugly, had an annoying screechy voice or bad hygiene, or was a homophobe with a hard-on for guys and a wife so fat she couldn’t leave the house. At the rescue, Dill’s Dad and friends arrived armed with plungers, mops, and wrenches (fine, they were plumbers), while Hector’s Mexican cousins arrived armed with switchblades, bicycle chains, and a burrito. Like I say, I can’t find another review that considered this an issue, but it made me uncomfortable. So much so that I nearly DNF’d.


This was my first read by John Inman. It won’t be my last. I’m willing to try another book, well another four, because I read this as part of the John Inman’s Greatest Hits anthology. But I might take a break before I read the next one.


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