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text 2019-05-20 09:24
Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #11
There Goes the Bride (Agatha Raisin #20) - M.C. Beaton,Penelope Keith

Woohoo!  I finally landed on a ladder! Tossing two dice gave me a nine which took me to square #68. I was a little fuzzy about how the ladders work, so I just went ahead and chose books to meet the prompts for both the bottom and top squares. I couldn't find a cover on my TBR that had something related to weddings, though, so I perused my library's Hoopla offerings and selected "There Goes the Bride" by M.C. Beaton. This is the 20th book in Beaton's long running Agatha Raisin series, and while I've only read a half dozen or so of the early titles, I've also watched the recent TV adaptation and didn't have a problem slipping back into the setting and characters.  Unfortunately it wasn't a strong entry in the series.  The story felt really disjointed, and a lot of filler had also been added. Penelope Keith's narration was the only bright spot. 

 

 

Roll #11

 

 

68. Something related to weddings on the cover: There Goes the Bride by M.C.

      Beaton

 

 

 

  

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

      Roll #3 - One Die Roll:  4

     Timestamp: 2019-03-04 02:36:31 UTC

    

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

      Roll #4 - Two Dice Roll:  6 + 5 = 11

      Timestamp: 2019-03-09 23:41:41 UTC

   

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

      Roll #5 - Two Dice Roll:  4 + 4 = 8

      Timestamp: 2019-03-14 20:42:23 UTC

  

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: Queen of Hearts by Rhys 

      Bowen.

 

      Roll #6 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 1 = 6

      Timestamp: 2019-03-19 20:34:27 UTC 

     

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years: The Devil's Novice

      by Ellis Peters

 

      Roll #7 - Two Dice Roll:  4 + 5 = 9

      Timestamp: 2019-03-26 22:06:20 UTC

   

55. Is more than 500 pages long: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (skipping

      500 pg. book)

 

      Roll #8 - One Die Roll:  4

      Timestamp: 2019-04-03 05:53:32 UTC

   

59. Was published more than 10 years ago: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry

      Kemelman

 

      Roll #9 - Two Dice Roll:  2 + 4 = 6

      Timestamp: 2019-04-08 04:22:51 UTC

 

65. Snake - go back to 52: (Zap!)

 

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover: Open Season by C.J. Box

 

      Roll #10 - Two Dice Roll:  6 + 1 = 7

      Timestamp: 2019-04-11 04:58:21 UTC

 

59. Was published more than 10 years ago: Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

 

 

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review 2019-04-26 16:01
Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book but maybe not quite as much as I had hoped that I would. I am not going to lie - the cover of this book is what got my attention. I would bet that cover model has grabbed the attention of more than a few individuals over the years so I feel no shame. I had not tried Penelope Ward's writing before but I do love the narrating pair of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York so when I saw this book on sale, I grabbed it. I found myself in the mood for something light so I decided to give this one a try and I did end up enjoying the story.

This book has a little bit of everything worked into the story. It is a friends to lovers story with the let's be roommates twist. There is a love triangle thrown into the book before everything was over. Plus there is a cute kitten because kittens make romances even better. Throw in a little friends with benefits action and you have pretty much summed up this book. Don't get me wrong. I liked this book but I think it was just way too predictable. I just didn't feel like there was a much that was new or original.

Amber has been friends with Channing for years. Growing up it was always Amber, Channing, and Rory. Amber and Rory dated for 9 years but have recently broken up and when Channing needs a place to stay in town, he calls Amber. Channing has secretly wanted Amber for years but Rory got the girl and he didn't interfere. But now that they are no longer together, all bets are off.

I liked Amber and Channing. They were both great people and I felt like they deserved each other. They did have a lot of chemistry and it was pretty obvious early on that they had some pretty strong feelings for each other. There were a few bumps in the road but it was fun to watch them find their happily ever after.

I thought that Andi Arndt and Sebastian York did a fantastic job with the narration. I really think that their voices work really well together in this kind of book. They both do a great job with a variety of voices and are very pleasant to listen to. I probably liked this book just a bit more because I decided to listen to it.

I would recommend this book to others. I would have liked for a less predictable story but the one that I got was perfectly pleasant. I wouldn't hesitate to read more from Penelope Ward.

Initial Thoughts
I thought that this was okay but fairly predictable. Nothing in the story really surprised me but it was a pleasant enough story. Channing and Amber were nice enough characters and I did think that they had good chemistry. I could have lived without the love triangle that was worked in before the story came to an end. I thought that the narrators did a great job with the story.

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2019-04-21 12:59
Delicate description and confusing romance
The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald

Based on real events this is a romantic tale of an 18 year old poet's obsession with a 12 year old girl who is described as neither physically attractive or unusually intelligent. Like Fritz's short story "The Blue Flower" which neither he nor other readers seem to understand, it is equally difficult to understand this love (if that is what it is) although that may only be because Fitzgerald does not understand it either. The prose is tight and effective and there are plenty of charming and amusing scenes throughout. I think it's probably a book I will need to reread at some point to truly appreciate.

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review 2019-01-24 18:44
Fantastic Look at Some Truly Extraordinary Women
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World - Pénélope Bagieu

I have to say that this was a really one of a kind book to get. I bought this last year at the National Book Festival and was intrigued by it once I took a look inside. The graphic art pops and the stories are wonderful. I actually wanted even more information than I got once I got done with this.

 

I would say that you may want to read this over a couple of days/months. Trying to read it straight through like a book doesn't work. The table of contents that is included will allow you to jump around too. Some of the women that Bagieu goes into our queens, an empress, I think my favorite story was about Giorgina Reid, a lighthouse keeper.

 

The writing was great and to the point and the graphics were wonderful. 


There is no epilogue per se, but Bagieu does a strip that shows her life and how her comics became a book and how she left Paris. Very cute. 

 

 

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text 2019-01-24 17:24
Reading progress update: I've read 304 out of 304 pages.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World - Pénélope Bagieu

Loved this book so much! It's hard to read through one sitting. I would suggest you take your time with it. 

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