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text 2020-06-04 10:36
Reading progress update: I've read 181 out of 385 pages.
QualityLand: Roman (dunkle Edition) - Marc-Uwe Kling

Hi, everybody!

I haven't posted anything in quite some time due to being busy af. I had to meet a couple of deadlines, I was also visiting my familiy for the first time in over two months (thanks to the whole Coronoa mayhem), I had to take my cat to the vet – you know, life happed.

 

Anyway. I am still reading Nostromo by Conrad and I am still a little sceptical about it, although it is growing on me (more on that in another post), but I had a four-hour train ride yesterday during which it was raining most of the time and I just was in the mood for something less serious. So I started reading Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (additionally, my dad is a fan of it and he has been urging me to read it for the past 1,5 years) and I do not regret it – you are in for a fun review as soon as I am finished with it.

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text 2020-06-04 06:41
BL-opoly: Defending my choices

 

I have always thought that half of the fun of our bookish games is listening to my bookish buddies talk about why they have chosen a specific book. The other half of the fun quotient is rolling the dice and making the moves and seeing where I land.  I am delighted that in this sexagenarian body, a child still lurks...somewhere.

 

I think I commented in a previous post that I decided that, since I do not have a huge The Swiss Family Robinson audiobook cover artTBR, that I would start looking for my reads in the oldest audio additions to my library and so far I have done that for three titles.

 

The first time I landed on Square 15, I found two covers with trees in quick success -- Tarzan of the Apes and Swiss Family Robinson -- decided to read Tarzan. I just landed on Square 15 again. My first thought was, "Not, Swiss Family"  It is too much like Tarzan-- a story from my childhood. And not another Evans Above or Walt Longmire because I always seem to fall back on those two for trees or mountains.

 

So I went back to my first additions, glancing at covers and scanning titles for pictures of trees or mountain settings. I was so delightedTourist Season audiobook cover art to find a Carl Hiaasen with a tree on the cover because I really do need to read something that is entirely off the wall, especially after reading The Guernsey Literary Society etc. I like that it has a tree on the cover but has absolutely nothing to do with mountains; in fact it is set in a state who highest elevation above sea level is the lowest in the country at a mere 345 feet (105m). Hiaasen-land is populated with crazy insane people and I am looking forward to spending time with them.

 

 

 

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text 2020-06-03 19:51
Master Post: BL-opoly Pandemic Edition

Turns

1. May 25, 2020

Bank: $20.00

You rolled 2 dice:

4 6

Timestamp: 2020-05-25 20:34:57 UTC

Space: Just Visiting - read enough pages to donate $3.00 to bail fund

 

Read Screw Up by Renee Harless (Because He's Perfect Anthology) = 33 pages. 

Finished 1666 = 69 pages.

Read A New Life (West Meets East #1) by Merry Farmer = 92 pages.

Read Worth the Risk by Tracie Delaney (Because He's Perfect Anthology) = 42 pages.

 

Total: 236 pages

Also I liked this board better, so I made the switch. I think the Snakes should be our BL mascot.

 

2. May 27, 2020

Bank: $20.00

You rolled 2 dice:

6 1

Timestamp: 2020-05-27 14:09:14 UTC

Space 16: Mystery/suspense OR all letters in the word Cabin

Hollywood Holiday (Hollywood Headlines Mystery #2.5) by Gemma Halliday (38 pages). $1.00

 

3. May 29, 2020

Bank: $21.00

You rolled 2 dice:

3 3

Timestamp: 2020-05-29 17:05:39 UTC

Space 21: Be the Cat - read whatever you want - into my pocket you go.

 

You rolled 2 dice:

3 2

Timestamp: 2020-05-29 17:07:11 UTC

Space 26: How? Sci-fi or have the word how in the title

 

Going with sci-fi and reading This World We Live In (Last Survivors #3) by Susan Beth Pfeffer (261 pages). $3.00

 

4. June 1, 2020

Bank: $24.00

You rolled 2 dice:

4 5

Timestamp: 2020-06-01 13:41:07 UTC

Space 33: Set in the UK 

 

I'm going with Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure (The Worth Saga #2.75) by Courtney Milan (144 pages). $2.00

 

5. June 3, 2020

Bank: $26.00 + The Cat card

You rolled 2 dice:

2 2

Timestamp: 2020-06-03 18:05:08 UTC

Space: GO! Collect $5.00

 

You rolled 2 dice:

1 4

Timestamp: 2020-06-03 18:06:38 UTC

Space: The Silk Road - Yeah, skipping this one

  

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review 2020-06-03 12:56
I'm sorry, I struggled!
 Forever (Always & Forever Book 2) Kindle Edition - Kindle Alexander
*verified purchase April 2020* I loved Always, and I waited for so long for this, the followup, so very long. And I struggled. It took me 2 months to read this, I had to read a little bit at a time, because I found it such hard work and I have no flipping idea WHY! It is a lovely story, I did love the feathers thing. Both Robert and Landon have their say. I just . . . don't know! I did finish it though, so . . 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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text 2020-06-03 03:27
BL-opoly 2020: Roll by Roll
BANK RUNNING TOTAL: $40
 
Bath Tangle audiobook cover artThe Cat Who Knew a Cardinal audiobook cover artThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
 
 
June 2: Roll #6: -- Landed on Square 11
 
​Set in a beach/coastal region --or a book that has ocean on the cover
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows (Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills) 8:06/290pp +$3 ($43)
 
June 1: Roll #5 --Landed on Square 2 --Why?
 
Mystery/detective with WHO in the title
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal by Lillian Jackson Braun (George Guidall) 6:47/288pp +$3 ($40)
Passed GO! --Collect $5 ($37)
 
May 31: Roll #4 -- Landed on Square 28
 
Chick lit, romance or pink cover
Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (read by Sian Phillips) 12:00/368pp +$3 ($32)
 
 
A Passage to India audiobook cover artTarzan of the Apes audiobook cover artDeath on the Nile audiobook cover art
 
 
May 29:  Roll #3 -- Landed on Square 25. 
 
A book that has been made into a film
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (read by David Suchet) 8:35/352pp   +$3 ($29)
 
May 27: Roll #2 -- Landed on Square 15. 
 
Book with a tree on the cover or set in the mountains.  
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs  (read by David Ian Davies) 8:33/320pp   +$3 ($26)
 
May 25:  Roll #1  -- Landed on Square 5.  Railroad: The Silk Road
 
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (read by Sam Dastor) 11:03/368pp  Bank: +$3  ($23)
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