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text 2017-08-01 14:36
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- July 2017

Really, everything I needed to say about my reading experience for July is also kind of reflected in my Booklikes-opoly wrap up.  I didn't read as many books as I did the previous month, but July was still a great reading month, if only because I made a lot of great progress in my Personal Series Challenge.  And while COYER wasn't as successful this month for me, I can now dedicate myself to my Summer Reading List with BLopoly's ending.



July Reads


Also Read short story:

Dream a Little Dream (short story) by Jill Shalvis // 
included in A Christmas to Remember anthology


Books Dropped/Put On Hold


DNF'd @ 26%


Currently Reading


Mystique by Amanda Quick / narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
Loose and Easy by Tara Janzen



July Reading Stats


Total works read: 18

  • 16 print/e-book novels
  • 1 anthology
  • 1 short story

Average rating: 3.44 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  3 books; 1 short story // 4.0 Stars
    • (1) Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler
    • (2) Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
    • (3) Ravished by Amanda Quick
    • (4) Dream a Little Dream (short story) by Jill Shalvis
  • Lowest Rated:  Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell // 2.0 Stars


Series I started reading:

  • Lawyers in Love by N.M. Silber -- DNF
  • Liar's Club by Celeste Bradley


Series I completed:

  • ICE: Black Ops Defenders by Melissa Cutler


Series I have made progress on:

  • Colorado High Country by Pamela Clare
  • Nikki Heat by Richard Castle
  • Arcane Society by Jayne Ann Krentz / Amanda Quick
  • Harmony by Jayne Castle (a.k.a. Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
  • Steele Street by Tara Janzen
  • Extrasensory Agents by Leslie A. Kelly


Favorite reads:  To be honest, all the books I read in July were kind of "I liked this book" to "I really liked this book," but nothing too outstandingly awesome.  So the few books I DO want to mention include Susanna Kearsley's The Shadowy Horses, which, while wasn't the best book, was enjoyable and beautifully written; Ravished by Amanda Quick, which was typical Amanda Quick fun and good; and Northern Lights by Nora Roberts, which was more enjoyable than I'd expected it to be.

Disappointing reads:  Really, the most disappointing read I had in July would be The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber--with all the positive reviews I saw for it, I'd expected witty, fun, breezy, and sexy; instead, I got childish, boring, and eye rollingly over-hyped.  The other book I was a bit disappointed in was Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell, which is surprising since it's not like I've always loved her books, ya know.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written


Other Posts



Coming Up In August


Tentative TBR



Other Stuff

Is there such a thing as a Reading Game Hangover?  Because that's kind of what I'm feeling right now.  The fact that I won't be reaching for my dice roller app and rolling for the next book... it's making me feel a little lost.  How am I going to decide what to read next without a nifty set of game cards telling me what direction to go?  How will I keep from starting ten new books within the week without the game play rules keeping me in line?

What am I going to do with my life now?!!


Anyway...  I've still got COYER and some other year-long challenges going, and so, to be honest, it really IS going to be a bit of a feat choosing books to read based on what I want to read rather than based on what books will fit what game squares.  But that just means I'm going back to my tentative reading schedule lists, and that I don't have to worry about not finishing a book in time to roll again.  And I definitely won't be thinking about saving certain books for "just in case I land on such and such square," or NOT reading a book yet because "I need to read this other book for xyz square."

Nonetheless... it was kind of nice being told what to read next, even if you still had a modicum of choice.

I suppose this is why I like Reading Challenges.  =D



2017 Wrap-Ups 


Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/monthly-reading-wrap-up-july-2017.html
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text 2017-08-01 14:31
My July 2017
Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle
The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels) - Kendra C. Highley
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen
Die Stadt der besonderen Kinder: Roman (Die besonderen Kinder) - Ransom Riggs,Silvia Kinkel
Thor, Vol. 1 - Coipel Olivier,J. Michael Straczynski
Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland
Artificial Sweethearts - 5 stars
The Perfectly Imperfect Match - 5 stars
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - 5 stars
Die Stadt der besonderen Kinder - 4 stars
Thor, Vol. 1 - 5 stars
Wilde Like Me - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them


Books started this month but haven't finished yet:  Ich, Eleanor Oliphant



I didn't expect it. I felt a bit of a reading slump coming but I powered through it. YOU GO, GIRL!!!! And I loved every single book I read this month.

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text 2017-08-01 00:38
July Wrap Up and Reading Challenge Update

Not so many books read in July but I managed to fulfil my criteria! This was the first month ever, I think. So my first book was in German (only my second for the year, naughty me), the recently published AchtNacht by Sebastian Fitzek. This is a story about a man and a woman who suddenly find themselves outlawed for one night and anyone is entitled to abduct, maim, torture or kill them but surprise, surprise, all is not as it seems. 

AchtNacht: Thriller - Sebastian Fitzek 


My non-fiction choice for July was Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. It doesn't have many similarities to the Netflix series but it was an interesting insider view of a minimum security women's prison.

Orange Is the new black : My time in a women's prison - Piper Kerman


Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky was my classic for this month. It was my first Russian classic ever and I enjoyed it enough to want to read more. 

 Crime And Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 


Just for fun I read Paul McAuley's Something Coming Through and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

 Something Coming Through - Paul McAuley 

 Fingersmith - Sarah Waters  



I have also almost finished Into Everywhere, the sequel to Something Coming Through but with 100 pages and just 20 minutes to go until midnight I am not going to finish it in July.


So, altogether, I am 13 books ahead of schedule but 5 German, 4 classic and 1 non-fiction book behind.

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text 2017-07-31 21:27
Booklikes-opoly | Game Wrap Up!!
Booklikes, the book blogging social platform


First order of this wrap up is to give a great big 'THANK YOU!!' to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for the great game they put together!  Booklikes-opoly was winning, and it has been an outstanding three and a half months of wonderful game play!  I read a few new authors that I will continue to check out books from, and I even managed to finish some book series and cut a lot of my already owned books off my TBR!

And to be honest, even up into April I was still kind of in a reading and blogging slump--a slump that started in November and didn't quit.  Booklikes-opoly changed that and I ended up finishing one book after another, pre-drafting a lot of game play posts, writing reviews... the works.

And to be honest, while I love reading, I think there came a point in the game where I just simply looked forward to the next roll--trying to figure out what book to read for each game space became a thing.

And then there was Magnetic Monkey, Teddy Bear Game Piece, and Peek-a-Boo Penni Penguin...  At first, Monkey was simply supposed to be a random magnetic decoration for my live game board.  But then I started finding reasons to play around, and he somehow became my game mascot!  I'm so delighted that a lot of you enjoyed my game play updates with Monkey and Friends, and so finding a new pose for Monkey became another thing I looked forward to on a regular basis.

So here they are one last time, wrapping up my game play with the final game stats:


Nothing fancy, just chilling around and showcasing the board!



Books Read for BLopoly





Some Final Ramblings


I counted all of the books that I read for Booklikes-opoly, whether or not I finished them, or even read the entire book.  That being said, there were only three books presented above that only counted partially towards the actual game.

False Memory by Dean Koontz was a book that I had started reading prior to the game start.  But the book itself is 700+ pages, and so even as I started participating in BLopoly, I was still reading False Memory.  During an unlucky roll where I ended up, first in Jail Visitor, and then in actual BLopoly Jail, I decided to read what I had left of False Memory to count for however many pages of sentencing I needed.  This worked out wonderfully!  I got out of jail, donated some pages, and then finally finished the darn book!

The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick was also a book I read for the purpose of donating some pages to the BLopoly prison library.  It was for the Memorial Day extras, and since I wanted to get the book read and turned into the library (as well as so I could move onto the next book in the series), I chose to read all of The Perfect Poison, even though I could only donate 100 pages of it.

The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber turned out to be my very first DNF book of the game, and for the year.  I didn't make it far, dropping the book at about 26%, which turned out to be about 63 pages.

My favorite reads for the game were the Brothers Sinister books by Courtney Milan.  I didn't read all of the books in this series for BLopoly, only the first and the last, which were my two favorite of the series anyway.  I also loved Deanna Raybourn's A Perilous UndertakingIt Had to Be You and Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis, and Ravished by Amanda Quick.

The longest book I read would be False Memory Dean Koontz at 751 pages... but I only read part of it for Prison reasons, so I'm not going to count it.  That places the actual longest book I read for this game as Northern Lights by Nora Roberts, at 562 pages.

The shortest book I read was Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai.


I only listened to two audio books for this game, but I did not have to employ the audio book exception to keep listening while moving onto the next roll... both were finished during the course of that roll due to multiple rolls or being in jail.

I managed to catch up with and/or finish about 9 series during the course of the game:

  • Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn
  • Aftershock by Jill Sorenson
  • Veronica Sloan by Leslie A. Kelly
  • Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan
  • The Line series by Kimberly Kincaid
  • Colorado High Country by Pamela Clare
  • The House of Steele by Addison Fox
  • ICE: Black Ops Defenders by Melissa Cutler
  • Extrasensory Agents by Leslie A. Kelly

I didn't read all the books in the above listed series for a BLopoly game space, but the last book in those series were read for the game.

I picked up 7 new authors during the course of the game:

  • Courtney Milan
  • Kate Morton
  • Jean Barrett
  • Leona Karr
  • Lisa Childs
  • Susanna Kearsley
  • Celeste Bradley

The stats could probably go on, so I'm going to cut it off here.  This post is already long enough as is.

I really hope there will be more games like this in the future.

Once again, another great big thanks to Obsidian Blue and Moonlight Reader--for creating this game, for all the work they put into it, for playing along with us, for all the fun new twists... pretty much for all of it!  You guys are the greatest!!



Final Bank, Update Links, Review Links

Final Bank:   $274



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/07/booklikes-opoly-game-wrap-up.html
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text 2017-07-31 19:32
Booklikes-opoly Wrap-Up

Thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting the Booklikes-opoly. It has been a whole lot of fun.


I kind of fell out of the game for the last two weeks (a reading slump has knocked me out for a whole week and after that I just felt like reading whatever I was in the mood for). Sorry for that.


My final bank account is $159.00, which isn´t to bad. I put a dent into my Agatha Christie books, during the game I read a whopping 6 Christies (mainly her stand-alone novels).


An honorable mention goes out to a book which I read for the Booklikes-opoly and yet I´m not able to count it for the game. I haven´t written a review for it and I´m not even trying to write one today with my cold. My brain just isn´t working properly.


My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozeki 


By far my favorite read of the Booklikes-opoly. It´s brilliant.

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