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text 2019-03-20 03:51
BookLikes Snakes and Ladders | Dice Roll #9 & #10

So while The Dragon and the Pearl was a fairly short book, it took a bit longer to read than I had thought it would.  Of course, this has been fairly routine for me these days, and unless I get a full day or two to myself, I rarely inhale books as quickly as I used to anymore.

Which is fine since I've been doing a lot of other non-bookish activities, as I've mentioned a couple times before.  The real-life socializing stuff came to an end, though, so that gave me a little bit more hours to do some serious reading.  =P  Between a good friend flying into town to visit, and taking my parents shopping for formal wear for my brother's wedding, it had been an overall great weekend!

And now onto the next dice roll!

 

 

 

BookLikes Snakes and Ladders



I'm progressing quite well up the board, I think, and having only hit one snake so far (a fairly harmless one, at that), I think my luck is at least holding.

My next roll got me a 7, which lands me on Square 59: ' Was published more than 10 years ago.'  For this book, I am utilizing the last book I've got hoarded for future use, Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare, which was published back in 2005, a good fourteen years ago.

 


Onward and upward!  With that square fulfilled, I went ahead and rolled once more and got another 7... with the same combination of numbers.  Interesting...  This took me to Square 66: 'Part of a series that is more than 10 books long.'

 


So this particular prompt took a little more research than I would have liked, but I came up with several options I haven't quite decided on yet.  My biggest requirement was that I wanted to stick to my Reading Assignment Challenge needs.  I've already read the one Professor Mix-It-Up book for this month.  And Professor AuthorLuv won't work either because Amanda Quick only has one long running 10+ book series, and I've already finished it.  So I did a cursory search for Historical fiction to satisfy the Professor Genre course, and it wasn't hard to find a bunch of historical mysteries ranging past 10 books.

 


The hard part was choosing which book I wanted to read, so I had to resort to a book draw after narrowing down to three possibilities:  Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry, and Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson.  I had also briefly considered reading the next historical romance in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt, but decided against it, on account of I was feeling more interested in the above three.

Using my all-purpose monkey post-its (not pictured here, sorry, maybe next time because I'm too lazy), I ended up choosing Murder on Astor Place.  This seems like an interesting historical/cozy mystery, set during "turn-of-the-century New York," which will be a new experience for me in the Historical fiction department.  If it turns out good, I'll have another series on my reading list to read from!

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

Books Read Pending Square Selection


Nothing here!

 

 

My Progress


Dates for each dice roll corresponds with respective update post.
Book titles link to reviews if written.
Completed books' covers (read and used for squares) following table.

 

Date Dice Roll Square/Prompt Book Title / Author Fits Square?
02/20
na
1.  Author is a woman Sweet Release by Pamela Clare Yes
02/22 (#1)
(2 + 4)
6
7.  Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D. Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare Yes
02/24 (#2)
(2 + 3)
5
12.  Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z. SEAL for Her Protection by Paige Tyler Yes
02/27 (#3)
(2 + 4)
6
18.  Set in a school Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger Yes
03/09 (#4)
(4 + 5)
9
27.  Set during WWI or WWII Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Yes
03/12 (#5)
(5 + 6)
11
38.  Newest release by a favorite author Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz Yes
03/12 (#6) (3 + 5)
8
46.  A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years Slightly Shady by Amanda Quick Yes
03/16 (#7)
(5 + 6)
11
57.  Was published more than 50 years ago Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart Yes
03/16 (#8)
(4 + 4)
8
65. Snake - go back to 52 n/a n/a
03/16
snake
52.  Has a tree or flower on the cover The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin Yes
03/19 (#9)
(2 + 5)
7
59.  Was published more than 10 years ago Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare Yes
03/19 (#10)
(2 + 5)
7
66.  Part of a series that is more than 10 books long Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson Yes
TBA
TBA
     
TBA
TBA
     

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/03/booklikes-snakes-and-ladders-dice-roll_19.html
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text 2019-03-19 22:09
Zombie apocalypse team

I don't have a Twitter account, but I saw this and thought it sounded fun. I have a genius doctor with occasional debilitating headaches and tinnitus (from a Korean show called Quiz from God), a con man (from Terry Pratchett's Going Postal), and a coffeehouse manager (from Cleo Coyle's On What Grounds). If the con man and doctor can help us talk our way into a safe place before we get overrun by zombies, we might be fine. Unfortunately, the coffeehouse manager and I would be utterly useless.

 

What about the rest of you?

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review 2019-03-19 19:55
Review: While You Sleep
While You Sleep - Stephanie Merritt

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

This one came to me in one of those “read it now for the first 200 members” emails. I love gothic thrillers when they’re movies, particularly ones with a Scottish setting. So why not give it a go? I really liked what I read enough to buy a finished hardback.

 

Not my usual type of read, but this one caught my interest right away. I was intrigued with the mystery surrounding the main character, Zoe. She seemed quite cold and standoffish. She comes to a remote Scottish island to rent a manor with a foreboding location and gloomy history looking to get away from a tragedy and a failing marriage. The writing is delicious and the whole thing has a delightfully creepy and murky atmosphere to it.

 

Like with any small town, I would imagine, a community where people have known each other forever, Zoe is an anomaly and the subject of curiosity. The locals obviously know a lot more about the manor she is renting than they do. A strange history and the sight of recent traumatic event as well. Nosy neighbours galore, and unwanted attention from creepy men, Zoe does her best to keep to herself and deal with her own drama.

 

Doesn’t happen, of course. She finds herself drawn into the mysteries of the manor, the history and starts to get to know some of the locals pretty well. There was a surprising and well written erotic element to the mystery side of things as well. The characters were well fleshed out and believable,  even the unlikeable ones.

 

There were quite a few surprising twists, one or two of them I worked out, but some of them managed to surprise me. The tension was exceptionally well built throughout. The imagery was really vivid and the writing made it very easy to picture what was going on. I would love to see this book made into a movie.

 

Highly recommended and really, really good.

 

Definitely an author I will read again.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the review copy.

 

 

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text 2019-03-19 04:48
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 3/18/2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!



I skipped last week's 'It's Monday!' if only because my progress had much to be desired... and I had also just posted my most recent BL Snakes and Ladders dice roll update, which had a lot of the same information I would have shared in this weekly meme.  Meanwhile, since I'm not slated to roll another set of dice yet, we resume our regularly scheduled programming of 'It's Monday!'  Yay!

In other news, my brother and I took my parents shopping for formal wear over the weekend.  Mom ended up with two dresses she loves that she can wear for my elder brother's wedding in a few months--one of the dresses has sequined sparkles!  Meanwhile, Dad had a custom suit fitting for the first time ever, exclaiming that he'd never bought clothing like that before.  My parents rarely ever get themselves anything nice, so it was a sweet treat for them and they were both quite happy!  Double yay!

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


I'm hoping to finish reading The Dragon and the Pearl soon since it's such a bite-sized book.  And now that friends have gone home and the weekend is over, and life is quieting down for a little while, I think that we'll manage.  Meanwhile, I've got three more books to finish reading for Reading Assignment Challenge, and I'm dearly hoping that my next Snakes and Ladders roll will indulge me... though it's hard to say since we're now getting into prompts that don't seem agreeable with the books I'd like to read.

I may spend some time doing some searching for other possible books for all the possible square prompts I've yet to get to.  Otherwise, just some reviews being planned once I finish reading some books.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-3182019.html
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review 2019-03-18 23:14
Prank Craigslist ads, and this subsequent book of responding emails, reveal there are a lot of people out there willing to do just about anything
Race Me in a Lobster Suit - Kelly Mahon

This is a crazy book, just no other way to put it.
If you saw ‘Pranked’ which was on TV or ‘Crank Yankers’ which was a puppet TV show based on prank-calling, you will get the idea of this, which is based on the author posting prank ads on Craigslist. The resulting email ‘conversations’ from those ads are contained within this book, and if you hate the idea of unsuspecting people being strung along on fall pretenses, this isn’t for you.
If you can put all seriousness aside and maybe have a few minutes at a time to read it (in the guest room? the loo?), you will probably read this with eyes widened and emit a chuckle or two.

If you look at this too seriously you will see that lots of people wasted their time engaging in the banter necessary for this book:
People actually entertaining the idea of dressing up snakes for a fashion show. Seriously considering crocheting someone into a cocoon for the winter. Pretending to be someone’s made-up partner to be taken along to a work party. Sitting for a tea party dressed like a doll.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fact that these people were strung along for the sake of author Kelly Mahon’s crazy idea for a book. BUT just like you can’t look away from a car crash on the highway, it’s hard not to read this and marvel WHY people are even considering doing these things. Some of them are so outlandish and ridiculous that I can’t even believe they would do them for money, let alone free. But it takes all sorts to make this world interesting, right?

I don’t think Mahon put this together with any malicious intent, but a laugh at others’ expense is hard to absorb. That said, if you answer an ad for racing in a lobster suit, you sound like you’re up for anything (or at least maybe a laugh)

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38116996-the-past-and-other-things-that-should-stay-buried
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