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text 2019-03-18 02:56
My Game Card for Snakes and Ladders

Update for 3/17  

My Official Post for Snakes and Ladders

 

My Marker is the Palm Tree W/Coconuts

 



⇝1. Author is a woman~ 

 

Read:  The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose (finished 2/22/19) Which is not by a woman so I rolled only one dice or die...

 

You rolled 1 die:
5
Timestamp: 2019-02-22 22:42:39 UTC
 

this takes me to Number #6

 
 
2. Genre: mystery
3. Set in the twentieth century
4. Published in 2019
5. Published in 2018
⇝6. Title has a color word in it~ 
 

Read:  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (finished 2/24/19) Which has Silver in the title so I can go up the ladder to  #27


7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.
8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.
9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K
10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O
11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S
12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
13. Author is a man
14. Author is dead
15. Genre: romance
16. Genre: fantasy 
17. Genre: horror
18. Set in a school
19. Set in the UK
20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence
21. Set in Europe
22. Set in Asia
23. Set in Australia/Oceania
24. Set in Africa
25. Snake - go back to 5
26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long
⇝27. Set during WWI or WWII
 

Read:  Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman  --I thought this was a book leading up to WWII, but it turns out its about 8 yrs. before it...so I'm only rolling one Die.

 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 1 die:

4

 

Timestamp: 2019-03-01 20:50:43 UTC

 

Which takes me to #31


28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane
30. Someone travels by train
⇝31. Road trip
 

 

Read:  Beartown by Fredrik Backman  --A road trip occurs when the Hockey Team travels to an away game (Finished 0304/19)

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

4 6

Timestamp: 2019-03-05 00:11:31 UTC

 

Which takes me to #41 


32. Genre: thriller
33. Set in North America
34. Snake - go back to 1
35. Has been adapted as a movie
36. Set in Central or South America
37. Has won an award
38. Newest release by a favorite author
39. A reread
40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry
⇝41. Characters involved in politics
 

Read: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which has all sorts of political intrigue (Finished 03/08/19) This takes me to #45

 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
1 3
Timestamp: 2019-03-08 14:59:35 UTC

 

This takes me to #45

 


42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry
43. Characters involved in the law
44. Characters involved in cooking/baking
43. Characters involved in medicine
44. Characters involved in science/technology
⇝45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year
 

Reading:  If You Dare by Deanna Madden --This whole series has been on my TBR for more than a year (Finished 03/11/19)

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

5 2

Timestamp: 2019-03-12 21:18:13 UTC

 

Which takes me to #52.

 

 


46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years
47. Snake - go back to 19
48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.
49. Recommended by a friend
50. Has a domestic animal on the cover
51. Has a wild animal on the cover
⇝52. Has a tree or flower on the cover~
 

Read The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch because it has a tree on the cover. (Finished 03/16/18) 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

5 6

Timestamp: 2019-03-17 01:26:01 UTC

 

Which takes me to #63


53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover
54. Is more than 400 pages long
55. Is more than 500 pages long
56. Was published more than 100 years ago
57. Was published more than 50 years ago
58. Was published more than 25 years ago
59. Was published more than 10 years ago
60. Was published last year/
61. Cover is more than 50% red
62. Cover is more than 50% green
⇝63. Cover is more than 50% blue

 

Reading The Exes Revenge by Jo Jakeman for the blue cover.

 


64. Cover is more than 50% yellow
65. Snake - go back to 52
66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long
67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)
68. Something related to weddings on the cover
69. Something related to travel on the cover
70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover
71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake
72. Involves the mountains/forests
73. Categorized as YA
74. Categorized as Middle Grade
75. Set in a fantasy world
76. Set in a world with magic
77. Has a "food" word in the title
78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)
79. Main character is a woman
80. Main character is a man
81. Ghost story
82. Genre: urban fantasy
83. Genre: cozy mystery
84. Genre: police procedural
85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books
86. Author's debut book
87. Snake - go back to 57
88. Comic/graphic novel
89. Published between 2000 and 2017
90. A new-to-you author
91. Snake - go back to 61
92. Reread of a childhood favorite
93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)
94. Non-fiction
95. Memoir
96. From your favorite genre
97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE
98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS
99. Snake - go back to 69
100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

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photo 2019-03-17 20:45

Escena en el Jardin (Date unknown) by Emilio Sala Frances (1850-1910) [x]

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text 2019-03-17 20:22
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 912 pages.
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan

 

 

It always takes a little while to get re-oriented in Jordan's world--he follows so many characters in such detail!

 

But so far, I have always found my footing quickly and get re-invested in the plot nicely.

 

 

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review 2019-03-16 23:46
If I'm going to keep reviewing this series...
Collateral Damage (Criminal Intentions, Season One #8) - Cole McCade

than I think I need to invest in a Thesaurus...because really how many ways can one say "I f*ing love these men, these stories...I can't get enough of them." I mean come on I admit it I'm even starting to sound like a broken record to me...but, facts is facts and fact is I'm a fan of 'Criminal Intentions' 100% bona fide fan.

 

'Collateral Damage' is Episode 8 of Season 1 and  more than any thing that's come before this story it has a much more relationship driven plot...one that shows Mal and Seong-Jae's relationship becoming more solid...

"So," Malcolm drawled, "you're admitting you actually like me, instead of just tolerate me because I cook for you."

"You are beginning to grow on me."

"Yeah?" Malcolm's grin widened--and he nosed past Seong-Jae's hand, nudging it out of the way as he leaned in closer. "I'll call that progress. Just last week you hated me."

Must be love, right? right? Well at least it is on my part because I love the banter (insert pillow talk) between these two men. It's affectionately snarky as only Mal and Seong-Jae can do.

 

And to top it all off they work well as a team when they're outside of the bedroom too. This episode may have been a bit more relationship driven but there was still a solid crime to be solved as well. As well as some smaller threads that are carrying forward from previous episodes...things like how's Gabi doing with her new job and roommate? What's up with that guy who's still working at the DAs office? Are Mal and Sade ever going to get their friendship back on track? And what's up with Sade and Huang...ok, this one wasn't touched upon in this episode...but inquiring minds really do want to know? and there are things more things...but you have to read the episodes to find out.

 

Once again the criminal case involved a parent and child and while I don't want to spoil this for anyone who hasn't read it yet, I will say that the ending had a bit of a surprise to it and thankfully I had episode 9 ready to go on my e-reader.

 

So what didn't I like about this story...it was too short...sorry, but that's really my only problem and thanks to episode 9 being available it quickly became a problem solved.

 

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An ARC of Criminal Intentions: S1, E8: Collateral Damage was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-03-16 22:55
Well that was...different...interesting and...
Far From Home (Belladonna Ink #1) - Jill Eileen Smith,Lorelie Brown

a big step outside of my comfort zone, which is something that I think does a mind, body and soul good from time to time. 

 

So what was so different about this story for me, you might ask yourself...well there are two things...

1. It's narrated by a woman.

2. It's a f/f story of which I've only ever read one other. 

 

f/f stories as a rule just aren't my thing which is the biggest reason why I haven't listened to many...ok, any female narrators. I tend to listen to audiobooks from the m/m genre and for me listening to a woman do the voices for an audio book that's predominantly m/m doesn't work any more than listening to a man do a f/f story would...so this is totally on me...personal preference and nothing else...no good or bad involved here.

 

And now here I sit having listened to an audio book that for a few reasons caught my attention...

The first one being the narrator...seriously this was the FIRST TIME EVER!!! that I listened to the full audio sample on the first try with a female narrator...so good on you, Jill Smith... I was impressed and my attention was captured.

 

The next reason being the story...it sounded sweet and pretend girlfriend/boyfriend is  one of those tropes that I like and in this case it was more like pretend spouses giving it the potential for some really cute and humorous moments to balance out the more serious issue which was Rachel's struggles with anorexia.

 

As with any story there were things I liked and things I didn't...I liked Pari and I especially liked the relationship between her mother and her. It wasn't perfect but there was a definite sense of a strong and positive mother/daughter bond between them even when they were not of like minds.

 

I liked that while Pari might have been living in America we were given a successful and strong female character who wasn't 'simply an American' but an immigrant who came to the the United States to follow her dreams...novel concept there...I'm sure it's never happened in the real world, right? ;)

 

Ok, so as much as I like Pari and her mom and I also enjoyed some of the interactions between Pari and Rachel...what I struggled with was Rachel. I really wanted to love this character. I know I felt bad for her...she struggled with her anorexia and she was trying so damned hard to beat it and maybe if the story hadn't come strictly from her perspective I would have seen her as a really courageous young lady rather than having her turn into someone who for me started to sound a bit whiny and seemed to be experiencing a bit of 'poor me' syndrome. I really, really didn't want that image of her but that's what I ended up with.

 

Even more than the overkill on the anorexia, sorry but really sometimes less is more and if Rachel had a bit more diversity to her thoughts than 'musings on her anorexia' and all the reasons that she was attracted to Pari...because yes we have a case of insta-lust with a good dose of GFY going on here. Rachel was straight...not bi...straight as can be attested to but the considerable number of men she's slept with...hey, those are basically her words not mine.

 

I actually finished this book a couple of days ago and was left with a ratings quandary because if I rated this with total honesty and accuracy it would probably go something like this...

Story concept...4 stars

Story execution...2.5 stars

Narration...5 stars (ok, a little biased here because first time ever female narrator that I liked enough to listen not only to the sample but the whole damned book!!!)

 

So at the end of it all I'm calling it a day with an overall average of 3 stars which still when you think about it for someone who rarely and I do mean rarely ventures into the world of f/f and who was listening to an audio book narrated by a woman for the first time EVER!!! I think this ended fairly well...will I suddenly start listening to this genre on a regular basis...I doubt it...will I venture out of my snugly little m/m box to try something else in future...why not? One never knows what they'll find if they just step out side of the box.

 

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An audio book of 'Far From Home' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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