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text 2017-04-30 12:53
I Flunked Out on Dewey

Not a book finished, although not for a lack of trying on my part. I am still working through Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau and I DNF The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart. I am just too antsy/anxious/excited for RT to concentrate on reading. I haven't packed yet, have a bunch of documents to print out, laundry to put away, and need to take kids to a birthday party today. So when I am stressed, I de-clutter...the only thing that got done this morning was re-organizing the kids' art and craft supplies containers.


I hope to be better at reading once I am on the plane and there are no other distractions around me. I have five books to read for Booklikes-opoly, so I already have my flight TBR.

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text 2017-04-30 12:24
My Dewey Bonus Reads

After a dig through the TBR, I came up with the following for my Dewey's bonus reads:



For the first square:

I'm going with Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian.  I'm not 100% certain it's a real ghost, but the title and the summary all allude to a ghost story as part of the plot.


Michelangelo's Ghost - Gigi PandianCan treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost?

A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance. A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story. And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters…

When Jaya’s old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy’s Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long-dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends, and old enemies—who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?


For the second square:

I found a book that covers both the tree on the cover and the author's initials in "TARZAN":  August Folly by Angela Thirkell  


August Folly (Virago Modern Classics) - Angela Thirkell

In this delightful summertime comedy from Angela Thirkell's classic 1930s Barsetshire series, Oxford student Richard Tebben is won over by the dashing Dean family   It is August in the Barsetshire village of Worsted, and Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, is contemplating the gloomy prospect of a long summer in the parental home. But the numerous and impossibly glamorous Dean family—exquisite Rachel, her capable husband, and six of their nine brilliant children—have come for the holidays, and their hostess Mrs. Palmer plans to rope everyone into performing in her disastrous annual Greek play. Surrounded by the appealing, irrepressible Deans, Richard and his sister Margaret cannot help but have their minds broadened, spirits raised, and hearts smitten.


And finally, for the last square:  Blade Bound by Chloe Neill which takes place in Chicago, with its El.  This one makes me the happiest, because I'm dying to read this one.


Blade Bound - Chloe NeillThe thirteenth and final book in the New York Times bestselling series featuring Merit and Ethan.

Since Merit was turned into a vampire at the tender age of twenty-seven, she’s become the protector of House Cadogan and saved the city of Chicago over and over again. Through it all, she’s had her lover, and friend, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

But then Ethan is violently attacked, seemingly by someone in the throes of a dark magic. And as that magic spreads across the city, Merit finds herself in a fight to the death for everything she loves.

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review 2017-04-30 11:51
Against the Paw (Paw Enforcement, #4)
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I generally like this series; I think the story lines are better than average and the characters are people you can get behind.


Against the Paw is probably the least cozy of the 4 I've read, venturing into the slightly darker territory of voyeurism.  As a police officer, Megan has the agency to investigate, and she does so more or less realistically (the last scene dings credibility a bit).


I still find the dog POV chapters weird, but they are super short so it's easy to over look it. It's obvious Kelly has done her research; unfortunately I found it a little too obvious.  There's a bit of over-explaining done about the law and about the honour of being a police officer and it makes the narrative lean towards the clunky.


Generally though, it was a good read and I'll happily read the next one.





Page Count:  352

Virtual dollars: $3.00

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text 2017-04-30 11:50
BookLikes-opoly: Bank, Board and Running History

I'll use this post to update my bank and keep track of how I roll.  

(I put previous dates in spoiler tags to try to keep the length down.)



Current roll:

April 28th

Balance Brought Forward: $44.00


Roll: 5

Space #17: Mystery Square

Category: Read a book that is tagged cozy mystery.

Page count: 352

$$:  $3.00


Current Bank: $47.00


New Bank Balance: $47.00





Previous rolls:


April 25th


Bank Balance: $34.00

Roll: 5

Space #: BookLikes Square

Category: Roll the dice and do the task:

#7:  Double your dollars on your next read!

Page count: 514

$$:  $5.00  $10.00

Current Bank: $44.00

(spoiler show)




April 23st


Bank Balance: $29.00

Roll: 12 (double sixes)

Space #: 34

Category: TomorrowLand:  Read a book tagged Middle Grade or YA, or has a child or children's toy on the cover.

Page count: 160

$$:  $2.00


Doubles roll again:

Space #:  8

Category:  "?":  Read a mystery or a book with a title starting with any of the letters in CLUE

Page count: 220

$$:  $3.00

Current Bank: $34.00

(spoiler show)




April 21st


Bank Balance: $26.00

Roll: 11

Space #: FREE PARKING  (roll again: even #: electric co. / odd #: water works)

Free Parking Roll:  7  (Odd Number)

Space #: 23

Category:  WaterWorks:  Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.

Page count: 319

$$:  $3.00

Current Bank: $29.00

(spoiler show)




April 17th


Starting Bank: $23.00

Roll: 11

Space #: 18

Category: Carsland - Read a book published in any year a Cars movie was made: 2006, 2011, 2013 or 2014 or read a book with a car on the cover.

Page count: 262

$$:  $3.00

Current Bank: $26.00

(spoiler show)




April 15th


Starting Bank: $20.00                   

Roll: 8

Space #: 8

Category: Mystery 
Page Count:  216

$$: $3.00

Current Bank: $23.00

(spoiler show)



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text 2017-04-30 06:27
BookLikes-opoly: Dewey's Bonus Rolls

Do to all the drama here on my homefront, I missed out on Moonlight Reader's post about the Dewey's bonus until today, as I've only been checking my notifications here, and have only now been able to sit down and read my dashboard.


Since technically it's still Saturday in the US, I'm hoping it's ok that I squeak in at the last minute.  


Bonus roll #1:


Bonus roll #2:


Bonus roll #3:



Which landed me on, respectively, the following three squares:


I know what I'm going to read for the Monorail space but I still have to figure out the first two, so I'll do a separate post, or update this one, when I've chosen the books.  


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