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text 2017-06-23 18:27
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne

I can't wait for these two to hit the road and begin their journey. Very exciting. There's something very engaging about Verne's style.

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text 2017-06-23 18:00
My Free Friday Book! Hoodoo Harry by Joe Lansdale
Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdale

This is a short novella, so I should be able to finish it over the weekend! My Booklikes-opoly Bank account is as sad as my real one! This will be a nice way for me to make a deposit. 

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review 2017-06-23 17:22
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

She knew that the people who read her blog were not the same people who attended her diversity workshops. During her talks, she said: “America has made great progress for which we should be very proud.” In her blog she wrote: Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.

 

This quote is just one of the great insights into race relations that the protagonist, Ifemelu, posted on her blog, written primarily for the non-American black, which she herself is, having come to the US from Nigeria.

 

The novel begins with Ifemelu thinking about her blog when on the way to a hair appointment. I mention the hair appointment because hair is a theme that runs throughout the narrative. It’s a metaphor for the life of a black immigrant in America and a surprisingly good one. It highlighted the lengths that are sometimes necessary for people to go to to fit in and be accepted.

 

At its core this novel is a love story, although not a typical one. The narrative moves back and forward through time describing Ifemelu’s adolescence in Nigeria and her developing relationship with Obinze, a boy she meets locally. Her family, friends and other’s occupy more than just a guest spot. They’re expertly described and add to this rich narrative.

 

This novel isn’t just a story about Ifemeu but also charts the early life of Obinze, her soon-to-be boyfriend. Granted, there are more chapters from the POV of Ifemelu, but we get a fair amount told by Obinze, which brought authenticity and objectiveness to the novel.

 

For me this book was as close to perfect as it’s possible to get in a novel. The prose flowed in a way that made it a joy to read and the characters were written with such expertise that regardless of fault I fell in love with them.

 

I plan to read everything I can get my hands on from this author and highly recommend that you do the same.

 

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text 2017-06-23 16:47
HP's BL-opoly - 8th Round

I love it when my reading life times so perfectly with my real life. I finished Round 7 just in time to start a new book for my trip out of town, to celebrate Father's Day a week late with my family. Not sure how much book reading time I'll have, but at least I won't be trying to finish and write a book review on my last one at the same time. 

 

Round 8 (June 23-?, 2017)

 

Dice Roll: 4

Square: Cars Land 18: Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013, or 2014, the years of Cars and its sequels, or that has a car on the cover.

Book Chosen: The Concrete Grove - Gary McMahon 

Pages: 432

Payout: $5

The Concrete Grove - Gary McMahon 

 

I rarely buy or read e-books, but I think I picked this one up a few years ago on Char's recommendation, when it was a freebie or on sale or something. Reviewing the synopsis and skimming some reviews, I'm a little dubious, but Char hasn't steered me wrong yet, when it comes to horror. This book fits the square because it was published in 2011. 

 

 

Round 7 (June 7-23, 2017)

 

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles 14: Read a book that involves overseas travel, or that has a suitcase on the cover

Book Read: On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

Pages: 256

Payout: $3

Ending Bank: $50

 

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Round 6 (June 3-4, 2017)

Reading concurrently with Round 5 (one audio, one bound).

 

Dice Roll: 4

Square: Mystery 8: Read a book that is tagged mystery or has a title that begins with any letter in the word “CLUE”

Book Read: The Fold by Peter Clines

Pages: 384

Payout: $3

Ending Bank: $47

 

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Round 5 (May 25-June 4, 2017)

Reading concurrently with Round 6 (one audio, one bound).

 

Dice Roll: 9

Square: Frontierland 2: Read a book with a main character who knows how to handle a gun, or where someone is shot

 

Book Read: Shane by Jack Schaefer (paperback)

Pages: 432

Payout: $5

Ending Bank: $44

 

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Round 4 (May 23-June 1, 2017)

Reading concurrently with Round 5 (one audio, one bound).

 

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Paradise Pier 30: Read a book with a twist, or that is tagged “suspense” on GR, or that has more than 555 pages

 

Book Read: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (audiobook)

Pages: 582

Payout: $5

Gift from Ani’s Book Abyss $5

 

Ending Bank: $39

 

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4th Round Pick

4th Round book review

 

Round 3 (May 11-May 22, 2017)

Dice Roll: 10

Square: Adventureland 24: Take the Jungle Cruise. Read a book set in Africa or Asia, or that has an exotic animal on the cover

 

Book Read: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

Pages: 276

Payout:$3

 

Ending Bank: $29

 

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Round 2 (April 19-May 11, 2017)

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Additional Task 15: Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!

 

Book Read: The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Pages: 512

Payout: $5

 

Ending Bank 5/11/17: $26

 

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2nd Round Pick

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Round 1 (April 17, 2017)

Dice Roll: 9

Square: Fantasyland 9: Read a book that is tagged Genre: Fantasy or Fairy Tale on GR

 

Book Read: Dream Weaver by Michael Hague and Jane Yolen

Pages: 80

Payout: $1

 

Ending Bank 4/17/17: $21

 

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review 2017-06-23 16:00
On Canaan’s Side ★★★☆☆
On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry

I had a lot I wanted to say about this book, as I had just finished it, but then I got into a long, work-related conversation with a colleague, and now I find my brain mostly empty of thoughts where this book is concerned. That, perhaps, is a good indicator of how deeply affected I was by it. Mostly how I felt, by the end, was as though I was covered in a heavy smothering blanket of depression. Perhaps that’s the point. Perhaps that was the author’s goal in writing this book. When I read “literary” novels, this seems to be how I most often feel, with the second most common emotion being impatient annoyance. The latter is most common in the ones that I’m not even able to finish reading.

 

On Canaan’s Side seems to be about grief and loss and the pointlessness of actually making human connections in life, when at the end everybody you loved is gone or has betrayed you in some way. There is some beautiful language and gorgeous descriptions of setting and emotions. The author chose to express some of these in stream-of-consciousness style of run-on sentences that literally went on as long as 1 ½ pages of text. Fortunately, these were mostly confined to the first and last few chapters, with the middle third of the book written in a snappier style that moved the plot and story (such as it was) along in a more tolerable fashion.

 

When I was a teenager, we had a saying that encompassed all the angst of that age: “Life’s a bitch, and then you die”. That’s pretty much how I felt by the end of this book.

 

Hardcover version, purchased as a circulation discard from a Friends of the Library sale. I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoloy challenge, for the square Trains, Planes, & Automobiles 14: Read a book that involves overseas travel, or that has a suitcase on the cover.  There is a brief description of the main character’s overseas journey from Ireland to America, and two other characters journey overseas for the Vietnam and Gulf wars.

 

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6/29/17 182/272 pg

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