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text 2020-07-04 17:30
Booklikesopoly Pandemic Edition: 7th roll

No pictures in this update, and also no attempts to include any of Booklikes' links or linking images, because I don't think I could stand the frustration. Plus, I don't want to tempt the site to just time out. Booklikes is still working incredibly slowly for me.

 

Anyway, I finished How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Vol. 1 (374 pages), so that gets me another $3.

 

Bank: $40

1st roll: 1 + 3 = 4 (Ascendance of a Bookworm, Part 1, Vol. 3, 428 pages, $5)

2nd roll: 4 + 3 = 7 (The Gamekeeper's Lady, 283 pages, $3

3rd roll: 5 + 6 = 11 (The Accidental Demon Slayer, 292 pages, $3)

4th roll: 1 + 4 = 5 (The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1, 329 pages, $3)

5th roll: 2 + 4 = 6 (Heart Change by Robin D. Owens, 368 pages, $3)

6th roll: 5 + 1 = 6 (How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Vol. 1, 374 pages, $3)

 

7th roll: 3 + 1 = 4

 

I was on spot 36. This gets me past GO (earn $5 automatically) and onto to Spot 3, School's Out for Summer. Requirements:

 

Read a book set in a school or a college, or that is considered a "classic" (any criteria you want), or that is frequently banned.

 

As much as I like Murderbot, I don't think the series has made its way onto any "classics" lists yet, so once again I can't choose Artificial Condition. I'm honestly not sure what books I own that would both work for this and fit my current mood. Most of the YA I own isn't contemporary-set and might not take place in a school. I could maybe reread M.C.A. Hogarth's Mindtouch, but I'm kind of in the mood for something new. I don't know, I'll have to think about it.

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text 2020-06-27 02:35
BLopoly Update 10

Bank: $44

 

 

I decided to listen to an audiobook for my last square, so I rolled again today and got my first doubles!

 

This may not quite be what is intended, but Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey is being marketed as a "western", even though it's a future with lawlessness and bandits. I think Sarah Gailey fits the author criterion anyway.

Upright Women Wanted - Sarah Gailey 

 

Not sure about this one.  Ooh, maybe I can fit The Golden Compass in! Lyra's a pretty strong female lead character.

 

Rolls:

2020-05-26 Stay-cation 7: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, 390 pages, $3

2020-05-29 Beach Week 11: Skipped

2020-05-30 Mountain Cabin 18: Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins, 277 pages, $3

2020-06-03 The Lake House 20: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters, 497 pages, $5

2020-06-07 The Summer Blockbuster 27: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein, 176 pages, $2

2020-06-10 Chance 34: Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis, 368 pages, $3

Pass go, $5

2020-06-15 School's out 4: Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell, 368 pages, $3

2020-06-19 Just Visiting Jail: Scorpions in Corinth by J M Alvey, 432 pages, $5 for bail fund

2020-06-24 Mountain Cabin 16: Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey (audiobook)

2020-06-26 (1) Mountain Cabin 18:

2020-06-26 (2) The Lake House 22:

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text 2020-06-26 05:33
Booklikesopoly Pandemic Edition: 6th roll

Books read for the game so far:

Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 3 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof The Gamekeeper's Lady - Ann Lethbridge  The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox  The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1 - Carlo Collodi,Emily Balistrieri,Kevin Steinbach  Heart Change - Robin D. Owens  

 

Bank: $37

 

1st roll: 1 + 3 = 4 (Ascendance of a Bookworm, Part 1, Vol. 3, 428 pages, $5)

2nd roll: 4 + 3 = 7 (The Gamekeeper's Lady, 283 pages, $3

3rd roll: 5 + 6 = 11 (The Accidental Demon Slayer, 292 pages, $3)

4th roll: 1 + 4 = 5 (The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1, 329 pages, $3)

5th roll: 2 + 4 = 6 (Heart Change by Robin D. Owens, 368 pages, $3)

6th roll: 5 + 1 = 6

 

I was on spot 30, so this puts me on spot 36, European Vacation - not quite far enough to pass Go and collect a little extra money. Darn. The requirements:

 

Read a book that involves travel to Europe, or that has an image of any European city or monument on the cover, or that the letters of the title can spell the name of any European city that I visited in my trip (Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Geneva, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Barcelona).

 

Nice, that's broader than I thought when I first started reading the requirements. And OMG, it still won't let me read Martha Wells' Artificial Condition.

 

A lot of my Japanese light novels have long titles that almost certainly have all the letters necessary to spell at least one of these city names, so I may be going with one of those. Heart Change gave me enough of a break that I think I can handle it.

 

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text 2020-06-25 03:41
BLopoly Update 9

Bank: $44

 

 

So as I see it, I can either finish L'Enigme des Blancs-Manteaux (assuming that's allowed), listen to Cibola Burn, or pick a mystery I've been meaning to read. I'm open to suggestions.

 

Rolls:

2020-05-26 Stay-cation 7: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, 390 pages, $3

2020-05-29 Beach Week 11: Skipped

2020-05-30 Mountain Cabin 18: Icy Clutches by Aaron Elkins, 277 pages, $3

2020-06-03 The Lake House 20: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters, 497 pages, $5

2020-06-07 The Summer Blockbuster 27: Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein, 176 pages, $2

2020-06-10 Chance 34: Poseidon's Gold by Lindsey Davis, 368 pages, $3

Pass go, $5

2020-06-15 School's out 4: Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell, 368 pages, $3

2020-06-19 Just Visiting Jail: Scorpions in Corinth by J M Alvey, 432 pages, $5 for bail fund

2020-06-24 Mountain Cabin 16

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text 2020-06-21 03:57
Booklikesopoly Pandemic Edition: 5th roll

Books read for the game so far:

Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 3 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof The Gamekeeper's Lady - Ann Lethbridge  The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox  The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1 - Carlo Collodi,Emily Balistrieri,Kevin Steinbach  

 

Bank: $34

 

1st roll: 1 + 3 = 4 (Ascendance of a Bookworm, Part 1, Vol. 3, 428 pages, $5)

2nd roll: 4 + 3 = 7 (The Gamekeeper's Lady, 283 pages, $3

3rd roll: 5 + 6 = 11 (The Accidental Demon Slayer, 292 pages, $3)

4th roll: 1 + 4 = 5 (The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1, 329 pages, $3)

5th roll: 2 + 4 = 6 

 

I was on spot 25, so this puts me on spot 30, the Summer Romance.

 

Read a book with fruit or pastries on the cover or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in LOVE.

 

Okay, this game is definitely messing with me. Once again, there's no way I can fit a Murderbot book into this.

 

It's quite possible that I have a book somewhere in my collection that fits the first requirement, but the second one is quicker and easier to work with, so I'll probably go with something that fits that.

 

I could do a reread (one of Fuyumi Ono's Twelve Kingdoms books) or something new. I'm leaning towards new. Some possibilities:

 

- Masquerade and the Nameless Women by Eiji Mikage

- The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

- One of Lois McMaster Bujould's Vorkosigan books (I've read a couple and enjoyed them)

- Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

- Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe

 

And that's just the stuff I can see in the closest bookcase, without moving anything around.

 

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