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text 2019-03-19 01:48
Snakes and Ladders

Snakes - 1

Ladders - 1




Again, luck is with me, a book I'm set to read fits for this! And I get to climb the ladder! Woo-hoo! Maybe hitting that snake was a good thing, lol.



20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence - Six Impossible Things by Elizabeth Boyle (England)



1. Author is a woman - Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018 - The Highlander Who Protected Me by Vanessa Kelly

6. Title has a color word in it

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 - Embers by Helen Kirkman

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 - Furry Logic by Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy - Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

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

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

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

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

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

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

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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review 2019-03-19 01:33
Ch6 and Conclusion
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Liz Kalaugher,Matin Durrani

If the cuckoo egg hatches first, the early-bird chick pushes its rival eggs out of the nest. Now it can catch the worm – it’s won the undivided attention of its new foster-parents. And if the cuckoo emerges after the host bird’s chicks, it shoves its step-brothers and sisters over the edge to their death.


I had no idea the cuckoo was so hardcore, dang. 


the strike rate of one species is more than 94 per cent.


I thought the experiment of seeing if the fish is born with the ability or has to practice was interesting but then saying they only did it once and then ran out of funding kind of gives it a flat ending. 


And if your diving buddy is pale, you’ll have noticed their face turn green and their lips blacken as you sink deeper.


Yeah, this is creeeeeepy!


This is one of the disturbing things about doing underwater research, Johnsen says: something can be the size of a 747 Jumbo Jet and only 3m (10ft) away, yet it’s impossible to see. ‘That’s true underwater all the time,’ he adds. ‘Even if the water seems quite clear, you’re never going to see more than about 100m [330ft].


Reading about the depths that some of these creatures live in the ocean (up to 3,300ft for octopus) is a great reminder for how vast ocean life is and how much we do not know about it. I feel like I need to watch the movie Abyss again, lol. 


I don't know, I thought this last chapter was the least interesting of all. Maybe light refracting is just not as interesting to me but I felt like there was some whiffing on details and depth. The first half was vastly better to me than this latter half. I thought there was some fascinating information in here but I found myself furthering my research from other sources because this didn't provide enough. However, like I mentioned, I am a visual learner so, I'm naturally more inclined to get more out of YouTube and other videos. Definitely wasn't to technical and would worked great as a baseline informational read. I still can't help feeling the last two to three chapters lost the energy of the first. 


Updates with comments and quotes:


Intro & Ch 1


Ch 2 & 3


Ch 4 & 5


Thanks to Flat Book Society for letting me hop into another buddy read!


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text 2019-03-19 00:31
Snakes and Ladders Update #8


I finished A Night to Surrender which had two main characters, a man and a woman, so I used it to roll 2 dice. I got a 2 and 2, putting me on square 84 for genre: police procedural. I didn't have any books fitting that, so I used An Anonymous Girl to roll 1 die and got a 5, putting me on square 89 for a book published between 2000 and 2017. That one shouldn't be hard to get, so I'll have to see what book I can find that fits and I'm in the mood for reading.


Currently Reading:

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence - Kristen Ghodsee   


Completed, but Holding for Later Use:

On the Come Up - Angie Thomas


1. Author is a woman - 99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne - Rolled 3 & 2

6. Title has a color word in it - Little White Lies - Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Climbed ladder

27. Set during WWI or WWII - Girl in the Blue Coat - Monica Hesse - Rolled 2 & 1

30. Someone travels by train - Resistance - Jennifer A. Nielsen - Rolled 1 & 1

32. Genre: thriller - Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes - Rolled 4 & 6

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry - Tradition - Brendan Kiely - Rolled 1 & 5

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019 - Cold-Hearted Rake - Lisa Kleypas - Rolled 2 & 1

51. Has a wild animal on the cover - Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution - Giulia Sagramola,KaeLyn Rich - Rolled 6

57. Was published more than 50 years ago - Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit - Jaye Robin Brown - Rolled 4

61. Cover is more than 50% red - The Vanishing Stair - Maureen Johnson  - Rolled 3 & 1

65. Snake - go back to 52

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover - Marrying Winterborne - Lisa Kleypas - Rolled 4 & 6

62. Cover is more than 50% green - Blood Rose Rebellion - Rosalyn Eves - Rolled 4

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long - Devil in Spring - Lisa Kleypas - Rolled 6

72. Involves the mountains/forests - The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton - Rolled 6 & 2

80. Main character is a man - A Night to Surrender - Tessa Dare - Rolled 2 & 2

84. Genre: police procedural - An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen - Rolled 5

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

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text 2019-03-18 15:09
Ch 4 & 5
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Liz Kalaugher,Matin Durrani

In 2003 the British composer Sarah Angliss held an experimental concert at London’s Purcell Room, playing music laced with infrasound at a frequency of 17Hz. More than a fifth of the audience claimed to have felt anxious, scared or sorrowful, or to have sensed chills down the spine. 


I find stuff like this so interesting, you know the military is experimenting with infrasound. I can't really remember but a couple years ago, was that in Cuba? where people in the embassy thought something like infrasound was used against them? I always wonder about things out there that humans can't organically detect and science isn't there yet. I wouldn't have liked to have been a human guinea pig in the experimental concert.


Others emit sound at a frequency they can’t hear – at least, not until the noise bounces back.


Planes always play havoc on my ears, they become very plugged. It is difficult to talk without hearing myself, I'm uncertain about how much to regulate my volume. Bats that are emitting sounds they can't hear, to use, is wacky to me. How do they trust they are really doing it and correctly??


Many moths have developed ears that hear ultrasound to warn of hunting bats. Fighting back works: moths that have ears tend to be preyed on less by bats than their non-eared mothy cousins.


Moths that have ears! I did not know about this and consequently, it was all I could think about the night I read this. Also, "Biologists call this skewing of the odds the life/dinner principle." Do psychologist apply/incorporate this in a way for human actions? 


raising one foot puts more weight on the others, helping them pick up vibrations from the ground. And having three feet in place rather than four could make it easier for the elephant to work out where the sound is coming from using triangulation.


Elephants and electric eels battled for my favorite in these two chapters. I did not know about elephants and their raising one leg triangulation. I'm again awed by evolution and how it, well, evolves. Using their feet and ears is brilliant. 


It’s a time-critical business as female elephants’ eggs are ripe for fertilising for only four to five days every four to six years.


What??? I did not know elephants cycles were like this. This is probably something I'll go read more about because I'm wondering how this plays into their herd numbers.


California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is top of the strange-sounds charts.


If you have time, you should definitely go to the Discovery of Sound in the Sea  and listen to this. They also had a better Mantis Shrimp. I spent an hour listening to everything. Their Fact and Myths section was fun/enlightening, too.


electric eels are up to 2.5m (8ft) long


8 Feet. No.


they rise to the surface every 10 minutes to breathe air before sinking back to the river bed. They have strange reproductive habits too: the female lays her eggs in a nest the male makes from saliva.


Electric eels are wild, y'all! I do think, though, that every ten years I read about electric eels and gasp about strange or different they are, forget, and then become shocked(lol!) again about their wildness. I went to YouTube to see if they had any videos of the male eel making their saliva nests and couldn't find anything, if anyone has a link that would be much appreciated. I didn't look too long as I can across a video of the eel flying out of the water to attack and I had to bounce because I was going to bed and that was enough nightmare fuel for the night. 


 It’s a fact marketers don’t highlight on the packaging – honey is basically bee vomit.


I've known this for a while but it is one of my favorite knowledge bombs to drop. The look on people's faces warms the cold cockles of my heart. Knowledge, pass it on!


Only one in 4,000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood.


So tough out there in the wild kingdom. Bees have my warrior banner on land but sea turtles have it on water. 


During that time, many of the growing turtles circle the Atlantic in a 15,000km (9,000 mile) once-in-a-lifetime round trip. ‘They swim and drift around the Sargasso Sea, cross over to the coast of Spain and Portugal, move south along the northern coast of Africa, and then loop back to North America,’ explains Lohman.


This was something that I vaguely "knew" but I'm not sure the hard facts, distance and time, ever penetrated until I read it with actual numbers and in black and white. 5-10 years to complete this journey, I feel like the sea turtle world is full of Katharine Norburys and/or David Foster Wallaces.


but it turns out wasps (or at least some of them) are masters of electricity and expert at quantum mechanics.


Because of course they are. This has done wonders for my already very afraid of wasps attitude. 



This section had more animals that fascinated me, elephants, electric eels, sea turtles, and, god help me, quantum wasps but I feel like I didn't learn as much. Possibly, I just happen to know more about what they talked about this time but I felt like less technical knowledge (more surface feeling) was included in these two chapters. 



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text 2019-03-18 09:09
MbD's Snakes and Ladders: Vote on the book for my final square!
Rooted in Deceit - Wendy Tyson
Uncorking a Lie - Nadine Nettmann
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente
Murder a la Mocha - Sandra Balzo
Help me choose my final Snakes and Ladders Read:
Rooted in Deceit by Wendy Tyson


Uncorking a Lie by Nadine Nettmann


Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente


Murder à la Mocha by Sandra Balzo


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Rooted in Deceit by Wendy TysonIt’s no summer vacation for environmental-lawyer-turned-farmer Megan Sawyer when a high-end yoga retreat opens in the next town over. But when up-and-coming artist and her ex-best friend Thana Moore is strangled in the back of her car, Megan is once again thrust into solving the latest mystery in Winsome.

Megan has no interest in the new retreat, but then the detectives on the case discover her father’s wife Sylvia had an explosive argument with Thana hours earlier, and the murder weapon is a scarf that looks suspiciously like Sylvia’s. Worse, Maria, the wife of Washington Acres Cafe’s superior-yet-grumpy cook, Alvaro, was fired after being suspected of destroying one of Thana’s paintings. Would Maria kill her out of revenge? Despite her attitude, would Sylvia truly be guilty of murder?

Megan must dive into her past to find Thana’s killer, even if she doesn’t like what she may find out about herself. If she doesn’t uncover the truth in time, will this idyllic Winsome summer turn into a nightmare.


Uncorking a Lie by Nadine NettmannIt was the kind of invitation sommelier Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it's not the vintage listed on the label.


When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money—it includes an accidental death that might just be murder. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake...even her life.


Space Opera by Catherynne M. ValenteA century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented–something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix–part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny–they must sing.

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.


Murder a la Mocha by Sandra Balzo Uncommon Grounds coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen is full of good intentions when she attempts to return Mocha, a lost chihuahua who jumped out in front of her car, to her owners. But a trip to the Satterwite's house and meeting their dog-sitter give Maggy a bad feeling... and leads to an even worse discovery. Can she solve another deadly puzzle?


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