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text 2020-04-09 02:51
Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 254 pages.
The Moonspinners - Mary Stewart

The first book chosen off my shelves (and my Tsundoku list). The library books are done. I think Mary Stewart will be a nice light choice.

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text 2019-08-10 01:30
BL-opoly: And That's a Wrap!

 A HUGE thank you to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting another fabulous game -- I had a total blast!


Final Stats

Final status of my bank account: $181


37 books counting towards the game

* 35 books finished

* 2 DNFs

* 11,640 pages read


Somehow I managed to steer clear of jail and visit all except five squares of the board over the course of the game, a few of them even repeatedly.  The only novelty card I never picked up was the cat -- I suspect the BL-opoly gods decided there were enough cats in my game already and they needed to redress the balance by giving me three Scottie dogs instead!


A few more stats:


Books read towards my individual challenges:

* Around the World in 80 Books - 26 books (incl. 2 DNF)

   - of these, 2 books by Native American authors

   - and 13 books (incl. 2 DNF) by authors from / set in countries other than the UK and U.S.


* 221b Baker Street and Beyond (aka Summer of Sherlock): 2 books

   (+ 1 book read outside BL-opoly)

* Summer of Spies (Redux): 2books

* Mystery Classics: 7 books


The Gender Wars:

* Books by female authors: 19

* Books by male authors: 18


My marker was based (of course) on my little assistants and good luck charms, Sunny and Charlie, who were again helping me pick my books.



My Progress Spreadsheet



The Books and the Board

The Questions

Who?: Ellis Peters: Monk's Hood - finished July 2, 2019.

Why?: Gertrude Bell: A Woman in Arabia - finished August 2, 2019.

How?: Julia Alvarez: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents - finished May 26.

Douglas Adams: The HItchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - finished June 27, 2019.

Wendy Moore: Wedlock: How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match - finished July 11, 2019.

When?: C.J. Sansom: Tombland - finished July 1, 2019.


The Railroads

The Silk Road: Banine: Days in the Caucasus - finished August 9, 2019.

The Patagonia Star: Laura Restrepo: Hot Sur - DNF @ p. 55 July 25, 2019.

The Cape-to-Cairo Railway: Kofi Annan: Interventions - finished May 30, 2019.

Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love - finished June 16, 2019.

The Nordic Express: Cary Elwes: As You Wish - finished August 7, 2019.


School's Out For Summer

#1: Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility - finished June 3, 2019.

#3: Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery - finished June 5, 2019.

#4: ./.


The Stay-Cation

#6: John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany - finished July 29, 2019.

#7: Miles Burton: The Secret of High Eldersham - finished May 21, 2019.

      J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy - finished July 14, 2019.

#9: John Le Carré: A Murder of Quality - finished June 19, 2019.

      Chingiz Aitmatov: Jamilia - finished July 3, 2019.

      Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower - finished July 23, 2019.


Beach Week

#10: Renee Ahdieh: The Wrath and the Dawn - DNF @ p. 146 July 31, 2019.

#11: Julian Symons: The Belting Inheritance - finished June 6, 2019.



Mountain Cabin

#15: Louise Erdrich: The Plague of Doves - finished May 23, 2019.

        Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens - finished July 16, 2019.

#16: Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery - finished May 28, 2019.

        Georgette Heyer: A Blunt Instrument - finished June 8, 2019.

        Ronald Knox: The Body in the Silo - finished June 21, 2019.

#18: James D. Doss: The Night Visitor - finished July 5, 2019.


The Lake House:

#19: Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed - finished May 25, 2019.

#20: Winifred Holtby: South Riding - finished July 10, 2019.

        M.M. Kaye: Death in Kashmir - finished July 19, 2019.

#22: Richard Hull: The Murder of My Aunt - finished June 24, 2019.


The Summer Blockbuster

#25: Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider - finished May 31, 2019.

#27: ./.


The Summer Romance

#28: ./.

#30: ./.


European Vacation

#33: Ronald Knox: The Three Taps - finished May 31, 2019.

#35: Israel Zangwill: The Perfect Crime, aka The Big Bow Mystery - finished June 16, 2019.

        Andrea Camilleri: The Shape of Water - finished July 20, 2019.

#36: Candace Robb: The Apothecary Rose - finished July 26, 2019.


The Novelty Cards

The Race Car: Picked up on May 24; used on August 8.

The Robot: Picked up on July 2; used on July 31.

The Cat: ./.

The Dog: Picked up on July 2, July 19 and July 23; used on July 19, July 29 and August 6.


The Four Corners

GO: Collected $20 on May 20; and $5 each on:

May 24 - June 1 - June 9 - July 1 - July 2 - July 19 - July 27 - August 8.


Jail: ./.

Free Parking: July 23: dice roll: 8 => Scottie Dog.

Go to Jail: ./.


The BookLikes Squares:

Spin the Wheel Decide

#24: August 2: Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year. (Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café - finished August 6, 2019.)

#31: May 24: Move to the space of your choice.

(→ Race car via GO)

June 9: Two extra rolls.


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text 2019-05-25 00:45
Summer Reading 2019
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen Fry
Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle - Daniel Stashower
A Taste for Honey - H.F. Heard,Otto Penzler
Mystery: Agent in Place / The Hidden Target / Cloak of Darkness - Helen MacInnes
A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert - Georgina Howell,Gertrude Bell
Jeeves and the King of Clubs - Ben Schott
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson
Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie

So, summer reading is shaping up as rather busy this year:



First of all, there is Summer of Sherlock, for which my reading list is already as long as a whole year's worth of reading would have been for me once upon a time.  I'll also be watching the two Rivals of Sherlock Holmes sets released a few years ago.



Then, there is Summer of Spies Redux, for which I have updated my Women of Intelligence reading list from last year and will also be reading one or more books by John le Carré; Ben Schott's Jeeves and the King of Clubs, and books #2 and possibly #3 of Len Deighton's Game, Set and Match: trilogy (Mexico Set and London Match).



In addition, I'll be continuing to work my way through my Around the World in 80 Books project, which will hopefully fuse nicely with both of the above, as well as, of course, with ...







Into which I'll hopefully also be able to fit the upcoming buddy reads of Ellen Wilkinson's Division Bell Mystery and Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table.


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text 2019-05-20 00:06
BL-opoly: Let the Games Begin!
The Secret of High Eldersham - Miles Burton,Gordon Griffin

First roll: 3 + 4 = 7

... which puts me on square 7:


Stay-Cation: "Read a book that has a house on the cover, or that is related to something unique about your community (for example, if your community has a strawberry festival, read a book with strawberries on the cover)."


Miles Burton's Secret of High Eldersham neatly fits the "house on the cover" requirement.


Length: 256 pages

= + $3 upon completion.



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text 2018-07-10 22:02
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three (Rogue, Labyrinth) - Stephani Danelle Perry,Sandy Schofield

So many errors. Do they not know what a fucking copy editor is?!


I am probably only reading the first in this volume because of the copious missing punctuation and the fact the second book is said to be a mirror of the first with different names. Always a crazy mad scientist and an evil corporation. 

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