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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Booklikes-Opoly roll 10, 11 & 12

I've been having more problems with my internet service, so have to do a pretty big update as I haven't had a chance until now. I'll post my reviews in the next few days as I'm going out today, will (definitely!) have a tipple, so will likely be a little (if not VERY) hungover tomorrow.

 

I finished up A Wrinkle in Time, which I loved, on Thursday and here's where I stand:

 

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $30

Of Mice and Men (73 pages: $31

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $33

 

I rolled the dice mere seconds after I set A Wrinkle in time down and rolled via my phone. I couldn't be bothered with the whole screen shot transfer to my pc, so you'll have to trust me. I rolled 2 & 2 which landed me on Visiting Jail anyway, so really, would I make that up!?

 

At first I thought I had to read 300 pages to donate to the jail library, but then I dound out this morning that there's been a rule change and I only have to read 100! Yea! I'm going to (another) new book club soon, a feminist one, so I started reading it. I know, I'm obsessed with book clubs! I find it hard talking to people sometimes though, so having a book to discuss is a great pet to have. Anyway, the book they're reading is

 

While logging on briefly on my phone yesterday I found out about the extra rolls because of memorial weekend. I was very happy as I love rolling and managed to get a tenuous connection. I even managed to screen shots these one's.

 

Roll 11 was a double AGAIN. Seriously? How many doubles can 1 person get!? I had another roll so it didn't make a difference anyway :

 

 

 

This took me too:

 

 

For this I'll either read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualuse or The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Decisions...

 

My next was, believe it or not, another double!

 

Roll 11:

 

This took me too:

 

 

For this I'll either read Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher or The Girls by Emma Cline. I figured that I was due 1 more roll so here's roll 12. If it'd been another double I was going to flip!:

 

 

This took me to:

 

 

For this I'll finish up The Power by Naomi Alderman.

 

This post took forever! Better run. Talk tomorrow.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

What a great read. I love how childrens books weave such wonderful themes and lessons into a narrative directed at children. In some ways they convey more than a lot of adult fiction ever does.

Reading progress update: I've read 48%.

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

I'm really scared for these children right now and I can't read anymore tonight. I just hope they survive until morning...

Reading progress update: I've read 437 out of 437 pages.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Okay, so maybe it was a little long, but the themes and characters made up for it. A really good read with such an important message.

Reading...

Reading progress update: I've read 277 out of 437 pages.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

A good book and an important one, but far too long. Apart from the shooting at the beginning of the book (not a spoiler, by the way), not much has happened. I hope it goes somewhere soon.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry

This was on my to-read list for a long time and I probably wouldn’t have gotten to it anytime soon if I hadn’t landed on Tomorrow Land 36: Ride space mountain! Read a book with either an image of or from space or where the authors full name contains the letters SPACE

 

I’ve never been a huge fan of reads like this, preferring speculative fiction if I’m going to delve into something in the sci-fi genre, so I wasn’t that hopeful I’d enjoy it. Somewhere along the way, though, I got sucked in to this crazy book and started to enjoy it a lot. It’s all about a mad journey Arthur Dent (a man from earth) makes with his friend, Ford Prefect, (an alien who has been posing as a human for fifteen years) through space.

 

I’m not going to say much about this because honestly, I don’t know where to start. It doesn’t make a huge lot of sense but then, neither does life and this is precisely the point I believe it was trying to make. I'll just leave you with this, my favourite quote. I think it epitomises the book quite well:

 

"Look," said Arthur, "would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?"

Booklikes-Opoly roll 8 & 9

I'm back online! For now, at least. Here's where things stand:

 

 

Starting balance: $20

Gift from the fantastic Line Bookaholic: $30

Gift from another fantastic player As the page turns: $40

Boy's Life (648 pages): $45

Speak by L.H. Anderson (145 pages): $47

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (175 pages): $49

All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot (145 pages): $51

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (169 pages) $53

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (98 pages) $54

 

 

I rolled via my mobile phone on Tuesday the 17th. I don't have screen shots off my phone, so you'll just have to trust me on this!

 

Roll 8: 1 + 1

 

This took me to: Electric Company- Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".

 

I'm sorry but the pictures just won't upload. Anyway, like I said in my previous post I'd just the day before received my copy of:

 

 

I thought maybe I could sneekily get this to fit the square as the protagonist is in school and is presumably studying STEM, but I decided that was playing too hard and fast with the rules so thought I'd see if it fit my next square, seeing as I rolled a double.

 

Roll 9: 4 & 3

 

This took me to Main Street 11 (Whoo! A pic uploaded!)

 

 

But damn it all to hell because The Hate U Give didn't fit this square either so I decided to read it outside booklikes-opoly, which I'm doing now. There was some good news though, because when I looked on GR I found that this book fits Electric Company and it just so happens to be the pick for another book club I'm attending :

 

 

For Main street 11 I'm going to read this:The author was born in 1943, so it's a fit.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

Into the Water - Paula Hawkins

Ugh, I just can't anymore. Cliche ridden drivel. DNF!

Connectivity problems again

Yet again my internet service is down. Aaaah!!! I'm seriously ticked off at BT (my provider). They say it'll be back up within 48 hours, but that's what they said last time and it turned out to be nearly 2 weeks! I'm currently managing to get 4G on my mobile, but who knows how long that'll last. I can't compile proper posts with my phone, so I'll keep all my reviews back until I'm up and running again.

 

I finished Of Mice and Men this morning (amasing!) and rolled the dice on my phone. I'd just (the day before) received a book in the mail that I have to read for my book club (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas) and was hoping it'd fit my next booklikes-opoly square, but of course it didn't. I rolled a double, so I actually had 2 chances for it to fit, but it didn't go on either square. Typical! I decided just to read it anyway, so I'll get back to booklikes-opoly when I'm done. I'll try and keep up with you all as much as possible.

Booklikes-Opoly roll 7

I had a great time reading Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy yesterday and seconds after I set my kindle down I bolted over to my laptop and rolled again. Here's the rsults:

 

This took me to Main Street station 3:

 

Read a book that involves a trip acoss the United States or that has a national monument on the cover

 

After about, hmmm, 3 hours (what can I say, I love browsing for what to read next) I had a few options for this and a bit more fun when I used a number generator which picked this book:

 

 

I was unsure about whether it fit the road trip theme, but it's on listopia (on GR) as being a road trip novel. Okay, so they don't technically take a trip in the novel but they've just come off one at the start. That's okay isn't it? *fingers crossed*

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry

So wierd, but so much fun. C'mon the dice rolling!

Booklikes-Opoly roll 6

So, I DNFed All Things Bright and Beautifull by James Herriot. It wasn't a bad book, but it just wasn't for me. I couldn't take anymore of James shoving his arm up a cow! Anyway, here's where things stand:

 

Starting balance: $20

Gift from the fantastic Line Bookaholic: $30

Gift from another fantastic player As the page turns: $40

Boy's Life (648 pages): $45

Speak by L.H. Anderson (145 pages): $47

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (175 pages): $49

All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot (145 pages): $51

 

I rolled first thing yesterday morning before I went to a viking festival and haven't had a chance to update until now. Here we go:

 

This took me to Tomorrow Land 36 (sorry, can't seem to download the pic):

 

Ride space mountain! Read a book with either an image of or from space or where the authors full name contains the letters SPACE

 

I'm not a big fan of space reads so searched and searched for an book already in my house or on my kindle with the letters SPACE in the authors name, but I couldn't find anyone! Is it even possible!? The closest I got was when 2 authors had 4 of the 5 letters in their name. So after much time searching, I eventualy found this which was on my TBR:

 

 

I've already started. It's very very wierd!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

I’ll keep this review short as I find it incredibly difficult to review classics. It’s so hard to

know what to say about books so highly regarded, regardless of whether I agree.

 

Everyone surely knows the story of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a young man who

sells his soul (or you could say trades it with a portrait of himself) for eternal youth and beauty. He’s able to observe the gradual destruction of his soul by way of the portrait, which was neat.

 

The characterisation wasn’t the chief attraction for me, it was instead the story. Dorian Gray was predominately reflected through his friendships, which was great symbolism. Or is it metaphor!? I forget. Lord Henry was the most influential of Dorian’s friends, an obnoxious pig, whose opinions and dogged beliefs helped to shape Dorian. Although there were a few side characters, the novel mostly concerned these two and I have to say, I didn’t enjoy their company much! They were both self-absorbed, as you’d expect. In saying that, I would have enjoyed a little more of Dorian unfiltered, though. Perhaps he would have come across as a little more redeeming (even without a soul) had we gotten to know him from a different perspective. But who am I to question a great like Oscar Wilde!?

 

A highly unique story that cautions against the lust for youth we exhibit today.

Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot

I decided to read this for Paradise Pier 31 as it begins with the letter A, which is one of the letters in PIXAR. I've had it on my kindle for ages, so it seemed appropriate as it's one I never got around to reading before.

 

Speak By L.H.Anderson

Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by L.H. Anderson was a short book (143 pages), but it delivered a strong message. The protagonist, Melinda, doesn’t say much and as the novel progresses says even less. As the novel is written in deep POV we’re only privy to past details if the protagonist is thinking about them in the present moment, so the reader has to wait a while to find out exactly what happened to Melinda at the party that sparked her reluctance to say much and for most everyone in her school to dislike her, even her old best-friend. Sorry, my writing brain is coming out! I’ll stop. *zips mouth*

 

So, because of what happened at the party Melinda went to she no longer has any friends and has to hang out with the new girl at school, Heather. Heather is all kinds of self-absorbed, something that Melinda eventually protests in the latter stages of the book. *High five* that she eventually stuck up for herself.

 

I loved the writing style, it was immersive and real, but I think I enjoyed the characterisation more. Everyone, from Melinda to her teachers felt so real. Melinda was really quirky, like when she did up the store room for her personal hideout and retained her unique sense of humour regardless of what happened to her.

 

As much as the book felt light, it had a really important message. I suspected what happened to Melinda at the party from the outset, but the way she dealt with it and ultimately healed was unique and very believable.

Currently reading

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Progress: 92/321pages
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Progress: 100%
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Progress: 437/437pages
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Progress: 42%