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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 26 & 27

I'm so sad, these are probably my last booklikes-opoly rolls. *sniff sniff*

 

Roll 26

 

This brought me out at:

 

 

I had a look through some of my kindle books, but I wasn't sure what fit and after an hour doing this I thought, screw it, I'm paying to roll ahead.

 

Roll 27

 

This brought me to:

 

 

Whoo! A good square! I've got quite a few choices for this, so I'll have a think and let you know.

 

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

Gift from Line Bookaholic: $38

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $40

Of Mice and Men (73 pages): $41

Gift from As The Page Turns $51

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $53

The Power (177 pages): $55

Americanah (590 pages): $65

Turn of Mind (235 pages) $71

Roll ahead -$1: $70

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (155 pages): $74

The Kind Worth Killing (285 pages): $80

The Cuckoo's Calling (476 pages): $90

The Silkworm (93 pages): $92

Roll ahead: -$2: $90

Sins and Needles (273 pages): $96

Free Friday read: Chavs: The Demorilisation of the Working Class (109 pages): $100

Free Friday read: On Every Street (147 pages): $104

Ugly Love (285 pages): $110

Roll ahead: -$2: $108

Reading progress update: I've read 93%.

Ugly Love - Colleen Hoover

I didn't know if this book fitted the square I'd landed on or not, but just now three of the charcters boarded a plane and took a flight! I just love it when this kind of thing happens and you know a book definitely fits. Result!

 

Booklikes-Opoly roll 23, 24 & 25

I've been sick and taking some new medication recently and haven't updated, so here it is. Yet again it's 3 rolls I'm updating you on. I'm mystified as to why this keeps happening!

 

Roll 23

 

This brought me out at:

 

 

I'd rolled doubles so I rolled again.

 

Roll 24

 

This brought me out at:

 

 

I didn't feel much in the mood for gothic, horror OR a hystorical mystery and as I was sick I couln't read much anyway, so I decided to wait until Friday to roll again and started an audiobook.

 

Roll 25

 

 

This brought me to:

 

 

And wouldn't you know, the audiobook I'd started on Wednesday fits this square! At least, I think it does. One of the main characters in the book is a pilot. Does that count!?

 

Oh and one more thing. I decided to continue reading the free friday read I started weeks ago outside booklikes-opoly, because it's a non-fiction book and it's taking me ages to finish. That meant I was free to start another free Friday read on Friday just past, which I did and finished. Here's how everything stands:

 

 

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

Gift from Line Bookaholic: $38

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $40

Of Mice and Men (73 pages): $41

Gift from As The Page Turns $51

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $53

The Power (177 pages): $55

Americanah (590 pages): $65

Turn of Mind (235 pages) $71

Roll ahead -$1: $70

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (155 pages): $74

The Kind Worth Killing (285 pages): $80

The Cuckoo's Calling (476 pages): $90

The Silkworm (93 pages): $92

Roll ahead: -$2: $90

Sins and Needles (273 pages): $96

Free Friday read: Chavs: The Demorilisation of the Working Class (109 pages): $100

Free Friday read: On Every Street (147 pages): $104

 

I've broken the $100 mark! Yea!

 

Books...

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling is another book that’s been on my tbr for a really long time, but I’m not big on the genre so kept on passing it up. It’s also written by J.K. Rowling (who goes under a pen name here) and I was a bit nervous about reading something written by her that isn’t Harry Potter. But when I hit on the booklikesopoly square that told me to read a thriller or adventure, I decided to change that and give this a try. I needn’t have been worried that I wouldn’t like it because I ended up loving it and plan to read the rest of the series just as soon as I’m ready for it.

 

The book follows Cormoron Strike, ex-military turned private eye who’s very much down on his luck. When we meet him he’s just broken up with his girlfriend, doesn’t have a place to call home and is up to his eyes in debt.

 

A temp from a recruitment agency he’s been using, Robin, turns up and before he can ask her to leave (because he can’t afford her), she helps him out with the case he’s taken on and they strike up a relationship that’s the cornerstone of the novel.

 

Even though I found the plot a little convoluted at times, I loved the characters. What I especially loved was their interactions. For example, the relationship between Cormoran and Robin was so authentic, underscored perfectly by the excellent dialogue they exchanged with one another. I felt I really got to know Cormoran, especially his prosthetic limb!

 

All of this is not to say I didn’t have problems with the novel. To me the ending verged on theridiculous and spoiled some of my enjoyment. I did (for a fleeting moment earlier in the novel) consider that the person who turned out to be the killer was the killer, but I quickly discarded it because it seemed so ludicrous. But then it actually was this person! The characters made up for it, though, and I can’t wait to read more.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

On Every Street  - Karina Halle

This is the prequel to the first book in the Sins and Needles trilogy that I finished reading a few days ago. That book was loads of fun, but this one is so unbelievably cheesy it reeks! I want to read the rest of the trilogy, but is it really worth it when the prequel is so cheesy!?

 

I'm reading this for last week's free friday read.

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

You know, it was so refreshing to change things up from what I normally read. This was fun, light and sexy and exactly what I needed.

 

Booklikes-Opoly roll 20, 21 & 22

Everytime I roll I always seem to make multiple rolls. Wierd. Anyway, like I posted the other day I DNFed The Silkworm, not because I didn't like it, but becauuse I needed something a bit lighter. I plan to pick it up again soon, but just for now it's not really working. Lets get down to business.

 

Roll 20

 

 

This brought me out at:

 

 

I wasn't at all enthused about this square and looking at my TBR there was nothing much there that fit, so I decided to pay the $2 for a free rolll.

 

Roll 21

 

Which brought me to:

 

 

Ugh! It seemed like it wasn't my day. I withdrew the 300 pages from the prison library and rolled again.

 

Roll 22

 

This brought me out at:

 

 

Finally, a square I liked! For this I picked a book that was published in 2013:

 

 

It's a new-adult contemporary romance and is shaping up to be a really good read.

 

So, here's how things stand. I've still not hit the same square since the multiplier came into effect, dammit!

 

Starting balance: $20

A Boy's Life (629 pages) $25

The Picture of Dorian Gray (222 pages) $28

Gift from Line Bookaholic: $38

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (164 pages): $40

Of Mice and Men (73 pages): $41

Gift from As The Page Turns $51

A Wrinkle in Time (166 pages): $53

The Power (177 pages): $55

Americanah (590 pages): $65

Turn of Mind (235 pages) $71

Roll ahead -$1: $70

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (155 pages): $74

The Kind Worth Killing (285 pages): $80

The Cuckoo's Calling (476 pages): $90

The Silkworm (93 pages): $92

Roll ahead: -$2: $90

 

Books...

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

Like I said in my previous post, I'll update about my last 3 rolls as soon as, but this is what I'm currently reading. Apparently it's one of the better new-adult reads, but that's not saying much! It's a contemporary romance that's easy to follow, like I wanted and I'm enjoying it, so who knows, maybe the reviews were right.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

This is good and keeping me entertained, but I'm just not in the mood for it. My heads a bit messy with some medication, so I need something easy to follow. There are just too many characters! As I say, it's good, so I'll get back to it soon. I rolled ahead yesterday, but what with the aforementioned medication, I haven't got round to posting about it yet. I hope to tomorrow.

Books...

Currently reading

No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
Progress: 25/271pages
Confess: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
Progress: 100%
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Progress: 20%