It's been forever!! Just came back to start my 2019 challenge as I still like to keep that going even if I'm not around any more ad I like to catch up with a few dashboard posts every time I look in and this time I just see a wall of snakes and ladders! Curiosity piqued and now I'm in! Sounds like fun so I'm just going to jump in and see how it goes. Have spent a bit of time trying to find a good book to start with and have finally picked one to get the ball rolling.
It's not a female author but it's the next book in the series I'm reading so I'm going with that. It just means I'll only get to roll one dice when the next roll comes. I can live with that.
I'll be reading The six sacred stones by Matthew Reilly. (can't remember how to do the link and whatnot, hope this works...)
It's good to be back!
Oh, and I'm the worlds slowest reader so updates will be sparse, lol.
1. Author is a woman
2. Genre: mystery
3. Set in the twentieth century
4. Published in 2019
5. Published in 2018
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
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
14. Author is dead
15. Genre: romance
16. Genre: fantasy
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
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)
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!
There are not enough stars to indicate how much I love this book! We're only half way through 2017 but I'll go so far as to say that this is my favourite book this year and I honestly can't imagine anything that would knock it off that spot. I loved this from the very first chapter and literally couldn't put it down. I cracked it open within 10 minutes of it falling through the letterbox and didn't look up from it again until the last page was turned.
It's very rare for me to gush about a book but this one is just made of awesome. I'm all about Post Apocalyptic fiction and I can't get enough of it. It's usually zombies that I favour but really it doesn't matter how the world ends, just so long as it DOES end. Nuclear, aliens, plague, climate change...it's all good. Apocalypse by robot though is rare enough to get bumped up the TBR list every time. I thought Robopocalypse was good when I read it a few years ago but Sea Of Rust just blows that one out of the water.
I was hooked right from the get-go when Brittle's (great name) interaction with Jimmy got me right in the feels. Gah, my heart broke a little bit. Best introduction to a character I've read in a long time. All of the characters were easily pictured though, even the very short lived secondary ones, due in part to absolutely pitch perfect dialogue. Mercer is the best kind of villain, the kind you love to hate without really hating them, and the interactions between him and Brittle never got old. I was on the edge of my seat more than once when things looked bleak for Brittle and I alternated between racing to the end to see how it all came together for her, and trying to pace myself and spin it out so it lasted as long as possible. It was a thing of beauty to watch it all unfold and I could happily have read on for another 400 pages. I marvel at the mind that brought this concept to life and made me forget at times that I was reading about robots while at the same time ramming it home that this was a world populated by machinery. Mr Cargill is a very talented man.
I would LOVE to see this made into a movie and have no doubt that it won't be long until I get my wish. It's just crying out to be on the big screen and I can't wait! This fellow can definitely write and I'll follow him wherever he goes from now on. Hugely enjoyable story and I can highly recommend it without hesitation. Best book of 2017!
*I received this paperback from the publisher*
All the cool kids are doing it, so.... here are my boring answers =
1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
Yes, my bed usually
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Post It index flags or similar
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?
It really hurts to stop in the middle of a chapter but if I have to I try to find a paragraph end.
4. Do you eat or drink while read?
Of course. Ready is hungry thirsty work.
5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
Either, both, neither - I don't mind
6. One book at a time or several at once?
The more the merrier
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Wherever and whenever I can
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Uh, in my head. Who reads out loud? 0_o
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Yes and yes. My bad.
10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?
OMG I was just sick in my mouth a little bit at the thought of breaking spines.
11. Do you write in your books?
You're kidding, right?
See everyone elses interesting and clever answers here - http://blog.booklikes.com/post/1522626/we-know-your-reading-habits
Well, I was hoping 2017 would be a fresh start for BL but it's as bad as ever for me.
Flakey, slow to load (that endless spinning More Posts does my head in every three posts), no pics loading on anyone's posts, comments that I type just delete so I need to start again, trying to type this message and the text box keeps disappearing...the list goes on and on....It's too much. I saw the bug report posts that promise someone is back behind the wheel and it's all good again - but it's not and I've had enough.
I love you all and I'll drop in regularly but for now, I'm out. I'll be back at GR and in my groups there and also my blog(s) are my project for 2017.
Hope your 2017 is brilliant!
Edit* and after posting all the formatting got stripped out. Sigh*
I've poked my head in here all weekend wondering when if it would come back and now that it is I have no idea what I want to do.
I started putting my reviews back on GR after a hiatus of about 3 years and there's a group there that I want to join in with in 2017, plus I got my new blog started and my old, (very) neglected old one dusted off. I'm also toying with the idea of switching to WordPress and I'm not familiar with that so that'll be a time sink. I can't really manage to juggle all of them so something has to give. GR is appealing due to the group, my new blog is appealing because it's dedicated to my newest book passion (JAFF- Jane Austen Fan Fiction), my old blog is appealing because it's comfy and familiar...BL is appealing because of the community which I love. But, BL hasn't been my BFF since about June though which was when it all got a bit flakey for me and I'm scared to get hooked back in only to get the rug pulled out from under me again.
Urgh... I can't decide. I know if I try to cross post on all of them I'll spread myself too thin.
I need to take a time out until I figure it all out I think. However, even making this post is making me feel like I'm back already... Gah!
Cross posted from The Pemberley Library
I'm a recent fan but I am so obsessed by Pride & Prejudice that I'm of the belief that I could happily read anything that even hints at being a retelling, variation, vagary, etc. since the original was over too soon. It's fitting that my first adventure into the world of P&P fanfiction is titled Mr Darcy's Obsession and is authored by Abigail Reynolds.
What a book! I loved it. Slightly different from the original as they fork apart around the time of the Rosing's meeting but the beloved characters were just as I remembered them with a few new names thrown in for good measure. I'm not really familiar with the sub-genres yet but I think this one might be a 'What-if' and the story follows what would happen if Darcy had never been able to propose and Elizabeth's father had died, scattering the sisters and their mother to cope as best they can.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm still not used to how things veer off from the original but if they're all like this one then I'll be lapping them up! I loved Darcy and his attempts to meet Elizabeth, I loved the misunderstandings, I loved the new setting and most of all I loved the outcome.
Since reading P&P I've watched both the BBC drama with Colin Firth and the movie with Matthew MacFadyen and loved them both in their own ways and I'm not sure which Darcy is my favourite. Reading this I pictured Colin Firth as Mr Darcy so perhaps he'll be my guy when reading the FF's. Suits me! Can't wait to build up my library with more of the same...
I have no idea when I last posted but I'm guessing it was about 20 million years ago because that's how long it feels like!
I haven't had a 'text post box' to write my post in since all that hooha with the slow site etc. Did anyone else lose their box? It's been well over a month for me. I guess not as I see lots of posting going on on my dash.
Anyhoo, between the slow site back when, feeling a bit poorly and then the missing box I've been absent for so long I feel a out of my depth now I can post again. Not sure why I've finally got a box back but I'm glad I have.
While I've been gone I've been reading a bit here and there and mostly it's been JAFF. That's a new find for me and I'm obsessed with it! JaneAustenFanFiction, Can't get enough of it! Does anyone else read it? It's not online like the Harry Potter stuff though, it's actual printed books (and ebooks but I'm stickin to paper). I've been making a new blog especially for it in case this one didn't come back on for me, but the new one is on blogspot like my other one. If anyone wants to catch up now and then I'm over there quite a lot lately, behind the scenes tinkering with it and making it how I like it. It's new so there's nothing really on it yet but it's a work in progress :)
So, that's my news, such as it is. Not a lot going on really apart from reading a bit here and there. I miss you all though
*Edit* Forgot to say...So far I've found 844 JAFF books (not counting the ebook only ones!) so my reading list is pretty full for the next 20 years :D
Just bought this up at Asda's when i went to pick up a few things. Hadn't planned to buy it any time soon really but they had it for a fiver less than Waterstones so it fell into my trolly.
Not sure I want to read it though. I'm not sure how I'll get on with the format and I've heard mixed responses about it from people I know IRL. I've been avoiding any posts here about it though in case of spoilers. so I've no clue what it's about really and I'd maybe just be better leaving it where things ended with Deathly Hallows.
I'd have got it at some point so that my book collection is complete, just not sure I'll be reading it.
You know...even as I typed that last line I'm thinking, "Yeah right! You know you'll read it! Who are you trying to kid?! It's Harry Potter!!"
My daughter pounced on it though so perhaps I'll just wait and get the edited highlights from her. She's a big fan but will tell it like it is and pull no punches.
Can one man uncover the last secret of the Romanovs?
I don't know, but I'm looking forward to finding out. Just started but already it's got me whipping pages. I'm fascinated by the whole Romanov thing so hoping this will keep me entertained while I sit and listen to the thunder booming outside and watch my plants get battered by the torrential rain.
Gah! I'm conflicted! This book feels like it was written for me. If for no other reason than it's set (mostly) in Pripyat which is the town that housed the Chernobyl workers. It's a dual timeline story that covers the day of the disaster in 1986 and also crimes taking place there in 2015. I have something of an obsession with Pripyat and was all over this like a rash when I saw it advertised on BritCrime. I hit that buy button within 5 seconds of reading the blurb.
But - and it's a BIG 'but' - it's written in first person present tense. I hate that.
Oh man, I'm vexed. I'll probably keep going with it but it's bugging me that I can't get into the story properly because I'm focusing on how much I hate the tense used...
Still loving this brilliant story and I'm hanging on every word...but man, Linz needs to wake up and get with the program!
Still loving this. Trying to read slowly to make it last... Laid it down 20 seconds ago and already itching to pick it back up!