Saturday, March 16, 2019

Snakes and Ladders 2019

My Game Card for Snakes and Ladders

A new book reading challenge I started over on Booklikes!







1. Author is a woman~ 


Read:  The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose (finished 2/22/19) Which is not by a woman so I rolled only one dice or die…


You rolled 1 die:

5
Timestamp: 2019-02-22 22:42:39 UTC

this takes me to Number #6
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~ 


The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (finished 2/24/19) Which has Silver in the title so I can go up the ladder to  #27

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
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


I thought this was a book leading up to WWII, but it turns out its about 8 yrs. before it...so I'm only rolling one Die.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Finished 03/01/18)

You rolled 1 die:
4
Timestamp: 2019-03-01 20:50:43 UTC

Which takes me to #31

28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane
30. Someone travels by train
31. Road trip

Read:  Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Finished 3/4/19) {Roadtrip to Town of Hed for Hockey Game

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
4 6
Timestamp: 2019-03-05 00:11:31 UTC

This takes me to #41

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


Read The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which has all sorts of political intrigue (Finished 03/08/19)

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
1 3
Timestamp: 2019-03-08 14:59:35 UTC

This takes me to #45

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


Reading:  If You Dare by Deanna Madden --This whole series has been on my TBR for more than a year.  (Finished 03/11/19)

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
5 2
Timestamp: 2019-03-12 21:18:13 UTC

Which takes me to #52


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~


Read: The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch because it has a tree on the cover (Finished 03/16/19) This takes me to #63


Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
5 6
Timestamp: 2019-03-17 01:26:01 UTC

This takes me to #63


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!


Friday, March 15, 2019

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Fixer #2


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Political Intrigue
Scandals & Terrorists
Twisty
Young Adult
Mystery-Suspense-Thriller
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆

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With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris





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I love JLB's Naturals Series so much, she can really pull off a story that has both teens and mystery unlike anyone else I've read before.  Her writing is not only engaging and smart but feels completely conceivable...she writes in a way that just feels, believable.

While I liked the first book in the Fixer series, it just didn't have the pull that the Naturals Series did for me, but this second book was chocked full of non-stop action, plus intensely gripping political intrigue, I flew through this Audio in no time at all.  The narrators sound is a tad on the annoying side, but overall not too bad.  At least she didn't ruin the book for me...although I'm not sure that could happen...it was just too badass.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really, but I am wondering if there will be a third book...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ Washington DC
Source⇝ Own Audible Audiobook
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

BJÖRSTAD #1


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Realistic Fiction
Hockey, Hockey & More Hockey
Small Town Ways
Rape
Rape Culture


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With Narration Performed by Marin Ireland



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I'm not gonna lie, this book is chocked full of Hockey, everything in this town centers around Hockey.  Despite that...this book has some of the best character development ever.  The people of Beartown feel as familiar to me as the Doctor's on Greys Anatomy do, and I've seen every episode.  I felt their laughter, their pain, their indecision and sadly, even their prejudice.  It all felt so real and believable, kind of just like a television show that's been on for fifteen seasons, can.  I highly recommend.  If you feel like maybe you can deal with all the hockey-ness going on, you should give this a try because ultimately, there is a deeply affecting story within.

Marin Ireland's narration is wonderfully done.  Being inside the head of so many different characters isn't usually done very well by one person, but she pulled it off.  She also makes all that hockey-ness easier to get through.

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4.7STARS - GRADE=A

   A Bookish Obsession Favorite   



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5+/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Mostly not...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝  It's quite pretty...and fits the story perfectly.
Setting⇝ Beartown
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog #1


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Historical Fiction Based in Truth
Germany Pre-WWII Times
Mystery
Family Secrets
Ravings of a Madman--Adolf Hitler
Splash of Romance

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With Narration Performed by Heather Wilds


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This was a little different from my usual kind of read, but sometimes different is just what you need.   While my knowledge of Germany and Hitler is limited, I learned about it in school, but I only remember the basics, I still believe that this feels very well researched...and I soaked all the history up like a sponge.  That added to the interesting characters and the side-mystery makes this a worthwhile read/listen.  There is a bit of romance, but it feels so natural that it only enhances the story.  

The narrator's accent was just right...giving Gretchen's voice just the right amount of German, without making it difficult to understand.  

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous...love the cover model, she seems perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Munich, Germany
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Saturday, March 2, 2019

February Reading Re-Cap

February is always the slowest reading month for me, and this month was no exception.  I had some good ones, some bad ones, and a few mediocre ones.  My stand-out reads include Gambit, All Is Not Forgotten and Into the Drowning Deep.  I also really like the Deanna Madden Series, I hope to finish the third and final book this coming month.

   A Bookish Obsession Monthly Reading Re-Cap   




{Audio} All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Highlights Include:
Unreliable Narrator
A Story w/Layers
Mystery Thriller
Rape/Dark Themes
Betrayals

Finish Date:  02/04
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-







{Audio} Freefall by Jessica Barry

Highlights Include:
Survivor Story
Airplane Crash
Mystery Suspense
Flashbacks
Dual POV's

Finish Date:  02/28
☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C







{Audio} No Exit by Taylor Adams

Highlights Include:
Unrelenting Suspense
Nail-Biting Thriller
Stranded in a Snow Storm
Colorado Rockies
Totally Twisted

Finish Date:  02/09
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+





{Audio} The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Highlights Include:
Psychological Suspense Thriller
Darkish Mystery
Homicidal Tendencies
Splash of Romance
Erotic Cyber Sex
Will Give You Insight Into the Life of A Cam-Girl 

Finish Date:  02/12
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-







{Audio} Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre

Highlights Include:
Psychological Thriller
Romantic Suspense
Erotic Cyber Sex
Darkish
Homicidal Tendencies

Finish Date:  02/14
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+





{Audio} Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Highlights Include:
Killer Mermaids
Mariana Trench - Deepest Part of the Ocean
Scientific Research
Survival
Splash of Romance
Semi-Futuristic Setting

Finish Date:  02/18
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-





{Audio} The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose

Highlights Include:
Urbex Exploring
Stand-Alone
Young-ish Adult
Davinci Code Feel
Weird AF

Finish Date:  02/22
☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D








{Audio} Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I Couldn't get into this one...so I stopped trying.

Finish Date:  02/24

DNF - No Rating









{Audio} Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Highlights Include:
Mental Health
Contemporary Adult Fiction
Dysfunctional Family
Love & Other Stuff
Lots of Football

Finish Date:  02/24
☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-






{Kindle eBook} Gambit by C.L. Denault

Highlights Include:
Dystopian
Fantastical Elements
Futuristic Techy
Super-Humans
A Doomed Yet Feels So Right Romance

Finish Date:  02/26
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+







10 Books total, broke down to 1 Kindle eBook, and 8 Audiobooks and 1 DNF.  
3,320 Pages Read, including Audiobooks.

I really liked a few covers this month...including The Girl in 6E, Do Not Disturb and Gambit but I'm giving it to Into the Drowning Deep because sometimes when you look at it, it actually looks like the title words are moving. 

Best Cover goes to:






Gambit by C.L. Denault


Book #1 in The Prodigy Chronicles


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Dystopian
Fantastical Elements
Futuristic Techy
Super-Humans
A Doomed Yet Feels So Right Romance

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In anticipation of Book #2 in The Prodigy Chronicles coming out in March, titled MIMIC, I reread this to refresh my memory of the story because all I really remembered was how much I loved it.  Seriously though, I first read this book three years ago.  I've been waiting, impatiently I might add, for this series to have a follow-up for a long while.

In my original review of Gambit, I said a couple of things like...


This is dystopian/paranormal-ish/romance/splash of historical/futuristic kind of read, yeah, it has all that and lots of well-written action too. Amazing! You would think with so much going on that it might be hard to follow, but it's not. 

Plus...


This book blew me away, I really just loved it. The world in this book is phenomenal, it has me hooked. It literally has a little of everything; from half invisible guardians to crazy ex-girlfriends, and everything in between.  

And...I only thing I want to add is this...

A fantastical ride that left me reeling.  Willow, headstrong and completely out of her element is the perfect match for Reece, an arrogant asshole, with a tender side and together they are perfectly imperfect.  Last but not least, please don't make us wait another three years for the next book?!?



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5STARS - GRADE=A+


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5+/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yes.
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Book Cover⇝ Love it!
Setting⇝ McKaireth and London Core
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook
Series ContinuationYes, No, Maybe or Probably
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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Mental Health
Contemporary Adult Fiction
Dysfunctional Family
Love & Other Stuff
Lots of Football

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Kindle eBookAudio

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With Audio Performed by Ray Potter



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I wasn't going to read/listen to this, at least not until Audible offered it for free around Christmas.  Since I've already seen the movie (but found myself not remembering too much about it) I didn't really know if I wanted to even listen to this...but a reading challenge (Snakes & Ladders) gave me the push to finally do so.  It's wasn't too difficult to get into this, despite the numerous football references and shenanigans, I still liked the story overall.  I've never really gotten into reading any classic literature and the varied references to them in this were insightful and helped to reassure me that I probably not missing out.

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Movie Cover...
Setting⇝ Philadelphia, PA
Source⇝ Own Audible Audio
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