Ani's Book Abyss

Ani's Book Abyss

I like to read. A lot.

Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #17
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I have been so lazy and out of touch with the blogging world lately that this BLopoly update post is a whole two days late.  I finished Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker late at night, right before midnight on 7/23, and so I rolled again right before the next day came around.  But I was too tired to do anything but screen shot my roll and set up my live board movements.  And then I had planned to post my update yesterday (7/24)... which also didn't happen... because, reasons.

So here I am, finally, at the tail end of 7/25, finally getting this post up and out.

Anyway, Devil in the Deadline was a great read, and I'll have a review out soon... hopefully.  At 282 pages, the book gained me another $3.

 


Roll #17 gave me a 7, which walked me to The Stay-cation 9 (even though the card says 8, the square is actually 9).  I was just here two rolls ago and just finished reading a book for this square.

 


Alert!  Alert!  We had a bit of a mishap and Penni's lucky star-studded game board got toppled over via Bear-tastrophe...  Basically, the naughty little pupper managed to hop up onto my desk, grab Monkey by the head, and knocked all the stars onto the floor.  Fortunately, Monkey made it away just fine, but Penni's board was such a mess that I didn't really feel like resetting it all up.

Meanwhile, Penni has already brushed off the incident and is happily drifting in her paper boat with Teddy Bear... who cannot seem to stay stuck to the board, so he's also just kind of drifting along.  Monkey has gone back into Zen Monkey mode, and we will probably try to continue this game in an unassuming way... well, as unassuming as Monkey and Friends is capable of.

 


Meanwhile, SOMEONE got grounded...

Just kidding.  Bear actually tipped the tub over and climbed into it himself to take a nap, completely separate from the big Penni board disruption incident.  The he followed by trying to dig himself a nest in the solid tub.  I just thought this was a cute photo to share... not that there's a Bear photo in the phone right now that ISN'T cute.

 


For the Stay-cation 9 square, I've been reading Cover Shot by LynDee Walker, the next book in the Nichelle Clarke series.  I'm using the prompt for the author's name beginning with a letter in the word 'RELAX.'  Cover Shot is 360 pages and will earn me $3 when I finally finish reading it.  There's nothing wrong with the book--I probably would have finished it by now and would be rolling again if I weren't feeling a little bit slumped and lazy.

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $94
Bail Fund Donation:  0 pages || in table: remain in parentheses in (italics and red)
Books Read:  17
Pages Read:  5,605

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.
*Doubles rolls are depicted as such (dbls) under the dice roll number.

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22  
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle 312 $3
  Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8  
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10  
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13  
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway 321 $3
6/16  
#9 10 Beach Week 10:
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.
Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant 324   $3
6/19  
#10 6 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Touching Evil by Kylie Brant 288 $3
6/26  
#11 4 The Lake House 19:
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50 percent blue, or by an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.
Facing Evil by Kylie Brant 314 $3
6/29  
#12 6 The Summer Blockbuster 25:
Read a book (or a book in a series) that has been adapted for film or television.
A Morbid Taste for Bones  199 $2 
7/2 July 4th Bonus Rolls
#13a 2
(dbls)
The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 374 $3
#13b 8 When? (34):
Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.
Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James 386 $3
#14 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Who? (2):
Read a mystery or detective story, or a book with the word "who" in the title.
Sharp Edges by Jayne Ann Krentz 338 $3
#15 7 The Stay-cation 9:
Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library or a park, or that the author's name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.
Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin 368 $3
7/21  
#16a 4 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#16b 7 Free Parking:  Roll 2 dice.
A 2 or a 3 sends you to the robot;
4, 5, or 6, go to the race car;
7, 8, or 9, go to the Scottie dog;
10, 11, or 12 takes you to the cat.
n/a n/a n/a
#16c 9 Novelty Card Scottie Dog -- save for later
(Post a list or poll of 4 books, and ask your fellow players/followers to "fetch" you a book.
n/a n/a n/a
#16d 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Who? (2):
Read a mystery or detective story, or a book with the word "who" in the title.
 Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker  282 $3 
7/23  
#17 7 The Stay-cation 9:
Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library or a park, or that the author's name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.
Cover Shot by LynDee Walker (360) ($3)
TBA  
TBA          

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-17.html
24in48 July 2019 Readathon: Wrap Up

 

Bleh...

 

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period.  You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.



Keeping this post pretty simple since there wasn't as much reading activity as I would have liked, but I did as well as I'd predicted, so I'm not too sorely disappointed in my weekend.  As of midnight, I finished reading one book, Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin, which clocked at 368 pages, though I really only read 353 pages of the book for the readathon.  The amount of time I spent reading, according to my stopwatch, was 5:39:32.  So it basically took me about five and a half hours to finish one book... and I was nowhere near the proposed 24 hour goal, but whaddya gonna do?

I guess I'm at least happy that I finished one book at all, but the rest of the weekend was spent shopping with family, eating out, and being in a generally lazy mood.

Until the next readathon, then!

 

 

Books Read

 

 

 

Currently Reading


I did not start reading any other book this weekend.

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/24in48-july-2019-readathon-wrap-up.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #16
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It feels like it's been ages since I last rolled, almost three weeks ago!  When I last updated, I was reading A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters for my most recent regular roll (Roll #12), wherein I needed to read a book that was either made into a film or television series.  Since there's a television adaptation for the Cadfael series, this book fit right in.  An interesting read, but I had a hard time getting into it, though it's hard to say whether it was the book, or just my lack of time.  At 199 pages, the book gave me $2 to add to my bank.

 


Meanwhile, I'd also taken advantage of the July 4th Bonus rolls and prepped myself for more books to be read.  We all got three extra rolls, but due to the nature of my rolls, I ended up with four books!

 

 

I had considered, very briefly, skipping The Summer Blockbuster 27, as I'd had a hard time finding something to read for this square the last time I landed on it.  But then I remembered that I had all three of the four DC Icon series books, and what better "hero's journey" than one about the making of a superhero in Wonder Woman: Warbringer?  Also, I like Leigh Bardugo.  =D  The book itself had a lot of potential, but I'm not sure it really set out to do what I'd been hoping it would do.  But still well-written.  This book was 374 pages, earning me another $3.

 


The next square would have been an easy pick for choosing a historical or time travel book, if only I didn't have so many possible historical fiction books to choose from.  But then my library pinged a hold for me and so Silence for the Dead was inserted in as my choice.  Taking place in the time after WWI, this book fits the bill just fine.  Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James was 386 pages, earning another $3.

 

 

The next square was another Question Square, this time Who?, which required a mystery or detective story, and so I randomly chose one of my romantic suspense crime thrillers, and so Jayne Ann Krentz it was!  Sharp Edges was 338 pages, which was another $3!


The last square I landed on for the bonus rolls was The Stay-cation 8, and I chose the easier of the prompts, choosing an author whose name began with a letter in the the word "RELAX."  Just as well, I'd taken long enough with my previous read that Laura Griffin's newest release happened on July 2, so I happily decided to purchase and read the latest in the Wolfe Security series, Her Deadly Secrets.  This book was 368 pages... another $3!


And now that we're caught up, here's the next roll, which ended up becoming a bit complicated, taking me ALL around the board, so sit tight for a fairly long post.

 


My first roll was a double 2, which took me to the Robot Card.  Since I get to pocket the card and roll again anyway, I'm going to forego the whole "doubles, roll again" thing, because I'm not even sure how that would work since I'm already rolling again.

 


It's been a great readathon weekend, and even though I wasn't able to get a lot of reading done, it looks like Monkey and friends are all gathered around for story time anyway.  But being the great buddy that Monkey is, he's opting to sit at the bottom of the board and try to keep Teddy Bear from sliding further down off of his square.  Yay, Monkey!

 


My next roll for this turn was a seven, and landed me on Free Parking:  Roll 2 dice.  A 2 or 3 sends you to the robot; 4, 5, or 6, go to the race car; 7, 8, or 9, go to the Scottie Dog; 10, 11, or 12 takes you to the cat.

 


Still having their reading session, and Monkey's still giving Teddy Bear a hand.  =D

 


The roll for Free Parking gave me a nine, and so off to Scottie Dog card it is!  As per the rules, I'm pocketing this card and moving on.

 


Alllll the way across the board we go.  And Monkey is taking his job quite seriously, I see.

 


Finally, after pocketing my shiny new Novelty card, I rolled a ten and ended up back at the Question Card: Who?, passing Go and collecting $5 while I was at it.  I was just here not long ago, and even though I've got four Novelty cards cramming my pocket now, I don't need to use them for this square.  Finding a mystery to read will be easy peasy... it's picking one out of several that will be the hard part...

 


And it looks like Monkey is quite worn out.  Teddy Bear is sticking to the board okay, so Monkey has decided to join the others at the top for some reading time.

Happy 24in48 readathon weekend!  And hope everyone had a great time and a great weekend!


Meanwhile, I've got a few books I'm considering, though haven't quite made a decision yet.  Though I'm leaning towards a more contemporary book since I'd spent most of the beginning of the year in historical fiction.

 


Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker is a cozy mystery that is 282 pages for $3.  I've been meaning to get back to this series, so this might be a good time to do it.

A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber is a historical mystery that is 324 pages for $3.  I'm also super curious about continuing the Lady Darby series, so this is another possibility.

Ricochet by Jessica Andersen is a romantic suspense with a murder mystery, clocking in at 250 pages, also for $3.  I picked this book up at a library sale, and am very interested in it, as it involves a crime lab scenario.

As of right now, I'm kind of leaning more towards Ricochet, but at the same time, it'd be more convenient for me to read an e-book, which the other two are.  Oh, sigh!  Decisions, decisions.  I might just do a random book draw... or dash all of these options and end up reading something else entirely.  I'll give myself a little time to decide.

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $91
Bail Fund Donation:  0 pages || in table: remain in parentheses in (italics and red)
Books Read:  16
Pages Read:  5,323

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.
*Doubles rolls are depicted as such (dbls) under the dice roll number.

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22  
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle 312 $3
  Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8  
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10  
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13  
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway 321 $3
6/16  
#9 10 Beach Week 10:
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.
Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant 324   $3
6/19  
#10 6 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Touching Evil by Kylie Brant 288 $3
6/26  
#11 4 The Lake House 19:
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50 percent blue, or by an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.
Facing Evil by Kylie Brant 314 $3
6/29  
#12 6 The Summer Blockbuster 25:
Read a book (or a book in a series) that has been adapted for film or television.
A Morbid Taste for Bones  199 $2 
7/2 July 4th Bonus Rolls
#13a 2
(dbls)
The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 374 $3
#13b 8 When? (34):
Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.
Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James 386 $3
#14 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Who? (2):
Read a mystery or detective story, or a book with the word "who" in the title.
Sharp Edges by Jayne Ann Krentz 338 $3
#15 7 The Stay-cation 9:
Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library or a park, or that the author's name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.
Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin 368 $3
7/21  
#16a 4 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#16b 7 Free Parking:  Roll 2 dice.
A 2 or a 3 sends you to the robot;
4, 5, or 6, go to the race car;
7, 8, or 9, go to the Scottie dog;
10, 11, or 12 takes you to the cat.
n/a n/a n/a
#16c 9 Novelty Card Scottie Dog -- save for later
(Post a list or poll of 4 books, and ask your fellow players/followers to "fetch" you a book.
n/a n/a n/a
#16d 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Who? (2):
Read a mystery or detective story, or a book with the word "who" in the title.
     
TBA  
TBA          

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-16.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Quick Thoughts: Silence for the Dead
Silence For the Dead - Simone St. James

Silence for the Dead

by Simone St. James

 

 

In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War.  Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams.  But something more is going on at Portis House—its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms.  It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go?  And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?

Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman… or maybe both.  But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces.  And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.



Silence for the Dead is one of those books that has a great premise and a gorgeous cover, and so you end up with some high expectations, especially knowing how well our author, Simone St. James, can write.  And it has all of this, but in the end, I felt like the book never reached it's full potential.  As much as I'm a weeny when it comes to ghost stories, I was really looking forward to this particular book because of the haunted hospital aspect.

But the book never truly got appropriately spooky, with maybe one or two scenes that came close, but didn't quite do it.  I had read this during the night and expected to fully be scared out of my wits, but even with the lights off, it didn't really do that much.

I will give the book props for touching upon the lack of medical and psychological treatment and care for the war heroes of WWI, the men who had come home with shell shock, and whom society were all unable to accept.  In fact, the story line involving the patients at Portis House seemed to be the stronger of the story tangents.  The way that these men were treated was the more horrifying of everything presented in this book, and even as you knew (and still know) how veterans of war were treated upon returning home with PTSD, it's still a shock to realize the extent of how terrible it all was.

Story-wise, it was a bit unfortunate that everything starts falling apart towards the end of the book.  The romance was also lacking some chemistry, and the men of Portis House ended up just fading into the ending.  Kitty's family issues were never truly resolved either, and her misgivings about men seemed dealt with too readily with the standard "love cures all" treatment.  The same could be said about Jake Yate's PTSD, wherein his fatalistic and suicidal desires were dissolved just because he met Kitty.

Still, I DID get hooked into the book, and the writing is still beautifully done.  The atmosphere created was a great attempt, and the book was still entertaining.  I DID still like Kitty and her gumption, though I found her lack of sense, thinking she could imitate a nurse without repercussions a bit irresponsible, though I appreciated her awareness that her actions could have gotten someone killed in the long run.

Another enjoyable book by Simone St. James, though not necessarily my favorite, and probably more disappointing just because of my own high expectations.


***

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019


Roll #13b:
Square: When? (34) | Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.

How it fits:  This book is historical fiction.
Count Page:  386
Cash:  $3

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/quick-thoughts-silence-for-dead.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Quick Series Review: Circle of Evil
Chasing Evil - Kylie Brant Touching Evil (Circle of Evil #2) - Kylie Brant Facing Evil (Circle of Evil #3) - Kylie Brant

Circle of Evil

by Kylie Brant
Book 1: Chasing Evil | Rating:  3.5 Stars
Book 2: Touching Evil | Rating: 3.5 Stars
Book 3: Facing Evil | Rating: 3.5 Stars

Average Series Rating:  3.5 Stars


Circle of Evil was a pretty riveting crime thriller that follows the same two main characters throughout the whole trilogy.  The second and third books also throw in two other possible romantic pairings, but they aren't elaborated on much.

While I loved the banter and partnership between Cam and Sophia, the two of them DID take a little warming up to.  In the end, you're just glad that all the angst and all the avoidance and the non-communication going on between them were dealt with in the first book.  It took me a second, but I slowly realized that each chapter of the first book was set up to show a flash back of Sophia and Cam's initial relationship before the main investigation in the book starts.  At first I was a little thrown, and wasn't sure that I liked it, but I think by the end of the book, I found that those scenes were handled pretty well, and even added to my understanding of what was going on between Cam and Sophia.

It sort of gave their love story more depth than if they'd just met in that first book and fell in love immediately.  Meanwhile, some trigger warnings for this book, and the rest going forward, as there is a lot of mention of rape and violence, then pedophilia and necrophilia in the next books, even if not detailed.

I think I could have done without being in our serial killers' or rapist's head so much, to be honest.

The second and third books focused on the serial murderers and the investigation, which Kylie Brant has always excelled at writing.

Side characters were all wonderfully incorporated as part of the investigative team rather than just being background props to showcase our main couple.  This is what I like about Kylie Brant's romantic suspense crime thrillers.  The action also never seems to quit, and you're hooked wondering how everything will play out.

The one thing I DID feel I didn't care for was how over-powered the killer is in the last book.  Facing Evil just felt like a never-ending chase, and it was frustrating to watch as Cam and his team always seemed to be one step behind the killer the entire way through, and how their investigation just kept falling apart with each move forward.

Otherwise, I quite enjoyed this trilogy, even if it doesn't really live up to my love for Brant's Mindhunters series.

 

 

 

There’s nothing strange about bodies buried in cemeteries—unless they don’t belong there. And when six murdered women are discovered in other people’s graves, the hunt for a sadistic serial killer begins before he can claim a seventh victim.

Agent Cam Prescott of Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the search alongside forensic psychologist Sophia Channing, who knows the minds of psychopaths inside and out. And after a brief but passionate affair, she knows Cam almost as well. What she doesn’t know is that her high-profile involvement in the case has caught the twisted predator’s eye—and sparked his fury.

When Sophia suddenly vanishes, Cam and his team shift into overdrive to keep horrific history from repeating itself. But for Sophia, being trapped in the same isolated lair where so much innocent blood has been spilled may get her inside her vicious captor’s head—and may offer her the only chance she has to escape an agonizing and lethal fate.

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019


Roll #9:
Square: Beach Week 10 | Read a book that appears on any Beach Reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in
B-E-A-C-H.

How it fits: Author's last name beings with a 'B.'
Pages:  324
Cash:  $3

 

 

 


 

 

Forensic psychologist Sophia Channing nearly lost her life to a serial killer. Fortunately, her own quick thinking—and Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott’s efforts—rescued her from a horrifying fate. Together, Sophia and Cam jailed the sadistic predator and closed the case on his reign of terror.

But when teenagers make a gruesome discovery in the Iowa woods, Sophia and Cam realize they’ve only scratched the surface of an evil that runs even deeper and deadlier than one madman’s twisted desires. And they don’t come more twisted than the killer known as the Zombie Lover: Vance’s mystery accomplice, who’s still at large and stacking up bodies. With the law snapping at his heels and private demons screaming in his head, the Zombie Lover is hell-bent on carrying out a desperate, double-edged mission. He’s determined to terminate Sophia, then target medical examiner Lucy Benally, who he’s vowed to make his own…dead or alive.

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019


Roll #10:
Square: Mountain Cabin 16 | Read a book that is considered mystery / suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.

How it fits:  Book is romantic suspense / suspense genre.
Pages:  288
Cash:  $3

 

 

 


 

 

A serial attacker is locked up, and his murderous accomplice has been gunned down. But the true mastermind behind their lethal reign of terror still hasn’t been taken in or taken down, so the harrowing case of the Cornbelt Killers isn’t closed—and one murderous woman is determined to keep it that way. The only thing more important to her than evading capture is hunting down her hit list of enemies, topped by Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott and forensic psychologist Sophia Channing.

Faced with an opponent both quick-witted and cold-blooded, Cam and Sophia must scramble to keep up with this horrifying new threat. Little do they realize that in this game of cat and mouse, they’re lambs being led to the slaughter.

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019


Roll #11:
Square: The Lake House 19 | Read a book with a cover that is more than 50 percent blue, or by an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.

How it fits:  Author's first name starts with 'K.' / Also, cover is more than 50% blue.
Pages:  314
Cash:  $3

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/quick-series-review-circle-of-evil.html
24in48 July 2019 Readathon: Hour 24 Update

 

And where'd the day go?

 

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period.  You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.



The whole of Saturday was spent with family, hanging out for lunch, and going shopping, so obviously I didn't really get any reading done.  But that's fine, cause I expected it anyway.  It was a rather lazy day, as we also spent most of the afternoon staying out of the sun and trying not to melt, because it was so freakin' hot outside.

Anyway, I DID still manage to get some reading done before the end of the day, clocking 1:13:23 on my stopwatch, and getting another 78 pages read of Her Deadly Secrets.  This only means I don't really get to roll again until maybe later today, because it'll probably take me about three or four hours to finish the book... and that's assuming I don't get distracted.  But I'm definitely determined to finish it, at least before the weekend is over, which will give me exactly one book finished reading... if I'm lucky.

Current totals so far this weekend include 162 pages read, and 2:38:20 hours spent reading.

Meanwhile, here's a pick of a pup with his head propped on my leg as he watches me munch on a cracker.

 


Conclusion:  Yes, he was given a cracker.  Those puppy eyes and the patiently waiting propped head pose was a little hard to resist.

 

 

Books Read


As of this update, I have not finished reading any books.

 

 

Currently Reading

 


Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin
Total pages: 368 // Pre-readathon: 15 pages read
Progress:  177 pages read
-- 84 pages read by Hour 11
-- 78 pages read by Hour 24

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/24in48-july-2019-readathon-hour-24.html
24in48 July 2019 Readathon: Hour Eleven Update

 

What?  Where's Hour Eight?  O.O

 

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period.  You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.



As I'd already mentioned, my reading updates for this time's 24in48 will probably be a bit sporadic.  I usually try really hard to schedule updates every eight hours, but have never really been successful about that.  So I'm just going to update as I see fit, when I get the chance.  In other words, I'm winging it this weekend.

It looks like this update is going up around about Hour 11.  I started reading Her Deadly Secrets pre-readathon, but only got a chapter in before midnight rolled around.  Then I started my stopwatch timer, and according to it, the amount of time I've spent reading so far (give or take a few seconds) was 01:24:57.

Not bad to start, I think, and while I haven't finished the book yet, I'm still hopeful I'll have it done before the end of the night and can move onto my next BLopoly roll, and choose my next book!

 

 

Books Read


As of this update, I have not finished reading any books.

 

 

Currently Reading

 


Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin
Total pages: 368 // Pre-readathon: 15 pages read
Progress:  99 pages read
-- 84 pages read by Hour 11

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/24in48-july-2019-readathon-hour-eleven.html
Read-a-thon: 24in48 July 2019 Starts Now!

 

... or rather, in a little less than an hour, but we're counting down!

 

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period.  You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.



It's been a long week, and I've been mostly absent from the blogosphere, but I promise I'll be back with reviews and some updates soon.  And yes, I'm here to announce and confirm that I will be making my attempt to participate in this summer's 24in48 Readathon.

There are already some social plans being made for the weekend, but I'm still going to do my best to read as much as I can.  I'm proposing no goals this time, and plan on just keeping track of my reading time, and reading as much as possible.  Updates will probably be sparse and chaotic, but I want to at least update twice this weekend.

 


The only book I'm reading right now is Laura Griffin's newest release, Her Deadly Secrets, which is the last book I need to read for my Booklikes-opoly July Fourth Bonus Rolls.  Normally I have multiple books going at a time, but with how my current reading progress is going, I'm trying to take my books one at a time.

I'm only on the very first page, which means that I might just start over from the beginning and count the whole book for the weekend readathon.  I might spend a couple hours reading at midnight, then we'll get back to the book first thing in the morning after I get some sleep.

And then with the BLopoly Dice Roll Pantheon deciding the fate of my reading list, I'm not sure what my next read will be, so I've made no concrete plans.  But being me, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have some hopeful reads for this weekend.  My hope is to finish Her Deadly Secrets sometime Saturday, which will allow me to roll again for BLopoly.  Then we'll move on and hopefully one of the books I've listed below will fit whatever square I land on.

Obviously, I'm not going to read all the books I've listed below, but one can hope, right?


Readathon Hopefuls:

 



What is everyone else reading this weekend?

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/read-thon-24in48-july-2019-starts-now.html
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- June 2019

Hi everyone!

So I've been absent for long enough that I feel like I've been slacking off in my blogging life.  But things have been super busy around Chez Puppy House in the past week or so.  For the week of Fourth of July, while I was able to toss in a post about my bonus BLopoly rolls, I haven't really had much to do with reading.

 


My big brother's wedding happened this past weekend, and the days leading up to it were full of LOTS of last minute preparations.  My brother and sister-in-law have expressed a wish not to have any of their photos shared outside of family and friends, so I won't be posting any of those.  But doggies and non-human subjects are all fair game...  Thus, the above picture is just of how the wedding gift trays, the wedding candles and incense, and the roast pig (on the far left that you can't really see) was set up.

As part of the tradition, these are the gifts we took to the bride's home, wherein they then split the gifts in half and return half to us.  We then commence with a brief tea ceremony of toasting her parents as they let their daughter be married off, then we bring the bride home wherein another tea ceremony happens with toasting tea to the groom's parents, as they welcome a new daughter into the family.

Ahh... traditions, they are interesting to learn about as they happen, though this isn't the first Vietnamese/Chinese wedding we've had in recent years.  Two years ago at about the same time, my younger brother was married and a lot of the same things happened.

But anyway... back to the wedding prep chaos... my sister-in-law wanted to build her own bouquets, boutineers, and flower display decorations in order to save on money.  So we spent a few hours just messing around with that a couple days before the wedding.  There were tons of flowers to play with, and I'd say that the results were quite beautiful.  My sister-in-law is a woman of many resources.

Meanwhile, my brother wanted the introduction of the wedding party at the evening dinner reception to be unique, so they also spent some time practicing a choreographed dance, lasting the first minute or so of the Korean pop song, Boy With Luv by BTS.  I've linked the official BTS dance practice video if anyone is curious as to how the dance was supposed to look.

In actuality, they only made it about fifteen seconds into the dance moves, then ended up doing a freestyle to their seats, which was also fun.  But the most important part was that they had a lot of fun, even if their end result was still kind of messy.  I'm not sure anyone at the reception really noticed anyway.

Meanwhile, my job during the entirety of the day, aside from playing personal family photographer during the tea ceremony in the morning, was dog-sitting.

 


The pups had free reign of the house for a little bit during the early morning.  Meanwhile, Yogi and Bear were put into their spiffy wedding attire, as the puppers belonging to the bride and groom, to celebrate with them.

 


Here's Yogi in his cute little doggie tux, as he makes himself comfortable in my cousin's lap.

 


And here's Bear in a formal suit with bow-tie.  Please excuse the photo as Bear was moving his head in the way of my camera and I couldn't get a better pic afterwards either.

And if anyone is wondering, Baby didn't have a suit since he wasn't really part of the wedding.  Meanwhile, Yogi and Bear were allowed to come out to the dinner reception venue and be in parts of the reception with their human parents.

The wedding went smoothly, lasting all day, with tired feet, happy people, yummy food, and lots of drinking...

The days following after the wedding really was just a recovery phase for most of us who either had too much fun, or were achy and sore from the long festivities of the day as well as the clean-up afterwards.

And then, in my own little reading world, I kind of couldn't get back into reading or blogging for a another couple days, which is why this monthly wrap up is about two weeks late.  Whether my mind was just distracted, or exhausted, I don't know, but I just haven't been into anything bookish in days.

However, I'm hoping that I'm moving back into my bookish world now, and we're picking up where I last left off with the Fourth of July bonus rolls, and the regular roll I had been reading for before that.  Yeah, I'm seriously behind in my reading.  But I'm also stubborn enough to finish reading for all the squares I've landed on before moving forward.

So as a fair warning, I'll probably be AWOL for another duration of time while I try to catch up on my reading.  There may or may not be a review or two posted as we move forward.

Thanks for reading my rambles, everyone!  Now onto the bookish part of this post!

 

 

June Reads

 

 

 

Books Dropped/Put On Hold

 

None this month!  Yay!
 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

June Reading Stats

 

Total works read: 8

  • 8 print/e-book novels


Average rating: 3.44 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  7 books // 3.5 Stars
    • I am not going to list all of the books rated 3.5 Stars, since I only had one other rating this month, with the below listed book the only one NOT 3.5 Stars.
  • Lowest Rated:  Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier // 3.0 Stars


Series I started reading:

  • Saga of the Light Isles by Juliet Marillier

 

Series I completed:

  • Also Known As by Robin Benway
  • Circle of Evil by Kylie Brant

 

Series I have made progress on:

  • Lady Darby Mystery by Anna Lee Huber
  • Tracers by Laura Griffin
  • Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa


Favorite reads:  As I mentioned above, 7 out of the 8 books I read in June had a rating of 3.5 Stars.  This is a fairly mediocre rating for me, but if I had to choose one or two books that were my favorite, they would probably be either Going Rogue by Robin Benway, or Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin.

Disappointing reads:  Obviously as the only book rated 3.0 Stars in June, Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier was the lowest rated book as well as the book I was quite unimpressed and disappointed in.

 

 

Reviews & Notable Posts

 

Reviews Written

 

Memes

  • Did not meme this month!

 

Other Posts

 

 

Coming Up In July

 

Tentative TBR

 

 

 

Other Stuff

So hopefully the rest of the month won't simply be about me catching up on books that I'd intended to have finished more towards the beginning of July.  Unfortunately, I feel like that's probably what's going to happen if I don't get my act together.  The above books I've listed as my tentative reads include the next Haruhi Suzumiya book which I hope to insert at some point in the month, as well as Sourcery by Terry Pratchett, a book I'm overdue to have read along with the Discworld book club.  But I'm just going to take things at my own pace and enjoy.

Meanwhile, the other four books are the ones I've chosen to fulfill the BLopoly Fourth of July bonus rolls.  So as soon as I finish my current reads, I'm going to move into Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, then Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James, Sharp Edges by Jayne Ann Krentz, and Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin.  Although I probably won't be finishing them in that order, since all but one are books I own.  I just checked out Silence for the Dead via e-book library and might focus on that one first.

 

 

2019 Wrap-Ups 

Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups (2016 / 2017 / 2018)
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/monthly-reading-wrap-up-june-2019.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | July 4th Bonus Rolls!
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In celebration of the 4th of July, Moonlight has thrown in another chance at extra rolls for us!  Yay!  This post is going up on 7/3, but that's because I took my rolls at the tail end of 7/2 right before midnight.  Not that it matters, because it will definitely take me more than two days to read all the books coming out of these extra rolls anyway.

I'm still reading for my previous roll (I ended up choosing A Morbid Taste for Bones), and since it's been kind of busy, it's taking me longer to read than it probably should.  Coupled with all the extra rolls, it looks like I've got some heavy reading ahead of me.

 


My first bonus roll (Roll #13a), ended up being a doubles roll of snake eyes, which takes me two spaces forward to The Summer Blockbuster 27.

 


Oh look, Monkey's up and moving again!  Yay!

 


With a doubles roll, I'm rolling again as part of the first bonus (Roll #13b), and ended up with an 8.  This moved me to the Question Square: When? (34).  And since it's a little hard to read in the photo above, the square reads: "Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction or a book with the word "when" in the title."

 


And... what is Monkey doing?  Where are you trying to go, buddy?  You're startling Penni...

 


My next bonus roll (Roll #14) is a 5, which brings us to another Question Square: Who? (2), while passing Go and collecting another $5 in the process.  Again, the pic is a little hard to read:  "Read a mystery or detective story, or a book with the word "who" in the title."

 


Um...  I don't know about this...

 


My third and last bonus roll (Roll #15) was a 7 and took us to The Stay-cation 9... which actually shows as a number 8 in the graphic, but we'll pretend that it's a 9 since it's a 9 on the board.

 


Alrighty then, Monkey.  I think you've made your point.  Whatever that may be.  (Climbing the walls again?  This time in reverse?)  At least Penni doesn't look too worried anymore... as if she ever looks anything but excited.


So... being that this post is already pretty long, and because it's pretty late and I'm getting kind of sleepy...  I'm going to take a bit of time to think on my book selections.  My only lament is that I don't think the Flat Book Society read for this month will fit any of the squares.  And also I'm not really enamored with The Summer Blockbuster 27--I had my issues with that square the last time.

So there's a possibility I might skip at least that first square I landed on.  I will probably go ahead and read for When? and Who? and The Stay-cation 9, all three of which have a wide variety of choices I can pick from.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $72
Bail Fund Donation:  0 pages || in table: remain in parentheses in (italics and red)
Books Read:  11
Pages Read:  3,658

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.
*Doubles rolls are depicted as such (dbls) under the dice roll number.

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22  
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle 312 $3
  Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8  
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10  
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13  
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway 321 $3
6/16  
#9 10 Beach Week 10:
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.
 Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant 324   $3
6/19  
#10 6 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Touching Evil by Kylie Brant 288 $3
6/26  
#11 4 The Lake House 19:
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50 percent blue, or by an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.
Facing Evil by Kylie Brant 314 $3
6/29  
#12 6 The Summer Blockbuster 25:
Read a book (or a book in a series) that has been adapted for film or television.
 A Morbid Taste for Bones  (199) ($2) 
7/2 July 4th Bonus Rolls
#13a 2
(dbls)
The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
     
#13b 8 When? (34):
Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.
     
#14 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Who? (2):
Read a mystery or detective story, or a book with the word "who" in the title.
     
#15 7 The Stay-cation 9:
Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library or a park, or that the author's name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.
     
TBA  
TBA          

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/07/booklikes-opoly-2019-july-4th-bonus.html
BL-opoly 2019 | Mid-game Update
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Ani's BL-opoly 2019 Summary Page



So it looks like we're about half-way into BL-opoly 2019!  A lot of activity has been on the BL feed, and a lot of books have been read.  And even while my own progress as far as number of books read, and amount of BL-opoly cash earned is quite stellar, I'm still not up to my usual speed.  But that's fine, because I've been having a lot of fun, especially coming up with ways to model my gaming partners.  And I'm sure everyone's been enjoying following the "Baby and Bear Saga" these past few weeks.

Well, if you thought two puppies were enough to keep us all busy, here's a third tossed in for good measure.

 

This is the "Good Morning" committee; now feed us all!


Again, excuse the lighting--apparently the stairs is not the best spot for photos.

Bear's big brother Yogi has come to stay with us for a few days, so the house is now swarming with doggies running amok...  Well... actually, Bear is really the only one getting in everybody's business.  Baby is his usual cranky self, trying to keep up with Bear, and Yogi kind of just goes off and does his own thing, i.e., sleeping.

Moving along, here's a bit of an update on the books I've read and for which squares I've read for since BL-opoly 2019 Day One.  I've finished 11 books, with a total page count of 3,658, earning me a total of $67, including passing Go three times.  I haven't yet landed in jail, visiting or otherwise, although now that I've said something I've probably jinxed myself.

With a couple exceptions, I've been mostly lucky enough to be able to choose from books I already own and have been needing to read.  I've even been able to finally knock out a bunch of books that have been collecting virtual dust in my Kindle library for forever, which coincidentally also helps me finish up two book series that needed finishing.

I feel like I'm making excellent progress!  And it feels damn good!  =D

 

 

Books and Squares

 

Roll #1 | The Silk Road
Hard Target by Pamela Clare (Cobra Elite #1)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


The first book for BL-opoly read, enjoyed, and happily devoured because, Pamela Clare!

How the book fits:  This book took place for at least 75% to 80% of the book in Afghanistan, which is one of the 40 countries listed as being along the Silk Road.

See my review below:
Thoughts: Hard Target

 

 


 

Roll #2 | Mountain Cabin 16
Tightrop by Amanda Quick (Burning Cove #3)
Rating:  3.0 Stars


Amanda Quick books are easy and fun to read, and typically follow a formula and romance that I find enjoyable.  Tightrope was no exception, though as I mention in my brief review, there may or may not have been too many characters to keep up with for my liking.

How the book fits:  Tightrope is a murder mystery and romantic suspense in one, so definitely fits the square quite well!

This book's review can be found in:  Packaged Thoughts June 2019: A Bunch of Book Rambles

 

 


 

Roll #3 | The Lake House 20
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


Run to Ground could be cute at times, but it was also frustratingly open-ended with a lot of loose ends.  I mention as much in my short review (see link below).

How the book fits:  Obviously, I went with a book that had a dog on the cover.  This was easy to pick.

This review may also be found in:  Packaged Thoughts June 2019: A Bunch of Book Rambles

 

 


 

Roll #4 (Memorial Day Bonus) | The Summer Blockbuster 27
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier (Saga of the Light Isles #1)
Rating:  2.5 Stars


I love Juliet Marillier, but I have to grudgingly admit that this wasn't one of my favorite of hers.  A little too deep, a little too predictable, and a little too cliche.  I think I like some of her later work more.  But Wolfskin DOES showcase some of the magical that is Juliet Marillier's writing.

How the book fits:  This book was the standard high fantasy adventure, with a hero who started the book out as a young boy, and who slowly grew into a hero as the book progressed, through his challenges and travels.

See my review:
Rambling Thoughts: Wolfskin

 

 


 

Roll #5 (Memorial Day Bonus) | European Vacation 35
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber (Lady Darby Mystery #3)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


I think I liked the previous book more, but this one had a little more romance, and maybe some unnecessary romantic angst.  Nevertheless, still a very enjoyable Lady Darby addition.

How the book fits:  All of the Lady Darby books have taken place in Scotland so far, and this one was no exception, and so definitely fits as a book set in Europe.

See my review:
Thoughts: A Grave Matter

 

 


 

Roll #6 | Mountain Cabin 18
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin (Tracers #13)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


I always look forward to the next Tracers book, and Stone Cold Heart is no exception.  Even in spite of Griffin's continued formulaic romances, I find these to be tried and true books that I don't mind coming back to.  At the very least, her crime thriller is typically quite gritty, sometimes bordering on the dark.  And the forensic aspect of this series is always a big plus!

How the book fits:  This book is set in Texas, which is listed as a state west of the Mississippi.

See my review:
Thoughts: Stone Cold Heart

 

 


 

Roll #7 | European Vacation 33
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa (Haruhi Suzumiya #8)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


Another standard installation to the Haruhi Suzumiya series, both entertaining and strange and larger than life.

How the book fits:  I went for the "author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N" part of the task.  Nagaru Tanigawa definitely fits the bill.

See my review:
Brief Thoughts: The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya

 

 


 

Roll #8 | School's Out For Summer 1
Going Rogue by Robin Benway (Also Known As #2)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


A great ending to the Also Known As duology, reminding me of why I liked the first book so much.

How the book fits:  This book is identified as YA.

See my review:
Brief Thoughts: Going Rogue

 

 


 

Roll #9 | Beach Week 10
Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant (Circle of Evil #1)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


With a few exceptions, this was a pretty good first book to a great serial killer trilogy by Kylie Brant.  The romance was a little hard to get into at first, but I think I liked how it was handled.  The crime thriller aspect was also great to follow, and the characters start growing on you after a while.

How the book fits:  This author's last name starts with 'B,' fitting the criteria for the author's first or last name beginning with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.

See my review:
Series Review: Circle of Evil (coming soon)

 

 


 

Roll #10 | Mountain Cabin 16
Touching Evil by Kylie Brant (Circle of Evil #2)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


I liked this second book a little bit more than the first, but that's probably because we've established the relationships and we're more familiar with all the characters.  But it didn't really give us much different than the first book except for some development in the romance.

How the book fits:  This book is considered romantic suspense / suspense genre.

See my review:
Series Review: Circle of Evil (coming soon)

 

 


 

Roll #11 | The Lake House 19
Facing Evil by Kylie Brant (Circle of Evil #3)
Rating:  3.5 Stars


A nice, well-rounded ending to Kylie Brant's Circle of Evil trilogy, though it doesn't escape my notice how over-powered our serial killer seems to be.  And I feel like we didn't need a third damsel in distress scenario... but overall, this was an enjoyable book, even if not a personal favorite.

How the book fits:  The author's first name starts with a 'K.'  Fits the criteria for the first or last name starting with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.

See my review:
Series Review: Circle of Evil (coming soon)

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/bl-opoly-2019-mid-game-update.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #12
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This BL-opoly update is brought to you by "Two Sleepy Puppers at the Top of the Stairs."

 


I'm not sure what they've been doing, but they look wiped!  And excuse the weird lighting.

Moving along...

For my previous roll, I read the last Circle of Evil book, Facing Evil, by Kylie Brant, which was 314 pages, gaining me $3 to add to my bank.  A rather mediocre read, but still enjoyable.  A series review will be forthcoming when the busy quiets down a little bit.

I ended up finishing this book mere minutes before midnight on 6/28, but being way too tired, I didn't actually roll until this morning (6/29) right before heading to work.  So I've spent most of my day during any dead time at work trying to choose a book.  After a long twelve-hour shift, and some other family stuff, I'm finally able to sit down and put together this update, though the truth is, I really ought to be heading to bed.

Ah well...

So here are the roll details:

 


I rolled a 6, which landed me on The Summer Blockbuster 25.

 


After climbing the walls, it looks like Monkey has worn himself out.  Silly Monkey.  So now Magnetic Mouse will be hosting the board in his place while Penni cheers on, and Keychain Puppy... sniffs Monkey's feet, for whatever reason.  Unfortunately, Magnetic Mouse doesn't have as many movable limbs as Monkey does, so Mousey is just going to... well, stick to the board and look important, I guess.


I thought that I would have to pull a novelty card for this square, since I couldn't really think of a book I wanted to read that had been made into a movie or television series.  I had briefly considered listening to The Lost World by Michael Crichton, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood for a reread...

However, it turns out I DO have a few options that I'm considering, after spending most of the day doing some searching.  In fact, all of the below books I've listed, I'm truly interested in reading, and hadn't realized that they were adapted into film and/or television.

 


I guess that Nora Roberts had had some of her books adapted into Lifetime movies (none of which I've seen), and I'm always up for a Nora Roberts book.  Sanctuary is one of those books adapted to a movie, and also a paperback I already own that's been sitting on my shelf for some time.  It ends at 435 pages, which will get me a $5 reward if I choose to read it.  In truth, I had actually been more interested in either Blue Smoke or Carolina Moon, but neither of those two books are immediately available to me without either spending some money, or running to the library on Monday (since I'm working past the library's open hours this weekend), and I don't want to wait until Monday to choose a book.

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters, has been adapted into a television series, back in 1994.  I've been considering this book for some time as well, and have heard great things about it.  This book, however, is only 199 pages, which is like, two pages shy of the $3 mark.  Amazon notes the book at 213 pages, but other sources are all listing the paperback versions at either 199 or 197.  I want to read it, but I'm also miffed that after finishing this book, I will only earn $2, when it's so close to the next cash level.

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood is also a series that's been adapted into a television series, called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.  This book presents at 185 pages, so would only be $2.

Mindhunter by John Douglas is a true crime book that I've been meaning to read for a long time, and which has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years.  Apparently, there's a Netflix series based on this book that I didn't know about.  Mindhunter is 384 pages, which would be $3 if I choose to read it.


Well... decisions, decisions... what shall I do?

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $67
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  11
Pages Read:  3,658

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22  
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle 312 $3
  Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8  
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10  
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13  
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway 321 $3
6/16  
#9 10 Beach Week 10:
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.
 Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant 324   $3
6/19  
#10 6 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Touching Evil by Kylie Brant (288) ($3)
6/26  
#11 4 The Lake House 19:
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50 percent blue, or by an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.
Facing Evil by Kylie Brant (314) ($3)
6/29  
#12 6 The Summer Blockbuster 25:
Read a book (or a book in a series) that has been adapted for film or television.
     
TBA  
TBA          

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-12.html
Read-a-thon: 24 in 48! July 2019 | Ani's Plans!


So here is the basic gist of this read-a-thon as copied from the 24 in 48 Readathon site:

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period.  You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.



This summer's July 2019 24in48 Readathon will be the weekend of July 20-21.  Once again, I will be off from work that weekend and hopefully able to fulfill my one biggest goal (which I never even come close to, but whatevs, I read) of reading for 24 hours.  This will probably mean that I'll get sidetracked by family socializing, a road trip, a dinner date with friends, television, or all of the above.

But I persist, because I'm stubborn!

With the Booklikes-opoly 2019 game ongoing, I don't have a reading list.  We will read what the BL-opoly Dice Roll Gods grant us.  And we don't care what we read, because we will be reading and that is all that is necessary to please us!

Right?

But just in case it comes up, here are the books that I would most probably try to insert into the game if the right squares pop up for them... just a plethora of books that I own that need to be read.

 


Not too much to cram into one weekend, right?  In hopes of whittling down my digital and physical book shelves, I'm actually trying very had NOT to go to the library as an option this summer if I can help it.  Except for the fact that I've already listed three books above that would be library check-outs...

Le sigh...

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/read-thon-24-in-48-july-2019-anis-plans.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Some Thoughts: Going Rogue
Going Rogue - Robin Benway

Going Rogue

by Robin Benway
Book 2 of Also Known As

 

 

Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safe-cracker Maggie Silver.

Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux.  Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo.

Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safe-cracking skills to try and clear their names.

Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger.  Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.



I read the first book in this short series nearly four years ago, I think, and absolutely loved it.  Why I didn't continue on with the second book, I'm not entirely sure.  Could just be that I'd started growing out of YA books and didn't care enough.  And so it took some time for me to recall events from the previous book enough not to feel confused at certain references to the previous book, but our author, quite excellently, offers up some explanations for anything I might have forgotten since our last encounter with these characters.

Going Rogue was just as fun and delightful as the previous book, with a fast-paced espionage plot, a little bit of romance, and some fun, bantering humor between all the characters.

Of course, my main complaint about this book might have been the fact that we maybe went a little overboard with the joke-y behavior.  There were several conversations that I had trouble taking seriously--which needed to be taken seriously--because Maggie and Roux and Jesse were making light of the whole situation by throwing jokes out left and right.  I mean, I love characters with a great sense of humor, and I loved some of the one-liners that were presented.  But at some point, maybe less is more, and jokes strewn about in moderation might have had a better impact on the story's overall presentation.

And then there were maybe some moments at the end of the book that felt a little too deliberate in how the conclusion was tied up.  Everything felt almost too convenient, and our main villain was merely a name in the background until the end of the book.  Things felt rushed.

But all-in-all, the book was enjoyable.  The kids were maybe a little over-dramatic in some of their actions and behaviors and dialogue, but they're teenagers, so I'll cut them some slack.

On a side note, I had also acquired the audio book version of both the first and second books, narrated by Robin Benway.  But I decided to nix the idea of listening to the audio book when I remembered that Benway is not exactly the best narrator in the world--no inflections, no voice changes to depict a different character's dialogue--no matter that she's narrating her own book.


***

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019


Roll #8:
Square: School's Out For Summer | Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG.

How it fits:  This book is identified as YA.
Page Count:  321
Cash:  $3

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/some-thoughts-going-rogue.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Quick Thoughts: The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya - Chris Pai, Nagaru Tanigawa, Noizi Ito

The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya

by Nagaru Tanigawa
Book 8 of Haruhi Suzumiya

 

 

Two stories continue the adventure in Volume 8 of the Haruhi Suzumiya series.

Editor-in-Chief, Straight Ahead!
Since the beginning of the year, the SOS Brigade has been masking as the Literature Club to be recognized as an official high school organization.  But when the new student council president threatens to disband the group, the members must write a collection of literature.  Naturally, Haruhi assume the role of editor-in-chief and leads the team to publication with hilarious results.

Wandering Shadow
From writers to detectives, the SOS Brigade does it all.  When fellow classmate Sanaka comes to the club seeking help, the team (well, Haruhi) is up to the task.  A well-trodden popular park path has suddenly begun to terrify the neighborhood dogs, and Haruhi suspects that its being haunted by animal spirits.  It looks like the SOS Brigade is about to perform its first first canine exorcism!



Normally, I would review each short story on it's own, give it a rating, and then calculate an average when I read anthologies.  But this time I just didn't feel like it.

The Indignation is just a continuation of the Haruhi Suzumiya adventures with her SOS Brigade, told through the snarky tone of our main narrator Kyon.  It's no different than previous books in the series, with both a strangeness to it that really makes you think, and a larger than life feel that makes you shudder a bit.

The first short story had my expectations up, as I looked forward to seeing what kind of stories each member of the SOS Brigade would come up with, but my expectations were a little deflated.  Specifically, I was looking forward to getting to the end of Kyon's "love story" because the characters hinted that there was a bit of mystery embedded... something that I didn't catch while I was reading it.  And unfortunately, I kind of feel like Kyon's story conclusion was a bit disappointing, almost anticlimactic--basically, I didn't quite understand why everyone was so in awe of it.

Nagato's very short stories were all kind of creepy in a Nagato-esque way, and also pretty thought-provoking.  Asahina's short fairy tale was just cute, illustrations and all.  And here's a spoiler:  You don't get to read any of the other stories the brigade puts together, which is a bit disappointing.  I would have at least liked to have read something of the story submitted by Tsuruya which was supposedly so hilarious that it was making everyone laugh like crazy.

So while I DID like the first short, Editor-in-Chief, Straight Ahead!, I was a bit deflated when some of the building up of my expectations wasn't met.  That's probably my fault.

The second short story, Wandering Shadow sounds like it has a very promising premise... but also fell kind of short.  In fact, I found it kind of boring.

Nonetheless, there was a lot of Kyon contemplating certain scenarios in life, which points to a nice improved development of his character from the lazy high school boy he'd been from the first book.  There are bits of continuation of some background, ongoing story with references back to previous books, and the overall mission to study Haruhi Suzumiya by our time traveler, esper, and alien, and the continued need to keep her content.

Overall, a nice book to waste away some time if you're a fan of this series already.


***

 

Booklikes-opoly 2019


Roll #7:
Square: European Vacation 33 | Read a book set i nthe UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letters in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.

How it fits:  Author's name starts with an 'N.'
Page Count:  212
Cash:  $3

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/quick-thoughts-indignation-of-haruhi.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #11
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@ Booklikes, the book blogging social platform

 


I finished my previous book much later than I'd intended, mainly because of being immersed in those unforgiving mobile app games.  But that's okay, I finally hunkered down and read and ended up breezing right through the rest of it, finishing it late into the night when I should have been sleeping.  Touching Evil was 288 pages, getting me $3 to add to my bank, which brings my bank total to $64!

And now we trudge on forward with a quick update because I rolled late last night before going to sleep, and was too tired to really put together a coherent update, so a quick edit and finalizing of this post is going up right before I leave for work.

 


Roll #11 was a 4, which took me to The Lake House 19.  A nice, simple roll, if I do say so myself.

 


After nearly a week of no activity, it looks like Monkey has taken to climbing the walls.  Regretfully, if I keep taking this long to finish a short book, Monkey may be stuck climbing walls indefinitely.  Hopefully, Penni will be able to keep things under control.  Sorry about that Penni, dear, it's all you now.  I'm not sure I can keep up with Monkey in this state.

 


A simple decision in the making:  I will be reading the last book of Kylie Brant's Circle of Evil trilogy, because, despite having taken so long to finish my previous book, it looks like the dice roll gods are on my side.  Kyle Brant's first name begins with a 'K' which fits the criteria of "an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E."  This is rather wonderful, because I'd been wondering if I'd have to abandon this trilogy until I landed on a square that would allow me to read it, or if I'd maybe just go ahead and use one of my novelty cards.

Fortune is on my side, and my two novelty cards continue to burn holes in my pocket waiting to be used.  Not that I'm complaining.  I'm obviously leaving these cards for those particular squares I know I won't find a book for.

Facing Evil is 314 pages, Kindle version, which will add $3 to my bank upon completion.

Meanwhile, I'm behind a couple reviews, and will hopefully have them out pretty soon.

 

"If I stare at the corn dogs long enough, maybe one of them will magically jump into my mouth."

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $64
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  10
Pages Read:  3,344

Table notes:
*Dates link to corresponding dice roll updates / other links for related activities included.
*Book titles link to reviews if written.
*Page/Cash values in parentheses are still pending reads/ not yet cashed out.

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
#1 5 The Silk Road:
Read a book set in any of the 40 countries along Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.
Hard Target by Pamela Clare 261 $3
5/22  
#2a 8 Novelty Card Robot -- save for later
(Create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you)
n/a n/a n/a
#2b 4 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Tightrope by Amanda Quick 320 $3
5/25 See Also: Roll #3 and Memorial Day Bonus Roll Activities
#3 5 The Lake House 20:
Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover; or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle 312 $3
  Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
#4 7 The Summer Blockbuster 27:
Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale); or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier 516 $5
#5 9 European Vacation 35:
Read a book set in Europe; or that was written by an author who was born in Europe; or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.
A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber 433 $5
6/8  
#6a 10 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
Novelty Card Race Car -- save for later
(Race around the game board to the space of your choosing and read!)
n/a n/a n/a
#6b 11 Mountain Cabin 18:
Read a book that is set west of the Mississippi in the USA, or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is considered part of the Western genre.
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin 357 $3
6/10  
#7a 7 BL Square:  Spin the Wheel Decide n/a n/a n/a
Wheel Decide:  Take one extra roll n/a n/a n/a
#7b 10 European Vacation 33:
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa 212 $3
6/13  
#8 5 Pass Go:  Collect $5! n/a n/a $5
School's Out For Summer 1:
Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or MG
Going Rogue by Robin Benway 321 $3
6/16  
#9 10 Beach Week 10:
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list, or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.
 Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant 324   $3
6/19  
#10 6 Mountain Cabin 16:
Read a book that is considered mystery/suspense genre, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.
Touching Evil by Kylie Brant (288) ($3)
6/26  
#11 4 The Lake House 19:
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50 percent blue, or by an author whose first or last name starts with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.
Facing Evil by Kylie Brant (314) ($3)
TBA  
TBA          

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-11.html

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