Ani's Book Abyss

Ani's Book Abyss

I like to read. A lot.

BLopoly | Roll #3 & Memorial Bonus Rolls Activities


(For roll details, see up update post.)

I had a couple books in mind for two of the three spaces above, and after some searching, have finally made a few decisions.  This is what I've come up with:

 



Roll #3 | 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.

I shall be reading Run to the Ground by Katie Ruggle, which will fit the criteria of having a dog on the cover.  This book clocks at 416 pages, Kindle version, which is equal to $5.


Memorial Day Bonus Rolls

Roll #4 | 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).

I wasn't sure I'd be able to find a book for this particular space's prompts, but then I recalled that there are a lot of high fantasy adventures out there I'd been meaning to read that could very well fit the frame of a "hero's journey."  After doing a bit of a search, I actually ended up wavering between three different books, and in the end, what decided me was based on familiarity, and accessibility.  The summary of Wolfskin sounds very much like a "hero's journey," but if it's not, please let me know and I'll fall back on a different one.  The other two books I'd been considering were Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

Being more familiar with Juliet Marillier, and actually owning the paperback itself was pretty much the deciding factor for me.  My paperback version of Wolfskin is 516 pages, which will get me a $5 addition to the bank.


Roll #5 | 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.

I have chosen to continue on with the next Lady Darby Mystery book by Anna Lee Huber, A Grave Matter.  The book takes place in Scotland.  This book clocks at 433 pages, Kindle version, which is yet, another $5 to my Bank Total upon completion.


Looks like I have some serious reading ahead of me!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/blopoly-roll-3-memorial-bonus-rolls.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #3 & Memorial Day Bonus Rolls (#4 & #5)!!
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Just like the 2017 game, in celebration of Memorial Day Weekend, Moonlight has decreed BONUS ROLLS!!

I saw all the updates and posts last night, but I was still on my second roll's book (just in case anyone is wondering, I went back and tweaked my roll numbers, so that the two rolls that I took the last turn because of the novelty card are now 2a and 2b... not that anyone really cares, but well...), and wanted to get it finished reading before I jumped into any bonus rolls.

So now I'm going to go ahead and take my regularly scheduled roll (a day later than I would have liked, but whatevs), as well as the two Memorial Day Weekend bonus rolls!


Regularly Scheduled Roll:

 


First off, Roll #3 came up as a 5, which brought me to Lake House 20.  I'm fairly certain I have at least one or two books that will fit this square, both of them romantic suspense, and both books I already own.  I'll pick one of them to help whittle down my Mt. TBR.

 


Ah yes... it's been raining most of the week, so it looks like the board is a bit gloomy this morning, even in spite of Penni's attempts to liven things up with the lucky stars.  And, why yes, that IS Murder by Death's fancy board with written in square prompts.  Except that my photography skills are a little lacking today, so you can't really see the written in prompts, because otherwise the picture would have had to have been cut off somewhere.  And since Penni's got the lucky stars out, I'm using them to kind of "mark" the squares I've already landed on, though it's a little hard to see.  And now I'm also contemplating a color code for the squares that are finished and the squares that are active...

And Penni is still wearing Teddy Bear's boat as a hat, but that's okay.  Teddy is busy anyway.

Moving along now...


Memorial Day Bonus Rolls

 


My first Bonus Roll (Roll #4), got me a 7, and took me to The Summer Blockbuster 27.  The above pic of the card is a bit blurry, so here is the prompt:  Read a book that features a hero's Bildungsroman (coming of age tale), or that has a word related to space in the title (i.e., star, planet, rocket).  Hmm... I'm not sure I like this square very much, and there is a high possibility I will skip it.  But I'll give it a shot first and see what book I can come up with.

 


Well, hey!  In celebration of the Memorial Day long weekend and BONUS ROLLS, it looks like we've managed to liven things up on the board again.  There is a mess of lucky stars everywhere... thanks to Penni's enthusiasm.  And Monkey has stolen the boat hat.

 


My next Bonus Roll (#5) was a 9, and so we moved onward to European Vacation 35.  Pretty much any historical I want to read will fit this square, as they all either take place in England or Scotland.  I'm very tempted to simply read the next Lady Darby Mystery book... and will probably just go ahead and do so.

 


Yes, I know, Penni.  Monkey is still up there.  And yes, he still has the boat hat on.  And you've somehow managed to acquire more lucky stars within your vicinity, so a little clean-up might be in order.  Oh, look:  Key-chain Puppy has come to investigate the Monkey (*snort*) business.  =P


As for books, I've kind of got two particular books in mind for two of the squares I've landed on.  But as I've mentioned, that first bonus roll may take a bit of searching, so I'm going to check out my possibilities, and then update with my final book selections.

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $26
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  2

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
5/20 (#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
5/22 (#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 (#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.
TBA    
Memorial Day Bonus Rolls
5/25 (#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).
TBA    
5/25 (#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.
TBA    

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-3-memorial.html
2019 Reading Assignment Challenge | Spring Semester Report Card
Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading



So apparently I'm completely incapable of reading rules properly, because I had myself convinced that the Spring Semester Reading Assignment lasted through to the end of May.  But if I'd stopped to look at the above logo... well, as you an see, the Spring Semester apparently ended on May 1.  And so I had planned an entire extra month of required reads to get through.  le sigh...

 


Since that is the case, and since I'm really almost done with what I thought were my required May Reading Assignment books, I'm just going to push through and finish the last Amanda Quick book, and pretend that the Spring Semester lasts through to the end of May.

At least I've read the Summer Semester rules more properly to find that we're only doing June 1 to August 1.

Anyway, now onto my grading...  Even though I'm still going to read for May, I'm only going to count grading for the first four months.  Mainly because I'm quite confident I'll finish the Amanda Quick book pretty quickly, and also because I can.

I don't mind that I missed submitting my report card, but I'm going to list out my grades and the points I earned for each course anyway.

 

 

My Grades:


Professor AuthorLuv - Intermediate Class (credits: 2):
Grade = A -- I read all my required books for all the months!
Points Earned = 5


Professor Genre - Advanced Class (credits: 3):
Grade = A -- I read all my required books for all the months!
Points Earned = 6


Professor Mix-It-Up - Beginner's Class (credits: 1):
Grade = B -- I missed reading all required books for one of the months.
Points Earned = 3

 

 

Professor AuthorLuv - Intermediate (credits: 2):


Author:  Amanda Quick // 2 books per month // 10 books total
Progress:  9/10 books read

 


1.  With This Ring | Read 1/11/19
2.  I Thee Wed | Read 1/18/19

 


3.  Wicked Widow | Read 2/15/19
4.  Lie By Moonlight | Read 2/20/19

 


5.  Slightly Shady | Read 3/16/19
6.  Don't Look Back | Read 3/31/19

 


7.  Late for the Wedding | Read 4/5/19
8.  Dangerous | Read 4/30/19

 


9.  Seduction | Read 5/15/19
10.  Tightrope | TBR

 

 

Professor Genre - Advanced (credits: 3):


Genre:  Historical Fiction // 3 books per month // 15 books total
Progress: 15/15 books read

 


1.  The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber | Read 1/8/19
2.  The Bride by Julie Garwood | Read 1/14/19
3.  Mr. Ridley by Delilah Marvelle | Read 1/28/19

 


4.  Sweet Release by Pamela Clare | Read 2/22/19
5.  Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare | Read 2/24/19
6.  Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare | Read 2/28/19

 


7.  The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin | Read 3/19/19
8.  Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson | Read 3/24/19
9.  A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray | Read 3/30/19

 


10.  A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn | Read 4/8/19
11.  Indigo by Beverly Jenkins | Read 4/26/19
12.  The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy | Read 4/28/19

 


13.  An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James | Read 5/5/19
14.  The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James | Read 5/12/19
15.  Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber | Read 5/19/19

 

 

Professor Mix-It-Up - Beginner (credits: 1):


Pre-chosen List (see below) // 1 book per month // 5 books total
Progress: 4/5 books read

 


1.  The Neverending Story by Michael Ende | Read 1/29/19
2.  Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates | Read 2/7/19
3.  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld | Read 3/12/19
4.   I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong | Missed
5.  The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie | Read 5/19/19


Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/2019-reading-assignment-challenge.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Final Thoughts: The Bone Woman
The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo - Clea Koff

The Bone Woman

by Clea Koff

 

 

In the spring of 1994, Rwanda was the scene of the first acts since World War II to be legally defined as genocide.  Two years later, Clea Koff, a twenty-three-year-old forensic anthropologist analyzing prehistoric skeletons in the safe confines of Berkeley, California, was one of sixteen scientists chosen by the UN International Criminal Tribunal to go to Rwanda to unearth the physical evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity.  The Bone Woman is Koff’s riveting, deeply personal account of that mission and the six subsequent missions she undertook—to Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo—on behalf of the UN.

In order to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN needs to know the answer to one question: Are the bodies those of noncombatants?  To answer this, one must learn who the victims were, and how they were killed.  Only one group of specialists in the world can make both those determinations: forensic anthropologists, trained to identify otherwise unidentifiable human remains by analyzing their skeletons.  Forensic anthropologists unlock the stories of people’s lives, as well as of their last moments.

Koff’s unflinching account of her years with the UN—what she saw, how it affected her, who was prosecuted based on evidence she found, what she learned about the world—is alternately gripping, frightening, and miraculously hopeful.  Readers join Koff as she comes face-to-face with the realities of genocide: nearly five hundred bodies exhumed from a single grave in Kibuye, Rwanda; the wire-bound wrists of Srebrenica massacre victims uncovered in Bosnia; the disinterment of the body of a young man in southwestern Kosovo as his grandfather looks on in silence.

Yet even as she recounts the hellish working conditions, the tangled bureaucracy of the UN, and the heartbreak of survivors, Koff imbues her story with purpose, humanity, and an unfailing sense of justice.  This is a book only Clea Koff could have written, charting her journey from wide-eyed innocent to soul-weary veteran across geography synonymous with some of the worst crimes of the twentieth century.  A tale of science in the service of human rights, The Bone Woman is, even more profoundly, a story of hope and enduring moral principles.



I ended up skipping the rest of the status updates I'd initially planned, if only because I ended up just reading the book and enjoying myself leisurely.  Aside from that, I found I couldn't really find anything thoughtful to add to discussion anyway, outside of highlighting three or four passages in each of the books's parts that stood out to me.  If I were going to do that, then I might as well just tell everyone to just read the book.  After all, despite a few moments where I felt the book dragged a little, I feel like The Bone Woman is a very worthwhile read.

There is a lot more detail in the first parts devoted to the Rwandan genocide, and the latter parts of Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo were more heavy in detailing site management, with more anthropological findings (which I DID actually enjoy reading about).  There were moments where I thought that the author maybe should have chosen not to harp on mean teammates and team disharmony, too much.  Mentioning it once or twice was fine, and I can only imagine just how stressed and emotionally taxed everyone on these missions were becoming.  But after a while, it just started sounding like complaining, and kind of distracted from the bigger picture of the book.

As I've already mentioned, I don't have a lot to say about this book, and will gladly direct anyone to Themis-Athena's book updates, that give a lot of extra information, as complementary reading to this book, on each of the mentioned missions that Koff was involved in.  In truth, this is probably one of those books that I would have read and simply stated that it was compelling and thought-provoking, and left it at that.  I'm no good at reviewing these kinds of books anyway, the kind where you liked it, but didn't really love it, but still feel like it's a book you'd highly recommend to others.

So that's what I will do.  I've always found nonfictional works a bit more difficult to read, but The Bone Woman never felt like a chore to me.  So overall, I found that I quite enjoyed the book and found it quite inspiring.

Meanwhile, with her permission, I've included the links to Themis-Athena's reading updates, and her review below.  I highly recommend reading these, as they really add to the reading experience of The Bone Woman.

79 of 277 | 112 of 277 | 157 of 277 | 194 of 277 | 256 of 277 | Review

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/final-thoughts-bone-woman.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #2
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So my very first BL-opoly book didn't take long to finish, and the truth is, it usually doesn't take me long to finish reading any Pamela Clare books.  I started reading immediately after midnight on Monday (5/20), intending to just read a chapter or two, then go to sleep, but the next thing I know, I'm 50% done with the book.  I went to work cranky the next morning (because I made myself stop reading, and because of lack of sleep).

 



Anyway, to recap, I read Hard Target by Pamela Clare for The Silk Road.  It fulfills the square being a book primarily set in Afghanistan, which is listed as one of the 40 countries along Silk Road.  And going by how quickly I finished the book, I think it's safe to say I really enjoyed it.  Make no mistake though, it wasn't the best book in the world, but Pamela Clare has a way with her stories.

Hard Target is 261 pages, which gave me a cash equivalent of $3, bringing my current Bank Total to $23.

Let's move onto the next roll.

I decided to go back to my dice roller app, as it was easier to just screen capture... and also Penni was otherwise distracted... because she's easily distracted by things...

 


My next roll was an 8 which (Yay!) moved me onto the Novelty Square: Robot.  According to the game play rules, I get to pocket this card, save it for later, and roll again!  I'm feeling lucky!

 


So now we move Teddy bear to the appropriate square and...  Hmm... it's looking a little quiet here, guys.  This makes me a bit nervous, seeing both Monkey and Penni... just hanging out... well, let's move on for now.  Maybe they over-did their excitement from all the pre-game hype.

 


My extra roll gets me a 4, which moves Teddy Bear Game Piece to Mountain Cabin 16.  And I'm totally excited about this one, because I've got the perfect book for the square.

 


Okay, yeah, this is more like it.  I suppose I was too quick to assume that things had calmed down on the live board so quickly.  Though at least Monkey's being helpful by holding Teddy Bear in place... and, what is that you're wearing on your head Penni?  Is that Teddy's paper boat?  He's going to want that back, you know?

Anyway...

Moving along...

 


Oh yeah!  I'm finally getting to Tightrope by Amanda Quick.  It took awhile for my library to pick up this book in e-book format, and then when they did, I checked it out, and was wondering if I'd have to read this book outside of the BL-opoly game just to get it read before I needed to turn it in.  But now, I can just read it and let it count for the game!  Lucky!

Tightrope is tagged mystery and suspense, and most of the more recent Amanda Quick books are all typically a mix of historical mystery, romance, and suspense, this one included.  Tightrope is 320 pages, which will give me a $3 addition to my Bank Total upon completion.

I'm so ready to get going with this one!

 

 

Novelty Cards Currently In My Pocket

 

 

 

My Progress


Current Bank:  $23
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  1

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
5/20 (#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 (#2b) 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
5/22 (#2a) 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

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-2.html
Bout of Books 25: Wrap Up!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure.   There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

 

 

I'm going to have this post double as an 'It's Monday!' meme, if only because I don't think I've done one in a while.

Bout of Books this time around, I feel has been a resounding success for me, and mainly I'm just super happy that reached all the goals I set out to reach.

1) Read 3 books.  Check!
2) Update daily.  Check!
Bonus Goal:  Read for 2 to 5 hours daily...  Okay, so I didn't exactly reach this goal, but I spent six hours reading this last day of the BoB readathon, so if I average the time I spent reading, it all evens out.

Best of all, I actually finished 5 books!  Two more books than I set out to read.  Yay!  True, at least two of the books were already half finished at the beginning of the readathon, but still--Yay!

In the meantime, I've also been able to catch up on some reviewing and some reading game update posts.  All-in-all, I feel like I've had a fabulous reading and blogging week!  With a new reading game starting up on the BookLikes platform, BookLikes-opoly, I'm pumped to keep up my reading pace!

Cheers, all!

 

 

Books Finished During Bout of Books

 

 

 

Overall Running Totals


Overall Weekly Running Total
# Pages Read:  1153 pages
# Minutes Listened:  299 minutes
# Books Read:  5 books


Monday, May 13
# Pages Read:  184 pages
# Minutes Listened:  47 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished Ever Strange by Alisa Woods | read 149 pages

Tuesday, May 14
# Pages Read:  273 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Wednesday, May 15
# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read: 1 book
-- Finished Seduction by Amanda Quick | read 354 pages

Thursday, May 16
# Pages Read:  34 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Friday, May 17
# Pages Read:  106 pages
# Minutes Listened:  50 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished The Bone Woman by Clea Koff | read 166 pages

Saturday, May 18
# Pages Read:  96 pages
# Minutes Listened:  0 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Sunday, May 19
# Pages Read:  269 pages
# Minutes Listened:  62 minutes
# Books Read:  2 books
-- Finished Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber | read 384 pages
-- Finished The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie | listened to 299 minutes

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

What's Hopefully Up Next

 


With the starting of BL-opoly, I don't quite have a tentative reading list for the coming weeks, probably even months, as my each next roll for the game will dictate what book I will be reading.  The only books I know for sure about are the above two:  Hard Target, because it will be my first book for BL-opoly, and Tightrope, because I still have one more Amanda Quick book to read before the end of the month.

Otherwise, let the BL-opoly dice roll gods decide for me!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/bout-of-books-25-wrap-up.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Brief Thoughts: The Other Side of Midnight
The Other Side of Midnight - Simone St. James

The Other Side of Midnight

by Simone St. James

 

 

London, 1925.  Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War.  Now she's been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.

Ellie doesn't contact the dead—at least, not anymore.  She specializes in miraculously finding lost items.  Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known.  Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes.  Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.

As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it...



The Other Side of Midnight has a very strong start and a great premise.  Ellie is a great character, and I liked her from the first introduction, wherein she messes with the mind of one of her clients because her psychic powers tell her that he's lying to her, and that he's got ulterior motives.  I loved Ellie's blunt, heck care attitude, although I did get frustrated on her behalf when she got dragged into a murder investigation under threat.

The murder mystery itself was quite full of twists, and the ending was unexpected, even if not entirely surprising.

This particular Simone St. James novel didn't really feature as many creepy, ghostly moments as the previous ones I've read of hers, but they were still well presented.

And while I liked the self-revelation journey that Ellie ends up going through, after a while I started finding some of the flashbacks a bit tedious, even if I DID understand why they were included.  Maybe because I just couldn't figure out the relationship between Ellie and Gloria, or maybe because I COULD figure it out and didn't really care much for it.  The flashbacks involving Ellie and her mother, however, I really enjoyed, and found them to be nicely done.

Meanwhile, the romance itself wasn't really all that front-and-center, even if it wasn't terrible either.  James Hawley didn't really stand out much as a main hero, so I didn't give him much thought.

Otherwise, a very enjoyable book with a gorgeous cover!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/brief-thoughts-other-side-of-midnight.html
BookLikes Snakes and Ladders | Wrap Up!

With the completed reading of Mortal Arts, I have finally brought my game of BookLikes Snakes and Ladders to an end!  Yay!  And just in time to start the next game, too, so I'm doubly excited.

I wanted to give a really nice big THANK YOU to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for being wonderful reading game hosts, coming up with so many fun activities to keep the BL feeds active all the time.  Every time I feel like I'm about to hit a reading slump, or whenever I feel like I'm having trouble pulling out of one, a game like this comes around, and I find myself finishing books left and right, as well as discovering new authors and new book series, and sometimes even new genres, that I'd never thought to pick up on my own before.

In this respect, I've managed to pick up a couple new authors I'm interested in continuing to follow, and I've also manged to read one or two book son my shelves that I'd been meaning to read for forever.

Reading games are wonderful like that, aren't they?

 

 

 

BookLikes Snakes and Ladders



Once again, I'm presenting to everyone my Dino Baby marker since he's no longer on the actual board (which I suspect he's rather relieved about, because the snakes were not nice to him).  Dino Baby played a wonderful game and kept his energy up even in the fits of motion sickness from certain pesky, slippery foes.  Great job, Baby!

 

Dino Baby Snakes and Ladders Marker
"I'm still too lazy to 'Rawr' today."

 

 

My Final Stats


Book Read:  24
Rolls:  23
Snakes:  3
Ladders:  0


Dates for each dice roll corresponds with respective update post.
Book titles link to reviews if written.
Completed books' covers (read and used for squares) following table.

 

Date Dice Roll Square/Prompt Book Title / Author Fits Square?
02/20
na
1.  Author is a woman Sweet Release by Pamela Clare Yes
02/22 (#1)
(2 + 4)
6
7.  Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D. Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare Yes
02/24 (#2)
(2 + 3)
5
12.  Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z. SEAL for Her Protection by Paige Tyler Yes
02/27 (#3)
(2 + 4)
6
18.  Set in a school Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger Yes
03/09 (#4)
(4 + 5)
9
27.  Set during WWI or WWII Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Yes
03/12 (#5)
(5 + 6)
11
38.  Newest release by a favorite author Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz Yes
03/12 (#6) (3 + 5)
8
46.  A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years Slightly Shady by Amanda Quick Yes
03/16 (#7)
(5 + 6)
11
57.  Was published more than 50 years ago Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart Yes
03/16 (#8)
(4 + 4)
8
65. Snake - go back to 52 n/a n/a
03/16
snake
52.  Has a tree or flower on the cover The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin Yes
03/19 (#9)
(2 + 5)
7
59.  Was published more than 10 years ago Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare Yes
03/19 (#10)
(2 + 5)
7
66.  Part of a series that is more than 10 books long Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson Yes
03/24 (#11)
(1 + 2)
3
69.  Something related to travel on the cover A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Julana Gray Yes
03/30 (#12)
(4 + 6)
10
79.  Main character is a woman Don't Look Back by Amanda Quick Yes
03/31 (#13)
(3 + 5)
8
87.  Snake - go back to 57 n/a n/a
03/31
snake
57.  Was published more than 50 years ago The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy Yes
4/28 (#14)
(3 + 6)
9
66.  Part of a series that is more than 10 books long Mort by Terry Pratchett Yes
4/28 (#15)
(4 + 5)
9
75.  Set in a fantasy world Wild Country by Anne Bishop Yes
4/28 (#16)
(3 + 3)
6
81.  Ghost story An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James Yes
5/5 (#17)
(2 + 6)
8
89.  Published between 2000 and 2017 Late for the Wedding by Amanda Quick Yes
5/5 (#18)
(4 + 6)
10
99.  Snake - go back to 69 n/a n/a
5/5
snake
69.  Something related to travel on the cover The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James Yes
5/12 (#19)
(2 + 2)
4
73.  Categorized as YA Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld Yes
5/12 (#20)
(3 + 6)
9
82.  Genre: urban fantasy Ever Strange by Alisa Woods Yes
5/13 (#21)
(3 + 5)
8
90.  A new-to-you author Indigo by Beverly Jenkins Yes
5/13 (#22)
(3 + 5)
8
98.  Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS Dangerous by Amanda Quick Yes
5/13 (#23)
(1 + 3)
4
100.  Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes! TBA YES!

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/booklikes-snakes-and-ladders-wrap-up.html
Bout of Books 25: Day 6 Update
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure.   There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



Of course, while I had fully intended to finish reading another book on Saturday, that didn't quite happen.  With a whole day off of work, I'd planned on kicking back, eating some snacks, and reading, reading, reading.

Instead, I spent most of my time going through books to compile some possible reads for BookLikes-opoly when the game starts.  I like making lists, it's all the rage.

Nonetheless, I'm still making progress on Mortal Arts, and I'm very much hoping that I'll have it finished before the weekend is over.  I'm also going to find a chance to finish listening to the rest of The Sittaford Mystery.  Then I'll be down to only one ongoing book, which I plan on taking slowly anyway.  It'll be something that maybe I can read if I'm ever between books during BL-opoly.

 

 

Progress For the Day


# Pages Read:  96 pages
# Minutes Listened:  0 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

Progress Running Total


Overall Weekly Running Total
# Pages Read:  884 pages
# Minutes Listened:  237 minutes
# Books Read:  3 books


Monday, May 13
# Pages Read:  184 pages
# Minutes Listened:  47 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished Ever Strange by Alisa Woods | read 149 pages

Tuesday, May 14
# Pages Read:  273 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Wednesday, May 15
# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read: 1 book
-- Finished Seduction by Amanda Quick | read 354 pages

Thursday, May 16
# Pages Read:  34 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Friday, May 17
# Pages Read:  106 pages
# Minutes Listened:  50 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished The Bone Woman by Clea Koff | read 166 pages

Saturday, May 18
# Pages Read:  96 pages
# Minutes Listened:  0 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Sunday, May 19
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

 

 

Books Finished During Bout of Books

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/bout-of-books-25-day-6-update.html
Booklikes-opoly 2019 | Roll #1!
Booklikes-opoly
@ Booklikes, the book blogging social platform

 


BookLikes-opoly is back with new tasks, a new board, and soon to be announced new twists!  I can't wait.  And because I can't wait (even though I'm still catching up on some reading), I'm taking an early roll to start my planning.  And since Moonlight has already announced her first roll, I'm going to follow suit!

Of course, I will absolutely wait until the official new start date, Monday, May 20, to start reading my book...  That is, if I can get to it by then.  But in the meantime, I'M GOING TO ROLL ANYWAY!

So... as we have all been anticipating, a few old friends will be back to help me play this game.  The truth is, I'm still drawing a blank as to how I want to present my board, so I'm just going to go with the flow and maybe I'll come up with some new fun presentations.

So let's start off with the dice roll, which we have the ever so elegant Peek-a-Boo Penni Penguin presenting to us in style... well, sort of.  It's really just fuzzy dice decoration, but it still rolls the same... sort of.

 

 


Penni may or may not continue to present a physical dice roll in future.  To tell the truth, the rope that connects the fuzzy dice seems to limit the pair of dice's rolling capabilities, so chances are, I'll revert back to virtual dice.  Besides, Penni's got other posing activities scheduled, right?

Meanwhile, as we can see with four Mickey heads on one die, and one Mickey head on the other, I managed to roll a 5 for this first go, which took me to The Silk Road.

 

 


And look who all came out to play!  Magnetic Monkey and Teddy Bear Game Piece have been hibernating, but for BookLikes-opoly, they've been prepping their glamour shots!  Well... maybe not Teddy, since he's only got so many poses and has also managed to slide off of the Railroad square and into his paper boat.

But that's okay, Monkey will make up for everything with his enthusiasm.  We all know Monkey's kind of an attention hog, so we get to find out once again how he'll decide to play this game.

On an aside, please excuse the messiness of the board.  We're still doing some housekeeping where this game's presentation is concerned, and the board didn't print out as brightly as I would have liked.  Also, the lighting in my room is a bit sucky, but we'll manage like we did last time!

 

 


For my first square, The Silk Road, I'd already made a short list of books that would fit this square, and to be honest, I hadn't gotten very far, as I kept getting distracting making book lists for the other squares.  There were two particular books on my immediate TBR that I had written down, and unfortunately the other book is actually a book I'm saving for another challenge starting in June.

So I'm choosing Hard Target by Pamela Clare, which, according to a review I happened to glimpse, at least 75% of the book takes place in Afghanistan, so I figure it would work just fine.  I've been meaning to get this book read for some time anyway, as I don't think I've ever let a Pamela Clare contemporary or romantic suspense sit long after it's publication--this is a first, really...

Hard Target is listed as 261 pages, Kindle version, which will get me $3.  Not bad for a first roll.

And now to wait for Monday to swing around.

 

 

 

 

My Progress

(last updated 5/18/19)
Current Bank:  $20
Prison Library Donation:  0 pages
Books Read:  0

 

Date
(Roll #)
Dice Roll Space/Prompt Book Title / Author Pages Cash
5/20 Game Start $20
5/20 (#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
TBA          
TBA          
TBA          

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/booklikes-opoly-2019-roll-1.html
Bout of Books 25: Day 5 Update
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure.   There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



Well, it looks like I've met all of my proposed goals... except for that bonus goal of reading 2 to 5 hours daily.  I haven't been keeping track well enough to know if I've met that goal.  But I've finished reading 3 books (which is also me taking liberties with the way I've worded the goal to read 3 books, since technically, I read one book and finished two books that were already in progress... so if I wanted to split hairs, I really only read the equivalent of two books... but who's really couting?)

I've managed to post an update everyday, even if I made little progress in reading.

And with the weekend coming up, I've got two things in mind:  1) Do some serious reading to put a serious dent in the books I'm currently reading, and 2) some Booklikes-opoly planning!!

Really, I don't think I'm going to spend too much time planning for the new game, but I DO truly want to finish as many of my current reads as possible so that I can start fresh for the new game's new start date.  Obviously that's probably NOT going to happen, but we can hope, right?

Meanwhile, as far as progress for the day goes, I managed to read a little from Mortal Arts, and continue to make great progress listening to The Sittaford Mystery.  Then, I kind of just breezed through The Bone Woman and finished reading it a little before midnight.

Now I can move onto the next book!

 

 

Progress For the Day


# Pages Read:  106 pages
# Minutes Listened:  50 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

Progress Running Total


Overall Weekly Running Total
# Pages Read:  788 pages
# Minutes Listened:  237 minutes
# Books Read:  3 books


Monday, May 13
# Pages Read:  184 pages
# Minutes Listened:  47 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished Ever Strange by Alisa Woods | read 149 pages

Tuesday, May 14
# Pages Read:  273 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Wednesday, May 15
# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read: 1 book
-- Finished Seduction by Amanda Quick | read 354 pages

Thursday, May 16
# Pages Read:  34 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Friday, May 17
# Pages Read:  106 pages
# Minutes Listened:  50 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished The Bone Woman by Clea Koff | read 166 pages

Saturday, May 18
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

Sunday, May 19
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

 

 

Books Finished During Bout of Books

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/bout-of-books-25-day-5-update.html
Bout of Books 25: Day 4 Update
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure.   There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



Thursday was not as successful a day in reading as I would have liked, but mostly because work was a bit grueling, and so I kind of passed out while reading The Bone Woman last night after I got off work.  That's fine, I still made a slight bit of progress, even if not much.  At the very least, I've still been listening to The Sittaford Mystery each day as I drive to and from work, and I'm guesstimating that I'll have the audio book finished in another two days.  Since I'm off over the weekend, I'm planning on setting aside some time, specifically to finish listening to the rest of the book.

And also since I'm off over the weekend, that means readathan might be able to kick into full gear for me... assuming I don't end up needing to socialize with real people.  =P

 

 

Progress For the Day


# Pages Read:  34 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

Progress Running Total


Overall Weekly Running Total
# Pages Read:  457 pages
# Minutes Listened:  93 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book


Monday, May 13
# Pages Read:  184 pages
# Minutes Listened:  47 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished Ever Strange by Alisa Woods | read 149 pages

Tuesday, May 14
# Pages Read:  273 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Wednesday, May 15
# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read: 1 book
-- Finished Seduction by Amanda Quick | read 354 pages

Thursday, May 16
# Pages Read:  34 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Friday, May 17
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

Saturday, May 18
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

Sunday, May 19
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

 

 

Books Finished During Bout of Books

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/bout-of-books-25-day-4-update.html
Bout of Books 25: Day 3 Update
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure.   There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team



I had been hoping to get more reading done after I got off work last night, but instead, I found myself trying to catch up with some blog posts that were long overdue.  I managed to post a couple things, and finish writing another review, soon to be posted.  Then I started formatting other future posts, and briefly considered doing some blog housekeeping by updating some of my Reading Challenge pages... but decided to just leave them be for now.

Still, I've made some great progress, having finished another book (Seduction), and starting another book (Mortal Arts).  To be honest, I kind of DO want to spend some more time on the books that I have already been reading, so unless I suddenly end up being drawn completely into Mortal Arts, I may try to make some more headway into The Bone Woman.

 

 

Progress For the Day


# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book

 

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

Progress Running Total


Overall Weekly Running Total
# Pages Read:  457 pages
# Minutes Listened:  93 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book


Monday, May 13
# Pages Read:  184 pages
# Minutes Listened:  47 minutes
# Books Read:  1 book
-- Finished Ever Strange by Alisa Woods | read 149 pages

Tuesday, May 14
# Pages Read:  273 pages
# Minutes Listened:  46 minutes
# Books Read:  0 books

Wednesday, May 15
# Pages Read:  191 pages
# Minutes Listened:  48 minutes
# Books Read: 1 book
-- Finished Seduction by Amanda Quick | read 354 pages

Thursday, May 16
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

Friday, May 17
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

Saturday, May 18
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

Sunday, May 19
# Pages Read:
# Minutes Listened:
# Books Read:

 

 

Books Finished During Bout of Books

 

 

 

Read-a-thon Hopefuls

 



I'm going to try to have as much fun as I can.  If anyone else is interested in joining the read-a-thon, the badge at the top of this post will take you to the Bout of Books official website.  The link under the picture takes you directly to the sign-up post. Let's all have some fun for this week of a read-a-thon!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/bout-of-books-25-day-3-update.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Brief Thoughts: Goliath
Goliath  - Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson, Alan Cumming

Goliath

by Scott Westerfeld
audio book narrated by Alan Cumming
Book 3 (final) of Leviathan

 

 

Alek and Deryn are abroad the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger.  This brilliant/maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath that can end the war.  But whose side is he really on?

While on their top-secret mission, Alek finally discovers Deryn's deeply kept secret.  Two, actually.  Not only is Deryn a girl disguised as a guy... she has feelings for Alek.

The crown, true love with a commoner, and the destruction of a great city all hang on Alek's next--and final--move.



I found this last book of the trilogy immensely more riveting than the previous book, as the story kind of comes to a head.  From the very beginning of the book, I got caught up in all the events, from the rescuing of Tesla to the revelation of Deryn's true identity to Alek and others.

But I can't help noticing that after some thought, I had a few quibbles with a lot of the latter part of the book.  I suppose I felt like Deryn's actions and behavior after her disguise was revealed to Alek felt a bit out of character.  I don't mean the part where they're fighting and angry at each other--Alek because Deryn kept such a big secret from him; Deryn because she feels like Alek should be more understanding of her circumstances.  But after the two sort of reconcile, their relationship was just so stunted and awkward, and Deryn's behavior felt kind of contradictory to how her character had been since the first book.

I get that they probably can't carry on the same way afterwards, but it still felt more awkward than I think it needed to.

Meanwhile, I DID continue to find Alek's "provenance" declaration extremely exhausting, much like Deryn did.  But I suppose that was the best way to continue propelling the story forward.

However, in the end, I really just kind of kicked back and enjoyed the rest of the book, though I confess, I'm a bit conflicted about how everything ended.

Leviathan was a really entertaining and enjoyable story, with a well-crafted alternate universe with loads of potential.  I don't know if I can truly determine whether or not that potential was reached, as I DID have my complaints.  But in the end, the adventure that took place following Deryn and Alek kept me hooked.

And what made my day was the awesome narration by Alan Cumming throughout!

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/brief-thoughts-goliath.html
Reading Update for The Bone Woman: Part Two
The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo - Clea Koff

The Bone Woman

by Clea Koff

Part Two:  Kigali

 


I'm a bit behind on my updates (as well as reading this book as part of the buddy read with Themis and Elentarri), but I tend to take nonfiction slowly anyway, so I'm not sweating it.  But here's the next, though I wasn't really sure I had much to contribute to discussion.


Part Two: Kigali, is a bit shorter than the first, Kibuye, and feels almost like an extension of the Kibuye mission, since it is still within the scope of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

This part also has a few things that I would have liked to have seen in the previous part in Kibuye.  There is a short lesson about the terms "Hutu" and "Tutsi" and how they came to be about, as Koff explains about the way in which identity cards were checked for an individual's "ethnicity" during the 1994 killings.  I found this section pretty interesting.

Meanwhile, the scientist in me couldn't help but be drawn to the following passage:

Children present more age indicators than adults because, in addition to all the postcranial indicators, teeth form and erupt in the mouth at generally predictable ages (except for the third molars, or "wisdom teeth").  The formation of crowns and roots can generate an age range, which can be further informed by the state of fusion on the long bones, pelvis, hands, feet, and even fingers and toes.  So where forensic anthropologists often give five- or ten-year age ranges on adults who appear to be over the age of thirty-five years, for children a narrower age range can usually be assigned.  You might find one indicator that a child is no younger than five, for example, and then another three indicators that put him under eight.  With this information, you can safely record an age range of between five and eight years at death.  Similarly, for a young adult male, you might find that the sternal epiphysis of the clavicle is unfused, putting him roughly under twenty-five years, but under nineteen.  Now you can begin to form an age estimate, one that does not have to be as broad--perhaps sixteen to twenty years.  Then you look at the other bones to refine or adjust the age range further.  The goal is to improve the chances of finding a match with a missing person, and the forensic anthropologist must take into account the variation he or she has seen in cases where the actual age of the decedent became known after a positive identification.


This is kind of what I'd been looking for in terms of Koff showing us how forensic anthropology and osteology can be used to identify a skeleton.  This is stuff I recall spending a semester trying to learn, all those years ago in college.  Something that I, admittedly, never excelled at, but always found extremely interesting.

The rest of the Kigali part also has Koff mentioning the importance of team morale and team togetherness, as she feels, for the first time, what happens when their lead anthropologists are called away, and the small group left in Kigali kind of just start breaking apart.

This is still a very nerve-wracking time for Koff, as she still remembers the gunfire and killings of the two men in the lake, just feet away from where she and her teammates had been dining one night.  The bullet holes and bloody hand prints on walls continue to remind her that the places she is currently staying had recently been desperate places of refuge for the victims.

We also get to see a glimpse of an orphanage that Koff visits, with children, orphaned from the genocide.  It's a nice touch to end off this part of the book, I think, and I'm glad she included it.

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/reading-update-for-bone-woman-part-two.html
BookLikes Snakes and Ladders | Voting Results!
Mortal Arts - Anna Lee Huber

Mortal Arts

by Anna Lee Huber
Book 2 of Lady Darby Mystery


And so we have a pretty obvious winner!

I wasn't a hundred percent sure, but I had a feeling I knew which book would be the more popular one when I made my list for this poll.  Lady Darby has always had great reviews from everyone, and that cover is just lovely.

And the truth is, I couldn't have been more satisfied.  I've been wanting to get back to the Lady Darby series for some time now and this is perfect!

Of course, the other three books are also books I will eventually read, so no loss there.

I had almost thought that The Duchess Deal might have had a fighting chance among the romance readers, but it looks like My Fair Concubine beat it out.

Okay, enough rambling now.  To steal from a few others, here's a pie chart to show just how well Mortal Arts did:

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/05/booklikes-snakes-and-ladders-voting.html

currently reading

Progress: 30%
Wolfskin - Juliet Marillier
Run to Ground - Katie Ruggle