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Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Booklikes-opoly Roll #21

Finished Three Souls and really liked it, so I´m up for a new roll. Starting from square 19 I rolled:

 

 

 

Which brings me to:

 

 

I have a few books with water on the cover. Decisions, decisions. But I have choosen this one and I hope I´m going to like it:

 

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 468 out of 468 pages.
Three Souls - Janie Chang

Didn´t enjoy the first half of the book, but I absolutely loved the second half of it. I´m so glad that I kept on reading this novel.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 310 pages.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood - Alexandra Fuller

Mum says, "Don´t come creeping into our room at night."

They sleep with loaded guns beside them on the bedside rugs. She says, "Don´t startle us when we´re sleeping."

"Why not?"

"We might shoot you."

"Oh."

"By mistake."

"Okay". As it is, there seems a good enough chance of getting shot on purpose. "Okay, I won´t."

 

After having read the first couple of pages yesterday, I decided to finish up Three Souls before digging into this book porperly. But now I feel more inclined to read Alexandra Fullers memoir, so I might reconcider.

Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 468 pages.
Three Souls - Janie Chang

Does anyone else struggle with these kind of books? Once I´m reading the novel, it is an perfectly okay read and I keep on reading it. But as soon as I´m setting the book aside to do other "stuff", I´m not feeling inclined to pick it up again.

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Six Stories
Six Stories: A Thriller - Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories is a really great mystery. Admittedly, the actual mystery hasn´t been anything special and I had a hunch about the ending. Based on the story alone I wouldn´t have given this book such a high rating.

 

 

The reason why this book worked so wonderfully is the style in which it is written. The book is told by means of a podcast, which delves into the death of a 15 year old teenage boy twenty years prior to the airing of the podcast. Each chapter (podcast-episode) focuses on a person, whose has been with the victim on the time of his death and Matt Wesolowski slowly reveals the depths of teenage group dynamic throughout his novel.

 

The narration of the mystery kept me glued to the pages, desperate to know what would happen next. And the ambigious ending has been great and suited the tone of the novel perfectly.

 

Free friday read #1

Page count: 225 pages

Money earned: $6.00

Free friday read #2 (June 23th)
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood - Alexandra Fuller

I have heard good things about the story of Alexander Fullers childhood in Rhodesia in the 70s, so I´m happy to dig into this book starting today.

Booklikes-opoly Roll #20

Starting point: Mystery 17

 

 

 

Brings me to:

 

 

And my book pick is:

 

Three Souls - Janie Chang 

 

A non-scary ghost story.

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Murder at the Brightwell
Murder at the Brightwell - Ashley Weaver

Murder at the Brightwell is the first book in the Amory Ames series and I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed it so much that I would have started the second book right away if I would have access to it.

 

Admittedly the actual mystery was the weakest part of the story. It was written well enough but it lacked that certain kind of finesse and trickiness that for example an Agatha Christie novel possess.

But I loved the 1930s setting in an Englisch hotel and above all the two main characters, who are absolutely endearing. I almost never root for characters, but these two made me root for them all the way through the book. And they are the reason why I would like to read the next book immediately, because I want to know what happens next in their lives.

 

This book has been tagged as a cozy mystery on goodreads.

 

Page count: 325 pages

Money earned: $6.00

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Confessions
Confessions - Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder

Yuko resigns from her job as a teacher after har daughter has supposedly died from an accident. During her last lecture, she confronts her pupils with the truth. It wasn´t an accident and two of the pupils in her class are responsible for the death of her little girl.

 

This is only the beginning of the novel and a dark and twisted revenge story unfolds. Each chapter is told from a different persons perspective and every time I thought I knew where the story was heading, it took a completely different direction.

 

I enjoyed the feeling of strangeness and alienation throughout the novel. The culture and the people are completely different to my own European upbringing and the way Kanae Minato describes the characters is creepy and eery, yet she manages to make her characters human in a disturbing way. I constantly asked myself who is telling the truth and which character is the most responsible one for all that has happened.

 

It´s a rather unsettling read but a captivating one as well. I couldn´t put this book down once I have started it. And I have a soft spot for Japanese mystery and crime novels and the atmosphere that these books are able to create.

 

I´ve read this book for the Booklikes-opoly. It´s a mystery / thriller novel and it starts with a C.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 225 pages
Six Stories: A Thriller - Matt Wesolowski

Six Stories is my free friday read #1.

 

I´ve heard about this book on the "What should I read next?"-podcast and I was immediately intrigued. And so far it is a really good.

 

It´s about the death of a teenager in 1997. A podcast tries to shed a light on the mysterious death of the boy, interviewing people who were involved in the tragic incident. What makes this book a special read is the style. The majority of the chapters are written like a podcast and I´m enthralled by this way of telling a story.

 

I managed to read the first chapter yesterday before I went to bed and now I have finally time to continue with it.

 

Review
4 Stars
The Circular Staircase
The Circular Staircase -  Mary Roberts Rinehart

I flew through the last 60% of this mystery. Written in 1908 the novel didn´t feel dated and it´s acually been an awful lot of fun to read this book, especially since the main character has a wonderfully dry humour and a whole lot of the other characters are suffering from severe cases of superstition. And I liked the British feel of it, so it took me completely by surprise when I realized half way through the book that the story is actually is set in America.

 

The plot may be a little bit too out there and there are too many mysteries and riddles at once for it being a believable scenario, but Mary Roberts Rinehart has managed to write a satisfactory ending so I can live with that. And I have a hard time believing what happened in the end:

 

I cannot believe that a upper lip mustache and a bad hair cut can be such perfect disguise. I would like to believe a clever woman like Rachel would be able to recognize that Alex and Jack are the same person. Despite having seen him only for a short amount of time before everything went down the drain.

(show spoiler)

This book has been written by an author that has been born before 1955.

 

Page count: 362 pages 

Money earned: $6.00

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
The Circular Staircase -  Mary Roberts Rinehart

"You miss the point," he said, still good-naturedly. "The thing that is funny to me, is that you insist on remaining here, under the circumstances. I should think nothing would keep you."

 

"You are mistaken. Everything that occurs only firmly confirms my resolution to stay until the mystery is cleared."

 

I´m cheering out loud everytime Rachel stands up againts the Armstrongs. And why do the Armstrongs insist on Rachel leaving the house in the first place? Do they hide something in the attic?

 

Booklikes-opoly roll #19 (June 15th) - Edit (including free friday read June 16th)

Edit: I didn´t see that I had a double with my first roll yesterday (it is not the first time that has happened to me and a big thank you to JL´s Bibliomania for bringing it to my attention). So I´m allowed to roll the dice once more:

 

 

Which brings me to:

 

 

For this square I choose the first book in the Amory Ames series:

 

Murder at the Brightwell - Ashley Weaver 

 

And for the free friday read I´m choosing a book that sounds fascinating because of its podcast thematic:

 

Six Stories: A Thriller - Matt Wesolowski 

 

 

From now on I will do seperate posts for my Booklikes-opoly rolls, because I keep loosing track with that one big blog-post which I so far have updated regularly.

 

Anyhow, I finished Confessions by Kaea Minato today and it was a great read. So I rolled the dice this morning and starting from square 8 I got:

 

 

Which brings me to:

 

 

I´ve been thinking the whole day what to read because I cannot decide between a whole bunch of books. So I think I will join the buddy read for The Circular Staircase. It´s been on my TBR since I read Murder by Deaths review.

 

The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart 

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
The Circular Staircase -  Mary Roberts Rinehart

We shook hands, and I got the chance to look at Mr. Bailey; he was a tall fellow, perhaps thirty, and he wore a small mustache. I remember wondering why: he seemed to have a good mouth and when he smiled his teeth were above the average. One never knows why certain men cling to a messy upper lip that must get into things, any more than one understands some women building up their hair on wire atrocities. Otherwise, he was a very good to look at, stalwart and tanned, with the direct gaze that I like.

 

This made me smile. I really like that womans attitude. I wonder what our our favorite mustache wearer, Hercule Poirot, would say to her thoughts about facial hair ;).

 

So far this is really fun and I´m curious what is going to happen.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo´s Nest - DNF
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition - Ken Kesey, John C. O'Reilly

I haven´t listened to this audiobook once in the last three weeks, so I will DNF it. The narrator does a reasonably good job, but the story just isn´t for me.

I have already deleted the audiobook from my phone (that´s how much I liked it), so I´m not exactly sure how many minutes I have listened to (i guess it´s been about 3-4 hours). Since I don´t exactly know I will net 2 hours of listening time, which amounts to approximately 50 pages read in the print version.

 

Ken Kersey has been born before 1955 and this has been one of my Memorial Day extra rolls.

 

Page Count: 320 pages - DNF at approx. 50 pages

Money earned: $1.00

 

Review
3.5 Stars
The Victorian Chaise-Lounge
The Victorian Chaise-Longue - Marghanita Laski, P.D. James

This short novella is about a woman in the 1950s, who falls asleep on a chaise-lounge and after having woken up finds herself trapped in another womans body. As she comes to term with her situation, she not only realizes that they both are having the same fate but that she has gone back in time and that it is the year 1864.

 

I really enjoyed this piece of psychological horror. Following the main character in her helplessness gave me a feeling of unrest and being trapped myself and this eerie feeling of not being able to do anything crept upon me while reading this novella. And the ending was just perfect for this novel, because it keeps you thinking about this book after having finished it.

 

I have to admit, though, I found to be the main character to be incredibly annoying. And this took a huge chunk out of my enjoyment pf reading this novella.

 

It´s still a book I would recommend, because it gives you an insight to how women (with certain disabilities) were treated back in Victorian times.

 

I´ve read this book for the Booklikes-opoly square Tomorrowland Station 22 and the main characters travels back in time.

 

Page count: 99 pages

Money earned: $1.00

 

 

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