Lillelara

Lillelara

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

Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 327 pages.
At The Existentialist Café - Sarah Bakewell

"Epistemological questions opened out of another like the rounds of a turning kaleidoscope, always returning to the same point: I think I know something, but how can I know that I know what I know?"

 

Apparently this was the headeache inducing way of philosophical thinking before existentialism and phenomenology. I kind of get why people got annoyed by this and invented their own way of thinking, which focuses on the things that are right in front of you.

 

 

 

Booklikes-opoly: Rounds, Books read and bank account - Dice Roll #5 (27. April)

Round 6:

 

 

Bringing me to:

 

 

Paris ... Paris has a subway.

 

Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails and the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue the Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Satre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking....

 

At The Existentialist Café - Sarah Bakewell 

 

I´m so happy that I can read this book for the booklikes-opoly.

 

Round 6:

Dice Roll: 11

Square: Trains, Planes and Automobiles 29

Book currently reading: At the Existensialist Café by Sarah Bakewell - 327 pages (the rest of the book are notes)

 

 

Round 5:

Dice Roll: 10

Square: New Orleans 19

Book read: The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - 230 pages

 

Bank account (April 27th): $38.00

 

Round 4:

Dice Roll (April 23th): 11

Square: Main Street 10

Skipped this square

 

Round 3:

 

Dice Roll #1:

Dice Roll: 8 (double roll)

Square: Paradise Pier 30

Book read: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - DNF at page 252

 

Dice roll #2:

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Start (I´m allowed to choose any book I want)

Book read: The 13 Problems by Agatha Christie - 314 pages

 

Bank account (April 23th): $35.00

 

Round 2:

 

Dice roll: 7

Square: Waterworks

Book read: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim - 262 pages

 

Bank Account (April 21th): §29.00

 

Round 1:

 

Dice roll 1: 12 (double roll)

Square: Mainstreet USA 11

Book read: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 251 pages

 

Dice roll 2: 6

Square: Mystery 17

Book read: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie - 381 pages

 

Bank (April 19th): $26.00

 

Start

Bank (April 15th): $20.00

Career of Evil - DNF
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

DNF at page 252.

 

Skim-read the rest of the book and I most happily DNF it. The conclusion to the mystery was meh, the very last page of the book was blergh.

I will get rid of the three books I own, because I most definitely won´t continue with this series. Maybe someone else will get more out of them than me.

 

Book 4 of Booklikes-opoly

Page Count: DNF at page 252

Earned money: $3.00

New bank account: $32.00

 

Reading progress update: I've read 252 out of 574 pages.
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

"She felt strangely unsettled, knowing that she was sleeping five doors away from Strike. That was Matthew´s fault, of course. If you sleep with him, we´re over for good.

Her unruly imagination suddenly presented her with the sound of a knock on the door, Strike inviting himself in on some slim pretext...

Don´t be ridiculous.

She rolled over, pressing her flushed face into the pillow. What was she thinking? Damn Matthew, putting things in her head, judging her by himself....

Strike, meanwhile, had not yet made it into bed. [...] Lying with his hands behind his head he stared up at the dark ceiling and thought about Robin, lying five rooms away."

 

I feel strangely unsettled, because I can´t take 300 more pages of this badly written "hinting-at-a-relationsship" crap. I´m this close to DNF this book and skim read who the murderer is. I have to think this over for a little bit.

 

My massive (Christie) bookhaul

At the beginning of the week I tried to stuff money into my piggy bank.

 

 

But it was full to the brim. The only sensible thing I could do to relief the poor piggy bank of its pain was to take money out of it and to buy books. I set myself a limit of 200€ ... I spend about 250€ (before you ask, I didn´t take all of the money out of it). And I bought the shocking amount of 40 books.

 

Let´s start with my Agatha Christie´s:

 

 

I bought just about half of the Poirot books:

 

 

Just about half of the Miss Marple books:

 

 

All of the Tommy and Tuppence books:

 

 

Some of the standalone novels:

 

 

Anf then I bought these three beauties:

 

 

The only thing I have to do now is to buy new book shelves ;).

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 212 out of 574 pages.
Career of Evil - Jay R. Galbraith

This book could be about 100 pages shorter if it wasn´t for Matthew, Robins horrible fiance. I never liked him to begin with, because he is an insufferably jealous twit.

On top of that Galbraith / Rowling is constantly hinting that there might be some feelings between Robin and Strike. And I don´t want them to become an item ... I just don´t.

 

The mystery is pretty good and kind of creepy and I would like the story to have its focus  on the mystery. But unfortunately there is too much of said relationsship stuff going on for my liking.

 

 

Review
5 Stars
The Enchanted April
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

Four women, strangers to one another, rent a medieval castle in Italy. Each one is fleeing from problems at home and in the midst of flowers, the sun and la dolce vita, their lives won´t ever be the same again.

 

This book is like a pandoras box full og joy and happiness and it took me completely by surprise. Suprise because I didn´t particularly like the first 90 pages.

The beginning of the book was rather slow and I have to admit that I was massivly annoyed by some of the characters, because I just couldn´t stand their entitlement. And then, all of a sudden, I became incredibly attached to the characters and the full impact of this attachment hit me in the face in the very last chapters of the book. Trust me, I´m not easily moved to tears, but at the end of this book I cried happy tears. 

And don´t get me started on the stunningly beautiful descriptions of castle and the flowers. I want to visit that place, it´s magical.

 

Book 3 of the Booklikes-opoly

Page count: 262 pages

Earned money: §3.00

New bank account: $29.00

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep (Penguin Essentials) - Raymond Chandler

PI Philip Marlowe´s first case and he gets more than he has bargained for. Starting of with a case of blackmail, he suddenly has to deal with multiple homicides, gun-wielding thugs and crazy women.

 

I really enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with it. I loved the atmosphere that Raymond Chandler is able to create with his prose. It´s one of these books where everything that´s been going on before my inner eye has been tinted in black and white - the true noir colors. Chandler has a wonderful way with words and I loved the snappy dialogue between the characters, who all are flawed in some way or another.

 

What I didn´t like about the book is the misogyny and homophobia that is on display throughout the whole book (but probably very true to the time that the story is set in). And the language was sometimes difficult to follow, because Chandler writes in the vernacular of the 1930s.

 

But overall it has been a great read and it won´t be my last bookish encounter with the moody noir private investigator Marlowe.

 

Book 2 of the Booklikes-opoly

Page Count: 251

Earned Money: $3.00

New Bank account: $26.00

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 262 out of 262 pages.
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

Beautiful, charming, enchanting, wonderful, lovely. You want to know how I feel right now:

 

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Full review is about to come.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 262 pages.
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

"It was very well cooked, but Mrs. Fisher had never cared for macaroni, especially not this long, worm-shaped variety. She found it difficult to eat, - slippery, wriggling off her fork, making her look, she felt, undignified when, having got it as she supposed into her mouth, ends of it yet hung out. Always, too, when she ate it she was reminded of Mr. Fisher. He had during their married life behaved very much like macaroni. He had slipped, he had wriggled, he had made her feel undignified, and when at last she had got him safe, as she thought, there had invariably been little bits of him that still, as it were, hung out."

 

Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 262 pages.
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

"All the radiance of April in Italy lay gathered together at her feet. The sun poured in on her. The sea lay asleep in it, hardly stirring. Across the bay the lovely mountains, exquisitely different in colour, where asleep too in the light; and underneath her window, at the bottom of the flowerstarred grass slope from which the wall of the castle rose up, was a great cypress, cutting through the delicate blues and violets and rose-colours of the mountains and the sea like a great black sword.

[...] Her face was bathed in light. Lovely scents came up the window and caressed her. A tiny breeze gently lifted her hair. Far out in the bay a cluster of almost motionless fishing boats hovered like a flock of white birds on the tranquil sea [...]"

 

I would love to be there with her...

 

 

Booklikes-opoly Dice Roll #2 (19. April)

Finished my two first reads from round one and both books were really, really good.

So up to the next round. I´m currently on mystery square 17 and I´m throwing the dice:

 

 

And I´m hitting square 23:

 

 

 

Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.

 

I´m choosing this book, because it (obviously) has a whole ocean on the cover: 

 

 

The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 252 pages.
The Big Sleep (Penguin Essentials) - Raymond Chandler

"It was about eleven o´clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn´t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars."

 

Love that first paragraph.

 

The Big Sleep is my second read in the first round of Booklikes-opoly (because I managed a double with my first dice roll) and it´s my pick for an author that has been born before 1955.

 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
The Man in the Brown Suit
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

Anne Beddingfield longs for adventures and she gets her fair share of it when an oddly smelling man gets electrocuted on the rails of the subway. In Anne´s eyes a man in a brown suit behaves oddly around the body and in pursuit of said man, Anne has to go beyond the borders of England to solve the mystery behind the strange accident and the ominous man.

 

A story about murder and espionage, exotic locations, a great adventure and a nice little romance. This book has all the ingredients for a fun, fastpaced and entertaining read and I loved it. 

The only thing I could complain about are Anne´s weird notions about her own gender:

 

"[...] But Papa always said that in the beginning men and women roamed the world together, equal in strenght - like lions and tigers-" [...] "They were nomadic, you see. It wasn´t till they settled down in communities, and women did one kind of thing and men another, that women got weak. And of course, underneath, one is still the same - one feels the same, I mean - and that is why women worship physical strenght in men: it´s what they once had and have lost."

 

It´s not enough to lessen my enjoyment of the book, but I couldn´t help but frown throughout her anthropological speeches.

 

Book 1 of the Booklikes-opoly.

Page count: 384 pages

Earned money: $3.00

New Bank account: $23.00

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 156 out of 384 pages.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

"[...] Just seeing him has turned my whole life upside-down. I love him. I want him. I´ll walk all over Africa barefoot till I find him, and I´ll make him care for me. I´d die for him. I´d work for him, slave for him, steal for him, even beg or borrow for him! There - now you know!"

 

Anne is suffering from the most severe case of "Love at first sight" that I have ever encountered in literature. This book is incredibly entertaining.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 384 pages.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie

The weather is incredibly bad this weekend, which means I will curl up on my couch and devour this book. It does have a different feel to it than the other Christies I have read. So far I wonder how the Prologue will tie in with the story of Anne (who has been asked by a few men for her hand in marriage...and I´m only on page 30).

 

Btw, the blurry cover is driving me crazy. I submitted a change of the cover and hopefully the cover will be crispy sharp and clear in my next post.

 

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