Lillelara

Lillelara

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

Review
3 Stars
Caliban´s War
Caliban's War  - James S.A. Corey

Caliban´s War is the second book in the Expanse series and up until the last 150 pages or so, I wasn´t quite sure if I would continue reading this series. It´s a fun, action-packed story, but I really struggled with the structure of the novel.

 

 

The story is told through the perspective of four different characters and at the beginning of the book I wasn´t invested in three of these storylines. But towards the end these storylines come together and the ending is an utterly satisfying one.  

 

There´s is not a doubt in my mind that I have to read the next book in the series.

Review
3.5 Stars
Murder in the Mews
Murder in the Mews (Hercule Poirot, #18) - Agatha Christie

Murder in the Mews comprises of four short stories / novellas, a format which I normally struggle with. But I really liked the majority of these stories, despite the last one called "Triangle at Rhodes". I found that one quite boring.

My favorite story "Dead Man´s Mirror" was also the longest one in this collection, which shows that I prefer my Christie stories to be one the longer side. That story had to right amount of Poirot godness and family drama to keep my thoroughly entertained.

Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 378 pages.
Murder in the Mews (Hercule Poirot, #18) - Agatha Christie

I just started reading the third novella "Dead Man´s Mirror" in this collection, which features a Mr Satterthwaite. I know I met this character before in a Christie book, but I cannot remember which one it is and I have completely forgotten the storyline he was involved in. I guess it´s a good thing I´m rereading all of the books on audio. 

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #6

I finished two books since my last update.

 

Book finished:

 

 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio) - Agatha Christie,Hugh Fraser  

 

I´m deciding it fits the prompt (has been adopted into a movie) with the David Suchet adaption, so I´m allowed to roll two dice:

 

 

Square 44 is up next with the prompt "characters involved in cooking/baking".

 

Book finished:

 

Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey 

 

This book doesn´t fit the prompt at all, so I´m allowed to roll one die:

 

 

 

The next prompt would be "characters involved in medicine", even though I´m on square 45. So I´m not sure if that is the right prompt, because prompt 43 & 44 are doubled up. I`m going to ask MR about this little problem.

 

Edit:

 

MR has reached out to me and I have to tackle to task for square 45 "a book that has been on your TBR for more than a year".

 

Since I have a huge TBR, this shouldn´t be a problem at all. I´m thinking of reading Christie´s "The Murder in the Mews" for that one.

      

 

 

1. Author is a woman: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (dice roll: 6 & 3)

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O: Revelation by C.J. Sansom (dice roll: 6)

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy: The Daughter of Time by Josephine They (dice roll: 3)

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 4)

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: They do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 1 & 1)

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999: The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (dice roll: 3 & 4)

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 6)

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking: Caliban´s War by James S.A. Corey (die roll: 1)

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 595 out of 595 pages.
Caliban's War  - James S.A. Corey

Well, that was a hell of an ending. Now I have to read the next book in the series. I just have to.

Reading progress update: I've read 482 out of 595 pages.
Caliban's War  - James S.A. Corey

This book has taken such a turn for the better, I cannot wait to finish it and to find out how this all ends. And I already have a wish for the next book in the series:

 

Let Bobbie become a part of the Rocinante family. That would make me so happy.

(show spoiler)
Reading progress update: I've read 342 out of 595 pages.
Caliban's War  - James S.A. Corey

I´m so glad that this book finally is getting a bit better. Having to follow four different storylines and only being interested in one of them is exhausting. Thankfully those storylines have merged into two by now. I´m still not interested in one of them, but overall it´s a more enjoyable read now that I´m spending more time with the characters aboard the Rocinante.

Review
4.5 Stars
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

What can I say about this book that hasn´t been said before innumerable times. This is an excellent mystery, the plot is cleverly crafted and it simply is one of Christie´s best.

 

And yet it isn´t one of my favorite mysteries by Dame Agatha and I don´t know exactly the reason for my feeling so. One reason might be that I didn´t feel deeply connected to the characters. And more often than not my favorite mysteries by Agatha Christie are those, which have a tragic ending and in which I become deeply moved by the fate of the characters. Or who knows, maybe I just missed poor, old Hastings a whole lot in this one. 

Reading progress update: I've listened 219 out of 413 minutes.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

I´m revisiting Roger Ackroyd on audio and early on in the novel, Dr. Shepherd and his sister Caroline discuss Poirots profession:

 

"My dear Caroline," I said. "There´s no doubt at all about what the man´s profession has been. He´s a retired hairdresser. Look at that moustache of his."

 

Poirot´s moustache is truly a character of it´s own.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 297 pages.
Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) - William  Gibson

Here is the thing about this book: there is a plot, obviously. And so far I´ve been able to figure our what the plot is about. But the story so far has been about 30 pages of worthwhile information, blown up by 60 pages full of blah, blah, blah. The blah being techno babble most of the time, which would be fine by me if it would amount to more than words incoherently strung together. Seriously, reading this book gives me a headache. 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #6

Book finished:

 

The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly 

 

It fit the prompt (a book written between 1900 and 1999), which means I´m allowed to use two dice this time around: 

 

 

Which brings me to square 35 with the prompt "Has been adapted to a movie". Well, the book I´m really eager to read next has inspired a movie (The Matrix). The actual movie adaption, however, is still in the making, so this book won´t fit the prompt:

 

Neuromancer - William Gibson 

      

 

 

1. Author is a woman: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (dice roll: 6 & 3)

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O: Revelation by C.J. Sansom (dice roll: 6)

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy: The Daughter of Time by Josephine They (dice roll: 3)

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 4)

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: They do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 1 & 1)

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999: The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly (dice roll: 3 & 4)

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

Reading progress update: I've read 199 out of 442 pages.
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

Bosch moved closely by her to the bathroom door. He looked down at her hands, a natural instincts, and saw no rings on any of her fingers. He could smell her as he passed and the scent he picked up was the same as her name: Jasmine. He was beginning to feel some kind of attraction to her but wasn´t sure if it was the titillation of being there under false pretenses or an honest pull.

 

All the single ladies in America, beware: Harry Bosch is single again!

 

As much as I like these books, Harry´s insta-attraction episodes are as cheesy as they can get.

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 442 pages.
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

It´s so nice to be back in the Bosch universe. I feel like I´m meeting up with an old friend. Admittedly, a grumpy, old friend, who looks like Titus Welliver.

 

And I just watched the trailer for the fifth season of the TV show and it looks amazing. I can´t wait to watch it.

Book Unhaul

I´m in an unhauling mood. I´m starting with my read shelf and I´m getting rid of the books I either didn´t like or I´m sure of that I will never reread them again. Books that are part of a series, that I have fond memories of because of a buddy read or that I´m sort of collecting, I´m not getting rid of. 

 

My bookshelf - before:

 

 

You can´t see my non-fiction books on this shelf, but I will pass on a few of them as well:

 

 

My fiction books:

 

 

 

 

Of course I forgot the books I wanted to get rid of the most:

 

 

Don´t fret, I´m only getting rid of my paperback copy of Equal Rites. I have the wonderful hardback on my shelf.

 

My bookshelf - after:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review
3 Stars
They Do It With Mirrors
They Do It With Mirrors (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie

I don´t have a whole lot to say about this book. It was kind of boring, tbh, which might be the worst thing to say about a mystery. Not one of my favorite Christie´s.

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #5

Book finished:

 

They Do It With Mirrors (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie

 

It fit the prompt (part of a series that is more than 5 books long), so two dice it is: 

 

 

Square 28 with the prompt "Written between 1900 and 1999". Lol, too many books on my shelves to choose from. Not sure what I´m going to read for that one just yet. 

      

 

 

1. Author is a woman: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (dice roll: 6 & 3)

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O: Revelation by C.J. Sansom (dice roll: 6)

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy: The Daughter of Time by Josephine They (dice roll: 3)

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 4)

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: They do it with Mirrors by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 1 & 1)

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

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