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Lillelara

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

Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 358 pages.
Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd

It is raining in Mulderrig. The heatwave has stretched, exhaled and picked itself up off the town all in one afternoon. And the rain has returned. 

At first it fell lightly, uncertainly, as if it were testing itself, on the curious noses of cats and cows turned upwards to see if the news of rain was really true.

But the trees knew, and so did the bees, for they know all things. 

Soon the rain grew confident, pattering on cobbles, bouncing along the tractor tracks carved in the hard-baked ground. Then, heavy and certain in its benediction, the rain began to fall steadily, blissfully, unlocking the smell of the ground. 

The rain falls to on the roof of the village hall, dancing over the clogged gutters, ringing the ancient rusty school bell and running down between loose tiles to drip down the wall in the ladies cloakroom. 

 

I´m enjoying this book so much, maybe even a little bit more than "Things in Jars". And once again, I can´t exactly pinpoint what I like about Jess Kidd´s books.

The writing, the imaginative ideas she puts into her novels, the touch of magical realism, the characters, who you cannot help but fall in love with? It´s probably everything combined.

Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
The Deep - Alma Katsu

The good old times in which the remedy against laudanum addiction is some lovely cocaine.

Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 358 pages.
Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd

His father thought long and hard about how he could propel Eugene into the world and as far away from home as possible. He decided that Eugene must join the priesthood, a position guaranteed to come with a good supply of unquestioning truths. For Eugene´s father knew that Eugene´s looks would work against him in any other business. Even the filthy wouldn´t buy a cake of soap off his son.

 Brutal, absolutely brutal. LoL.

Reading progress update: DNF 59%.
Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson

Geez, this book just hit me with a full blast of off-putting teenage crap. So I decided to read a plot synopsis, which was one of the most confusing things I have read in my entire life and apparently nothing gets solved at all in this first book of the series.

 

Anyway, I´ve had enough of these precocious teenagers. 

 

DNF at 59%

BL-opoly: Playing the Robot Card
Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd Odyssee - Homer, K.F. Lempp Sylvester - Georgette Heyer The Village - Marghanita Laski Miss Silver Intervenes (Miss Silver Mystery) - Patricia Wentworth The Amber Fury - Natalie Haynes Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman They Found Him Dead - Georgette Heyer Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters The Leper of Saint Giles - Ellis Peters

These are all books from my physical TBR:

 

1. Himself by Jess Kidd

2. Odyssee by Homer

3. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

4. The Village by Marghanita Laski

5. Miss Silver Intervenes by Patricia Wentworth

6. The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes

7. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

8. They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer

9. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

10. The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters

 

 

Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd 

 

Nice! I´m really excited for this book.

BL-opoly: Round #5

I finished a book. Yeah.

 

Starting of from square 31:

 

 

Passing go and netting $ 5.00, this brings me to:

 

 

Since I´m really in the mood for another ridiculous mystery, this is an easy one:

 

Lock Every Door - Riley Sager 

 

 

Rolling the dice again:

 

 

Brings me to:

 

 

I´m going to set up a seperate post for this one.

 

 

 

Bank Balance - 01.06.2020: $ 31.00 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Ugh, that ending ...

 

If you don´t know how to write a proper ending for a story, just put the blame on the children. 

(show spoiler)

Page count: 352 pages

Money earned: $ 3.00

 

Prompt: Read a book that has been published in 2019.

Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Okay, it´s prediction time:

 

"Rihannon, listen, I can promise you this - this is absolutely cast iron. I swear on - on my grave, I am never, ever going to sleep with your father."

Because.

It was on the tip of my tongue.

I am never, never going to sleep with your father because -

 

 

 

- he is also my father.

 

...

 

[Source]

(show spoiler)

 

Thank god I´m almost done with this book.

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

It was hard to believe that I had ever mistaken it for a regular garden. Now that I knew its history, the warning signs were everywhere. Fat, black laurel berries, the thin needles of yew, straggling patches of self-seeded foxglove, clumps of nettles, which I had taken to be weeds when I first entered the garden but which, I now saw, bore a rusted metal tag dug deep into the earth, labelled Urtica dioica.

 

[Source]

 

Put a name tag with its latin name in front of a nettle and all of a sudden it becomes the most deadly plant in the poison garden. Or Rowan is such a doofus that she doesn´t know what a nettle actually is. Gosh, this book is bloody stupid.

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Jesus, I had confined myself mostly to tea since getting here, mainly because the coffee maker was so extremely intimidating - a chrome beast of a thing covered with buttons and knobs and dials. Sandra had explained when I arrived that it was WIFI-enabled, and app-operated - but Happy was proving to be the least intuitive system I had ever encountered.

 

Yeah, I don´t think the system is the problem. It´s more that the main character is the dumbest person ever. And btw, the sleep deprivation thing is about to set in.

Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

His smooth, slightly sweaty thumb stroked the corner of my bottom lip, and I felt one knee nudge, very gently, between mine. 

For a second I froze, and a fluttering panicked nausea rose up, choking me. Then something inside me seemed to snap, and I slid abruptly down off the stool, barging past him so fast that the wine slopped and spilled onto the concrete.

"Sorry," I stammered. "So sorry, let me. I´ll get the cloth -"

"It´s fine," he said. He was not an iota discomfited, only amused at my reaction. He stayed in place, half sitting, half leaning comfortably against the bar stool, as I grabbed a dishcloth and mopped at the floor between his legs.

For one second I looked up at him, and he looked down, and the quip I´d heard a thousand times, always accompanied by ribald laughter, flashed through the back of my mind. While you´re down there, love...

 

Oh, my ... What kind of a nanny is she?

 

At this point I´m really struggling with the premise of this book. The whole story is told as a letter to a solicitor, a letter with 300+ pages! There is absolutely no way that a lawyer would sit down and have the patience to read the "life story" of this nitwit of a woman. This doesn´t make sense.

 

Thankfully, I´m still intrigued by the story. I have absolutely not the faintest clue what is going on, but one thing is for sure: the main character has to go down.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

Okay, there is something off about the main character, besides her being an idiot, who is rambling on in her letter about not being able to turn on the lights and the fancy high-tech shower (no one cares, woman!), and a liar.

 

I don´t think a professionally trained nanny would have

 

an irrational bout of hatred towards a toddler, who throws some porridge at her?

 

Honestly, I´m getting some serious "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" vibes from this book. Besides that a ghost has been thrown into the mix as well. It´s weird.

 

I´m still enjoying it, though.

(show spoiler)
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware

"And the driving licence?" she asked as I finished my anecdote about the four-year-old. I put down my fork onto the smooth polished concrete top of the table and took a deep breath.

"Ah, right, yes. I´m afraid that´s a problem. I do have a full UK driving licence and it´s clean, but the actual card was stolen last month when I lost my purse. I´ve ordered a new one but they wanted an updated photo and it´s taking an age to come through. But I promise you, I can drive."

That last part was true after all.

 

The main character might be a run-of-the-mill plain Jane or a complete psychopath. This little snippet gives me more of a psychopath vibe, though. 

 

Btw, I´m really enjoying this book so far. 

 

 

Prompt: Read a book that has been published in 2019.

BL-opoly: Round #4

Thanks to the change of rules by Moonlight Reader, I can try my luck again today. This is very helpful. Thank you again, MR.

 

 

Starting off from square 23, this brings me to:

 

 

 

I have to spin the wheel decide:

 

 

Okay, there are three mystery-thrillers on my e-reader I´m interested in:

 

The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell  Lock Every Door - Riley Sager  The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware  

 

I´ve read the first chapter / couple of pages for each book:

 

The Family Upstairs: This book starts off with a 25-year-old woman, who doesn´t have a whole lot of money but who secretly is yearning for luxury and bright and shiny things. Thankfully, she gets a house out of a trustee fond in the best part of New York, so her money issues has been tackled succesfully already. I guess she gets more than she has bargained for with this house, though.

 

Am I going to read this book? I don´t think I can stomach this womans priorities in life right now. So that´s a no.

 

Lock Every Door: This book starts off with a 25-year-old woman, who wakes up in a hospital, because she has been hit by a car. Apparently, she desperately tried to get out of a house and when she succeeded, she got hit by that car. Tough luck, I would say.

 

Am I going to read this book? Yes, maybe. I´ve only read two pages of this book and I´m already intrigued by the mystery surrounding this building.

 

The Turn of the Key: This book starts of with a 27-year-old woman, writing a letter to a solicitor. She claims that she has been wrongfully accused of a crime, which she hasn´t committed.

 

Am I going to read this book? Yes, maybe. The fact that this book is set in Scotland is a huge plus and that this is supposed to be a The Turn of the Screw works in its favor as well. 

 

So, it all boils down to the question, whether or not I´m in the mood for child protagonists at the moment ...

 

And I think I am. My pick for this round is:

 

The Turn of the Key - Ruth Ware 

 

 

Pagecount ebook: 352 pages

 

 

Bank balance - 31.05.2020: $ 23.00

 

Reading progress update: DNF at 35%.
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

At this point I´m wondering if I´m going to be the person who will DNF every single book for Booklikes-opoly. 

 

This one was of to a promising start, but then it ventured very fast into the "whatever" territory. I couldn´t care less about what was happening in the book and what was happening to the characters. And quite frankly, I´m bored stiff at this point.

 

I actually had the same experience with the other Okorafor I have read. I liked the beginning of Binti, but towards the end I became completely indifferent.

 

 

Which makes me think that Nnedi Okorafor isn´t an author for me. I´m not particularly fond of her writing style and her stories simply don´t grab me like they should. It´s a shame, because I like the aspect of African culture in her novels, but I don´t want to force myself through books I´m clearly not enjoying.

 

DNF at 35% (79 out of 221 pages)

Money earned: $ 1.00

 

BL-opoly: Round #3

I decided to DNF Brideshead Revisited for the game. It´s not an overall DNF, though. I decided that I don´t want to claim the money for this book, I´m just treating it as a square not read.

 

So I´m allowed to roll the dice again. Which I did, three minutes past midnight:

 

 

Starting off from square 13:

 

 

 

For this I´m going to read "the Nigerian Harry Potter":

 

Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor 

 

This is going to be a fast read. I already managed to read 20% last night / this morning and I didn´t stay up to late ... okay, a customer decided to torture me at two o´clock in the morning and I couldn´t fall asleep again. I did some reading then.

 

 

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Lock Every Door - Riley Sager