Lillelara

Lillelara

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

Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 364 pages.
The Silent Companions - Laura  Purcell

She missed him terribly. Missed him and hated him. How could he abandon her? He was meant to be her savior, her reward, the rich man who swept into the factory and fell in love below his station. She could not face the days ahead without him. She could not raise a child and cope with all the memories that stirred.

 

She is having memories of her dead husband, sitting in this dilapidated house, writing letters. And she can´t even have these memories, because she wasn´t even with him in the house. I´m not sure if the word "memories" is the right word for that. She imagines how he was sitting at that desk. Hmm....

 

Anyhow, she hasn´t even loved him. She might have come to love him, giving the appropiate amount of time. But in the beginning he is a cash cow for Elsie. And then he made the bad decision of suddenly dying. 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 364 pages.
The Silent Companions - Laura  Purcell

Of all people, Elsie found servants to be the most judgemental: jealous of their master´s station, since it was tied closely to their own. Rupert´s London household had turned their noses up at her when she arrived from the match factory. Her confession that she hadn´t kept domestic help since her mother died had sealed their contempt. Only respect for Rupert, and Rupert´s warning glances, made them civil.

 

This is followed up by a scene in which the main character Elsie, who is accompanied by her cousin Sarah, has to change her dress in a carriage.:

 

Sarah leant forward. "What will you do? You´ll need to get changed straight away, without being seen. And Rosie isn´t here!

No, Rosie was unwilling to leave her London life and wages to live in this backwater. Elsie could not blame her. Andf to be honest, she was secretly relieved. She´d never felt comfortable changing in front of her lady´s maid, having strange hands against her skin. But she would need to hire another one soon, if just for appearances´ sake. She did not want to get the reputation of being one of these eccentric widows populating the countryside.

"I daresay I´ll manage without Rosie for now."

Sarah´s face brightened. "I could help you with the buttons at the back. I´m good at buttons."

Well, that made one thing.

 

Well, that was fast. I´m on page 20 and I already detest the main character.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
The Nix - Nathan Hill

I´m listening to this book on audio and I will add the audiobook edition later in the week. Tonight I´m just too tired to do it. But I´m tired for a good reason, because I have just come back from my local theater and a splendid perfomance of Oscar Wilde´s "The Importance of Being Earnest".

 

Anyhow, I´m not too far into the book, but so far the narrator Ari Fliakos is doing a great job in bringing the story to life. At least I don´t want to stop listening and I cannot wait too find out more about the main character Samuel, who is a college professor in literature and a MMORPG playing nerd.

Reading progress update: DNF at 79%.
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Rosenblat

I haven´t been particularly fond of this book the first time I read it, but I thought I would give it another chance on audio. And I´m afraid, I just can´t do it anymore.

 

This book is just so boring and plotwise there is not enough going on for 9 hours of an audiobook. What a snoozefest.

And I cannot stand the grandmotherly tone of the narrative. It feels like Amelia is telling her grandchildren how she has met good old grandpa. Due to some skimreading I have found out that Amelia is 34 when she recounts her story to "the dear reader" ... yeah, whatever.

 

Next!

Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 380 pages.
Force of Nature: A Novel - Jane Harper

I love how Jane Harper uses two time lines and shifting perspectives to create an incredibly tension, which slowly builds up with each passing chapter.

 

And Force of Nature seems to be equally as good or even better than The Dry, which I really loved when I read it. 

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #9

Book finished:

 

Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey #8) - Dorothy L. Sayers 

 

It fits the task "Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover", so I´m allowed to throw two dice:

 

 

 

Which brings me to square 64 with the prompt "Cover is more than 50% yellow". I´m not going to read a specific book for this prompt, so I´m taking another book I have finished this week:

 

Three Act Tragedy (Audio) - Agatha Christie,Hugh Fraser 

 

 

and I´m allowed to roll another die:

 

 

which brings me to square 70 with the prompt "Something related to fall/autumn on the cover". Hmm, not sure if I have anything on my shelf that fits this prompt.

 

 

 

 

 

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: Murder in the Mewsby Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 1)

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: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (die roll: 4)

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: Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayer (dice roll: 5 & 6)

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: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie (die roll: 6)

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 399 out of 460 pages.
Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey #8) - Dorothy L. Sayers

The codebreaking chapters went a bit over my head and I did a whole lot of skimreading during those passages. Luckily Lord Peter and Harriet are so much better at it than I am.

Reading progress update: I've listened 347 out of 347 minutes.
Three Act Tragedy (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

This is such an excellent Christie. And Hugh Fraser´s narration is perfection.

 

And the very last exchange between Mr Satterthwaite and Poirot made me giggle:

 

Mr Satterthwaite looked cheerful.

Suddenly an idea struck him. His jaw fell.

"My goodness," he cried, "I´ve only just realized it. That rascal, with his poisoned cocktail! Anoyne might have drunk it. It might have been me."

"There is an even more terribly possibility that you have not considered," said Poirot.

"Eh?"

"It might have been ME," said Hercule Poirot.

(show spoiler)

 

Ha, brilliant.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 160 out of 347 minutes.
Three Act Tragedy (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

Mr Satterthwaite smiled covertly. Whether Egg wanted to include him or not, he had no intention of being left out. He was fond of mysteries, and he liked observing human nature, and he had a soft spot for lovers. All three tastes seemed likely to be gratified in this affair.

 

I like Mr Satterthwaite very much. 

Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 460 pages.
Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey #8) - Dorothy L. Sayers

And she had not properly worked out the speed of the steam-yacht. One ought to know about these things. Lord Peter would know, of course; he must have sailed in plenty of steam-yachts. It must be nice to be really rich. Anybody who married would be rich, of course. And he was amusing. Nobody could say he would be dull to live with. But the trouble was that you never knew what anybody was like to live with except by living with them. It wasn´t worth it. Not even to know all about steam-yachts. A novelist couldn´t possibly marry all the people from whom she wanted specialised information.

Harriet pleased herself over the coffee with sketching out the career of an American detective-novelist who contracted a fresh marriage for each new book. For a book about poisons, she would marry an analytical chemist; for a book about somebody´s will, a solicitor; for a book about strangling, a - a hangman, of course. And the villainess might do away with each husband by the method described in the book she was working on at the time. Too obvious? Well, perhaps.

 

Harriet is amazing!

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 460 pages.
Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey #8) - Dorothy L. Sayers

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more effacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden aquisition of wealth. Vane found all three specifics abundantly at her disposal; and although Lord Peter Wimsey, with a touching faith in tradition, presisted day in and day out in presenting the bosom for her approval, she showed no inclination to recline upon it.

 

And this book is off to an excellent start :D

Reading progress update: I've listened 92 out of 347 minutes.
Three Act Tragedy (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

Hmm, I don´t think I would be thrilled by a nickname like Egg. Even though it becomes much more charming when it is the mademoiselle Egg. 

 

I enjoy listening to this so much, I´m glad I choose this book as my next reread (relisten).

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #8

Book finished:

 

The Body in the Library (Audio) - Agatha Christie,Stephanie Cole 

 

It´s not a book that have been recommended to me by a friend, so I´m only allowed to roll one die:

 

 

Which brings me to square 53 with the task "Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover". Instead of going for another Christie, I´m picking up a book by another fabulous author:

 

Have His Carcase - Dorothy L. Sayers 

 

 

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: Murder in the Mewsby Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 1)

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: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (die roll: 4)

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!

 

Review
4.5 Stars
The Body in the Library
The Body in the Library (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Stephanie Cole

A fantastic Miss Marple, which has definitely improved for me on this reread. The mystery is wonderfully twisted and I´m still in awe how Miss Marple has been able to solve the murder. Miss Marple is amazing! And I particularly enjoyed that the vicar and his wife Griselda made an appearance as well in this book. 

 

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Stephanie Cole. I have never listened to a narration by her before, but I really liked listening to it. I especially loved her voice for Miss Marple, which is kind and understanding. The way I imagine her voice to be. 

Snakes and Ladders: Rolling the Dice and Tracking Post #7

Book finished:

 

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

 

It fits the prompt of square 45 (a book that has been on my TBR for more than a year), so two dice it is:

 

 

Which brings me to square 49 "a book that has been recommended to me by a friend".

 

I continue taking the scenic route across the game board:

 

 

 

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: Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie (dice roll: 3 & 1)

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!

 

 

Review
4 Stars
The Last Coyote
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

It´s getting personal for Harry in the fourth book of this excellent book series. Harry is on stress leave and with all that spare time on hands, he decides to solve the mystery of his own life: who has killed his own mother?

 

I really loved this book and the new insights I got into Harry´s past. He is such a likeable and yet flawed character. I appreciated that his decisions, which sometimes are incredibly dumb, have dire repercussions and that he isn´t a character who automatically is perceived as a good person (although, I do love him as a character). In this book, though, I wanted to slap some sense into him numerous times.

 

I have already the next book in the series, "Trunk Music" on my shelf and I can´t wait to read it. So stay tuned for another episode of "Instalove with Harry" (seriously, this becomes a running gag throughout the novel and I´m loving it).

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