BL-opoly 2019

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To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome! Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a […]

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Banine: Days in the Caucasus

Well, looks like I was tempting fate after all.  As it turns out, not every memoir set in the former USSR in the years before and during the Russian Revolution was really shouting out to be written.  This is definitely one such — which is particularly disappointing as the writer’s father was a leading Azerbaijani […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #25

 I may be tempting fate (especially since I really liked the book I just finished), but I decided to roll one more time after all: … which takes me to square 35, European Vacation — and I think that means the BL-opoly gods really, really want me to use up all of my novelty cards, […]

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BL-opoly: Scottie Dog / Square 32: Please pick my next book!

  Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) Cary Elwes et al.: As You Wish Jo Nesbø: Macbeth Barbara Vine: Asta’s Book     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1931464/bl-opoly-scottie-dog-square-32-please-pick-my-next-book

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #24

Ended my visit to the Existentialist Café, and am allowed to roll again — for the last or, at most, penultimate time. This lands me on the Nordic Express square (#32), for which I’m going to use my final Scottie Dog card — separate post to come.     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1931458/bl-opoly-dice-roll-24

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #23

Phew!  Finished the collection of Gertrude Bell’s writings (review to come) just about in time to roll again before this roll day is over. This lands me on the BookLikes square (for the third time total during the gam), but fortunately — since I’m about to go to bed — without any further saltos and […]

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BL-opoly: Robot Card for Square 17 (“Why?”)

Here’s my robot card selection: 1. Cary Elwes: As You Wish 2. Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café 3. Banine: Days in the Caucasus 4. Gertrude Bell: A Woman in Arabia 5. Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 6. Helene Cooper: The House at Sugar Beach 7. Gerald Durrell: My Family and Other Animals 8. […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #22

Rolling again as long as it’s still July 31 here: … which sends me to square 17: Why? — read a book that is non-fiction or a book with the word “why” in the title. I still have three novelty cards in my pocket and the game is slowly drawing to a close, so I’m […]

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Renée Ahdieh: The Wrath and the Dawn

DNF @ 146 out of 432 pages …. and I’m out. This is insufferable. Granted, I’m not the target audience to begin with.  But it’s not even the concept of “1001 Nights as a YA love story” that is putting me off the most, even though that does have at least something to do with […]

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John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany

This book is seriously odd — and it cut very close to home not merely geographically but also in terms of my own political formation.  Le Carré first takes eons to trot out his personal disappointment with having been posted to Bonn instead of a “sexier” capital (via the voices of the British diplomats and […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #21 & Scottie Dog: Please pick my next book!

Well, I’m not sure what I’ve just read (John Le Carré’s A Small Town in Germany certainly hasn’t aged very well, generally speaking, though in some parts it’s eerily prescient); anyway, having finished it, I’m allowed to roll again. This takes me to square 10: Beach Week — read a book that appears on any […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #20

Having DNF’d Laura Restrepo’s seriously off-putting Hot Sur and then completed Candace Robb’s The Apothecary Rose (which was — bad pun alert — just what the doctor ordered by way of a remedial reading experience), now that we’re past midnight German time I’m allowed to roll again … and hooray, even though I’m risking doing […]

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In which I briefly interrupt Booklikes-opoly

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader To talk about the FOURTH ANNUAL GAME OF Halloween Bingo For any prospective new players: Halloween Bingo is the flagship reading game on BL – it’s the first one that OB & I cohosted, all the way back in 2016, so this will be the fourth time that we’ve played! I […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #19

Having finished Ann Leckie’s excellent Raven Tower, I have just about enough time to roll again before the day is out.  And as always when I’m “just quickly going to do this”, there’s no such thing as a straightforward roll.  So — here we go: My first roll sends me to square 14: The Patagonia […]

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BL-opoly: Scottie Dog Selection (Square #9) — Please pick my next book!

Reblogged from: Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books     Laura Restrepo: Hot Sur Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower Renee Adieh: The Wrath and the Dawn   UPDATED July 21: The votes are in: The Raven Tower it is.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1922170/bl-opoly-scottie-dog-selection-square-9-please-pick-my-next-book

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BL-opoly: Scottie Dog Selection (Square #9) — Please pick my next book!

  Laura Restrepo: Hot Sur Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Ann Leckie: The Raven Tower Renee Adieh: The Wrath and the Dawn     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1921664/bl-opoly-scottie-dog-selection-square-9-please-pick-my-next-book

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #18

So, I finished M.M. Kaye’s Death in Kashmir and am allowed to roll again, and what shall I say — whenever it’s an “oh, I’ll just quickly do this before going to bed” situation, it’s raining doubles and extras like there’s no tomorrow. My first roll ends up being doubles, which land me on the […]

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M.M. Kaye: Death in Kashmir

Well, that was somewhat more of a slog than I had expected — and only in a minor part owing to M.M. Kaye herself; even though she does rely more on “dark and stormy night” scenarios than I would have liked to see, as well as on characters, including protagonists, behaving TSTL to such an […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #17

It’s past midnight CEST, so having finished my very satisfying return visit with Crowley, Aziraphael and the world of Good Omens, I am allowed to roll again. This takes me to square 20: The Lake House — read a book featuring a dog, with a dog on the cover, or set in an area known […]

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #16

It’s past midnight CEST, so having finished J,K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, I am allowed to roll again This takes me to square 15: Mountain Cabin — read a book with a tree on the cover or featuring a character who is a father. I decided to go for, um, the ultimate fatherhood tale, which I […]

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