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Snakes & Ladders 2019 – Lioness at Large

Snakes & Ladders 2019

Charlie and Sunny helped me keeping track of my progress on the board.

They got to take a break and have some refreshments whenever we reached a new square and I started a new book.


The Squares

1. Author is a woman — Emmuska Orczy: The Elusive Pimpernel

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 — Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Red Lamp

 ladder square, so skipping the next ones …

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
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
17. Genre: horror
18. Set in a school
19. Set in the UK
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

… and shortcutting to:

27. Set during WWI or WWII

Well, I happen to also just have finished Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? … which is set just between the two wars, so:

28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

And there can be only one response to this one: Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express.  My umpteenth reread, but who cares.  Screw Mt. TBR!

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

Hmmm.  I just said I’d pick Ngaio Marsh but probably not this particular book, but what the heck — I only read this once, long ago, so it can definitely do with a dusting.  So:

Ngaio Marsh: Vintage Murder

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.

Peter Grainger: An Accidental Death

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

Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow

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

Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (the words “string quartet” — as in “music for the bridal waltz”, plus there is an embroidered pattern and the color blue on the cover of my audio edition, as in “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” for the bride to wear) … combined with

Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays and

Agatha Christie – Close Up: A Radio Investigation into the Queen of Crime

 another ladder square, so again skipping the next ones …

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

Ngaio Marsh: Died in the Wool

… aaaand how’s that for a perfect finish?  (Even though as per the rules I wouldn’t even have needed it …) So:

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!

My four choices were:

Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi: Sister of My Heart
Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon
Alexandra Fuller: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve

Link to full results.

— and of these, the winning selection was (by way of tie-breaking executive decision):

Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon.

Finished March 11, 2019, ca. 10:30 pm CET!


My little helpers — also helping me pick books!
(And who’d have known … they’re both mystery fans!)

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