Yodamom Finds her Force

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

Eclectic reader, nerdy, mother, animal rescuer, beach addict, kayaker, foodie and fan of books that slip me into another world. A life long reader, explorer, traveler and day dreamer who enjoys getting lost in worlds filled with mythical beasts, demons, shifters, vampires and other beasties.

 

 

 

 

 

“Tu n'es rien d'autre que ta vie.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

 

"You're nothing but your life."
- Jean Paul Sartre

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout

So Im not liking the "good guys" and loving the " bad guys"  :P  Hmmmm

Oh That's Just Weird and Wrong

Scout's Heaven - Bibi Dumon Tak

Weird. It read like something was lost in the translation. I received that shorty after my dog "Scout" passed. I was too emotional to read it then so I held onto it. I read it last night and was lost at how this would help with grief. Scout was a female, which threw it off right away for me, here is is a male's name. Then the weird burial. I really disliked this book and would never give it to a child to read for comfort. The illustrations, weird and dark.

It Went Way Beyond My Expectations

Thor - Wayne    Smith

What a nice surprise, it was really good ! A werewolf story told from the dog's POV. It's not like anything you've read before.  I did not expect much more than a heart warming dog story, what I got was a heart, warming, breaking, thriller, horror story with a great dog. Give it a try.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Beard Science (Winston Brothers Book 3) - Penny Reid

I laughed so hard I snorted while walking in the store ! (Yes I listen while I do mundane boring daily tasks) So these two rather well dressed Southern Bells laughed at me and gave my messy hair, large well loved tshirt and sweats the up down look. The look ! You know the look of how freaking awesome i looked, they wished they'd had my comfort sense. Yeh I'm feeling good. Thank you ladies, next time wear your comfort clothes.

What was that funny, it's a sausage thing, Cletus has going on. His brothers... **Snort, yeh funny

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

Beard Science (Winston Brothers Book 3) - Penny Reid

I've waited a long time to continue this series. I got it on audio so I can get my exercise and reading in, double tasking ! SO far :D

The Rules and Past Relationship Just Flooded the Story

Cinderella Screwed Me Over - Cindi Madsen

3 stars, fun light and romantic, it could have been a solid 4 if there wasn't so many rehashing of the stupid rules and then the detailed story behind each one. The main character Darby was just so irritating to me, her stubborn opinions and judgemental attitude rubbed me wrong. The story was drowning in her past relationships- it was too much

Wanna plan a game? It's BookLikes-opoly created by Moonlight Reader & Obsidian Blue

 

We feel honored that BookLikes became an arena for book bloggers' reading game. YAY! So, who wants to play? On behalf of the BookLikes team and BookLikes bloggers Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue, the creators of the game, we'd like to invite you to join BookLikes-opoly! Game play will start on April 15th and end on July 31st, 2017.

 

The following information are copied from Moonlight Reader's blog posts and are published on BookLikes Blog with the blogger's consent. Please visit Moonlight Reader blog to read the original posts, you can also find all game posts by inserting BookLikes-opoly tag into the search box or simply click here.

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A game, posts, all information and rules below were created by Moonlight Reader. In case of any game questions, please visit Moonlight Reader blog or Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club where you'll find other players as well as tips and tricks concerning the BookLikes-opoly game.

 

Booklikes-opoly:

General information

 

I will be posting the complete rules of the game over the next few posts. In order to ensure that the rules/space tasks are available, I will also be putting up a Game Play and Rules Thread in the Bingo Group, I will create a game page on my wordpress blog and my booklikes blog, and I will be posting them on the BL Expats group on GR, for those of you who are over there as well as over here.

 

In addition, I relinquish all copyright to any part of the game and make them freely available to everyone to use them as is helpful in playing the game. Download the images to your computer and post them to your personal blog, upload them to your imgur account so you can post them on GR in your personal threads, print them and use them to wallpaper your bathroom!

 

General information

 

Do not get overwhelmed. The game is quite simple, and is based on a monopoly board, but when I reveal it, it may sound very complicated. Part of my purpose in creating the game is to generate a fun way to do some TBR busting! You should not have to buy new books to gain dollars for your bank! If you want to buy new books, however, I am never going to stop you!

 

I will do a "fake" game play tutorial post at the end of this process, which should clarify things substantially! It really will make sense once you see how it works and it will be fun!

 

Feel free to play the game in the background. There are some spaces that involve a community activity that should be fun, so keep an eye out for friends who need help! 

 

 

 

 

Basic Rules & FAQ

 

* Players keep track of their own game board and bank! Feel free to set up a discussion in the Bingo group to track, if you feel that will be helpful.

* Every player leaves the Start space with $20.00.

* Dice rolls are based on the honor system. You can either roll virtual dice or you can roll real dice at home. You will either roll two 6-sided dice or one 12-sided die. Up to you! Link to electronic dice.

* Virtual dollars are awarded based on the page length of the qualifying book, as follows:

0 to 100 pages: $1.00
101 to 200 pages: $2.00
201 to 400 pages: $3.00
401 to 800 pages: $5.00
over 801 pages: $10.00

*Players are eligible to roll only on odd-numbered dates.

*Like in monopoly, you can play through a space without reading a book to fill the task, the only rule is that you have to wait until the next roll date to move (so, the next odd numbered day, which is going to be either one or two days) However, if you choose to read for a space, you can't move until you finish the book and bank your payout.

 

*The one exception to the "you must finish the book before you move on rule" is that audiobook listeners may have one audiobook in progress while they continue moving around the board. You don't bank your payout until you finish listening.

 

*If you HATE your book, here's what you do! DNF's are absolutely allowed. You can count the # of pages read to get your payout - so if you read 120 pages before DNF'ing, you get $2.00 for your bank. The only caveat is that you have to read 10% of the book to get any payout.

*Game play will start on April 15th and end on July 31st, 2017.

 

*I will set up a Q&A thread in the Bingo group. Please post questions in that thread! 

 

*Where a task refers to genre tags, this is based on GR genre tags. If you don't have a GR account, and can't get into a book page to determine if it has the required genre tags, you can post the question in Q&A. In addition, the genre tag does not need to be one of the book page tags - it can be on the first page of the "top shelves" if the book has a lot of shelvings.

*On the final day of game play, players need to submit the value of their bank accounts to be considered for prize money.

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: General information->

 

 

Game Play - Reading tasks

 

The Lands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Squares 

 

 

Trains, Plains & Automobiles! 

 

Read the original blog post: Game Play - Reading tasks->

 

 

 Booklikes-opoly:

Additional tasks

 

There are some remaining spaces that I'll explain in this post!

 

Unique Spaces:

 

 

Go to jail: Go to jail. Serve a sentence of 300 pages (or pay the equivalent bail of $3.00), unless there are enough pages in the prison library to spring you.

 

 

Jail visitor: Donate 100 pages (or $1.00) to the prison library before leaving the space. Post your donation on the group "Prison library" thread!

 

 

Free parking: roll the dice. Odd number sends you to the waterworks, even number sends you to the electric company, doubles sends you to the luxury tax.

 

 

Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.

 

 

 

Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".

 

Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!

 

 

 

Roll the electronic dice, and perform the task that corresponds to your roll!

 

  1. Let a BL friend choose your book! Post a list of 4 books - first one to comment chooses your next read.
  2. Give $5.00 to another player. If you don't have $5.00, roll again!
  3. Let a BL friend choose your next ride! Post your plight, and see where the first person sends you!
  4. You are in time out for two days. Wait for your chance to roll again.
  5. Collect $10.00 for yourself and one other player!
  6. It's your lucky day! Read any book for your next turn regardless of the task instructions!
  7. Double your dollars on your next read!
  8. Read in the wild! Take your book with you and find a place to read that isn't your living room for an hour!
  9. Post a picture or a story about a favorite vacation spot!
  10. Go to jail. Serve a sentence of 300 pages (or pay the equivalent bail of $3.00), unless there are enough pages in the prison library to spring you!
  11. Read for two! The rewards for your next book are doubled - and half of the money goes to another player of your choice!
  12. Wheel decide - spin the wheel to pick your next "land" and choose any property in the land for your next book!

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: Additional tasks->

 

 

Game Play Tutorial

A Brief Game Play Tutorial

 

I thought it would be helpful to do a few rounds of play, to help explain how it will work! 

Game Play:

 

Roll 1:

4/15/17: Rolled 7, so game piece moves to space #7, which is Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland. The task for that space is: read a book with anthropomorphized/talking animals or read a "classic" fantasy published before 2000. I decide to read: Redwall, by Brian Jacques to fulfill this task. My version has 333 pages, so I get $3.00 for the task, which increases my bank to $23.00. I finish it in one day.

 

Roll 2:

I can't roll on 4/16/17, because it is not a roll day. On 4/17/17, I roll a 5, which puts me in space 11 - related to the opening year of Disneyland. My task is to read a book that takes place between 1945 and 1965, or that was written by an author born before 1955. I decide to read The Gunslinger by Stephen King, who was born in 1947.  This book is 231 pages long, so I make $3.00 for finishing this book, which increases my bank to $26.00.

 

Roll 3:

I am on vacation, so I don't roll again until the 4/21/17. I roll 10, and end up on the BL square. I roll my virtual dice, and roll a 5! I collect an extra $10.00 for myself, and for one other player. I pick someone to get the extra $10.00, and go on my way! My bank is now $36.00.

 

Roll 3:

I roll again on the 23rd. I roll a 6, and I land on Adventureland 26, which tells me to read a book tagged adventure or thriller. I'm not feeling adventure or thriller, so I decide to pass on this one. My bank remains at $36.00

 

Roll 4:

I roll again 4/25/17 and I roll a 3, which puts me on the boardwalk at Paradise Pier 28. The category for this one is "read a book set during Victoria's reign or tagged steampunk on GR." I decide to read Wilkie Collins The Moonstone. My edition has 510 pages, so I get a whopping $5.00 for this one. My bank is now $41.00.

 

And so on . . . 

 

Bank: $41.00

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: Additional tasks->

 

 

Have fun and let us know how much you love it! Cause we're sure you will!

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Cinderella Screwed Me Over - Cindi Madsen

Somebody is suffering from an extreme case of foot in mouth LOL

I'm so Sick of Stupid

Witched At Birth - Dakota Cassidy

2 stars It started out rough for me with excessively crude comments from a very immature character.(-1 star) Normally I would just say okay it's part of the story but these were just for crude shock value and added nothing to the characters or the story. It was just gross. Seriously saying "i smell old lady crouch" from an adult ? Unfortunately that wasn't the only name calling that made no sense in the book. The character in question toned it done after she learned her lesson. Well not completely she still name called and degraded people. She made a miraculous personality change suddenly in the book. "Poof" I'm not going to do that anymore, Yeah it went like that. It was predictable, a broken romance rekindled, ending in a HEA. None of the characters had any real depth, they read like cookie cutter people.I don't care about any of these characters or this world enough to move on i the series

Amazing

The Poet X - Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin

Poetry without the confusing poems, words that sing a story, a sad and beautiful story, of culture and religion, of hope and battle, of becoming. Such a book !!!! I couldn't have loved it more, I will reread this and buy copies from friends. I listened to it on audio read by the author who reads this from her heart. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story.

Meh to the Meh Meh Meh Meh

The Witch Elm - Tana French, Paul Nugent

How can I like a book when I disliked all the characters ? This book was so boring for 3/4 filed with mundane life experiences, moments of reflection and meh. A lot of words about a bunch of people who I cared not one speck for. The last 1/4 finally started to get some life, but i was already in the "I could care less about any of these people" stage. I will admit there was a twisted twist that I never saw coming that was creative. Yeh, but I was not into it because who cares what happens to these crappy characters. This was a shelf surfing failure for me.
I listened on audio the narrator was really good.

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Witched At Birth - Dakota Cassidy

Woah, this starts out really immature and crude. Saying someone smells like "old lady crouch" Ewwww and there is more like that, stupid middle school level stuff. It seems so stupid in the story too these little ridiculous put downs. They don't add anything to the story or character. I hope the female character grows beyond this.

May The Fourth be With You

Mind Blowing and Then Not

Middlegame - Seanan McGuire

3.5 stars Mind Blowing. Complicated, time warping, intense, twisted, genetically bent, confusing, scientific, mathematical, controlling, maniacal, murderous and so much more. This was a lot of book. I will be re-reading it, there was so much I need a second pass. Sadly it wasn't all perfect, it felt too long. The goal a place that was never explained. I waited to find out about the mysterious Imposible City that was mentioned over and over, it had to be great right ? I read the whole book and still don't get what it is. The truth was poked at so many times without resolution, till the end. The time jumping took me back so many times, restarting, going over the same event again. It was an amazing concept, but lost me in the process.

 

People built from parts of other, genetically designed for the ultimate twisted scientific tests. Twins born, are torn apart, kept together, tortured, or... ? They are the key to power. The story follows one pair Roger and Doger. One is a mathematical genius, the other a language genius. They have that weird bond twins have but elevated. Oh their backstory on this is so twisted. Mostly the story follow this pair, as they discover each other, who and what they are. I shuttered as each new truth finally unfolded, some were just horrific.

I don't want to ruin this for you, I'm stopping here.

I picked this book to read by cover and author's name alone. I had no clue what it was about I didn't even read the book blurb.

Trigger Warning: suicide, depression and violence

It Was Okay

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog - Dave Barry

While I liked the lessons from Lucy, she is a wise girl, I didn't get much from the inbetween stories. Dave Barry has something to say, there was inspiration and some chuckling moments there but they were dulled by filler stories. I don't know him, have never heard of him before, perhaps it I had a history with him I would have gotten more out of it. For a short book it felt long to me.

Reading progress update: I've read 65%.

The Poet X - Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin

“Maybe, the only thing that has to make sense about being somebody’s friend is that you help them be their best self on any given day. That you give them a home when they don’t want to be in their own.” ― Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X

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