Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 


-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

My first Free Read Friday

Decelerate Blue - Adam Rapp, Mike Cavallaro




I started this book today as a choice novel for my Graphic Novel class. Luckily, it can also count as my first Free Read Friday book. :)

Booklikes-opoly 6/23 roll






I rolled a 9 and landed on the Electric Company (15) space.



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".


Now to the shelves, actual and virtual....

When Technology and Nature collide...

The Wild Robot - Peter Brown


We are geese,

And geese keep going.


We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.


Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.


The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.


The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.


Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.




I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00



Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (1-4)

Black Panther (2016-) #2 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 (Black Panther (2016-)) - Brian Stelfreeze, Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther #4 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze



I read this comic book series for my graphic novel class. I went into it knowing nothing about the Black Panther except having seen him in an Avenger's movie I think. I found this series of comic books more than a bit confusing. So many characters to keep track of and so many story lines that I didn't really understand. But, the main story is good, and if you know the backstory, maybe it will be easier to follow and understand.

Too tired to roll tonight...



So, I was thinking about rolling tonight because I finished my book. I usually write the review, then roll, and then pick a new book. But I was ready to change my pattern and roll tonight so I could start reading. Then I realized it is too complicated to roll, figure out my square and then pick a book tonight.


PLUS, I have two or three books started that are not part of the game. I should just read one of them tonight. I've been neglecting them in favor of BLopoly (LOVE this abbreviation btw whoever started it).


So, I'm going to roll tomorrow...


Monster Calls tonight I think

Booklikes-opoly Fantasyland 7 Read

The Wild Robot - Peter Brown



The main character is a robot, but she interacts and talks to the animals on the island. So, talking animals (check) and a sunshine state 17-18 book (check). Perfect!!

Booklikes-opoly status update


Bank: $58.00


June 18th

Finished The Big Fear by Andrew Case (Main character knows how to handle a gun)

274 pages = $3.00

(Memorial Day Extra Roll 2)


Finished Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (Steampunk) 

325 pages = $3.00

(Memorial Day Extra Roll 1)


Roll: 5

Landed on Fantasyland 7

Book: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Talking animals)



Bank: $52.00


June 4th

Finished Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub (Ghost story)

304 pages  = $3.00



Memorial Day Extra Roll 1: 10

Landed on Paradise Pier 28

Book: Fever Crumb by Phillip Reeve (Steampunk)


Memorial Day Extra Roll 2: 11

Landed on Frontierland 2

Book: The Big Fear by Andrew Case (Main character knows how to handle a gun)



Bank: $49.00


May 25th

Finished Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (author born before 1955)

228 pages  = $3.00


Roll: 9

Landed on New Orleans Square 19

Book: Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub (Ghost story)


Bank: $46.00


May 22nd

Finished Lamentation by Joe Clifford (Wintry scene on cover)

202 pages  = $3.00


Roll: 6

Landed on Main Street USA 11

Book: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (author born before 1955)


Bank: $43.00


May 16th

Finished The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (from the GO space)

320 pages (according to Amazon) = $3.00


Roll: 7

Landed on Fantasyland 6

Book: Lamentation by Joe Clifford




Bank: $40.00


May 7th

Finished Twilight Eyes

451 pages (according to Amazon) = $5.00


Roll: 6

Landed on GO, free read

Book: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood




Bank: $35.00


April 24th

Finished Beastly Bones

305 pages = $3.00


Roll: 7

Landed on Paradise Pier (31)

Book: Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz



Bank: $32.00


April 19th



Bonus $10 from The better to see you, my dear

Nice Luck! Thanks!


Roll: 8 (doubles)

Landed on the Ring square

Roll again: 11

Landed on Chance (25)

Reading: Beastly Bones



Bank: $22.00


April 15th

Roll: 8

Landed on Chance (8)

Book: City of Ember, Graphic Novel

144 pages = $2.00



Bank: $20.00



Booklikes-opoly 6/18 roll






I rolled a 5 and landed on Fantasyland 7 - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride



Time to look at my shelves...

Who is Fever Crumb?

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve


I have to admit, I'm relieved to be finished reading this book. I borrowed it from my school library because it wasn't being checked out and I wanted to see if I could find readers for it. I need to know a book to really promote it. However, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Which is sad because I hear so many good things about the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve.


I didn't realize this was a prequel series until I looked into the next book on Amazon. And why would I look into the next book in the series considering my experience with this book? Honestly, the best part of the book was the last 26 pages.


Up until that point, I found all of the characters to be selfish and self-serving. Fever, the main character, has been taught to hide her emotions because they are foolish and irrational. This makes it difficult to connect with her or even like her. The engineer Fever is sent to help (Kit) seems more in touch with his emotions, but even he has selfish motives for asking Fever to work with him. The Scrivens and the skinners seem like two awful sides of the same coin. Apparently even in the future, society is ruled by hate and fear.


So, I'm torn. I may read the next book in the series or skip right to the Mortal Engines series or even just give up on it completely. If any of you have read the series, I would love to hear your input. :)


I read this book as my second Memorial Day extra roll, space Paradise Pier 28, a book tagged steampunk on GR.


Murder, Conspiracy, Greed.

The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) - Andrew Case

Ralph Mulino hated the sea. He was comfortable in the stairwells of housing projects and the stubble of vacant lots, but on the water he felt exposed.

-First sentence


So, Ralph is a cop and in the first chapter, he shoots another cop who is sneaking around a crime scene with his gun drawn. But, when the crime scene is processed, no gun is found. The book follows Ralph, Leonard Mitchell (who works at the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption), and Christine Davenport (Leonard's boss) as they try to discover who is setting Ralph up and who is behind the disasters occurring around the city.


I found this book just ok. I didn't particularly like any of the characters and the conspiracy was kind of dull. There actually was a twist at the end that I didn't expect but not enough to make up for the rest of the book. 


I read this book for one of my Memorial Day extra rolls, the Frontierland 2 space (main character knows how to handle a gun).


Graphic novel adaptation...

Legend: The Graphic Novel - Marie Lu


Okay, so I'll be straight with you. I loved the Legend series by Marie Lu - a well-written story with amazing characters. I have an assignment for my graphic novel class to write a paper about a graphic novel adaptation. I chose to go with Legend because I know the story well and I loved it.


I wasn't disappointed. The artwork sets the right tone for the story, and Daniel & June are portrayed perfectly. Nothing important is left out. I loved this version, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy. Very well done!


If you enjoyed the Legend series, then you should definitely give this version a shot.

Jackson's grandson takes on her classic story...

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation - Miles Hyman


Miles Hyman is the grandson of Shirley Jackson, and he has adapted her classic story into a graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous and the faces full of expression. The graphic novel format adds another dimension to this creepy tale.


There is a bit of brief nudity which I don't really see the need for, but it isn't too graphic (just a woman taking a bath).


I enjoyed this version and it stays faithful to the original. Definitely a must-read if you are a fan of Shirley Jackson - more than worth your time.


I read this for my Graphic Novel class (and yes, it's as fun as it sounds).



Not that ghostly....

Lost Boy Lost Girl - Peter Straub


When a single tree fills your lens, the rest of the forest takes on a degree of abstraction.

- Chapter 15


This book was just ok. The ghost story was a bit weak and not that scary. In the first sentence, we find out that Mark's mother is dead. She killed herself, apparently over guilt for not helping someone when she could have. But, how could she? I mean, she left her son alone to face the ghosts she knew existed. I know it happnes, but I just don't get it. And Mark's father was just annoying; he didn't seem to care about his son at all.


The story is told through third person and occasional journal entries written by Mark's uncle Tim. It was a bit creepy and suspenseful, but nothing special. It ended so quickly that I didn't even realize it was the end of the book. I don't mind endings that leave you guessing, but this one just seemed rushed. It was like the author didn't know what else to write, so he just ended it.


I read this book for the Booklikes-opoly New Orleans 19 square - Ghost Story. The book is 340 pages, so it's worth $3.00.


Wait... that's the end of the book?

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands - Stephen King, Hodder & Stoughton UK, Frank Muller



I have to say that I'm so glad I'm reading this book now that they are all written. This book ended right in the middle of the action, and luckily I can move right on to Wizard & Glass (book 4). If I had to wait, I would be very annoyed with King.



I loved this book. This is my favorite so far in the series. Loved the characters, the action, the suspense... and especially Oy (the billy-bumbler who is loyal as a dog but also talks). Oy loves Jake and I love Oy. The narrator of the story annoys me at times, but I think I'm getting used to him. And he actually does a good job with Oy's voice. Every time Oy "talks" I smile. I can almost feel how much he loves Jake just in the voice.


King is an amazing author and I am a huge fan. I love his horror novels, but I think I love his journeys into fantasy more. The Stand, The Talisman, and now the Gunslinger saga. They are so imaginative and intense. I am awed by his talent.


Ok, time to start Wizard & Glass....



Frontierland 2 Read

The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) - Andrew Case




The Big Fear is about an investigator prosecuting a cop who shot a man who turned out to be another cop. Found this on my Kindle just waiting to be read...

Paradise Pier 28 Read

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve




I chose Fever Crumb which is tagged Steampunk on Goodreads. I borrowed this one from my school library a while ago and I need to return it soon, so now is as good a time as any.

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