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

Booklikes-opoly 5/20 roll

It has been a busy week. But I managed to find time on Monday to roll the dice. Now I'm finally able to create a post.




Landed on:


I found a book set in India:

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman


This book came out in February and I've been meaning to read it, so that works out. And I was able to borrow a copy from the library - so win-win!



Trench by Steve Alten

The Trench - Steve Alten, Bruce Reizen


Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned




This is book 2 in the Meg series. It was very similar to the first book. Not a bad killer shark story but I still had issues with the way the author characterized the women in the book.


I won't be continuing the series. 

Booklikes-opoly 2019 - the real estate spaces

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:

Here we go, people!



School's Out for Summer - spaces 1, 3, & 4



The Stay-Cation - spaces 6, 7 & 9



Beach Week - spaces 10, 11 & 13



Mountain Cabin - spaces 15, 16 & 18



At the Lake House - spaces 19, 20 & 22



Summer Blockbuster - spaces 25 & 27



Summer Romance - spaces 28 & 30



European Vacation - spaces 33, 35 & 36







Other squares

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:
Respond back to OP please!

The railroads:



The questions



The novelty squares:


We are doing something completely different with the novelty squares this year. If you land on any of the following four squares, you put the card in your pocket to play later and roll again immediately to move to a reading square. 


If you land on a square that you just can't come up with something to read, and you have one of these in your pocket, you can play it at any time regardless of what the square prompt says.


The Scottie Dog:



The race car



The robot:



The cat




Spin the Wheel Decide


for my reference during game

Last, but not least, the 4 corners of the board

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:


Every time you pass go (unless you are going to jail, of course), you collect $5.00 for your bank!



The jail square:


If you are just visiting: read enough pages to donate $3.00 to the bail fund.


If you are in jail:


Roll the dice to determine your bail, between $2.00 and $12.00. Check the bail fund to see if there is enough money there to bail you out. If not, make up the difference with your bank. If your bank doesn't have enough money to bail you out, read your way out of jail.



Roll 2 dice.


A 2 or a 3, sends you to the robot;

4, 5, or 6, go to the race car;

7,8 or 9, go to the Scottie dog;

10, 11, or 12 takes you to the cat



Do not pass go. 

Join the fun!

Discussion group threads

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:

If you aren't a member of the Booklikes Bingo group and you want to play you Booklikes-opoly, you should join the group!


You can find all of the rules and gameplay information here, including a plain text version of all of the squares and a list of useful links that I will be expanding over the course of the game.


You can find the Q&A thread here, which is a place for you to post questions about the rules, about whether or not a book fits a prompt or anything else that you need to know.


You can find the Bank thread here, in case you want to keep track of your bank in the discussion group.


You can find the Bail Fund here, if you are either in jail, or just visiting.

Reblogging for my reference.

The Monopoly Board - in plain text

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:

Peregrinations asked for a version of the board spaces in plain text. I posted it in the Bingo group in the Rules thread, but thought I'd do it here as well, in case it would be helpful to anyone.




1. There is quite literally nothing quite like the feeling of closing the empty locker for the last time with 90 days of freedom stretching into the future.

Read a book that appears on any school related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or Middle Grade.


2. Who?

Read a mystery or detective story or a book with the word "who" in the title.


3. However, by the end of the summer, I was usually bored out of my mind, and ready to go back to school (and I'm sure my mom was ready to send me back to school, too).

Read a book set in a school or college, or that is considered a "classic," (using any criteria that you want) or that is frequently banned.


4. One of the highlights of starting a new school year was going shopping for school clothes or supplies

Read a book that was published during the months of May, June or July, or that contains an item that would be used as a school supply or an article of clothing or an accessory pictured on the cover.


5. The Silk Road:

Read a book set in any of the 40 countries* along with the Silk Road, or by an author from any of those countries.

*UNESCO list


6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.

Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.


7. Most places have a lot of different opportunities for summer fun!

Read a book that has a house on the cover, or that is related to something unique about your community (for example, if your community has a strawberry festival, read a book with strawberries on the cover).


8. Race car: Roll again & hold card to play later; race around the game board to the space of your choosing.


9. And, let's be honest, just not being at work is a vacation in and of itself, and is an opportunity to see some of local amenities, or read & relax!

Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library, or a park, or that the authors name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.




10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!

Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.


11. There are gorgeous beaches all over the world. My personal favorite beach is in Pacific City, Oregon.

Read a book set in a coastal/beach region that you love, or would love to visit, or a book that has a beach or ocean on the cover.


12. Robot: Roll again & hold card to play later; create a numbered list of ten books, and let a random number generator pick for you.


13. It's important to get all of your proper accoutrements together for a day at the beach.

Read a book with sunglasses, swimsuit or other beachy items on the cover, or that has a cover that is more than 50% yellow.


14. The Patagonia Star: Read a book set in Central or South America, or by an author from any country in Central or South America.


15. My husband, Mr. MR, is a big fan of the mountain vacation.

Read a book with a tree (or trees) on the cover, or that is set in a mountain community.


16. For some reason, I associate mountain/forest locations with mystery/suspense books. I think it's all of that deep shade!

Read a book that is a mystery or suspense, or which has a title that contains all of the letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.


17. Why?

Read a book that is non-fiction or a book with the word "why" in the title.


18. I grew up hiking in the Rocky mountains of Colorado and skiing in the mountains of Idaho and Utah, so mountains are inextricably linked to the Western US in my mind (although many places have even bigger and more impressive mountain ranges).

Read a book that is set in the Western United States (west of the Mississippi) or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is in the Western genre.




19. Spending some lazy days at the lake house sounds like a wonderful summer vacation!

Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% blue, or by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.


20.My dog, Jack, is a golden retriever, and he loves the water, which means he loves spending time at lakes.

Read a book that features a dog or which has a dog on the cover or that is set in an area known for its lakes or on a fictional lake.


21. The cat: Be the cat. Read whatever the hell you want.


22. My mom grew up going to Minnesota, Land of a Thousand Lakes, for her summer vacations.

Read a book with a word that refers to women's roles, such as wife, daughter, mother, mistress or title, such as "Mrs., Miss or Duchess, in the title, or a book that has a strong female lead character.


23. The Cape-to-Cairo Railway

Read a book set on the continent of Africa, or by an author from any African country.


24. BL square.


25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!

Read a book that has been adapted for a film.


26. How?

Read a book that is science fiction or a book with the word "how" in the title.


27. In the summer of 1977, my brother and I went to the summer blockbuster that launched four decades of sequels - Star Wars - on a summer road trip.

Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a bildungsroman (coming of age tale) or that has a word related to space in the title, such as star, planet, rocket)




28. From Grease to The Summer I Turned Pretty, the summer romance is a staple of screen and page (and the dreams of teenagers everywhere)

Read a book that is identified as romance or chick-lit, or that has a cover that is more than 50% pink.


29. Scottie dog: Post a list or poll of 4 books, and ask your fellow players/followers to "fetch" you a book.


30. Romance novels have the prettiest covers, featuring beautiful people, and places, and, often delicious food.

Read a book with fruit or pastries on the cover, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in L-O-V-E.


31. BL square


32. The Nordic Express

Read a book set in one of the Nordic* countries, or by an author from any of those countries.

*Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden


33. The summer after I graduated from high school, A group of my friends and I took a European Tour, and London was one of our favorite stops.

Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.


34. When?

Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.


35. We took the Ferry to France, crossing the English Channel.

Read a book set in Europe, or that was written by an author who was born in a Europe, or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.


36. While we were in Europe, we visited Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Geneva, Rome, Florence, Venice and Barcelona

Read a book that involves travel to Europe, or that has an image of any European city or monument on the cover, or that the letters of the title can spell the name of any European country that I visited on my trip.


Do Cats Have Family Trees?

Animal Classification: Do Cats Have Family Trees? - Wendy Meshbesher, Eve Hartman


This book gives an overview of the classification of living things and explains the different levels of animal classification including classes of vertebrates, the order of carnivores, and what defines each level. The language is perfect for 3-5 graders or older struggling readers or English language learners. 


There is a short quiz at the end of the book and a glossary that defines important words. Suggestions for books and websites with further information are also provided.



What makes a mammal a mammal?

— feeling panda face
What Makes a Mammal a Mammal? (Animal Classes #3) - Andi Cann


This is a cute read-aloud (or independent read) for elementary students to help them understand the characteristics of mammals and the different kinds of animals that fit into that category. It explains that mammals have hair, drink milk as babies, breathe air, are born alive, have big brains, are warm-blooded, and have middle ear bones & backbones. It explains it all in easy to understand language that would fit right into a third-grade curriculum. It then asks students whether a specific animal is a mammal and explains why or why not.


It is part of a series, including: What makes a bird a bird? and What makes a bug a bug?


This book can also be used with older students who need scaffolding, are struggling readers, or are English Language Learners.

The Meg

Meg (MEG #1) - Keith Szarabajka, Steve Alten

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned




From the moment the early morning fog had begun to lift, they sensed they were being watched.

- first sentence


Not a bad killer beastie story. The Megalodon is scary and the way she escapes from the deep ocean is close enough to believable that we can suspend our disbelief. Mayhem ensues as humans attempt to capture/kill the shark. Oh, and the shark is pregnant, so a built-in sequel, no matter what happens to the main shark.


My main problems with this story are with the main character and with the author's apparent attitude towards women. Jonas is not likable at all. And the way the author describes and talks about women made me think the book was written in the 70's. It's absolutely cringe-worthy. The sexist language and attitude of the male characters are unbelievable. It was hard to listen to at times. Also, the repeated use of the words, "Ampullae of Lorenzini" was irritating as hell. Okay already, we know what they are and how the shark uses them. You don't have to refer to them by name in every other sentence.


Overall, the book wasn't bad, but I recommend seeing the movie instead. They eliminated the character of Jonas' wife completely and the cringe-worthy sexist bullshit was gone. And the women characters were more than just sex objects.


I'm using this book towards by HA A to Z challenge over on Goodreads.

Snakes and Ladders - Update #9


Next roll:






1. Author is a woman - Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K - What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

16. Genre: fantasy - The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham

21. Set in Europe - The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

28. Written between 1900 and 1999 - The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

35. Had been adapted as a movie - Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

43. Characters involved in the law - The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

48. A book you acquired in February 2019 - By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman

55. Is more than 500 pages long - Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld 



Landed on:


64. Cover is more than 50% yellow



I was surprised how hard it was for me to find one for this space. I had one hardcover book on my shelves that worked for this space: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris. I'm not sure if the front cover is exactly more than 50% yellow, but it looks that way (and the back cover is completely yellow). I just looked at my recent posts and noticed that the book I read for space #48 was also more than 50% yellow, go figure. Also, I just missed a snake again. Eventually, they will get me...

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned




The most important email that Darcy Patel ever wrote was three paragraphs long.

- first sentence


Darcy Patel's parents think she is going to college, but she has other plans. The young adult book she wrote during her senior year is going to be published and she is planning to live in New York on her own for a year and see if she has what it takes to be a "real" author. The advance Darcy received for her book is substantial and her sister helps her create a budget. But this is only half the story. In between Darcy's story, we find her novel, the story of Lizzie who escapes a terrorist attack by pretending to be dead. But while "pretending" Lizzie travels to the Afterworld and meets some very interesting people.


So, we see Darcy trying to survive in New York, manage her relationships and money, and going through the doubts and struggles of a young writer. The story is very real and touching. We grow to love Darcy and root for her success. We see her through all the ups and downs a young girl first on her own might experience.


We also see Lizzie in a story filled with danger, supernatural beings, and the power to travel to the world people go to after death. We watch Lizzie struggle to figure out what her life is now and how she can survive in it and try to figure out her new powers and what they mean.


This book is fabulous and I really enjoyed it - not what I expected at all from looking at the cover. It was fun to watch Darcy grow up and hear her doubts about her novel. Then we get to read her book in between Darcy's story. It's like two amazing and completely different stories in one book.


I read this for Snakes & Ladders space #55. Is more than 500 pages long. I was worried it would take me too long, but I had a hard time putting it down.

Snakes and Ladders - Update #8


Next roll:






1. Author is a woman - Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K - What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

16. Genre: fantasy - The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham

21. Set in Europe - The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

28. Written between 1900 and 1999 - The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

35. Had been adapted as a movie - Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

43. Characters involved in the law - The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

48. A book you acquired in February 2019 - By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman


Landed on:


55. Is more than 500 pages long



It took me a while to find one that fits this category that is over 500 pages but not over 800. I didn't want to read something too long because I'll never finish this game. (I know I can read a different book and only roll one die, but I'm being a little strict on myself about finding a book that fits.) I finally decided on Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.






By a Spider's Thread

By a Spider's Thread (Tess Monaghan #8) - Laura Lippman

Audience: Adult

Format: Kindle/Owned


They were in one of the "I" states when Zeke told Isaac he had to ride in the trunk for a little while.

- first sentence


I purchased this book in February and I don't remember why. Maybe I saw a review I liked or maybe it was on sale and sounded good to me. Anyway, the Snakes and Ladders square called for a book I acquired in February and I didn't have many options. So, even though this is not the first book in the Tess Monaghan series and I don't think I read any of the others, I decided to go with it.


Tess is an interesting, relatable character and even though I don't know her background or what she has been through, I enjoyed this book. Tess is a PI and her client is an orthodox Jewish man (Mark) whose wife (Natalie) and three children have disappeared. But, it looks like Natalie left of her own volition, and took the children. Mark says there were no problems in their marriage and there was no reason for Natalie to leave. But, after looking into things, Tess realizes that there is more to it, and Mark isn't telling her the whole truth.


I spent most of the book trying to figure out why Natalie would leave her husband and go off with Zeke. He's an asshole and he is horrible to her children, especially Isaac. Who would put up with that? But I guess she has romanticized their relationship and thinks things will eventually get better. The main question I had was will she eventually put her children first?


Snakes and Ladders - Update #7






1. Author is a woman - Grump by Liesl Shurtliff

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K - What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

16. Genre: fantasy - The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham

21. Set in Europe - The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

28. Written between 1900 and 1999 - The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

35. Had been adapted as a movie - Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

43. Characters involved in the law - The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver


Landed on:


48. A book you acquired in February 2019.


I thought this would be easy until I checked. I only bought two books in February 2019 (go figure). I only realized later I probably could have chosen a library book I borrowed in February - oh well. So, I chose By A Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman.


Btw, did anyone else notice I close I was to that snake again?? I am having unbelievable luck in this game.

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge - Jeffery Deaver

Audience: Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned



Is it safe?

- first sentence


No surprise - it's not safe. At least not for the couple picking up their diamond ring. This is a Lincoln Rhyme novel after all, so there will be plenty of what you might call "unsafe" situations.


Nothing surprising here. This is a well-written crime story with a few twists I didn't see coming. I recently read the first Lincoln Rhyme book and this is the 14th, so things have changed a lot. In the first book, Lincoln consults with the NYPD for the first time while he is considering how to end his life. In this one, Lincoln and Amelia are married, he is a well-known consultant, and he gets around in his wheelchair. The killer in this book is obsessed with diamonds or with engaged couples. We aren't exactly sure at first.


I enjoyed the book and might read another Lincoln Rhyme novel in the future, but there are so many books out there with new ideas and my tbr is overflowing...


I read this for Snakes & Ladders space #43 Characters involved in the law.



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