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Name: Marylou

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New word of the day
New word of the day

Oh and I am definitely one!!



Booklikes-opoly! Roll #1

I decided to join in the fun too! And I'm very lucky too as today appears to be a roll day!!

Going over numerous posts, I caved to this game, which is both well thought and a very fun way to tackle our neverending TBRs!

 

A few links first (more for me to keep my posts organized)

General FAQ's

Main Gameplay

Special Squares

And of course the board: 

Dice used found here.

And behold my adorable "pawn":

(I am addicted to these cuties!)

 

Sooooo............

*drum roll*

 

I went with a gif to describe each move as it seemed easier at first - it ended up taking way too much time. The end result was satisfying though, so I might keep it up!

 

Cheers,

-M.



SYNC 2017 - Week 1

AudiobookSync's Eighth Season has finally begun! 

This week's selections are:

 ✒ Keep in mind that the titles are available only within a specific time frame - so hurry!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde | Read by Greg Wise

Published by Naxos AudioBooks

Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde’s remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich | Read by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson

Published by Hachette Audio

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...

...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails.

And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

 

 ✒ See all offered books here.

Source: http://www.audiobooksync.com


The Age of Innocence free @Audible

 Written: Edith Wharton

Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett 

Length: 9 h 52mins

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:02-17-17

Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with this 1920 novel about Old New York society. Newland Archer is wealthy, well-bred, and engaged to the beautiful May Welland. But he finds himself drawn to May's cousin Ellen Olenska, who has been living in Europe and who has returned following a scandalous separation from her husband.

This month’s free Whispersync for Voice freebie is The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

As always to get the deal, first get this kindle version (for free) and then get the free audiobook here.

 

Happy Listening!

~M.



Bookish update - what I read/ February-March-April

It's been a struggle to read anything since this year began. Nothing held my attention. I must have started around ten books and finished none. An endless lists of books before me: review copies, new releases and library copies...

I was overwhelmed.

Until I asked myself what I really wanted to read. The answer was criminal fiction: a page turner that will ignite my reading passion. I turned to one of my favorites - Jeffery Deaver. I had started one of his books back in October (oh yes...) and just couldn't get into it. A trip we took last week presented the perfect reading spot: a 4-hour train ride! The book was really good; expect a review posted soon enough!

 

Apart from that I read a couple of graphic novels: the Morning Glories series and the new Sarah Andersen book. I enjoyed both! (again reviews will soon be up)

On other news, I bought some new books: 

American Gods/Anansi Boys (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) - Neil Gaiman (audio and a beautiful hardback copy -couldn't resist)

Beartown: A Novel - Fredrik Backman (pre-ordered) 

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (audio and kindle)

Dreadnought - April Daniels (kindle)

 

That's all for now! I can't wait to catch up with all of you! 

Happy reading!!

 



Hello!!

I just wanted to say..

-hellooooo!

I missed this site so much...! Life has gotten in the way these last few months and I haven't been active online! *sigh*

 

What have you been up too?? I saw the bookish game that looks like monopoly and it seems super fun!! It seems a bit complicated, although to be honest I haven't read the full rules yet.. 

 

I can't wait for the dewey's readathon this weekend!!! And I'm glad to report that my reader's block is over!!  (just about time...)

So fair warning: I will be posting a lot!! 



Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland



The Maze Runner files free from penguin!

The Maze Runner Files

❝ Classified files from the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first and second books, The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.

It's #DashnerWeek and we're giving away the audiobook of THE MAZE RUNNER FILES by James Dashner!❞

 

Click here to download

 

NOTE: You can also listen on your phone when you download the Volumes app. Free on the App Store℠ for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® in the U.S. and Canada. Offer is for 48 hours and ends on April 28, 2017, at 11:59 AM ET.



Comic strip of the day

Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.



Hogwarts house themed covers

*sigh*

Great. Another Harry Potter cover.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan. I worship these series. But the releasing of yet another cover? This has to stop at some point, right?

Wrong. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the first book, aka 'The Philosopher's Stone', will be released with a brand new cover featuring your favorite house.

Are you a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff? 

According to Pottermore, the Gryffindor red on the covers is meant to signify military strength, a unicorn is for purity and courage, and the antlers are for strength and agility.

In the Hufflepuff crest, there are beech leaves to symbolize tolerance and a little lamb to show gentleness. In heraldry, gold or yellow is seen to represent generosity.

The crescent in the Slytherin crest represents glory and honour, and has been used in several coats of arms throughout history. Slytherin green is for endurance and the dragon-like cockatrice suggests Slytherins are fierce warriors.

Lastly, the Ravenclaw crest gets a parchment scroll to symbolise academic achievement, an owl for wisdom, a spearhead for sharpness of wit and a book for knowledge.

 

The idea is pretty neat to be honest - I am a proud Ravenclaw myself. BUT I hate having mixed editions of a series, and this one dominates my shelves: I have in greek the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th books (I was too young to read them in english) and the original UK edition of the 6th and 7th books. I had been looking online to complete my english collection- in first editions preferably, when Jim Kay started his gorgeous work.

 

Now I'm buyin' the illustrated ones which are truly breathtaking and they do add something new on the inside too (although if you have seen Jim Kay's work something is an understatement).

 

*mini rant*

I got the american  edition of "The Chamber of Secrets" by mistake, which doesn't match the english edition of book one - something that will bug until the end of time. So instead of a neat pair like the one above I now have this:

 

Look at the font difference for crying out loud! why would they do that? 

*end rant*

 

Now this is something I might consider:

as I don't own "The Cursed Child" (yet). Actually scratch that because google tells me that these are a part of a boxed set that is pretty expensive. I'll pass. I have to start saving for the 3rd illustrated edition anyways.

Source: http://www.pottermore.com/news/hogwarts-house-themed-covers-unveiled-for-philosophers-stone-20th-anniversary


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing a "Happy Valentine's Day" to my fellow book lovers! Click here to send some bookish love to your significant other! xxx

~M.



Descender vol. 1

Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars (Descender Tp) - Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars has some exceptional artwork and the story is very engaging. I recently watched the series, "Westworld", sparking my interest in stories with androids. This series by the talented Jeff Lemire certainly doesn't disappoint. The main character is the cutest bot ever! Illustrated beautifully the first volume begins with TIM 21 embarking on a journey to find his human companion, Andy. Full of mystery this strange new world is very intriguing! Little bot, big universe, indeed.



Goodreads adds a reread feature!

This is fantastic news! It has already been showing up as a feature in my books and I have to say I really like it. Having correct reading dates on my books and not adding a different edition to account for a reread, made Goodreads a lot more appealing as my main book-catalog-keeping-tool.  

Now another requested feature is the half star rating (sidenote: both features are available here at BL). 



Heart of darkness free @audible

Written: Joseph Conrad

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh

Length: 3 h 51mins

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:11-23-10

Prose that demands to be read aloud requires a special kind of narrator. For the Audible Signature Classics edition of Joseph Conrad’s atmospheric masterpiece, Heart of Darkness, we called upon four-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh’s performance is riveting because he reads as though he’s telling a ghost story by a campfire, capturing the story’s sense of claustrophobia, while hinting at the storyteller Marlow’s own creeping madness.

Heart of Darkness follows Captain Marlow into the colonial Congo where he searches for a mysterious ivory trader, Kurtz, and discovers an evil that will haunt him forever. With this landmark work, Conrad is credited with bringing the novel into the twentieth century; we think Branagh brings it into the twenty-first. Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.

Every month "Amazon whispesync" offers a classic title for free; this february it's "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. To get the deal first get this kindle version (for free) and then get the free audiobook here. There is also another narration for free once you get the kindle book; one narrated by Frederick Davidson. You can choose or get both!

Happy Listening!

~M.



Book haul

Two Days Gone: A Novel - Randall Silvis The River at Night - Erica Ferencik The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson

Here is an overview of my recent purchases/library holds/pre-orders/arcs (man I spend a lot on books!)

cartoon by Sarah Andersen

Pre - orders:

#famous - Jilly GagnonLong May She Reign - Rhiannon ThomasNorse Mythology - Neil GaimanFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Read by Eddie Redmayne - J.K. Rowling,Newt Scamander,Eddie Redmayne,Pottermore from J.K. Rowling  

Purchases:

  Carve the Mark - Veronica RothThe Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine ArdenThe Careful Undressing of Love - Corey Ann HayduThe Book Jumper - Mechthild GläserThe River at Night - Erica FerencikThe Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee JohnsonTwo Days Gone: A Novel - Randall SilvisFood, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life - Oprah Winfrey

 

✍ Library Loans:

Small Great Things - Jodi PicoultDad Is Fat - Jim GaffiganThe Last Kids on Earth - Doug Holgate,Max Brallier  

✍ Netgalley/First to read ARCS:

 Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah AndersenThe List - Patricia FordeA Crown of Wishes - Roshani Chokshi





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