Let's Read Something New

Hi there! My name is Alissa, and I love to read, but I can't seem to get away from fanfiction. So here I am, trying to get motivated to read original works again. Picking up a book is so hard.

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I bought this a while back because was $0.99, and I like cheap things. Now I have it ready on my tablet, and I'm not quite sure how to tackle it. Like, the title is too long and it has so many authors that it looks ridiculous in my currently reading list. Not to mention I have no clue how I'm going to review it. Like I could summarize as a whole, but I want to give each story it's time to shine.

 

I'll figure it out as I go along.

Reading progress update: I've read 16%.

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn - Sophia Chester

I really don't understand the dynamics of this yet. I'm three chapters in and we're given a bunch of conflicts centered around humans being prejudice towards Martians, yet the Martians are the colonizers, with a princess and everything. I'm confused as to how this occurred and not in a "i want to read more" kind of way.

 

I mean, I'm still reading but I'm still confuzzled.

Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn - Sophia Chester

She has a Martian as a nanny. I'm getting mammy vibes which is weird because weren't the Martians the colonizers? 

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn - Sophia Chester

We've got some racial tensions between the human colonists and the Martians which I find interesting since the Martians are described as being the colonial power, but I'm supposed to feel sympathetic towards the only Martian in Cosmo's friend group in an openly anti-Martian colony.

 

I'm confused.

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn - Sophia Chester

I'm still not out of the first chapter. It's written in first person, which has its own problems, but for the most part, this isn't that bad.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

A piece of classic literature, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a decent read filled with thick paragraphs where the characters go on long monologues. Especially Henry. Specifically Henry.

 

Dorian has to be the most vain and gullible character I have ever read. Henry was just annoying and misogynistic. Basil was literally the only redeemable character in the entire novel.

 

I've been told the movie was better than book, so I might have to watch that considering I didn't care much for the book. I'm clearly not sophisticated enough to enjoy such classics.

Booklikes-opoly feels wildly complicated to me. But maybe that's just me.

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

Reblogged from BookLikes:

 

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!

Reading progress update: I've read 93%.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

Oh thank gawd, I'm almost done with this sausage fest. I swear, Henry is trying my patience.

I think the best part of entering giveaways on this site is that there's only like 5 people who enter at a given time, so you'll always win. Every time.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

You know, I'll have to sparknote this just to make sure, but is Wilde equating evil to aging?

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

Basil is the only person with some form of common sense in this entire damn book. I am so pissed right.

I am afraid that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated.
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

I really, really dislike Henry.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

DORIAN, WHAT THE HELL??

Reading progress update: I've read 38%.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

Dorian, what the hell?

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Sebastian Fiumara, Roy Thomas

So Henry is Dorian's new bestie now.

Currently reading

Middlemarch by George Eliot
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn by Sophia Chester
Progress: 16%