Booklikes-Opoly - BrokenTune's Game Updates

The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough Farewell Leicester Square - Betty  Miller

June 22nd:

 

Ongoing Free Friday read: Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller

 

Bank account: $101

Dice roll:

 

3 5

Timestamp: 2017-06-22 20:01:15 UTC

 

....which takes me to: Main Street #11 - Read a book that takes place between 1945 and 1965 or that was written by an author who was born before 1955". 

 

There are so so many books to choose from that will fit this task. However, I kinda succumbed to watching The Thorn Birds - The Missing Years the other night and spent most of the time raging how rubbish this "sequel" to the original Thorn Birds is. Of course, I did not manage to change channels and watched the whole thing despite my outrage, but that is not the point of my mentioning it at all. What I took away from watching it is that I really want to re-read the original book.

 

Although the story of The Thorn Birds begins before 1945 (and I believe ends in the late 1960s....I can't remember, which is another reason that I need to re-read this), the book still qualifies because Colleen McCullough was born in 1937.

 

My kindle edition has 673 pages.

 

Judge all you like, The Thorn Birds is a damn fine book.

 

 

 

June 11th:

 

Bank account: $98

Dice roll:

 

6 5

Timestamp: 2017-06-11 21:05:28 UTC

 

....which takes me to: Frontierland #4 - Read a book where a character travels by boat, or where the letters in the title can be used to spell "river". 

 

Which means that I will again not miss landing on the Electric Company square. I have the perfect book for that square so I can only assume the Opoly Gods are mocking me!!!

 

Anyway, my book for this current square will be On the Proper Use of Stars by Dominique Fortier, which I have been meaning to read for ages, too. It's a novel about the Franklin Expedition. Ammy lists this as having 282 pages.

 

Update: I finished the book on 21st June but I will collect only $3 as I rolled on this square before the Opoly Shake-Up.

 

 

June 08th:

 

Bank account: $92

Dice roll:

 

1 1

Timestamp: 2017-06-08 22:02:29 UTC

 

....which takes me to: Adventureland #26 - Read a book that is tagged genre: adventure or thriller on GR.

 

I'm thinking Jules Verne Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I loved Jules Verne when I was a kid. He's probably one of the reasons I have an interest in STEM.

 

 

Dice roll # 2:

 

4 1

Timestamp: 2017-06-08 22:05:50 UTC

 

....which takes me to: "Paradise Pier" Sq. 30 - Read a book with a twist or that is tagged "suspense" on GR, or that has more than 555 pages."

 

Several choices here: 

 

MR had proposed a Talented Mr Ripley buddy read. This would fit in this category.

Also, Verne's The Mysterious Island will fit here as it has more than 555 pages (700+).

I have also had Before I Go To Sleep (359p.) on my shelves for far too long.

 

Update: I ended up reading Before I Go to Sleep.

 

 

 

June 06th:

 

Bank account: $90

Dice roll:

 

You rolled 2 dice:

2 6

Timestamp: 2017-06-06 00:06:57

 

....which takes me to: Adventureland #24 - Read a book set in Africa or Asia, or that has an exotic animal on the cover.

 

Aaaaahhhhhhhh!!!! So many to choose from!

 

My shortlist from looking over to the bookshelf includes:

 

The Leopard - by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

King Leopold's Ghost - Adam Hochschild

Seven Years in Tibet - Heinrich Harrer

Magic and Mystery in Tibet - Alexandra David-Neel

 

Any book of the Asian Saga by James Clavell:

Shogun

Tai-Pan

Gai Jin

Noble House

 

Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie

Too Close to the Sun - Sara Wheeler

Imperial Woman - Pearl S. Buck

 

How on earth am I supposed to pick one?

 

Update: After much deliberating, I settled on Rashomon for this task.

 

Update: I DNF'd Rashomon @39%. That is @ 129 p., still earning $2.

 

 

 

June 04th:

 

I finished Edith's Diary and am eager to move on - hopefully something light and fluffy.

 

Bank account: $87

Dice roll:

 

2 5

Timestamp: 2017-06-04 00:11:11 UTC

 

....which takes me to: "?" Sq. 17 - Read a cozy mystery.

 

I'm picking Scene of the Climb (305p.) for this one.

 

 

 

June 02nd:

 

I finished The Godfather and my two Memorial Day rolls, so it's time to roll again. I'm starting from "Fantasyland" Sq. 6.

 

Bank account: $84

Dice roll:

 

1 4

Timestamp: 2017-06-02 18:31:57 UTC

 

....which takes me to: Main Street 10 - Read a book that takes place in a small town in the U.S.A..

 

Well, there are so many that come to mind, beginning with Thornton Wilder's essential play about small town USA. As much as I like Wilder, I need something with more bite.

Patricia Highsmith should do it. I took a peek at Edith's Diary to find out whether it had a small town setting and I am delighted to say that it does seem to.

 

Not only that, but Highsmith's town is called Brunswick Corner. I have a hunch that it might be everything that Wilder's Grovers Corners is not. ;D

 

 

 

May 24th:

 

I've decided to not play for the Adventureland 27 square that I landed on on 14th May (explanation here), so I am moving on.   

 

Also, again many thanks to Murder by Death for gifting me $10. :)

 

Bank account: $73 

Dice roll:

 

 

You rolled 2 dice:

1 3

Timestamp: 2017-05-24 17:59:49 UTC

 

....which takes me to: "Paradise Pier" Sq. 30 - Read a book with a twist or that is tagged "suspense" on GR, or that has more than 555 pages."

 

Alrighty, I was looking to start The Godfather as a buddy read with Troy, and it appears that 60 people on GR shelved this under "Suspense". It also appears that the kindle version I have has 610p. (according to Ammy UK). I guess The Godfather it will be.

 

 

 

May 14th:

 

I've spent the last two days "in jail" reading through my sentence with The Franchise Affair (278p.) and twenty odd pages of Der Kaempfer im Vatikan, a biography of Pope Francis, which I will continue reading on the side.  

 

I'm delighted to be able to roll again, tho.

 

Bank account: $58

Dice roll:

 

2 2

Timestamp: 2017-05-14 16:54:00 UTC

 

....which takes me to: "Tomorrowland Station" Sq. 22 - Read a book that involves time travel either to the future or to the past."

 

Ugh, time travel again... Not a fan. The only title that comes to mind is H.G. Wells The Time Machine, unless someone can tell me if Journey to the Centre of the Earth would qualify as they end of finding a prehistoric world...

 

Edit: I found Making History by Stephen Fry on my kindle, which involves time travel. That's going to be the book I choose. 594p.

 

Dice roll #2 (because doubles):

 

2 3

Timestamp: 2017-05-14 17:06:02 UTC

 

....which takes me to: "Adventureland" Sq. 27 - Read a book by an author whose initials can be found in the name "Tarzan" or that has a tree on the cover."

 

I have just the book for this on my shelves and I am delighted to start Das Wunder the Baums by Annemarie Schwarzenbach. (Tree on the cover.) 295p.

 

(Update: I will not count Das Wunder des Baums towards the Opoly.) 

 

 

May 12th:

 

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since my last roll, but the Dewey Celebration Bonus Rolls took some time to read. 

 

Bank account: $58

Dice roll:

 

2 6

Timestamp: 2017-05-12 14:36:10 UTC

 

....which takes me to: "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

 

I believe there are enough pages in the library, but I will choose to read my "sentence".

 

 

April 29th - update:

 

3 Extra Rolls move me to a current square of Frontierland #2:

 

I ended up reading:

 

Roses Run by Dawn Dumont - Great book. - 288p.

The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth - Great Classic Thriller - 418p.

11/22/63 by Stephen King - Not for me. DNF @ 17% (Ammy lists the paperback at 752p. So, 17% equates to 127p.) - See here or here for reading updates.

 

April 29th:

 

Bank account: $38 (one audiobook in progress - potential reward: $5)

Dice roll: 10 (4+6)

  

....which takes me to: "Cars Land" Sq. 18 - Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013 or 2014, the year of Cars and its sequels, or that has a car on the cover."

 

 I have a few options for this square but I am going with Die so Geliebte by Melania G. Mazzucco (542p.).

Reward: $5 

 

April 27th:

 

Bank account: $35 (one audiobook in progress - potential reward: $5)

Dice roll: 5 (2+3)

 

....which takes me to: "Fantasyland" Sq. 9 - Read a book that is tagged genre: Fantasy or fairy tale on GR. 

 

For this I am choosing The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan (352p.).  

Reward: $3 

 

April 25th:

 

Bank account: $32 (one audiobook in progress - potential reward: $5)

Dice roll: 9 (6+3)

 

....which takes me to: "Frontierland" Sq. 4 - Read a book where a character travels by boat, or where the letters in the title can be used to spell "river". 

 

For this I am choosing Boundless: Adventures in the Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter (288p.). I must say I was rather impressed by the number of unread books I have that would qualify for this square. I hope I land here again. 

Reward: $3 

 

April 23rd:

 

Bank account: $29

Dice roll: 6 (3+3)

 

....which takes me to: "?" Sq. 25 - Read a book that is tagged Historical Mystery or is part of a series included in the Best Historical Mystery Listopia on GR. 

 

Death Comes as the End (272p.) is tagged as required and I already have it on my tbr. How kind of the BL-Opoly gods to let me squeeze in some Dame Agatha.

Reward: $3 

 

Dice roll #2 (because of doubles): 8 (2+6)

 

....which takes me to: "BL" Sq. 32 - Roll the electronic dice, and perform the task that corresponds to your roll!

 

Dice roll: 

 

"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!"

 

Ok, ... a separate post will be forthcoming for this. 

 

April 21st:

 

Bank account: $28

Dice roll: 7 (1+6)

 

....which takes me to: New Orleans Square 19 - Read a book that is tagged Gothic or horror on GR or that is a ghost story. 

 

The Victorian Chaise-longue (99p.) is tagged as horror. I already started it a few days ago, so I will deduct the pages I have already read from the total page count of the book (i.e. 99 - 9 = 90).

Reward: $1

 

April 19th:

 

Bank account: $23

 

Dice roll: 9 (3+6)

 

....which takes me to: Main Street 13 - Read a book about a (real or fictional) American lawyer or politician, or that is set during the Civil War.

 

Umm, ok... I am spoilt for choice here: The books on my TBR that come to my mind immediately are:

 

Thirteen Days by Robert F. Kennedy - 185p.

Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton - 702p. (I'm listing the page number from Ammy for the kindle edition, as this is the book I have. Apparently, the pb is 656 p. and the hb 925p.)

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg - 402p. 

 

As it is way too early in the a.m. (it's a little past midnight), I won't make a choice right now, but I'm leaning towards RBG. 

 

(Note: I did read My Own Words by RBG.) 

Reward: $5

 

April 15th:

 

Bank account: $20

 

Dice roll: 5 (1+4)

 

....which takes me to: Electric Company.

 

Hooray! A STEM book it is. I take it, Dr. Fortey telling of his life researching natural history will fit the bill.

 

Dry Store Room No.1 by Dr. Richard Fortey - 320 p.

Reward: $3

 

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Let the games begin!

Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for creating this intricate and detailed game for us.

 

I'll use this post for updates and as a balance sheet (aka score card).

 

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