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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Currently reading

The Circular Staircase
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Progress: 40 %
In Siberia
Colin Thubron
Progress: 50/304 pages

What I am planning to read

Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan Shadows on the Nile - Kate Furnivall Natchez Burning - Greg Iles East of the Sun - Julia Gregson The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

 Fantasyland 9


Read a book that is tagged fantasy or fairy tale on GR. I will be reading Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan as planned. This book is 352 pages, & is worth $3.00


New Orleans Square Station 14


Read a book that involves overseas travel or has a suitcase on the cover. I will be reading East of the Sun by Julia Gregson.


Carsland 18


Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013 or 2014, or that has a car on the cover. I am planning to read Natchez Burning by Greg Isles, which was published in 2014. Finished 4/30/17 - 865 pages ($10.00).


Adventureland 24


Read a book set in Asia or Africa. I will be reading Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnival. Finished 5/5/17 - 448 pages ($5.00)



Tomorrowland 34


Read a book tagged YA or MG, or that has a child's on the cover. This one is an easy one! Let's go with The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, which was shelved YA 215 times on GR!

My Extra rolls!

I am sitting on Fantasyland 9 right now! Taking my extra rolls:



Puts me on New Orleans Station



Roll 1b



Puts me on Carsland 18



Roll 2:



Puts me on Adventureland 24



Roll 3



Which puts me on Tomorrowland 34



I am finishing a book right now, and will work on selecting books for these spaces after I am done!

Booklikes-opoly + Readathon = Extra Rolls!

Here ye, here ye!


Roll, baby roll.




In honor of readathon, all booklikes-opoly players can take 3 extra rolls today, regardless of whether or not its a roll day for you or not. You don't have to be participating in readathon to roll, and the extra rolls are entirely optional!


No one goes to jail and everyone gets to read! If you end up on the jail spot, just roll again - and you don't have to count the roll against the 3 extras. If you end up on any spot that doesn't give you a chance to read a book, just roll again - and you don't have to count the roll against the 3 extras.


Once you establish your squares, you can't roll again until you finish your books and/or Monday if you decide not to read all the extra rolls, but this gives you a chance to rack up some extra bank today in honor of readathon.


Not surprisingly, I got started a little late today! I'm already down to no more than 22 hours - and there's no chance I'll be up all night! I'm hoping to make 18 or thereabouts.


Image result for dewey's readathon


Beginning survey:


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am in Oregon, near Portland!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan. Although I didn't really put together much of a book stack this year & I'm going free form!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Beer and chocolate!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love Disneyland and am scheduled for a vacation in June. Also, I should probably be doing yardwork rather than reading today!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my third readathon. I've decided to be less organized this time around, mostly because it sort of snuck up on me! I am going to pull books based only on interest - and possibly if they fit into my booklikes-opoly game!


Read-A-Thon is coming!



Is anyone planning to do the Dewey on Saturday?


For anyone who  is playing Booklikes-opoly, there'll be at least one fun game-related opportunity on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in honor of the readathon! Make sure to check in and follow the fun!

Ran across this series

The Novice's Tale - Margaret Frazer

When I was browsing Brother Cadfael & I'm wondering if any of my BL friends are familiar with it?


It's the Sister Frevisse series, set in 1431. Anyone?

Entertaining Golden Age Mystery

The Cornish Coast Murder - John Bude

Taking more than a few cues from Murder at the Vicarage, published in 1930, Bude's 1935 mystery is quite entertaining if a bit derivative.


I love books set on the coast of Cornwall - and this one is also set in March, so it has all of the blustery, windswept charm that we might expect. The vicar and the doctor in the village of Boscawen spend their evenings reading detective novels by the fireside. When real murder intrudes, the Vicar is delighted with the opportunity to exercise his skills in assisting the local Inspector in his investigation.


I've now read several from the British Library Crime Classics series, and I've found Bude to be among the best of the writers. I also enjoyed his Death on the Riviera, and thought that this one had an even stronger mystery. I will admit, however, that none of the books, so far, have even approached Christie's mastery. The writing in them tends to be workmanlike at best, and at times positively awkward. No one manages pacing as well as she did, and her ability to describe a character using ten words is unparalleled.


I keep hoping to find another Agatha Christie, but I'm compelled, at this point, to admit that perhaps she was, in fact, the unassailable Queen, sharing her title with no one. This one is enjoyable, but it's no Poirot.

Hear ye, Hear ye: Booklikes-opoly Rules Change!

I am re-running this post this morning, to make sure I get maximum coverage! If you're playing Booklikes-opoly, note the rules change!




I've entertained a request from a player to reconsider the "odd days are roll days" rule, and I think that JL makes a good point. The purpose of the rule is to slow down speed readers from rolling every day. However, if it takes a slower reader 3 days to finish a book, they aren't able to roll until day 4, which sort of defeats the purpose of the rule.


In light of this, I am making a rules change as follows:


Players can roll no more frequently than every other day.


Example: player rolls on Monday, but doesn't finish her book until Thursday - player can roll on Thursday, because Tuesday and Wednesday are non-roll days for the individual player. If player finishes the book she starts Thursday on Friday, she still can't roll until Saturday, because Friday is a non-roll day for the player.


In other words, players are now responsible for keeping track of their own roll days!

Reading progress update: I've listened 120 out of 600 minutes.

The Bards of Bone Plain - Patricia A. McKillip

Another DNF!


I think that the problem with this one was actually the format. I picked it up in audiobook ages ago, and I''m not loving the narrator. In addition, I find that certain books are better to read than listen, and I think this is one of them.


McKillip's writing is lovely, but my mind wanders while I'm listening, and I found myself looking for excuses not to listen to the audiobook while I was in the car. This is generally not a great sign.


I may look around for a used copy of this one - if I could pick it up for under $5.00, I'd buy it. Unfortunately, McKillip's books don't seem to price drop on amazon, so that's a deterrent. I already spent a credit on this book, and I didn't try listening during the return period, so I'm stuck with it. 


I actually have a paperback copy of her Riddle-Master of Hed series, so I might try giving that a go at some point!

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova

I'm calling it a day on this one, & I've now concluded that Elizabeth Kostava is not for me (although I actually own her one other book - The Swan Thieves - that I've not read). 


So, DNF.


While I struggled with The Historian, I really liked Kostova's writing style and her skill with setting and history. I have decided, though, that she's just too slow-moving and navel-gazing EVEN FOR ME - and ya'll know that I love long, character driven books. 


On the plus side, she set this book in Bulgaria, a country I knew little about before reading. It sounds like an amazing country, and it has now been added to my very long list of "places I want to go." She is great with setting! I wish I liked it more.


I received a free copy of the book from Netgalley. 

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.

Game Play - Reading tasks

The Lands!










Mystery Squares 



Trains, Plains & Automobiles! 


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!




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

Booklikes-opoly reveal TODAY

I have a meeting this morning, but will be able to finish up the posts so I can reveal the game later today!






Are you ready to play a game?



I will be revealing the game over the next couple of days!


This is the most ambitious game yet!


It will run from April 15 through the end of July!


There will be prizes!


There will be reading!


There will be fun!