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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.

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 40/496 pages

A Well Needed Vacation!

Great news for Moonlight Reader! I am taking next week off work - I need some time away to get my head together!


My husband will be off with "the boys" from Sunday through Wednesday evening, my daughter is off to visit her boyfriend from Friday through Wednesday, so it will just be me and my son, who will be working music camp during the days.


I have big plans for those four days of silence and peace. I've got a couple of fabric orders coming, and I will be organizing them and starting a couple of fun new projects. I've got at least 3 WIPs that I plan to finish: my Halloween quilt, a flannel quilt for my father-in-law that will be a Christmas present, and an embroidered pillow for my daughter.


I should also have some good opportunities for reading, so I'll get caught up on the Alexander Humboldt RAL, and make a final push for the waning days of Booklikes-opoly! I should be able to be around a bit, posting some pics and reviews and the like!


I'll leave you with this picture, which is one of the projects I will be starting. I'm going to make a small version as a Christmas gift for my SIL. She's a big fan of dogs!


Image result for dogs in sweaters quilt

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 496 pages.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

I've had  rather massive, exhausting personal issue this week, which has rendered me incapable of accomplishing anything requiring more thought than watching reruns of Murdoch Mysteries.


Seriously, new episodes would be too much. 


I hope to return to some semblance of normalcy this weekend.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 496 pages.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

I got super lazy and waited to order, so I decided to go with the kindle book! Starting this today!

Game Play Update: 7/6/17


Bank: $141.00


Roll 28


I am still reading Empire Grill, although I finished The Invisible Library, which is 328 pages and is therefore worth $6.00! I will be rolling from Main Street #10.


I rolled an 8:



Which puts me on Carsland 18: Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013 & 2014 or which has a car on the cover.


Since I enjoyed The Eyre Affair so much, and since the next Thursday Next book also has a car on the cover:



I'm about 90% sure that will be my choice!



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Reading progress update: I've read 251 out of 483 pages.

Empire Falls - Richard Russo

I am really enjoying this! I don't read a lot of literary fiction any more - I spent years reading nothing but lit fic, and then I jumped back into genre fic and never really made my way back out. Russo has done just a bang up job with characterization in this book, though. The characters fairly leap off the page in all of their three dimensional, messy glory.


So much so that I want to track down Janine and slap her into next week. What a selfish bitch. The midlife crisis is not just for men.

Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 328 pages.

The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

Oooh! This book has dragons in it! I didn't know that it had dragons in it or I would've read it ages ago!

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 483 pages.

Empire Falls - Richard Russo

I decided to read this one for the 4th of July extra space! It fits Main Street #10, which means that I'll be rolling off that one on July 5th. I hope this is good - I haven't read Richard Russo before, so I have no preconceived thoughts about his writing.


This book is set in the titular Empire Falls, a small town in Dexter County, Maine. From looking at GR, I can see that Char really liked it, so that is a strong endorsement!

Fourth Of July Optional BL challenge!


In honor of U.S. Independence Day, everyone has the option of going to Main Street, U.S.A. tomorrow! You can read books from any of the Main Street Squares!



This is a totally free move! You don't need to have finished your prior square to move, and this doesn't disrupt your rolling schedule (in other words, if you're free to roll on the 5th, you can still roll on the 5th even though you moved on the 4th). But, if you do move, that's your new starting spot for your next roll! If you don't take the offer, you don't get the extra move!

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

That was a wild, wild romp.


I have been meaning to dive into the Thursday Next series for years, and finally decided to take the plunge after MBD's review of the most recent installment in the series. I've read all of Fforde's Chronicles of Kazam, so I am familiar with his unique style, but even so, nothing really prepared me for this book.


Fforde dropped me directly into the world, with a minimum of exposition and almost no info-dumping. It isn't necessarily easy to figure out all of what is going on with the Spec Ops, and he seems to want his readers to be off-balance since he constantly throws curveballs into the narrative.


I do love books about books, though, so the premise of this series is just so delicious. And Fforde must be one of the most well-read writers currently working, because the book is plock full o'references to classic literature. The references to Shakespeare and the controversy as to the true identity of the playwright alone were voluminous and fascinating. About midway through the book I started highlighting the literary references, and then I found this GR list of all of the books mentioned in the Thursday Next series.


Poor Mr. Quaverly. Lost forever from the pages of Martin Chuzzlewit, a book which I am now going to have to read. I loved the conceit with the ending of Jane Eyre, as well. 


I'm midway through another detective story, so I'm not going to start book two until I finish that one, but I found The Eyre Affair engaging enough that I definitely want to continue with the series! And even though this isn't technically a mystery, I'm counting it as one of the 50 crimes of summer!

Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 384 pages.

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

There is a lot going on in this book! I'm enjoying it a lot, and it's making me want to read a whole bunch of classics, not the least of which is Martin Chuzzlewit, which I've never read!


The performance of Richard III sounds like about the most awesome thing ever, also! 

Free Friday read!

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

I started this yesterday, but never posted it. I didn't get very far & I am still working on my Paradise #28 book!

Beverly Jenkins has been all over my twitter feed

Indigo - Beverly Jenkins

I'm wondering if any of the romance readers here have read any of her books. I'm very intrigued!

Something for the fall?

I know that there are other classic crime fans here on BL, & I'm wondering if anyone is interested in reading this with me - it won't be released until August 1, so you've got time to contemplate! I'm thinking of approximately Labor Day for a read!



This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than many critics have suggested. To illustrate this, the leading expert on classic crime discusses one hundred books ranging from The Hound of the Baskervilles to Strangers on a Train which highlight the entertaining plots, the literary achievements, and the social significance of vintage crime fiction. This book serves as a companion to the acclaimed British Library Crime Classics series but it tells a very diverse story. It presents the development of crime fiction-from Sherlock Holmes to the end of the golden age-in an accessible, informative and engaging style.

Readers who enjoy classic crime will make fascinating discoveries and learn about forgotten gems as well as bestselling authors. Even the most widely read connoisseurs will find books (and trivia) with which they are unfamiliar-as well as unexpected choices to debate. Classic crime is a richly varied and deeply pleasurable genre that is enjoying a world-wide renaissance as dozens of neglected novels and stories are resurrected for modern readers to enjoy. The overriding aim of this book is to provide a launch point that enables readers to embark on their own voyages of discovery.

Ripley Read!

The Talented Mr. Ripley  - Patricia Highsmith

BrokenTune & I had discussed doing a buddy read of The Talented Mr. Ripley & I think here were a few others who were up for it! Let's figure out when we want to start!

Paradise Pier #28

Silence in Hanover Close - Anne Perry

I landed on Paradise Pier #28, which calls for a book set during the Victorian era. I still have two of these Open Road editions of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series that I bought on sale, so I decided to read this one! I'm not sure if this is a reread or not - I have read a number of these books before, but never quite know which ones.

The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Circular Staircase -  Mary Roberts Rinehart

I read this as a buddy read, but went on vacation at about the halfway point. My hotel wifi was pretty worthless, so I wasn't able to login while I was Disneylanding - and Disneyland isn't really a place for internet activity, in any case, because by the time I'd get back to my room, I was so exhausted that I sort of just collapsed into bed!


Anyway, I quite liked this fun mystery. There is a lot going on, and I found the main character to be a hoot. She has very little instinct for self-preservation, and is a bit bumbling, but is also funny and brave and loyal. I did figure out some of the elements and had a pretty good idea of the solution before the reveal, but the complicated plotting was well-done. 


Mary Roberts Rinehart is sometimes referred to as an American Agatha Christie, but this book didn't read like Agatha to me, nor did the other book by her that I've read, The Window at the White Cat. Something about her writing style is peculiarly American, and there are hard-boiled qualities to it - she's not noir, but she is also not cozy.


A lot of Rinehart's books are in the public domain. My kindle version of The Circular Staircase only set me back $.99 - for readers who enjoy vintage mysteries, I'd recommend giving her a try.