Bookish Board Games

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My BF and I are avid board game players. Our board game shelf rivals some of your bookshelves. Over the years we made a quite the collection of board games we love and enjoy. Here are some of our board games with bookish themes!

Paperback

First one shown on the picture above is Paperback. It is a deck building game where each player has to make words out of cards he draws. With better words you get money points that buy more cards with letters and thematic wild cards. Wild cards are worth victory points and each is set to look like a cover of a book by author Paige Turner!

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We love playing this game as it is fast paced and make us think on spelling words which is a great exercise for the brain. The fact that none of us speaks English as a first language makes it so much more challenging. Nerdy bookish game!

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

Bring Your Own Book

The middle game on the picture is the latest bookish board game we found. We hadn’t had the chance to test it yet but have high expectations. It is also a card game with a little sand timer.

byobThe concept of the game is simple. Every player brings his own book with him. Each turn a one player picks up a card with a task that each other player must find in their book. As the game progresses player earn cards by how fast and good they got the needed task. There are many variations depending on the number of players and I like the fact that everyone chooses their own book to bring. Must check out how language dependent it can be with different players before I bring this to my RL book club meeting!

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

Biblios

Last game on the picture is also a card game where each player takes a role of a medieval monastery abbot. We compete which one of us can get the best library collection. We bid on rare and forbidden tomes, scribes, illuminations and supplies.

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Design and illustrations are lovable for any book lover and this game can make for an amazing evening.

For more info check the Board Game Geek website HERE

I’m always looking for some quirky bookish games and the first one on this list will soon have an expansion variant named Hardback. I hope to get it as well 🙂

Reading in June 2017 – Bratislava edition

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This June I joined my boyfriend on a business trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. While he was busy with work in the mornings I wandered the city for bookstores and did some reading.

The first picture shows one of the few bookstores I visited located in the immediate center of Bratislava – Oxford Bookshop. While it holds books in many various languages it had by far the best selection of books in English. The reason the street looks empty is that all the shops in this street open after 10 AM and I went a little earlier. Just a few hours after this picture was taken this street was one of the busiest in the city with hordes of tourist groups walking around.

I loved that the opening hours were from 10 AM to 19 PM. And was actually jealous and envious of the people who worked there for having such working hours. I browsed for a long time and treated myself with a book that I noticed earlier this year on GR.

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This book by Korean author recieved The Man Booker International award last year and has not been translated into Croatian at all. I was intrigued by contemporary story from a Korean cultural perspective. I liked the cover quite a bit too.

19092899_10155759539809026_643437314163476352_oNext I visited two bookstores in two different shopping malls. Both were part of the Panta Rei bookstore chain. While in the company of Starbucks and Cinema City both bookstores had a small Coffee Shop inside the actual bookstore premises. It looked quite cozy and casual. While most of the books were in Slovakian they had a pretty decent selection of bestsellers in English.

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As an avid reader I had to take some books with me on the trip. I could not decide which I would like more so I’ve packed four different ones. I also packed one additional for my boyfriend to read just in case.

Books I’ve brought with me were:

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Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

I’m very happy with my progress with this book. This was actually the third time I started reading and have gotten more into the book. I used to have real issues with separating the book and the movie since they are completely different. I’ve seen the movie many times and I’m glad I’m finally getting somewhere with this book that’s been on my TBR for years!

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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Apollo was the name of the hotel in Bratislava that we were supposed to stay in. We ended up in a different hotel but I brought this book with me anyway. Sad part is that I haven’t really gotten to reading it on the trip at all!

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Žena s drugog kata by Jurica Pavičić

This is a book by Croatian author and columnist we had as a RL book club assignment. I’ve read this book earlier this year. I brought the library copy with me to brush up on since we had a meeting just after I came back from the trip.

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The Scar by China Mieville

This book I brought for the boyfriend to have something to read. It is the chubbiest from all the books I brought with around 800 pages. Boyfriend barely started it during the trip.

As an added bonus I brought my tablet for some Kindle reading just in case and I also ended up reading:

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Captured by Gerran (Dragons Take a Princess  #2) by Dalia Wright

None of the books above are actually finished reading yet and I hope to get to them soon. I am glad that I can say: “I read Interview with the Vampire in Bratislava!”

TBR Jar Draw May 2017

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Spike: The Complete Series

(Angel: After the Fall)

by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni ★★

Finally finished last months TBR draw! Last time I opted to read two out of three but this time I managed to finish only this one. All in all I liked this graphic novel and reading about all of these familiar characters. When it comes to all things Whedonverse I am biased. I’m definitely a fan 🙂

I had some issues at first with dark artwork and when in doubt all I had to do is look at the cover and was hooked back in. The amount of familiar characters thrown into this story is staggering and made the story slightly unbalanced.

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Contrary to some of the variant covers Angel and Illyra are NOT in this one. The female character Beck did not ring any bells which made me think about the huge time gaps between my reading trough Angel After The Fall graphic novel series.

The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

# Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3)
by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson, Joss Whedon (Creator)

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

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1 # The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1) by Jennifer Bell, Karl James Mountford (Illustrator)

This was a gift I got somewhere last year from a work buddy. All I know is that it is fantastic novel for children. I thought the blurb on the cover to be interesting enough:

When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to the hospital, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what adventure lies in store. Soon their house is ransacked by unknown intruders, and a very strange policeman turns up on the scene, determined to apprehend them . . . with a toilet brush. 

Kinda quirky and possibly entertaining read

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2 # Angel Souls and Devil Hearts (Shadow Saga #2) by Christopher Golden

I read the first book from this series almost a decade ago. I thought it to be kinda dark and gritty. The horror elements freaked me out a bit. I liked the main character though. Picking up the second novel might be a bit of a challenge after all this time…

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3 # Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

I have started reading this one for a few times now. I always get the book mixed up with the movie version since I watched the movie way to many times. I should probably make myself read trough this book already since it is such a prominent title in the urban fantasy genre and I have almost all of the books from the series anyway…

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While my selection is a bit more challenging this time I know I will enjoy my reading no matter what I pick in the end!

Neglected May update

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This May my reading and posting has been severely neglected. As it happens lots of things did not go as planned this May. What I did managed to do is read last month’s TBR Jar Draw.

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The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison ★★

I had such high hopes from this book and series in general. For some reason I had trouble keeping up with the plot and characters. While it started out awesome for some reason my inability to focus on the book and the long time it took me to read it trough made me not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. The characters are still there and I like them. The romantic involvement of two main characters have had the desired squee effect on me. I’m honestly not sure what went wrong with the process of reading…

 

As soon as I finished The Undead Pool I jumped at the Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance proved to be funny and delight to read. I liked the quirky heroine but had to avoid any deeper contemplation upon reading the book. While parts of this book were unbelievably cliche, reading it have replenished some of my energy and I had a great time with this book. I’m very glad I’ve bought it and reading about older versions of Sebastian and Evie was nice.

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Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) by Lisa Kleypas ★★

For my TBR Jar Draw I picked out Spike: The Complete Series (Angel: After the Fall) by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni. For a while it was a close choice between it and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3) by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson, Joss Whedon (Creator).

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I’m still adjusting to wearing glasses. My eyes feel quite tired most of the time. The artwork in this graphic novel is proving to be a bit of a strain on my eyes and I’m forced to read  it during the day. Also I did not expect for it to be chunky and quite a bit heavy to hold while reading. I’m still intrigued by the cover and hope to get sucked into the story soon.

Monthly reading review – April 2017

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Monthly reading review – April 2017

This April I have read:

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1) by Veronica Roth ★★

Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola ★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

Sadly I have read only two books this April. Not happy with the amount 😦

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in April? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

Since there were only two books there was a good one and the one I did not like that much. I very much enjoyed angsty Carve the Mark. It was my first book by Veronica Roth – having avoided Divergent series altogether.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The book I did not enjoy reading was Thérèse Raquin. I try to stay away from depressing classics from the realism period ( I can’t stand most of renown Russian classics). This book was my book club reading for March actually and it has drained me with its dreary descriptions. The theme and the possessive human condition were in fact interesting enough but the generally depressing tone of the book was really off putting.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I was glad for finishing my book club assignment ahead of schedule but it the end that did not do much for the scope of my reading in April.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I am still in the middle of reading The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison. The reason I’m going slow with it is I’ve almost stopped reading before bedtime.

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I’m always for reading classics and even though I did not enjoy reading Thérèse Raquin I am still glad I’ve read it. What I like most about books like this one are the notes on reader reception at the time it was published. And this one stirred quite the drama and outrage for readers racy interpretations. I’m actually glad I live in the country where this was suggested high school reading. I admit I haven’t read it then though. This books provoking theme gives much food for good book club discussion and I’m looking forward to it later this week!

Final thoughts on April reading

This April I have started wearing glasses for the first time in my life. This has somewhat impacted my reading. I don’t like them and I’m having trouble adjusting as can be seen from my scarce posting as well. Hopefully May will be more productive for my reading and for my review posting 🙂

TBR Jar Draw April 2017

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Last month I started a little project I like to call TBR Jar Draw. I’ve listed my owned books I have not read yet and written their titles on little pieces of paper. They were all put into a little bluish jar. Each month I draw three titles from it and choose one I will be reading. Last month my three draws were:

1 # Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 by Yu Watase ★★

2 # The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

3 # The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

From the titles above I’ve finished the Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden manga and I’m currently reading The Undead Pool. I said to pick one but since one was a manga AND I really liked the titles I’ve draw I decided to pick two instead!

While finishing Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 was bittersweet I was reminded how good it feels to read a good manga and how much I loved Fushigi Yûgi universe. What pained me is that I had only the first volume for reading and I’m still undecided about trying to collect the rest of the series or not. The Undead Pool I’m still reading each night before bedtime.

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TBR Jar Draw April titles:

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1# Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

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2# Spike: The Complete Series (Angel: After the Fall) by Brian Lynch, Nicola Zanni

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3# Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 #2-3)
by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson, Joss Whedon (Creator)

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This March was a 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. I’m still an avid fan of the show and I’m actually glad I got not one but two books related to it to read in April! I’m going to finish The Undead Pool before I decide my pick for April. I’m leaning towards one of the two Buffy themed books. Depending on how long it takes me I might decide to read both!

 

New books for me!

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I have been slightly busy with getting some new books lately. It makes me giddy and happy getting little bookish packages in the mail. So without further ado here are some of the newest books I get to call mine 🙂

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Black Butler vol 1 by Yana Toboso

It has been years since I’ve watched the anime series. I was never that happy about how it ended though. After seeing that manga is still going out even after the anime ended I decided I wanted to read them. This one has been on my wish list for a few years now. When I saw it being on sale I had to grab it. I’m looking at it and I know I made a grave mistake buying only first volume. Should have taken at least first three…

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Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

This has been one of my favorite UF book series for so long now. I’m glad to see it is still going strong and has not taken a downward spiral that most book series do after a while. Characters are still going strong and there are still so much about the Mercy Thompson world that still makes my eyes glued to the pages! Also this is one of those book series I love for their cover artwork. Daniel Dos Santos is doing an awesome job with them and I can’t understand why would anyone buy any other edition other than these beauties ❤

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The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire by Trisha Telep

This is a book I picked up earlier this year in the bookstore where I work. I bought it as a addition to my vampire stories collection. It was cheap so I was happy about it. What I noticed is that lately I’ve been slacking on reading the short story collections I own. Hopefully I will read one of those in April!

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Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising (Mass Effect: Andromeda #1)

by Jason M. Hough

OK, technically this one I bought for my boyfriend. He pre-ordered the game at Christmas and has been happily playing it ever since it arrived. I bought him Mass Effect books before and he loved them. I wonder how long will it take for him to read this one and if he will like it as much 🙂

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Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is actually a pre-order. The hardcover came out last year but I’ve been collecting them in mass market paperback edition. This is by far the longest book series I’m reading and buying. It had its ups and downs. Last few books were on the up side. I’m really looking forwards to this one and I must admit I’m a bit worried how will the first trip to Europe look like for Anita Blake.

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The Ravens of Thri Sahashri by Kuroda Yasushi

This is actually a card game and not a book! But I’m adding it to the list since it is rather complex and it tells a fascinating story. The story is about a girl in a coma and her psychic friend who is trying to help her to wake up. It is as dramatic and crazy as it sounds. One player is the comatose girl and the other a psychic detective. There are puzzling dream cards and ill fated ravens to beat in this quirky game! I have yet to try it out with my boyfriend – it caught my eye while I was looking for a two player board game for us. In the last six months he’s been collecting board games like crazy so this is my little edition to the collection.

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Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) by Lisa Kleypas

And the last addition I will present here now is a historical romance I wanted to get my hands on as soon as I read the excerpt. It is a romance by my favorite author Lisa Kleypas. One of the characters is a son of my favorite couple from the Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by the same author. That is one of exactly two books I reread more than two times in the last few years! The whole Wallflowers book series is on my wishlist. What made me order this one without reading any other books from this particular series, aside the stuff I already mentioned is that the female lead is looking for starting a business with board games rather than marrying a handsome rake that is chasing her. Part of the plot is marriage of convenience so that’s a plus as well!

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