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BookLikes Snakes and Ladders: Done and Dusted!

I finished my last book -- hooray!


Charlie and Sunny helped me keeping track of my progress on the board. 

They got to take a break and have some refreshments whenever we reached a new square and I started a new book.



1. Author is a woman -- Emmuska Orczy: The Elusive Pimpernel



2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018


6. Title has a color word in it -- Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Red Lamp

-- ladder square, so skipping the next ones ...


7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long


... and shortcutting to:

27. Set during WWI or WWII

Well, I happen to also just have finished Agatha Christie's Why Didn't They Ask Evans? ... which is set just between the two wars, so:



28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane


30. Someone travels by train

And there can be only one response to this one: Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express.  My umpteenth reread, but who cares.  Screw Mt. TBR!



31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread


40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

Hmmm.  I just said I'd pick Ngaio Marsh but probably not this particular book, but what the heck -- I only read this once, long ago, so it can definitely do with a dusting.  So:

Ngaio Marsh: Vintage Murder



41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19


48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

Peter Grainger: An Accidental Death




49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long


56. Was published more than 100 years ago

Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow



57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)


68. Something related to weddings on the cover

Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (the words "string quartet" -- as in "music for the bridal waltz", plus there is an embroidered pattern and the color blue on the cover of my audio edition, as in "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" for the bride to wear) ... combined with

Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays and

Agatha Christie - Close Up: A Radio Investigation into the Queen of Crime


-- another ladder square, so again skipping the next ones ...


69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE


98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

Ngaio Marsh: Died in the Wool


... aaaand how's that for a perfect finish?  (Even though as per the rules I wouldn't even have needed it ...) So:


99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

My four choices were:


Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi: Sister of My Heart

Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon

Alexandra Fuller: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve


-- and of these, the winning selection was

Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon.

Finished March 11, 2019, ca. 10:30 pm CET!




My little helpers -- also helping me pick books!

(And who'd have known ... they're both mystery fans!)