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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

By Book or By Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Eva Gates
Progress: 6/325 pages
The Gene: An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Firm
John Grisham
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
Alyssa Cole
Gorgeous Carat, Volume 01
You Higuri
Progress: 40/170 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 325 pages.

By Book or By Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery - Eva Gates

I'm finally getting a start on my Booklikesopoly reading. I haven't really looked at the rules for the rolls this weekend and don't know whether they'd apply to me. Since they're optional, I'll probably just leave them be, since that would require less thinking. My very first turn resulted in multiple books anyway, so it's all good.

 

The main character works at a library housed in a lighthouse, which currently has some Jane Austen first editions on loan. I'm a little appalled at the idea, although maybe the lighthouse has a really good dehumidifier.

Reading progress update: I've read 213 out of 213 pages.

Log Horizon, Vol. 1: The Beginning of Another World - Mamare Touno

OMG, I'm finished. I loved the first season of the anime, despite its pacing issues. Unfortunately, it turns out that whoever adapted the anime actually made quite a few improvements, because the original book's pacing was excruciating. Also, I can't believe I'm saying this, but the anime actually had less fanservice than the book.

 

In the afterword:

 

"This book is an edited and revised version of an online serial I started writing in April 2010. When the story was turned into a book, I changed the setting a bit and revised the text to improve the quality of the writing and its readability."

 

Uh, not enough, but I suspect that truly fixing the story would have involved scrapping at least the first couple books' worth of material and complete rewriting everything.

Non-book post: Turning the work difficulty level up

It's harder to get all the staff hours in my department covered during the summer, so I'm usually down by about 25% on my total number of staff hours compared to Fall and Spring. I just found out that, beginning next month, I'm going to be down by 75% for who knows how long (the "bad for me, good for my staff member" news I was worried about a while back).

 

Meanwhile, we're still opening a new library location, complete with a new collection that my department is supposed to have ready by the beginning of July. I'm simultaneously getting "don't overwork yourself" and "this needs to be done" talks, sometimes from the same people. ::siiigh:: It definitely doesn't help that we've been having technical problems during the past week. This morning I checked the staff side of the catalog only to get nothing but message-less error messages. Fun. At least that problem was resolved in only a few hours.

 

I really do appreciate Booklikesopoly. It's something nice to look forward to, and it's okay if all I manage to do is plod along.

Bookish anime: Bungo Stray Dogs

 

Although I haven't watched it yet, I know that Bungo Stray Dogs has a bookish aspect to it - all of the main characters are named after famous Japanese authors, and each of them has a special power in some way inspired by their author. The only one based on an author I've read is Osamu Dazai (top row, all the way to the left). My little character booklet says his ability is "No Longer Human" (also the title of Dazai's best-known work). Cryptic.

 

The boxed set I bought includes a little envelope with something I haven't had in a while, actual paper bookmarks. Nifty.

Booklikesopoly: Getting started, doubles already

I'm not quite ready to start reading my first Booklikesopoly book - I still want to try to finish Log Horizon and get a few reviews pushed out - but I did at least want to roll. Looks like I'm starting off really lucky. (My game piece is the red blob I used in Snakes and Ladders. It may not be particularly interesting, but it's quick and easy.)

 

 

Roll #1: 6+6

 

This puts me on #11 (" Read a book set in a coastal/beach region that you love, or would love to visit, or a book that has a beach or ocean on the cover.") and allows me to roll again. I have By Book or By Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery - Eva Gates  lined up for this square, the last of the librarian cozy mysteries I currently have in my collection and the first book in a series I'm unfamiliar with.

 

By Book or By Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery - Eva Gates 

 

Roll #2: 5+6

 

This puts me on The Cat, the most awesome of spots: "Be the cat. Read whatever the hell you want." I love this one, because it means that after finishing By Book or By Crook and (hopefully, finally) Log Horizon Vol. 1, I'll be able to just read whatever I'm in the mood to read. At the moment, I'm leaning towards Masquerade and the Nameless Women - Eiji Mikage .

 

Masquerade and the Nameless Women - Eiji Mikage 

 

 

The only drawback to choosing to read books for both spots is that it's probably going to be ages before I get to roll again.

 

EDIT:

 

Okay, I missed the bit in the rules explaining that the Cat spot is actually a wildcard I can carry along with me and use whenever I'd like. Nice! And apparently I need to roll a third time, so here goes:

 

5+1

 

My final stop is #27 (narrowly escaping ending up in jail, for now): "Read a book that features a hero's journey or is a bildungsroman (coming of age tale) or that has a word related to space in the title, such as star, planet, rocket)"

 

I have a bunch of options. There's the Legend of the Galactic Heroes books, or Emma Newman's Planetfall, or I could take another stab at The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which I think I might have started in a past reading game and eventually abandoned. At any rate, I'll read something for both #11 and #27 and keep my wildcard on reserve for now. I'm also definitely going to start using a Booklikesopoly spreadsheet, because I need all the help I can get to keep track of everything.

 

"His Face All Red" by Emily Carroll

A short, creepy webcomic. Jealousy and monsters, both human and not. I found it via ProZD's video with sound effects and voice acting.

 

I really need to look at more of Emily Carroll's stuff.

Reading progress update: I've read 118 out of 213 pages.

Log Horizon, Vol. 1: The Beginning of Another World - Mamare Touno

I'm going to attempt to finish this before Booklikesopoly tomorrow, and/or write some reviews because my backlog is awful.

 

It's been ages since I last touched this book. If I hadn't seen the anime, I'm not sure I'd remember what's going on in the current scene.

I'll be taking part. I don't imagine I'll make very good progress, but it's fun to play.

Booklikes-opoly 2019 - the Rules

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:

Basic Rules & FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

Game Board

* Players keep track of their own game board and banks, in whatever manner you think will help you. Some players use a single update post, some use a spreadsheet, some download the game board and print if off and keep track of it that way. 

 

Start

* Every player leaves the Start space with $20.00 in their bank. Every time you pass the "Start" square, you make $5.00

 

Rolling

* Dice rolls are based on the honor system. You can either roll virtual dice or you can roll real dice at home. Like in Monopoly, we roll 2 six-sided die! 

 

* What happens with doubles?  You get to read two books - if you want. If you roll a double, move to that space and decide if you are going to read for it. Roll again, and move to your next space. You are free to do any one of the following four possibilities: read books for both spaces; read the book for the first space and skip the second; read the book for the second space and skip the first; skip both, wait until your roll day comes back up and roll again.

 

Banking money


* 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

 

Roll schedule

*Players can roll no more frequently than every other day. Players keep track of their own roll days. If you roll on a Tuesday, you don't roll again until Thursday. We calculate this is days, not hours, so you can roll at 11:59 on Tuesday and 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, and even though there are only 24 hours and 2 minutes between your rolls, you've rolled every other day. 

 

Playing through a space

*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 for your the next roll date to move. However, if you choose to read for a space, you can't move until you finish the book and bank your payout. There are a few exceptions to this rule:

 

1. when you roll doubles.

2. audiobook exception below

3. if the game master (that would be me) gives you extra rolls.

 

Audiobooks

*Audiobooks can be used for all game play. Base the value of the audiobook on one of the print editions.

 

*The audiobook exception: 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.

 

DNF'ing

 

*DNF's are 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.

 

Timing


*Game play will start on June 1 MAY 20TH and end on August 10, which gives me a couple of weeks to get ready for Halloween Bingo 2019.

 

*Special events and holidays: keep an eye on my blog! I will frequently offer extra rolls for holidays like the 4th of July, or other special events like Bout of Books. 

 

In addition, I reserve the right to mess with you all! I can add features or change the rules at literally any time, so you need to keep an eye on this space!

*I will set up a Q&A thread in the Bingo group. Please post questions in that thread! 

*Where a task refers to genres, you can use any source for determining genres, including GR, book lists, Librarything tags, and your common sense. If you are not sure if a book will fit a certain genre, you can post the question in Q&A.


*On the final day of game play, players must submit the value of their bank accounts to be considered for the acclaim and honor that being a BL-opoly winner brings!

Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 501 pages.

The Firm - John Grisham

"He owed close to $23,000 in student loans. He was hungry."

 

::checks the date this was first published:: I'm guessing this was considered a lot back in 1991? ::laughs in 21st century student loans::

 

Anyway, I've never read this before, nor anything else by John Grisham. I'm interested to see how it works for me.

Reading progress update: I've read 266 out of 266 pages. (Snakes and Ladders finished!)

Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition) (All You Need Is Kill) - Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Well. I was expecting some of what happened in the end, just because of the sudden change in one character's attitude, but not the way it played out.

 

I kept thinking of Chohei Kambayashi's Yukikaze while reading this, so the mention of Kambayashi in the Afterword was unsurprising. At the very least, I figured Kambayashi must have been one of Sakurazaka's influences.

 

I plan on watching the movie next, although I'm already wincing at the thought of Tom Cruise as Keiji (or apparently "Bill Cage"). Seriously, Hollywood? The book already included a prominent white character if they wanted one so badly. Would it have killed them to cast a Japanese actor for Keiji's part?

 

At any rate, I'm now done with Snakes and Ladders. Yes, I actually finished one of these reading games. Yay!

Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 266 pages.

Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition) (All You Need Is Kill) - Hiroshi Sakurazaka

You guys picked a good one for me. I mean, it's possible that the ending will suck, but I'm enjoying it so far.

 

I had expected this to be a lot bleaker. There are bleak aspects - from the sounds of things, humanity has lost a lot of ground to the Mimics in the past 20 years, and any ground lost to them is poisoned and dead, so our overall survival doesn't look good. But the narration doesn't focus on the bleak aspects, and the pacing is good. Faced with no other alternative (he tried running, and killing himself, and none of it worked), Keiji is now learning how to be the best Mimic-killer he can be.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 266 pages.

Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition) (All You Need Is Kill) - Hiroshi Sakurazaka

This is looking like a quick read so far.

 

Keiji has died twice and is currently trying to avoid dying a third time. No clue why he's the only one who realizes that the day keeps repeating itself.

The work stress is never-ending

We have approximately a billion retirements happening this year (okay, only 4, but we have a staff of less than 30 so it feels like a lot). I just found out a fifth person is leaving, and also there's a possible shake-up involving my brand-new staff member (it'd be good for her, not so good for me ::sigh::).

 

If someone says anything resembling "do more with less," I may start screaming.

It's been a little over 24 hours. The final tally:

- Edge of Tomorrow: 6
- Masquerade and the Nameless Women: 1
- How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Vol. 1: 1
- Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Vol. 1: 3

For a short while, I thought I was going to have a tie between Edge of Tomorrow and Rokka, but in the end Edge of Tomorrow won by a landslide. Looks like it's time for some military sci-fi!

Snakes and Ladders Square 100: Pick my next read for me!

Reblogged from Familiar Diversions:

Man, choosing only four books for this square was hard. I debated choosing four from different completely unrelated books, or going with some sort of theme. I opted to go with a "Japanese novels in translation" theme, sticking to either standalone novels or the first books in series I haven't tried before. (I was going to set this up as a quiz like some of you have done but couldn't get it to work for some reason, so I'll be counting answers in comments instead. Sorry!)

 

 

 

1. Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (266 pages) - When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

 

2. Masquerade and the Nameless Women by Eiji Mikage (222 pages) - Since the death of her sister, police force newbie Yuri Uguisu has been chasing the notoriously untraceable serial killer Masquerade. When a new corpse turns up in Odaiba, Yuri immediately goes on alert—only to recognize the victim as an old classmate, the alluring and mysterious Reina Myoko. When the police force calls in long-time consultant psychologist Seiren Higano for assistance in untangling the testimonies of Reina’s father, fiancé, and lover, Yuri meets the riveting, charismatic psychologist for the first time. Little does she know that Higano is none other than Masquerade himself. Faced with Reina’s case, Higano promises to get the answers, but no one is prepared for the conclusion reached in the interrogation room…

In this cat-and-mouse tale of hunter and hunted, Eiji Mikage has woven a subtle and twisting tale of clashing motives and murky identities, where nothing anyone says can be taken at face value.

 

3. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Vol. 1 by Dojyomaru (374 pages) - When Kazuya Souma is unexpectedly transported to another world, he knows the people expect a hero. But Souma's idea of heroism is more practical than most - he wants to rebuild the flagging economy of the new land he's found himself in! Betrothed to the princess and abruptly planted on the throne, this realist hero must gather talented people to help him get the country back on its feet - not through war, or adventure, but with administrative reform!

 

4. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Vol. 1 by Ishio Yamagata (220 pages) - Seven heroes gather to save the world - but the legends spoke of only six.

Long ago, the Evil God was sealed at the edge of the continent, where it lies in slumber. Each time it awakens, it threatens to plunge the world into hell, and each time, six powerful warriors are chosen to seal it away again. But now, as the cycle begins anew, the Crest of the Six Flowers marks not six Braves...but seven.

Hans, the mysterious assassin for hire. Mora, the elder of the All Heavens Temple. Chamo, the young but deadly Saint of Swamps. Nashetania, the princess, and Goldof, the knight yearning to win her heart. Fremy, the girl with a dark past. And Adlet, the boy with a dream.

When the Braves of the Six Flowers realize one of their number is an impostor, hero will turn on hero in this exciting new series!

Snakes and Ladders Square 100: Pick my next read for me!

Man, choosing only four books for this square was hard. I debated choosing four from different completely unrelated books, or going with some sort of theme. I opted to go with a "Japanese novels in translation" theme, sticking to either standalone novels or the first books in series I haven't tried before. (I was going to set this up as a quiz like some of you have done but couldn't get it to work for some reason, so I'll be counting answers in comments instead. Sorry!)

 

 

 

1. Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (266 pages) - When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

 

2. Masquerade and the Nameless Women by Eiji Mikage (222 pages) - Since the death of her sister, police force newbie Yuri Uguisu has been chasing the notoriously untraceable serial killer Masquerade. When a new corpse turns up in Odaiba, Yuri immediately goes on alert—only to recognize the victim as an old classmate, the alluring and mysterious Reina Myoko. When the police force calls in long-time consultant psychologist Seiren Higano for assistance in untangling the testimonies of Reina’s father, fiancé, and lover, Yuri meets the riveting, charismatic psychologist for the first time. Little does she know that Higano is none other than Masquerade himself. Faced with Reina’s case, Higano promises to get the answers, but no one is prepared for the conclusion reached in the interrogation room…

In this cat-and-mouse tale of hunter and hunted, Eiji Mikage has woven a subtle and twisting tale of clashing motives and murky identities, where nothing anyone says can be taken at face value.

 

3. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Vol. 1 by Dojyomaru (374 pages) - When Kazuya Souma is unexpectedly transported to another world, he knows the people expect a hero. But Souma's idea of heroism is more practical than most - he wants to rebuild the flagging economy of the new land he's found himself in! Betrothed to the princess and abruptly planted on the throne, this realist hero must gather talented people to help him get the country back on its feet - not through war, or adventure, but with administrative reform!

 

4. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Vol. 1 by Ishio Yamagata (220 pages) - Seven heroes gather to save the world - but the legends spoke of only six.

Long ago, the Evil God was sealed at the edge of the continent, where it lies in slumber. Each time it awakens, it threatens to plunge the world into hell, and each time, six powerful warriors are chosen to seal it away again. But now, as the cycle begins anew, the Crest of the Six Flowers marks not six Braves...but seven.

Hans, the mysterious assassin for hire. Mora, the elder of the All Heavens Temple. Chamo, the young but deadly Saint of Swamps. Nashetania, the princess, and Goldof, the knight yearning to win her heart. Fremy, the girl with a dark past. And Adlet, the boy with a dream.

When the Braves of the Six Flowers realize one of their number is an impostor, hero will turn on hero in this exciting new series!

Snakes and Ladders: 16th turn, nearly done

Finished books reserved for later:

- It doesn't actually matter anymore. :-)

 

 

Books read for the game:

1. Square 1: Neanderthal Seeks Human - Penny Reid  [dice: 1+2]

2. Square 4: The Midnight Club - Christopher Pike doesn't fit square requirements [dice: 3]

3. Square 7: Suddenly Royal - Nichole Chase  [dice: 1+5]

4. Square 13: Patient Zero - Ray Porter,Jonathan Maberry  [dice: 5+5]

5. Square 23: Salvation of a Saint - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith  doesn't fit square requirements [dice: 2]

6. Square 5: The Queen of Ieflaria (Tales of Inthya #1) - Effie Calvin  + Coffee Boy - Austin Chant  [dice: 3+5]

7. Square 13: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Randall Munroe  [dice: 3+3]

8. Square 19: On What Grounds - Cleo Coyle  doesn't fit square requirement [dice: 5]

9. Square 24: Monster - Christopher Pike  doesn't fit square requirement [dice: 4]

10. Square 28: Now You're One of Us - Mitsuko Volek,Michael Volek,Asa Nonami  [dice: 5+6]

11. Square 39: The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Alexander O. Smith,Elye J. Alexander  [dice: 5+6]

12. Square 50: Murder Past Due - Miranda James  [dice: 5-3]

 13. Square 58: Chain Letter - Christopher Pike  + Slumber Party - Christopher Pike  [dice: 3+2]

14. Square 63: The Viscount Who Loved Me - Julia Quinn  Up the ladder!

15. Square 95: Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People--and Break Free - Stephanie Moulton Sarkis  Does not fit square requirement [dice: 3]

16. On Square 98: The Raven Tower - Ann Leckie  [dice:

 

The requirement is: Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS. I opted to read something that fulfills the requirement so that I'd be guaranteed to make it past the final snake. I read Ann Leckie's The Raven Tower, which fits the requirement if you ignore the initial article, which I've opted to do.

 

It doesn't even matter what I roll now, since it doesn't matter if you don't exactly hit 100. I'm going to roll anyway, just out of curiosity.

 

 

No ones. Maybe I'd have been safe if I had used The Keeper of Lost Causes as my book for square 98. Or maybe not. I'm happy with the option I went with.

 

I'm still deciding on four books for BL folks to choose from. You can expect my Square 100 post soon. :-)

 

RULES OF THE GAME:

 

Everyone starts on 1. There are two alternative ways to move forward.

 

1. Read a book that fits the description on the space number as listed below and you can roll two dice to move forward more quickly.

 

2. However, if you can't find a book to fit the square, don't worry about it. You can read any book, and roll one dice on random.org.  This is to ensure that if a reader cannot find a book to fill the square, no one gets bogged down and can't move on.

 

All books must be at least 200 pages long. Short stories count, so long as you read enough of them from a collection to equal 200 pages. 

 

You do not need to hit space 100 with an exact roll. In order to win, you must complete space 100 as written.

 

Spaces:

 

1. Author is a woman

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

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

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

 

ADDITIONS TO THE RULES

See comments to the post for further explanations or to ask questions

 

When you start on square 1, you need to read a book before you can roll. If your book fills the square, you get to roll two dice. If your book doesn't not fit the square, roll one dice only.

 

With respect to the ladder squares: You must read a book in order to climb the ladder. Once you finish the book for the ladder square, climb the ladder to the ending square. If you read a book that fits the ending square, roll two dice to move on, otherwise, roll one dice.

 

For audiobook substitutions, either check the print book to determine if it is more than 200 pages long, or any audiobook that is a minimum of 5 hours & 30 minutes qualifies.