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text 2017-11-22 13:47
16 Festive Tasks: PM's Tracking Post #5


Marker Key:


Total Points: 19


Square 1: November 1st:


All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos


Calan Gaeaf


Square 2: November 5th:


Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night/Fireworks Night)


Bon Om Touk (Cambodian Water Festival)


Square 3: November 11th:


St. Martin’s Day (11th)


Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day (11th)


Square 4: November 22nd and 23rd:


Penance Day (22nd)


Thanksgiving (23rd) 

  • In Progress: Light Joker Book: A Light in the Ruins by Chris Bojalian (audio)


Square 5: December 3rd and following 3 Sundays:




Square 6: December 5th-6th and 8th:


Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht (5th) / St. Nicholas Day (6th) 


Bodhi Day (8th)


Square 7: December 10th & 13th:


International Human Rights Day (10th)


St. Lucia’s Day (13th) 


Square 8: December 12th - 24th:


Hanukkah (begins 12th, ends 20th)


Las Posadas (begins 16th, ends 24th) 


Square 9: December 21st:


Winter Solstice / Yaldā Night






Square 10: December 21st:


World Peace Day


Pancha Ganapati begins (ends 25th)


Square 11: December 21st-22nd:


Soyal (21st)


Dōngzhì Festival (22nd) (China)


Square 12: December 23rd



  • In Progress: Holiday Book Joker: Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us by Allen Sarkin (ebook)

Saturnalia ends (begins 17th)


Square 13: December 25th






Square 14: December 25th


Dies Natalis Solis Invicti


Quaid-e-Azam’s Day

  • In Progress: Book: The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter (ebook)


Square 15: December 25th-26th:


Newtonmas (25th)


St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day (26th)


Square 16: December 26th-31st:


Kwanzaa (begins 26th, ends 31st)


New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay / St. Sylvester’s Day / Watch Night


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review 2017-11-22 13:09
Foxglove Summer ★★★★☆
Foxglove Summer: PC Peter Grant, Book 5 - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

More fun with my favorite apprentice wizard cop, this time out in Herefordshire on the border of Wales instead of in London, investigating the disappearance of two preteen girls. We get to meet a retired wizard cop and his weirdo granddaughter, and we have more – much, much more! – of Beverly, and we even get a teeny satisfying peek at what’s going on with Lesley. I can’t say I came away really understanding all the logic of what happened, but that’s probably because I was listening to the audio while distracted, and one of these days I’ll get around to re-reading these books and will take a more critical look at such things. For now, I’ll just say it was enormously entertaining.


Audiobook, via Audible, with another masterful performance by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, square 14: Book themes for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting.  –OR– a book set during summertime. –OR– set in the Southern Hemisphere. This story is set in high summer, as we are constantly reminded of the oppressive heat (Are the West Midlands that much hotter than London?), and seasonal flora that are relevant to solving the mystery.

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review 2017-11-22 12:43
Ordinary People ★★★★★
Ordinary People - Judith Guest

I wish I had the skill to truly analyze what makes the difference between a book where the author tries to manipulate the reader’s emotions and only gets an “hmm how sad” from me, or worse, eyerolls, and a book that has me glued to the pages and leaking tears. All I know is that this is one of the latter.


In spite of a story that is almost all character, with almost all events taking place within those characters’ thoughts and emotions and in their interactions with one another, and in spite of a present-tense, stream of consciousness writing style that might have annoyed me in another author’s hands, this story of a family fragmenting and reforming in the aftermath of tragedy absorbed me completely and wrung my emotions inside out. It’s been a while since I had a good cry over a book, and it was deeply satisfying.


Vintage paperback, picked up from my public library’s gimme shelves, where they make unusable donated books and culled books available to the public in return for a suggested monetary donation.


I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, square 4: Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher or priest as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what). In this book, members of a family are struggling with their sense of guilt or failed responsibility in the aftermath of tragedy

(Con over surviving when his stronger brother drowned and Cal over somehow failing his son when he attempted suicide).

(spoiler show)


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text 2017-11-22 10:05
16 Festive Tasks Update

I have just 3 squares left to complete!



For square 7 I'll probably get into my foreign recipes.


Square 15, I'm reading a science book.


Square 16, I'm nearly finished with a book written by someone of African descent.


Then maybe some bonus tasks, but I want to fill the card first!

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text 2017-11-22 09:59
Square 4 Task: treat yourself to a new book - post a picture of it.

"Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book - post a picture of it."


I don't often buy new paperbacks, and never hardbacks. Too expensive! I tend to buy Kindle or used paperbacks depending on which is cheaper.


There can be exceptions. I wanted this anthology because - Dragons! And I've read other stuff from four of the authors so I expect it's going to be good. It was the cover art that made me want the paperback. I'd pay the price for an art print! I'll have this on my shelf instead and have the added bonus of something good to read!


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