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text 2017-11-22 21:41
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Fourth Square - Penance Day and Thanksgiving

Apologies; this post was intended to go up earlier, but I was stuck in a meeting almost all day long.

 

Buß- und Bettag (Penance Day, or Day of Repentance and Prayer) (November 22)

Buß- und Bettag was a public holiday in Germany until 1994, and is still a public holiday in Saxony and a school holiday in Bavaria.  In Germany and Switzerland, Protestant church bodies of Lutheran, Reformed (Calvinist) and United denominations celebrate a day of repentance and prayer on the penultimate Wednesday before the beginning of the Protestant liturgical year on the first Sunday of Advent (i.e., the Wednesday that falls between November 16 and 22.

 

The Reading Tasks:

Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

–OR–

 

Other Tasks:

Tell us – what has recently made you stop in your tracks and think? –OR– What was a big turning point in your life? –OR– Penance Day is a holiday of the Protestant church, which dates its origins, in large parts, to Martin Luther, who published his “95 Theses” exactly 500 years ago this year. Compile a catalogue of theses (it needn’t be 95) about book blogging! What suggestions or ideas would you propose to improve the experience of book blogging?

 

 

Thanksgiving (November 23)

To most of this community, this is going to be carrying turkeys to Plymouth, but just in case ...

 

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.  It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year; similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan, albeit not at the same time.  Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.  Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well; in the U.S. the First Thanksgiving is believed to have been held by the Puritan settlers in the early 17th century.  Traditions associated with Thanksgiving in North America include family gatherings for a dinner of roasted turkey, potatoes, squash / pumpkins and gravy, as well as spiced pumpkin or apple pie for desert.

 

The Reading Tasks:

Read a book with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need. –OR– A book with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover.

 

–OR–

 

Other Tasks:

List of 5 things you’re grateful for –OR– a picture of your thanksgiving feast; post your favourite turkey-day recipe. –OR– Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book - post a picture of it.

Bonus task: share your most hilarious turkey-day memory.

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text 2017-11-22 21:15
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Update #1

Total points: 8 ( + 3 for the Melbourne Cup challenge)

 

 

My marker (I simply had to use a Danish julenisse):

 

One book or task accomplished

 

Two (or more) books and / or tasks accomplished

 

Books / tasks fullfilled:

 

Square 1: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos / Calan Gaeaf

 

Book: A book that has a primarily black and white cover, or one that has all the colours (ROYGBIV) together on the cover.

 

Task: Epitaph for my most hated book ever

 

Square 2: Bon Om Touk

 

Task: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle

 

Square 3: St. Martin’s Day (5th) / Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day (11th)

 

Task: A quote about the ravages of war

 

Square 4: Thanksgiving Day

 

Book: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

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

 

 

Square 7: Saint Lucia´s Day   

 

Book: Read a book set in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden - and Finland for the purposes of this game) or a book where ice and snow are an important feature.

 

Square 10: Pancha Ganapati

 

Book: Read a book whose cover has one of the 5 colors of the holiday: red, blue, green, orange, or yellow

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-22 20:17
Early Friday Reads/Holiday Weekend Reading
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace - Lynn Povich
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

To all my fellow Americans...

 

We have plans to have our holiday meal at a friend's house with other military families. Today I baked 3 pumpkin pies, 1 apple crisp, and defrosted one pecan pie (requested by my friend's husband and courtesy of my friend Marie Callendar). The rest of the weekend will be spent reading and watching movies - I DO NOT DO BLACK FRIDAY. I worked at Wal-Mart prior to going into the military and worked 3 BFs - honestly I would rather go back to Iraq than ever participate in the BF madness.

 

Here's the reading I hope to get done by the end of November:

1. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin (for the second square)

 

2. Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (for the first square- black and white cover)

 

3. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen (for the first square - heroine is named Ivy)

 

4. Bloom by Kelle Hampton (Pop Sugar challenge and hoping to fill in another square on the 16 Tasks)

 

 

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review 2017-11-22 20:14
Equal Rites
Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett

So far I´m not the biggest Terry Pratchett fan. I´m still looking for that book that pulls me completely into the quirky Pratchett universe. Equal Rites is my third Pratchett and unfortunately I´m still not enthusiatic about his books (but I´m not giving up).

 

In Equal Rites a wizard makes the grave mistake to pass his powers onto a baby girl. A female wizard? Unheard of in the whole of Discworld. The novel follows this female wizard, Eskarina Smith, how she gets tutored by Granny Weatherwax, an awesome witch, and how she tries to become the first female wizard in a male dominated world.

 

I loved Granny Weatherwax, she is such a fun and great character and a lot of the enjoyment I took out of this book is because of her. Unfortunately she isn´t the main character of this novel. The MC is Eskarina, a nine year old child and an annoying know-it-all. Eskarina is the proof that child characters and I don´t get along very well.

 

Equal Rites is an okay read, but I´m not in love with it. Granny Weatherwax on the other hand: 

 

"Listen, said Granny "If you give someone a bottle of red jollop for their wind it may work, right, but if you want it to work for sure then you let their mind make it work for them. Tell `em it´s moonbeams bottled in fairy wine or something. Mumble a bit over it. It´s the same with cursing."

 

"She was wearing servicable black, and concealed about her person were a number of hatpins and a breadknife. She had hidden their small store of money, grudgingly advanced by Smith, in the mysterious strata of her underwear. Her skirt pockets jingled with lucky charms, and a freshly-forged horseshoe, always a potent preventative in time of trouble, weighed down her handbag. She felt about as ready as she ever would be to face the world.

 

  

[Source]

 

"It´s Mistress Weatherwax," said Granny. "Three sugars, please."

Mrs. Whitlow pushed the bowl towards her. Much as she looked forward to Granny´s visits it came expensive in sugar. Sugar lumps never seemed to last long around Granny.

"Very bad for the figure," she said. "And the teeth, so Aye hear."

"I never had a figure  to speak of and my teeth take care of themselves," said Granny.

 

I love her.

 

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 1 All Saints Day: A book that has a primarily black and white cover, or one that has all the colours (ROYGBIV) together on the cover.

 

This wonderful cover of my edition has all the colours of the rainbow in it.

 

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text 2017-11-22 17:17
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 686 pages.
The War of the Flowers - Tad Williams

Yesterday was a weird day in which I did very little reading until I crawled into bed.  Unfortunately, I crawled into bed because I was tired!

 

This is a very different book from what I expected, and I'm not even sure yet what's going on, but the writing is superb and I'm being sucked in.

 

I've decided, not for the first time, that I really, really like big fat long books.  I have a feeling I'm going to do a blog post just on that . . . after I finish reading a few more big fat long books.

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