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text 2018-11-21 03:45
24 Festive Tasks: DP's Tracking Post

Total Points to Date: 23

 

The Monster Migraine ushered in a Monster fibro flare, so I'm struggling with any task requiring me to leave the house or concentrate, but I'm doing what I can (and doing pretty well, all things considered).

 

 

Door 1 - Día de los Muertos (November 1): 4 points

Door 2 - Guy Fawkes Night (November 5): 4 points

Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (November 6): 4 points

Door 4 - Diwali (November 7): 3 points

Door 5 - Veterans/Armistice Day (November 11): 2 points

Door 6 - International Day for Tolerance (November 16)1 point

Door 7 - Mawlid (November 20, 25)4 points

 

Door 19 - Festivus (December 23): 1 point

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text 2018-11-21 03:24
24 Festive Tasks - Mawlid Task 4

Task 4: Muhammad was a merchant before becoming a religious leader. List 5 books on your shelves in which a key character makes / undergoes a radical career change.

 

 

  1. Howl's Moving Castle - Sophie (running a hat shop to cleaning lady for a wizard)
  2. Luck in the Shadows - Alec (hunter to apprentice spy in the queen's service)
  3. Me Before You - Louisa (cafe worker to caretaker for a quadriplegic)
  4. The Governess Game - Alexandra (clock-winder to governess)
  5. Skip Beat 3-in-1 Vols. 1-3 Kyoko (fast food worker to member of a talent agency)

 

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text 2018-11-21 03:18
24 Festive Tasks Door 7: Mawlid

Tasks 1, 2, and 3 completed. Book read. Points = 4

 

Task 1:  Make two “prophesies” you think will come to fruition in 2019 in your personal or reading life.

 

1. I will finally read Moby Dick. I've been predicting this every year since I managed not to read it in high school, but I actually own a copy now so it's got a good chance of coming true this next year. Bring on the eye-drying whaling facts!

2. When it comes to books, I will buy less and borrow more. This has less chance than #1 of coming true, but I do want to patronize/support my local library more, and I'm sure my wallet would thank me.

 

Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam include almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka. Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed? Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you?

 

I've donated books to charities and classrooms, and I've also saved books from being trashed. Since moving to a rural tourist town, going to any city with bookstores bigger than a shoe box feels like a pilgrimage to Mekka, but my only personal book Mekka went out of business years ago (RIP Borders in my hometown . . . and everywhere, I guess) and I haven't found a new one.

 

Task 3: Prophets are messengers. Tell us: Which book characters are your favorite messengers (no matter whether humans, angels, (demi)gods, etc.)?

 

I can't possibly top Moonlight's tribute to Sam Gamgee, so I'm just going to lazily list a few of my favorites off the top of my head: Bartimaeus from Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. Death from Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. Agnes Nutter from Good Omens (though we never get to meet her, she was one heck of a prophet!).

 

Task 4: Muhammad was a merchant before becoming a religious leader. List 5 books on your shelves in which a key character makes / undergoes a radical career change.

 

Skipping for now. Might come back if I can think of any.

 

Book:  If you can find a copy, read Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.  Or read any book about a leader of a movement, nation, religion or large group, OR read a book with a green cover OR with a half moon on the cover.

 

Book read: I'm retroactively claiming Rules for a Knight for this one.

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text 2018-11-21 02:05
24 Festive Tasks Door 6: International Day for Tolerance

Task 1 completed. Points = 1

 

Task 1:  Find some redeeming quality in the book you liked least this year and post about it.

 

I'm going to have trouble keeping up the festive spirit of these tasks if y'all keep making me think about The Law of Nines. Ugh! Okay. Um . . . It makes a decent doorstop. Is that not what you meant? Not really? Hmm. How about this: It could be used as part of a homemade flower press! No? Okay, okay . . . Wait! I got it!  It made me appreciate how hard it must be to run a gallery in an upscale mall and have to deal with Real Artists™ who think that general societal artistic ignorance perpetuated by gallery owners is the reason their Real Art™ isn't selling.

 

Task 2: Tell us: What are the tropes (up to 5) that you are not willing to live with in any book (i.e., which are absolutely beyond your capacity for tolerance) and which make that book an automatic DNF for you? (Insta-love? Love triangles? First person present narrative voice? Talking animals? The dog dies? What else?)

 

I think I'll have to skip this one. There are tropes that annoy me, but as evidenced by the single-digit number of books on my DNF shelf, none of them rate an automatic DNF. The only things that do aren't tropes (terrible writing and/or poor grammar and/or bad formatting, etc.). I guess I'm too tolerant. Or I'm one of those stubborn "This book will not best me!" types who has trouble letting go. :p 

 

Task 3: The International Day for Tolerance is a holiday declared by an international organization (UNESCO). Create a charter (humorous, serious, whatever strikes your fancy) for an international organization of readers.

 

Eh. Pass.

 

Task 4: UNESCO is based in Paris. Paris is known for its pastries and its breads: Either find a baker that specializes in pastries and bring home an assortment for your family, or make your own pastries using real butter and share a photo with us.

 

I might come back to this one.

 

Book:  Read any fiction/non-fiction about tolerance or a book that’s outside your normal comfort zone.  (Tolerance can encompass anything you generally struggle with, be it sentient or not.) OR Read a book set in Paris.

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text 2018-11-21 01:30
Door 7 - Mawlid Task 1-4

 

Task 1: Make two “prophesies” you think will come to fruition in 2019 in your personal or reading life.

 

Prophesy 1:  The time vortex that pull me into the reading world is growing stronger, the predication of incremental increase of books read. 

 

Prophesy 2: As the time spend reading is directly correlation to time not spend on exercise, the predication for waistline increment would be notice and substantial unless a radical change in position taken while reading. 

 

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Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam include almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka. Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed? Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you?

 

For donation, there is an annually books collection for local Boys and Girls Club. I would drop books I don't want to keep, anything less than 3 stars (sorry and not sorry) would be selected for donation. These books were go into mass books sales for USD 1.5 each regardless of its original value. 

 

 

Task 3: Prophets are messengers. Tell us: Which book characters are your favorite messengers (no matter whether humans, angels, (demi)gods, etc.)?

 

Kevin Tran in Supernatural. All religious texts is fiction anyway. So Kevin as fictional prophet in a TV show is just as good as any prophet in religious text. What so special about Kevin is that he is played by an Asian actor. Asian on the whole is under represented in US shows. 

 

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Task 4: Muhammad was a merchant before becoming a religious leader. List 5 books on your shelves in which a key character makes / undergoes a radical career change.

 

 The Barefoot Lawyer: The Remarkable Memoir of China’s Bravest Political Activist - Chen Guangcheng, Dalai Lama The From blind man to lawyer to dissident

 

Memory Man (Amos Decker series) - David Baldacci From police to bum to FBI 

 

American Monsters - Derek Landy From student to demon 

 

Odd Hours - Dean Koontz From short order cook to ghost hunter 

 

Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz From assassin to vigilante

 

 

Book: If you can find a copy, read Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Or read any book about a leader of a movement, nation, religion or large group, OR read a book with a green cover OR with a half moon on the cover.

 

Later. Maybe. 

 

 

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