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review 2017-11-24 20:29
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell

This is my book for Guy Fawkes Night.  

Book themes for Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover.


I finally finished this book.  It´s been cold and snowy here and that has caused my pain to flare up: both my Fibromyalgia and PsA pain stacked on top of each other.  I have had a hard time focusing enough to read.  I finally listened to the unabridged audio book instead.  It was very good but I always wish they read faster.  It was okay this time though because my brain was running snow anyway.  I could only focus for small periods also so it still took me a long time to get through.  


It was narrated by Lynn Redgrave who made me want to make some English Breakfast tea and scones with clotted cream and jam.  


The story was very imaginative.  Reading about Meggie made me think of my oldest son.  He loved books from a very young age.  I would often peak into my son's room at night when he was supposed to be sleeping to see the glow of a flashlight under a tent of blankets.  One time when my son´s teachers told me he wasn't turning in his work at school and he was failing his classes we had to do something drastic to get his attention.  The only thing he cared about was his books so I bought a lockable garage cabinet and put his books in it and padlocked it.  I told him I would unlock it only when his teacher told me he was doing better in school.  That was the hardest thing to do but he did finally decide to do his work.


This story is about Meggie and her father who live in an old farm house.  Meggie's father mends books, chasing away the mold and book worms and giving them new dresses.  Meggie didn't remember her mother who had gone away nine years before.  One day Meggie looked out her window and saw a strange man standing out in the pouring rain.  He was just standing there staring at their house.  She went to tell her father and he brought the stranger in.  Only, her father seemed to know him.  He called him Dustfinger and Dustfinger called her father Silvertongue.  Meggie was sent to her room to go to bed but she sneaked back and listened outside the door to them talk in hushed voices about a horrible man called Capricorn.  The way they talked scared Meggie and she begged her father to send him away.  She didn't like him.  


The next morning Meggie's father woke her up early and was packing for a trip.  They set off on a trip that Meggie would never forget, to a place where things come out of books and are not always good.  Meggie learned that it is a lot more fun to read about the adventures in books than to be in them herself.  


My son that I mentioned above wanted me to read this book.  He knew I would like it.  

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text 2017-11-24 19:15
Thanksgiving Day Task

Square 4:

Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: 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.



I forgot to take a picture of our feast yesterday, so I'm fulfilling the task for Thanksgiving Day by listing 5 things I am grateful for:


1. My healthy family and my own health. My mom is doing better than expected at this point with her Alzheimer's journey and I was glad to have her at my home yesterday. My spondylitis is currently in remission. This doesn't mean I am free from arthritis pain, but the arthritis is not progressing. So, whoohooo!


2. My healthy and happy adopted kitties-Felix and Alabama. 



3. My friend Andi! She comes to the book festival with me every year and we have a blast!


4. All of my book-reading friends here at Booklikes and my Horror Aficionados peeps over at Goodreads. I love talking books with you guys!




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text 2017-11-24 19:15
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Books, Tasks, and Updates

Alright, time to get organised: I'll use this post to link to the various books, tasks, and related posts. I have no idea how many of these I will complete, but thanks to Murder by Death's and Themis Athena's stupendous efforts we have a multitude of options to have fun with this. 


Links to the original posts: 16 Tasks and Rules 

Link to the Tasks in calendar format: November and December


My updates:


Square 1: November 1st:

All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos / Calan Gaeaf


Tasks for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day

- Book for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day

- Task for Calan Gaeaf


Square 2: November 5th:

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night/Fireworks Night) / Bon Om Touk (Cambodian Water Festival)


- Task for Guy Fawkes Night

- Task for Bon Om Touk


Square 3: November 11th:

St. Martin’s Day (11th) / Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day (11th)


- Book for Armistice Day 

- Task for St. Martin's Day

- Task for Armistice Day


Square 4: November 22nd and 23rd:

Penance Day (22nd) / Thanksgiving (23rd) 


- Task for Thanksgiving Day 

- Book for Penance Day


Square 5: December 3rd and following 3 Sundays:



- Task for Advent 


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

Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht (5th) / St. Nicholas Day (6th) / Bodhi Day (8th)


- Book for Bodhi Day  


Square 7: December 10th & 13th:

International Human Rights Day (10th) / St. Lucia’s Day (13th) 


- Task for St. Lucia's Day  


Square 8: December 12th - 24th:

Hanukkah (begins 12th, ends 20th) Las Posadas (begins 16th, ends 24th)  


- Book for Las Posadas 


Square 9: December 21st:

Winter Solstice / Mōdraniht / Yuletide / 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)


- Task for Dongzhi Festival 


Square 12: December 23rd

Festivus / Saturnalia ends (begins 17th)


- Book for Saturnalia


Square 13: December 25th

Christmas / Hogswatch


- Book for Hogswatch  (planned read, just using this a reminder)


Square 14: December 25th

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti / Quaid-e-Azam’s Day


- Book for Quaid-e-Azam’s Day


Square 15: December 25th-26th:

Newtonmas (25th) / St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day (26th)


Book: Forensics by Val McDermid 



Square 16: December 26th-31st:

Kwanzaa (begins 26th, ends 31st) / New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay / St. Sylvester’s Day / Watch Night




Total Points: 18





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text 2017-11-24 18:57
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #7: December 10th & 13th - Saint Lucia's Day

Tasks for Saint Lucia's Day: Get your Hygge on -light a few candles if you’ve got them, pour yourself a glass of wine or hot chocolate/toddy, roast a marshmallow or toast a crumpet, and take a picture of your cosiest reading place.


It is Friday night, it is cold outside, and Advent is coming up. As I have been reading the Sherlock Holmes stories with my reading buddy on Friday nights, it is only fitting that tonight's story kick-start the Christmas theme. 


Yes, it is time for reading The Blue Carbuncle. It is one of my favourite stories in the canon and I have been looking forward all day to settle down with some tea, biccies, reading blanket, and the kindle to meet up with Holmes, Watson and Mr Henry Baker. Not much comes as close to the meaning of "hygge" for me as that.


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text 2017-11-24 15:56
Task square 7 - Cook a dish from a foreign culture

Well alright then...



Now some of you Americans might think tacos aren't overly foreign. Believe me, in England they are! I knew someone who bought taco shells and didn't know what to do with them, so he tried filling them with refried beans. *facepalm*

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