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text 2018-01-15 00:51
16 Festive Tasks - The Prize (Part 2)

... and following (almost) straight on the heels of MbD's post, here is part 2 of your prize and our donation:

 

So, not only did you all earn enough points to furnish a mobile library in Africa with almost 30 books, the points you earned also make it possible to teach a child in Africa or Asia for a whole year.  Yey for all of you -- as MbD said, you guys rock!

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text 2018-01-14 23:55
16 Festive Tasks - The Prize

As Themis-Athena said in her post:  Thank you to everyone who participated in the 16 Festive Tasks.  We're a tad late getting all the final tallies together, but it's done.  We had such a great time, and y'all were amazing.  Whether you contributed a lot, or a little, as your personal time permitted, everyone posted amazing, thoughtful tasks and tore through a LOT more books than I'd have expected (dumb, I know).

 

So here's one half of the prize (Themis and I split it between two book charities):

 

 

 

Those who participated in the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season earned enough points to buy almost 30 books for a mobile library in Africa (or the equivalent need - I'm regurgitating website stuff).  So we've not only had fun, we've spread our love for books around the world, hopefully to people who will benefit and in turn, spread book love.  

 

You guys rock!  ❤️❤️❤️

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text 2018-01-14 19:08
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: THANK YOU -- and Final Tally

 

Sooo ... with a staggering two-week delay, your hosts are finally getting around to the game's closing post. (Yeah, we know. Let's just say the new year started rather busy for both of us ...)

Anyway, MbD and I wanted to thank all of you so much for joining the game and participating so actively! It's been great fun watching the truly amazing things that everybody came up with to complete to the various tasks and book themes that we'd cobbled together into a semi-coherent whole -- "imaginative" is putting it mildly; "6 degrees of separation" has got nothing on this crowd! (Not to mention the effect of this game on our respective TBRs ... and the "oooohhs" and "aaawwws" induced by all the adorable pet photos floating down our dashboards.)

A special thank you, too, to everybody for reporting in and tallying up posts and for using the "16 festive tasks" tag; particular those of you who put together "final count" posts -- all of this was a great help in keeping track of the running score and compiling the final count!

Speaking of which, without further ado:

The final count of points comes to a total of 528
-- which translates into a donation of USD 55.00 from MbD and myself to each of the two charities we picked,
Book Aid International and
Room to Read.

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Some fun details on the outcome of the game:
Number of active participants: 27
("Active" = completed at least one book or other task for the game)
Average number of points reached: 19.56
Number of card blackouts: 7
("Blackout" = completed at least one book or other task per square)

Single biggest point-earning square: No. 2 (Guy Fawkes Night & Bon Om Touk) -- 45 points total
Runners-up: Squares Nos.1 (All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf) and 3 (St. Martin’s Day & Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day) -- 43 points total each
Least point-earning squares: Nos. 11 (Soyal & Dōngzhì Festival) and 14 (Dies Natalis Solis Invicti & Quaid-e-Azam’s Day) -- 17 points total each

On a total of 11 squares (Nos. 1 - 4, 7 - 10, 12, 13 and 15), one or more participants completed all four tasks (book tasks and other tasks). Of these, the squares with the highest number of participants completing all four tasks (3 participants in each case) were:
No. 2 (Guy Fawkes Night & Bon Om Touk)
No. 3 (St. Martin’s Day & Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day) and
No. 15 (Newtonmas & St. Stephen's Day / Boxing Day)

Square for which the highest number of participants read at least 1 book: No. 1 (All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf) -- 17 participants
Square for which the highest number of participants read a 2nd book: No. 3 (St. Martin’s Day & Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day) -- 7 participants
Square for which the highest number of participants completed at least 1 non-book task: No. 4 (Penance Day & Thanksgiving) -- 20 participants
Square for which the highest number of participants completed a 2nd non-book task: No. 2 (Guy Fawkes Night & Bon Om Touk) -- 8 participants

Bonus points scored via bonus books / tasks referring to individual squares: 17 total
Most bonus points scored via square-specific books / tasks for: No. 5 (Advent) -- 6 bonus points total
Bonus points scored via Surprise, Surprise Jokers: 15 total
Points scored via Holiday and Light Jokers: 8 total

Congratulations, everybody, and thank you all so much again!

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review 2018-01-12 03:22
Book Tour: Halley's Casino: The Adventures of Nebula Yorker
Halley's Casino: The Adventures of Nebula Yorker - Mark J.G. Fahey

Halley’s Casino is a good action and adventure book. It got some historical fiction with science fiction with the time travel. I liked it. It kept you guessing and entertained. I loved the fact that you get to time travel by going back though earth history.

 

The author does a wonderful job. I like that Nebula Yorker is the problem solver. Is Halley a Comet or is it an Intergalactic Casino? We see what Rome looks like at 12 BCE? Who is Nebula Parents? You find all kinds of surprises and twists along the way. I enjoyed the plot.

 

Will Neb save earth or will not? It adventures of a lifetime. Find out by reading. This book has a few stories and adventures waiting from beginning to end. Is the world as we see it or his it something we never imagined?

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/01/book-tour-halleys-casino-adventures-of.html
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text 2018-01-01 19:38
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Wrap Up

I almost managed a black out and I planned The ABC Murders to be my read for square 11, but then I got sick with a stomach flu saturday night and my plan went down the drain. But I still did reasonably well, I think.

 

Total points: 23 ( + 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

 

Guy Fawkes Night

 

Task: Host a traditional English tea party, or make yourself a nice cup of tea and settle down with a good book to read. Which kind of tea is your favorite? Tell us why.

 

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: Books with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.

 

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 5: Advent

 

Task: Post a pic of your advent calender 

 

Square 6: Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day / Krampusnacht

 

Book: A story involving children

 

Bodhi Day

 

Book: Read a book set in Nepal, India or Tibet, –OR– which involves animal rescue. (Buddhism calls for a vegetarian lifestyle.)

 

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.

Task: 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.

 

Square 8: Hanukkah / Las Posados

 

Book: Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends

 

Task: Spin a virtual dreidel – then tell us which book the dreidel picked.

 

Square 9: Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night 

 

Book: Read a book in one night

 

Square 10: Pancha Ganapati

 

Book: Read a book by or about a Nobel Peace Prize winner, or about a protagonist (fictional or nonfictional) who has a reputation as a peacemaker.

 

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

 

Square 12: Festivus

 

Task: Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.

 

Square 13: Hogswatch Night

 

Book: Read Hogfather

 

Square 14: Dies Natalis Solis Invictis

 

Book: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting

 

Square 15: Boxing Day / St. Stephen´s Day

 

Book: Read anything where the main character has servants (paid servants count, NOT unpaid) or is working as a servant him-/ herself.

 

Square 16: Kwanzaa

 

Book: A book, whose cover has primarily red, green or black

 

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