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text 2018-12-18 16:35
Obsidian Blue's 24 Tasks of the Festive Season Card

 

Only going to put an ornament on dates where I have completed all tasks and the book too. 

 

Updated as of 12/18/18 for Christmas tasks.  

 

Total points: 80

 

Door 1: Dia de Los Muertos (November 1): points 5

Completed tasks 1 through 4, and readThe Pale Horse by Agatha Christie.  

Dia de Los Muertos Tasks

The Pale Horse Review

 

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

Completed tasks 1 through 4 and read The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Guy Fawkes Tasks

The Essex Serpent Review

 

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

Completed tasks 1 through 4 and only got two points for task one and read This Year It Will be Different and Other Stories by Maeve Binchy

Melbourne Cup Day Tasks

This Year it Will be Different Review

Door 4: Diwali (November 7): points 5

Completed tasks 1 through 4. 

Diwali Tasks

Dark Sacred Night Review

 

Door 5: Veterans/Armistice Day (November 11): points 4

Completed tasks 1 through 3 and read Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

Veterans/Armistice Day Tasks

Dashing Through the Snow Review 

 

Door 6: International Day for Tolerance (November 16): points 4

Completed tasks 1 through 3. 

International Day for Tolerance Tasks

Christmas Magic Review

 

Door 7: Mawlid or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (November 20): points 5

Completed tasks 1 through 4 and read Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Mawlid Tasks

Towards Zero Review

 

Door 8: Day of Penance (November 21): points 5.

Completed tasks 1 through 4 and read The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy

Day of Penance Tasks

The Cooper Beech Review

 

Door 9: Thanksgiving (November 22): points 4

Completed tasks 1 through 4. 

Thanksgiving Tasks

Switched out planned read since it's not available anywhere. The Wedding by Dorothy West is my planned read. 

 

Door 10: Bon Om Touk (November 24): points 3. 

Completed task 2, 3, and 4. 

Bon Om Touk Tasks

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie is my planned read. 

 

Door 11: Russian Mother's Day (November 25): points 4

Completed tasks 1 through 3. 

Russian Mother's Day Tasks

The Empty House Review

 

Door 12: St. Andrew's Day (November 30): points 4

Completed tasks 1 through 4.

St. Andrews Day Tasks

Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher is my planned read. 

 

Door 13: Advent (December 1): 2 points 

Completed tasks 1 and 2. 

Advent Tasks

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) by Gregory Maguire is my planned read. 


Door 14: Hanukkah (December 2): 2 points

Completed tasks 1 and 4. 

Hanukkah Tasks

Prince Capsian by C.S. Lewis is my planned read. 

 

Door 15: Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day (December 5): points 3

Completed tasks 1, 2, 4. 

Sinterklass/St. Nicholas Day Tasks

Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharrat is my planned read. 

 

Door 16: Human Rights Day (December 11): points 3

Completed tasks 1 through 3. 

Human Rights Day Tasks

I already read Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe that should count towards this. 

 

Door 17: St. Lucia's Day (December 13): points 3

Completed tasks 1, 3, and 4. 

St. Lucia's Day Tasks

Planned read is The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander #2) by Henning Mankell

 

Door 18: Winter Solstice / Yuletide (December 21): points 4

Completed tasks 1, 2, and 3. 

Yule and Solstice Task

Book related task: The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell

The One You Really Want Review

 

Door 19: Festivus (December 23): points 4

Festivus Tasks

Completed tasks 1, 2, and 4.

Book related task: How to be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings by Sarah Cooper

How to be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings Review

 

Door 20: Christmas (December 25): points 4

Completed tasks 1 through 3. I will do 4 later when I feel a bit better. 

Christmas Tasks

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor Review

 

Door 21: Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1): points 1

Book related task: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal Review

 

Door 22: New Year's Eve (December 31): points 1

Book related task: An Irish Country Cottage by Patrick Taylor

An Irish Country Cottage Review

 

Door 23: Hogswatch (December 32)*: Read anything by Terry Pratchett. 

Planned read is The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

 

Door 24: Epiphany (January 6): Read a book with three main characters OR a book about traveling on a journey to a faraway place OR a book that’s part of a trilogy OR with a star on the cover OR with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title OR or concerning kings or spices.

Planned read is Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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text 2018-12-18 16:27
24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 - Festivus, Task 4 ("Festivus" Google Search Results Page)

 

This cracks me up, every single time.

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text 2018-12-18 16:20
Christmas-24 Tasks

Christmas

 

Task 1:  Post a picture of your Christmas decorations.

 

 

Task 2: Tell us: If you could share Christmas dinner with any author (dead or alive), who would it be?

 

I would totally have dinner with Michelle Obama. I would bring all the wine and champagne and just go seriously how have you managed to be so graceful after 8 years of verbal attacks? 

 

Task 3: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.

Oh I already did this! I watched Scrooged last night! I love that movie!

 

Image result for scrooged gif

 

Task 4: Create or recreate a short text relating to Christmas (poem, carol, wish list, season’s greetings, etc.) from the titles of books on your bookshelves.

 

Will do this later. Tired myself out. Talk soon!

 

Book:  Um, Christmas books …

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text 2018-12-18 16:16
Festivus-24 Tasks

Festivus

 

Task 1:  It’s the annual airing of grievances!  Time to list the top 5 books that disappointed you the most this year and let us know why!

 

I think I already did my least favorite books of 2018 post, so here's a link back to that. 

 

My Least Favorite Books of 2018 by Obsidian Blue

 

Here are the top five from that list though:

 

1. Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught (Whitney My Love Review)

Hey you don't want to read a book where the hero is violent towards the heroine, but somehow it is always her fault? This book is pretty famous in Romance Land. 

 

2. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (How The Light Gets In Review)

Honestly, the continuing adventures of Armand Gamache in this one didn't work for me. You have so much mess going on with Jean Guy that this book did my head in. At this point I have no idea why Gamache continues to trust Jean Guy anymore. And I got really tired of constantly reading about the supposed corruption in the police force that only Gamache could root out. 

 

3. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (The Lying Game Review)

Do you want to read about rules to a lying game that never really gets shown throughout the book, instead the author just has chapter headings about it? Do you want to read about the lead character and her constantly dragging her infant daughter with her while she purposely seeks out dangerous situations? I also had a hard time with the lack of character development and the secret that this woman and her supposed friends (she hasn't seen in person in years) kept. 

 

4. The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver (The Burial Hour Review)

I have 100 percent given on on reading about Rhymes anymore. It's just gotten to the point that the character has gotten to a really unbelievable stage and the plots don't make much sense to me anymore.

 

5. Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski (Not Ready for Mom Jeans Review)

I just got over this book after the constant bashing of working moms and women who are overweight.

 

 

Task 2:  Take a picture of your Festivus Pole (and remember this is a family site).

 

Image result for charlie brown christmas treeGot to go with the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I haven't put that out this year yet. But this always makes me smile inside. I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. 

 

Image result for charlie brown christmas

 

Task 3: Have your household scales perform a feat of strength: Place 10 of your heaviest books in a stack on your scales and tell us what their total weight comes to.

 

I am not allowed to lift anything over 20 pounds right now. Going to pass :-(

 

Task 4: Google the word “Festivus” and tell us or take a screenshot of what you see at the left border of the results page.

 

 

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

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text 2018-12-18 16:09
24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 - Festivus, Task 2 (Festivus Pole (Feline Version))

There is only one Festivus pole in this household, and it is entirely owned by the resident felines (even if the right of possession is sometimes subject to minor dispute):

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