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text 2018-11-18 10:42
Reading progress update: I've read 55 out of 278 pages.
A Game for the Living: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

I just finished up sewing a shirt for myself and now I have the rest of the Sunday time to pay attention to the buddy read with BrokenTune and isanythingopen and this book, which is quite good so far.

 

So far we have a menage a trois and a murder. Theodore gives a comparativily sane impression compared to other Highsmith characters, but I´ve got the feeling that there might be something fishy about his character. I might be cynical, but he is too tolerating and understanding for my liking. 

 

I don´t have a clue what is going to happen to these characters, but it´s a Highsmith, so it is bound to take us to unexpected places.

 

I would love to take claim a square for the 24 tasks with this book, I´m not sure if it´s going to fit a book task, though (I already claimed Dia de los Muertos with another book). It might work as a book with red on the cover. 

 

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text 2018-11-17 18:21
24 Festive Tasks: Flap 6 -- International Day of Intolerance
Door 6 - International Day for Tolerance
@Task 1:  Find some redeeming quality in the book you liked least this year and International Day of Tolerancepost about it.
Great Courses: 12 Essential Scientific Concepts. Not bad as an introduction to the topic and I only DNF'ed it because it was too basic for me and I was bored. 
 
 
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?)
Once I choose to read a book, there aren't many things that will cause me to DNF the story and if I do DNF something it is usually because I am bored or it isn't well written or I didn't choose well in the first place. So there isn't any specific trope that will get me to ditch a story. But there are some things that drive me crazy, that might put a book on the DNF list.
  • Books whose plot rests on factual errors made by the author (misunderstandings by characters is not the same). For instance, a book whose plot hinged on an insurance company wanting their money back some 50 years later (statute of limitations). I should have DNF'ed that one right then and there.
  • Too much graphic violence/horror
  • A really, really, really bad narrator
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.
 
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.
No pastries, too fattening. But I do use real butter for cookie baking and that is coming in a few weeks, so stay tuned.
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 2018-11-17 17:45
24 Festive Tasks 2018 - Update #7

 

Door 1: Día de los Muertos (Task 2) - Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know you have one).

 

Door 2: Guy Fawkes Night (Task 1) - Burn a book in effigy.  Not that anyone of us would do such a thing, but if you HAD to, which book would be the one you’d sacrifice to the flames (gleefully or not)?

Door 2: Guy Fawkes Night (Task 2) - List your top 3 treasonous crimes against books.  Not ones you’ve committed, but the ones you think are the worst.

 

Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1) - Pick your ponies!  MbD has posted the horses scheduled to race; everyone picks the three they think will finish (in any order).

 

Door 4: Diwali (Task 1) - Share a picture of your favorite light display.

Door 4: Diwali (Task 4) - During Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakhshmi, who is typically depicted as a beautiful young woman holding a lotus flower. Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.

Door 4: Diwali (Book) - Read a book with candles on the cover or the word “candle” or “light” in the title; OR a book that is the latest in a series; OR set in India; OR any non-fiction book that is ‘illuminating’ (Diwali is Sanskrit for light/knowledge and row, line or series)

 

Door 5: Armistice/Veteran's Day (Task 3) - Tell us: What author’s books would you consider yourself a veteran of (i.e., by which author have you read particularly many books – or maybe even all of them)?

Door 5: Armistice Day/Veteran's Day (Task 1) - Using book covers (real or virtual), create a close approximation of your country’s flag (either of residence or birth), OR a close approximation of a poppy.  Take a pic of your efforts and post.

 

Door 6: International Day for Tolerance (Task 1) - Find some redeeming quality in the book you liked least this year and post about it.

Door 6: International Day for Tolerance (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?)

 

Total points: 11

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text 2018-11-17 16:34
24 Festive Tasks - Door 6: International Day for Tolerance (Task 2)

 

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 very, very rarely DNF a book, so I'll just be going with the five tropes that make me put a book on my "will not read" list--assuming I know about them in advance. These are also the tropes that will cause me to rate a finished book as low as possible in most cases.

 

1. Secret babies - I LOATHE this trope so much.

2. Manufactured conflict - The author isn't ready for the couple to get together yet, but there's really no reason for them not to, so let's just create an inane reason to keep them apart.

3. The Big Misunderstanding - An offshoot of #2, I guess, but this is more specific. The author isn't ready for the couple to get together yet, so let's just create one or more misunderstandings between the two that could easily be resolved if they just TALKED. TO. EACH. OTHER.

4. Amnesia - I just don't like this trope, and I can't really explain why.

5. Fake identity - One of the characters pretending to be someone they're not while the other character falls in love with them under false pretenses.

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text 2018-11-17 16:17
24 Festive Tasks - Door 6: International Day for Tolerance (Task 1)

 

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

 

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris is my least favorite read, so much so that the only redeeming quality that comes to mind is that is was a quick read for me. I read it in less than a day.

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