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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 2017-12-29 07:28
Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo (Manga Classics) by Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), Alexandre Dumas, Nokman Poon (Art by)
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas

This is my first attempt at reading the classic and I was really excited at the chance of reading this adaption. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. 
The cover is spectacular and it caught my eye right away. The artwork was lovely and it pretty much covered all my requisites for manga, but when it came to the actual adaption of the story… sorry but no. 
The narrative is hard to follow and there were so many characters in the first few chapters that were introduced without proper explanation that I wasn’t able to tell them apart or tell where the heck they had come from. I usually read a book before I gift it to my younger peers to make sure they will be able to understand it, and being that I had a hard time following this one I sincerely think it’s not something I will be giving away any time soon, at least not to anyone that hasn’t had a crash course on the classics. 

** I received this book via Netgalley at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-10-14 00:00
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas Book – The Count of Monte Christo
Author – Alexandre Dumas
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 409 (pdf)
Cover – Gorgeous!
Would I read it again? – Yes!
Genre – Comic, Classic, Historical, Manga


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **


This was beautiful. Full of gorgeous, detailed illustrations, it remained as true as it could be to the original story, still able to exude mystery and intrigue, while showing the growth of characters such as Dante and those he had once known and loved. Though the story is obviously condensed for the comic, there is still a lot of original detail and plot, allowing us to follow the process without missing too many of the important plot twists and intrigue.

I also have to admit that I love the additional information at the back (front?) of the book, where it details the research process, discusses and introduces the characters and even included an explanation of how they managed to condense the book into a manga.

Overall, it was a great collector's item and someone who adores Alexandre Dumas' work will love the dedication and attention that went into recreating one of his greatest works.
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url 2017-09-19 13:49
Mindful Being Course Amazon Kindle Count-down DEAL 75% off starts on the 14th Sep
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mindful Being Course Amazon Kindle Count-down DEAL 75% off starts on the 14th September.

 

Mindful Being Course Amazon Kindle

Source: www.amazon.com/Mindful-Being-towards-Mindfulness-Training-ebook/dp/B00U8N445Q
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review 2017-08-29 04:39
Down for the Count
Down for the Count (Dare Me Series, #1) - Christine Bell

Lacey walks in on her husband, on their wedding day, just after exchanging vows. With one of her best friends. Her other best friend, Cat, has an older brother, Galen, whom Lacey secretly had a crush since she was a little girl. Both are present and step in to help her out. Lacey ends up going on her honeymoon with Galen. 
I can be forgiving, but there were a few things that took me out of the story. There was Lacey's low self-esteem. Her lack of ability to stand up for what she wanted. Of course, she's lovely and has no idea, blah, blah. Galen consistently would call Lacey "squirt." Yeah, really. Not for fun once or twice, or as a joke, but as an endearment. Oh hell no.

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