Task 1: “Africa” was originally the name of the Roman province originating from the North African empire of Carthage, which was mythologically founded by Queen Dido and blossomed into Ancient Rome’s only lasting opponent and nemesis (until it was finally conquered by Rome in the Punic Wars). So: who are your five favorite book heroes and their respective nemeses?
Shoot! This is so freaking hard. Just going off the top of my head here. I will not be held til this later if the mood changes and or if I just happen to have some wine.
1. Roland versus the Man in Black/Crimson King. Stephen King's The Dark Tower seriesi is epic. It will break your heart again and again and you will want to thump the fuck out of King when you finish it. Speaking of that, I am so getting back to this series in the New Year.
2. Lyra Belacqua versus Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter. Go run and read His Dark Materials series. I love it. Lyra was the heroine that you root for throughout the book. We finally have Pullman in his own way dealing with the "problem with Susan" that C.S. Lewis bungled badly.
3. Cinder versus Queen Levana. The Lunar Chronicles was so good. Going to thank Moonlight forever for introducing me to this series.
4. Cory Mackenson versus growing up. Boy's Life was so good. I was sad when that last pages came. This could have definitely been a series.
5. Kate versus Roland. The Kate Daniel series concluded this year and Ilona Andrews gave us a great ride. The whole series was building to this moment.
Task 2: In Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, the “Finis Africae” is the hidden center of the labyrinth which constitutes the monastery’s library, protected by a number of intricate, misdirecting devices. Tell us: Where have you recently encountered clever misdirection or a labyrinthine plot in a book?
Hmm clever misdirection in a book was definitely when I just finished "Towards Zero" by Agatha Christie. I was totally floored by the reveal there. I thought the bad guy was someone else and when Christie shows you the way via Battle figuring things out I felt like an idiot.
Task 3: Tell us: If you could travel to Africa (for those living on the African continent: to a part of Africa that you don’t know yet): Where would you want to go?
Hmmm. It's weird, I have never thought about it until now, but would love to go to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It looks beautiful and I would love to see the plants and animals.
It breaks my heart every time I hear about illegal elephant and lion hunting going on in Africa. I am happy this place is protected.
Because of its biodiversity and ecological significance, the park has been listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site. As a national park, it is designated as a Category II protected area under the system developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which means that it should be managed, through either a legal instrument or another effective means, to protect the ecosystem or ecological processes as a whole.
The administrative body for all parks in Tanzania is the Tanzania National Parks Authority. Myles Turner was one of the park's first game wardens and is credited with bringing its rampant poaching under control. His autobiography, My Serengeti Years: The Memoirs of an African Game Warden, provides a detailed history of the park's early years.
Task 4: Have a meal involving vegetables (= crops) and / or corn, or another form of traditional Kwanzaa dinner. Recipe suggestions here: https://kwanzaaculinarians.com/
Oh nice. I actually just ate harvest chili which is just a fancy way of saying vegan chili. It had a ton of vegetables in it. My friend dropped off a ton of food from Trader Joe's and dropped this and some lentil soup off too. I don't think you want a picture of my dirty soup bowl LOL. Here's a link to the recipe though: https://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/4420
I copied over the ingredients for those who don't want to go to the link though.
INGREDIENTS: WATER, COOKED BLACK BEANS (WATER, BLACK BEANS), ONION, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, DICED TOMATOES IN JUICE (TOMATOES, TOMATO JUICE, SALT, CITRIC ACID), CAULIFLOWER (CAULIFLOWER FLORETS, CAULIFLOWER STEMS), PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATO, CANOLA OIL, FRENCH GREEN LENTILS, RED QUINOA, TOMATO PASTE (TOMATOES, CITRIC ACID), GUAJILLO PEPPER PUREE (GUAJILLO CHILE PEPPERS, CITRIC ACID), GARLIC, SEA SALT, CILANTRO, LIME JUICE, CUMIN, CHILI POWDER (SPICES, SEA SALT, DEHYDRATED GARLIC), CORIANDER, OREGANO, TURMERIC, CAYENNE PEPPER, SMOKED PAPRIKA (PAPRIKA, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR).
Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, or by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, or a book with a green, red, or black cover.
I already read a book for this one. So here's a gif of Obama dancing with and high fiving Santa Claus.