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text 2017-12-17 17:40
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Update

Total points: 17 ( + 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: 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 9: Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night 


Book: Read a book in one night


Square 10: Pancha Ganapati


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


Square 13: Hogswatch Night


Book: Read Hogfather


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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review 2017-12-17 16:28
My Quest for the Yeti
My Quest for the Yeti: Confronting the Himalayas' Deepest Mystery - Reinhold Messner

I admit it: I went into this book thinking that Reinhold Messners narrative about seeing the yeti in the Himalaya would be the rambling of a madmen. But this book took me by surprise. 


Following his encounter with a strange and foreign creature, Messner digs into the yeti myth and tries to explore the meaning behind this myth to give a possible explanation for it. Could it be an animal that lies behind the origin of the elusive yeti?


First off, there is nothing madmen like about this book. Messner establishes a theory which isn´t preposterous or ridiculous, yet everyone back in the late 80s and early 90s treated him like he was a nut job:


"Go back to your yeti!" shouted an old man as he passed me on the street in the town where I live in Austria. My daughter Magdalena was with me. "Why do people yell at you about the yeti?" she asked me solemnly.

"I don´t know," I replied, "maybe they don´t like what I say about it."

"But it´s none of their business!" she exclaimed, still upset.

"Yes, it is. The yeti belongs to anyone who has heard of it, and no one wants to give up the picture they have in their head. Everyone sees it their own way."

"The real yeti couldn´t care less, right?"

"Absolutely right. The yeti is really thick-skinned. He has no idea that half the world is thinking about him," I said as we drove him.


Messner attitude and the way he deals with vicious people and stupid journalists is pretty great and even though he sometimes comes across as a very rude guy in interviews (at least I perceive him as such), he seems to be a down to earth guy. He says things that very well could be true, but no one is actually listening to him and thus he became "the crazy guy, who has suffered from altitude sickness and, during a hallucination, saw a yeti".   


Besides his personal experiences Messner looks at the different theories surrounding the yeti and its possible link to a type of bear called chemo, he explores the connection between the Nazis and the yeti myth and he gives an insight into the strained history of Tibet.


The whole book was a fascinating read and I really enjoyed reading this book. Thank you BrokenTune, for suggesting the buddy read. I would never have picked this book up without you.


And I can count this book towards the 16 tasks of the festive season, which is awesome.


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


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review 2017-12-13 20:27
This Sweet Sickness
This Sweet Sickness: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

I love Patricia Highsmith´s descriptions of her totally messed up characters. At first glance they seem to be perfectly ordinary people, until slowly, layer by layer, she reveals the sociopathic and psychopathic nature of her characters.


In some respects the main character David Kelsey reminded me of Tom Ripley, Highsmiths most famous character. Both feel entitled to certain things. Ripley to money, goods and social standing, David to a woman and both characters are mentally disturbed. But where I started to root for Ripley at some point throughout the novel (he is pretty ingenious, after all), David started to genuinly creep me out. In that respect David is an even more disturbing character than Tom Ripley (I never thought that someone would be able to kick him of the "most disturbing character" throne). This book is spine tingling.



The story is off to a slow start and Highsmith takes some time to develop the story, so especially in the beginning it´s not the most compulsive read. But once the actual plot has been set in motion, I couldn´t put it down. 


I can´t exactly say that I enjoyed this novel, but it was an intense reading experience. 


16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 16: December 26th-31st:


Book themes for Kwanzaa: Read a book written by an author of African descent or a book set in Africa, or whose cover is primarily red, green or black.


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text 2017-12-13 06:04
Reading progress update: I've read 222 out of 305 pages.
This Sweet Sickness: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith

David has just written a letter to Annabelle:






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text 2017-12-11 10:20
4 Gorgeous Fusion Outfits For Wedding Season

Aren’t you bored of wearing those same sarees and lehengas at every wedding!? I know when it comes to wedding all we can think of is ethnic wear. But we can add a little fun and spice up the ethnic wear by making some mix-matches in style. Fusions are the new style statement and they are totally in trend. These Indo-fusion outfits are super cool and super stylish. They are the perfect example of comfort and style in a single plate.


Here are some of the best fusion pick-ups to rock your bestie’s sangeet night:


  1. Dhoti pants with crop top


These trendy dhoti pants came back from history in a big way. But matching dhoti pants with kurtis is an old style. Wake your inner Sonam Kapoor up with a stylish dhoti pant along with a crop top and just rock wherever you go. Get the vibrant colour dhoti pants, maybe raw silk fabric and be comfortable yet stylish the whole night.


  1. Net Skirt with Off-shoulder crop top

Long skirts with crop tops make the best pair. They will never go out of trend. Especially, if you match your long net skirt with a classy off-shoulder crop top, let me tell you that it has already taken over the fashion market.


  1. Off-shoulder Gown

Sarees are boring, gowns are fun! Gowns can be the best idea of perfect fusion dress for any occasion. Choose a gown that has a slightly Indian touch look super pretty when you pair them with the right kind of accessories. One shoulder or off shoulder style would be the perfect fusion choice in order to keep it stylish by wearing something modern yet Indian.


  1. Cape over a Gown



Long gowns are the real classy ensembles and cape style makes it more stylish. You can simply choose a simple silk gown with an embellished cape over it. The designer cape will give you a traditional effect along with the pinch of western gown.


Get over your anarkalis kurtis and lock them in your wardrobe for this season. Sway like stylish chic with these amazing Indo-western fusion outfits!

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