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text 2018-12-22 17:35
Christmas mystery
Crime at Christmas - C.H.B. Kitchin

One of the blogs I follow on my Wordpress reader reviewed this Golden Age Christmas mystery. We have very quiet Christmases around my house - by preference. One of my son's most hilarious quotes occurred when he was around 10, and he said 

 

"Once you have to put your pants on, Christmas is over."

 

We typically sit around in our new Christmas pajamas all day, playing games, watching movies and reading our new Christmas books. This looked like a good choice for a Christmas day read, so I bought the kindle version and I'm ready to go!

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text 2018-12-16 17:41
Aaaah, vacation
The Raven in the Foregate - Ellis Peters
Becoming - Michelle Obama

I've been pretty busy the last week and a half or so, getting ready to be off work next week! As of yesterday, I had 9 days of freedom.

 

My daughter arrived home from far away last Wednesday, so we've been having lots of nice quiet times, chatting, drinking coffee, watching Christmas movies and just generally hanging out. My son's job finished up last Thursday - he is a teaching assistant at a music school, and their terms coincide with the school calendar, so he is off until January. My husband's temporary job for Lego ends next week. All in all, the MR household is festive indeed!

 

I am planning to get to some of the Tasks this week - I've fallen behind. But I did update the Open Doors thread on the Discussion Group with all of the Tasks, if you've been wondering if that would happen! And now, I am off to my reading place to hang out with Brother Cadfael for a bit - I've just started The Raven in the Foregate.

 

I also bought the audiobook of Michelle Obama narrating her memoir, Becoming, which is just delightful so far! It fits at least a couple of the Tasks, so I need to find the time to listen to it before the end of the year!

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text 2018-12-06 02:02
Task 1: St. Nick book wish list

Dear St. Nick:

 

I have many bookish wishes for the holiday season. Some of them will be admittedly easier than others.

 

1. A complete set of the 130 books published by Persephone Books and all 687 Virago Modern Classics. In print and ebook formats please. I know this is a lot of books, so I will also need a few additional bookshelves.

 

2.  For someone to discover a trove - say a minimum of ten - Superintendent Battle/Colonel Race/stand-alone mysteries written by Agatha Christie between 1930 and 1945, previously undiscovered in a trunk in someone's country house.

 

3. A solid adaptation of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mysteries to be released on either Amazon or Netflix.

 

4. And, while we're talking adaptations here, the Amazon Middle Earth adaptation had better be amazing.

 

5. Since my visit to Memphis, Tennessee, it occurs to me that someone - and specifically an author of color since I'm not interested in a white washed version - needs to write a well-researched historical saga about the intersection of rock and roll and the civil rights movement on Beale Street from the perspective of the African-American community. Somewhere there is an author who can do it justice and I want to read this book (or, better yet this series of books).

 

I've always believed in you.

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review 2018-11-25 01:01
An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters
An Excellent Mystery - Ellis Peters

I love this series more every time I read further into it. This is the eleventh of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, and is set in the fall of 1141. King Stephen and Empress Maude are making war, as usual, when two strangers show up at the Abbey in Shrewsbury.

 

This mystery centers around a young woman, Julian Cruce, who has disappeared before entering a convent. As mysteries go, it's quite easy to figure out - and there are, as well, some pretty obvious difficulties with the plot. None of that hampers my enjoyment of the book, however, as these mysteries have become one of my go to comfort reads.

 

I picked up my copy at Wallace Books today, for a whopping $3.50 of my credit, and dove right in after I finished putting up some of my Christmas decorations. I was really wanting the next book as well, The Raven in the Foregate, because it is a Christmas mystery. I've been reading them in order, so I was happy that this one was available, since I had read up to the tenth, but disappointed that there wasn't a copy of the next one to buy as well. At this point, I think I will probably buy a used print copy on amazon, since the kindle book is priced at over $10.00, which is high for a book first published 30 years ago. Maybe Open Road will put the series on sale over Christmas!

 

I'm using this book for Day of Penance (book concerning a man of the cloth/Brother Cadfael is a monk).

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text 2018-11-24 16:30
Moonlight Snow's 2018 Bookish Advent Tracking Post

 

I will be tracking my bookish advent season here! I'm still in the process of organizing things, but I think I've got things dialed in at this point, and I can focus more on the tasks/reading

 

 

RUNNING TOTAL: 21

 

Planning update:

 

With U.S. Thanksgiving on Thursday, I should have a bit of extra time to read and post. Like MBD, I plan on a bit of a flood of catching up on tasks - including some for my as yet uncompleted holidays: Diwali & International Day of Tolerance.

 

I've also got some books on my agenda: I picked up one of Cara Black's Aimee LeDuc books on my last trip to Wallace Books, which will fulfill the reading component of International Day of Tolerance (set in Paris), and I have the second Jane Harper mystery - Force of Nature - checked out of the library, which will fulfill the reading component of Melbourne Cup (set in Australia). I'm also considering between a few non-fiction possibilities for the reading element of Diwali.

 

Door 10: Bon Om Touk

 

Task 1:  Make a paper boat and post a picture of it.   Instructions, if needed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiAWx8odStA

 

Task 2: If you’ve ever attended a procession or an event involving festively decked out boats, post a picture and tell us about it.

 

Task 3: Bon Om Touk celebrates the end of the rainy season. Tell us: What’s your favorite type of rainy day book – and do you have a favorite drink or snack to go with your rainy day reading? Photos welcome!

 

Task 4: Which are your 3 favorite books where a key character is “moonlighting”?

 

Post for Tasks 2, 3, & 4 is here.

 

Book: Read a book that takes place at sea or on a river OR with water on the cover OR where the plot involves a festival or the moon plays a pivotal role in the plot.

 

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