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text 2017-11-21 20:37
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 10 - World Peace Day

Tasks for World Peace Day: Cook something involving olives or olive oil. Share the results and/or recipe with us.

 

I wasn't in the mood for anything elaborate tonight, but spaghetti and tomato sauce involves a dollop of olive oil in the water in which the spaghetti are boiled, and another dollop of olive oil in the tomato sauce.

 



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text 2017-11-20 09:24
Square 2 completed!
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival Bon Om Touk is celebrated in early November and commemorates the end of the country's rainy season, as well as the annual reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River, the central part of a hydrological system in the Lower Mekong Basin which the Mekong River replenishes with water and sediments annually. The Water Festival was first celebrated in the 12th century, around the time of Angkorian King Jayavarman VII, when the King’s Navy helped usher in the Cambodian fishing season. The festivities made the gods happy and secured good harvests of rice and fish in the upcoming year. Another interpretation is that Bon Om Touk was a way for the King to prepare his navy for battle. -- The biggest celebrations take place in Phnom Penh, lasting night and day for three days, with boat racing along the Sisowath Quay and concerts..

 


Book themes for Bon Om Touk: Read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover: Not A Drop To Drink: I thought it was kind of ironic to choose this book... But it has water on the cover! 


Tasks for Bon Om Touk: my favorite vacation on the sea is in Spain (Catalonia) where I spent one or two weeks each year with my family (since I'm a child). But I'll post a picture about my most recent one, which was in Miami Beach. It's really special for me because it was the first time I went to the United States (the first time I left Europe actually) and I had an amazing time there even if it was really really short (we arrived on Saturday afternoon and left on Tuesday morning.. I know 10hours of flight for less than four days, but it was worth it!). My sister is a fying attendant and I got to spent time in Florida thanks to her job. We also visited Universal Studio and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so it was amazing (can you imagine i've been to Middle Earth and Hogwarts in the same year?!)

 

 

(Yayyyy, thank you Murder By Death!)

 

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review 2017-11-19 20:03
#76 - Not A Drop To Drink
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

I had such a great time reading this book. I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptical novels and even more when it is realistic and it involves bad-ass female characters. Lynn lives with her mother in a world where water has become rare and expensive, they have a pond and will do everything to protect is as it is their only source of water. Lynn was born after all this and has never seen water running from the tap. She also does not know a lot of people and Mother is the only person she trusts. As you can imagine, something will happen and disrupt Lynn’s world.

 

I enjoyed this book so much, it was easy to read, the pacing was great, the characters were really realistic and the world created was flawless (now I want to tell you that this is a debut novel, I’m so impressed). I love the clash between country people and city people. Lynn does not know a lot about the outside world, she lives secluded in her little house (she has never heard music for example). I think the author did a really great job depicting a young teenager having only known her mother and poetry books her whole life. She, for example, have no idea that she is pretty, not having seen other women except her mother. She is clueless as what a man would want to do with women… I think this part was really well done.

 

My only complain about this book is that it was too short and I wanted more! Thankfully, there is another one and I have it on my shelf!

 

(+ this cover is one of my favourite ever!!)

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review 2017-08-19 18:38
In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott
In the Drink - Allyson K. Abbott

In the Drink begins when Mack realizes that she may be being stalked, and things aren't looking good for her. This stalker wants her to play a game, and if she doesn't comply people in her group will start dying. Mack has no idea what to do, and when she goes to Duncan even though she isn't sure what their relationship is now, he does his best to help, but things aren't looking good. 

Now, Mack has the help of an undercover cop named Mal, who she also has an attraction to. Between Mal, and Duncan things are getting complicated and this stalker is getting worse. 

This book was so very good! I thought it was awesome. I loved the story line, and I also loved the relationships going on as well. I'm not sure who I want Mack to end up with, but this one also ends on a crazy cliffhanger and I can't wait to read the next book!

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review 2017-07-09 22:05
Review of "Drink Deep" (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neil
Drink Deep - Chloe Neill

I'm completely convinced that the story arc of his book is essential to the series.

 

Went a little soap opera-y, introduced a few too many new characters, too much bullying by the bad guys, took too long to connect that person X was always doing y during the z events ... but, overall an enjoyable read with Merit still Merit.

 

Looking forward to rest of series.  A bit leery  since the way this one ended might portend an upcoming road trip (I have a low tolerance for too much road trip in most stories).

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