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text 2019-12-15 20:44
24 Festive Tasks, Door 18: Hanukkah
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary - Anita Anand
Eloquent Rage - Brittney Cooper
Living and Dying in Brick City - Sampson Davis
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins
Fool for Love - Merry Farmer

Hanukkah

 

Book: Skip

 

Task #1: Dreidel

I went with having all biographies or memoirs. My choices were:

Nun - Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revoluntionary by Anita Anand

Shin - Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Hei - Living and Dying in Brick City by Dr. Sampson Davis

Gimel - This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jenkins

 

On December 15, you spun the Dreidel and got a....

Gimel!

I will be reading This Will Be My Undoing come January 1st!

 

Task #2: Recipe for Latkes - uh we just fry up a Rosti latke packet, with applesauce on the side. 

 

Task #3: Skip

 

Task #4: As a family, we have donated 10 cans to the school food drive in November and four more cans and four toys to the local food bank via the town's Tree Lighting ceremony on December 12th.

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text 2019-12-08 00:30
24 Festive Tasks, Door 5: Bon Om Touk - Finished!
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
Living and Dying in Brick City - Sampson Davis
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine - Damon Tweedy
Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry - Bill Jones
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow - Jessica Day George

Bon Om Touk

 

Door 5: Bon Om Touk

 

Book: I read Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer. That is one big moon and it gets bigger with each additional book in the series.

 

Task #1: List of rainy day reads - I don't do much, if any, re-reading. Rainy day reads means to me reading something that gets me so invested I don't want to leave my blanket fort, so mysteries - either cozy or historical. Something quiet and soothing, but with a puzzle to solve to keep me turning the pages.

 

1. Guidebook to Murder (Tourist Trap Mystery#1) by Lynn Cahoon

2. Spying in High Heels (High Heels #1) by Gemma Halliday

3. A Death on the Way to Portsmouth by Christine Trent

4. Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal

5. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristin Painter

 

Task #2: Skipping

 

Task #3: Did someone say dragons? Toothless from the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell is of course my favorite literary dragon.

Image result for toothless

 

 

Task #4: Compile a list or stack – 4 books minimum – composed of books that either have opposing words in their titles

 

I had to search my current TBR pile as well as past reading (thank you BL reading challenge app!) to get these:

 

1. Living and Dying in Brick City by Dr. Sampson Davis

2. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Dr. Damon Tweedy

3. Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones

4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

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text 2019-12-07 23:16
24 Festive Tasks, Door 8: International Children's Day - Finished!
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight - Gilly Segal,Kimberly Jones

International Children’s Day

 

Book: I read I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal (both main characters are 15).

 

Task #1: Favorite children's book is still Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Clearly. Favorite middle grade reads were anything Babysitters' Club (still holds up 30+ years later!) and Sweet Valley High (does not at all hold up 30+ years later, but does provide endless commentary via the Double Love podcast, which I HIGHLY recommend listening to).

 

Task #2: Skipping

 

Task #3: 

 

I used the Happy Color app on a daily basis (it's so soothing it puts me to sleep). It had two pictures dedicated to the holiday.

 

Task #4: As a kid, we went to Action Park (sadly closed in the early 2000s) and Dorney Park (THE place for school field trips). When I was young, all I wanted from a ride was to feel like I was almost going to throw up, so my favorites were roller coasters and anything that spun you in a circle really fast. I went to Disney World once when I was 16, so the rides I went on took forever to get to due to the long lines. Then there were the Midway rides that came every summer with the local fairs. As an adult and a parent, I get out of having to go on many rides since my kids are tall enough to go on the rides themselves. The ones we go on as a family are the Ferris Wheel and the Twirl-a-Whirl (known as the Teacups ride at Disney parks). I can't really do roller coasters or any ride with strobe lights due to the epilepsy.

 

 

 

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text 2019-12-05 20:33
Dying for Devil's Food
Dying for Devil's Food - Jenn McKinlay

Giving this another read! This was the second book I read in the series but actually the latest one so after I went back and started with book 1, I just kept wanting to go through to the end again. This will surprisingly fit under International Human Rights Day for a couple of reasons. I'll explain once I'm finished! :) 

 

 

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review 2019-11-23 02:12
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight - Kimberly Jones,Channie Waites,Brittany Pressley,Gilly Segal

I grabbed this when it came up for the Big Library Read, but then I didn't manage to get to it before the Read was over.

 

Campbell is the new girl in her southern, predominantly black high school, and she is working the concession stand at a football game, when a racially motivated fight breaks out in the growing line to the stand.  Lena jumps into the stand to take cover.  There are gunshots, police arrive, and that is just the start of a night where things keep getting worse.

 

As the blurb reports, Lena and Campbell must rely on one another to survive and progress through the night, each demonstrating to the other that her assumptions had been misguided.  

 

This book in some ways reminded me of The Hate U Give, though it has a much more compressed timeline.  In this book, the Caucasian girl Campbell, having been transplanted from the home she shared with her mother in Pennsylvania to her her father's house, is the outsider/fish out of water.  African-American Lena is the wildly popular fashionista Campbell can't help but envy.  I appreciated the way this set-up diverted from more usual book premises.

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