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review 2017-03-13 01:53
Book 5/100: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - L. Frank Baum

When I was young, the toy-mation movie adaptation of this book was one of my favorite Christmas movies ever. It still is, although I don't watch it with the regularity of, say Muppet Christmas Carol. It was always a bit obscure -- it was not played every year like Rudolph or Frosty, and a lot of people had never seen it. I was thrilled to finally find it on VHS and later on DVD so that I can enjoy it for every Christmas and share it with my own kid(s) someday.

All of that preamble is to say that it was impossible for me to read this without my perception being clouded by nostalgia. Because the movie actually follows the book very well, reading the book was like seeing the movie in my mind once again -- and we've already established that I love the movie. Objectively speaking, if I read this without the context of my fondness for it, it may have felt a little like one of those books that was just one thing happening after the other without a really clear through-line. On the other hand, the prose was very often quite beautiful and it was easy to get swept away in the magic of the setting and the nostalgia of a Christmas origin story. I do think it's a pity that this is not as well known as Baum's Oz books, because I found it to be just as magical (although, like the Oz books, it did get a little clunky at the end.)

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review 2017-01-27 02:18
Steamy!
Passion For The Holidays - Roxy Callahan Passion For The Holidays - Roxy Callahan

Passion For The Holidays by Roxy Callahan is a collection of stories, one for each major holiday.  These stories are sexually explicit, so they may not be everyone's choice of reading material.  If you like good, quick stories with lots of sex, you don't want to miss this.  No cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-01-10 12:59
The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season -- Bonus Entry
Der Weltensammler - Ilija Trojanow
Collector of Worlds, the - Ilija Trojanow

I blacked out my card on Dec. 19 using the "activity" entry for the Kwanzaa square, but since thereafter I did read a book set (partially) in Africa, too, here's my "bonus entry" post ... sorry for reporting in belatedly; blame it on BookLikes posting issues and a surfeit of things going on all at the same time in my life at present. :(

 

Not that it still seems to matter greatly to begin with, alas ... (sigh).

 

Der Weltensammler (The Collector of Worlds) is a novelized biography of 19th century polymath and explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton, who traveled widely in India, the Middle East and Africa, visiting Mecca (disguised as an Arab) and seeking -- partially successfully, though he didn't know it -- the source of the Nile (he did make it to Lake Victoria, but failed to confirm that the Nile actually does originate from there).  He is best remembered today for his translation of The 1001 Nights.

 

Interesting, though quite obviously largely fictitious insights into a fascinating life, and a voyage back through time to the Orient, Africa, and British Empire of the 19th century.

 

Snow Globes: Reads
Bells: Activities

Merken

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text 2016-12-29 01:11
❄️ Holiday Gift Drawing 2016 ❄

 

 



How about an Author Giveaway with so many romance/erotica book related GIFTS that everyone stand a chance of winning?



Sounds too good to be true? Check this out:
 
#ShhEvent ️ Holiday Gift Drawing 2016
 
The epic #giveaway is back from Dec 1-31!
 
710 prizes from 134 authors
 
Enter as many times as you want and win amazing prizes!
 
 
 

Giveaway: https://goo.gl/ySfhkp







(Kitty's Book Spot! is not affiliated with, nor is it responsible for the #ShhEvent.)
 
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text 2016-12-25 00:01
Happy Hanukkah
Wishing you the warmest of Happy Hanukkah's!
 
 
 
Not sure what you are celebrating this season.  This is the first year that I can recall where the holidays lined up so perfectly in a row.  No matter what you are toasting in your celebration, I hope this brings you good tidings of great joy.
 
December 23       Festivus
December 24     Hannukah
December 25    Christmas
December 26   Kwanzaa
 
 
 
If you are a home who is just beginning the festival of lights tonight, may this week bring you joy!
 
 
 
 

Where ever you are and whatever you do - may this be the brightest of holidays!!

 
 
 
 

I wish you lots of love and peace and piles and piles of books!!

 
 

From all of us at Kitty's Book Spot! HAPPY HANNUKAH!!

 
 
(All copyrights and logos for Hello Kitty are owned by +Sanrio, Inc.  No infringement intended or implied.  #HelloKitty, @HelloKitty, and Sanrio are property of Sanrio, Inc.)
 
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