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text 2019-01-03 07:10
Release Blitz - NYE Kisses Collection

 

 

Get Kissed NOW! The New Years Eve Kisses Collection is available now! Each book in the collection is a STANDALONE.

 

 

BUY THEM HERE: http://bit.ly/NYEKisses

 

 

 

3....2....1....KISS. Join 11 best selling authors in celebrating the best way to start the new year: with a kiss!

 

Each book will be a separate release and will feature a NYE Kiss.

 

FEATURES THE FOLLOWING AUTHORS:

Shantel Tessier

Tracie Douglas

Sonya Jesus

Mayra Statham

Winter Travers

Geri Glenn

Teresa Crumpton

Melanie Codina

Lisa B Kamps

Felicia Fox

Kristen Hope Mazzola

 

 

 

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text 2018-12-31 19:22
24 Festive Tasks: Doors 9 - Thanksgiving, Task 2 and Door 20 - Christmas, Task 2 (Christmas Dinner)

I've decided to combine these two tasks -- they both deal with dining in some fashion, and while I would actually not want to change anything about my / our personal holiday traditions, just for once I think it might be fun to have

 

Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner with Mark Twain,

 

enjoy his sense of humor and myriads of stories (he must have been quite the raconteur), all the while enjoying an

 

all you can eat dinner

 

featuring my mom's very own minced beef and bell pepper stir fry, her potato salad, as well as my BFF's curry & cream soup, Indonesian rice salad, and mousse au chocolat;

 

amplified by some of the goodies that make up my favorite restaurant's weekly changing culinary trip all around the Mediterranean and some of my favorite Spanish restaurant's tapas.  (Alternatively, a bunch of Indian curries -- say, mango, korma and saag --, Thai / Indonesian / Vietnamese lemongrass chicken, Szechuan beef, and sweet & sour pork.  Or a selection of Mexican burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos with guacamole, salsa roja and sourcream on the side ...)

 

 

All of this, with a nice Rioja Gran Reserva, plenty of sparkling mineral water, and an espresso or cappuccino to chase it down ... as well as a single malt, preferably 15+ years of age.  Cheers!

 

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text 2018-12-31 17:15
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 2 (Three Wishes)

My three wishes, as we close out the old year and begin the new one:

 

For myself: To be able to look back, at the end of 2019, and have preserved what I like in my life, and have improved what I don't like.

 

For the BookLikes community: Long may it survive, and I hope it will grow ever closer together!  (Wish 1.a: Many happy returns of Halloween Bingo and Festive Tasks.)

 

For the world: A return to sanity, peace, justice, and (dare I say it?) wisdom.  In everything from society and politics to the environment and everyday relations and communication.  (And don't tell me that's more than one wish (again).  It really isn't.  But even if it were, I wouldn't care a rat's rear end.)

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text 2018-12-31 01:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 - New Year's Eve, Task 2 (2018 in Reading Review, or, The Year of Listening to Mystery Audiobooks by Women Writers)

 

2018 Statistics

Total number of books read in 2018: 225

Number of as-yet unread books added to "owned books" TBR in 2018: 240

-- plus the 100 or so Audible downloads that I haven't even added to my BookLikes shelves yet.

 

So the ratio of buying vs. reading is seriously off this year.  (Last year, I read almost 40 books more than remained unread on my "owned books" TBR of the books added over the course of the year.) 

 

Nevertheless, I am very happy with my reading year: very few of my reads were 3 stars or less, I didn't expect I'd even make it to 200 books (so I actually read more than expected), I finished my Women Writers project, and compared to last year, my stats have come out on the "right" side in every aspect I primarily looked at -- I read more women authors than men, and more new books than rereads:

 

 

 

 

 

 

In summary, I guess you can call this my year of listening to mystery audiobooks chiefly written by women writers ... which is fine, though, and in a way even what I expected this year to be. 

 

In fact, I'm expecting to continue reading many more mysteries in 2019 as well -- I'd like to complete my "inofficial" Detection Club Bingo reads for one thing, I'm planning to read more Golden Age mysteries republished as part of the British Library Crime Classics and Collins Crime club series, and I'm likely going to join Wanda and Moonlight at least for parts of "A Study in Sherlock" / "Summer of Sherlock".  But I'm also planning to reprise my Women Writers challenge, however with a twist along the lines of the "Around the World in 80 Books" group on Goodreads. 

 

All in all, if 2019 turns out even half as good as 2018 has been (even against the odds in some respects), I'll color myself extremely lucky.

 

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text 2018-12-25 23:51
24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 - New Year's Eve, Tasks 1 and 3 (2019 Book Goals and Book Lottery)
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wie Spreu im Wind - Uli Wittmann,Maryse Condé
The Good Women of China - Xinran
The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson
At The Existentialist Café - Sarah Bakewell
2019 Reading Plans:

I am planning a reprise of my Women Writers project for 2019; with a twist, however: On Goodreads, I used to be a member of the Around the World in 80 Books group (the name is pretty much self-explanatory) -- I'd like to combine that basic idea with my "women writers" selections, with the aim of diversifying my reading regionally / internationally.  While my 2018 Women Writers project was a rousing success in terms of the male / female author ratio (roughly 2:1), it's impossible to miss that I read a lot of books by English and North American authors; so in 2019, I'm going to aim for a wider spread next year, both in terms of authors and book settings.

 

(By the same token, I am also planning to continue my exploration of the world of Golden Age mysteries, so make of that what you will ... there's bound to be some juggling, I suspect.)

 

Book Lottery:

With the above diversification aim in mind, I picked my 5 candidates for the first book I am going to read in 2019:

 

... which were then folded and went into the drawing box, where they were thoroughly shaken up and mixed:

And the winner is:

... which is excellent news, since Xinran's Sky Burial (which I just read today) is truly outstanding; even if The Good Women of China, going by what I've heard, makes for truly heartrending reading at times.

 

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