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text 2018-12-15 20:24
24 Festive Tasks - The Points...So Far
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) - Melissa Jagears,Naomi Rawlings,Roseanna White
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Genevieve Turner,Emma Barry

This is my collection of points for the game. Links back to tasks, will update with links to book reviews once they are written.

 

Current Points Collected: 40

 

Door 1: 3 tasks (3 pts) + read The Soldier's Secrets (1 pt) = 4pts

Door 2: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Princess Elizabeth's Spy (1pt) = 3pts

Door 3: 3 tasks (3pts) + read The Gentleman's Game (1pt) = 4pts

Door 4: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Love's Unfading Light (1pt) = 3pts

Door 5: 1 task (1pt) + read A Moveable Feast (1pt) = 2 pts

Door 6: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Tears We Cannot Stop (1pt) = 3pts

Door 7: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Radium Girls (1pt) = 3pts

Door 8: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 9: 4 tasks (4pts) + read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (1pt) = 5 pts

Door 10: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 11: 1 task (1pt) + currently reading Star Dust

Door 12: 1 task (1pt) +

Door 13: 2 tasks (2pts) + 

Door 14: 0 tasks (0pt) +

Door 15: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 16: 3 tasks (3pts) +

Door 17: 1 task (1pt) +

Door 18:

Door 19:

Door 20:

Door 21:

Door 22:

Door 23:

Door 24:

 

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text 2018-12-15 16:20
24 Festive Tasks, Door 13 - Advent UPDATED WITH PICTURES
The Sword Dancer - Jeannie Lin

Advent

 

Book: Since today is also the start of COYER Winter, I chose a book off my COYER reading list. I will read The Sword Dancer (Tang Dynasty #4) by Jeannie Lin.

 

Task #1

Here's a picture of my kids' advent calendars for this year.

 

Task #2

British Christmas traditions: going to house/castle/hall to see the decorations, caroling, and pantos!

 

Took the kids to our local National Trust site, Oxburgh Hall, to see the early Victorian decorations. The hall's volunteers get together in late August to rehearse for their free 20 minute caroling show; the last song, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, is a sing-along with audience participation. They put this show on 3x a day on Saturday and Sundays in December. 

 

Joshua went on his field trip to the Royal Theater in Bury St Edmunds and saw a pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty - his favorite part was the dragon (of course). He didn't care for the kissing part. Sophia was supposed to go with her class the next day, but that date turned into the National Day of Mourning, and with no school came no field trip. She is rescheduled to see it in early January. 

 

As a family, we went to see a local pantomime production of Snow White and the Dwarves of Foulden. My friend's oldest son was in the show as fox (woodland creature) and Dipstick, one of the dwarves. Here's a pic of the program.

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text 2018-12-15 16:04
24 Festive Tasks, Door 17 - St Lucia's Day
Santa Puppy - Lynn Cahoon

St. Lucia's Day

 

Yeah, I am a little late with this day. Sorry, my Mom brain went into meltdown mode for a little while.

 

Book: I am reading Santa Puppy (Tourist Trap Mysteries #9.75) by Lynn Cahoon. I forgot I pre-ordered it when I bought the other two novellas in the series for Halloween Bingo. It was published November 6, 2018.

 

Task #4

My guess is the goat stays "alive" and upright. Guess I'm an optimist this time of year.

 

 

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review 2018-12-13 20:45
[REVIEW] The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This was such a fun read. I was about to be really mad because I had no idea how the author would wrap it up so neatly, but she managed to do it in a way that left me satisfied.

The heroine and the hero have amazing chemistry and it was a delight to spend time in their world with them. Lucy's thoughts were insane and over the top but it just made me love her more. And Josh? UNF. That man is a sexy beast with a heart of gold.

 

Reading progress notes

 

8% - Started this today and it’s ok, haven’t been gripped by the story yet. Lucy is SO into Joshua, it’s hilarious. I mean, I don’t think she can tell that she’s into him but she totally is.
 
24% - That is one hell of an angry kiss, that's all I'm gonna say.
 
35% - I am living for caretaker Josh. LIVING.
 
38% - I love that Joshua cleans up the apartment. Biggest turn on ever.
 
40% - Danny, you gotta take a hike, dude. Like NOW.
 
48% - I spot a little origami bird made of notepaper I once flicked at him during a meeting.

omg i'm ded
 
51% - First peeve: unless those macarons were refrigerated there is no way they would've survived enough for an 'emergency.' Stuff like that throws me off.
 
68% - ”Get to know me. And I never thought it would be you.”
“Do you want me to stop?”
I almost can’t hear his reply, it’s so quiet. “No.”


omg my heart
 
78% - I'm suspecting the thing that Josh isn't saying is concerning the 'happy' couple and oh boy.
 
80% - I KNEW IT.
 
96% - "I couldn’t. If I’d let myself smile back. And be friends with you, I probably would have fallen in love with you.”

*melts into a puddle*
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text 2018-12-12 07:05
Cover Reveal - Game On

 

 

Game On by Kelly Jamieson is coming soon on January 15th!
 
 
When the stakes are this high, it’s game on. . . .

“Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.
 
 
 
 
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