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text 2018-12-10 20:56
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 3 (Holiday Treats)

Here's my assortment -- this year's edition:

 

The traditional Christmas-y stuff:

"Christstollen" (Christmas loaf cake), "Printen" (spicy, crunchy gingerbread bars), "Frankfurt Bethmännchen" (round marzipan and almond cookies), "domino cubes" (chocolate-coated cubes filled with gingerbread mass, chocolate and jelly), and chocolate-coated almond gingerbread cookies

 

-- and the not-necessarily-Christmas-y-but-melt-in-your-mouth-sinfully-delicious stuff: white chocolate and crushed almond tartuffi (pralines) and dark chocolate pralines (both Italian)

 

... and a chocolate Santa, and two snowmen wearing chequered scarves and red winter bonnets, just because!

 

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text 2018-12-09 21:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 4 (Book Featuring Children Rescued from Peril)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Black Stallion - Walter Farley,Keith Ward
M - Jon J. Muth

I suppose Harry Potter and just about every children's / YA fantasy (or mystery) series would fill this bill, but big HP and Three Investigators fan though I am, let me offer these for consideration instead:

 

1.  Mark Twain: The Adventure of Tom Sawyer -- Tom and Becky Thatcher in McDougal's Cave (rescued thanks to Tom's tenacious search for an exit), and Tom and Huck Finn up against Injun Joe; inter alia, listening to Joe's and his cohorts' plans at the peril of their own death in case they are discovered, and Tom incurring the same risk by speaking up at Injun Joe's trial (after which Joe escapes through a window).

 

2.  Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden -- At the beginning of the book, Mary is sent to England to stay with her uncle to save her from the cholera epidemic that will shortly thereafter kill both of her parents, who have remained in India.

 

3.  Walter Farley: The Black Stallion -- Alec and "The Black" become friends when they help each other to survive on a desert island after being shipwrecked.

 

Honorable mention:

 

"M" (screenplay, not book): A chillingly creepy 1930s movie,  concerning the hunt for a pedophile serial killer -- starring Peter Lorre (pre-Hollywood) as the pedophile and directed by Fritz Lang.

 

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text 2018-12-06 18:40
Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day-24 Tasks

 

Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day
 
Task 1:  Write a book wish list to St. Nick.
 
Dear Saint Nick,
 
I apologize in advance for the number of books that I want. I can't help it though, I love books. I do want to say that my goal for 2019 is to read more books by women and men of color. Thanks in advance for helping me out with that!
 
BecomingNot That Bad: Dispatches from Rape CultureThe Wedding PartyThe Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2)
 
A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)On the Come UpThe Key to Happily Ever AfterThe Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)
 
Lies Sleeping (Peter Grant, #7)The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in AmericaThe Everlasting Rose (The Belles, #2)
 
The Downstairs GirlHere and Now and ThenWhat We Talk About When We Talk about RapeMagical Negro

 

Task 2: You are King / Queen for the day and can have 3 ‘wishes’:  one for yourself, one for your community (however you define it), and one for the world: What are they?

 

Wish for me-I wish that I could take a fantastic trip to a different country in 2019. 

 

Wish for the community-I wish that we could have an open and honest conversation about race and religion and have people stop trying to shut down things. I loathe that we still have states in this country that like to pretend still that the Civil War was over states right. I loathe that we all act like Jim Crow laws were not a thing. It makes me seethe that we had a whole Civil Rights Movement that took place in the 1950s and 1960s and people act like we have come so far, though not really. I hate that if I say black lives matter, I get people screeching about me about the police and how black lives matter is a hate/terrorist organization. 

 

Image result for civil rights movement

 

Wish for the world-That we stop sugarcoating it when people are pushing racist ideologies the world over. Call them out, call them racist. Call it a lie when someone uses an obvious terrible talking point. It seems scary to me that we seem to be hell-bent on going around and blaming immigrants for everything in the U.S. with some factions in Europe doing the same thing. At this point I wonder if people just want them to be pushed out to sea to fend for themselves or what. 

 

Task 3: If your holiday family traditions should include bowls or plates filled with gingerbread, cookies, oranges / tangerines, chocolate, nuts and the like, share a photo with us!

 

I probably will have to skip this. Will see if I am up for taking pictures to post. 

 

Task 4: List your 3 favorite books involving children being rescued from serious peril.

 

1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, review can be found HERE

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, review can be found HERE

3. The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist #1) by Rick Yancey, review can be found 

HERE

 

 

Book: with an orange or red cover or with nuts, chocolate or coins on the cover, set in The Netherlands or Germany, by a Dutch or German author, or with canals or beer on the cover.

 

Daughters of the Witching Hill

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text 2018-12-05 18:47
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 1 (Book Wishlist)

Ummm ... St. Nick, are you sure you are up for this one? (http://themisathena.booklikes.com/shelf/wishlist?by=date&order=desc)

 

Actually, dear St. Nicholas -- if you'd just pick one of these (and I mean any one), I would be totally over the moon!  Thank you so very much!

 

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review 2018-12-04 22:10
Taking It Easy - Erin Nicholas

Logan Trahan is known as being a fun time playboy.  He owns a happening bar in New Orleans, but he generally has a care free, easy going lifestyle.  When he first meets Dana Doucet, he knows he wants her.  Too bad the single mom isn't falling for his lines.  Flash forward, Dana finally gives in only to find out that she unexpectantly gets pregnant.  Already having 2 girls, Dana doesn't know if she is ready to be a single mom to 3 kids having lost her husband 2 years ago while he was in the service.  When Logan hears the news he is beyond excited and brings his whole family into the situation to celebrate.

Dana is concerned that when the fun is over, Logan will go running but what she doesn't understand is that he is all in.  While Dana and Logan start to tread through life they realize that their chemistry is off the charts but will their relationship be the type to stand the test of time?  As Logan gets more involved with her daughters, Dana is slowing coming around.  Just as it looks as if things are going to go perfectly, life seems to get in the way.  It will take a big leap of faith for the playboy and the single mom to realize that what they have is really worth fighting for.

This was a fun, sexy story.  I just loved Logan.  He reminded me of my brother.  It was also fun having the story set in New Orleans.  I was just there and it was fun knowing of certain things the author was describing.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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