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text 2019-11-13 16:20
24 Festive Tasks 2019

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Book: Reread a favorite book by a deceased author or from a finished series, or read a book set in Mexico or a book that either has a primarily black and white cover or all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover, or a book featuring zombies.

 

Read Vox by Christina Dalcher on 11-06-19.

 

 

 

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Book: Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting.

 

Read What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel on 11/12/19. 

 

 

 

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Book: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author. 

 

Read Under Currents by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19.

 

 

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Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published. 

 

Read Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. There is a huge arson in this book that led to a business being burned. Honestly this book is terrible, just skip it. 

 

 

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Book: Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the moon on the cover.

 

Planning to read "The Summer Guests" by Mary Alice Monroe. A hurricane gets things moving in this book. 

  

 

 

Door 17: Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)

Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.


A Virgin River Christmas - ebook

 

Door 18: Dec. 22 – Hanukkah

Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

 

Read Rising Tides by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. Ehh at least the book series was good for something. 

 

Door 19: Dec. 23 – Festivus

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

Dear Girls - ebook

 

Door 20: Dec. 25 – Christmas

Book: Read a Christmas book.

Title details for Christmas in Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber - Available

 

Door 21: Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa

Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.). 

 

The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) - ebook

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

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Door 23: Dec. 32 – Hogswatch

Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.

For the members of the Discworld group: This of course includes the Discworld December read, Guards! Guards!, as well as some group members' favorite seasonal reread, Hogfather.

 

The Light Fantastic - ebook

 

Door 24: Jan. 6 – Twelfth Night / Epiphany

Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.

 

Title details for Born in Fire by Nora Roberts - Available

 

 

Total Points: 17

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text 2019-11-12 21:03
Bon Om Touk

Bon Om Touk

 

 

Door 5:  Bon Om Touk

 

Task 1: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.

 

I think my first rainy day read is Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. I tend to read this book around this time of the year since this is when the rain and snow starts to kick in. I love the heroine in this one along with the hero and the clan that we get to know. It takes place in the 1200s and I thought that Garwood did a great job of showing the historical setting of this book quite well. 

 

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie is my second favorite rainy day read. Yes, I now know who the murderer is, but I loved how Christie pulls all of the characters together and we get the stunning reveal about the murderer and how they pulled things off. 

 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is another rainy day favorite. I love the story of the Waverly sisters and the "magic" they have and the curious members of this town which all seem to have their own special magic too. I didn't care much for the second book, but the first one is a great one to sink into with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. 

 

An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor is a re-read every Christmas. Who knew you could combine a scary ghost tale and Christmas all together? Taylor made his an annual favorite of mine and it's perfect to read on rainy or snowy days where you can imagine a Banshee that calls out for people during snow filled nights. 

 

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. Ahh this one is my favorite to re-read on rainy days. I loved reading about Anne and Gilbert all grown up and how Anne finally realizes who her true love is. This book series still has me longing to visit Prince Edward Island one day.  

  

Task 2: String up some fairy lights around your books / bookcase / kindle and share a picture of the results.

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Task 3: Dragons and dragon-like serpents (imugi) are important to Korean mythology (as they are to that of other Asian peoples). So – which are your favorite literary dragons (fictional, mythological, whatever)?

 

Favorite dragons for me would be Draco from Dragonheart. I can't help it, I loved that movie and loved Sean Connery's voice acting. 

 

Image result for dragonheart gif

 

Falkor from The Neverending Story. I know he's a luckdragon, but it still counts.

 

Image result for never ending story falkor gif

 

Shardas from Dragon Slippers. I read this book last year and need to finish out the series sometime. I got a kick out of this world of dragons that Jessica Day George created. 

 

Task 4:The South Korean flag features images of ying / yang (the blue and red circle in the center) and four sets of three black lines each representing heaven, sun, moon and earth and, in turn, the virtues humanity, justice, intelligence and courtesy. Compile a list or stack – 4 books minimum – composed of books that either have opposing words in their titles (e.g., war / peace; asleep / awake – not necessarily both words in the same title), or that feature the words “heaven,” “sun,” “moon,” “earth,” “humanity,” “justice,” intelligence,” and / or “courtesy.”

 

I only chose books I have read for this. Since I have a huge e-book collection I figured I would stack the books digitally for easy viewing. Please read from top to bottom. 

 

 

Book: Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the moon on the cover.

 

Planning to read "The Summer Guests" by Mary Alice Monroe. A hurricane gets things moving in this book. 

 

Tasks Completed: 3

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text 2019-11-12 20:30
24 Festive Tasks: The Eight Final Holidays

The calendar's eight final holidays and associated book tasks are:

 

Door 17: Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)

Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.

 

Door 18: Dec. 22 – Hanukkah

Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

 

Read Rising Tides by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. Ehh at least the book series was good for something. 

 

Door 19: Dec. 23 – Festivus

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

 

Door 20: Dec. 25 – Christmas

Book: Read a Christmas book.

 

Door 21: Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa

Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.). 

 

Plan on reading "The Secret Commonwealth" by Phillip Pullman. 

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

Door 23: Dec. 32 – Hogswatch

Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.

For the members of the Discworld group: This of course includes the Discworld December read, Guards! Guards!, as well as some group members' favorite seasonal reread, Hogfather.

 

Door 24: Jan. 6 – Twelfth Night / Epiphany

Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.

 

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text 2019-11-12 20:01
Guy Fawkes Night
 Guy Fawkes Night

 

 

Door 4:  Guy Fawkes Night

 

Task 1: Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.

 

1. Information dumps via a character instead of actually investing time in world building, the plot, or character motivations that make sense to me as a reader. 

 

2. Having baby talk during a sex scene (talking to you romance authors).

 

3. Having unprotected sex with a guy you just met after he rescues you from a pit you fell in (remember Holly?) Holly by Jude Deveraux. This book was soul killing. It had all of my least favorite tropes for romance authors. 

 

Task 2: Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the book reading world? (Be it publishing, distribution, editing, cover art, bookstores – anything having to do with books.)

 

I would honestly love to change what is going on right now with Macmillan publishing and them limiting books to libraries. I hate that so many people out there see libraries as a scourge for authors and publishing houses since they view them as "losing money". You can't pay for good word of mouth for a book so I wish that it's automatic that when a new book is published there's a built in cost for it to be provided as a hard-copy and e-book copy once it's released. I think libraries are often the soul of a town or city and they do so much good for the community. Why people are doing their level best to curtail reading will continue to baffle and aggravate me. 

 

Task 3: Make a little straw (or wood / cloth / wool / fabric) effigy of the book character you like least.

 

Task 4:

How do you order the books on your shelves?

 

My books are not ordered like this:

 

Image result for books ordered in color

 

Instead they are ordered by author. And nope, I don't order them alphabetically. I do try to keep same genres together though. So Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and a few other horror authors are all together. I did throw Neil Gaiman in with them though cause it just fits there. 

 

Pictures of my shelves:

 

 

 

 

 

Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published. 

 

Read Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. There is a huge arson in this book that led to a business being burned. Honestly this book is terrible, just skip it. 

 

Completed tasks: 4

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text 2019-11-12 19:54
Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day

Door 3:  Melbourne Cup Day

 

Task 1: Pick your ponies.*

[Did not participate]

 

Task 2: Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.

 

The Catcher in the Rye

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue

Reading this book,

Made me want to sue

 

 

 

Task 3: Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.

 

This is my favorite mug that I have and use daily (as you can tell by the stains). I got this from Moonlight Reader a few years back and my coworkers enjoy the "insults" Shakespeare has. Right now my desk is looking a bit bare, but that's because I am in the middle of packing due to the office renovation that is going on right now. New paint, carpet for our whole agency. 

 

Task 4: Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.

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Book: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author. Read Under Currents by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19.


Tasks Completed: 3

 

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