Day: December 1, 2019

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 – Hanukkah

  Door 18:  Hanukkah   Task 1: Spin the dreidel to determine which book is going to be the first one you’ll be reading in the new year. Find a virtual dreidel here: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-a-dreidel http://www.jewfaq.org/dreidel/play.htm http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/dreidel.htm   Task 2: Latkes or donuts are fried in oil to remind Jews of the oil that lasted for eight days: […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – New Year’s Eve

  Door 22:  New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day   Task 1: Tell us: What are your reading goals for the coming year?   Task 2: The reading year in review: How did you fare – what was good, what wasn’t?   Task 3: Bibliomancy: Ask a question related to your reading plans or experience in the […]

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24 Festive Tasks: November Stats

I’d been planning to do weekly stats again this year, but RL intervened — so here, at least, are those for the month of November: (Right-click on the image to see a larger version.) As in previous years at this point in the game, the first three calendar doors we opened in November are the […]

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Discworld December Group Read: Guards! Guards!

  In all the Festive Tasks excitement, let’s all not forget that our December group read also starts today — and it’s a truly great one (IMHO one of the best books in the entire series): the first book of the Night Watch subseries, and though actually written almost exactly 30 years ago, Pratchett could […]

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2019: The Year’s Greatest Book Catches from my TBR

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 3: St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade: Which book(s) from your TBR that you read this year turned out to be the year’s greatest “catch”? Of my favorite reads of 2019, surprisingly few already were on my TBR at the beginning of the year, […]

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Louise Penny: Still Life

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Book: Read a pastiche, a book authorized by a deceased author’s estate, the 4th book in a series, a book with the word “four” in the title, a book featuring four siblings, or a book with a wreath, pines or fir trees on the cover.) Turns out I […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   It’s the official kick-off to the Christmas season, whether from a religious or secular standpoint – only 25 days until Christmas!   Door 13:  Advent   Task 1:  Share a picture of your advent calendar.   Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?   Task 3: Prepare an […]

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Six Favorite Scottish Writers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 1: Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Six favorite Scottish writers: Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary. Robert Louis Stevenson: For Kidnapped alone — though his Edinburgh Picturesque Notes, even 150 years after their first publication, remain one of the […]

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