Portfolio Category: Completed

2020 Summer Sojourn

As current events make actual travel — at least, leisure travel — either undesirable, unwise or flat-out impossible, I decided to devote my 2020 summer reading to literary armchair travel, and to call it the 2020 Summer Sojourn. Then the BookLikes meltdown happened and I had to start sprucing up my WordPress blog … as […]

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BL-opoly 2020: The Pandemic Edition

Game abandoned prematurely due to BookLikes Meltdown.   My marker was based again (of course) on my little assistants and good luck charms, Sunny and Charlie, who again helped me pick my books (this time around, properly pandemic-proofed).     My Progress Spreadsheet   The Books and the Board The Questions Who?: Why?: Pete Brown: […]

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Snakes & Ladders 2020

Tracking courtesy of Charlie and Sunny, as always, of course!    SPACES AND DICE ROLLS 1. Author is a woman — Patricia Wentworth: Pilgrim’s Rest (finished April 1, 2020) 2. Genre: mystery 3. Set in the twentieth century 4. Published in 2019 5. Published in 2018 6. Title has a color word in it 7. Author’s last […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2019

The Markers: Books: Candles Tasks: Stars   The Squares DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Book:  Ngaio Marsh: Death and the Dancing Footman (audio version, read by James Saxon) Task 1: Miss Marple limerick. Task 2: Chili con carne. Task 3: Epitaph for The Disappearing Spoon. Task 4: Gaby in Mexico (& Guatemala). Points: 5 […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2019

THE BOOKS: OFFICIAL CARD International Woman of Mystery: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments – finished September 29, 2019. Locked Room Mystery: Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat – finished September 23, 2019. Murder Most Foul: Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased – finished September 13, 2019. Psych: Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) – finished September […]

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BL-opoly 2019

 A HUGE thank you to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting another fabulous game — I had a total blast!   Final Stats Final status of my bank account: $181 37 books counting towards the game * 35 books finished * 2 DNFs * 11,640 pages read Somehow I managed to steer clear of […]

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Detection Club Bingo

The Squares / Chapters: 1. A New Era Dawns: Ernest Bramah – The Tales of Max Carrados; Emmuska Orczy – The Old Man in the Corner 2. The Birth of the Golden Age: A.A. Milne – The Red House Mystery 3. The Great Detectives: Margery Allingham – The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look […]

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Snakes & Ladders 2019

Charlie and Sunny helped me keeping track of my progress on the board. They got to take a break and have some refreshments whenever we reached a new square and I started a new book.   The Squares 1. Author is a woman — Emmuska Orczy: The Elusive Pimpernel 2. Genre: mystery 3. Set in the twentieth century 4. Published […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2018

  The Markers Books: Meteor Tasks: Bows   The Squares DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Book:  Agatha Christie: Miss Marple – The Complete Short Stories (audio version, narrated by Joan Hickson, Isla Blair and Anna Massey) Task 1: Task 2: Favorite Epitaph (William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon) Task 3: Sherlock Holmes Altar Task 4: Mexican Food Points: 4 DOOR 2: GUY FAWKES NIGHT Book: Georgette […]

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Women Writers Bingo

  Read: A – Margery Allingham: The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look to the Lady, Police at the Funeral, Sweet Danger, Death of a Ghost, Flowers for the Judge, The Case of the Late Pig, Dancers in Mourning, The Fashion in Shrouds, Traitor’s Purse, and The Tiger in the Smoke (all new); The Man With the Sack (revisited on audio); […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2018

The Books: Country House Mystery: Georgette Heyer: Penhallow (Ulli Birvé audio) Cryptozoologist: Patricia A. McKillip: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Dina Pearlman audio) Romantic Suspense: Susanna Kearsley: A Desperate Fortune (Katherine Kellgren audio) Terrifying Women: Mary Roberts Rinehart: Locked Doors (Anne Hancock audio) Terror in a Small Town: Joy Ellis: Their Lost Daughters (Richard Armitage audio) A Grimm Tale: Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber (Emilia Fox / Richard Armitage audio) Genre: Horror: Michael McDowell: Gilded […]

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Summer of Spies

Memorial Day Weekend — Labor Day 2018   The Books: Fiction Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios (new / print) **** Phyllis Bottome: The Lifeline (new / ebook-to-printed-PDF) ***1/2 John le Carré: The Tailor of Panama (revisited on audio, narrated by the author) ****1/2 Agatha Christie: N or M? (revisited on audio, narrated by Samantha Bond) *** Agatha Christie: They Came to Baghdad (new / […]

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Kill Your Darlings

Aaaand … that’s a wrap. My Kill Your Darling Books.   Green Round: Team MbD – Lillelara – TA Round 1 Suspect Own guess / card played: Madeleine L’Engle – wrong – 5 points Correct guess: None Victims Own guess / card played: Katniss Everdeen – 5 points Correct guess: None Crime Scenes Own guess […]

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16 Festive Tasks

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2017

The Books Cozy Mystery: Donna Andrews: Lord of the Wings Gothic: Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights Romantic Suspense: C.S. Forester: The African Queen Amateur Sleuth: Simon Brett: An Amateur Corpse Diverse Voices: James D. Doss: Grandmother Spider Vampires: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla Locked Room Mystery: Martin Edwards’s (ed.) & Various Authors: Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes Terror in a Small Town: Agatha Christie: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead Murder Most Foul: Various […]

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12 Festive Tasks

Snow Globes: Reads Bells: Activities   Task the First: The Winter Wonderland: – Read a book that is set in a snowy place. => Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales – If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren’t, take a walk outside and post a […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2016

The Books: Read by Candlelight or Flashlight – E.T.A. Hoffmann: Das Fräulein von Scuderi (Mademoiselle de Scuderi) => Bingos No. 1, No. 5, No. 6 & No. 12 Magical Realism – Isabel Allende: La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits) => Bingos No. 6 & No. 11 Witches – Terry Pratchett / […]

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