24 Festive Tasks

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2019 Airing of Grievances: Least Favorite Books of the Year

24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Festivus: Task 1 Overall, 2019 was a phantastic reading year for me with decidedly more highs than lows.  Of the latter, my worst reading experiences were, in no particular order: Laura Restrepo, Hot Sur: OK, forget the “in no particular order” bit for a moment.  A main character expecting […]

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Louise Penny: Still Life

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent: Book Turns out I already read my book for this square! On a related note, color me somewhat less impressed than I expected to be — this is yet another insanely popular series that, as it turns out, I won’t be rushing to continue.  There’s some really good […]

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2019: The Books I’ve Been Most Thankful For

24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Thanksgiving: Task 2 With another full month to go in the year, it may be a bit early to do this task, but a substantial number of the books I’m going to be reading in December will be Christmas rereads, so here we go. The books / authors I […]

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Cyril Hare: An English Murder

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – International Children’s Day: Book OK, so I thought about this for a while, because it’s admittedly a borderline case, but I’ve ultimately decided to use Cyril Hare’s An English Murder, which I recently finished, as my book for International Children’s Day: Although the kid concerned doesn’t actually make a […]

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24 Festive Tasks: A Sneak Preview

Some of the things this year’s game will include are: * A new card. * New hosts (yes, several!) * Some new holidays … and many repeat appearances.  Also a new twist on one particular holiday that is making a repeat appearance. * Many new tasks — non-book tasks in particular — and some that […]

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Poppy Seedcake

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 4: Treat yourself to a slice of seedcake and post a photo.  If you want to make it yourself, try out this recipe: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/poppy-seed-cake/ … or this one: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1629633/lemon-and-poppy-seed-cake   Would you believe I had poppy seedcake for dessert today and completely forgot to take a photo […]

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My Favorite Books of 2018

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving, Task 1: List the 3 books you’ve read this year you’re most “thankful” for (your favs) or the one book you’ve ever read that changed your life for the better.   2018 was an excellent reading year for me, both in terms of quantity and quality — yet, […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.  It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year; similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan, albeit not at the same time.  Thanksgiving is […]

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Book Rescue, Book-Related Places of Pilgrimage … and My Personal Literary Canon, Part 1

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – Mawlid, Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka.  Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed?  Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you? If I donate books, I […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – Penance Day

The tradition of repentance and prayer is rooted in the biblical Book of Jonah, where God sends out the prophet Jonah in order to announce to the inhabitants of Nineveh that God is to overthrow the city (Book of Jonah 3:4-10).  In mediaeval times Christians practiced two kinds of days of repentance, those scheduled on […]

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Diane Setterfield: The Thirteenth Tale

24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 – Winter Solstice / Yuletide, Book Somewhat too self-involved for my taste, though in a first novel dealing with identity and the autobiographies we create for ourselves that probably shouldn’t have come as a total surprise … and I’ll grant Setterfield that it doesn’t exactly have “first novel” written right […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Second Week Stats

Admittedly a bit late (work and kitty adoption got in the way), but since we’ve got a busy schedule for the rest of this week with a total of four doors to be opened — the first one of which is today’s for Mawlid — I at least wanted to get the 2d week stats […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – Mawlid

Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif is the observance of the birthday of Islamic prophet Muhammad, commemorated in Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. The 12th or 17th day of Rabi’ al-awwal is the accepted date among most of the Sunni scholars, while Shi’a scholars regard the 17th day of Rabi’ al-awwal as the accepted […]

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John Bude: The Lake District Murder — Book Redemption

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 1: Find some redeeming quality in the book you liked least this year and post about it.   Looking back through my “read” shelf, one of the books I liked least this year was John Bude’s Lake District Murder.  I felt the book missed […]

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Ken Bruen: The Guards

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Kwanzaa, Book Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor series has been on my radar ever since I watched the first episode of its TV adapatation, starring Iain Glen.  The Guards provides as gut-punch an opener as is conceivable to the series; we see how and why Taylor is dismissed from the […]

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Patricia Wentworth: The Clock Strikes Twelve

24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany, Book   This came with high praise from both Tigus and Moonlight, so I knew I had a lot to look forward to — and I was certainly not disappointed!  This is a New Year’s Eve story and the “family patriarch publicly announces ‘I know someone here has […]

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Dick Francis: Field of Thirteen

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Melbourne Cup Day, Book I’ve owned this collection of short stories since forever and decided our Melbourne Cup Day book task was the perfect occasion to pull it out and finally read it.  Candidly, I’m not sure why Dick Francis didn’t write more short stories: both his style of […]

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The German Flag, Made from Book Covers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 1: Using book covers (real or virtual), create a close approximation of your country’s flag (either of residence or birth), OR a close approximation of a poppy.  Take a pic of your efforts and post. Not anywhere as creative as some of the flags […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – International Day for Tolerance

  The International Day for Tolerance — observed on November 16 — is an annual holiday intended to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. It was declared by UNESCO in 1995, the UN’s fiftieth anniversary year, which in turn was declared the United Nations Year for Tolerance. Every year since then, on November […]

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Colin Dexter: The Riddle of the Third Mile

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Book For Veterans’ / Armistice Day I’m claiming the very first book I revisited after the beginning of the 24 Festive Tasks game: Colin Dexter’s The Riddle of the Third Mile had long been one of my favorite entries in the Inspector Morse series, but […]

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