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Heinzelmännchen

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 2: A Cologne legend dating all the way back to the Middle Ages has it that once upon a time, there was a race of busy little household gnomes called Heinzelmännchen who would come at night and secretly do all your work: If there ever has been […]

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Halloween Bingo 2020: The Rest of the Game and Wrap-Up

Sooo, that’s another bingo game behind us already!  Many thanks to our game hosts for successfully moving the game from BookLikes to a new venue and organizing one heck of a game despite that venue’s built-in limitations.  I had a great time and would only have wished I could have participated more throughout the game […]

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Halloween Bingo 2020: The Second Week (+1 Day)

Posting this on Monday instead of Sunday again … oh well. I guess after a near-phenomenal first bingo week it was only to be expected that the second week would not be quite as fabulous. Mind you, I’m not complaining — my card is coming together nicely, and none of the books I read this […]

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Halloween Bingo 2020: The First Week (+1 Day)

This year’s Halloween Bingo started a lot more promising than last year’s with a strong joint entry in Michael Connelly’s Bosch and Ballard series, and in fact, not one of the books I read earned less than a four-star rating — with the standout being Nicholas Blake’s The Beast Must Die, which turned out to […]

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To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome! Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Final Results — and Thanks to All Participants!

A big Thank You to everybody who joined the game and participated so actively: Collectively, we achieved the very respectable total score of 505 POINTS Go us — well done everybody!  Thank you so much from this year’s hosts: Murder by Death, Moonlight Snow (Reader), TeaStitchRead (Mrs. Claus’ Tea House), and me.  Once again, it’s […]

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24 Festive Tasks: TA’s Master Update Post — Final Wrap

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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Books and the Bottom Line

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Guy Fawkes Night, 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. The one “revolution” I would like to see happening in the book world is that […]

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A Cup of Christmas Goodies

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Melbourne Cup Day, Task 4: Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup!  Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously. I’m clean out of energy to prepare any (even simple) desserts or other dishes, so here, in lieu of a New Year’s Eve toast, is the […]

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Creature Comforts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – World Philosphy Day: Task 3 How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods? My only salvation in stressful times: Creature comforts.  Lots of them.  And BookLikes! 2019 was a hell of a year in virtually every respect, and I don’t mean that […]

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2020 Reading Plans / Expectations & 2019 in Review

24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day, Tasks 1-3 & Door 18 – Hanukkah, Task 1: Door 22 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 […]

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Neighborhood Christmas Decorations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?   I don’t know if I have one particular favorite holiday tradition, but one of my favorite moments occurs on Christmas Eve, when we walk through the silent, festively-decorated night-time streets of our neighborhood on our way to […]

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In Honour of Harriet Vane

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – Russian Mothers’ Day, Task 4 & Door 15 – International Human Rights Day, Tasks 3 & Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 1: Door 10, Task 4: Forget-me-nots and handmade medals of honor are important Russian Mothers’ Day gifts.  Create a medal of honor (with or without the […]

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My All-Time Favorite Gifts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received – the one that meant the most to you or gave you the greatest joy?  (This can be anything; objects / material gifts as well as something someone did for you, or anything else – […]

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Storytelling

24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Winter Solstice, Task 4 (Soyal – Zuñi & Hopi / Native American): While systems of written symbols and communication already existed with the Pre-Columbian Native American cultures, to many tribes even today (including the Zuñi and Hopi) the oral tradition is still important.  Have you ever had stories told […]

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Favorite Trolls and Gnomes

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 3: Trolls, gnomes, dwarves and similar beings (some evil, some less so, almost all of them mischievous) are a staple of Scandinavian mythology and folklore, as well as other folklores and mythologies around the world and, of course, fantasy and speculative fiction.  Who is your […]

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Favorite Dragons from Fiction and Mythology

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, 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)?   First things first: shout-out to the resident Fierce and Friendly Dragon! And speaking […]

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My Lost pre-U.S.-Sojourn Library

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – International Day for Tolerance: Task 3 The French expression for tolerance towards others is “laisser faire, laisser aller” (roughly: “let them do as they want, let it go”).  Have you ever “let go” a book (e.g., given it away or decided not to yield to the temptation to buy […]

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Favorite Tartans

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day: Task 4 If you could create your personal tartan, what would it look like?  Or if you have a favorite existing tartan, which one is it?   Black Watch tartan: modern (left), ancient (top right) and Gordon (bottom right) patterns. My favorite tartan already exists — […]

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Carnivals and Amusement Parks

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – International Children’s Day, Task 4: As a kid, did you enjoy visiting amusement parks and carnivals?  Which were your favorite rides or shows?  Do you still have any photos, or is there a memorable event you’re happy to share? – Alternatively, if you’re a parent now: Do you visit […]

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