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24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 4: The historic (3d century AD) St. Lucia was Italian; yet, like those of many other saints (including, e.g., St. Andrew and St. Nicholas), the most important celebrations of her holiday don’t occur in her place of origin but somewhere else in the world. List […]

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My Annual Christmas Movie Double Feature: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas & A Christmas Carol

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 2: Watch a favorite Christmas movie. Watching my traditional Christmas Eve double feature:   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2019321/24-festive-tasks-door-20-christmas-task-2

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/09 (Day 9): Book Suggestions for the New Squares? Part 1: “Paint It Black”

Today’s prompt is for favorite horror reads; that not being much of my thing (outside, perhaps, the gothic classics and anything more edifying or funny rather than scary), I think I’m going to leave that prompt to Char, Bark’s Books (aka Bark at the Ghouls), and the site’s other horror fans.  Instead, I’m going to […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/03 (Day 3): Favorite Ghostly Tales?

      As I said in my first pre-party post, I’m not much of a horror reader, and the ghost stories I like almost all either feature a ghost who is the author’s messenger for some larger point, or they’re chiefly characters who have had such an impact on another character’s life, or on […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/01 (Day 1): Mystery or Horror?

  Mystery, definitely. For one thing, I’m a total chicken — I can’t look at blood (not even, or rather, especially not my own, e.g. in medical procedures); and anything shocking, spooky, or otherwise unnaturally unsettling just has me running for the rafters.  That’s particularly true at night — which is when I’m doing a […]

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Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” (starring Patrick Stewart): A Favorite Christmas Movie — and Ignorance and Want

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 3: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.   Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was published 175 years ago today: I’ve marked the occasion by honoring one of my personal annual Christmas traditions and rewatching the 1999 screen adaptation starring Sir Patrick Stewart.  (Review HERE.)   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Ignorance […]

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Books Featuring 70+ Year Old Characters

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – Human Rights Day, Task 2: This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Find 3 books on your shelves with protagonists or other key characters who are — or can reasonably be assumed to be — 70 years or older.   Admittedly fairly obvious […]

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Charles Dickens: The Chimes

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 16 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day Prophetic Bells   Well, well — nothing like ringing in the New Year (albeit a day early) with Charles Dickens: What he did for Christmas in the story about the old miser Scrooge, he did again a year later […]

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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (performed by Patrick Stewart)

A “Christmas Carol” for the 21st Century Part of my annual Christmas ritual – and since this year I’m indulging by way of Patrick Stewart’s splendid audio version and the TV adaptation it inspired, here’s my review of the latter … with the added note that my comments on Stewart’s performance in the movie also […]

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BookRiot: Cracking the Names Behind A Christmas Carol

Most of us have grown up with Scrooge’s Christmas Eve escapades. We know the plot, the catch phrases, the every “bah, humbugs!” like the back of our hands. The names Ebenezer, Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit are now as deeply familiar to us as Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty. We know it all. Or do we? […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Ninth: The Happy New Year

– Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right. – If you’re feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth. For Part 1 of this task I listened to the audio version one […]

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