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The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Rules: Answer all prompts. Answer honestly. Tag 1-13 people. Link back to this post. ( For me it was SnoopyDoo!) Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)< Have fun!   Witch A Magical Character or Book Terry Pratchett’s witches, particularly Granny Weatherwax. And DEATH (preferably in his Hogfather incarnation). No contest.   […]

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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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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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24 Festive Tasks: The Seven Final Holidays

As explained in this year’s Rules / Mode of Play post, we’re going to reveal the seven final holidays included in the card and the respective book tasks early on, so as to allow enough time to complete these books. The final holidays and book tasks are: Winter Solstice / Yuletide (December 21): Read any […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

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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Victor Gunn: Death in December

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 – Armistice / Veterans’ Day Murder at Castle Cloon This novella by Victor Gunn (one of several pseudonyms of Edwy Searles Brooks) also forms the centerpiece of the second British Library Christmas mystery short fiction anthologies edited by Martin Edwards that I read this month (Crimson Snow), […]

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A Cornucopia of Holiday Stories

Turns out I already knew five of the ten stories in this anthology: Ellis Peters’s The Trinity Cat Julian Symons’s The Santa Claus Club Ian Rankin’s No Sanity Clause G.K. Chesterton’s The Dagger With Wings and Marjorie Bowen’s Cambric Tea. So I skipped those (though I do really like the stories by Ellis Peters, Julian […]

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Truman Capote: A Christmas Memory, One Christmas & The Thanksgiving Visitor

Southern Holidays Truman Capote’s charming, magical memories of his childhood Christmas and Thanksgiving with his mother’s Monroeville, Alabama family — particularly his much elder and much-beloved cousin Miiss Sook, who thanks to her own child-like nature was mother, grandmother and elder sister to him simultaneously; but, most importantly, the greatest source of warmth, love and […]

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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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John Mortimer: Rumpole at Christmas

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: The Light Joker Christmas at the Old Bailey (and Elsewhere) Rumpole at Christmas is a collection of previously uncollected Rumpole short stories written late in John Mortimer’s life: there are some minor inconsistencies vis-à-vis the main body of the series, but what really matters here is that Mortimer’s craftsmanship […]

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Family Christmas Traditions

6 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Christmas Tasks for Christmas: Post a picture of your stockings hung from the chimney with care, –OR– a picture of Santa’s ‘treat’ waiting for him. –OR– Share with us your family Christmas traditions involving gift-giving, or Santa’s visit. Did you write letters to Santa as a […]

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Anne Perry: A Christmas Homecoming

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 – Winter Solstice / Yaldā Night Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night / Bonus task: Read a book in one night. This is the third of Ann Perry’s Christmas novellas that I’ve read this holiday season (Perry’s ninth Christmas novella overall), and I liked this one as much […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Tied Up in Tinsel

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 15 – Boxing Day Book themes for Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day: Read anything where the main character has servants (paid servants count, NOT unpaid) or is working as a servant him-/ herself. Well, I guess one could count Roderick Alleyn as a public servant, seeing as he’s a […]

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Frances Hodgson Burnett: Little Lord Fauntleroy

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 6 – Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas’s Day / Krampusnacht Can you say angelic? Book themes for Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas’s Day / Krampusnacht: A story involving children or a young adult book. I was introduced to this story by its 1980s TV adaptation starring Alec Guinness and Ricky […]

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Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    Book themes for Festivus: Read anything comedic; a parody, satire, etc. Books with hilariously dysfunctional families (must be funny dysfunctional, not tragic dysfunctional). Anything that makes you laugh (or hope it does). On Christmas, can there possibly a better choice?   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1626561/post

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Anne Perry: A Christmas Journey

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 11 – Dōngzhì Festival Retribution Book themes for Dōngzhì Festival: Read a book set in China or written by a Chinese author / an author of Chinese origin; or read a book that has a pink or white cover. I’m claiming this one as a book with a […]

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C.H.B. Kitchin: Crime at Christmas

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 8 – Hanukkah Murder on Hampstead Heath Book themes for Hanukkah: Any book whose main character is Jewish, any story about the Jewish people –OR– where the miracle of light plays a significant part in the story’s plot. Well, “miracle” is putting it a bit strongly, maybe, but […]

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Mavis Doriel Hay: The Santa Klaus Murder

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Christmas All the Right Feels Of all of my Christmas reads this year to date, I can’t think of a more fitting candidate for the Christmas holiday book bonus joker.  This is a nicely plotted Golden Age country house holiday party mystery, with decidedly more likeable […]

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Georgette Heyer: Envious Casca

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Christmas Unseasonable Squabblers This was a season- (and 16 Festive Tasks-) induced reread; Envious Casca actually is, however, my favorite among all the Georgette Heyer mysteries I’ve read so far.  Recently republished under the title A Christmas Party (shame on anybody hearing a cash register tinkling […]

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An early Christmas present!

… my beautiful, magical physical “16 Festive Tasks” card, courtesy of MbD and her husband, which got here just in time for Christmas all the way from Australia.  Thank you both — it’s beyond gorgeous, and I’m just sooo happy!  This will be a much-treasured memento of our mad dash putting together and hosting this […]

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