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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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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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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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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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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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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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24 Festive Tasks: First Week Summary and Preview for the Rest of the Month

Wow, the first week is almost over, my dashboard and notifications have exploded beyond all proportions, and I’m just blown away by the enthusiasm this is generating, coming as it does straight on the back of the best Halloween Bingo we’ve had in 3 years! For the lovers of statistics, here’s a summary snapshot of […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of WW I, which took effect at 11:00 AM – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh […]

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Bonn leuchtet — Bonn Shines

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Diwali, Task 1: Share a picture of your favorite light display. “Bonn leuchtet” — “Bonn Shines” — is the name of an annual event in early November during which some of Bonn’s public buildings (and city streets and trees) are colorfully illuminated at night.  Here are a few impressions […]

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Mexican Food

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos, Task 4: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to your favorite dish and share a photo of it.   Mini beef tortillas with potato wedges, sourcream, and a dip that’s half salsa and half guacamole. Ordered in, not my own creation … I couldn’t […]

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Book Covers: Young Women with Flowers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Diwali, Task 4: During Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakhshmi, who is typically depicted as a beautiful young woman holding a lotus flower.  Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.   […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2018: Master Update Post

MARKERS: Books: Meteor Tasks: Bows     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:   Points: 3   DOOR […]

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Three Book-Related Crimes

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 2: List your top 3 treasonous crimes against books. Not ones you’ve committed, but the ones you think are the worst.     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1806384/24-festive-tasks-door-2-guy-fawkes-night-task-2-book-related-crimes

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Hats

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Melbourne Cup Day, Task 2: Cup day is all about the hats. Post a picture of your favorite hat, whether it’s one you own or not. As a general rule, I don’t do hats … or caps, or any other kind of headgear. The sole (occasional) exception being this […]

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CHIO Aachen (2013)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Melbourne Cup Day, Task 4: Have you ever been to or participated in a competition involving horses (racing, jumping, dressage, whatever)? Tell us about it. Photos welcome, too! The very first equestrian tournament I ever went to as a kid was the Hamburg Derby (see 2019 trailer here), which […]

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Non-Explosive “Gunpowder” Book Titles

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 4: Find 5 uses of the word “gunpowder” in book titles in contexts other than for blowing up things or shooting people (e.g., Gunpowder Green by Laura Childs = tea). * Gunpowder Green is part of Laura Childs’s Tea Shop Mystery series, in which each […]

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Flambé Cherries (Cherries Jubilee)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 3: Share your favorite / most memorable BBQ recollections or recipe, or your favorite recipe of food “flambé” (i.e., doused with alcohol which is then set aflame and allowed to burn off). (Photo source) My favorite dessert at a restaurant my mom and I used […]

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An Altar for Sherlock Holmes

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos, Task 3: Create an altar (either digital or physical) for your favorite book, series, or book character, and post a picture of it.  Inclusion of book cover encouraged. Not exactly a tribute to my photography skills, but, geez, I finally need to make a start […]

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