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St. Martin’s Day Procession: Germany’s November Bonfire Tradition

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Bonus Task #1: Post pictures of past or present bonfires, fireworks (IF THEY’RE LEGAL) or sparklers. As a kid, one of my favorite holiday traditions used to be the St. Martin’s Day processions: The holiday celebrates St. Martin of Tours (France), a 4th century Roman military […]

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Book Editions and Licensing: A Matter of Regional Profit Centers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 1: Start a (publishing) revolution! What would you change / reform / get rid of in the book world? One thing that is increasingly getting on my nerves are regionally restricted licenses, particularly when it comes to audiobooks (and movie / DVD formats). Surely in […]

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Christmas Tea, a Book, and a Candle

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Bonus Task #2: Host a traditional English tea party, or make yourself a nice cup of tea and settle down with a good book to read. A mug of Christmas Tea with a Yuletide candle and this year’s final (recently republished) Golden Age mystery, Brian Flynn’s […]

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2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’re still a month away from the end of the year, but my reading will probably consist mainly of Christmas books in December, and I hope and pray that life won’t come up and throw anything else at me in the final month of the year, either.  So I might as well post my “Year […]

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Paul Doherty: The Nightingale Gallery

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, or a book that is self-published.   As my book for Guy Fawkes Night I’m claiming the one […]

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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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My Book Shelving System

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 4: How do you order the books on your shelves?   Umm.  It’s … complicated.  Or at least, multi-layered. 1st sorting layer: Genre / Topic Classics and LitFic Mysteries and Suspense (everything from Golden Age and classic noir to contemporary, including spy fiction, except for […]

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Joy Ellis: The Stolen Boys

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Guy Fawkes Night, Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Guy Fawkes Night

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   November 5th is the only day that we open TWO DOORS! Enjoy everyone!   Door 4:  Guy Fawkes Night   Task 1: Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.   Task 2: Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the […]

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A Book (Figuratively) Burned in Effigy

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 1: Burn a book in effigy.  Not that anyone of us would do such a thing, but if you HAD to, which book would be the one you’d sacrifice to the flames (gleefully or not)? The book I’m burning in effigy is the same as […]

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Georgette Heyer: Behold, Here’s Poison

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Book The first Georgette Heyer mysteries I read were her Inspector Hemingway books, which in a way meant I was starting from the wrong end, as Hemingway progressed to the rank of inspector from having been the lead investigator’s sergeant in the earlier Superintendent Hannasyde books.  […]

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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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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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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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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates / Blackout

I’ve yet to read at least one book for some of the squares, but I’ve completed a minimum of either one book or one task for all of the squares, and in several cases, more.     The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 – Guy Fawkes Night

Tasks for Guy Fawkes Night: [… M]ake yourself a nice cup of tea and settle down with a good book to read. Which kind of tea is your favorite? Tell us why.   The tea in this mug is Earl Grey, one of the teas I got today during our trip to Frankfurt.  It’s most […]

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S.J. Parris: Heresy

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 16 – Kwanzaa Headless Chicken Parade Part 1: Giordano Bruno* Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600) was an eminent Italian philosopher, mathematician, poet, and cosmological scientist, whose theories extended the then-novel Copernican model. Bruno proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates

I’ll be tracking my completed books, tasks, and points comprehensively here.   The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   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 […]

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