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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “M”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Isabel Allende: Cuentos de Eva Luna (The Stories of Eva Luna)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 2: Name a redeeming trait of a book that you DNF’d this year.     This is an easy one for me this year: One of the relatively few books I DNF’d in 2020 was Isabel Allende’s Stories of Eva Luna.  And there’s nothing […]

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2020 Mid-Year Reading Review and Statistics

What with the pandemic still very much ongoing, BL acting up again, MR’s and Char’s resulting posts re: BookLikes, the BL experience, and moving back to Goodreads, this feels like a somewhat odd moment to post my half-yearly reading stats.  I hope it won’t be the last time on this site, but I fear that […]

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Isabel Allende: The Stories of Eva Luna — DNF @ just over 40%.

Meh.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with these stories, but I’m interminably bored — I just may be over Allende at this point.  So, I’m just going to cash in on the 40% I’ve listened to and roll for BookLikes-opoly again. Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2609139/dnf-just-over-40

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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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Chili con Carne & Fresh Pineapple

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos / All Saints’ Day, Task 2 & Door 13 – Advent, Task 3: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo. AND: Prepare an apple cider wassail bowl or […]

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An “Out of My Reach” Book Wishlist to St. Nick

24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Task 1: Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that you’ve been eyeing but can’t justify the expense of purchasing.  (E.g., art books? Collector’s editions? Boxed sets?)   Dear Saint Nick, it would be really nice if one […]

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Books Published Under Two or More Different Titles

24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Task 3 St. Nicholas is a man of many names in English alone – Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Father Christmas … although in the English speaking world he only comes once (at Christmas, not also on December 6 – whereas in Germany and the […]

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Machu Picchu

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 4: If you were offered an all-expenses-paid trip to one (one only!) of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, which one would you pick (and why)?   I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to visit a fair number of World Heritage Sites already — […]

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Books With Antonyms in Their Titles

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Task 4: The South Korean flag features images of ying / yang (the blue and red circle in the center) and four sets of three black lines each representing heaven, sun, moon and earth and, in turn, the virtues humanity, justice, intelligence and courtesy.  Compile a […]

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A Memory: Mexico and Guatemala with my BFF, my Mom and a Cousin

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos / All Saints’ Day, Task 4: Task: Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?   OK — I decided to keep it topical for this task and talk about a trip to Mexico […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Blackout! (And bingos Nos. 12 and 13.)

  Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before! Witih today’s call, I’ve blacked out my card, in addition to collecting my final bingos (nos. 12 and 13). Somewhat to my surprise, after completing my books for my […]

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Bingo Call: 10/28/2019 – Magical Realism

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Magical Realism: a style of fiction that paints a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements Book list linked here. Supernatural square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1979039/bingo-call-10-28-2019

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Twenty Fifth and Final Extra Square – Classic Horror

    Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1977889/halloween-bingo-2019-twenty-fifth-and-final-extra-square

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Fourteenth Extra Square – Grave or Graveyard

    Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1969119/halloween-bingo-2019-fourteenth-extra-square

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Bingo No. 3 and Reading Blackout

* Triple Bingo Happy Dance * Well, that went by much faster than I had anticipated … Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before! I’ll continue tracking my bingos of course — and since we now have […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: The First Week

So, on the plus side, despite serious RL interventions progress on my card is well under way, with four squares (including the centre / free / raven square) marked “called and read”; three of these in a row — plus reading for the remaining two squares of that row also in progress — and several […]

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow

A (largely) modernized retelling of the Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Mayas, set in 1920s Mexico.  The beginning easily draws the reader in, Casiopeia is a likeable enough (and well-drawn enough) heroine, and the book has an — albeit somewhat sketchy — recognizable 1920s atmosphere with an initial rural Yucatán setting that likewise […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/04 (Day 4): Favorites from Halloween Bingos Past?

Oh man.  So many! Biggest new discoveries: * Fredric Brown: The Fabulous Clipjoint — huge thank you to Tigus, who gifted his Ed & Am Hunter omnibus to me.  Where had Brown been all my life until then? * James D. Doss: Charlie Moon series (via books 6 & 7, Grandmother Spider and White Shell […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/02 (Day 2): Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies or Other?

Witches. One of my very first literary heroine was a little witch who manages to get the better of all the bigger, older witches after having been put down by them — the heroine of Otfried Preußler’s Little Witch.  (In fact, I loved that book enough to write my very first fan letter to the […]

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