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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “F”

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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A Retro Playlist for a First Day of Carnival Party: 1970s-80s Disco & Dance Music

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – First Day of Carnival, Task 2: Burn a few calories from the meal above [in Task 1: your First Day of Carnival meal] and have a dance party.  Tell us what songs / artists get your toes taping.  Let’s build a playlist! Let’s go full on retro and make […]

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A Bubble Bath and Books

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Task 1: Bon Om Touk takes place on the end of the rainy season with the change of the water’s flow on Tonle Sap River.  The flow direction changes twice a year.  The change in November symbols the calm of the earth that is no longer […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Off With His Head (aka Death of a Fool)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – First Day of Carnival, Book: Read a book about starting over, rebuilding, new beginnings, etc., or a book where things go “BOOM!”, or with fireworks on the cover.   I decided on a minor Ngaio Marsh mini binge, following up Tied up in Tinsel (my NYE book) with another one […]

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Brother Cadfael: An Ideal Teacher

24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – Diwali, Task 2: Goddess Lakshmi in her eightfold form is referred to as the Ashta-Lakshmi.  Vidya-Lakshmi is the 7th of her 8 forms.  “Vidya” means knowledge as well as education, not just degrees or diplomas from the university, but real all-round education.  Thus, this form of Goddess Lakshmi is […]

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Creature Comforts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – World Philosphy Day: Task 3 How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods? My only salvation in stressful times: Creature comforts.  Lots of them.  And BookLikes! 2019 was a hell of a year in virtually every respect, and I don’t mean that […]

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My All-Time Favorite Gifts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received – the one that meant the most to you or gave you the greatest joy?  (This can be anything; objects / material gifts as well as something someone did for you, or anything else – […]

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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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Sleigh Rides

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 2: Compile a list of five or more carols, poems, short stories, novels or other pieces of writing that feature sleigh rides.   On the minus-twentieth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Two Christmas carols, one orchestral dance, one fairy tale, […]

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My Favorite Books with Music as a Plot Element

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Kwanzaa, Task 2: Music is an important part of a Kwanzaa celebration.  Which is / are your favorite book(s) where music plays an important role in the plot?   In no particular order, books (of all genres, except for artist biographies)* that I love where music plays an important […]

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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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The Beethoven Festival

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Japanese Culture Day, Task 1: Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live. My home town, Bonn, in 1770 (i.e., 250 years ago next year) was the birthplace of classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven.  While you can’t escape this fact even when just […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Death and the Dancing Footman

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos / All Saints’ Day, Book: Reread a favorite book by a deceased author or from a finished series, or read a book set in Mexico or a book that either has a primarily black and white cover or all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover, […]

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Bingo Call: 9/28/2019 – Paint It Black

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Paint It Black: Any book with a cover that is primarily black or has the word black in the title, was written by a black author, or relates to rock and roll music.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1959748/bingo-call-9-28-2019

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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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All 61 squares revealed: 1 through 18 (New Squares & Horror)

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader   All of the new squares (and scares) have been revealed, and I got these posts put together over the past few days, so I’m ready to reveal ALL OF THE SQUARES! Buckle up, butter cup. A note on book lists: where we have already got a working book list, I’ve […]

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New Space #8: Paint It Black

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader     Paint it Black: Any book with a cover that has a lot black or has the word black on the cover, in the title, author or as a character name, or involves rock and roll in some way.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1932833/new-space-7

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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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Peter Grainger: An Accidental Death

The British Police Procedural Is Alive and Well … and I have found yet another favorite new series! Never let it be said that there are no great new voices in British crime writing, and on top of that, two of my most recent discoveries — Joy Ellis’s Jackman & Evans series and Peter Grainger’s […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany, Task 3: Compile a post containing one image for every gift mentioned / added in each new verse of The Twelve Days of Christmas (lyrics here: https://www.41051.com/xmaslyrics/twelvedays.html).   [Source]   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   John Julius Norwich: Twelve Days of Christmas – A Correspondence 25th December. My dearest darling, That partridge, in that […]

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