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Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (Annual Holiday Read)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Hogswatch, Book: Read any Terry Pratchett book or a book with a pig on the cover. So, I listened to Hogfather today … and that’s my Festive Task reads done and dusted! (I may do another couple of non-book tasks tomorrow, though.)     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Other Hogfather-related Posts: 16 […]

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Favorite Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Bonus Task: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads. I suppose it only takes one look at my list of read books this year to determine my favorite rainy day books, as 2020 was essentially one extended rainy day: Golden Age mysteries and […]

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Santa in Literature: Theodor Storm’s “Knecht Ruprecht” and DEATH as Department Store Santa in Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather”

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Task 2: Share with us a paragraph / quote / description / image of your favorite Santa Claus / St. Nick depiction in popular culture, and then tell us why it resonates with you?” E.g., here is the description of Father Christmas from The […]

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Since I posted my 2020 Year in Review post yesterday, I figured I might as well go ahead and follow up with the preview post for next year — again, taking the relevant “Festive Tasks” items as my cues.  So, without further ado:   24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Hanukkah, Task 1: Time to […]

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Heinzelmännchen

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 2: A Cologne legend dating all the way back to the Middle Ages has it that once upon a time, there was a race of busy little household gnomes called Heinzelmännchen who would come at night and secretly do all your work: If there ever has been […]

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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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Please pick my final Snakes & Ladders book! — UPDATED: Decision time.

  Looks like we have a winner!  So, Val McDermid’s fifth Karen Pirie book it is … I am really glad that every book I listed collected votes, though (and it was a close race between the two top contenders for quite a while) — needless to say, I intend to get to all of […]

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Please pick my final Snakes & Ladders book!

NOTE: Clicking on the image will take you to the actual poll.  To avoid double counting, please use only the polling site to vote (i.e., don’t also tell me in your comments which books you’re voting for).  Thank you! To see the results, click HERE.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2321902/please-pick-my-final-snakes-ladders-book

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2019 Reading in Review — the Nonstandard Edition, Part 2: The Bookish Academy Awards

The Bookish Academy Awards / Book Oscars is a questionnaire I found a couple of years ago on the Blogger blog of Ashley / Read all the things and decided to steal it for my then-recent and all-time favorites.  Most of my “all-time” answers are still true; however, here’s an edition specifically for my 2019 […]

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24 Festive Tasks: TA’s Master Update Post — Final Wrap

The Markers: Books: Candles Tasks: Stars   The Squares DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Book:  Ngaio Marsh: Death and the Dancing Footman (audio version, read by James Saxon) Task 1: Miss Marple limerick. Task 2: Chili con carne. Task 3: Epitaph for The Disappearing Spoon. Task 4: Gaby in Mexico (& Guatemala). Points: 5 […]

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Bloody Stupid Johnson

“‘It’s a bathroom,’ said Ridcully.  ‘You are all acting as if it’s some kind of a torture chamber.’ ‘A bathroom,’ said the Dean, ‘designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson.  Archchancellor Weatherwax only used it once and then had it sealed up!  Mustrum, I beg you to reconsider!  It’s a Johnson!’ There was something of a pause, […]

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Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (Annual Reread)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett. Aaaand off we go for the grand finale of this year’s Festive Tasks reads!   Other Hogfather-related Posts: 16 Tasks of the Festive Season – Hogfather Buddy Read Terry Pratchett: Hogfather – The Bathroom Terry Pratchett: Hogfather – FTB Enabled Terry Pratchett […]

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Good Omens: Crowley, Aziraphale — or?

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 4: In Terry Pratchett’s and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, who do you root more for: Aziraphale or Crowley?  Or another character?  (And in each case: why?) Oooh — Aziraphale and Crowley.  It’s very simple: The eternal teenager inside me roots for Crowley.  I don’t think I’ll ever […]

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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 Discworld Subseries World

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 3: If you could spend time in the world of one of the Discworld sub-series (or one of the standalone Discworld novels), which one would you pick – and why? Now, this one really is a no-brainer.  The one Discworld subseries I’d like to spend some time […]

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My Favorite Discworld Characters

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 2: Who is your favorite Discworld character and why? Hmmm.  Until I read Pyramids two months ago, this one would have been a no-brainer.  Then I met You Bastard … OK.  This may be slightly unfair, since Granny simply gets more page time than You Bastard, but: […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   It’s our last door – ::sniffle:: – I hope everyone has had a good time with the game this year and that everyone will continue to share their tasks with us throughout the rest of the holidays, as time allows.   Door 24:  Twelfth Night / Epiphany   Task […]

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Hogswatch – Door 23

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snowfall   Yippee!   Door 23:  Hogswatch   Task 1: Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?   Task 2: Who is your favorite Discworld character and why?   Task 3:  If you could spend time in the world of one […]

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Discworld December Group Read: Guards! Guards!

  In all the Festive Tasks excitement, let’s all not forget that our December group read also starts today — and it’s a truly great one (IMHO one of the best books in the entire series): the first book of the Night Watch subseries, and though actually written almost exactly 30 years ago, Pratchett could […]

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2019: The Year’s Greatest Book Catches from my TBR

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 3: St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade: Which book(s) from your TBR that you read this year turned out to be the year’s greatest “catch”? Of my favorite reads of 2019, surprisingly few already were on my TBR at the beginning of the year, […]

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