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2020 in Facts and Figures

I already posted my main 2020 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021 posts a while ago — only on my new blog (separate post to come) –, but I held back on my 2020 reading statistics until the year was well and truly over.  And for all my good intentions when posting my mid-year […]

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My Reviewing and Rating Philosophy / Use of (Half-)Star Ratings

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – World Philosophy Day, Task 1 & Bonus Task: Task 1: What is your reviewing / rating policy?  Do you accept book review requests? Bonus Task: Half star ratings or not?  Tell us what you think and whether you use them. My rating philosophy is set out HERE — tl;dr […]

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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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My Reading, Rating, and Reviewing Philosophy

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – World Philosphy Day, Tasks 1 and 2: Share your reading philosophy with us – do you DNF?  If so, do you have a page minimum to read before you declare it a DNF? And: Share your reviewing philosophy with us – how do you rate a book?  Do you […]

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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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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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Bingo Call: 9/20/2019 – Read by Flashlight or Candlelight

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Read by Flashlight or Candlelight: Back by popular request! Any mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror book – the trick here is to spend an hour or so reading by flashlight or candlelight. Take a picture and share it with us, if you want to! Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1955182/bingo-call-9-20-2019

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24 Festive Task Players: Meet Charlie – our adopted Book Bus

Reblogged from:  Murder by Death   And “Charlie” wrote a letter too: Marian, the woman I’ve been speaking to, also passed along this message: Of course our reading volunteer scheme is open this year in Livingstone, Zambia from 1st July to 6th September. We are always looking for people who are passionate about books and […]

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24 Festive Tasks: It’s Giving Time (Part 2)

… or rather, giving back time — giving back to all of you for the enthusiasm and creativity you brought to the 2018 version of 24 Festive Tasks! As MbD said, there are many deserving charities with many deserving individual projects out there, and a heartening number of them are book-related.  My choice this year, […]

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24 Festive Tasks Players: We adopted a book bus!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   As Themis-Athena said earlier, the 24 Festive Tasks of 2018 was a runaway success!  We amassed 1105 points between us, and from all reports so far, everybody enjoyed doing it.  I can’t thank Themis-Athena enough for partnering with me and co-hosting the game; I think we have two very different skill sets that complement each […]

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The Mother of All Writerly Sins

24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Russian Mother’s Day, Task 1: Tell us: What is the mother of all writerly sins in your book (tropes, grammar mistakes, telling instead of showing, etc.)? The mother of all writerly sins, in my book, is simply to annoy or to bore me.  I know that sounds awfully general, […]

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Rainy Day Reading

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – Bon Om Touk, Task 3: Bon Om Touk celebrates the end of the rainy season.  Tell us: What’s your favorite type of rainy day book – and do you have a favorite drink or snack to go with your rainy day reading?  Photos welcome! Any book that gives me […]

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10 books by female authors recommended by book bloggers

Reblogged from: BookLikes   There’s no better way of celebrating the International Women’s Day than reading books written by female authors. We’ve looked through the book catalog, your posts and reviews, and women writers tag, and picked 10 great titles written by woman recommended by BookLikes community of book bloggers. What’s your favorite title written by female author? […]

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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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The 5 Things I’m Most Grateful For in Life

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 4 – Thanksgiving Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for. Three days late, but anyway, here we go: 1.) My mom.  Life wasn’t always a bed of roses for her, but she brought me up never once letting me feel it.  Praise was always […]

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REBLOG: The Flat Book Society: 6 more days until our first offical group read!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death Just a reminder that in addition to all the Halloween Book Bingo fun, The Flat Book Society’s first read starts September 1st.   Thankfully, it’s a 60 day read, something I think all us Bingo participants will appreciate. Anyone seeing this for the first time – you’re welcome to join […]

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REBLOG: The Flat Book Society: Our First (and Second) Reads!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death Voting for the first two books came to an end today and we have two books tied at 7 votes each, so they’re our first two reads. Starting September 1st and running through October 31st: The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the […]

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Nonfiction Science Book Club Reading List

You may have seen MbD’s posts on the new nonfiction book club and the suggestions for future reads floating down the dashboard in the last couple of days: There’s now a list containing all the books that have been suggested so far: http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/799/nonfiction-science-book-club-reading-list The discussion group is currently still named for the buddy read that […]

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Nonfiction Science Book Club: Some More Suggestions

… just because there are already plenty to choose from anyway! 🙂 Mainly, but not exclusively “history of science” entries here.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1578635/nonfiction-science-book-club-some-more-suggestions Merken Merken Merken

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