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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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To my American friends …

… and to everyone who celebrates: It’s been a difficult year for many of us, but I hope you all still have things to be thankful for! And for being my friends and for making a difference in my life, this year perhaps more than ever.

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A Childhood Diary … and a Scare

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – International Day for Tolerance, Task 2 — AND — Door 11 – Thanksgiving, Task 1: Door 7, Task 2: Share a story about yourself, or a story about your family that’s survived the generations, or share a particular tradition your family has passed on from generation to generation and […]

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Louisa May Alcott: The Christmas Stories

24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Thanksgiving, Book: Read a book with an autumnal cover, set in New England, where a turkey shows up in the story, with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover, or with the theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.   Much of a muchness, […]

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2019: The Books I’ve Been Most Thankful For

24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Thanksgiving: Task 2 Tell us: Of the books that you read this year, which are you most thankful for, OR was there one that turned out to be full of “stuffing”? Alternatively, which (one) book that you read anytime at all changed your life for the better?”) With another […]

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24 Festive Tasks, Door 11: Thanksgiving

Reblogged from: Mrs. Claus’ Tea House   On tap today is taking my mom to Mass, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for the first time in years, cooking, eating, playing board games with the kids, and going for a walk to make room for more food. Enjoy!   Door 11:  Thanksgiving Day   Task 1:  […]

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Christmas Dinner with Mark Twain (the fictitious, all you can eat version.)

24 Festive Tasks: Doors 9 – Thanksgiving, Task 2 and Door 20 – Christmas, Task 2: Describe your perfect meal.  What would you cook for the perfect celebration, or, what would you have your imaginary personal chef cook for you? And:  Tell us: If you could share Christmas dinner with any author (dead or alive), […]

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Donna Andrews: Six Geese A-Slaying

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving, Book: Autumnal covers, set in New England, or a turkey shows up in the story.   I decided to backtrack a bit to the series’s first (I think) Christmas entry, which is set right after Meg and Michael’s marriage and in which Meg is in charge of organizing […]

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My 2018 Book Harvest

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving, Task 4: Show us your 2018 book “harvest” – the books you newly acquired this year, regardless whether bought, received as gift or in whichever other way.   Well, we know that 2018 was the year I almost broke my shelving system … … or would have, if […]

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My Favorite Books of 2018

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving, Task 1: List the 3 books you’ve read this year you’re most “thankful” for (your favs) or the one book you’ve ever read that changed your life for the better.   2018 was an excellent reading year for me, both in terms of quantity and quality — yet, […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States, Canada, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.  It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year; similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan, albeit not at the same time.  Thanksgiving is […]

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Stephen Brusatte: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Yet another overhyped book Reading Status Updates 8% Flat Book Society November read, and also my read for the New Year’s Eve square in the 24 Festive Tasks game. So far, it’s sounding good — at least you can tell the author is a scientist writing about the subject matter he’s studied.  This makes me […]

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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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Truman Capote: A Christmas Memory, One Christmas & The Thanksgiving Visitor

Southern Holidays Truman Capote’s charming, magical memories of his childhood Christmas and Thanksgiving with his mother’s Monroeville, Alabama family — particularly his much elder and much-beloved cousin Miiss Sook, who thanks to her own child-like nature was mother, grandmother and elder sister to him simultaneously; but, most importantly, the greatest source of warmth, love and […]

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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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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Fourth Square – Penance Day and Thanksgiving

Apologies; this post was intended to go up earlier, but I was stuck in a meeting almost all day long.   Buß- und Bettag (Penance Day, or Day of Repentance and Prayer) (November 22) Buß- und Bettag was a public holiday in Germany until 1994, and is still a public holiday in Saxony and a […]

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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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The Festive Tasks in Calendar Form – November

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   I’m a visual person, and after all the planning, writing up and editing, I’ve long lost track of which book themes and which tasks are associated with which holidays, so I made this up for myself.  I’m posting it here in case anyone else might find it useful. December […]

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Introducing the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books and I have put together a little something to celebrate the festive season we hope you’ll like.  Our goal was to represent as many of the festive holidays and traditions that happen at this time of year around the world as we reasonably could, and […]

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