Portfolio Category: Literature

Summer Games 2021

So, I’ve finally come up with a summer reading theme: Seeing as both the Olympic Games and the European Football (Soccer) Championship have been pushed back to this year from 2020 due to the pandemic (and 3 of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments are also set while it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere), I […]

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Narrativium: Where the Falling Angel Meets the Rising Ape

The Discworld Novels (and Subseries) The Colour of Magic  (1983) – Rincewind #1 ♦ Review HERE The Light Fantastic  (1986) –  Rincewind #2 ♦ Review HERE Equal Rites (1987) – Witches #1 ♦ Review HERE Mort  (1987) – Death #1 ♦ Review HERE Sourcery  (1988) – Rincewind #3 ♦ Review HERE Wyrd Sisters  (1988) – Witches […]

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The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael

The Novels The Prequel: A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael (published in September 1988, set in 1120) The first Chronicle: A Morbid Taste for Bones (published in August 1977, set in 1137) The second Chronicle: One Corpse Too Many (published in July 1979, set in August 1138) The third Chronicle: Monk’s Hood (published […]

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Appointment With Agatha: The Agatha Christie Centenary Celebration

This is my master update post for a group project to read all of Agatha Christie’s full-length novels in the order of their publication, beginning in October 2020, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of her first mystery novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the world to Hercule Poirot and […]

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The (Mostly) Dead Writers Society Reading Projects: Birthday Challenge & Authors in Residence

(Dead) Author Birthdays This is a reading challenge associated with the (Mostly) Dead Writers Society on Goodreads; I decided to join it because it is as much an invitation to reconnect with the classics as it is one to walk down literary paths less traveled; so it ties in nicely with my own 2021 reading […]

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Diversity Bingo

  Central America South America – Gabriel García Márquez: El coronel no tiene que escriba / Nobody Writes to the Colonel, and Other Stories Caribbean – Various Authors: Trinidad Noir (Akashic Noir series) North Africa Sub-Saharan Africa – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Dear Ijeawele Eastern Europe – Olivia Manning: The Spoilt City Central Asia Middle East […]

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Christmas Reading 2020

My usual Christmas reads / movies: Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (book & movie) Agatha Christie: The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (aka The Royal Ruby) (short story & TV adaptation) Arthur Conan Doyle: The Blue Carbuncle (short story & TV adaptation) Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors (book & TV adaptation) Charles Dickens: A […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2020

  Books: Festive Branch Tasks: Ornaments     Door 1: Winter Solstice Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or […]

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2020 Summer Sojourn

As current events make actual travel — at least, leisure travel — either undesirable, unwise or flat-out impossible, I decided to devote my 2020 summer reading to literary armchair travel, and to call it the 2020 Summer Sojourn. Then the BookLikes meltdown happened and I had to start sprucing up my WordPress blog … as […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2020

  My Blacked-out Card:   The Books: Sleepy Hollow: Alice Hoffman: The River King – finished Sept. 26, 2020. Film at 11: Ellis Peters: The Devil’s Novice – finished Sept. 24, 2020. Southern Gothic: Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Tom Dooley – finished Sept. 19, 2020. Murder Most Foul: Michael Connelly: The Night Fire – […]

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Completed Series / Authors

It occurred to me that there is a third “series reading” master post I should keep, in addition to the First in Series and Ongoing Series projects that I created, as inspired by Moonlight Reader; namely, one to collect all my completed reading. So this project collects everything from books / series recently finished to […]

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Ongoing Series

Following up on my First in Series post and, again inspired by Moonlight Reader, this reading list collects all of my ongoing series; i.e. all series that I have started and neither fully completed nor decided to discontinue.  Like my First in Series list, this is primarily for my own reference, so in order not […]

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First in Series

Moonlight Reader created a post like this and I decided it might help me keeping track of my series reading plans as well, so here we are. These are all the still-to-be-started series that I’ve added to my TBR in the past two decades (ever since I started keeping track of my reading at all).  Obviously, […]

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Women Writers: Reading List

I originally compiled this list for the 2018 Women Writers Bingo, but decided to undust it and continue using it for my Around the World in 80 Books, Mostly by Female Authors project. Basically this is an extract from my bookshelves (both TBR and read — “read” where I’ve already read other books by the same […]

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The Detection Club

With my Detection Club Bingo card now blacked out, I’m going to track my reading here.  (Note: for purposes of completeness, this includes books by the below authors already read prior to the creation of this list.)  My priorities are going to be: Arthur Conan Doyle’s / Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, biographies, contemporaries and rivals, as […]

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Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors

[World map created with Mapchart.net] The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author’s nationality, it can apply to either […]

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BL-opoly 2020: The Pandemic Edition

Game abandoned prematurely due to BookLikes Meltdown.   My marker was based again (of course) on my little assistants and good luck charms, Sunny and Charlie, who again helped me pick my books (this time around, properly pandemic-proofed).     My Progress Spreadsheet   The Books and the Board The Questions Who?: Why?: Pete Brown: […]

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Snakes & Ladders 2020

Tracking courtesy of Charlie and Sunny, as always, of course!    SPACES AND DICE ROLLS 1. Author is a woman — Patricia Wentworth: Pilgrim’s Rest (finished April 1, 2020) 2. Genre: mystery 3. Set in the twentieth century 4. Published in 2019 5. Published in 2018 6. Title has a color word in it 7. Author’s last […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2019

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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The Flat Book Society

The Flat Book Society on BookLikes The Flat Book Society was a science and popular science book club, active on BookLikes from July 2017 to December 2019. BookLikes Book Club Page BookLikes Discussion Group The Reading Lists Suggested Books Nominated Books            Books Read 2017-07-07 – 2017-08-31 – Andrea Wulf: The […]

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