Portfolio Tag: Classics

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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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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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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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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Halloween Book Bingo 2019

THE BOOKS: OFFICIAL CARD International Woman of Mystery: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments – finished September 29, 2019. Locked Room Mystery: Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat – finished September 23, 2019. Murder Most Foul: Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased – finished September 13, 2019. Psych: Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) – finished September […]

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Detection Club Bingo

The Squares / Chapters: 1. A New Era Dawns: Ernest Bramah – The Tales of Max Carrados; Emmuska Orczy – The Old Man in the Corner 2. The Birth of the Golden Age: A.A. Milne – The Red House Mystery 3. The Great Detectives: Margery Allingham – The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look […]

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The BookLikes Crowdsourced Reading Lists

The Complete Lists Crowdsourced! A Badass Booklikes Booklist: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qYl32e0L3R3X_82XldWaCOt2naBFtvoJsaQY8zzUU3E/edit#gid=0 Historical Fiction Essential Reading: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PqlPzGtuuiuoy8z04LNVl-QWJpe2M0ihTV_xkMSTMBM/edit#gid=0 Essential History Reading List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wvymq7mUjdIllr0a2eNoN6XXwIhu6UvpUAsRUNFtObQ/edit#gid=0     Own Contributions General / Main List Books With a Difference Crowdsourced: More Books With a Difference — Fiction Crowdsourced BookList: A Shorthand Quickie Towards the 1001 (Part 1: General Fiction & Nonfiction) Crowdsourced BookList: […]

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24 Festive Tasks 2018

  The Markers Books: Meteor Tasks: Bows   The Squares DOOR 1: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Book:  Agatha Christie: Miss Marple – The Complete Short Stories (audio version, narrated by Joan Hickson, Isla Blair and Anna Massey) Task 1: Task 2: Favorite Epitaph (William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon) Task 3: Sherlock Holmes Altar Task 4: Mexican Food Points: 4 DOOR 2: GUY FAWKES NIGHT Book: Georgette […]

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Halloween Book Bingo 2018

The Books: Country House Mystery: Georgette Heyer: Penhallow (Ulli Birvé audio) Cryptozoologist: Patricia A. McKillip: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Dina Pearlman audio) Romantic Suspense: Susanna Kearsley: A Desperate Fortune (Katherine Kellgren audio) Terrifying Women: Mary Roberts Rinehart: Locked Doors (Anne Hancock audio) Terror in a Small Town: Joy Ellis: Their Lost Daughters (Richard Armitage audio) A Grimm Tale: Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber (Emilia Fox / Richard Armitage audio) Genre: Horror: Michael McDowell: Gilded […]

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Freedom and Future Library

Introduction (2018) You’d have to be living under a rock buried somewhere halfway down to the center of the earth in order not to be aware that in recent years our beautiful world has been shaken up by a number of crises the likes of which I, at least, have not experienced in my entire […]

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Kill Your Darlings

Aaaand … that’s a wrap. My Kill Your Darling Books.   Green Round: Team MbD – Lillelara – TA Round 1 Suspect Own guess / card played: Madeleine L’Engle – wrong – 5 points Correct guess: None Victims Own guess / card played: Katniss Everdeen – 5 points Correct guess: None Crime Scenes Own guess […]

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16 Festive Tasks

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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