Portfolio Tag: Sense of Time - Sense of Place

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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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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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 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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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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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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12 Festive Tasks

Snow Globes: Reads Bells: Activities   Task the First: The Winter Wonderland: – Read a book that is set in a snowy place. => Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales – If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren’t, take a walk outside and post a […]

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On Page and Screen

Bringing together great literature and its equally great screen adaptations. Note: Authors are included here if I own a screen adaptation of at least one of their works and have either reviewed / blogged about that screen adaptation or about any one of the author’s literary works.  At the same time, however, for each of […]

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Little Grey Cells: St. Mary Mead & Elsewhere

Agatha Christie’s Detectives and Their World   The Queen of Crime Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links Nonfiction Books by and about Agatha Christie and Her Works Book review: Agatha Christie & Mathew Prichard: The Grand Tour – Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition Book review / reading progress updates: Martin Edwards: […]

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