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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “Z”

This is the final post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with […]

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May 2021 Reading Recap

Still a lot of work on the back end of the blog, including on my “featured authors” pages (see the right column on the main Literature page and the introduction of my April 2021 recap post).  So, contrary to plans, still no new posts in my alphabet blogging series in May.  However, the time-consuming back end […]

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Nora Ephron: I Remember Nothing

As already mentioned elsewhere, if at all possible I try to combine my Diversity Bingo and / or Around the World reads with my (Dead) Author Birthday reads: In January, that combination yielded Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, in February, Toni Morrison’s Sula, in March, Gabriel García Márquez’s El coronel no tiene […]

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First Day of Carnival in the Rhine Valley: Dinner

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – First Day of Carnival, Task 1: Carnival – including its first day in the Rhine Valley (Nov. 11; officially beginning at 11:11 AM sharp) – is essentially one big party; fuelled, wherever in the world it is celebrated, by traditional local food / snacks and drinks.  In the Rhineland, […]

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The Mystery Blogger Award

  I was nominated by arielaonthego for the Mystery Blogger Award — which came as a complete surprise; thank you so much, Ariela! Rules Display the award logo on your blog. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award . Tell your […]

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A Cup of Christmas Goodies

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Melbourne Cup Day, Task 4: Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup!  Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously. I’m clean out of energy to prepare any (even simple) desserts or other dishes, so here, in lieu of a New Year’s Eve toast, is the […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   It’s our last door – ::sniffle:: – I hope everyone has had a good time with the game this year and that everyone will continue to share their tasks with us throughout the rest of the holidays, as time allows.   Door 24:  Twelfth Night / Epiphany   Task […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas

Reblogged from: Murder by Death     Door 20:  Christmas   Task 1: Share a picture of your holiday decorations.   Task 2: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.   Task 3:  Did your Christmas celebrations include books? Share your book haul pictures with us!   Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received […]

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Festivus: Door #19

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snowfall   Well, I got busy decorating and cleaning, and completely forgot to post my holidays! Sorry everyone!   Door 19:  Festivus   Task 1: The annual airing of grievances: Which are the five books you liked least this year and why?   Task 2: Battle of the Books: pick two books off your […]

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Hogswatch – Door 23

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snowfall   Yippee!   Door 23:  Hogswatch   Task 1: Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?   Task 2: Who is your favorite Discworld character and why?   Task 3:  If you could spend time in the world of one […]

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St. Lucia’s Day: Door 16

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snowfall   December 13! We’re revealing this now, because it is also revealed “beneath the fold.”   Door 16:  St. Lucia’s Day   Task 1: Famous first words: Tradition has it that the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are woken up by the St. Lucia maidens, as St. Lucia’s Day (Dec. 13) […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – St. Nicholas’ Day

  Door 14:  St. Nicholas’ Day   Task 1: Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that you’ve been eyeing but can’t justify the expense of purchasing. (E.g., art books? Collector’s editions? Boxed sets?)   Task 2: In the Netherlands, ‘Sinterklaas’ is celebrated with ginger biscuits, marzipan and hot chocolate with […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 – International Human Rights Day

  Door 15:  International Human Rights Day   Task 1: Cook a dish from a culture other than your own or something involving apples (NYC = Big Apple) or oranges (for the Netherlands, seat of the International Court of Justice & International Criminal Court).   Task 2: Create a stack of books or a list with books […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)

  Door 17:  Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal):   Task 1: Yule task (Germany / Scandinavia): Burn a Yule log – or if you don’t have a fireplace, light a candle to chase away the winter and welcome in the longer days. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, light a […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Kwanzaa

  Door 21:  Kwanzaa   Task 1: Share a shelfie or the picture of a stack of books or of an “object” (star, Christmas tree, etc.) created from books with red, black and green covers.   Task 2: Music is an important part of a Kwanzaa celebration. Which is / are your favorite book(s) where music plays […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – New Year’s Eve

  Door 22:  New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day   Task 1: Tell us: What are your reading goals for the coming year?   Task 2: The reading year in review: How did you fare – what was good, what wasn’t?   Task 3: Bibliomancy: Ask a question related to your reading plans or experience in the […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 – Hanukkah

  Door 18:  Hanukkah   Task 1: Spin the dreidel to determine which book is going to be the first one you’ll be reading in the new year. Find a virtual dreidel here: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-a-dreidel http://www.jewfaq.org/dreidel/play.htm http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/dreidel.htm   Task 2: Latkes or donuts are fried in oil to remind Jews of the oil that lasted for eight days: […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   It’s the official kick-off to the Christmas season, whether from a religious or secular standpoint – only 25 days until Christmas!   Door 13:  Advent   Task 1:  Share a picture of your advent calendar.   Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?   Task 3: Prepare an […]

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St. Andrew’s Day – Task 12

Reblogged from: Moonlight Snowfall   Sorry I’m late this morning! Husband and son & I were watching 1980’s rock concerts into the wee hours last night.   Door 12:  St. Andrew’s Day   Task 1:  Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Task 2: Ian Rankin likes to say that […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day

  Door 12:  St. Andrew’s Day   Task 1:  Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Task 2: Ian Rankin likes to say that the Scottish national diet is sugar, fat and alcohol. The traditional Scottish dessert – Raspberry Cranachan – contains all three of these (and of course the […]

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