Donna Andrews

Fun and Games Literature

Favorite Fictional Societies and Ingredients of a Well-Functioning Real Society

24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 – Saturnalia, Task 2: Saturnalia was originally a celebration in remembrance of the “Golden Age” of Graeco-Roman mythology, ruled over by Saturn (Kronos in Greek), and during which humanity existed in a utopian state of innocence, living off nature’s bounty without having to work. Name a book describing / set […]

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Donna Andrews: The Gift of the Magpie … and Yule Candles, Candy, and Other Christmas Cheer

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Winter Solstice (Yule – Dōngzhì – Soyal – Yaldā Night), Book, Task 1 and Bonus Task #2: 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, […]

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Donna Andrews: Owl Be Home for Christmas

24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Festivus, Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire. Not quite as hilariously funny as the first three Christmas books from the series that I read — maybe Ms. Andrews’s brand of humor is beginning to pall for me after all, or maybe Bernadette Dunne (whom I ordinarily really like […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/06 (Day 6): Favorite Seasonal Covers — Mysteries and Crime

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Books With a Difference

Responding to Moonlight Reader’s “call for papers (= titles / authors)” — there are quite a number of excellent lists out there already; anyway, here’s my contribution … or a first draft, at least.  Links go to my reviews (or status updates / summary blog posts / author pages) to the extent I’ve posted any. […]

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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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Donna Andrews: Lord of the Wings

A Halloween entry in Donna Andrews’s long-running series featuring Caerphilly, VA artisan blacksmith and volunteer town events organizer Meg Langslow — what could possibly be more fitting for this bingo square? Caerphilly (that’s CaerPHILLY to you reporters if you don’t want to have the locals screaming at their TVs at the top of their voices) […]

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Halloween Bingo 2017: Update 2

  My Square Markers and “Virgin” Bingo Card: “Virgin” card posted for ease of tracking and comparison, as called and read squares will, bit by bit, vanish behind my markers and everybody’s cards are different. Black Kitty: Read but not called Black Vignette: Called but not read Black Kitty in Black Vignette: Read and Called […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the First: The Winter Wonderland; and Task the Seventh: The Christmas

Task the First: – Read a book that is set in a snowy place. Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales  Thomas’s lyrical memoirs of his childhood Christmas experience, read by himself … truly magical.  One of the books (or CDs) that I revisit every single holiday season. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Task the Seventh: – Read a […]

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Donna Andrews: The Nightingale Before Christmas

The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Seventh: The Christmas: – Read a book set during the Christmas holiday season. The year before last’s entry in Donna Andrews’s Meg Lanslow series: An uninhabited  Caerphilly house has been turned into a show house for the local interior designers’ pre-Christmas competition, which Meg has […]

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Holiday Splurge 2015

The way things have been shaping up in the recent couple of months, the holiday season ending today was most likely my last real reprieve from fairly major (not to say time-consuming and persistent) work-related unpleasantness for the foreseeable future.   This being the case, I naturally decided to make the most of it: I […]

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