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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “Y”

This is a 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 the […]

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Happy Easter!

And Happy Passover, Happy Hanami, belated Happy Nowruz, Happy Springtime … and whatever else you may be celebrating this time of the year.  I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend — with your loved ones, delicious food, a good book, some time outdoors, and anything else that makes you feel good!     Also: Bad […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “O”

This is a 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 the […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all, and may it be filled with wonderful books, lots of love and happiness … and then some!  Let’s kick the bad times in the butt once and for all!

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Treasured Christmas Decorations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Christmas, Task 1: Post a picture of a holiday decoration that is unique to your Christmas celebration and tell us about it. My mom and I have two sets of Christmas decorations with a special meaning: My set of Mexican and Native American (-styled) decorations, which I brought from […]

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COVID-Year Everyday Saints

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – St. Lucia’s Day, Bonus Task: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you’re living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture […]

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2020 Gävle Goat Guess

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 2: Guess (and strictly no googling!): Is the Gävle goat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4vle_goat) going to survive until after Christmas this year? December 26, 2020: I’ve admittedly been pushing this task until the very last moment (for purposes of this game, today counts as part of “Christmas”, as […]

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Christmas Pudding

  One of my annual Christmas Eve rereads: Agatha Christie’s The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. And we actually do have one this year, too:

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to One and All!

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Michael Jecks: The Mad Monk of Gidleigh

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – St. Lucia’s Day, Book: Read a book set in Scandinavia / Northern Europe, by a Northern European / Nordic author, with a predominantly white cover (or white with red lettering), newly released in November or December of this year, or set in the candle-lit world (i.e., before the discovery […]

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To my American friends …

… and to everyone who celebrates: It’s been a difficult year for many of us, but I hope you all still have things to be thankful for! And for being my friends and for making a difference in my life, this year perhaps more than ever.

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Hygge!

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 1: Get your Hygge on — light a few candles if you’ve got them, pour yourself a glass of wine or hot chocolate / toddy, roast a marshmallow or toast a crumpet, and take a picture of your coziest reading place. Post a picture.   […]

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An Easter Walk

… or Passover, or Spring Festival, or whatever else you are celebrating these days. Easter walks are very much a German tradition (Goethe even immemorialized them in his Faust), and it turns out not even the Corona pandemic can do away with this.  Unlike last weekend, people were out only (or almost only) in family […]

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Happy New Year!

May 2020 be filled with much happiness, love, and great books for us all.  To those of us for whom 2019 was not a good year, may 2020 be infinitely better.  To those who had a good 2019, may 2020 be as good and then some. Happy New Year to one and all!   Original […]

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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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Neighborhood Christmas Decorations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition? I don’t know if I have one particular favorite holiday tradition, but one of my favorite moments occurs on Christmas Eve, when we walk through the silent, festively-decorated night-time streets of our neighborhood on our way to church.  […]

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In Honour of Harriet Vane

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – Russian Mothers’ Day, Task 4 & Door 15 – International Human Rights Day, Tasks 3 & Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 1: Door 10, Task 4: Forget-me-nots and handmade medals of honor are important Russian Mothers’ Day gifts.  Create a medal of honor (with or without the […]

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Favorite Trolls and Gnomes

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 3: Trolls, gnomes, dwarves and similar beings (some evil, some less so, almost all of them mischievous) are a staple of Scandinavian mythology and folklore, as well as other folklores and mythologies around the world and, of course, fantasy and speculative fiction.  Who is your […]

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Books Shipped Long Distance

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 4: The historic (3d century AD) St. Lucia was Italian; yet, like those of many other saints (including, e.g., St. Andrew and St. Nicholas), the most important celebrations of her holiday don’t occur in her place of origin but somewhere else in the world. List […]

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Season’s Greetings

… and Happy Holidays, which- and however you’re celebrating. May your holiday week be filled with much love and great books!     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2019247/post

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