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Favorite Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Bonus Task: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads. I suppose it only takes one look at my list of read books this year to determine my favorite rainy day books, as 2020 was essentially one extended rainy day: Golden Age mysteries and […]

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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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The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Rules: Answer all prompts. Answer honestly. Tag 1-13 people. Link back to this post. ( For me it was SnoopyDoo!) Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)< Have fun!   Witch A Magical Character or Book Terry Pratchett’s witches, particularly Granny Weatherwax. And DEATH (preferably in his Hogfather incarnation). No contest.   […]

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Royalty Moonlighting as Commoners in Fiction

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – Russian Mothers’ Day, Task 2: Towards the end of the 17th century, there was a Russian apprentice carpenter and shipwright going by the name Peter Mikhailov in the Dutch town of Zaandam (and later in Amsterdam), who eventually turned out to be none other than Tsar Peter the Great, […]

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My Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Task 1: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.   Any- and everything that — with or without a mug of hot tea and some chocolate or other snacks — makes me feel all warm and comfortable (while still engaging my brain cells, […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/05 (Day 5): Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements

Hmmm, are we talking “series” as in “including trilogies and quartets” here, or does it have to be more than that number?  Also, what about works that were intended as one (very long) book but are traditionally broken up into several parts that are published separately (like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) and books originally […]

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My Personal Literary Canon, Part 2: “Veteran” Readership

24 Festive Tasks, Door 5, Task 3: Tell us: What author’s books would you consider yourself a veteran of (i.e., by author have you read particularly many books – or maybe even all of them)? The authors by whom I’ve read the most books don’t coincide exactly, but substantially with those that I’d also consider […]

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My Favourite Trilogy

24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany, Task 1: Tell us: What’s your favorite trilogy?   I know Tolkien didn’t actually intend this to be a trilogy, but that is how it has come to be published — and it’s occupied the spot that says “favorite trilogy” to me ever since I first read it in […]

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Favorite Book Heroes and Their Nemeses

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Kwanzaa, Task 1: “Africa” was originally the name of the Roman province originating from the North African empire of Carthage, which was mythologically founded by Queen Dido and blossomed into Ancient Rome’s only lasting opponent and nemesis (until it was finally conquered by Rome in the Punic Wars). So: […]

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KYD Green Round: Crime Scene Card Guess, Team MbD / Lillelara / TA – Freeman Wills Crofts: The Hog’s Back Mystery for the Green Dragon Pub

Phew.  [TA wipes sweating brows.]  Finished this one with just over a half hour to spare until the end of this round.   Anyway, the cover of a book virtually drenched in green (both in the paperback and the audiobook version — and yes, I switched back and forth between both) is way too good […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Sixth: The Hanukkah

Reading: Let the dreidel choose a book for you: נ  Nun (miracle): Christopher Paolini – Eldest (audio version read by Kerry Shale) ג Gimel (great): Arthur Conan Doyle – The Valley of Fear (audio version read by Simon Vance) ה He (happened): Ian Rankin – Even Dogs in the Wild ש Shin (there, i.e. Israel): J.R.R. […]

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BookRiot: Cool Maps of Fictional Literary Places

The Land of Oz (Disney: Oz the Great and Powerful storybook, 2013) Narnia (Disney 2011) Middle Earth: The setting of The Hobbit — Thror’s Map of the Lonely Mountain (Christopher Tolkien, 1954)   Source: Cool Maps of Fictional Literary Places

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REBLOG: 15 authors to read based on your favorite drinks

Reblogged from: BookLikes   No matter if it’s a cup of tea or coffee, lemonade or a glass of wine, books and drinks go well together. This universal truth has been discovered not only by avid readers but also writers, some of whom became as well known for their drinking habits as for their literary achievements. Taking advantage of the summer time […]

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Birthday Monster Book Haul

…  thanks to my mom, who gave me a bookstore gift card, my best friend, who raided my Amazon wish list (isn’t it nice to know your loved ones know just what you’ll be happiest about?) and a few odd things to which I treated myself: Die Briefe der Manns (The Mann Family Correspondence) — […]

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2015 Reading Recap, Part 2: The Self-Interview

        Olga Godim came up with this creative way of summing up her reading year and challenged everyone to do their own.  Well, while I’m back here … I’m in! Olga writes: “Creatively, I decided to interview myself about my reading in 2015. The answers could only be book titles I read […]

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2015 Reading Recap

  No fancy graphics and no astounding numbers – in fact, rather average numbers for me, these days – but anyway, here we go:   Total Number of Books Read: 68 – including rereads – but excluding my current read, Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (which is bound to take me all the […]

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