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2020 in Facts and Figures

I already posted my main 2020 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021 posts a while ago — only on my new blog (separate post to come) –, but I held back on my 2020 reading statistics until the year was well and truly over.  And for all my good intentions when posting my mid-year […]

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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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Ngaio Marsh: Tied Up in Tinsel

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – New Year’s Eve, Book: Read a book about starting over, rebuilding, new beginnings, etc., or a book where things go “BOOM!”, or with fireworks on the cover.   For this square, I decided to use my reread of Ngaio Marsh’s Tied up in Tinsel, which is a book where […]

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Since I posted my 2020 Year in Review post yesterday, I figured I might as well go ahead and follow up with the preview post for next year — again, taking the relevant “Festive Tasks” items as my cues.  So, without further ado:   24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Hanukkah, Task 1: Time to […]

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2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’re still a month away from the end of the year, but my reading will probably consist mainly of Christmas books in December, and I hope and pray that life won’t come up and throw anything else at me in the final month of the year, either.  So I might as well post my “Year […]

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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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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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Candace Robb: A Gift of Sanctuary

24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day, Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed. It’s unlikely that Candace Robb’s Owen Archer […]

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24 Festive Tasks: The Eight Final Holidays

  The calendar’s eight final holidays and associated book tasks are: Door 17: Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal) 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 […]

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Welcome 2019!

  Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1825004/welcome-2019

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Dinner for One

Reblogged from: Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books I know I’ve posted this before, but it simply isn’t New Year’s Eve without it hereabouts …   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1824964/post

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2018 Reading in Review, or, The Year of Listening to Mystery Audiobooks by Women Writers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – New Year’s Eve, Task 2: 2018 Reading Year in Review.  Tell us about your year in books:  happy? disappointed?   2018 Statistics Total number of books read in 2018: 225 Number of as-yet unread books added to “owned books” TBR in 2018: 240 — plus the 100 or so […]

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2019 Book Goals and Book Lottery

24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 – New Year’s Eve, Tasks 1 and 3: Your 2019 Book Goals:  what are they? And: New Year’s Book Lottery: Write the names of the first 5 books you’re planning to read in 2019 onto identical pieces of paper, fold them, place them in a bowl (or bucket, jar, box, […]

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

December 31, the last day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, is New Year’s Eve and, simultaneously, the seventh day of Christmastide. In many countries, the holiday is also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day. The earliest known record of a New Year festival dates from about 2000 bce in Mesopotamia, […]

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Patricia Wentworth: The Clock Strikes Twelve

  24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany, Book This came with high praise from both Tigus and Moonlight, so I knew I had a lot to look forward to — and I was certainly not disappointed!  This is a New Year’s Eve story and the “family patriarch publicly announces ‘I know someone here has […]

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Stephen Brusatte: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  Yet another overhyped book Reading Status Updates 8% Flat Book Society November read, and also my read for the New Year’s Eve square in the 24 Festive Tasks game. So far, it’s sounding good — at least you can tell the author is a scientist writing about the subject matter he’s studied.  This makes […]

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24 Festive Tasks: The Seven Final Holidays

As explained in this year’s Rules / Mode of Play post, we’re going to reveal the seven final holidays included in the card and the respective book tasks early on, so as to allow enough time to complete these books. The final holidays and book tasks are: Winter Solstice / Yuletide (December 21): Read any […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

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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Have a Spectacular 2018, Everybody!

And happy reading, of course!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1628330/have-a-spectacular-2018-everybody

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Our Traditional New Year’s Eve Dinner: Wieners & Potato Salad

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 16 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day Tasks for Hogswatch Night: Make your favourite sausage dish. As it so happens, wieners and potato salad are my mom’s and my traditional Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve food.  This year we cheated (store-bought instead of homemade potato […]

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