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Portable Mistletoe

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

Being Texan: Celebrating a State of Mind
Jeff Carroll
Hogfather
Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer
Progress: 25 %
Lady in the Lake
Laura Lippman
Progress: 100 %
Lies Sleeping
Ben Aaronovitch
Progress: 100 %
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Progress: 100 %
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
Progress: 204/204 pages

PM's Festive Tasks Update #1

I'm having tremendous fun so far, but am also way behind on getting my reviews posted. Hopefully, I'll be all caught up by the end of the weekend. 

24 Festive Tasks 2019 – Tracking

Running Total: 7 points

 

Door 1: Nov. 1 - Día de los Muertos / All Saints' Day

Task1: Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

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Task2: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo.

Planning: IDK, so many wonderful Tex Mex to choose from!

 

Task3: Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

1 point: epitaph to Dusk by Ron Dee

 

Task4: Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?

1 point: Memories of Bonnie

 

Book: Reread a favorite book by a deceased author or from a finished series, or read a book set in Mexico or a book that either has a primarily black and white cover or all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover, or a book featuring zombies.

Pending Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding (audio)

 

Door 2: Nov. 3 - Japanese Culture Day

Task1: Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live.

Planning: Texas State Fair

 

Task2: Try a flavor of Kit Kat other than chocolate and report back if you liked it.

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Task3: Try your hand at folding a paper crane.

Instructions: Link

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Task4: If you like Japanese food, treat yourself to a favorite dish.

Planning: Kyoto

 

Book: Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting.

Planning: The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman (paperback)

 

Door 3: Nov. 5 - Melbourne Cup Day

Task1: Pick your ponies! Darth Pedant will post the horses scheduled to race; everyone picks the three they think will finish (in any order)

2 points: I picked my ponies!

  • Steel Prince (IRE)
  • Prince of Arran (GB) Placed 2nd!
  • Mer De Glace (JPN)
  • Alternate pick: Cross Counter (GB)

 

Task2: Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.

Under consideration

 

Task3: Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.

1 point: Banned books mug

 

Task4: Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.

Under consideration

 

Book: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author.

In progress: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

 

Door 4: Nov. 5 - Guy Fawkes Night

Task1: Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.

1 point: Crimes against books posted

 

Task2: Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the book reading world? (Be it publishing, distribution, editing, cover art, bookstores – anything having to do with books.)

1 point: Book banning proposal

 

Task3: Make a little straw (or wood / cloth / wool / fabric) effigy of the book character you like least.

Under consideration

 

Task4: How do you order the books on your shelves?

In progress

 

Book: Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published.

In progress: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

 

Door 17: Dec. 21 - Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)

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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, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.

Planning: Midnight Son by James Dommek (audio)

 

Door 18: Dec. 22 – Hanukkah

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Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

Planning: Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou (hardcover)

 

Door 19: Dec. 23 – Festivus

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Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

Planned: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (hardcover)

 

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Book: Read any Christmas book.

Planned: The Night Before Christmas - In Texas, That Is by Leon Harris (Hardcover) or Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie (audio)

 

Door 21: Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa

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Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.).

Pending review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker (eBook)

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve / St. Sylvester's Day

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Book: Read a book about endings, new starts, or books where things go BOOM! with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

Planning: Wine of Satan by Laverne Gay (hardcover)

 

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Book: For the members of the Discworld group: This of course includes the Discworld December read, Guards! Guards!, as well as some group members' favorite seasonal reread, Hogfather.

Planned: Hogswatch by Terry Pratchett (audio)

 

Door 24: Jan. 6 - Epiphany / Twelfth Night

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Book: Read a book with three main characters OR a book about traveling on a journey to a faraway place OR a book that’s part of a trilogy OR with a star on the cover OR with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title OR or concerning kings or spices.

Planning: The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman (ebook) or A Midnight Clear by Katherine Paterson (hardcover)