Mrs. Claus' Tea House

Mrs. Claus' Tea House

 Participating in:   

24 Festive Tasks (November 1st - December 31st)

COYER Winter Edition (December 1st- March 7th) 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks, Door 11: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

 

Book: Currently reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

 

Task #1: Skip

 

Task #2: Books I'm Thankful For/Full of Stuffing

Thankful:

1. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis 

2. We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres, Richard Wolffe

3. Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story by Pietro Bartolo, Lidia Tilotta 

4. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Abigail Pesta, Sandra Uwiringiyimana 

5. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

 

Full of Stuffing:

1. All I Am (Farmers' Market #2) by Nicole Helm - annoying tropes executed in a poor manner in typical Harlequin fashion, but in a longer format (it was published under the Super Romance line)

2. Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn - so much of this short work (well short for Zinn) was a repeat of what was found in his People's History of the United States 1492-Present. The most recent stuff was shoved together in a haphazard way and some things were glossed over.

 

Task #3: Turkey Recipe

Here's two really easy turkey recipes:

 

Recipe #1 - look at the calendar, see that it is early October, call and make reservations at a restaurant that is serving Thanksgiving meals. 

 

Recipe #2 - go to grocery store, go to the meat section, bypass the turkeys, and select a roast chicken. Take a roasting pan and place a cooling rack inside with the legs extended. Fill the bottom of the tray with onions, celery, and stock. Place chicken on rack, stuff the insides with lemons, onions, and butter, pour melted butter over the outside of the chicken, sprinkle some Italian seasonings on it and into the oven it goes. Baste every so often with butter and stock. 

 

Seriously, turkey is dry and tasteless and not worth the energy it takes to be tasty and juicy. 

 

Task #4: Skip 

24 Festive Tasks, Door 10: Russian Mothers' Day

Russian Mothers' Day

 

Book: I am working my way through Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II by Svetlana Alexievich. It was the book that won her the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

Task #1: 3 People Walk Into the Bar

*in a dive bar on the borderland between Ukraine and Russia*

Boris, Donald, and Angela walk into the bar. Rudy, the bartender, smiles and says "It will be an honor to be your SERVER tonight. What will it be?"

 

Boris, unkempt as usual, asks for "that most British of drinks gin and tonic", Donald asks for a Diet Coke and the hamburger menu, and Angela quietly asks for a shot of vodka. 

 

Each gets their drink. Boris is hoping to get the party started, so he chugs his drink down as quickly as possible. Donald has to use both hands and shakily gets the glass to his mouth, spilling some on his too long red tie. Angela sips her drink. 

 

Five minutes later, Boris and Donald are out cold. Justin, the bouncer/security guard, walks in and drags the two sleeping men out to the van that will take them to an undisclosed site. The van driver, some Frenchman named Mac, is eager to get on the road and deliver "the goods". 

 

Angela watches Justin remove the men, then turns to Rudy the bartender. Rudy takes off the mask and Hillary pours a vodka for herself, one for Justin, and another for Angela. The three toast each other and down the vodka. 

 

Task #2: Royal Moonlights as a Commoner

I don't know if this counts, but I am going with Prince Harry of the UK. He served in the Royal Army in Afghanistan twice. 

 

"...care was taken to shield his identity. While modern combat gear hides many identifying features it was also necessary to hide where exactly the prince was serving. As such both the British and Canadian authorities placed a media blackout on Prince Harry's deployment information. This blackout was not respected by a German newspaper and an Australian magazine which lead to him being withdrawn from the front
lines. It was revealed later that while deployed he helped Gurkha troops repel an attack from the Taliban in Helmand Province.

Prince Harry would return to Afghanistan a few years later as an Apache helicopter pilot. Since attack helicopters are always priority targets it was determined Prince Harry's presence would pose no additional danger to his comrades. Making this an odd an example of 'anonymously standing out'." - The Maple Monarchists at http://maplemonarchists.weebly.com/blog/top-10-royals-who-traveled-incognito

 

Task #3: Amber Room

*undisclosed site in Russia*

Mac knocks on the door to the "Amber Room" and tells the doorman that he has "the goods.". 

 

"Good bring them in. Their spots are over there," says doorman known as Schiffy. Mac gets two other men, known as Vicent the Fox and Just Joe to help him bring in the load. They lay the men carefully down in the space provided just as the men are coming to. 

 

Boris looks around and sees in he is in a beautiful room and with art and objects that would look stunning in his residence at No 10. Donald looks around and sees some hot babe he wants; rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he sees that hot babe is Ivana, his daughter. Soon everyone in the group has VR sets placed roughly on their heads by Schiffy and Just Joe.

 

"Gentlemen, thank you for joining us. You were the biggest VIPs on our guest list, so now that you are here, we can finally begin," the voice from the recessed speakers in the ceiling tells them. "What a fine group of incompetent, cruel human beings we have here tonight. I would call you evil, but evil tends to have some semblance of smarts behind it. You lot don't even have that semblance." The voice sounds somewhat familiar, graceful but powerful even in the quiet tone. There is the sound of high heels click on the gilded cement floor as a woman with microphone walks slowly from the shadows to the group.

 

"Don't worry though, we have your greatest hits uploaded to these individual VR sets. You will be able to relive the cruelest, ugliest moments of your respective lives and careers over and over again. You will not, however, you leave this room. Once you go mad and attack each other, well, that will be a shame. But your respective countries need to clean up your messes and move on. Probably by that time, no one will mourn your passing." As she finishes her instructions, she reaches the light - it is a black woman wearing a name tag that reads "Michelle". She gives the group a big smile and her, Schiffy, Just Joe, and Vicent the Fox leave the room, locking the door from the outside and pulling down the security gates in front of the doors. Then they walk to a waiting limo and their driver, Barry.

 

The End.

24 Festive Tasks, Door 9: World Philosophy Day
Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat - Kimberly Wilson

World Philosophy Day

 

Book: I read Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Living On and Off the Yoga Mat by Kimberly Wilson. While I did take some notes and ideas to use in my own life, this was very white woman in her 20s trying to be an IG influencer writing/vibe to it that made me skim great parts of it.

 

Task #1: DNF Philosophy

Yes, I DNF, more so now than when I was younger and forced myself to read books just to complete them. Now I DNF without guilt; some DNFs are temporary, as I am not in the right head space or mood to read that particular books. Most of my DNFs are FOREVER. Life is too short and my TBR pile is too big to waste time on books that don't get me invested in the story. Sometimes I will read a book until it is done simply as a hate read- and then I share the joy of that through a five alarm ranting review.

 

I try to make it to at least 25% of the actual story page count, or to page 30 for short works. I feel that a quarter/one third of the book should be enough to get the characters set and the world building done enough to get the plot kicked in.

 

Task #2: Ratings

I need to rein in my ratings - I think I am overly generous. I don't rate DNFs and I tend not to review them either because writing reviews is not my strength. Starting in 2020, this will be my rating guide:

 

0-1 star = Hated the book

2 stars = Didn't like it but YMMV

2.5 stars = Meh, average

3 stars = I liked it

4 stars = I really liked it, would recommend

5 stars = It's going on the keeper shelf

 

Task #3: Zen and the Art of Stressful Holidays

First, my husband and I decided on how much we will spend on the kids and talk about what to get them. Some things are moved to their birthdays in February. Second, we plan on having a chilled out holidays - we don't travel and try to stay away from the stores at peak times. He does the shopping, I do the wrapping. 

 

Other stuff is I do to chill out is work out (although the base gym is getting frustrating to get into, I might be getting a membership to the Y), walk the dog, bake, read, color, listen to holiday music, and volunteer. Pretty much what I do during non-holiday season. I just not try to do everything or work to make a pretty picture for IG. 

 

Task #4: Required Reading

For the most part, I hated the assigned reading we did in high school. It was very Western Canon *snores* The only part I liked was Shakespeare because I was in the honors English classes, so I was assigned Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth, and Hamlet. Everything else sucked and I started a resentment towards all poetry from these assigned reading (am I the only person who hates Emily Dickinson?) that lasted well into college.

 

When it came to college assigned reading, I only remember reading Sybil for Pysch 101 and more Hamlet (so much Hamlet - it ended up being my least favorite work of Shakespeare I've read so far). By the end of my traditional college experience (2 years then I went into the military), the only good read was Ibsen's Doll House. I majored in History when I went back to college while in the military, so all my reading then was textbooks and memoirs. 

 

 

24 Fest Tasks, Door 3: November 5th, Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day

 

Door 3: November 5th Melbourne Cup Day

 

Book: I'm reading Black Rose (In the Garden #2) by Nora Roberts.

 

Task #1: I picked three to race and one alternate in the event one of my ponies didn't make the start: The Chosen One (the arrogance....I couldn't resist), Vow and Declare (so serious), and Surprise Baby (one of my most hated romance trope); alternate was Magic Wand (which goes with Surprise Baby in a way...).

 

Vow and Declare came in 1st place! Yay!

 

Task #2: Poem for In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3) by Sarah Sundin

              Roses are Red,

              Violets are Blue,

              In flight they kept cool heads,

              And saved their POW crew.

 

Not the finest writing I've ever done LOL.

 

Task #3: 

We moved into our new house and had some new appliances, such as my electric kettle. Alas, we did not yet have our household goods shipment. So I went to Target and picked the first cup that was deep enough to get my mornings started. I now call this my Kansas cup.

 

This is my favorite of all my cups.

 

Task #4: Homemade hot chocolate, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a mint and dark chocolate barkTHIN - all while staring at Mickey Mouse's butt

 

24 Festive Tasks, Door 5: Bon Om Touk - Finished!
Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer Living and Dying in Brick City - Sampson Davis Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine - Damon Tweedy Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry - Bill Jones Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow - Jessica Day George

Bon Om Touk

 

Door 5: Bon Om Touk

 

Book: I read Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors #1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer. That is one big moon and it gets bigger with each additional book in the series.

 

Task #1: List of rainy day reads - I don't do much, if any, re-reading. Rainy day reads means to me reading something that gets me so invested I don't want to leave my blanket fort, so mysteries - either cozy or historical. Something quiet and soothing, but with a puzzle to solve to keep me turning the pages.

 

1. Guidebook to Murder (Tourist Trap Mystery#1) by Lynn Cahoon

2. Spying in High Heels (High Heels #1) by Gemma Halliday

3. A Death on the Way to Portsmouth by Christine Trent

4. Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal

5. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristin Painter

 

Task #2: Skipping

 

Task #3: Did someone say dragons? Toothless from the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell is of course my favorite literary dragon.

Image result for toothless

 

 

Task #4: Compile a list or stack – 4 books minimum – composed of books that either have opposing words in their titles

 

I had to search my current TBR pile as well as past reading (thank you BL reading challenge app!) to get these:

 

1. Living and Dying in Brick City by Dr. Sampson Davis

2. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Dr. Damon Tweedy

3. Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones

4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

24 Festive Tasks, Door 6: November 11th Armistice/Veterans Day - Finished!
Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq - Olivier Morel, Maël

Veterans / Armistice Day

 

Door 6: Armistice/Veterans Day

 

Book: I read Walking Wounded (Uncut Stories from Iraq) by Olivier Morel and Mael. 

 

Task #1: 

Task #2: Skip

Task #3: Skip

Task #4: 

 

My local park is the former campground for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland council. On one side is City Hall and our branch of the Wichita Public Library system, on another side is the small amphitheater and playground, and then on the last side is the walking path around the pond and trees. 

24 Festive Tasks, Door 4: Guy Fawkes Night - Finished!

Guy Fawkes Night

 

Door 4: November 5th Guy Fawkes Night

 

Book: I read V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. 

 

Task #1: Three Crimes Against Books

              1. Overly long series - stop the fluff, stop the filler. If the author(s) planned for the series to be three books, be three books. You can write another series within that world, but at what point is a town handling that many mail order brides? Then there is the series that goes on so long that the author dies and the new author taking over ADDS to the number of books (looking at you Robert Jordan).

              2. Policing reviews/reviewers - seriously, how many times must it be said "Reviews. Are. For. Readers." And no, paying customers are not also your free copyeditors or your PR representative. 

             3. "Dark" Romances - seriously, authors are really going out of their way to justify some straight up toxic males/toxic relationships in their books - sorry if yucking on someone's yum, but lately it has gone too far (imho) and entertainment can affect a person's worldview or beliefs. Some of these romances do more harm in terms of real world social mores than any good in terms of storytelling - all in the name of being seen as edgy or subverting the genre (are we still in high school or what?). An example: 

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/war-by-laura-thalassa/

 

Task #2: Revolution! We must storm the barricades and demand! COPYEDITING IS DIFFERENT FROM EDITING AND IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO STORYTELLING! Seriously, just put up clean copies of your books if you wish to sell them - clean meaning proper spelling, proper punctuation (to INCLUDE Quotations Marks!!), and using the right word (their, there, they're). 

 

Task #3: Skipping.

 

Task #4: 

 

So in the process of unboxing everything from the move, my books were stored in the linen closet as my book case was full of random crap that needed to be dealt with before moving the books to their rightful place. And then I got busy with life and the books were moved from the closet to the floor NEXT to the bookcase for the last six weeks or so until I finally set aside time over the Thanksgiving weekend to go through the random crap, clean the shelves and place the books where they belong.

 

Before:

 

After:

The order is simple - the top shelf is dedicated to Wonder Woman; the second shelf is for my physical keepers and my high school diploma; then starts the fiction books I need to read, with size of the book first, then author's last name, then nonfiction organized by author's last name, then the bottom shelf is for graphic novels, special magazines, and musical theater programs/souvenirs. 

24 Festive Tasks, Door 8: International Children's Day - Finished!
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight - Gilly Segal, Kimberly Jones

International Children’s Day

 

Book: I read I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal (both main characters are 15).

 

Task #1: Favorite children's book is still Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Clearly. Favorite middle grade reads were anything Babysitters' Club (still holds up 30+ years later!) and Sweet Valley High (does not at all hold up 30+ years later, but does provide endless commentary via the Double Love podcast, which I HIGHLY recommend listening to).

 

Task #2: Skipping

 

Task #3: 

 

I used the Happy Color app on a daily basis (it's so soothing it puts me to sleep). It had two pictures dedicated to the holiday.

 

Task #4: As a kid, we went to Action Park (sadly closed in the early 2000s) and Dorney Park (THE place for school field trips). When I was young, all I wanted from a ride was to feel like I was almost going to throw up, so my favorites were roller coasters and anything that spun you in a circle really fast. I went to Disney World once when I was 16, so the rides I went on took forever to get to due to the long lines. Then there were the Midway rides that came every summer with the local fairs. As an adult and a parent, I get out of having to go on many rides since my kids are tall enough to go on the rides themselves. The ones we go on as a family are the Ferris Wheel and the Twirl-a-Whirl (known as the Teacups ride at Disney parks). I can't really do roller coasters or any ride with strobe lights due to the epilepsy.

 

 

 

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Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge 2020

I decided to try my hand at the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge for next year because it is only 24 items (as opposed to the usual 50+ items on other reading challenges) and it seemed to be do-able with a mix of library books and what I own. And the owners of the challenge allow for one book to fulfill more than one prompt, which is nice. 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 - Advent


17
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

It's the official kick-off to the Christmas season, whether from a religious or secular standpoint - only 25 days until Christmas!

 
Advent

Door 13:  Advent

 

Task 1:  Share a picture of your advent calendar.

 

Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

 

Task 3: Prepare an apple cider wassail bowl or a wassail bowl containing your favorite drink or fruit. Post a picture and enjoy!

 

Task 4: Tell us about an event in the immediate or near future that you’re looking forward to.

 

Book: Read a pastiche, a book authorized by a deceased author’s estate, the 4th book in a series, a book with the word “four” in the title, a book featuring four siblings, or a book with a wreath, pines or fir trees on the cover.

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Hanukkah


17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
Hanukkah

Door 18:  Hanukkah

 

Task 1: Spin the dreidel to determine which book is going to be the first one you’ll be reading in the new year. Find a virtual dreidel here:
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-a-dreidel
http://www.jewfaq.org/dreidel/play.htm
http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/dreidel.htm

 

Task 2: Latkes or donuts are fried in oil to remind Jews of the oil that lasted for eight days: Fry yourself up some latkes or donuts. Share your recipe with us if they came out tasty.

 

Task 3:  Read a book by candle light (or flashlight).

 

Task 4: The 6th night of Hanukkah is dubbed "Candle of Righteousness"; at this time believers are expected to make a charitable donation. Make a blessing bag or food donation to a local food bank (or another charitable donation if there is no food bank anywhere near you).

 

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.

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 - New Years Eve


17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21 - Kwanzaa
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

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 coming year, open one of your weightiest tomes on page 485, and find the answer to your question in line 7.

 

Task 4: Tell us: Which famous person, dead or alive and no matter from which walk of life, would you like to invite to your New Year’s Eve party, and what contribution (food, games / entertainment, etc.) would you tell them to bring?

 

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.

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 - Christmas


17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

 

 
Christmas

Door 20:  Christmas

 

Task 1: Share a picture of your holiday decorations.

 

Task 2: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.

 

Task 3:  Did your Christmas celebrations include books? Share your book haul pictures with us!

 

Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received – the one that meant the most to you or gave you the greatest joy? (This can be anything; objects / material gifts as well as something someone did for you, or anything else – whatever made that particular holiday especially memorable.)

 

Book: Read a Christmas book.

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 - Epiphany


17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21 - Kwanzaa
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24 - Epiphany
22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23 - Hogswatch
10 - Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

It's our last door - ::sniffle:: - I hope everyone has had a good time with the game this year and that everyone will continue to share their tasks with us throughout the rest of the holidays, as time allows.

 
Epiphany

Door 24:  Twelfth Night / Epiphany

 

Task 1: Prepare your favorite spicy dish or drink; share a picture and enjoy. (Sharing the recipe is optional.)

 

Task 2: Have you ever had an “epiphany” of your own, in the sense of a sudden revelation or insight? If so, share that “ah-HAH” moment with us.

 

Task 3:  George and Martha Washington were married on Twelfth Night in 1759. She wore purple silk slippers (https://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/martha-washington/george-marthas-courtship/ ). In honor of the first FLOTUS, wear purple socks or slippers and share a picture of them with us.

 

Task 4:  In Ireland, Epiphany is also sometimes called “Nollaig na mBean” or Women's Christmas. Traditionally the women get the day off and men do the housework and cooking! It is becoming more popular and many Irish women now get together on the Sunday nearest Epiphany and have tea and cakes. (https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/epiphany.shtml ) Take a picture of your book for this square (Epiphany) or of the book you are currently reading with a mug of tea and snack or enjoy a cream tea.

 

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

 

 

 

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Festivus: Door #19


17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20
11 - Thanksgiving
23
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

Well, I got busy decorating and cleaning, and completely forgot to post my holidays! Sorry everyone!

 
Festivus

Door 19:  Festivus

 

Task 1: The annual airing of grievances: Which are the five books you liked least this year and why?

 

Task 2: Battle of the Books: pick two books off your shelf (randomly or with purpose); in a fair fight, which book would come out on top? The fight can be based on the merits of the book itself, its writing, or full-on mano a mano between two characters. Which would win the feat of strength?

 

Task 3:  Go polemic on one of the characters from an entrant in your five least favorite books, or just have a go at one of the books (the book, not the author, please) in Task 1.

 

Task 4: As miracles go, a "Festivus miracle really is't one - it's just something marginally unusual that someone mentions and which someone else then declares Festivus miracle, as a pun on the Christmas miracle trope. (E.g., in the original Seinfeld episode, it's a coincidental meeting: "Oh, I didn't expect to run into you here!" a Festivus miracle!) Create a "Festivus miracle" dialogue/ situation; the greater the parody the better.

 

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

 

 

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17 - Solstice
3 - Melbourne Cup Day
21 - Kwanzaa
9 - World Philosophy Day
12 - St. Andrew's Day
24
22 - New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day
15 - International Human Rights Day
1 - dia de los Muertos
13 - Advent
18 - Hanukkah
6 - Veterans / Armistice Day
5 - Bon Om Touk
14 - St. Nicholas’ Day
7 - International Day for Tolerance
20 - Christmas
11 - Thanksgiving
23 - Hogswatch
10 -  Russian Mothers' Day
2 - Japanese Culture Day
19 - Festivus
16 - St. Lucia's Day
8 - International Children’s Day
4 - Guy Fawkes Night

Yippee!

 
Hogswatch

Door 23:  Hogswatch

 

Task 1: Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?

 

Task 2: Who is your favorite Discworld character and why?

 

Task 3:  If you could spend time in the world of one of the Discworld sub-series (or one of the standalone Discworld novels), which one would you pick – and why?

 

Task 4:  In Terry Pratchett's and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens, who do you root more for: Aziraphale or Crowley? Or another character? (And in each case: why?)

 

Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.

 

 

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With the Fire on High - Elizabeth Acevedo
Black Rose: Book Two of the Garden Trilogy - Nora Roberts