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Festive Tasks: Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day

Task 3: 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.

 

 

This is a terrible picture, but I wanted to share my favorite mug of all time. This is the mug I have on my desk at work. I brought it home in 2005, so I've been drinking coffee and tea out of it for almost 15 years at this point. Because it's my work mug, it has never been through the dishwasher - it has always been handwashed - which probably accounts for the fact that it looks just as vibrant as the day I bought it at the World of Disney store on the first time that I took my kids to Disneyland back when they were 5 and 9 years old! I I also love it just as much now as I did when I bought it. It's enormous, though, and my coffee usually only fills up about the bottom 3 inches!

 

This particular mug design is long since discontinued, although there are some available on Ebay.

 

 

Blog redecoration!

 

In honor of the 24 Festive Tasks, I wintrified my blog, and changed my avatar/blog name to a more seasonally appropriate option!

 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night


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November 5th is the only day that we open TWO DOORS! Enjoy everyone!

 
Guy Fawkes Night

Door 4:  Guy Fawkes Night

 

Task 1: Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.

 

Task 2: 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.)

 

Task 3: Make a little straw (or wood / cloth / wool / fabric) effigy of the book character you like least.

 

Task 4:

How do you order the books on your shelves?

 

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.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

* Required

 


 


 


 


 


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Previous door's tasks are "beneath the fold"

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Christmas/holiday reading library binge
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas - Stephanie Barron Holiday Grind - Cleo Coyle A Highland Christmas - M.C. Beaton Duck the Halls - Donna Andrews Christmas: A Biography - Judith Flanders

I went on a bit of a Christmas binge yesterday, and put a bunch of books on hold at the library for the season! 

 

If I don't like 'em, I can just return 'em. Libraries are awesome!

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day


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Melbourne Cup Day

Door 3:  Melbourne Cup Day

 

Task 1: Pick your ponies.*

 

Task 2: 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.

 

Task 3: 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.

 

Task 4: Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.

 

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.

 

* Ponies (horses) running the race were posted here by Darth Pedant, guest hosting for MurderByDeath, as soon as they were announced. The official field was published on November 3rd.

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

 

* Required

 


 


 


 


 


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Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 197 pages.
A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters Dark Fire - C.J. Sansom

I first read this one in 2014. I've been making my way rather slowly through the series, and I own most of the back half of the books. I noticed the other day that the entire series is available on kindle unlimited at this point, and decided that this would be a good time to revisit my dear friend, Brother Cadfael.

 

I don't know what it is about the months of November & December, but I am drawn to fiction set during the medieval or the Victorian eras. It's probably because so many of our Yule/Christmas/Winter solstice traditions are drawn from those eras. Whatever the reason is, I definitely gravitate to historical fiction/historical mystery during the season.

 

Speaking of historical mystery, I finished Dark Fire, by C.J. Sansom. I didn't loved it as much as I loved Dissolution, and the first part seemed to drag a bit for me, but I did end up really enjoying it. And now that Cromwell is dead, I am curious to see where Matthew Shardlake's future takes him, having made an enemy of the Duke of Norfolk. I bought Sovereign with some of my kindle dollars, and I'm going to be starting that one very soon.

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24 Festive Tasks, Door 2: November 3rd Japanese Culture Day


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This is my first game host post!! And to top that, this is a BRAND NEW holiday added to this year's game. No pressure or anything....*takes a few deep breaths*

 

So if you are like me, growing up in the 1980s, Japan and it's culture had a real renaissance here in the US. From manga to video games to cuisine, Japan was leading the younger generation in terms of culture and art, much like the Korean Cool phenomenon that happened a few years ago. 

 
Japanese Culture Day

Door 2:  Japanese Culture Day

 

Task 1: Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live.

 

Task 2: Try a flavor of Kit Kat other than chocolate and report back if you liked it.

 

Task 3: Try your hand at folding a paper crane. Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paper-Crane-1/

 

Task 4: If you like Japanese food, treat yourself to a favorite dish.

 

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

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

* Required

 


 


 


 


 


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Dia De Los Muertos: Task 4

Task 4: Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?

 

My family is not hugely sentimental, and I don't come from a family that has had particularly "nice" possessions that are the sort of thing that are passed from person to person, so I don't have very many "mementos."

 

Really one of the few exceptions is a pair of wine glasses that belonged to my paternal grandparents. When my grandmother passed away, they split up the set and gave two of them to each of the grandchildren. I don't really know the provenance behind the glasses, just that my grandparents had brought them home from their travels and they were very special to them.

 

I received two of them, which were the glasses that my husband I used to toast at our wedding, twenty five years ago. Imagine how special it was for me to dig them out of the back of the cupboard, where they had been resting, unused, since we moved into this house (and in other cupboards, before that), so that my daughter and her new husband could toast with them at their wedding.

 

 

I've put them back into the back of the cupboard, where they are safe, but sometime this winter I plan to buy a small wooden chest for them, and then cut some foam to cover with satin, so that they have their own place to rest while they await the chance to toast my son's marriage, or, perhaps, one of my grand children.

 

Here is a picture of my daughter, the bride, and her new husband, toasting their futures. I won't leave it up for long, because it's not my picture to show (and I've screenshotted it, which is why it has the watermark), but I thought you might like a look at it.

 

 

Book task #1

 

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.

 

I've got so many possibles for this one, since I've definitely been in a "rereading" frame of mind. But, I think I will kick off the season with one that I read every single Christmas: Hercule Poirot's Christmas. I also love to watch the adaptation, although I generally wait until closer to Christmas to do it. 

 

I will be rereading my vintage Bantam paperback copy, which bears the title A Holiday for Murder,  and originally sold for a whopping .75 back in 1973, when it was printed. 

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Dia de los Muertos

Task 1:  Write a silly poem or limerick poking fun at the fiction character of your choice.

 

 

 

Zee brillant Hercule Poirot

zolves murders with great gusto

zee leetle grey cells

at detection excel

beneath his black chapeau

 

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Detection Club Bingo: UPDATES

 

I finished Green for Danger, so I just have Chapter 2 left to read!

 

So close to finishing!

 

 

Links to the book lists - courtesy of Themis-Athena

 

The 100 books: The 100 books individually highlighted by the author.

 

Chapters 1 through 5: (Chapter 1: A New Era Dawns; Chapter 2: The Birth of the Golden Age; Chapter 3: The Great Detectives; Chapter 4: Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!; Chapter 5: Miraculous Murders)

 

Chapters 6 & 7: (Chapter Six: Serpents in Eden; Chapter Seven: Murder at the Manor)

 

Chapters 8 through 10: (Chapter Eight: Capital Crimes (London mysteries); Chapter Nine: Resorting to Murder (detectives solving crimes while on vacation); Chapter Ten: Making Fun of Murder)

 

Chapters 11 through 15: (Chapter Eleven: Education, Education, Education; Chapter Twelve: Playing Politics; Chapter Thirteeen: Scientific Enquiries;; Chapter Fourteen: The Long Arm of the Law; Chapter Fifteen: The Justice Game

 

Chapters 16 through 20: (Chapter 16: Multiplying Murders; Chapter 17: The Psychology of Crime; Chapter 18: Inverted Mysteries; Chapter 19: The Ironists; Chapter 20: Fiction from Fact)

 

Chapters 21 through 24: (Chapter Twenty-One: Singletons; Chapter Twenty-Two: Across the Atlantic; Chapter Twenty-Three: Cosmopolitan Crimes; ChapterTwenty-Four: The Way Ahead)

 

 

The Card:

 

As promised, I put together a bingo card for The Detective Club, based on the chapter headings in Martin Edward's The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.

 

Each number refers to the relevant chapter in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. The images are either a detail from the cover image of a book mentioned in the chapter, with the exception of #3, and I couldn't resist an image of Hercule Poirot for a chapter called The Great Detectives!

 

1. A New Era Dawns: image: cover detail from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
 
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

2. The Birth of the Golden Age: image: cover detail from The Mystery of the Red House by A.A. Milne
 
Planning to read: The Skeleton Key by Bernard Capes

3. The Great Detectives: image: Hercule Poirot as played by David Suchet
 
Hercule Poirot: The Murder on the Links

4. Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!: image: cover detail from The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Croft
 
The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Croft

5. Miraculous Murders: image: cover detail from Miraculous Murders anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
 
Miraculous Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (anthology)
The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

6. Serpents in Eden: image: cover detail from Serpents in Eden anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Poison in the Pen by Patricia Wentworth
 
7. Murder at the Manor: image: cover detail from Murder at the Manor anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
Penhallow by Georgette Heyer
Death Comes to Cambers by E.R. Punshon

8. Capital Crimes:  image: cover detail from Capital Crimes anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston 
Murder in the Museum by John Rowlands
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

9. Resorting to Murder: image: cover detail from Resorting to Murder anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Have His Carcase by Dorothy Sayers

10. Making Fun of Murder: image: cover detail from Ask A Policeman by The Detection Club
 
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

11. Education, Education, Education: image: cover detail from Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
 
Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

12. Playing Politics: image: cover detail from The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Croft
 

13. Scientific Enquiries: image: cover detail from Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg
 
Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Crofts

14. The Long Arm of the Law: image: cover detail from anthology of the same name, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand

15. The Justice Game: image: cover detail from Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate
 
Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

16. Multiplying Murders: image: cover detail from The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon
 
The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (read 1/12/18)

17. The Psychology of Crime: image: cover detail from Payment Deferred by C.S. Forester
 
A Fatal lnversion by Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine)

18. Inverted Mysteries: image: cover detail from Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
 
Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith (read 11/23/18)

19. The Ironists: image: cover detail from Family Matters by Anthony Rolls
 
Family Matters by Anthony Rolls

20. Fiction from Fact: image: cover detail from  The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
 
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

21. Singletons: image: cover detail from Darkness at Pemberley by T.H. White
 
The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

22. Across the Atlantic: image: cover detail from Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
 
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

23. Cosmopolitan Crimes:image: cover detail from Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon 
 
The Yellow Dog by Georges Simenon
The Flemish House by Georges Simenon

24. The Way Ahead: image: cover detail from The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
 
Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake
 
25. Free Square: I've used an image of The Detection Club mascot, Eric the Skull, for the free square.
 
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
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24 Festive Tasks: The Card and the Rules

The King is dead -- long live the King!  Halloween Bingo may be over, but the fun and games on BookLikes sure aren't.  Get ready for the reading year's grand finale:

 

The 24 Tasks of the Festive Season!

 

THE CARD

 

THE GAME HOSTS

This year, the game is brought to you by Moonlight Reader, MurderByDeath, Themis-Athena, and new host Tea-Stitch-Read (aka Mrs. Claus' Tea House).  A big welcome and round of applause to our new team member and co-host, who has brought some phantastic ideas to the table!

 

 

THE RULES

The rules of the game are essentially the same as last year -- with one major twist, however, concerning the reporting of completed tasks.

 

Game Period

As in previous years, the game lasts from November 1 through December 31.

 

 

Holidays, Tasks, and Points

Like an Advent calendar, our festive calendar has 24 ”doors“, behind each of which hides the square for one particular holiday falling (with one exception) into the game period.  Most of these holidays you’ll recognize from last year’s game, some are new -- and one has gotten a bit of an extra twist.

 

With each of the 24 holidays included in the festive calendar, one book reading task (typically, coming with several alternative choices) and four non-book tasks are associated: Completing either the book task (in any of its alternative incarnations) or any of the non-book tasks suffices to complete that particular square / door.

 

However, completing more than one task per square / holiday will earn you a corresponding number of extra points.  You can earn up to five points per holiday / square (1 for the book-related task and 4 for the non-book-related tasks).

 

 

Task Reporting Form

MurderByDeath, our resident coding whiz, has tweaked a Google form to turn it into a handy task reporting form for our game, which is going to make it much easier than before to keep track of all tasks reported:

 

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We will include the form in every holiday / "calendar door opening" post.

 

Two important notes:

 

(1) ONLY tasks reported using this form will be counted.

 

(2)  In this present post, (i.e., the main "Card and Rules" post) the drop-down menu to select the holiday for which you are reporting tasks will be updated as the game progresses.  Currently it only includes the holidays's we're revealing today (Nov. 1), with further holidays to be added as we're "opening" the respective calendar doors.  As stated above, each of those posts will, in turn, also contain an updated version of the form / drop-down menu, up to and including that day's holiday.

 

BUT we will not go back and update every single previously-posted "door opening" post every time a new "door opening" post goes up.

 

So, to find a version of the form that includes the holiday you want to report for, there are basically three methods:

(a) Bookmark this post here ("Card and Rules") and go back to it to report tasks completed; or

(b) Find the post for the holiday for which you're reporting a completed task; or

(c) Find the post revealing the most recent holiday, which should automatically include all previously-revealed holidays up to and including that holiday / square.

 

 

"Door Opening" / Holiday Posting Schedule

As a general rule, like last year, we will be “opening” the festive calendar’s doors on the dates on which the respective holidays occur.  “Opening” a door will reveal the holiday hiding behind that door and the associated book and non-book tasks.

 

Moonlight Reader will be revealing the game's first holiday and its associated tasks in a post of hers in a little while.

 

There are two exeptions from the basic schedule outlined above:

 

(1) Melbourne Cup Day: As our established horse racing guide from previous years, MbD, won't be home on this holiday this year, Darth Pedant (formerly known as Darth Pony) has graciously agreed to help out.  Our heartfelt thanks and a big round of applause to her as well!

 

DP will announce the horses in this year's running once that information has been made public (Nov. 3 or thereabouts), and she'll post the winners and the horses placed second and third after the race is over.

 

One of the game's other hosts will separately post the "full" set of Melbourne Cup Day tasks, i.e. including the book task and the other three non-book tasks.

 

(2) The eight final holidays: As our calendar matches the actual date of each holiday included in the game, this year we have eight holidays either directly before or after Christmas.  As -- like last year -- we don't want anybody to have to cram these into the year's final ten days, and into time you'll likely want to spend with friends and family, we'll be revealing these holidays and the associated tasks ahead of time:

 

* The names of the eight final holidays of the game and the corresponding book tasks will be revealed in a separate post today; and

* The non-book tasks for all eight final holidays will be revealed on December 1.

 

 

Book Joker

You have the option to replace up to two holiday-related tasks (for different holidays), either books or non-book tasks, by using the book joker card.  To use the book joker, read a book for any of the holidays on the card that are already unveiled at that time.

 

 

 

Charity Donation

Finally, like in previous years, we will be using the number of total points accumulated by all participants as a basis for the amount we’ll ultimately donate, on behalf of the BookLikes community, to one or several book-related charities.

 

We'll be reposting the rules in the Bingo group and open a "Questions" thread -- if you do have questions, please post them there.  Thanks in advance!

 

Let the games begin!!

 

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IMPORTANT NOTE: If you intend to use an image of the playing card in your own posts, you're going to have to copy and save the image at the top of this post here

 

Like in last year's game, the "door opening" technique involves some fancy coding (all courtesy of MbD, of course), which basically means that what is going to appear as one seamless card in our posts from now on is actually going to be a bunch of individual images all sitting snug right next to (and above and below) each other, so wherever you right-click on "copy", you're only going to be copying that particular fractional image.

 

The calendar image at the top of this post is actually larger than shown here; if you right-click on the image and select "show / display image", you can see and save it in its original glory.  (BL will automatically size it down to fit the post if you then include it in a post of your own.)

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Dia de los Muertos

Door 1:  Dia de Los Muertos

 

Task 1: Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

 

Task 2:  If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo.

 

Task 3: Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

 

Task 4: Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?

 

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.

 

 

NEW: Once you've completed a task or tasks, please use the handy form, located in the spoiler tags (to keep things tidy) to let us know. This will make tracking points MUCH easier for the 24 Tasks Team.

* Required

 


 


 


 


 


Book
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BONUS

 


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For folks who followed me on twitter

Twitter has stopped being a force for good in my life (honestly, I'm not sure it was ever a force for good in my life), and the only people I care about on twitter are also here, on BL. I have therefore deactivated my twitter account, and am hoping that my stress level will decrease. I am going to significantly limit my social media time moving forward, excluding Booklikes, of course.

 

I'm still trying to decide what to do with FB and IG.

 

Edit:

 

I decided to deactivate FB as well. I'm keeping IG for now. 

 

I've been increasingly concerned with my diminished attention span - it's hard for me to settle in with a book and I jump from site to site. I've decided to spend November & December doing a "digital cleanse," to see if I can reverse the damage. I took both the FB & the Twitter apps off my phone so that I am not tempted to check them. I'm going to set my kindle Fire aside, and just use my e-ink kindle so I'm not tempted to hop onto the internet while I'm reading, and to avoid impacting my sleep, and I am probably going to try to read more print books, and avoid "screens" as much as possible.

Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween Bingo ends as it began - at midnight your time. 

 

I hope everyone had a great game!

Bingo call: 10/31/19

Last Call! Bingo is officially over.