On the heels of the Donald Trump victory, my chromebook up and died.
I am not entirely unconvinced that these two things aren't related.
Anyway, my posting ability is limited until I replace the darned thing tomorrow!
But, I swear, I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while I sew. Anyway, as I mentioned yesterday, I've got some Christmas sewing to do. I wanted to make a hostess gift for my sister-in-law, who is hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I decided to make a prototype Christmas tote bag. The fabric line is called The Cookie Exchange and it is super-adorable and festive.
Here's the first version:
Every time I make something new, I learn so much!
I am still working on that Halloween quilt, but since I didn't finish it in time for the holiday, it's no rush to get it done for next year!
So, I thought I'd share my next big project here! I do have some Christmas sewing to do, so I'm not exactly sure when I will really get down to business on this one, but it's a modern sampler quilt with 100 different block possibilities. Knowing myself, I will likely add some embroidery and/or some applique to the final product.
I have the most amazing collection of fabrics for this quilt as well! There is a design company called Cotton + Steel, which produces amazing modern prints by very talented designers! I've been collecting them for awhile, and I have so many that I could probably make ten quilts with all of the fabric.
I'll be posting pictures of the blocks on my instagram account: @reading_while_stitching. If you're on IG, you can follow me there!
So I finished my Mistletoe Lane Christmas quilt while I listened to Harry Potter. How adorable is that ice skate print?
I honestly cannot believe that my fellow Americans voted for a misogynist, racist, authoritarian demagogue reality television star con man.
This was my daughter's first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. At 20 years old, she had an opportunity that I have been waiting 32 years for - she voted for a woman major party nominee with a real shot at winning the presidency.
I did not vote for Hillary Clinton because she is the lesser of two evils. I voted for her because I have admired her for three decades. She is a bad ass nasty woman who has spent her career trying to make life better for children. So have I.
I won't be back until this over. And if my country elects an authoritarian racist misogynist demagogue, it will take me a while to stop sobbing and leave the house again.
I know I said I wasn't going to reveal the full game until tomorrow, but with Halloween Bingo coming to a close, I just can't wait anymore! The game runs from November 1, 2016 through January 2, 2017.
This one is just for fun! Activities/reads can be gathered in any order - you don't need to complete any individual task before moving on to the next. We have come up with 12 festive tasks for you to undertake - each task has two options for completion. One of the tasks is reading related, the other is an activity. You can fulfill the task by doing one task, but feel free to do both if they catch your fancy.
This game isn't really prize focused, but there will be a drawing on January 2, 2016 for a prize, with everyone who completes the twelve tasks eligible to win!
Task the First: The Winter Wonderland:
- Read a book that is set in a snowy place.
- If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren't, take a walk outside and post a picture of something pretty you encountered on your way.!
Task the Second: The Silent Nights:
- Read a book set in one of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and/or Denmark), where winter nights are long!
- Get your hygge on! Hygge is a Danish concept that relates to being content and cozy. Put on your fuzziest socks, light a candle, and spend some time (reading) in front of the fireplace or your coziest nook. Post a picture if you want!
Task the Third: The Holiday Party:
- Read a book where a celebration is a big part of the action. Examples would include holiday parties, country house hunting/weekend parties, weddings, etc.
- Make something that is considered party food where you are from, and post a picture of it on booklikes.
Task the Fourth: The Gift Card:
- Read a book that you either received as a gift or have given as a gift.
- Give a book to a friend and post a picture of the wrapped present.
Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa:
- Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country.
- Make a small donation to a charitable organization that operates in Africa.
Task the Sixth: The Hanukkah:
- Let the dreidel choose a book for you: create a list of four books, and assign a dreidel symbol to each one (Nun = miracle; Gimel = great; He = happened; Shin = there, i.e. Israel). Google "spin the dreidel," and a dreidel comes up for you to spin. Give it a spin and read the book that the dreidel chooses!
- Make a traditional Hanukkah food like doughnuts or potato latkes. Post a picture, or tell us how they turned out!
Task the Seventh: The Christmas:
- Read a book set during the Christmas holiday season.
- Grab your camera (or your phone) and set up a Christmas bookstagram-style scene with favorite holiday reads, objects or decorations. Possibly also a cat. Post it for everyone to enjoy!
Task Eighth: The Movie Ticket
- Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie.
- Go see a new theater release this holiday season (during November/December. This does not have to be a holiday movie, so yes, Fantastic Beasts will qualify).
Task the Ninth: The Happy New Year
- Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right.
- If you're feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth.
Task the Tenth The Holiday Down Under
- Read a book set in Australia or by an Australian author, or read a book you would consider a "beach read".
- Christmas crackers are a traditional part of an Australian Christmas. Buy some (or make your own) to add to your festivities and share some pictures!
Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express
- Read a book that involves train travel (such as Murder on the Orient Express).
- Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy) or tell us a story about a childhood Christmas you'd like to share.
Task the Twelfth: The Wassail Bowl
- Read a book set in the UK, preferably during the medieval or Victorian periods (for those of us doing the Merlin read-along, the Crystal Cave works for this task).
- Drink a festive, holiday beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Take a picture of your drink, and post it to share - make it as festive as possible!
We hope you will join us in the fun!
1. Chris' Fish Place (1)
2. BrokenTune (2)
3. Witches' Brew and Books (3)
4. Murder by Death (4)
6. Libromancer's Apprentice (6)
7. Themis-Athena's Garden (7)
8. Lilelara (8)
9. Rane Aria (9)
10. Isanythingopen (10)
11. Hooked on Books (11)
12. Ani's Book Abyss (12)
13. Lora's Rants and Reviews (13)
14. Jennifer's BOOoooOOOOks (14)
15. Tannat (15)
This is everyone who we have playing for the blackout bingo card!
And the winner is!!! Chris' Fish Place! Chris please message me so that I can send you off your prize!
Once again thanks to everyone who has played! You have made this a lot of fun!
Our read along of the first book in the Merlin trilogy, The Crystal Cave, begins tomorrow! We had planned to read each book over approximately 3 weeks, so I've come up with the following schedule:
Tuesday, 11/1-Monday, 11/7: Book I (The Dove) & Book II (The Falcon)
Tuesday, 11/8 - Monday, 11/14: Book III (The Wolf) & Book IV (The Red Dragon)
Tuesday, 11/15 - Monday, 11/21: Book V (The Coming of the Bear)
I'm planning on starting the second book, The Hollow Hills, on November 22!
In terms of posting, not everyone likes to read to a schedule. If you want to just devour the whole thing, use spoiler tags and go for it. If you want to wait until the last week, that's fine, too! The schedule is intended to be helpful, not troublesome.
Use "merlin trilogy buddy read" to tag your posts! And, let me know if you plan to read with us, in the comments below!
At Themis-Athena's suggestion, I added a thread to the Buddy Reads group, which you can find here!
Prior winners are eligible, and the drawing will occur at 3 PM. I moved it up to 3 because my day is insane right now and I am trying to make sure I keep on track with things here on Booklikes as well.
- Vampires vs. Werewolves: Mayhem by Sara Pinborough (9/2/16)
- Reads with Booklikes Friends: Ammie Come Home by Barbara Michaels (9/2/16)
- Genre: Mystery: Death In The Tunnel by Miles Burton (9/3/16)
- Free Square: The Redbreast by Joe Nesbo (9/3/16)
- Creepy Crawlies: Libriomancer by Jim Hines (9/4/16)
- Grave or Graveyard: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (9/8/16)
- Gothic: Snowfire by Phyllis Whitney (9/8/16)
- YA Horror: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (9/8/16)
- Scary Women (Authors): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Set in New England: Maplecroft by Cheri Priest
- Fall Into A Good Book: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Supernatural: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- Locked Room Mystery: Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
- Read by Flashlight or Candlelight: The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Black Cat: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- It Was A Dark and Stormy Night: Falconridge by Jennifer Wilde
- Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses: The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
- Full Moon: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- Witches: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- Pumpkin: Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
- Diverse Authors are Spooky Fun: Sorceror to the Crown by Zen Cho
- Magical Realism: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
- Classic Horror: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
- Horror: We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Set on Halloween: A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Just putting this up here as a reminder!
Don't forget that we are beginning the Mary Stewart Merlin readalong on
Start acquiring your books now so you are ready to read!
This is the last sneak peek, before the full reveal on
Task the Twelfth: The Wassail Bowl
Wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide drunk from a 'wassailing bowl'. The earliest versions were warmed mead – ale brewed with honey – into which roastedcrab apples were dropped and burst to create a drink called 'lambswool' drunk on Lammas day, still known in Shakespeare's time.
- Read a book set in the UK, preferably during the medieval or Victorian periods (for those of us doing the Merlin read-along, this task is covered).
- Go out or stay in to drink a festive, holiday beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Take a picture of your drink, and post it to share - make it as festive as possible!
For today's sneak peek, I introduce to you:
Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket
- Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie or television show, on either the large screen or the small screen.
- Go see a new theater release this holiday season (during November/December. This does not have to be a holiday movie, so yes, Fantastic Beasts will qualify, as will Rogue One).
Since bingo is rapidly winding down, OBP and I decided that we should have a little scavenger hunt through the holidays. This is just for fun! Reads/activities can be gathered in any order - you don't need to complete any individual task before moving on to the next.
We have come up with 12 festive tasks for you to undertake - each task has two options for completion. One of the options is reading related, the other is an activity. You can fulfill the task by doing one of the two, but feel free to do both if they catch your fancy.
As for the question of prizes: this game is not prize focused. However, at the end of the game, in early January, everyone who has completed all twelve tasks will be entered in a drawing and something fun will be forthcoming!
So, now, a sneak peek!
Task the Third: The Holiday Party
- Read a book where a celebration or party is a big part of the action. Examples would include holiday parties, country house hunting/weekend parties, weddings, etc.
- Make something that is considered party food where you are from, and share a picture of it on booklikes.