Not sure I'll complete them all, but an attempt will be made.
Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).
(Set in 1813)
Book themes for Dōngzhì Festival: Read a book set in China or written by a Chinese author / an author of Chinese origin; or read a book that has a pink or white cover.
Non-book related tasks I have in mind include:
Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: Post about your 5 favourite books this year and why you appreciated them so much. –OR– Take a shelfie / stack picture of the above-mentioned 5 favorite books. (Feel free to combine these tasks into 1!
Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR– post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR– Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.
Though I only have three books in which I have serious grievances.
Tasks for Christmas: So. many. options. Post a picture of your stockings hung from the chimney with care, –OR– a picture of Santa’s ‘treat’ waiting for him. –OR– Share with us your family Christmas traditions involving gift-giving, or Santa’s visit. Did you write letters to Santa as a kid (and if so, did he write back, as J.R.R. Tolkien did “as Santa Claus” to his kids)? If so, what did you wish for? A teddy bear or a doll? Other toys – or practical things? And did Santa always bring what you asked for?
If I'm counting correctly, if I finish these tasks by the end of the year, I'll have a total of 15 points.
The Book of Sonnets (Date unknown) by Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) [x]
Total points: 10
You know, I wasn't sure when I started this how many points I'd be able to earn, but I'm quite pleased with my progress!
Tasks for Kwanzaa: Create a stack of books in the Kwanzaa color scheme using red, black and green and post your creation and post a photo (or post a photo of a shelfie where black, red and green predominate).
I went with some cozy mysteries for this one.
Total points: 9
This isn't exactly a review. I just wanted to mention a couple things that really pleased me about this book.
I used this book to fill the following square:
Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused.
–OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively).
And I think I actually managed to fill a square on the actual day of the event.
Finished this in the wee early morning hours, and then spent pretty much the rest of my morning asleep.
Total points: 8
This was really good! I haven't read a Krentz book that wasn't somehow tied into the Arcane Society (or featured some other paranormal aspects in it) in quite awhile.
The mystery was good, and while you're made aware of the identity of one of the villains pretty much right from the start, there's still more villains to be uncovered, as this mystery is pretty intricate.
I LOVED the two leads. Both were fleshed out really well, and both had pasts that made them wary. There was an instant attraction on both their parts, but the relationship developed quite naturally and without any angst. (Which is something I find I really enjoy.)
I'm looking forward to reading the next in this...trilogy, I think it is. Each one centering around three foster brothers.
I used this book to fill the following square:
Book themes for Pancha Ganapati: Read anything involving a need for forgiveness in the story line; a story about redemption –OR– Read a book whose cover has one of the 5 colors of the holiday: red, blue, green, orange, or yellow –OR– Read a book involving elephants.
The plan was to just read a few chapters of this and then get back to the JD Robb I was reading.
Awhile back I placed yet another order from BWB during their Black Friday sale. I got one book for myself and then my parents each had a couple of books they wanted, so I got those too. My last few orders from them have been coming from two different locations, so you end up with 2 packages. The first one came and had my book and one of my mom's books. A couple days later, the second package came and it contained my mom's other book, one of my dad's books, and this...
...which is so totally NOT the other book my dad wanted. So, I emailed them, and they apologized for the mistake, have mailed out the correct book, and told me not to worry about sending back the incorrect book, and that if I didn't want it myself, to please give it away or donate it.
I do want it, though. I watched the movie a lot when I was younger, but I never read the book. My mom wants to read it, too.
A Quiet Read in the Shade (Date unknown) by George Goodwin Kilburne (1839-1924) [x]