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Currently reading

Footsteps in the Dark
Georgette Heyer
Progress: 197/352pages
Slightly Married
Mary Balogh

24 Festive Tasks - Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 2)

 

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.

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

To And The There Were None,

The rest pale compared to you.

24 Festive Tasks - Door 4: Guy Fawkes Night (Task 1)

 

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

 

(in no particular order)

 

1. "Alpha-hole" heroes. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against alpha-type heroes, usually. But when they're huge jerks (especially if they remain so during the course of the book), I most certainly do.

 

2. Cliffhanger endings. I don't like them. At all. I don't mind unresolved plot points and the like, but leaving characters in a life or death situation, or just before a huge reveal is a big, big no-no for me.

 

3. Love triangles. Just stop it.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 352 pages.

Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer

Reading for:

 

 

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.

24 Festive Tasks - Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 4)

 

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

 

Ice cream sundae! This is Salted Caramel Blondie ice cream topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

 

24 Festive Tasks 2019 - Update #6

Ten points in less than a week! :D

 

 

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 1) - Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 2) - If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 3) - Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (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.

 

Door 2: Japanese Culture Day (Task 3) - Try your hand at folding a paper crane. Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paper-Crane-1/

(+ 1 Bonus point for successfully completing the crane)

Door 2: Japanese Culture Day (Book) - Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting

 

Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1) - Pick your ponies.

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.

 

Door 4: Guy Fawkes Night (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.)

 

Total points: 10

24 Festive Tasks - Door 4: Guy Fawkes Night (Task 2)

 

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.)

 

I'd do away with those annoying descriptive taglines I've been seeing on some ebooks lately (or kindle books, at least). And as much as it pains me to say it, the Joy Ellis kindle editions are big offenders here.

 

 

Had I not listened to the first Jackman and Evans audiobook, I'd have never given them nor the Nikki Galena series a chance because those "gripping thriller full of twists" taglines are a huge turn off for me.

 

Thankfully Richard Armitage was there to lead me to the Jackman and Evans series. (And also, the audible editions don't use those taglines.)

Penny Dreadful - The Ongoing Series, Vol. 3: The Victory of Death

Penny Dreadful - The Ongoing Series, Vol. 3: The Victory of Death - Chris King

If this was how they planned on continuing the show after the third season, I'm maybe not as upset as I once was that they show ended so soon.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Penny Dreadful - The Ongoing Series, Vol. 3: The Victory of Death - Chris King

Read for:

 

 

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

24 Festive Tasks 2019 - Update #5

I'll look into some of the other tasks from the two doors opened today later on. I want to snuggle in bed with an episode of Midsomer Murders before I go to sleep.

 

Also, TA said in the 24 Festive Tasks Questions thread and also in this post here that we now get a point for attempting the origami crane (you need to show an actual attempt was made, though) and a bonus point for successfully completing the crane, so I've added in another point.

 

 

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 1) - Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 2) - If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 3) - Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (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.

 

Door 2: Japanese Culture Day (Task 3) - Try your hand at folding a paper crane. Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paper-Crane-1/

(+ 1 Bonus point for successfully completing the crane)

 

Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1) - Pick your ponies.

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.

 

Total points: 8

24 Festive Tasks - Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 3)

 

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.

 

I present, the Loki mug:

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Penny Dreadful - The Ongoing Series, Vol. 3: The Victory of Death - Chris King

Reading for:

 

 

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

 

24 Festive Tasks - Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1)

 

Task 1: Pick your ponies.

 

My picks were:

 

Master of Reality (IRE)
Mustajeer (GB)
Constantinople (IRE)

 

None of them placed, so I get just the one point for completing the task.

The Reading Lesson (1883) by Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje [x]

24 Festive Tasks 2019 - Update #4

I forgot to mention that in addition to equaling or surpassing my point total from last year, I also aim to complete at least one task from each door.

 

 

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 1) - Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 2) - If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 3) - Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (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.

 

Door 2: Japanese Culture Day (Task 3) - Try your hand at folding a paper crane. Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paper-Crane-1/

 

Total points: 5

24 Festive Tasks - Door 2: Japanses Culture Day (Task 3)

 

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

 

Okay, this is a crane that has seen some things, he's been through some stuff. His wings are a little ripped in places, and other parts don't line up exactly right, but he's here, dammit.

 

(Sidenote: This was way more difficult than the little boat we made last year, lol.)

 

ETA: TA says we get a point for the attempt, and a bonus point for completing the task! :D

 

24 Festive Tasks 2019 - Update #3

 

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 1) - Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 2) - If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 3) - Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (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.

 

Total points: 4