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Definitely a different type of book, then I usually read lately.

Haven - Mary Lindsey

First off I would like to thank Netgalley, Entangled Publishing, LLC, and they Author Mary Lindsey, for granting my request to read and review this very interesting book.

I really loved the character of Rain, from the very beginning, I loved that he could handle himself. I really also loved that it was only his point of view that we were getting. I am so use to reading books that are mostly from the females point of view. Or a mixture of both the female, and males point of views.

I really wasn't sure if I was going to like Freddie, or if you want to call her by her real name, Friederiike, at first but she started to grow on me, but not until  almost the half way point. And that's just because she wanted to at first protected her secret, and the big reason protect Rain. I figured out her secret way before Rain did. I loved that once Rain found out her secret, it didn't stop him from wanting to be with Freddie. Even when Freddie wanting to push him away. Another character I really loved was Rain's aunt Ruby, who took him in after his mom died. I really felt bad for Ruby when her backstory was revealed to us the readers. I figured something happened in her past, but I wasn't sure exactly what that was. 

The ending I thought was pretty action packed, and I was very happy on how it ended. I would definitely read more books by this Author. 

Really Great Start to the Series.

Rosemarked - Livia Blackburne

Boy this book was pretty good and it really kept my attention throughout the whole book. I loved both of the main characters, which were Zivah, and Dineas, both of them have a sad history. Zivah has a incurable disease called rosemarked, but she won't let that get her down. Dineas was captured and tortured, I believe he said for a year. And of course due to that he has his walls up. So Zivah is a healer and with this disease or actually with is more of a sickness, some people recover and is fine, while others get the rosemarked and that means they can get the sickness again. This guy named Arka, I am not going to tell you much about him but he is important in the book. Well anyways he was at Zivah's camp and got the sickness but wasn't rosemarked. Zivah was the one that saved his life, and he invited her to come to his hometown to learn more about medicine, etc. I know I am not explaining this very well, so I am sorry. But if you read this book you'll understand were I am going with this.

So Zivah and Dineas meet up and for reasons I am not going to mention, decide to go were Arka is from, but to do this Dineas can't go as he is now, for reasons again I am not going to mention. For these two totally different people to do this Zivah makes a type of potion that will make Dineas forget who he is at times. Zivah also makes another one that will make him remember at times when she gives it to him. Plus she makes one more that will give him his memory back permanently.

It's very interesting how different Dineas is without his memories, when his this way, his just so carefree, and really has feelings for Zivah. And you can tell that she has feelings for him as well, but since she has a death sentence on her, she doesn't want him to have these feelings. And of course she doesn't want to have them for him either.

So really no romance in at least this book, but who knows about the next book.

I know I am not doing a really great job reviewing this book but it's really an interesting book, and I finished it in a day so it really kept me interested in what was going to happen and how the book was going to end. Which was in a cliffhanger but yet satisfying place for right now. And I will definitely be reading the next one in this series, to see what is going to happen next. Because I really hope good things are going to happen to these two characters, who I hope windup with one another, if Zivah can get cured somehow.

I am so glad that I requested and was approved for this book, from Netgalley. 

Review for Blog Tour I am Involved in.

Airwoman: Book 1 - Zara Quentin
AIRWOMAN Digital Assets
About The Book:
Title: 
AIRWOMAN
Author:
 Zara Quentin Pub. Date: October 25, 2016 Publisher: Zara Quentin Pages: 316
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A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s cosmic quest for clues could make her the next victim… Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found dead with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods… To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate? Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure. Buy Airwoman today to let your imagination take flight!
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My Review
I enjoyed this book, I really love books with dragons in it. I also really thought the plot and some of the characters were pretty interesting. I loved Jade in this book a lot, and she kepted me wanting to read the book, to see what would happen to her and the individuals around her. I liked Axel as well, that is when his in the book, I really hope his in the next book more. And that we learn a lot more about him, and see Jade and his relationship more.
The ending was full of action and adventure, and was a cliffhanger but I thought it was an awesome way to end it. Until whenever the next one comes out, which I will definitely be wanting to read.
I was really glad that I asked to take part in the book tour for this book, and was picked to take part in it.
 
About Zara:
Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination. After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.  Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.
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2 winners will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice from Amazon, B&N, or TBD, International. Rafflecopter Embed Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2661/?
 
Tour Schedule:
 
 
Week One: 10/30/2017- Mythical Books- Interview 10/30/2017- Blushing Bibliophile- Review   10/31/2017- Rabid Readers Book Blog- Excerpt 10/31/2017- To Be Read- Review   11/1/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post 11/1/2017- jrsbookreviews- Review   11/2/2017- Maddie.TV- Interview 11/2/2017- My Creatively Random Life- Review   11/3/2017- Books,Dreams,Life- Excerpt
 
Week Two:
11/6/2017- The Hermit Librarian- Guest Post 11/6/2017- J Heart Loves Books- Review   11/7/2017- YA and Wine- Interview 11/7/2017- Lori's Little House of Reviews- Review   11/8/2017- Hooked To Books- Excerpt 11/8/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview   11/9/2017- Spilling Words- Excerpt   11/10/2017- Daily Waffle- Interview 11/10/2017- Perspective of a Writer- Review

 

Good little introduction for the new series!!!!!

The Angel Knights (The Angel Knights Series) (Volume 1) - Regina Wamba, Mary Ting

I really thought it was a good introducing for the series. I never read the first series with Michael, and Claudia, which is called Crossroads. I do own the first book just haven't read it yet. There really isn't a whole lot to review about this one. Even though it does set up the new series, that looks like it's going to be interesting. In the new series it's going to be about the children of Claudia and Michael, as well as their Uncle Davin, whom is going to be there guardian.

In this book we find out that the new series is going to deal with trying to find out who are taken some missing teens and why. The main characters will be Uncle Davin, ( whom I really love, because his super funny), Zach, and who I will be the main character and that is Lucia. And from what I read about her already is that she's going to get herself in a lot of trouble, because she reacts before she thinks. I really believe that because she has a big heart and what's to help the people she loves. 

I already started to read the first one in the series but my review won't be up until my part of a book tour that I am taking part of. So you'll have to wait until the middle of the month to find out what I thought about the first book.

Really Not Sure What to Say About this Book.

The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins

I am still trying to figure out what I just read, and what to say about it!!!!! This book was really messed up that's for sure. I really wasn't sure if it was a 3 or 4 star for me, so I gave it a 3 1/2  star rating. Steve, Carolyn, and Erwin were to me the most interesting characters in the book and I am not really sure if I liked or hated how the story ended for each of these individuals. David was really a distributed individual, and he really gave the creeps, and I am not really sure how I felt about his ending in the book. And the mystery of what happened with "father", I am delighted not sure how I felt about his story either.

I guess just like the book, these individual characters ended went along with that. The book was just so weird that at times I just didn't know if I was going to want and finish this book at all. But I just had to see what was going to happen to everyone, especially Erwin, Carolyn, and Steve. And to see how things were going to wind up. Favorite part has to be with Steve and the Lions. It was interesting to find out why Carolyn acted the way she did towards Steve. I really didn't have a favorite or really care for anyone in particular, but if I had to pick someone it would be a tie between Steve and Erwin.

I really loved the cover, and I am not sure if I would ever read the book again, but who knows.

Awesome Time traveling book.

Cold Summer - Gwen Cole

Once I started this book yesterday I just couldn't put it down, what a interesting book, and cast of characters. My favorite character would have to be of course Kale but I really loved Harper and her Uncle Jasper as well. Another character I liked a lot was Kale's best friend Miles. 

I thought it was a very interesting book that really went into great detail on what a toll it takes on someone in a book that time travels. As well as someone that has PTSD and how it affects them. 

I felt bad about Kale and his father's relationship, especially with everything else that Kale was going through in the book. I am so happy he had Harper, Uncle Jasper, and Miles, to go to when he needed them. 

Harper and Kale's relationship was really fantastic and I loved how they supported one another, with his situation with his dad and Harper's situation with her mother. There relationship was one of my favorite things about this book, along with the time traveling part of the story.

The ending of the book and what happens in regards to Kale's time traveling was interesting and very satisfying.

SpotLight for Rage of the Dragon King.

Rage of the Dragon King - J. Keller Ford
RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING BY J. KELLER FORD BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: Oct 23-Nov 3 Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36062252-rage-of-the-dragon-king Purchase Links: Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N |TBD | iBooks Link to Tour Schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-rage-of-the-dragon-king-by-j-keller-ford/ Giveaway Details: One (1) winner will receive a Kindle Fire Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e652/? Rage of the Dragon King (The Chronicles of Fallhollow #2) by J. Keller Ford Publication Date:  October 24, 2017 Publisher:  Month9Books David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it's time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon. Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon's lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David's hometown of Havendale...and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He'd rather fight a dragon. With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn't the sanctuary they'd hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can't prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin. OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721483-in-the-shadow-of-the-dragon-king ABOUT THE AUTHOR   J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love. When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her. Published works include The Passing of Millie Hudson, a paranormal short story that can be found in READING GLASSES. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy. Book 2 in the series is slated for Fall 2016. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

Introducing the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season!

Reblogged from Murder by Death:

Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books and I have put together a little something to celebrate the festive season we hope you’ll like.  Our goal was to represent as many of the festive holidays and traditions that happen at this time of year around the world as we reasonably could, and boy have we packed it in!  But don’t worry, we’ve also tried our hardest to make this as easy, or as challenging, as each player wishes it to be.

 

So enough introduction… here’s the card:

 

 

(full rules to follow in a seperate post) - we’ve created book themes and holiday tasks for each holiday - but you can do as few or as many as you want, so don’t stress if this seems like a lot.  In the spirit of the “Silly Season” we’ve tried to spoil you for choice!

 

Brief Card Key:

 

Square 1: November 1st:

All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos / Calan Gaeaf

 

Square 2: November 5th:

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night/Fireworks Night) / Bon Om Touk (Cambodian Water Festival)

 

Square 3: November 5th & 11th:

St. Martin’s Day (5th) / Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day (11th)

 

Square 4: November 22nd and 23rd:

Penance Day (22nd) / Thanksgiving (23rd)

 

Square 5: December 3rd and following 3 Sundays:

Advent

 

Square 6: December 5th-6th and 8th:

Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht (5th) / St. Nicholas Day (6th) / Bodhi Day (8th)

 

Square 7: December 10th & 13th:

International Human Rights Day (10th) / St. Lucia’s Day (13th)

 

Square 8: December 12th - 24th:

Hanukkah (begins 12th, ends 20th) Las Posadas (begins 16th, ends 24th)

 

Square 9: December 21st:

Winter Solstice / Mōdraniht / Yuletide / Yaldā Night

 

Square 10: December 21st:

World Peace Day / Pancha Ganapati begins (ends 25th)

 

Square 11: December 21st-22nd:

Soyal (21st) / Dōngzhì Festival (22nd) (China)

 

Square 12: December 23rd

Festivus / Saturnalia ends (begins 17th)

 

Square 13: December 25th

Christmas / Hogswatch

 

Square 14: December 25th

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti / Quaid-e-Azam’s Day

 

Square 15: December 25th-26th:

Newtonmas (25th) / St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day (26th)

 

Square 16: December 26th-31st:

Kwanzaa (begins 26th, ends 31st) / New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay / St. Sylvester’s Day / Watch Night

 

 

 

Holiday book themes and tasks

 

Square 1: November 1st:

All Saints Day is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. Día de Muertos focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey, while Calan Gaeaf is the name of the first day of winter in Wales.

 

Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day:  A book that has a primarily black and white cover, or one that has all the colours (ROYGBIV) together on the cover.

 

Book themes for Calan Gaeaf: 

Read any of your planned Halloween Bingo books that you didn’t end up reading after all, 

involving witches, hags, or various types of witchcraft –OR– read a book with ivy or roses on the cover, or a character’s name/title of book is/has Rose or Ivy in it.

 

Tasks for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: create a short poem, or an epitaph for your most hated book ever.

 

Tasks for Calan Gaeaf: If you’re superstition-proof, inscribe your name on a rock, toss it in a fire and take a picture to post –OR– Make a cozy wintertime dish involving leeks (the national plant of Wales) and post the recipe and pictures with your thoughts about how it turned out.

 

 

Square 2: November 5th:

Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night) is an annual holiday, primarily in Great Britain, commemorating the events of November 5th, 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Bon Om Touk (the Cambodian Water Festival), marks a reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River.

 

Book themes for Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover.

 

Book themes for Bon Om Touk:  Read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover.

 

Tasks for Guy Fawkes Night: Post pictures of past or present bonfires, fireworks (IF THEY’RE LEGAL) or sparklers.  Or: Host a traditional English tea party, or make yourself a nice cup of tea and settle down with a good book to read.  Which kind of tea is your favorite? Tell us why.

 

Tasks for Bon Om Touk:  Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

 

Square 3: November 5th & 11th:

St. Martin’s Day (November 5th), also known as the Feast of Saint Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, as well as Old Halloween and Old Hallowmas Eve, is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours (Martin le Miséricordieux).  Veterans’ Day, or Armistice Day (November 11th), marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.  In the United States, Veteran’s Day is expanded to include all military veterans from any military action.

 

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).

 

Book themes for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Read a book involving veterans of any war, books about WWI or WWII (fiction or non-fiction).  –OR– Read a book with poppies on the cover.

 

Tasks for St. Martin’s Day: Write a Mother Goose-style rhyme or a limerick; the funnier the better.  –OR– Take a picture of the book you’re currently reading, next to a glass of wine, or the drink of your choice, with or without a fire in the background.  –OR– Bake Weckmann; if you’re not a dab hand with yeast baking, make a batch of gingerbread men, or something else that’s typical of this time of the year where you live.  Post pics of the results and the recipe if you’d like to share it.

 

Tasks for Verteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Make, or draw a red poppy and show us a pic of your red poppy or other symbol of remembrance –OR– post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war. 

 

 

Square 4: November 22nd and 23rd:

Penance Day, or Buß- und Bettag (November 22nd), is a Protestant holiday and a public holiday in the state of Saxony and is an occasion for Protestant Christians to pray or reflect on quiet thoughts, and while Thanksgiving (November 23rd) started out as a purely US holiday (and Canadian! on October 9th), it’s now well-known around the world for its feasts, family togetherness, and a holiday that strikes fear in the hearts of turkeys everywhere.

 

Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher or priest as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

Book themes for Thanksgiving Day: Books with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.  –OR– Books with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover.

 

Tasks for Penance Day: Tell us – what has recently made you stop in your tracks and think?  –OR– What was a big turning point in your life?  –OR–  Penance Day is a holiday of the Protestant church, which dates its origins, in large parts, to Martin Luther, who published his “95 Theses” exactly 500 years ago this year.  Compile a catalogue of theses (it needn’t be 95) about book blogging!  What suggestions or ideas would you propose to improve the experience of book blogging?

 

Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for –OR– a picture of your thanksgiving feast; post your favourite turkey-day recipe.  –OR– Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book - post a picture of it.

 

Bonus task:  share your most hilarious turkey-day memory.

 

 

Square 5: December 3rd and following 3 Sundays:

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

 

Book themes for Advent: Read a book with a wreath or with pines or fir trees on the cover –OR– Read the 4th book from a favorite series, or a book featuring 4 siblings.

 

Tasks for Advent: Post a pic of your advent calendar. (Festive cat, dog, hamster or other suitable pet background expressly encouraged.) –OR– “Advent” means “he is coming.”  Tell us: What in the immediate or near future are you most looking forward to?  (This can be a book release, or a tech gadget, or an event … whatever you next expect to make you really happy.)

 

Bonus task:  make your own advent calendar and post it.

 

 

Square 6: December 5th-6th and 8th:

Sinterklaas, also known as St. Nicholas Day, celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas on 6th of December. The feast is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on St. Nicholas' Eve (5th of December) or on the morning of 6th of December, Saint Nicholas Day.  Krampusnacht (December 5th) is the day when Krampus, a companion of St. Nicholas, arrives to punish the children who have been naughty during the year, and in Asia, the 8th of December is Bodhi Day, the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment.

 

Book themes for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: A Story involving children or a young adult book, or a book with oranges on the cover, or whose cover is primarily orange (for the Dutch House of Orange) –OR– with tangerines, walnuts, chocolates, or cookies on the cover.

 

Book themes for Bodhi Day:  Read a book set in Nepal, India or Tibet, –OR– which involves animal rescue.  (Buddhism calls for a vegetarian lifestyle.)

 

 

Tasks for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: Write a witty or humorous poem to St. Nicholas –OR– If you have kids, leave coins or treats, like tangerines, walnuts, chocolate(s) and cookies [more common in Germany] in their shoes to find the next morning and then post about their reactions/bewilderment.  ;)  If you don’t have kids, do the same for another family member / loved one or a friend.

 

Tasks for Bodhi Day:  Perform a random act of kindness.  Feed the birds, adopt a pet, hold the door open for someone with a smile, or stop to pet a dog (that you know to be friendly); cull your books and donate them to a charity, etc. (And, in a complete break with the Buddha’s teachings, tell us about it.)  –OR– Post a picture of your pet, your garden, or your favourite, most peaceful place in the world.

 

 

Square 7: December 10th & 13th:

International Human Rights Day (December 10th) commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  St. Lucia’s Day (December 13th) is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day, and in Italy, with each emphasising a different aspect of Saint Lucia's story.

 

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 UN and UN World Court respectively).

 

Book themes for Saint Lucia's Day: Read a book set in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden - and Finland for the purposes of this game) or a book where ice and snow are an important feature.

 

Tasks for International Human Rights Day: Post a picture of yourself next to a war memorial or other memorial to an event pertaining to Human Rights.  (Pictures of just the memorial are ok too.) –OR– Cook a dish from a foreign culture or something involving apples (NYC = Big Apple) or oranges (The Netherlands); post recipe and pics.

 

Tasks for Saint Lucia's Day: Get your Hygge on -light a few candles if you’ve got them, pour yourself a glass of wine or hot chocolate/toddy, roast a marshmallow or toast a crumpet, and take a picture of your cosiest reading place.

 

Bonus task:  Make the Danish paper hearts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jur29ViLEhk

 

 

Square 8: December 12th - 24th:

Hanukkah (begins 12th, ends 20th) is the Jewish Festival of Lights.  It commemorates the rededication of the Holy temple in Jerusalem and the miracle that a one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days. Las Posadas (begins 16th, ends 24th) is a novenario (nine days of religious observance) celebrated chiefly in Mexico and by Mexican-Americans in the United States. The novena represents the nine-month pregnancy of Mary, the mother of Jesus celebrated by Christian traditions.

 

Book themes for Hanukkah: Any book whose main character is Jewish, any story about the Jewish people –OR– where the miracle of light plays a significant part in the stories plot.  

 

Book themes for Las Posadas:  Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends, or set in Mexico, –OR– with a poinsettia on the cover. –OR– a story where the main character is stranded without a place to stay, or find themselves in a 'no room at the Inn’ situation.

 

Tasks for Hanukkah: Light nine candles around the room (SAFELY) and post a picture. –OR– Play the Dreidel game to pick the next book you read.

Assign a book from your TBR to each of the four sides of the dreidel:

 

  • נ (Nun)
  • ג (Gimel)
  • ה (He)
  • ש (Shin)

 

Spin a virtual dreidel: http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/dreidel.htm

– then tell us which book the dreidel picked.

 

–OR–

Make your own dreidel: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/make-a-dreidel, –OR–

Play the game at home, or play online: http://www.jewfaq.org/dreidel/play.htm and tell us about the experience.–OR– Give some Gelt: Continue a Hanukkah tradition and purchase some chocolate coins, or gelt. Post a picture of your chocolate coins, and then pass them out amongst friends and family!

 

Tasks for Las Posadas: Which was your favorite / worst / most memorable hotel / inn / vacation home stay ever?  Tell us all about it! –OR– If you went caroling as a kid: Which are your best / worst / most unfortettable caroling memories?

 

Bonus task: Make a piñata (https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pi%C3%B1ata), hang it from a tree, post, basketball hoop, clothesline or similarly suitable holder and let your neighborhood kids have a go at breaking it.

 

Square 9: December 21st:

Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, also known as Yaldā Night in Iran. The same day is the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere, giving them the longest day of the year. / Mōdraniht is "Night of the Mothers" or "Mothers' Night” in old English and was an event held at what is now Christmas Eve by the Anglo-Saxon Pagans.  Yuletide is a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Mōdraniht. 

 

Book themes for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book of poetry, or a book where the events all take place during the course of one night, or where the cover is a night-time scene.

 

Book themes for Mōdraniht: Read any book where the MC is actively raising young children or teens.

 

Book themes for Yuletide: Read a book set in the midst of a snowy or icy winter, –OR– set in the Arctic or Antartica.

 

Tasks for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book in one night - in the S. Hemisphere, read a book in a day. –OR– Grab one of your thickest books off the shelf.  Ask a question and then turn to page 40 and read the 9th line of text on that page.  Post your results.  –OR– Eat a watermelon or pomegranate for good luck and health in the coming year, but post a pic first!.

 

Bonus task:  Read a book in one night.

 

Tasks for Mōdraniht: Tell us your favourite memory about your mom, grandma, or the woman who had the greatest impact on your childhood.  –OR– Post a picture of you and your mom, or if comfortable, you and your kids.

 

Bonus task:  Post 3 things you love about your mother-in-law (if you have one), otherwise your grandma.

 

Tasks for Yuletide: Make a Yule log cake - post a pic and the recipe for us to drool over.

 

 

Square 10: December 21st:

World Peace Day is the day the United Nations General Assembly has declared as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Pancha Ganapati, is a modern five-day Hindu festival in honor of Ganesha that comes to an end on the 25th. The festival was created in 1985 as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), a Westerner who embraced Hinduism.

 

Book themes for World Peace Day: Read a book by or about a Nobel Peace Prize winner, or about a protagonist (fictional or nonfictional) who has a reputation as a peacemaker.

 

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.

 

Tasks for World Peace Day: Cook something involving olives or olive oil. Share the results and/or recipe with us. –OR– Tell us: If you had wings (like a dove), where would you want to fly?

 

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!

 

 

Square 11: December 21st-22nd:

Soyal (December 21st) is the winter solstice ceremony of the Zuni and the Hopi (Hopitu Shinumu), The Peaceful Ones, also known as the Hopi Indians. It is held on the shortest day of the year to ceremonially bring the sun back from its long winter slumber. The Dōngzhì Festival (December 22nd) also celebrates the winter solstice and is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians.

 

Book themes for Soyal: Read a book set in the American Southwest / the Four Corners States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah), –OR– a book that has a Native American protagonist.

 

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.

 

Tasks for Soyal:  Like many Native American festivities, Soyal involves rituals such as dances.  What local / religious / folk traditions or customs exist where you live? Tell us about one of them. (If you can, post pictures for illustration.) –OR– Share a picture you’ve taken of a harvest setting or autumnal leaf color.

 

Tasks for Dōngzhì Festival: If you like Chinese food, tell us your favorite dish – otherwise, tell us your favorite desert. (Recipes, as always, welcome.)

 


Square 12: December 23rd

Festivus is “The Festivus for the rest of us!”; originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe, who worked on the US sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the theme of a Seinfeld episode. Saturnalia, the ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, comes to an end.

 

Book themes for Festivus: Read anything comedic; a parody, satire, etc.  Books with hilariously dysfunctional families (must be funny dysfunctional, not tragic dysfunctional).  Anything that makes you laugh (or hope it does).

 

Book themes for Saturnalia:  The god Saturn has a planet named after him; read any work of science fiction that takes place in space.  –OR– Read a book celebrating free speech. –OR–  A book revolving around a very large party, or ball, or festival, –OR– a book with a mask or masks on the cover.  –OR– a story where roles are reversed.

 

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.

 

Tasks for Saturnalia: Wear a mask, take a picture and post it.  Leave a small gift for someone you know anonymously - a small bit of chocolate or apple, a funny poem or joke.  Tell us about it in a post.  –OR– Tell us: If you could time-travel back to ancient Rome, where would you want to go and whom (both fictional and / or nonfictional persons) would you like to meet?

 

 

Square 13: December 25th

Christmas - I don’t think anyone needs an explanation of this one, but Hogswatch Night is the festival celebrating the winter solstice and the New Year across much of the Main continent and some other areas of Discworld. It falls on the 36th of December, the new year beginning on the 1st of Ick.  If this all sounds like nonsense, you’re not yet read Terry Pratchett.  What better time to give his books a try?

 

Book themes for Christmas:  Read a book whose protagonist is called Mary, Joseph (or Jesus, if that’s a commonly used name in your culture) or any variations of those names (e.g., Maria or Pepe).

 

Book themes for Hogswatch Night: Of course - read Hogfather!  Or any Discworld book (or anything by Terry Pratchett)

 

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?

 

Tasks for Hogswatch Night:  Make your favourite sausage dish (if you’re vegan or vegetarian, use your favorite sausage or meat substitute), post and share recipe.

 

 

Square 14: December 25th

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti  (‘birthday of the unconquered sun’) - Sol Invictus was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers.   Quaid-e-Azam (‘Great Leader’) Day is the Pakistan holiday celebrating their founder’s -Muhammad Ali Jinnah - birthday.

 

Book themes for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting.  –OR– a book set during summertime. –OR– set in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

Book themes for Quaid-e-Azam:  Pakistan became an independent nation when the British Raj ended on August 14, 1947. Read a book set in Pakistan or in any other country that attained sovereign statehood between August 14, 1947 and today (regardless in what part of the world).

 

Tasks for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Find the sunniest spot in your home, that’s warm and comfy and read your book. –OR– Take a picture of your garden, or a local garden/green space in the sun (even if the ground is under snow).  If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, take a picture of your local scenic spot, park, or beach, on a sunny day.  –OR–  The Romans believed that the sun god rode across the sky in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds.  Have you ever been horseback riding, or did you otherwise have significant encounters with horses?  As a child, which were your favorite books involving horses? 

 

Tasks for Quaid-e-Azam: Pakistan’s first leader – Muhammad Ali Jinnah – was a man, but both Pakistan and neighboring India were governed by women (Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi respectively) before many of the major Western countries.  Tell us: Who are the present-day or historic women that you most respect, and why?  (These can be any women of great achievement, not just political leaders.)

 

 

Square 15: December 25th-26th:

Newtonmas, on the 25th of December is the celebration of Sir Isaac Newton’s birthday. St. Stephen's Day, or the Feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint's day commemorating Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr.  Anyone who reads any British historical fiction will be familiar with Boxing Day, but there are competing theories for the origins of the term, none definitive.  When in doubt, I say fall back on the OED, which defines it as “[…] a holiday on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas-box”.

 

Book themes for Newtonmas:  Any science book.  Any book about alchemy.  Any book where science, astronomy, or chemistry play a significant part in the plot. (For members of the Flat Book Society: The “Forensics” November group read counts.)

 

Book themes for Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day: Read anything where the main character has servants (paid servants count, NOT unpaid) or is working as a servant him-/ herself.

 

Tasks for Newtonmas: Take a moment to appreciate gravity and the laws of motion. If there’s snow outside, have a snowball fight with a friend or a member of your family.  –OR– Take some time out to enjoy the alchemical goodness of a hot toddy or chocolate or any drink that relies on basic chemistry/alchemy (coffee with cream or sugar / tea with milk or sugar or lemon, etc.).  Post a picture of your libations and the recipe if it’s unique and you’re ok with sharing it.

 

Tasks for St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day: Show us your boxes of books!  –OR–  If you have a cat, post a picture of your cat in a box.  (your dog in a box works too, if your dog likes boxes - I’m looking at you WhiskeyintheJar) - or any pet good-natured enough to pose in a box long enough for you to snap a picture.

 

BONUS task:  box up all the Christmas detritus, decorations, or box up that stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of, or donate, etc. and take a picture and post it. 

 

 

Square 16: December 26th-31st:

Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1.  Is there any place in the world that doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve?  But Hogmanay is the unique Scottish take on New Years Eve and Day and might be new to many of us, as might be St. Sylvester’s Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester I, and Watchnight, a late-night Christian church service that starts late on New Year's Eve, and ends after midnight.

 

Book themes for Kwanzaa: Read a book written by an author of African descent or a book set in Africa, or whose cover is primarily red, green or black.

 

Book themes for Hogmanay / New year’s eve / Watch night / St. Sylvester’s Day: a book about starting over, rebuilding, new beginnings, etc. –OR– Read anything set in medieval times. –OR–  A book about the papacy –OR– where miracles of any sort are performed (the unexplainable - but good - kind).

 

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).

 

BONUS task: Create something with your stack of books:  a christmas tree or other easily identifiable object.

 

 

Tasks for Hogmanay / New year’s eve / Watch night / St. Sylvester’s Day:  Make a batch of shortbread for yourself, family or friends.  Post pics and recipe. –OR– Light some sparklers (if legal) and take a picture - or have a friend take a picture of your “writing” in the sky with the sparkler. –OR– Get yourself a steak pie (any veggie/vegan substitutions are fine) and read yourself a story - but take a pic of both before you start, and post it.

 

MASSIVE HUGE BONUS POINTS if you post a picture of yourself walking a pig on a leash.  (Done to ensure good fortune of the coming year.)

 

We will be setting up threads in the Bingo group later today with the tasks, card and rules, as well as a thread to report your points.  Links to those will be announced in a seperate post.

Halloween Bingo Finale

Reblogged from JL's Bibliomania:

Give me an H! for Halloween Bingo!

Give me a cheer for Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for all their hard work!

 

 

Final wrap-up:

11 squares filled with books

4 squares filled with short stories, novellas, or excerpts from books

4 BINGOS

1 partially-filled Sudoku-like puzzle for your solving pleasure

 

Loc

Square

Called

Read

Book

How it fits

A1

Diverse Voices

9/21/2017

10/19/2017

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Unarmed Black Teen is murdered by a cop. The Hate U Give follows the friend who witnessed and the repercussions throughout the community

A2

The Dead Will Walk

10/23/2017

10/21/2017

The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R. Carey

What can you say without spoilers?  Great twist on the classic infection/zombie trope. Would also fit chilling children, but this fits the pattern I'm creating on my card better.

A3

Classic Noir

10/7/2017

9/22/2017

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

Classic Noir buddy read.  Genesis of the successful Noir/Comedy movies of the same name.

A4

Witches

9/13/2017

10/6/2017

Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy set in post-plague Cincinnati & environs.  Witches, Vampires & Pixies Oh My! Death threats, but no murders.

A5

Haunted Houses*

9/23/2017

10/28/2017

The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe - Arthur Conan Doyle & A Haunted House - Virginia Woolf
(The Bell at Seeley Head - Patricia McKillip)

Two short-shorts, available for free online, about ghosts and haunted houses. 
Also started the sound of a ghostly bell and doors that open onto another realm (is it haunted) on the last day.

B3

Aliens

9/29/2017

9/28/2017

Defender - CJ Cherryh

Volume 4 in the continuing saga of Bren the translator between the humans who settle on the world, the alien Atevi, and the human of the starship crew.

C3

RAVEN

9/1/2017

9/16/2017

Gulp - Mary Roach

Flat Book Society Group read including anecdotes of various creepy crawlies you can find in your gut

D2

Supernatural

10/29/2017

9/7/2017

Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Murder with various crypozoological wonders including basiliks and occasional cameos from the Aeslin Mice

D3

Country House Mystery

10/17/2017

9/16/2017

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

10 people, an island, a creepy poem/prophecy and one masterful author

D5

Terrifying Women

9/19/2017

10/20/2017

All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Steifvater

Miracles abound in this newly-released stand-alone novel by a female author.  Would fill the Magical Realism or Supernatural categories.

E1

Monsters

10/25/2017

9/15/2017

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Norse myths are full of giants, trolls, dwarves and gods.  In addition, at least 3 of Loki's children the 8 legged horse Sleipnir, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr would qualify as a monster.

E2

Horror

9/7/2017

10/21/2017

The Call of Chthulu - H.P. Lovecraft

I grew up with folks wearing Miskatonic University t-shirts to SF Cons and making Chthulu jokes.  Figured it was about time to actually read the story that started it all.

E3

In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/5/2017

9/8/2017

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

Takes place in the woods near Tarrytown NY

E4

Darkest London

10/1/2017

10/31/2017

Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

In His Majesty's Secret Secret Service accompanied by bioengineers from the Continent.

E5

Amateur Sleuth

10/19/2017

9/30/2017

Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith & Lisa Falco

Alanis McLaughlin inherited her con-man mother's shop The White Magic Five and Dime.  She and the Tarot cards search for the true murderer to clear on of her most loyal customers from the charge of murdering her abusive husband.

 

* While I don't think I'll be able to finish before midnight, I decided that the 2 short-shorts I read felt too skimpy and started another book that I believe would qualify for the Haunted Houses Square.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 235 pages.

Temptation Trials Part II - B. Truly, Laura Kenney

The first book ended in a major cliffhanger and I loved that ending a lot. We found out a lot of interesting information. Now in this book will find out which couples will stay with whom, and what's going to happen with all of the info we found out about in the first book.

So I am really enjoying this book a whole lot but it's getting very strange, and I am as torn as the two girls on whom they should chose in the end. 

Yes there was cheating in the book, but if you read the first book, you'll understand that the parties involved, weren't really at fault. I will not say why, because that will really be a big spoiler, if you haven't read the first book.

I will be doing a review for this book, but I am taking part on a book tour for this book, my spot is Nov, 15th, so my review will be up on that day. So be on the lookout for that review on that date.

Bingo Call: 10/29/17

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

Bingo Call:

 

 

Supernatural: mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects.

Reading progress update: I've read 27%.

Gray Wolf Island - Tracey Neithercott

So far nothing much has happened. Only thing that has really taken place is that Ruby's sister died, which isn't a spoiler, since its mentioned in the books description. That should change now that the group of characters are on their way to the island. So far I really love Elliott and Charlie the most. We also have in this group, Gabe and Anne. Another individual we have that isn't with are group, is a mystery guy, because he doesn't know who he is, but goes by Bart. So hopefully when I get back to reading this book tomorrow, things will start to get interesting.

Surprise, Surprise ...

Reblogged from Themis-Athena's Garden of Books:

Excited about the idea of a holidays-themed game?  So are Murder by Death and I.  Before you're getting in gear for exactly the "Twelve Tasks" you remember from last year, though ...

 

-- there just might be a little surprise in the wings after all.

 

Since MR and OB are taking a well-deserved and long overdue break from game hosting this holiday season, MbD and I offered to help out this time around.  So ... watch this space over the course of the next couple of days!

 

Your interim game hosts

 

Murder by Death and Themis-Athena

 



Changed my mind on who my Favorite character was!!!!!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust

While I still really love Lynet, my absolute favorite character has to be the Huntsmen. I really loved his and Mina, as well as Lynet's and his relationship. I also love that he seemed so alive, and he believed in Mina even when she didn't deserve it.

I also started to warm up to Nadia and Lynet's relationship, even though Nadia does something that if I was Lynet I don't know if I could have forgave her. I also really loved the very complicated relationship of Lynet and Mina. Those two had so much in common, but yet they were both so very different. 

I really didn't like either of their dads, especially Gregory, the way he was to Mina, and to me he was so cray, cray!!!!!  I did love how the book ended, and the outcome of the relationship of Lynet and Mina. While there wasn't much action and adventure in the book, I still enjoyed the world building and getting to know the different characters. 

I am so glad I was given the chance to read this book by the way of NetGalley, after I requested to read and review it. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would read the book again, as well as recommended it to my friends and families.

Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust

At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, because it was a little bit to strange to me. But now I am really enjoying the story a whole lot, I would have to say my favorite so far is Lynet, I think she has a really sad life. Her dad really creeps me out, the way he talks about Lynet looking like her dead mom. I also see where Mina is coming from having Gregory as a father, and being married to Nicholas, Lynet's father. But she did want to be queen. The most fascinating character is the huntsman, he is probably my second favorite character. I am not really feeling Nadia so far at all, she's the one that is suppose to be Lynet's love interest. I think they have a cute friendship but I don't feel her as Lynet's love interest, I hope that changes her quickly. 

Bingo Call: 10/25/17

Reblogged from Obsidian Blue:

Bingo Call:

 

 

Monsters: any crytpozoological or mythological creature that isn't a vampire, werewolf, or demon. Or zombie.

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