16 Tasks Round up

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The challenge is over. The story so far. I have 20 points


Square 2: Guy Fawkes Night/Bon Om Touk

Tasks for Guy Fawkes Night: Which kind of tea is your favourite? 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.

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2 points

Square 4: Thanksgiving

Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book – post a picture of it.

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1 point (3)

Square 7: International Human Right’s Day

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.)

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1 point (4)

Square 9: Winter Solstice

Tasks for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: 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.

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1 point (5)

Square 10: Pancha Ganapati

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.

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1 point (6)

Square 12: Festivus/Saturnalia

Tasks for Festivus: 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.

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Tasks for Saturnalia: 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?

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2 points (8)

Square 13: Christmas

Tasks for Christmas: 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.

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1 point (9)

Square 15: St. Stephen’s Day

Book themes for 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.

Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank

1 point (10)

20 points + 10 points makes 30. That is nice, especially since I had totally expected to fail spectacularly

End of the Year Round-up

What’s the best book you read this year? The worst?
I already talked about my Top 5 of each here. I couldn’t pick out a single best book but I loved the Collegia Magica-trilogy. It’s both classic fantasy and does something unusual with the genre. The worst is definitely A Conspiracy in Belgravia.

Your favourite “classic” you read this year:
Confession time: The only classics I read this year were Persuasion and The Great Gatsby. And when reading I felt kind of meh about both. I didn’t hate them but I also didn’t love them. But then I happened to watched movie-adaptations of both (the 1995 Persuasion and Leonardo di Caprio’s Gatsby) my feelings about The Great Gatsby didn’t change but really loved Persuasion. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the right mood when I read it.

The book that disappointed you:
The Waining Moon Duology had a really promising premise but sadly failed to live up to it.

The hardest book you read this year (topic or writing style):
Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime dealt with heavy stuff.

The funniest book you read this year:
Durch Nacht und Wind: Die criminalistischen Werke des Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Aufgezeichnet von seinem Freunde Friedrich Schiller. Yes. RPF about Goethe and Schiller in which they solve crimes. It is very silly. And hillarious.

The saddest book you read this year (or a book that touched you):
Nothing I read was terribly sad but The Secret Diary of a Princess was a book about Marie Antoinette’s childhood that really made her come alive and well…

Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
I set myself a goal of 52 books on GR and managed that (I had higher goals but the last two years were somewhat bad reading-wise so I aimed low). And I did take part in the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season which isn’t one you can win (unless you consider ‘winning’ as complete blackout, then I lost). But I did better than I had hoped which is nice.

Are you signed up for any in 2018?
As always the GR-one. I have not yet decided on how many.
I also don’t know yet, if I want to join others. In the past I tried a few, then suddenly felt like reading a book that didn’t fit any categories and felt bad about that. As a result I didn’t read anything for a while. But then I did quite well with the Festive Seasons one and even made some nice discoveries in my tbr-pile when I searched for books that fit a task.
I have now googled a bit but haven’t yet found any challenge that speaks to me. (By which I mean: which I can mostly solve with my tbr-pile…)

Which authors/series featured most prominently for you this year?
*Checks* Carol Berg. How surprising.
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The last book you finished this year:
I did finish Crocodile on the Sandbank. Currently I’m reading Restauration and (listening to) The Prisoner of Zenda and perhaps I will finish either of those. (For that I need to get away from my laptop…)

The first book you will finish in the new year:
Whatever I didn’t finish from the above mentioned.

The genre you read the most this year:
Fantasy. No counting required for once (usually it’s head-to-head with crime but this year I didn’t feel very murderous)

Which new releases are you most looking forward to reading next year?
The final book from The Gates of the World will come out and supposedly also the next Peter Grant-novel (though that might still change…not my looking forward to it, the release-dates of this series just jump around a lot).

Which book(s) from your tbr-pile are you planning to takle next year?
Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch and Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewellyn. Both for the same reason: they are the 2nd book in series I read the 1st in 2017 and if I don’t read the next one soon I will have forgotten everything that happened.
Besides the Festive Seasons reminded me that I have Melanie Clegg’s entire backlist on my Kindle. I read two for the challenge and now I have two more left and want to read those, soon (a biography on Marie Antoinette and a novel about English aristocratic sisters caught up in the French revolution).
And I always want to read more classics…let’s see how that works this time.