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Reading progress update: I've read 16%.

Extreme Prey - John Sandford

Appears tags are messing up this morning so will skip them. 

So far kind of bored. Reading about a VP race is just meh. 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel - Laura Lippman

Well that’s annoying. My update deleted. Anyway good short story. Longer thoughts later. 

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What a Letdown

Memories of Tomorrow - Dean Koontz

I got nothing much to say besides what a letdown this was. I think that Koontz could have done a better job with this collection if he slowly revealed things about Nameless or showed prior flashes or even explained how he was clairvoyant and had the ability to just say what time he wanted to wake up and woke up. Instead the final reveal was a letdown because you could guess at a good 75 percent of what was coming. 

 

"Memories of Tomorrow" has Nameless once again involved with hunting a man who has murdered his wife and others and kidnapped his stepson. Nameless sets out to save the child. He is also still dealing with memories of someone that he knows had to be important to him and worried that an event he keeps seeing again and again is in the future. 

 

Nameless and his whole mission reveal was disappointing. There is some blather about Mexican gangs stealing from pipelines and terrorists and I was just straight baffled. And people going around babbling about Nameless being brave...there's only been one story I think that one had to worry if he was going to get killed, most of this was him just sitting and watching criminals turn on each other and throwing a lot of tip money at people. I still want to understand why he needed to run around with $30,000 when most of his "missions" were at best a day. Also Koontz's gun worship will always be a bit much in his books and this collection as a whole was no better. 

 

The writing was choppy and the flow was too. We get a third party to tell Nameless about his past and that was that. I think there were some good ideas here but Koontz dragged things out too long. 


The ending I think was supposed to evoke feelings of appreciating what is right in front of you, but instead I am ready to move on to my next read and forget about this collection. I do have to say the covers really were good and some of the illustrations in the stories were great. 

 

"In the Heart of the Fire"-3 stars

"Photographing the Dead"-3 stars

"The Praying Mantis Bride"-4 stars

"Red Rain"-3 stars

"The Mercy of Snakes"-2 stars

"Memories of Tomorrow"-1 star

 

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Disappointment Sets In

The Mercy of Snakes - Dean Koontz

Spoilers for events from Nameless #1, "In the Heart of the Fire".

 

Had to go to the gym to workout, which was a welcome break from this series. Honestly this is just boring. At this point what is the purpose of Nameless. The guy barely does anything. He does kill someone in this story, but other than that, why would someone need to have amnesia to do this. His "powers" are not in play in this one either. We hear more about the purple blue eyed woman and I now hate the colors purple and blue. 

 

"The Mercy of Snakes" has Nameless getting introduced to a man who suspects the doctor at the elderly care facility he stayed at is in cahoots (I like that word) with shiftless heirs and helping to bump people off. There's another problem I now have, why does Nameless need to even go and talk to these freaking people? Just throw cash in the mail. Anyway, Koontz then shifts over to the doctor and nurse and shows how ruthless they are. Of course Ace and associates have special plans for everyone involved.


The writing at this point feels forced. I just didn't care at all what was happening. I really wish that Koontz had thought this through better. We keep hearing the same things over and over. The only things that changes is the people who Nameless and friends have plans to take out. Also Nameless in this one starts some special kind of bullshit (sorry for the swearing) about three sets of people in this world and I am having flashbacks to some of Koontz's more sanctimonious books and my eyes hurt from rolling.

 

"First are those for whom the words right and wrong have no meaning other than for such as traffic directions:"

 

Uh huh.

 

"Second are those who recognize right and wrong, a natural tao, and who try to live by what is right, as much as they can. These people are aware that real and implacable evil exists in the world; however, as a psychological defense mechanism, many of them grossly underestimate the prevalence of it."

 

You know I get that there's evil in the damn world. So do many people. Turn on the freaking news. Read about what we are doing to kids on the border. Read about hate crimes and how some people go oh well. Ugh. I hate that Koontz acts like he cracked a damn code or something.

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"Third are those who, busy with their lives, haven’t given much thought to right and wrong. When encountering profound evil, they are not sure what to think about it, and they seek to understand it as a complex phenomenon when in fact it’s simple."

If there's a dog in this damn book I am going to break something.

 

At this point I can't even say the doctor and nurse in this one are profoundly evil. I am going to save that for the sheriff from story one who murdered whole families in order to rape children. These people just seem greedy for greed's sake.

 

The flow was off in this one. I just felt like the whole thing was a slog. I wanted it to be over.


The ending of course now has Nameless still super concerned about the three people he keeps seeing. 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Mercy of Snakes - Dean Koontz

Ehh. This was just okay. Overly complicated I thought. 

Another Story About Fire

Red Rain - Dean Koontz

This one read as filler to me. We have even more repetitiveness regarding Nameless and the woman and two kids he keeps seeing. I hope that the next two do a bit better than this.

 

"Red Rain" has Nameless in a city that sounds like Chicago. He visits a woman who was left disfigured after someone set a fire that also killed her two children. Nameless asks her does she want the men responsible to die and she decides that she does. He quickly starts setting up all of the men involved.

 

Nameless is getting boring to me. Yes, I know you like to tip and it gives you pleasure to leave huge tips for people. Here's my question, isn't someone going notice some tall blond guy leaving $300 tips for a glass of wine? Anyway. His somewhat amnesia is becoming a bit boring now too. I wish we got to see more visions of Nameless, but this one there is nothing. So one wonders how he got pulled into this mission and why Ace of Diamonds got so interested. 


Not too much to say about all of the bad guys in this one. They don't read like the prior serial killers. The main guy who loves and also fears fire needed a bit more developing I think. 


The writing was repetitive and I just got bored. We get it, the woman he keeps seeing has purple/blue eyes which doesn't even sound real, but okay. The illustration for this one was pretty boring (just a kerosene can spilled over). The flow was fine though. This story moves really quickly to the somewhat lackluster ending. 

 

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When Superstition and Murder Meet

The Praying Mantis Bride - Dean Koontz

Well this one was a surprise. We have Nameless taking out a black widow. And honestly this one was more delightful than the other two. Probably because of that ending and also the superstitious stuff that Lucia (the black widow) and her mother believed in like carrying an acorn to stop aging, stepping on ants causes rain, etc. Once again though I have to say that Nameless doesn't feel needed here. 

 

"The Praying Mantis Bride" has Nameless on a special mission. A man that was part of the Ace of Diamonds network is murdered and all signs point to his wife. Doing a study of her (Lucia) they find out the woman has somehow come up empty every time she's married. One wonders how the police ignored it. We get some interesting conversations with the family members and then we watch as Nameless and associates set things up to cause Lucia to have a fate worse than what she doled out to others.

 

Lucia is more developed than the other villains. I felt a bit sorry for her though when you read about her mother and what was going on there. 

 

White cats are good luck, but I can’t tolerate them quick and restless. Lots of Benadryl keeps them content.”

Nameless carries a pistol in a shoulder holster under his sport coat. He’s tempted to draw it and shoot the woman in the foot to see if the chicory root works.

I would be too. What a mess Lucia's mother is. 


I think the biggest issue I have with the writing regarding Nameless is it's a bit repetitive at this point. No one is going to read story 3 before the first one so having Koontz remind us again that Nameless has amnesia, he thinks he agreed to whatever was done to him, how he can sleep and tell himself what time to wake up is so not needed at this point. The flow worked a lot better in this one. 


The setting of this book is mostly at Lucia's home. 

The ending made me laugh, I sometimes forget that Koontz can be humorous. 

 

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Waking the Dead

Photographing the Dead - Dean Koontz

This one was just okay too. I think I am getting a bit disappointed since Nameless doesn't really need to go toe to toe with the bad guys. They end up caught, he with help disposes of them. We get some clues to his past in this one. I wish all of the bad guys didn't have some weird God complex. The first two in this series sound similar.

 

"Photographing the Dead" has Nameless hunting down another serial killer. This one gets off by photographing the men and women he comes across and kills. Nameless trails the killer and we also follow two young women who are set to be married in a few months. We have a sense that if Nameless doesn't stop the killer, these two women are going to be his next victims.


Well we get a better sense of Nameless in this one. He also appears to be a Paul Newman hater. For shame Nameless, for shame.

 

“Newman made a number of movies where he relied too much on his looks and charm. But he was sometimes great. You ever see Hud?”

 

He done lost his damn mind. Newman was a snack and he could act. 

 

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The mysterious Ace of Diamonds is still mysterious. I got nothing on this person or persons yet.


The two young women, Mia and Kara love to hike and are off hiking together prior to marrying. Of course they both carry weapons and know how to use them. That is me rolling my eyes. Koontz can never miss a chance to write about guns. I rolled my eyes reading about Nameless's gun of choice too. 

The writing was okay, I got bored reading about how the serial killer had some pretty big connections. As I said above, the serial killer had a similar mindset to the last guy so I was just okay, you're super evil and superior too, got it. The flow was okay, this one was much shorter so maybe that had something to do with it. 

 

I forgot to mention that in this one and last story had a pretty cool illustration. Other than that though, the series is already sounding samey. I wonder if we had a bunch of mystery/thriller authors try to write about Nameless this would be more interesting.

 

The ending is definitely a surprise, got to love how Ace of Diamonds wanted to take care of things. This story leaves things open to the fact that maybe Nameless is starting to remember some things. 

Not Bad First Story in Nameless Series...There's a Dog

In the Heart of the Fire - Dean Koontz

Not a bad first book in the series. Just a bit too new Koontz for me. I was hoping for some horror, but this one will do. There's a damn dog, but at least it's not a golden retriever. And for once the dog didn't have super powers. I think that the flow after a bit was a bit off. And I think that Nameless felt like a hybrid of Odd Thomas and a few Koontz heroes mixed in. At least this guy doesn't seem to be a former military man with the ability to just shoot people in like five seconds. I will say that the idea behind this is intriguing and some of the beats the story takes are really good. Koontz has put out a short story collection that I thought was really good in the past, and you can see some of that still here. 

 

"In the Heart of the Fire" is the first book sets up the premise of a lone man with a network of allies who can see the past and future. Using that he seems to be going around to root out evil. This first book has Nameless helping a widowed woman (Jenny) with a young boy and girl. A corrupt sheriff (Soakes) and deputy seem to have a yen for young girls and Nameless knows if he doesn't get involved the whole family can be wiped out.

 

Not too much to say about Nameless. He can't remember his past, but has a special ability to see the past and future. And he knows sometimes he can't change what is shown to him in the future. He is working with a group/people called Ace of Diamonds and a person called Ace. I assume that Nameless's ability has been tested so they know that the people they target are evil and are fine with doing what they have to in order to ensure other's safety. I am curious how Nameless got this ability though and hope that gets shown eventually.


I liked the character of Jenny and thought her doing what she could to keep her family safe was admirable. Though there are mentions of what Soakes and his acolyte have done to young girls, it's not spelled out explicitly to readers. I am quite okay with that. Soakes reminds me a bit of Koontz villains from the past. They all seem to talk like dime store bad guys and have the most ridiculous thoughts. 

 

The writing is typical Koontz, low on horror for those who are hoping. This seems firmly mystery, thriller, and suspense. The flow was off a bit at the beginning, but gets interesting as you have Jenny recount her story. After that things get a bit slow again. 

 

The setting of this town in Texas where Soakes rules at times feels oppressive. Koontz describes the heat and the solitary nature of the homes and people. You can see quite easily how some family's can disappear. 

 

I thought the ending was great, but wanted more something to occur. It just seemed a bit too easy. 

 

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24 Festive Tasks 2019

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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.

 

Read Vox by Christina Dalcher on 11-06-19.

 

 

 

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Task 1-Completed

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

 

Read What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel on 11/12/19. 

 

 

 

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Book: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author. 

 

Read Under Currents by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19.

 

 

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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. 

 

Read Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. There is a huge arson in this book that led to a business being burned. Honestly this book is terrible, just skip it. 

 

 

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Task 1-Completed

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Task 4-Completed

 

Book: Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the moon on the cover.

 

Planning to read "The Summer Guests" by Mary Alice Monroe. A hurricane gets things moving in this book. 

  

 

 

Door 17: Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)

Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.


A Virgin River Christmas - ebook

 

Door 18: Dec. 22 – Hanukkah

Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

 

Read Rising Tides by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. Ehh at least the book series was good for something. 

 

Door 19: Dec. 23 – Festivus

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

Dear Girls - ebook

 

Door 20: Dec. 25 – Christmas

Book: Read a Christmas book.

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Door 21: Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa

Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.). 

 

The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) - ebook

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

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Door 23: Dec. 32 – Hogswatch

Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.

For the members of the Discworld group: This of course includes the Discworld December read, Guards! Guards!, as well as some group members' favorite seasonal reread, Hogfather.

 

The Light Fantastic - ebook

 

Door 24: Jan. 6 – Twelfth Night / Epiphany

Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.

 

Title details for Born in Fire by Nora Roberts - Available

 

 

Total Points: 17

Ugh

Feeling under the weather and I barely slept last night which has left me shaky as anything today. Counting down until I can get home.

 

I am also now living out out boxes at work since our agency had a major reservation. We have new paint, lights, carpet, the works and I need to put my stuff away. I came in today and some of my things had gotten shoved about even though I was told my space won't need to be fully packed til tomorrow night. 

 

My one friend at work is acting super well, I don't like to use that word for a friend, but she is right now. I asked one question about whether they plan on painting the doors to the offices and she snapped at me. I feel bad though since her husband was supposed to go out of town and now is staying here since his father is ill. That said, I don't have the emotional bandwidth today to deal with it. She left without telling me and she usually will IM or call that she's leaving. I am glad though that I can just go home and read and then maybe stop to get some tea from the grocery store. I am almost out. 

 

I did a big clean this weekend and dropped off a ton of things at Goodwill yesterday. I try to do that every year around this time since I know a lot of families who can't afford much depend on Goodwill and other businesses to purchase items for themselves or their families. I saw a guy drop off two really nice looking bikes yesterday as I waited, so I hope some kids enjoy them. 

 

I am going to probably do most of the Veterans/Armistice Day tasks this Saturday. I am doing a Turkey trot at my gym so I will be able to take the sunrise photo, and do pictures where we are going to start at (we are meeting up near a park near my home) so that should be fun. 

Hope everyone is having a good day. The temperature is going to drop this week and I am just counting down the days until I go to Honduras. 

I am going to have to come up with a book reading list while I am on vacation.  

 

Bon Om Touk

Bon Om Touk

 

 

Door 5:  Bon Om Touk

 

Task 1: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.

 

I think my first rainy day read is Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. I tend to read this book around this time of the year since this is when the rain and snow starts to kick in. I love the heroine in this one along with the hero and the clan that we get to know. It takes place in the 1200s and I thought that Garwood did a great job of showing the historical setting of this book quite well. 

 

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie is my second favorite rainy day read. Yes, I now know who the murderer is, but I loved how Christie pulls all of the characters together and we get the stunning reveal about the murderer and how they pulled things off. 

 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is another rainy day favorite. I love the story of the Waverly sisters and the "magic" they have and the curious members of this town which all seem to have their own special magic too. I didn't care much for the second book, but the first one is a great one to sink into with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. 

 

An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor is a re-read every Christmas. Who knew you could combine a scary ghost tale and Christmas all together? Taylor made his an annual favorite of mine and it's perfect to read on rainy or snowy days where you can imagine a Banshee that calls out for people during snow filled nights. 

 

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. Ahh this one is my favorite to re-read on rainy days. I loved reading about Anne and Gilbert all grown up and how Anne finally realizes who her true love is. This book series still has me longing to visit Prince Edward Island one day.  

  

Task 2: String up some fairy lights around your books / bookcase / kindle and share a picture of the results.

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Task 3: Dragons and dragon-like serpents (imugi) are important to Korean mythology (as they are to that of other Asian peoples). So – which are your favorite literary dragons (fictional, mythological, whatever)?

 

Favorite dragons for me would be Draco from Dragonheart. I can't help it, I loved that movie and loved Sean Connery's voice acting. 

 

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Falkor from The Neverending Story. I know he's a luckdragon, but it still counts.

 

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Shardas from Dragon Slippers. I read this book last year and need to finish out the series sometime. I got a kick out of this world of dragons that Jessica Day George created. 

 

Task 4:The South Korean flag features images of ying / yang (the blue and red circle in the center) and four sets of three black lines each representing heaven, sun, moon and earth and, in turn, the virtues humanity, justice, intelligence and courtesy. Compile a list or stack – 4 books minimum – composed of books that either have opposing words in their titles (e.g., war / peace; asleep / awake – not necessarily both words in the same title), or that feature the words “heaven,” “sun,” “moon,” “earth,” “humanity,” “justice,” intelligence,” and / or “courtesy.”

 

I only chose books I have read for this. Since I have a huge e-book collection I figured I would stack the books digitally for easy viewing. Please read from top to bottom. 

 

 

Book: Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the moon on the cover.

 

Planning to read "The Summer Guests" by Mary Alice Monroe. A hurricane gets things moving in this book. 

 

Tasks Completed: 3

24 Festive Tasks: The Eight Final Holidays

The calendar's eight final holidays and associated book tasks are:

 

Door 17: Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice (Yule / Yaldā Night / Dongzhi / Soyal)

Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.

 

Door 18: Dec. 22 – Hanukkah

Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.

 

Read Rising Tides by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. Ehh at least the book series was good for something. 

 

Door 19: Dec. 23 – Festivus

Book: Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

 

Door 20: Dec. 25 – Christmas

Book: Read a Christmas book.

 

Door 21: Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa

Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.). 

 

Plan on reading "The Secret Commonwealth" by Phillip Pullman. 

 

Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

Door 23: Dec. 32 – Hogswatch

Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.

For the members of the Discworld group: This of course includes the Discworld December read, Guards! Guards!, as well as some group members' favorite seasonal reread, Hogfather.

 

Door 24: Jan. 6 – Twelfth Night / Epiphany

Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.

 

Tasks Completed: 1

Guy Fawkes Night

 Guy Fawkes Night

 

 

Door 4:  Guy Fawkes Night

 

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

 

1. Information dumps via a character instead of actually investing time in world building, the plot, or character motivations that make sense to me as a reader. 

 

2. Having baby talk during a sex scene (talking to you romance authors).

 

3. Having unprotected sex with a guy you just met after he rescues you from a pit you fell in (remember Holly?) Holly by Jude Deveraux. This book was soul killing. It had all of my least favorite tropes for romance authors. 

 

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 would honestly love to change what is going on right now with Macmillan publishing and them limiting books to libraries. I hate that so many people out there see libraries as a scourge for authors and publishing houses since they view them as "losing money". You can't pay for good word of mouth for a book so I wish that it's automatic that when a new book is published there's a built in cost for it to be provided as a hard-copy and e-book copy once it's released. I think libraries are often the soul of a town or city and they do so much good for the community. Why people are doing their level best to curtail reading will continue to baffle and aggravate me. 

 

Task 3: Make a little straw (or wood / cloth / wool / fabric) effigy of the book character you like least.

 

Task 4:

How do you order the books on your shelves?

 

My books are not ordered like this:

 

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Instead they are ordered by author. And nope, I don't order them alphabetically. I do try to keep same genres together though. So Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and a few other horror authors are all together. I did throw Neil Gaiman in with them though cause it just fits there. 

 

Pictures of my shelves:

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

Read Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19. There is a huge arson in this book that led to a business being burned. Honestly this book is terrible, just skip it. 

 

Completed tasks: 4

Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day

Door 3:  Melbourne Cup Day

 

Task 1: Pick your ponies.*

[Did not participate]

 

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.

 

The Catcher in the Rye

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue

Reading this book,

Made me want to sue

 

 

 

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.

 

This is my favorite mug that I have and use daily (as you can tell by the stains). I got this from Moonlight Reader a few years back and my coworkers enjoy the "insults" Shakespeare has. Right now my desk is looking a bit bare, but that's because I am in the middle of packing due to the office renovation that is going on right now. New paint, carpet for our whole agency. 

 

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

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Book: Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author. Read Under Currents by Nora Roberts on 11/12/19.


Tasks Completed: 3