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Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

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Audrey Niffenegger
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
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Susan Mallery
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
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Dorothy West
The Man in the Brown Suit
Agatha Christie
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Louise Erdrich
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF TOLERANCE-24 TASKS

 

International Day of Tolerance

Task 1:  Find some redeeming quality in the book you liked least this year and post about it.

 

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Burn Bright Review)

I already commented about how this book just about broke the fandom when Briggs provided readers insight into a character. I never in my life want to have to discuss if pedophilia is still a thing if the person doesn't act on it. The say something nice that I have about this book is that Briggs did do a good job with opening up a possibly spin-off with an interesting new character that can open up a whole other avenue into the world of the Pack. 

 

Task 2: Tell us: What are the tropes (up to 5) that you are not willing to live with in any book (i.e., which are absolutely beyond your capacity for tolerance) and which make that book an automatic DNF for you? (Insta-love? Love triangles? First person present narrative voice? Talking animals? The dog dies? What else?)

 

1. Love triangles. Now this trope has morphed into love squares and I hate it even more. That Team Edward and Team Jacob crap made me throw up my hands about Twilight. Now every author it seems these days tries to set up a love triangle so I guess they can create a new fandom that gets obsessed over one terrible teenage werewolf and vampire who both think they own another teenager who is the Queen of the Mary Sues.

 

2. Insta-love. This trope is also awful to read about. Most of the time insta-love seems to revolve around character staring/lusting over the other characters body. It just seems gross and out of date. 

 

3. TSTL characters (Holly Review) Look, I can't help it, Holly will always go down as my most hilarious update rants at Booklikes. That said, if she existed in real life, I would not be responsible for what I would do to her. 

 

4. Best first time ever. (Duchess War, The Brothers Sinister #1). Only Courtney Milan has written a first time scene for me that worked in the Duchess War. Usually authors have the woman somehow turn into a wanton trollop (not my words) or do things that the men exclaim no whore (once again not my word) has ever done to them. It's just unrealistic and makes me roll my eyes. 

 

5. Women gives up career/life to follow man. Enough said. 

 

Task 3: The International Day for Tolerance is a holiday declared by an international organization (UNESCO). Create a charter (humorous, serious, whatever strikes your fancy) for an international organization of readers.

 

Charter for all readers:

 

Rule #1 - All books and graphic novels/comics are welcome. 

 

Rule #2-Book reviews are for you and other readers. 

 

Rule  #3-As a reader, you can ask another reader about what they did and didn't like about a book, but telling them their opinion is "wrong" and they are being mean to the "author" will result in penalties.

     Penalty #1-Requires you to read "A Catcher in the Rye"

     Penalty #2-Requires you to read "Go Set a Watchman"

     Penalty #3-Requires you to read "Atlas Shrugged"

 

Rule #4-You don't sneer at other readers book choices. Romance novels are to be treated equally to whatever dramatic fiction book that is the new in thing with the word "girl" in the title is. 

 

Task 4: UNESCO is based in Paris. Paris is known for its pastries and its breads: Either find a baker that specializes in pastries and bring home an assortment for your family, or make your own pastries using real butter and share a photo with us.

 

Hmm may be able to get some pastries later! TBD. 

 

Book:  Read any fiction/non-fiction about tolerance or a book that’s outside your normal comfort zone.  (Tolerance can encompass anything you generally struggle with, be it sentient or not.) OR Read a book set in Paris.

 

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway is my planned read.