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December 12, 2017

virtual advent 2017: day 12
posted by soe 5:30 am

virtual advent tour

Today is the 12th day of December, the first night of Hanukkah, and the end of the first half of the Advent season. That’s hard to believe and painful to think about that final item, so let’s just move along, shall we?

Behind today’s calendar door is a post from Kat of As Kat Knits. She shares memories of reading to her children at Christmas when they were small and some favorite books from those days.

Also, in case folks still want to play yesterday’s Christmas music trivia game (because Rudi tells me it was too hard), I’m going to give it one more day before publishing the correct order. (And just so you all know, I came up with the list of songs and then tried my own hand at guessing before looking up the answers. I only got a quarter of them right.) So stop back tomorrow for answers and a post from a new host!

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top ten tuesday: bookish settings to visit
posted by soe 1:48 am

I’ve never understood the desire to share a best-of reading (or listening or watching or whatever) list before the very last opportunity to add to it. There is still nearly three weeks left in the year, which leaves me enough time to read ten more books that could supplant those leading my pack right now.

Which is the long way of saying I won’t be doing today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic until the end of the month. So, instead, I’ll share my responses to last week’s topic at The Broke and the Bookish, which asked which bookish settings would you like to visit?

  • The Weasleys’ Burrow: I nicknamed our apartment after it. (Also, Hogwarts. Also, Diagon Alley. Also, Hogsmeade.)
  • Book World in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series.
  • Prince Edward Island, based on the Anne books (and raidergirl3’s photos and descriptions).
  • The eponymous Secret Garden.
  • Wild Cat Island from Swallows and Amazons.
  • Guernsey.
  • The Night Circus (Even if I’d have to buy some black & white clothes to wear).
  • The Polar Express.
  • Queens Museum of Art (to see the miniature version of New York City)
  • Rivendell. Or maybe Lothlorian. Or maybe just the Shire.

On a related note, I own a book called Storybook Travels, which offers 30 real itineraries for favorite children’s books, including A Bear Called Paddington, Eloise, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

How about you? What bookish places would you like to step into?

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