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Dreamy December Days Challenge 2

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Today’s Daily Challenge is called Dreamy Destinations. It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is tell us which place/s you want to go for the holidays. It could be a real place or a fictional one (i.e. Hogwarts at Christmas). If it’s a fictional place be sure to add a little book reference. You can add pictures if you like.

After a decade of living in Arizona, I seem to have become allergic to the cold. For example, I’d like to visit family Norway one day, but not in December. Instead, I’d like to spend Christmas somewhere it’s flat-out summer. Like…Australia!

Of course, my preferred method of travel would be:
So who knows where I’d end up!

Dreamy December Days Challenge 1

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Happy December everyone! Welcome to today’s Dreamy December Days Daily Challenge. For Day 1, tell us your Bookish Christmas Wishes. You can answer any of the following questions: What are the bookish merchandise or books that you would really love to receive this Christmas?

In the land of extravagant:
House of Mystery: The Magic Science of David P. Abbott (Volume #1)House of Mystery: The Magic Science of David P. Abbott (Volume #2)
I’m working on a novel about David Abbott and Joseffy and this is an elusive set of sources. Poking around the internet, I can’t even find a copy for up for auction at the moment. The deluxe set includes a CD with film footage of Mr. Abbott and Joseffy, which would be pretty awesome to see.

On the more reasonable end:
A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters Art and Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women Magic: 1400s-1950s
Been reading a lot of non-fiction. About magic, magicians, spiritualism, and other related subjects. The list of books I still want to read on these subjects is still happily long.

Dreamy December Days Readathon



What: Weeklong Read-a-thon
When: December 1-7, 2013
Where: Always Lost in Books and Books Keep Me Sane
Why: Because we can~
How: Simply sign up at Always Lost in Books or Books Keep Me Sane


Spent much of the week feeling pretty poorly, so I didn’t quite get as much reading done as I wanted. My challenge participation fell off too. On the other hand, I finished two books, read two novellas, and got well into Death from a Top Hat.


The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous 19th Century Chess-Playing Machine
Finished last 35%
Christmas Tales of Terror (Tales of Terror)
Finished last 80%
In the Company of Thieves Death from a Top Hat
  • Finish The Turk.
  • Finish Christmas Tales of Terror.
  • Make some progress on In the Company of Thieves or Death from a Top Hat (library book).
  • Will probably read something not at all on this list!

Not going to declare any page count goal. Just getting through a couple extra chapters of something would be good.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pages Read Today: 59
Pages Read Total: 416
Reading Materials:

  • Death from a Top Hat, pg. 84-122
  • Ghosts at Christmas by Darren W. Ritson, pg. 1-19

Challenges & Notes: Death from a Top Hat isn’t bad, but I was in the mood for something lighter. Spent a good part of the day bouncing from book to book.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pages Read Today: 57
Pages Read Total: 357
Reading Materials:

  • Death from a Top Hat, pg. 27-83

Challenges & Notes: Challenge #6: Dreamy Characters
Playing ultimate frisbee last night didn’t treat me well. I spent the morning on the couch reading and napping. A terrible, terrible thing. Still behind on, well, everything, but at least I’m less stressed out.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pages Read Today: 26
Pages Read Total: 300
Reading Materials:

  • Death from a Top Hat, pg. 1-26

Challenges & Notes: Sheesh, the busy days keep on coming. Dealt with some financial stuff this afternoon and played ultimate frisbee this evening. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a good clear block of time in which to read. (But, hey, I’m at an even 300 pages read!



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pages Read Today: 59
Pages Read Total: 274
Reading Materials:

  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, pg. 27-74
  • Dalek I Love You, pg. 1-11

Challenges & Notes: Another kind of busy, kind of spacy day. Was feeling kind of hermity. There was ultimate frisbee to be played and basketball to be listened to.

Spore (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #8)


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pages Read Today: 63
Pages Read Total: 215
Reading Materials:

  • Spore, pg. 1-40 (novella)
  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, pg. 4-26

Challenges & Notes: Yep. It took me two days to go off-list…Today was one of those spacy, fatigue-ridden days. Struggled to get anything done.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pages Read Today: 27
Pages Read Total: 152
Reading Materials:

  • Christmas Tales of Terror, pg. 55-81

Challenges & Notes: Challenge #2: Dreamy Destinations
Tales of Terror was shorter than I expected due to an excerpt at the end.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pages Read Today: 125
Pages Read Total: 125
Reading Materials:

  • The Turk, pg. 161-247
  • Christmas Tales of Terror, pg. 17-54

Challenges & Notes: Challenge #1: Bookish Christmas Wishes