Before I get to the post about the tasks for this, I'd like to share a picture from tonight's fireworks in celebration of Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night. For the first time in ever, the fireworks display put on by our local council was actually really good. I say that with an ounce of regret because bitching about the council is as much part of the evening's festivities as bringing a flask of tea.
Task 1: Burn a book in effigy. Not that anyone of us would do such a thing, but if you HAD to, which book would be the one you’d sacrifice to the flames (gleefully or not)?
Ironically, I'd probably pick The Book Thief. I know there are other books out there that really have no justification for existing (Ann Coulter's entire oeuvre for example) but it still annoys me how corny and ... just bad that book was. However, I'd never actually burn a book. Ever.
Even the really, really bad books can be used for something useful or good, like this book art.
Task 2: List your top 3 treasonous crimes against books. Not ones you’ve committed, but the ones you think are the worst.
1. Burning books.
2. Defacing, writing in, or otherwise damaging library books.
3. Buying books for decorative or bragging purposes only but not actually reading them.
Task 3: Share your favorite / most memorable BBQ recollections or recipe, or your favorite recipe for food “flambé” (i.e., doused with alcohol which is then set aflame and allowed to burn off).
I know this sounds very '70s but I am a sucker for Crepes Suzette. Just thinking of which I get a major food craving...
It's probably because I find the combination of citrus fruit and pancakes delicious, even without the flambe of orange liqueur.
Task 4: Find 5 uses of the word “gunpowder” in book titles in contexts other than for blowing up things or shooting people (e.g., Gunpowder Green by Laura Childs = tea).
(Hmm, ... this will need some research. Not sure I'll complete this task.)
Book: Set in the UK, political thrillers, involving any monarchy or revolution; books about arson or related to burning.
As I am counting down the days to another French adventure, I'll choose a re-read of The Scarlet Pimpernel ... no, no, I changed my mind, I'll go with ... The Count of Chanteleine for this task.