Task 1: Make two “prophesies” you think will come to fruition in 2019 in your personal or reading life.
Prophesy # 1: I will get a grip on my physical Mt. TBR.
Prophesy # 2: I will finish the Dame Agatha reading project.
There you have it. I'll not comment on the actual likelihood of either, one may be more likely than the other. 2019 will tell. ;D
Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam include almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka. Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed? Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you?
Absolutely! After I read physical books, I donate them to a couple of charity bookshops in town. I only keep very, very special books on my shelves. And of course, I also "rescue" books at library sales etc.
And bookish pilgrimages are the best!
Task 3: Prophets are messengers. Tell us: Which book characters are your favorite messengers (no matter whether humans, angels, (demi)gods, etc.)?
Messenger # 1 - Not a book character but I simply have to list him: The Metatron from the film Dogma.
Never has a Biblical figure been portrayed in a more entertaining manner.
Messenger # 2 - Sybill Trelawney, the great channeller of prophesies and Head of the Divination Workshop at Hogwarts School.
Messenger # 3 - Seyton: His part in the play may be small, but to me he's the memorable character whose message starts Macbeth on his "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow" speech, which is one of the highlights of the play.
Task 4: Muhammad was a merchant before becoming a religious leader. List 5 books on your shelves in which a key character makes / undergoes a radical career change.
# 1: Murder on the Links (Arthur Hastings - Amateur sleuth to rancher)
# 2: Hogfather (Banjo - Thug to Keeper of the Tooth Fairy's Castle)
# 3: Our Man in Havana (James Wormold - vacuum cleaner salesman to spy)
# 4: Carol (Therese - sales clerk to set designer)
# 5: The Pledge/Das Versprechen (Police inspector to gas station attendant)
Book: If you can find a copy, read Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Or read any book about a leader of a movement, nation, religion or large group, OR read a book with a green cover OR with a half moon on the cover.