It's still kind of slow going for this game for me, but I'm slowly getting back into it. I've got a few other tasks planned (if only just in my head for now), and am making my way through possible book selections. I've finally finished reading Val McDermid's Forensics book, and will have a review out for it soon.
I'm not restricting myself to just books that could count towards the 16 Tasks, but I surely would like to find more just to rack up a few more points. But I've been marathon-ing Tessa Dare novels, and I'm not entirely sure I can find a suitable square to fit all of them in.
Nonetheless, onward into December and the second half of this lovely game!
Points Earned: 9
Books Read: 6
Tasks Completed: 3
- All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
- Square 3 | St. Martin's Day -- Wine and a book!!
- Square 8 | Hannukuh -- The Dreidel game and the next read!
Square 1: November 1st: (Día de Muertos / All Saint’s Day / Calan Gaeaf)
Book for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day:
- Read: Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones // ROYGBIV cover // review pending // +1 point
Book for Calan Gaeaf:
- Current Read: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // roses on the cover
Task for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: Undecided
Task for Calan Gaeaf: Undecided
Square 2: November 5th: (Guy Fawkes Night / Bon Om Touk)
Book for Guy Fawkes Night: Undecided
Book for Bon Om Touk: Undecided
Task for Guy Fawkes Night: Tea and Books! // +1 point
Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Undecided
Square 3: November 11th: (St. Martin’s Day / Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day)
Book for St. Martin’s Day:
- Read: A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare // Spindle Cove as a small town = rural setting // +1 point
- Read: It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis // MC searches for and gets a new job // +1 point
Book for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Undecided
Task for St. Martin’s Day: Wine and a book!! // post pending
Task for Verteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Undecided
Square 4: November 22nd and 23rd: (Penance Day / Thanksgiving Day)
Book for Penance Day: Undecided
Book for Thanksgiving Day: Undecided
Tasks for Penance Day: Undecided
Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: I am thankful for... and a new book! // +1 point
Bonus task: Share your most hilarious turkey-day memory. -- Skipping this one --
Square 5: December 3rd and following 3 Sundays: (Advent)
Book for Advent:
Planned Read: Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis // pine trees on the cover
Tasks for Advent: My youngest brother and a Master's degree!! // +1 point
Bonus task: Make your own advent calendar and post it. - Undecided
Square 6: December 5th-6th and 8th: (Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht / Bodhi Day)
Book for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: Undecided
Book for Bodhi Day: Undecided
Task for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: To be determined
Task for Bodhi Day: To be determined // post pending
Square 7: December 10th & 13th: (International Human Rights Day / Saint Lucia's Day)
Book for International Human Rights Day: Undecided
Book for Saint Lucia's Day: Undecided
Task for International Human Rights Day: Undecided
Task for Saint Lucia's Day: Gettin' my Hygge on! With chocolate! // post pending
Bonus task: Make the Danish paper hearts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jur29ViLEhk -- Going to try this one at some point!
Square 8: December 12th - 24th: (Hanukkah / Las Posadas)
Book for Hanukkah: Undecided
Book for Las Posadas: Undecided
Task for Hanukkah: Spin the Dreidel book selection! // post pending
Tasks for Las Posadas: Undecided
Bonus task: Make a piñata (https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pi%C3%B1ata), hang it from a tree, post, basketball hoop, clothesline or similarly suitable holder and let your neighborhood kids have a go at breaking it. -- Probably not going to do this one.
Square 9: December 21st: (Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night / Mōdraniht / Yuletide)
Book for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: To Be Determined
Book for Mōdraniht: Undecided
Book for Yuletide:
- Read: Close to Heaven by Pamela Clare // set in snowy winter // +1 point
Task for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: (Something planned) // post pending
Bonus task: Read a book in one night. -- Totally going to attempt this one!
Task for Mōdraniht: Undecided
Bonus task: Post 3 things you love about your mother-in-law (if you have one), otherwise your grandma.
Task for Yuletide: Undecided
Square 10: December 21st: (World Peace Day / Pancha Ganapati)
Book themes for World Peace Day: Undecided
Book themes for Pancha Ganapati: Undecided
Task for World Peace Day: Not sure yet
Task for Pancha Ganapati: Thinking about it
Square 11: December 21st-22nd: (Soyal / Dōngzhì Festival)
Book for Soyal: Undecided
Book for Dōngzhì Festival:
- Possible Read: The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin // Chinese author
- Possible Read: My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin // Chinese author
Task for Soyal: Undecided
Task for Dōngzhì Festival: (something planned) // post pending
Square 12: December 23rd: (Festivus / Saturnalia)
Book for Festivus: Undecided
Book for Saturnalia:
- Planned read: The Lost Night by Jayne Castle // sci-fi book that takes place in space
Task for Festivus: Undecided
Task for Saturnalia: ???
Square 13: December 25th: (Christmas / Hogswatch Night)
Book for Christmas: Undecided
Book for Hogswatch Night:
- Possible read: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Task for Christmas: Undecided
Task for Hogswatch Night: Undecided
Square 14: December 25th: (Dies Natalis Solis Invicti / Quaid-e-Azam / Dies Natalis Solis Invicti)
Book for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti:
- Planned Read: He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis // beach AND seaside setting
Book themes for Quaid-e-Azam: Undecided
Tasks for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Undecided
Tasks for Quaid-e-Azam: Undecided
Square 15: December 25th-26th: (Newtonmas / Boxing Day / St. Stephen’s Day)
Book themes for Newtonmas:
- Read: Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid // Flat Book Society November group read // review pending // +1 point
Book themes for Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day:
- Read: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare // duke employs paid servants in his household // review pending // +1 point
Tasks for Newtonmas: (something planned) // post pending
Tasks for St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day: Baby in a box? // possible post pending
BONUS task: Box up all the Christmas detritus, decorations, or box up that stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of, or donate, etc. and take a picture and post it.
Square 16: December 26th-31st:
Book themes for Kwanzaa: Undecided
Book themes for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: Undecided
Tasks for Kwanzaa: Undecided
BONUS task: Create something with your stack of books: a christmas tree or other easily identifiable object.
Tasks for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: Undecided
MASSIVE HUGE BONUS POINTS if you post a picture of yourself walking a pig on a leash. (Done to ensure good fortune of the coming year.)
-- Baby dressed as a pig on a leash?? =D
Surprise Tasks / Bonus Tasks
Surprise, Surprise Bonus #1 - Melbourne Cup Day, the Race that Stops a Nation!
11/05/2017: Pick three of the ponies listed for this task to bet on, then wait and see what the outcome is. Host, Murder by Death will announce the results and award points for any winners!
My Picks: 1) Wall of Flame // 2) Nakeeta // 3) Ventura Storm
Winners: 1) Rekindling // 2) Johannes Vermeer // 3) Max Dynamite
Points Earned: 0
Surprise, Surprise Bonus Joker #2: The Cuckoo Egg
11/28/2017: Figure out which of the 32 holidays present doesn't actually occur in December!
Me: Did not guess.
The Answer: World Peace Day -- actually takes place on September 21 of each year.
Points Earned: 0