24 Festive Tasks - St. Lucia's Day Book

Archenemies - Marissa Meyer

Book: Set in Scandinavia / Northern Europe, or by a Northern European / Nordic author, or a book newly released in November or December of this year.



Archenemies was just released in November of this year, so I'm using it to claim this door.



24 Festive Tasks - Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day Book

For a Muse of Fire - Heidi Heilig

Book: with an orange or red cover or with nuts, chocolate or coins on the cover, set in The Netherlands or Germany, by a Dutch or German author, or with canals or beer on the cover.



I'm using For a Muse of Fire to claim this door because of its orange and red cover.



24 Festive Tasks - Solstice / Yuletide Task 1

Task 1:  Bibliomancy: Grab one of your larger books and flip to the indicated page and line number to answer the following questions - then post those answers for us:


I decided to go with Uncle John's Monumental Bathroom Reader for this task. It's a big book of randomness, so the answers could be all over the place.


  • Will I read all the books on my TBR? (page 378, line 29)
    "lighthearted slogan, 'Declare War on the Cold Front!'" - I feel like that's a strangely appropriate response since my attempts to shrink my TBR sure feels like a never-ending battle.
  • Will any of my 2019 reads be 5 stars? (page 227, line 31)
    "spiritualism was bogus and promised to one day give 'an interesting exposure of the fraud.'" 
    - Uh oh, I think my book's might be revolting against this task instead of answering the question.
  • Will I discover a new favorite book / author / series? (page 309, line 23)
     "He is not portly."  (This came from the list of "Official" attributes of the Pillsbury Doughboy.)  - Well, that description can't really apply to a book or series, but I can't say I love it as a response for the author part of the question...

Will I discover that a major twist (hopefully, for the [even] better) has occurred in one of my favorite series? (page 459, line 16)

  • "numerous schools and training institutes for African Americans" - I'm taking this as the major twist being the series getting more diverse, which I am always down for happening and it would definitely count as for the better in my book.

Will I finish all of my reading challenges in 2019? (page 69, line 7)

  • "Thirteen - one more than a dozen." - I'm apparently doing quite a few reading challenges next year, finishing 13 of them, and I want all of you to know that 13 is one more than 12.

Will I stay within my book budget in 2019? (page 98, line 5)

  • "'there must be no distinct smells anywhere near the artist.'" - My book seems to be avoiding the question. I don't think that bodes well for my book budget.


24 Festive Tasks - St. Lucia's Day Task 4

Task 4: Guess (scout’s honor, NO GOOGLING!): Did the Gävle Goat survive this year? For background: The Gävle Goat is a straw effigy erected in Gävle, Sweden, every year at the beginning of Advent. It is infamous for being burned down ahead of time, which as of Advent 2017 has happened in 37 of the 51 years of the tradition’s existence. – The Yule goat lore in turn goes back all the way to the Norse myths, where the god Thor rode a chariot drawn by two goats, and to ancient Indo-European and proto-Slavic beliefs according to which the harvest god appeared in the shape of a goat. Possibly, it is also linked with Santa Claus and his reindeer-driven sled.



Because I always find it hilarious when it does get destroyed (despite all the efforts to protect it!), I'm going to guess that it is successfully destroyed this year. I remember getting introduced to the story of this years ago and laughing throughout the entire history of the destroyed goats and attempts and destroying the goats. It's quite amazing.



DNF of Odd One Out

Odd One Out - Nic Stone

I'm quitting this one at a little over 40 pages in. It's supposed to have 3 different perspectives, but I've only had one character's POV (Coop) so far. I do not like him. He has a best friend, Jupiter, a lesbian he's in love with and not-so-secretly hoping will decide she likes guys and get with him. He's creepy and possessive toward her, getting jealous whenever she pays attention to someone other than him.


I read some spoiler reviews to see if things would get better since I really enjoyed this author's previous book and was hoping things would get better if I pushed through to the two girls' sections. I did not like what I read. At all. The book was not going to be going in a direction I liked. And I apparently had multiple moments of unchecked biphobia to look forward to as well. I'm just not in the mood for that, so I'm calling it quits. I appreciate the idea behind this one, but the book just isn't working for me.

24 Festive Tasks - Human Rights Day Book

Angela: Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld - Jacinto Benavente, Stephanie Hans, Marguerite Bennett

Book: Read any book with strong female characters, or written by an author from any minority group; any story about a minority overcoming their oppressors either individually or as a group. OR: A book set in New York City.




Well, Angela: Queen of Hel has strong female characters in Angela, Sera, and Leah; the author is a queer woman; the story features Angela going to Hel to rescue her trans POC angel girlfriend from slavery (again) and them working together to free Sera from her captors (and leading a rebellion to free the other angel slaves in Hel); and after the main characters leave Hel, the rest of the book takes place in New York City. Just to get a little bit of everything from the challenge in there. Obviously, I had to use it for this square.


24 Festive Tasks - Tracking Post


Points: 30


Dia de los Muertos:

BookAll-New Wolverine Vol. 5: Orphans of X - Tom Taylor,Juan Cabal  


Guy Fawkes Night:

Completed Task 1

BookRoyal Crush: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot  


Melbourne Cup Day:

Completed Task 1: 1 point for participation; none for my ponies (Ace High, Yucatan, Rostropovich)



Completed Task 4

Book: A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas  


Veterans' / Armistice Day:

Completed Task 1

Completed Task 3

Book: Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green  


International Day of Tolerance:

Completed Task 1


Mawlid An-Nabi:

Completed Task 1

Completed Task 3

Completed Task 4

Book: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors  


Day of Penance:

Completed Task 2

Book: Highly Illogical Behavior - John Corey Whaley  



Completed Task 1

Completed Task 4

Book: She Was the Quiet One - Michele Campbell  


Russian Mother's Day:

Completed Task 1

Book: Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell,Shadra Strickland  


St. Andrew's Day:

Book: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You - Tara Eglington  



Completed Task 1



Book: Two Dark Reigns - Kendare Blake  


Human Rights Day:

Book: Angela: Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld - Jacinto Benavente,Stephanie Hans,Marguerite Bennett  


St. Lucia's Day:

Completed Task 4


Solstice / Yuletide:

Completed Task 1



Book: Pride - Ibi Zoboi  


New Year's Eve:

BookRoyal Crown: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot  



BookA Sorrow Fierce and Falling - Jessica Cluess  

24 Festive Tasks - Veterans' / Armistice Day Book

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green

Book:  Read any book involving wars, battles, where characters are active military or veterans, or with poppies on the cover.



Half Lost concludes the war that took place throughout the Half Bad series with the main characters having to fight in several more battles before its end. I'm using it to claim this door.


24 Festive Tasks - Mawlid Task 1

Task 1:  Make two “prophesies” you think will come to fruition in 2019 in your personal or reading life.



I'm going to use these in the hopes that if I put them out there, I'll be more motivated to actually get these done.

  1. Finish the Sookie Stackhouse series. I've been working on this slowly for years. Halloween bingo this year got me through a few more books, so now I only have 4 books left. That's doable over all of 2019.
  2. Finish the Rachel Rising series. I loved what I've read so far and only have 3 books left to read. I own the whole series, so I really have no reason to not have finished it.


24 Festive Tasks - Mawlid Book

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis, Asha Bandele, Patrisse Khan-Cullors

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.



When They Call You a Terrorist is a memoir by one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, so I'm using to to claim this door.


24 Festive Tasks - Day of Penance Book

Highly Illogical Behavior - John Corey Whaley

Book:  Read any book concerning a man / woman of the cloth, a book about a character hiding a guilty secret or searching for absolution.



In Highly Illogical Behavior, Lisa befriends Solomon solely so she can cure him of his agoraphobia and use that to get into a college psychology program. She is naturally keeping this a secret from him. At first she feels no guilt whatsoever for what she is doing. However, as the story continues and she genuinely becomes friends with him, Lisa begins to grow guilty over what she is doing and the secret becomes a guilty one. I'm using the book to claim this door.



24 Festive Tasks - Thanksgiving Book

She Was the Quiet One - Michele Campbell

Book:  Autumnal covers, set in New England, or a turkey shows up in the story.



She was the Quiet One is set in a New England boarding school. I don't remember exactly where in New England it is, but the synopsis assures me it is in New England, so I'm not going to argue. I'm using it to claim this door.


24 Festive Tasks - Russian Mother's Day Task 1

Task 1:  Tell us: What is the mother of all writerly sins in your book (tropes, grammar mistakes, telling instead of showing, etc.)?



I mentioned in the comments on TA's post that my mother of all writerly sins matched one of hers - boring me. I can put up with a lot in books as long as they're making me feel something. But if I'm utterly bored by the book? I'm going to drop it and pick something else up. Boredom is my number one reason for a book becoming a DNF. I know this one's completely subjective. There's not a list of reasons why a book ends up boring me that I can point to. Some books just don't click with me. And when that happens, I ditch the book and move on to the next one.



24 Festive Tasks - Russian Mother's Day Book

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell, Shadra Strickland

Book: Read a book set in Russia, or involving a story within a story / play within a play (like the Russian matryoshka dolls stuck inside each other), or where a key character (not necessarily the protagonist) is a mother.




Loving Vs Virginia covers the relationship of Richard and Mildred Loving and their court case that led to the legalization of interracial marriage throughout the US. Mildred was a mother for a majority of the book, so I'm using it to claim this door.



24 Festive Tasks - St. Andrew's Day Book

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You - Tara Eglington

Book: Andrew was the first apostle; read the first book in a series. OR:  Andrew and Peter were brothers; read a book about brothers. OR: Read books about or set in Scotland or by a Scottish author, or set in Charleston, South Carolina (which is where the celebrations as we know them today began – by a group of Scottish expats – according to scotland.org).



How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is the first book in the Aurora Skye series, so I'm using it to claim this door.


24 Festive Tasks - Advent Task 1

Task 1:  Post a picture of your advent calendar - store bought or homemade.




This is my advent calendar this year. I get a new one every year so that I get a piece of chocolate every day leading up to Christmas.



Currently reading

My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1: The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 1 by Maki Fujita
Silver Spoon, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Prince in His Dark Days 1 by Hico Yamanaka
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court
Laid-Back Camp, Vol. 1 by Afro
Kiniro Mosaic, Vol. 1 by Yui Hara
NEW GAME! (1) (まんがタイムKRコミックス) by Shotaro Tokuno
Blue Morning, Vol. 1 by Shoko Hidaka
Oresama Teacher , Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki