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16 Festive Tasks - Square 16 - Hogmanay and New Year's Eve and Watch Night and St. Sylvester's Day

How to Be Popular - Meg Cabot

After years of being mocked by everyone, the main character of How to Be Popular uses the start of a new school year to start over and become one of the most popular kids in school by following the advise of a book she found.

 

 

Book themes for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: a book about starting over, rebuilding, new beginnings, etc. –OR– Read anything set in medieval times. –OR– A book about the papacy –OR– where miracles of any sort are performed (the unexplainable - but good - kind).

16 Festive Tasks - Square 16 - Kwanzaa

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla

The cover of Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale is mostly red, green, and black, so I think it's a good pick for this square.

 

 

Book themes for Kwanzaa: Read a book written by an author of African descent or a book set in Africa, or whose cover is primarily red, green or black.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 14 - Dies Natalis Solis Invicti

Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

As the name suggests, Open Road Summer takes place in the summer.

 

 

Book themes for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Celebrate the sun and read a book that has a beach or seaside setting. –OR– a book set during summertime. –OR– set in the Southern Hemisphere.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 12 - Saturnalia

Komomo Confiserie, Vol. 1 - Maki Minami

I read the entire series of Komomo Confiserie this month. At the start of the series, the main female character is a rich girl who orders around the main male character who works for her family. However, the series shortly has that girl losing all her money and having to work for the guy who now gets to order her around.

 

 

Book themes for Saturnalia: The god Saturn has a planet named after him; read any work of science fiction that takes place in space. –OR– Read a book celebrating free speech. –OR– A book revolving around a very large party, or ball, or festival, –OR– a book with a mask or masks on the cover. –OR– a story where roles are reversed.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 12 - Festivus

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me - Carrie DiRisio, Broody McHottiepants, Linnea Gear

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me was hilarious and made me laugh a lot. So it's perfect for this square.

 

 

Book themes for Festivus: Read anything comedic; a parody, satire, etc. Books with hilariously dysfunctional families (must be funny dysfunctional, not tragic dysfunctional). Anything that makes you laugh (or hope it does).

16 Festive Tasks - Square 11 - Dōngzhi Festival

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key has a pink cover, so it's my book for square 11.

 

 

Book themes for Dōngzhì Festival: Read a book set in China or written by a Chinese author / an author of Chinese origin; or read a book that has a pink or white cover.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 11 - Soyal

All the Crooked Saints - Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked Saints is set in Colorado, so it's my book for square 11.

 

 

Book themes for Soyal: Read a book set in the American Southwest / the Four Corners States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah), –OR– a book that has a Native American protagonist.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 10 - Pancha Ganapati

Final Girls - Riley Sager

Final Girls has the color red on the cover, so it's my pick for this square.

 

 

Book themes for Pancha Ganapati: Read anything involving a need for forgiveness in the story line; a story about redemption –OR– Read a book whose cover has one of the 5 colors of the holiday: red, blue, green, orange, or yellow –OR– Read a book involving elephants.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 8 - Hanukkah

Autoboyography - Christina Lauren

The main character of Autoboyography is only half-Jewish, but I'm still counting that for square 8.

 

 

Book themes for Hanukkah: Any book whose main character is Jewish, any story about the Jewish people –OR– where the miracle of light plays a significant part in the stories plot. 

16 Festive Tasks - Square 7 - Saint Lucia's Day

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye - George Goulding, David Lagercrantz

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is set in Sweden, so it's my book for square 7.

 

 

Book themes for Saint Lucia's Day: Read a book set in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden - and Finland for the purposes of this game) or a book where ice and snow are an important feature.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 7 - International Human Rights Day

My Love Story!!, Vol. 1 - Aruko, Kazune Kawahara

I finished the My Love Story!! series which is by 2 Japanese women, so it's going to be one of my books for square 7.

 

 

Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. –OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively).

16 Festive Tasks - Square 7 - International Human Rights Day

Ringer - Lauren Oliver

The plot of Ringer involves bringing to light the deeds of a group that has been doing illegal medical experiments on unwanted children they bought from parents and on clones of those children. The kids are treated like dumb creatures. They are physically, mentally, and sexually abused. So the story is about their rights being abused, but also, eventually, about the people who are trying to defend them.

 

 

Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. –OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively).

16 Festive Tasks - Square 6 - Sinterklaas and St. Martin's Day and Krampusnacht

An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson

My book for square 6 is the young adult book, An Enchantment of Ravens.

 

 

Book themes for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: A story involving children or a young adult book, or a book with oranges on the cover, or whose cover is primarily orange (for the Dutch House of Orange) –OR– with tangerines, walnuts, chocolates, or cookies on the cover.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 4 - Thanksgiving Day

The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed

The high school girls in The Nowhere Girls come together to support one another and combat the rape culture that has become pervasive in their community to improve life for everyone. Additionally, a crime is committed against a girl in a neighboring town, and the girls of the group come together in a big way to help her and her family get through it. Due to all that, I'm using this for square 4.

 

 

Book themes for Thanksgiving Day: Books with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need. –OR– Books with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 4 - Penance Day

If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout

The main character of If There's No Tomorrow is dealing with a lot of guilt in this book, so I'm using it for square 4.

 

 

Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

16 Festive Tasks - Square 3 - St. Martin's Day

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart, Neil Strauss

Kevin Hart's hilarious memoir, I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons, includes multiple stories of Kevin Hart searching for and getting new jobs, so I'm using it for square 3.

 

 

Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).

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