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16 Festive Tasks - Square 1 - Dia de Muertos and All Saint's Day

The Black Witch - Laurie Forest

I'm using this for a book whose cover is mostly black and white.

 

 

 

 

Square 1: November 1st:
Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that has a primarily black and white cover, or one that has all the colours (ROYGBIV) together on the cover.

Goldie Vance, Vol. 3

Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes, Sarah Stern

Goldie Vance's newest mystery comes to her in the form of her rival, Sugar Maple, hiring her to discover who has been sabotaging her as she prepares for a big race. While hesitant to take on the case at first, Sugar is able to convince Goldie who is ultimately delighted to get to spend so much time around cars and determined to get to the bottom of Sugar's problem.

 

With Sugar being at the center of this mystery, she gets a lot more character development as Goldie's investigation brings out some of her vulnerabilities. I really loved seeing a new side to Sugar. She and Goldie don't magically become friends by the end of it, but the two do develop a new understanding as they're forced to be allies. Sugar makes for a compelling character in this volume.

 

Of course, Goldie continues to be an amazing lead. I love how she makes friends with everyone in the story so quickly and her utter excitement at being around cars. Plus she continues to have great friends and an adorable girlfriend who all help her with the case.

 

The Goldie Vance series continues to be consistently great with a great cast, fun characters, and nice artwork.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 15 - Newtonmas

This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada

The entire plot of This Mortal Coil involves technology implanted in all humans that allows people to recode their DNA. The main character is one of the best at this, and she becomes involved in working out a vaccine for a deadly disease that has killed most of the human population.

 

 

 

Book themes for Newtonmas: Any science book. Any book about alchemy. Any book where science, astronomy, or chemistry play a significant part in the plot.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 14 - Dies Natalis Solis Invicti

Textrovert - Lindsey  Summers

Textrovert was a fun book that took place near the ocean and had multiple scenes at the beach.

 

 

 

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

The Empress - S.J. Kincaid

The Empress is the sequel to The Diabolic, and just like the first book, it is a science fiction book set in space.

 

 

 

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 9 - Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night

27 Hours - Tristina Wright

As the name suggests, 27 Hours takes place over a 27 hour period. However, on the planet it's set on, a night lasts for 27 hours. The book starts when the night begins and ends as the day breaks.

 

 

 

Book themes for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book of poetry, or a book where the events all take place during the course of one night, or where the cover is a night-time scene.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 2 - Guy Fawkes Night

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

In the world of Scythe, humans have conquered death and can be healed from any injury. Except for one. Fire remains the only way that people can't be regenerated from. This plays a big role in the final section of the book.

 

 

 

Book themes for Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover.

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. 

Currently reading

Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 1 by Tsukumizu
Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako
The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1 by Posuka Demizu, Kaiu Shirai
Magical Girl Raising Project, Vol. 1 (manga) by Asari Endou
Aoharu X Machinegun, Vol. 1 by Naoe Kita
xxxHolic: Rei, Vol. 1 by CLAMP
Drug and Drop Volume 1 by CLAMP
Alice in Murderland, Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuki
The Case Study of Vanitas, Vol. 1 by Jun Mochizuki
NTR - Netsuzou Trap Vol. 1 by Naoko Kodama