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Women Writers Bingo Progress

I typically read a lot of books by women, but I like playing bingo, so I decided to join in on the fun. I'll just keep reading like I normally would and see how long it takes me to hit an author for every letter of the alphabet. I'm guessing Q and X might take me a while.

 

A big thank you to Themis-Athena for making the card.

 

 

 

 

 

AFlame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

BJackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C

DPride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E

F

G

HThe Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

JOf Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K

LThe Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

MSecret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N

OThe Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

PThe Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q

RAlmost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S

TThe Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

UKissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V

W

X

Y

ZAmerican Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free SpaceMorrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson  

Snow Falling

Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva

I love Jane the Virgin, so when I found out that the book Jane was writing in the show was being turned into a real book, I knew I had to read it. Since it was meant to be a retelling of Jane's relationship with Michael with a happily ever after, I knew it would follow the general plot of the show, but set in Miami in the early 1900s with changes to match that setting. But it kept some elements from the show that I did not expect that detracted from the story.

 

The Jane the Virgin show had a wonderful narrator who added humor and suspense to the story. However, this was an element that only works well in the show. The book had a narrator who interrupted the flow of the story and felt like an awkward addition to the romance story that I found it hard to believe Jane would actually include. It just didn't mesh well with the story.

 

The plot of the story is also very rushed. Although the book trimmed down extraneous plots from the show, it still had to fit multiple seasons of plot into a relatively short book. Rake's sudden and intense interest in Josephine had me wondering why he wanted her so badly. There wasn't much time for relationship develop between all the characters like there was in the show, which was one of the reasons why the show worked so well.

 

The plot changes to make the setting work also didn't work well. Instead of being accidentally artificially inseminated like Jane was on the show, Josephine became pregnant after a drunken one night stand she had cheating on her fiance because she thought he was cheating on her. This just made her look bad because she had total trust in him one moment and then saw him hugging a woman (who was his partner) and suddenly was convinced he was cheating without even confronting him. And then Rake came along and was creepy and kept pushing her boundaries every time she said no to him until he got her drunk and then got her to sleep with him. So Josephine looked bad with her complete and sudden lack of trust in her fiance. And Rake looked bad with his continuous pushiness, inability to let her say no to him about anything, and taking advantage of her when she's feeling bad and using it to get her drunk and hit on her. Not a great love triangle.

 

If I didn't have the Jane the Virgin background to enjoy comparing the book's plot to, I don't think the book would have worked for me at all. The narrator didn't fit the story well, the plot was rushed, and the relationships weren't well-developed. I really just liked seeing how the characters and plot points were changed to match up to the new setting. I don't think I'd recommend this for anyone who hasn't watched Jane the Virgin. And even for people who have watched it, I don't know how many this would work for.

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish

I hadn't heard of Tiffany Haddish until she hosted SNL last year. I was immediately charmed by her. She stole every sketch she was in and was absolutely hilarious. When I found out she had a book coming out, I knew I had to read it. Her charm and humor shown through in this book, but it was a hard book to get through at times.

 

Before she was even an adult, Tiffany Haddish gone through a ridiculous amount of horrible things. And horrible things just kept happening. She was very open about her life, the (many) things done to her, and the mistakes she'd made. It was amazing how she found humor in some of the situations. And her ability to forgive and be kind to those who wronged her is incredible. Tiffany Haddish talked about her interactions with various ex-boyfriends, comedians, and celebrities, but only named names when the interactions were positive. Otherwise, she gave them pseudonyms.

 

From the very first chapter, it was clear Tiffany is a tough and resourceful person. Really, the whole book showed that. She told her of she got all the way to ninth grade before she learned how to read (and without anyone realizing until then that she couldn't). We learned how she became a pimp for a period of time. And she talked about the struggles of being a woman in comedy.

 

There's only one chapter that was not funny, which she warned right at the start of it. It was the story of her ex-husband, and it is a difficult one to get through because there are so many warning signs that the relationship was going to be horrible that she missed. And just when it looked like it was over, the story kept going.

 

Overall, I was incredibly impressed with her. She is funny, clever, tough, kind, and all-around wonderful. Tiffany Haddish is now on my radar for people whose work to make sure I check out. I'll be watching her movie, Girls Trip, just as soon as I can get it from the library, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

2017 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 2

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There were too many books I'm looking forward to this year, so I decided to split this give them their own section. 2018 looks like it will be a good year for books. Hopefully it will be good for many things.

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

These 4 are all books by authors I've loved, but I just didn't get a chance to get to their new ones before the year ended.

Roomies - Christina Lauren  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  Love, Life, and the List - Kasie West  At the Edge of the Universe - Shaun David Hutchinson  

Year One was recommended to me by someone who thought I'd love it. It does sound perfect for me.

Year One - Nora Roberts 

This is the book from the Jane the Virgin TV series, which I love.

Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva 

And the rest are all books that caught my eye from book blogs.

Echo After Echo - Amy Rose Capetta  Speak Easy, Speak Love - McKelle George  Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  Here and Gone: A Novel - Haylen Beck  Lucky Girl - Amanda Maciel  Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

These are all by authors I like whose upcoming books sound right up my alley.

The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas  Listen to Your Heart - Kasie West  It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks - Cat Sebastian  The Cruel Prince - Holly Black  Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World - Mackenzi Lee,Ms. Petra Eriksson 

I'll confess it was the covers for these 2 that first made me want to read them. Then I read what they were actually about and was still interested.

Emergency Contact - Mary H. K. Choi  A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole 

The rest of these came from upcoming release lists and all looked pretty good.

 Anger Is a Gift - Mark Oshiro  Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake  Nothing Happened - Molly Booth  Lizzie - Dawn Ius  Dread Nation - Justina Ireland  Tyler Johnson Was Here - Jay Coles  The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang  

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma  Ship It - Britta Lundin  The F Word - Kiley Roache  The Unbinding of Mary Reade - Miriam McNamara  People Like Us - Dana Mele  American Panda - Gloria Chao  The Wedding Date - Jasmine Guillory  The Dangerous Art of Blending In - Angelo Surmelis  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen  The Fandom - Anna Day 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Cynthia Hand,Jodi Meadows  A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses) - Sarah J. Maas 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

 I want to work on reading my physical books. They've really started piling up and need to get read. I'd also like to get back to writing reviews.

 

Source: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2017/12/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition.html

2017 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 1

This survey is courtesy of The Perpetual Page-Turner. It's a fun way to look back at all the books I've read over the past year and highlight the highs and lows I had. I'm bad at picking just one book, so don't be surprised to see multiple answers to some of the questions. I've split this into 2 parts. Part 1 will focus on the books I read in 2017. Part 2 will focus on books for 2018.

 

 

 

Number Of Books You Read: 370
Number of Re-Reads: 4

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

It's always hard picking a best book for the year because there are so many great books, but The Ruin of a Rake was the one that connected with me the most, so I'm going with it.

The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I was excited about all three of these books and none of them worked out. New Romancer was easily the worst for me. Mask of Shadows and Queer, There, and Everywhere just ended up being disappointments.

New Romancer Vol. 1 - Peter Milligan Mask of Shadows - Linsey Miller  Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World - Sarah Prager,Zoe More O'Ferrall 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Surprising in a bad way was Anna and the Swallow Man. I went in thinking it was a middle grade book, so I was surprised when the child protagonist sells her body for supplies. Most surprising in a good way was Star Wars: Rebel Rising. I didn't really like the Rebel One movie, so I didn't have high hopes for a book focusing on one of the leads, but I ended up really enjoying it.

Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit  Star Wars Rebel Rising - Beth Revis 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don't typically push books. When I do, it's usually only to a handful of people. But I did hand people Moxie and tell them to read it at the very end of 2017, so I think that one wins.

Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu 

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

 The best series I started (and finished) was The Turner Series by Cat Sebastian which began with The Soldier's Scoundrel.

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian 

The best sequels were Now I Rise for The Conqueror's Saga and Definitely Dead for The Southern Vampires Mysteries. Both series had been solid, but these books were the best so far.

 Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White  Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris 

The best series ender was Crooked Kingdom for the Six of Crows duology. It wrapped everything up well and brought in my favorite character from its companion series.

 Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

 I blasted through Cat Sebastian's Turner Series and am already looking forward to reading more from her.

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don't typically read memoirs, but Roxane Gay's Hunger was amazing and moving.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay 

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I had the hardest time putting Big Little Lies down. Every time I had to stop to do something, my mind was on it until I could get back to it.

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty 

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I can see myself rereading the Turner Series this year. I loved every book.

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-2017) Vol. 5: The Death of Illusion - Marguerite Bennett,Elsa Charretier,Laura Braga,Mirka Andolfo An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson  Motor Crush Volume 1 - Babs Tarr,Brenden Fletcher,Cameron Stewart Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1 - Amu Meguro  Star-Crossed - Barbara Dee 

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

 Goldie Vance from the Goldie Vance books. She's clever, tough, kind, curious, and very awesome.

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  Goldie Vance Vol. 2 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Brittney Williams,Noah Hayes,Sarah Stern  

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

I didn't expect it from the name, but A Monster Calls was a beautiful story about loss.

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Some books just come to you at the right time which is exactly what The Ruin of a Rake did. Shortly before I read this, I was diagnosed with several things, one of which is an incurable, life-long condition that is likely the cause of the regular migraines I've had for the past few years that were growing more severe and frequent and were regularly putting me out of commission. One of the main characters in this has malaria and spoke about his frustration and sense of helplessness every time his health took a turn for the worse. Everything he said just resonated with me and reflected how I'd been feeling. That helped me with coming to terms with my health and moving forward.

The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower had been on my reading list for years. I finally got to it in 2017.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I'm usually not good at remembering quotes from books, but I did have 2 quotes that stuck with me from books this year. And they just feel appropriate for this year.

In my next life, I’m going to be an ass-kicking ninja warrior queen. And I will hunt shits like you down. Throw your ass in a dungeon and drop the key in my moat and my lady knights will be all, Huzzah! and I will sit on my throne like, Yes.

-Heather Demetrios, Bad Romance

 

Lena’s voice grew cold. “I don’t understand you. I don’t understand people like you, who always choose to blame the woman. If there’s two people doing something wrong and one of them’s a girl, it’s got to be her fault, right?”

“No, Lena, it’s not like that, it isn’t—“

“Yes, it is. It’s, like, when someone has an affair, why does the wife always hate the other woman? Why doesn’t she hate her husband? He’s the one who’s betrayed her, he’s the one who swore to love her and keep her and whatever forever and ever. Why isn’t he the one who gets shoved off a fucking cliff?”

-Paula Hawkins, Into the Water

 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One - Irene Koh,Various  - 80 pages

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas - 699 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

New Romancer looked like a cute romantic comedy and had a scene where one character's eye gets stabbed through with a penis. Wasn't expecting that. Love is Love was advertised as a book to mourn the victims of the Pulse shooting by celebrating them and their community. It featured quite a few depictions of the victims' corpses lying in pools of their blood and also a short story celebrating Zeus and his many loves, completely glossing over the fact that he raped all the people depicted. Not what I expected with a cover like that.

New Romancer Vol. 1 - Peter Milligan  Love is Love - Phil Jimenez,Various 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian - Jack Turner and Oliver Rivington

The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian - Lawrence Browne and Georgie Turner

The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian - Lord Courtenay and Julian Medlock

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas - Feyre and Rhysand

Dating You / Hating You - Christina Lauren - Carter and Evie

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

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams - Goldie and Diane

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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

The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed - Grace, Rosina, and Erin

Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust - Lynet and Mina

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu  My Love Story!!, Vol. 1 - Aruko,Kazune Kawahara 

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

This book wasn't on my radar at all until my mom told me I would like it. As usual, she was right.

The Alice Network - Kate Quinn 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams - Goldie Vance

Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios - Grace

Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1 - Amu Meguro - Taiga

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada  Dear Martin - Nic Stone  The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas  One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus  When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are set in the same world while A Court of Wings and Ruin expands the world of its series even more.

 A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  Goldie Vance Vol. 2 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Brittney Williams,Noah Hayes,Sarah Stern  Dating You / Hating You - Christina Lauren  I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

The tears didn't really start for Your Lie in April until the end of the series. The tears for A Monster Calls came near the end of the book.

 Your Lie in April 1 - Naoshi Arakawa  A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Goldie Vance series is adorable and fun.

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  Goldie Vance Vol. 2 - Hope Larson,Brittney Williams  Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Brittney Williams,Noah Hayes,Sarah Stern  

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I will never be able to read this book again. It was hard to read about what the women went through there and how they were treated.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon Krakauer 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness - Kabi Nagata 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Both books examine how rape cases were handled in 2 different college towns. I was so angry hearing how the women were treated by the officials at the schools and by the law enforcement of the cities.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon Krakauer  Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis - Paula Lavigne,Mark Schlabach 

Source: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2017/12/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition.html

December Books

 I read 34 books for December. 11 were audiobooks and 12 were graphic novels. I had a few not-so-great reads, but the majority were 4 stars or above. Not a bad way to end the year.

 

 

5 Stars

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu  

 

4.5 Stars

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns - Julie C. Dao  Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust  DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-2017) Vol. 5: The Death of Illusion - Marguerite Bennett,Elsa Charretier,Laura Braga,Mirka Andolfo  

 

4 Stars

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss  The Gatekeepers - Jen Lancaster  Renegades - Marissa Meyer  Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Brittney Williams,Noah Hayes,Sarah Stern  SLAM! Vol. 1 - Pamela Ribon,Veronica Fish  Scythe - Neal Shusterman  The Empress - S.J. Kincaid  This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada  Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch (Rebirth) - Greg Rucka,Liam Sharp  The Black Witch - Laurie Forest  The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact - Chip Heath,Dan Heath  Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 - Sui Ishida  It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree - A. J. Jacobs  Giant Days Vol. 1 - Whitney Cogar,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  Giant Days Vol. 2 - Max Sarin,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  Giant Days Vol. 3 - John Allison,Max Sarin  Giant Days Vol. 4 - John Allison,Max Sarin,Liz Fleming,Whitney Cogar,Jim Campbell  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez  Animosity Volume 1 - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  

 

3.5 Stars

Textrovert - Lindsey Summers  Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird) - Claudia Gray  That Inevitable Victorian Thing - E. Russell Johnston Jr.  First We Were IV - Alexandra Sirowy  Learning to Swear in America - Katie Kennedy  

 

3 Stars

Dream On (The Silver Trilogy) - Kerstin Gier,Anthea Bell Release - Patrick Ness  

 

2.5 Stars

27 Hours - Tristina Wright  America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez - Gabby Rivera,Joe Quinones  Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground (Young Animal) - Gerard Way,Jon Rivera,Michael Avon Oeming  

 

16 Festive Tasks - Square 15 - Boxing Day and St. Stephen's Day

I have 2 cats, Zoe and Chloe, who both love boxes. If the box is open, they are inside it immediately. If it's not, they'll just camp out on top of it. I know I have a lot of pictures of them with various boxes, but I could only find one. There's one room that has a set of shelves with boxes with handles for drawers instead of having a dresser. One of the boxes was left slightly pulled out and I found Zoe had jumped in and was just hanging out there. She stayed there quite a while.

 

 

 

 

Tasks for St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day: Show us your boxes of books! –OR– If you have a cat, post a picture of your cat in a box. (your dog in a box works too, if your dog likes boxes -- we're looking at you WhiskeyintheJar) -- or any pet good-natured enough to pose in a box long enough for you to snap a picture.

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

I made an apple martini last night to drink while finishing The Girl From the Other Side Vol 2. And I used my favorite cup which I got from one of my sisters. It's hard to see it fully in the picture, but it says "It's not drinking alone if your cat's home" and has a cat's face above the quote.

 

 

 

 

Tasks for St. Martin’s Day: Write a Mother Goose-style rhyme or a limerick; the funnier the better. –OR– Take a picture of the book you’re currently reading, next to a glass of wine, or the drink of your choice, with or without a fire in the background. –OR– Bake a Weckmann; if you’re not a dab hand with yeast baking, make a batch of gingerbread men, or something else that’s typical of this time of the year where you live. Post pics of the results and the recipe if you’d like to share it.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 9 - Yuletide

Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust

The northern half of the kingdom Girls Made of Snow and Glass where the majority of the book is set has a curse that makes it permanently winter and the land is covered in snow and ice as a result, so it's perfect for this square.

 

 

 

Book themes for Yuletide: Read a book set in the midst of a snowy or icy winter, –OR– set in the Arctic or Antartica.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 8 - Hanukkah

I decide to let a virtual dreidel decide my next book. I grabbed the top 4 books on my library stack and picked a side for each:

 

נ (Nun)                Merman in My Tub Vol 2
ג (Gimel)            
My Hero Academia Vol 10
ה (He)                 
Kissing Max Holden
ש (Shin)             
The Girl From the Other Side Vol 2

 

 

Then I spun a virtual dreidel and got Gimel, so I read My Hero Academia Vol 10. Of course, by the time I posted this, I've now read all but Kissing Max Holden from those choices.

 

 

Tasks for Hanukkah: Light nine candles around the room (SAFELY) and post a picture. –OR– Play the Dreidel game to pick the next book you read.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 8 - Las Posadas

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez

The book doesn't start or end in Mexico, but part of the middle is set there, so I'm going to count I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter for this square.

 

 

 

Book themes for Las Posadas: Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends, or set in Mexico, –OR– with a poinsettia on the cover. –OR– a story where the main character is stranded without a place to stay, or find themselves in a 'no room at the Inn’ situation.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 10 - World Peace Day

Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch (Rebirth) - Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp

Wonder Woman always prefers a peaceful solution to a fight and often works as a diplomat to help groups come to peaceful resolutions to conflict, so I'd say she has a reputation as a peacemaker.

 

 

 

Book themes for World Peace Day: Read a book by or about a Nobel Peace Prize winner, or about a protagonist (fictional or nonfictional) who has a reputation as a peacemaker.

16 Festive Tasks - Square 8 - Las Posadas

It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree - W.W. Jacobs

Since the entire story of It's All Relative is about the author's attempt to host the biggest family reunion in the world, I'm using this book for a book dealing with visits by family.

 

 

 

Book themes for Las Posadas: Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends, or set in Mexico, –OR– with a poinsettia on the cover. –OR– a story where the main character is stranded without a place to stay, or find themselves in a 'no room at the Inn’ situation.

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

Release - Patrick Ness

I'm using Release for a book set in a rural setting

 

 

 

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).

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

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White

Now I Rise is set in the mid-1400s which puts it solidly before the age of electricity.

 

 

 

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).

16 Festive Tasks - Square 2 - Guy Fawkes Night

That Inevitable Victorian Thing - E. Russell Johnston Jr.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a sci-fi book set in the future, but one of the main characters is the crown princess of the British Empire and a direct descendant of Victoria I, so I'm counting this for the English monarchy.

 

 

 

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.

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