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text 2018-11-01 08:15
24 Festive Tasks: The Seven Final Holidays

 

As explained in this year's Rules / Mode of Play post, we're going to reveal the seven final holidays included in the card and the respective book tasks early on, so as to allow enough time to complete these books. 

 

The final holidays and book tasks are:

 

Winter Solstice / Yuletide (December 21): Read any book that takes place in December OR with ice or snow on the cover OR that revolves around the (summer or winter) equinox OR a collection of poetry by Hafez.

 

Festivus (December 23): Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

 

Christmas (December 25): Read any Christmas book.

 

Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1): Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean OR by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author OR a book with a green, red, or black cover.

 

New Year's Eve (December 31): Read a book about endings, new starts, or books where things go BOOM!

 

Hogswatch (December 32)*: Read anything by Terry Pratchett.

 

Epiphany (January 6): Read a book with three main characters OR a book about traveling on a journey to a faraway place OR a book that’s part of a trilogy OR with a star on the cover OR with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title OR or concerning kings or spices.

 

The non-book tasks for these seven holidays will be revealed on December 16, which is when we'll also be opening the corresponding doors on the calendar.  (Hey, we want to keep some element of suspense at least for these ...)

 

* Discworld calendar.

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text 2017-12-25 14:38
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 16 - Kwanzaa

Tasks for Kwanzaa: Create a stack of books in the Kwanzaa color scheme using red, black and green and post your creation and post a photo (or post a photo of a shelfie where black, red and green predominate).

BONUS task: Create something with your stack of books: a christmas tree or other easily identifiable object.

 

It so happened I had a bunch of planned Halloween Bingo reads still sitting around that fit the bill ... so here we go:

 

 

... and rearranged as a star (and I swear the covers of those books by Denise Mina, Louise Penny, Val McDermid and Stephen Booth are actually greenish-turquoise, not blue):

 

 

-- and finally, rearranged again as a reader sitting on a chair (OK, well, just use your imagination ... :D):

 

 

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text 2016-11-27 18:44
Solar Sister

 

Task the Fifth:  The Kwanzaa:

- Make a small donation to a charitable organization that operates in Africa

 

 

I really wanted to donate to an organization that focused on the environment and if possible, incorporated a focus on women. 

 

Solar Sister 

 

Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We combine the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.

Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Solar Sister creates sustainable businesses, powered by smart investment in women entrepreneurs. When you invest in a woman, you invest in the future. Join us by making an investment in a Solar Sister Entrepreneur today.

 

How amazing does that sound?! Reading about them, I also found a Hillary Clinton connection (she's worked with them), to say the least, I am sold on them :)

 

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review 2016-11-27 05:50
Lacking holiday feel
Once Upon a Holiday: Holiday HeatCandy ChristmasChocolate Truffles - Beverly Jenkins,Adrianne Byrd,Kimberly Kaye Terry

 

Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa:
- Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country.

I was impressed that all three felt like complete stories, not rushed, which is usually my biggest complaint about novella/short stories. The first story Holiday Heat had a very believable compatible couple, the second Candy Christmas was the most sexual with plenty of dirty little scenes, and the third Chocolate Truffles was my favorite with the build up of love with the balance of sexy times and relationship building being fantastic.
I rounded down because I didn't really get a holiday feel from the stories, they take place on or around the holiday season but it wasn't really focused on.

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text 2016-11-24 00:01
Reading Update: Page 1
Once Upon a Holiday: Holiday HeatCandy ChristmasChocolate Truffles - Beverly Jenkins,Adrianne Byrd,Kimberly Kaye Terry

 

Task the Fifth:  The Kwanzaa:

- Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country.

 

Thought picking an anthology would work best for the next couple days with the short bursts of reading I'll probably only be able to get in.

 

Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving and with the recent actions of police/military against the protesters of The Dakota Access Pipeline, it feels extra poopy to be "celebrating" it. I know most of us view it as a chance to gather with family and friends and not really think about the origins of the holiday but as you're, hopefully, enjoying some good food and no racist/sexist/bigotry rants, please think about throwing some support towards the protesters cause,

 

Support the Dakota Pipeline protests 5 ways

 

Organizational Allies of Oceti Sakowin

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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