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Group Read-A-Thon December 2015

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message 1: by Perks Moderator, Know-it-all (new)

Perks Moderator | 472 comments


As a group let's see what we can read in the month of December and have a Read-A-Thon with a twist!

How this works...

* Each book needs to "connect" to Christmas. We have provided a list of words (in the next post) for you to chose from

* For each unique word you connect to through the month, give yourself 10 points.

* If you can’t connect it to one of our words, but have a different way to connect to Christmas, that’s ok, just give yourself 5 points.

* If you connect to a word you have already connected to, give yourself 5 points

* You can give yourself points for a maximum of five words per book

* As soon as you have a book that you have read in December 2015 that can connect to a Christmas word, post it with the reasons it "connects" and the running points tally for you, and for the group for the month, and let's see how many books we can read and connect in the month!

* The person with the most points at the end of the month will be crowned our December Connector! (no prizes, but lots of congratulations ;)


Post 1:
Kristie posts:
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Everything, Everything
"Belonging" (the M.C has a need to belong)
"Family" (the M.C has a strong bond with her mother who is her only family)
"Love" (the M.C falls in love for the first time)
Kristie's tally – 30 points
Perks Group tally - 1 book

Post 2:
Karen Posts
American Gods (American Gods, #1) by Neil Gaiman American Gods
Connected by: "Religion"
Karen's tally: 10 points
Perks group tally: 2 books

Post 3:
Kristie posts:
Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier Ruby Red
Connected by: "Family"
Kirstie's tally: 35 points (30 from first post and 5 points for this one as has already used the word)
Perks group tally: 3 books

Post 4:
Karen posts:
A Field of Poppies by Sharon Sala A Field of Poppies
Connected by: I can’t find a word to connect to, but I’m sure poppies bloom in December! (5 points)
Karen's tally: 15 points
Perks group tally: 4 books

.... hopefully you get the idea....

NOTE: Books should be at least 100 pages or 25,000 words for children's books (check at to count.
Please just remember to check the group tally of the book ahead of you and add up the tally as you post

message 2: by Perks Moderator, Know-it-all (new)

Perks Moderator | 472 comments Word List
Thanks to:

A) Adeste Fideles, Advent, Angel, Appreciation, Aroma, Artificial tree, Assemble, Awe

B) Baking, Balsam, Beauty, Bells, Belonging, Bethlehem, Birth, Blessings, Blitzen, Boughs, Bows, Boxes, Boxing Day, Buche de Noel

C) Camels, Candles, Candy canes, Cards, Caring, Caroler, Carols, Carve, Catalyst, Celebrate, Celebration, Ceremony, Charity, Child, Children, Chimney, Chocolate, Christian, Christmas, Christmas cookies, Christmas Eve, Christmas past/future, Church, Cloves, Coal, Comet, Comfort, Communication, Community, Companionship, Cornucopia, Cranberries, Creche, Crowds

D) Dancer, Dancing, Dasher, December, Decoration(s), Dolls, Donations, Donner, Dreidel, Duck

E) Ebenezer Scrooge, Efforts, Eggnog, Elves, Email, Embrace, Emmanuel, Entertain, Entertainment, Epiphany, Eve, Evergreens, Exchange, Expectations, Expensive

F) Faith, Familiar, Family, Father Christmas, Feast, Fervor, Festival, Festive, Fireplace, Flat-bread, Forgiveness, Frankincense, Freedom, Friends, Friendship, Frosty the Snowman, Fruitcake

G) Garland, Gather, Gathering, Generations, Ghost of Christmas past, Gifts, Gingerbread, Gold, Goodwill, Goose, Gourmet, Grace, Gratitude, Gravy, Greenery, Greens, Greetings, Grinch, Groups, Guests

H) Ham, Hanukkah, Hard sauce, Harvest, Heart, Heartland, Heavenly, Heritage, Holding hands, Holiday, Holly, Holy, Home, Homeward, Hope, Host, Hostess, Hugs, Humility, Hymns

I) Icicles, Illumination, Infant, Inn, Innocence, Invitations, Ivy

J) Jack Frost, Jack-in-the-box, Jesus Christ, Jingle bells, Jolly, Journey, Joy, Joyful

K) Karamu, Kibbe (Lebanese dish of cracked wheat, Kinara, King Wenselaus, Kisses, Kris Kringle, Kwanzaa

L) Laughter, Lighting, Lights, Lists, Little Drummer Boy, Love

M) Magi, Mail, Majesty, Manger, Mantle, Meat and spices, Memories, Menorah, Merry, Messages, Midnight, Mincemeat, Minister, Miracle, Miraculous, Mistletoe, Mittens, Mosque, Mrs. Claus (Jessica), Music, Music box, Myrrh, Myths

N) Nativity, Network, Nocturnal, Noel, North Pole, Nostalgia, Nutcrackers, Nutmeg, Nuts

O) Observance, Occasion, Ornament, Oven

P) Packages, Pageant, Pageantry, Parade, Partridge, Party, Patriotism, Peace, Phone calls, Pies, Pixie, Plum pudding, Poinsettia, Popcorn string, Post office, Prancer, Prayer, Presents, Pride, Priest, Priorities, Proclaim, Program, Pumpkin pie, Punch, Purity

Q) Quality, Quantity, Questions, Quince pie, Quirky

R) Rabbi, Ramadan, Reconciliation, Reflection, Refuge, Reindeer, Rejoice, Relationship(s), Relatives, Religion, Religious, Reminiscence, Resolutions, Reunions, Reveal, Revel, Reverence, Ribbons, Ritual, Rooftop, Roots, Rudolph

S) Sack, Sacred, Saint Nicholas, Sanctuary, Santa Claus, Sauce, Savior, Scents, Scrooge, Scrumptious, Season, Secular, Sending, Sharing, Shepherd, Shock, Shopping, Silver bells, Sled, Sleigh, Sleigh bells, Snow, Snowman, Songs, Spices, Spirit, Stable, Stand, Star, Star of David, Stocking stuffer, Stockings, Stress, Stuffing, Sugar plums, Sundown, Surprises, Sustenance, Symbol, Symbolism, Synagogue

T) Teddy bear, Temple, Tenderness, Tension, Texts, Thankful, Thanks, The Nutcracker Ballet, Three Kings Day, Tidings, Tinkling, Tinsel, Tiny Tim, Toboggan, Toys, Tradition(s), Train, Tranquility, Travel, Tree, Trimmings, Trips, Trust, Tug, Turkey, Twinkling, Typical

U) Understanding, Unify, Universal, Unwrap

V) Vacation, Values, Vanilla, Venison, Vixen, Volunteer(s)

W) Walnuts, Wassail, Wenceslaus, Whimsy, Winter, Wise Men, Wishes, Wonder, Wonderland, Workshop, Worship, Worshiper, Wrapping, Wreath

X) Xmas

Y) Yorkshire pudding, Youth, Yule log, Yuletide

Z) Zesty

Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments Some of these actually connect to other winter holidays, like Rabbi and Synagogue- those relate to Haunkinna(the Jewish Winter holiday).

message 4: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 1419 comments I want to participate in this! How do I sign up?

Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments Nanci wrote: "I want to participate in this! How do I sign up?"

You don't have to, it's open to everyone in the group

message 6: by Karen ⊰✿, Avaricious Reader (new)

Karen ⊰✿ | 2911 comments Colleen wrote: "Some of these actually connect to other winter holidays, like Rabbi and Synagogue- those relate to Haunkinna(the Jewish Winter holiday)."

Yes, I left the list "as is" so it does include some other holidays/festivities during December (eventhough it doesn't acknowledge that time of year is summer for some of us! ;) )

message 7: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Gordon (m0bscene85) | 0 comments A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Connected by : "Ebenezer Scrooge"

message 8: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 1419 comments "Never Fall Down" by Patricia McCotmick
Connected by "community"

message 9: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 1419 comments Forgot to do points
Nanci's points: 10
Group challenge: 2 books

message 10: by Nanci (last edited Dec 02, 2015 06:13AM) (new)

Nanci | 1419 comments Excuse all the posts! I just reread the rules and see you can get credit for up to 5 words.
Connected by: community, sharing, thanks, understanding, wishes
Nanci: 50 pts
Group total: 2 books

message 11: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios | 395 comments Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

- Christmas (Wilbur is planned to be the Christmas dinner)
- Friendship (Charlotte and Wilbur have a beautiful friendship)
- Family (The whole family goes to the fair to support Wilbur)
- Joy (One of Charlotte's daughter is called Joy)
- Humility (Because of Wilbur's humility, Charlotte decide to write HUMBLE as the last word in her web)

Silvia's Tally: 50 points
Perks's Tally: 3 books

message 12: by Karen ⊰✿, Avaricious Reader (new)

Karen ⊰✿ | 2911 comments No problems Nanci! We are doing it a bit differently this month ;)

message 13: by Kat (last edited Dec 03, 2015 02:15AM) (new)

Kat | 119 comments The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams
The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams

- Beauty (Luke sees beauty in Picasso's Weeping Woman while others see anguish and ugliness)
- Birth (There is a flashback where Penny is deciding whether or not to go through with the birth of her son)
- Boxes (When Penny moves out into a different apartment, Luke and Dipper help move her stuff out in boxes)
- Child (Penny and Luke have a son)
- Dancing (Guy and Rafi go dancing)

MB's Tally: 50 points
Perks' Tally: 4 books

message 14: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Koenig Hot Ice by Nora Roberts Hot Ice

cloves grown on a plantation they passed
there was dancing in one of the villages
ice - title (5)
it was a journey across Madagascar
main character kept a list of what the other owed them

Lynda's Tally: 45
Perk's Tally: 5

Avid Reader and Geek Girl (avidreaderandgeekgirl) | 1571 comments The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Connections: aroma- multiple cooking scenes where she talks about the good smells, in these scenes they also are baking ; there are multiple scenes that are light by candles ; the Selection in the book is supposed to be a thing to cause celebration ; and lack of good communication is the main problem in this book

Colleen's Tally: 50 points
Perks' Tally: 6 books

message 16: by Colleen (new)

Colleen  | 256 comments The Dovekeepers The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Connections: angel, baking, freedom, rabbi, synagogue

Colleen D's tally: 50 points
Perks' tally: 7 books

message 17: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Koenig The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1) by Megan Shepherd The Madman’s Daughter

Connections: MC had a deformity at birth
MC has a reunion with her father
MC questions her father's sanity
MC injures someone to protect her innocence
The islanders worship the MC's father

Lynda's tally: 95 points
Perks Tally: 8 books

message 18: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Koenig The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle The Accident Season

Season - title
MCs throw a huge halloween party
MCs walk across the frozen river holding hands
They decorate the ghost house with tons of candles
MCs best friend says that this accident season will be worse than typical

Lynda’s tally: 145
Perks Tally: 9 books

message 19: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Tarulis | 170 comments All the Light We Cannot See

Connected by dancing when Marie-Laure and Etienne dance to the music he's playing on the forbidden radio;
angel because the man delivering letter's to Marie-Laure is called an angel many times;
messages being delivered in bread;
flatbread made by Madame Manec when they are low on food;
and the Star of David which the Jewish people under Nazi occupation are forced to wear.

Elizabeth's tally: 50 points
Perks Tally: 10 books

message 20: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Tarulis | 170 comments Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Connected by the magi
wise men
frankincense and

Really there's so much I could have chosen for this one!

Elizabeth's tally: 100 points
Perks Tally: 11 books

message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Tarulis | 170 comments Storm Front
Connected by candles because the MC does not do well with tech;
friendship because the MC talks a lot about his friendship with Karrin Murphy;
faith which the MC uses to deter vampires;
fireplace in the MC's apartment; and
love the MC creates a love potion
Elizabeth's tally: 150 points
Perks Tally: 12 books

message 22: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios | 395 comments Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

- Children (Title)
- Friends (Jacob became friends with the peculiar children)
- Questions (Jacob has a lot of questions without answer about the mistery around the peculiars)
- Santa Claus (There is a picture of a Wight disguised as Santa Claus)
- Email (The peculiar children are very excited listening about things in the future like email and smartphones)

Silvia's Tally: 100 points
Perks's Tally: 13 books

message 23: by Colleen (new)

Colleen  | 256 comments 'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry A Novel by Lauren Francis-Sharma

Connection: aroma, child, relatives, reunion, phone calls

Colleen's tally: 100
Perks' tally: 14 books

message 24: by Kat (new)

Kat | 119 comments The White Rose (The Lone City, #2) by Amy Ewing
The White Rose by Amy Ewing

- Embrace (Violet and Ash embrace several times in the novel)
- Fireplace (There is a fireplace in the White Rose)
- Freedom (By managing to escape, Violet, Ash and Raven have secured their freedom - at least for now)
- Gathering (There is a gathering of members of the Society of the Black Key, which Violet and Ash attend)
- Kisses (Violet and Ash share several kisses)

MB's Tally: 100 points
Perk's Tally: 15 books

message 25: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 1419 comments The Sound of Glass by Karen White
Infant-CJ was an infant
Family-Merritt and Owen were family
Forgiveness-Edith offered forgiveness to Merritt's grandmother
Unify-Loralee wanted to unify the family to protect Owen
Prayer-Merritt's prayer was that Loralee would make it back to the house
My tally: 100 pets
Perk's tally: 16 books

message 26: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Koenig Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1) by Patricia C. Wrede Dealing with Dragons

The main character caring for the dragon when it was sick.
The MC gathered various herbs for a spell.
The MC wishes everyone would just let her be herself
The MC bucks tradition by refusing to be rescued from the dragon
The MC prepares chocolate mousse for the dragon's dinner party

Lynda’s tally: 195
Perk’s tally: 17 books

message 27: by Lynda (last edited Dec 22, 2015 07:03AM) (new)

Lynda Koenig A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1) by Brandon Mull A World Without Heroes

The villain keeps communication around the world to a minimum
The MC was told to be wary of gifts from his enemies
The MC travels to a different world through a hippopotamus
The MC meets a potential friend tied to a tree
The book in the second level was the catalyst that started the whole adventure.

Lynda's tally: 245
Perk's tally: 18 books

message 28: by Kat (new)

Kat | 119 comments Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter, #1) by Virginia Boecker
Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

- Community (Elizabeth finds a community of witches and wizards, under the guidance of Nicholas Perevil)
- Companionship (Elizabeth finds companionship with her new friends John, George, Fifer and Schuyler)
- Feast (Elizabeth is served a feast of food when she wakes up at the witch/wizard safe house)
- Holding hands (On the ship towards the final destination, Fifer finds Elizabeth and John holding hands in one of the cabin rooms, having a quiet moment together)
- Understanding (As Elizabeth gets to know the witches/wizards and their plight, she forms an understanding of them, and begins to see them in a different light)

MB's Tally: 150
Perk's Tally: 19 books

message 29: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Tarulis | 170 comments I am doing this from my phone, so apologies for any typos.
Fool Moon: Book 2 of the Dresden Files.
Family - the MC tries to learn more about his family
Communication - the MC really sucks at this, and it causes a ton of problems for him.
Forgiveness - he has some issues with a friend due to the above, but gains forgiveness in the end.
Illumination - MC has to create a spell for illumination using his pentacle necklace.
Nocturnal - the book never uses this word specifically, but it revolves around werewolves which are nocturnal.
Elizabeth's tally - 195 points
Perks tally - 20 books

message 30: by Silvia (last edited Dec 31, 2015 04:14PM) (new)

Silvia Turcios | 395 comments Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter - Title
Love - There are many love stories in the book.
Tenderness - There are many moments of tenderness between some of the couples.
Unify - Cinder goal is unify the people in Luna against the Queen.
Beauty - Everybody talks about Winter's beauty.

Silvia's Tally : 150
Perk's Tally: 21 books

(Just for me to remember:
1) Christmas, Friendship, Family, Joy, Humility
2) Children, Friends, Questions, Santa Claus, Email
3) Winter, Love, Tenderness, Unify, Beauty )

message 31: by Nanci (new)

Nanci | 1419 comments Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Baking-The women were baking the bread for the commune.
Birth- The midwives birthed the children.
Assemble- The committee of 9 would assemble.
Harvest- The agri workers would harvest the vegetables.
Friends- Bit made many lifelong friends.

Nanci's Tally: 150
Perk's Tally: 22 books

message 32: by Kat (new)

Kat | 119 comments Stray (Spark, #2) by Rachael Craw
Stray by Rachael Craw

- Comfort (Evie finds comfort in Ethan Tesla, who is later revealed to be her father)
- Familiar (Evie finds Tesla's appearance and personality to be very familiar, although she's sure they don't know each other)
- Family (A lot is uncovered about Evie's family and near the end of the novel, she is grateful for the presence of family)
- Love (Different kinds of love are portrayed in the book, e.g. there is love between Evie and Miriam (mother/daughter), Evie and Kitty (friends), Evie and Aiden (siblings), Evie and Jamie (girlfriend/boyfriend), Jamie and Kitty (siblings), etc.)
- Tension (There is a lot of tension in the novel between all of the characters, especially when Evie and the group try to find Aiden, her brother)

MB's Tally: 200
Perk's Tally: 23 books

message 33: by Silvia (last edited Dec 31, 2015 04:29PM) (new)

Silvia Turcios | 395 comments The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Travels through My Childhood by Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: Travels through My Childhood by Bill Bryson

Child - Bill Bryson write about his own experiences when he was a child.
Memories - He talks about beautiful memories of his parents.
Nostalgia - There is nostalgia at the end of the book.
Patriotism - At school, they had to buy some stamps as a symbol of patriotism.
Travel - Because his dad was a journalist, he had to travel a lot.

Silvia's Tally : 200
Perks's Tally: 24

(Just for me to remember:
1) Christmas, Friendship, Family, Joy, Humility
2) Children, Friends, Questions, Santa Claus, Email
3) Winter, Love, Tenderness, Unify, Beauty,
4) Child, Memories, Nostalgia, Patriotism, Travel )

message 34: by Perks Moderator, Know-it-all (new)

Perks Moderator | 472 comments Well done everyone and Happy New Year!

Our January read-a-thon thread is now open here:

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