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Erika (regulusblack) | 21 comments OVERALL PROGRESS

Winter = 0/3
Birthdays = 0/3
Christmas = 0/3
Winter sports: yukigassen = 0/3

Happy New Year! = 0/3
Birthdays = 0/3
New Year Resolutions = 0/3
Winter sports: bobsleigh = 0/3

Valentine’s Day = 0/3
Birthdays = 0/3
Winter sports: Ski jumping = 0/3
Leap Year = 0/3

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Erika (regulusblack) | 21 comments December Plan


1. Read a book with a title beginning with a letter in WINTER (you can use or ignore a, an or the)
2. Read a book with snow, snowflakes or a snowman on the cover OR a book with a person wearing winter clothing (scarf, hat, warm coat etc) on the cover.
3. Read a book that is between 89 and 128 pages long (you can ignore the 100 page requirement for this task).

December birthdays: Ann Patchett

1. Read a book published between 1992 and 2019 (inclusive).
2. Read a book by Ann Patchett or another author named Ann or a close variation (eg Anne, Anna, Annie etc)
3. Read a book that has won or been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award or the Women’s Prize for Fiction


1. Read a book that was recommended to you in our Christmas book recommendations game
Please make sure you have signed up here by 14 December if you’d like to participate
2. Read a book that has one of the gifts referred to in The Twelve Days of Christmas shown on its cover (ignore the numbers - eg a book with a gold ring works, you don’t need a book with five gold rings!)
3. Read a book on one of the following Christmas reading lists:
🎁 Oprah magazine: 35 best Christmas books of all time
🎁 Bustle: 9 classic Christmas books for adults
🎁 Stylist: 50 best Christmas books

Winter sports: yukigassen

1. Read a book by an author whose first and last initials appear in YUKIGASSEN.
2. Read a book in a series that is at least 7 books long
3. Read a book set in a country where yukigassen is played (Japan, Armenia, Canada, China, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, or Slovakia).

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Erika (regulusblack) | 21 comments January Plan

Happy New Year!

1. Read a book by an author who is new to you.
2. Read a book from a genre that is new to you (you can use a sub-genre, eg urban fantasy, historical romance, etc if you already read books from most genres).
3. Read a book in which all the words in the title have the same number of letters (eg The Bat, Ninth House, The Old Man and the Sea).

January birthdays: A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne was born in London in 18 January 1882. He is most famous for his Winnie the Pooh books which are among the most popular children’s books ever published and have been translated into numerous languages, including Latin!

1. Read a book by an author who is usually known by their initials (eg J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, L.M. Montgomery)
2. Read a book by an author who was born in a capital city (for this task, a capital city means the capital of a country rather than a state or province)
3. Read a book that has been translated into Latin. (There are several short children’s books and picture books on the list, it’s up to you if you want to count them for this challenge.)

New Year Resolutions

1. Read a book where the first letter of each word in the title can be found in NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS (the title must be at leat three words long for this option)
2. Read a book that looks into the past (historical fiction, history, etc) or a book that looks into the future (science fiction, fantasy, etc).
3. Read a book that will help you keep one of your New Year resolutions OR if you don’t make resolutions then read a book related to one of the top ten New Years resolutions. Tell us what your resolution is when recording this task as completed.

Winter sports: bobsleigh

1. Read a book set mostly in a location that begins with a letter in SWITZERLAND.
2. Read a book in which a conflict between characters is a major part of the plot. Tell us what the conflict was (using spoiler tags if necessary) when recording the task as completed.
3. Read a book that appears on one of these lists of fast-paced books:
🛷 Bookbub: 16 fast-paced books to read in a day
🛷 Business Insider: 25 fast-paced thrillers
🛷 Bustle: 11 fast-paced books

message 4: by Erika (last edited Jan 08, 2020 10:34AM) (new)

Erika (regulusblack) | 21 comments February Plan

Valentine’s Day

1. Read a book with Romance listed as one of the top five genres on its Goodreads page.
2. Read a book by an author whose first and last initials appear in VALENTINE’S DAY.
3. Read a book written in or set in the Medieval period (usually defined as the 5th to 15th centuries).

February birthdays: Toni Morrison

1. Read a book with a colour in the title OR a book with a cover that is mostly blue. Sapphire Blue
2. Read a book that was first published in the 1970s.
3. Read a book by Toni Morrison or another author who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Winter sports: Ski jumping

Ski jumping has featured in every Winter Olympics since 1924. Athletes ski down a specially designed ramp and compete against each other to see who can make the longest jump. The current world record is over 253 metres. It was set by Austrian ski jumper, Stefan Kraft, who perhaps predictably is known by the nickname Air Kraft.

1. Read a book that is at least 253 pages long.
2. Read a book published in a year in which the Winter Olympics took place (1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
3. Read a book where the plot “jumps” about (a non-linear narrative as it’s normally called). These lists might be useful as inspiration but your book doesn’t have to appear on one to work for this task:
🎿 Wikipedia: nonlinear narrative m
🎿Goodreads: popular non-linear narrative books

Leap year

1. Read a book that is part of a series and that has a series umber that is a multiple of four (4, 8, 12 etc).
2. Read a book in which the numbers 2 and 9 appear in the number of pages.
3. Read a book with a word from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Modern Major-General Song in the title or subtitle. (Words must be at least four letters long to count).

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