Door 1- Dia De Los Muetos (Task 1): Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.
Door 1- Dia De Los Muetos (Task 2): If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo
Door 1- Dia De Los Muetos (Task 3): Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.
Door 1- Dia De Los Muertos (Task 4): Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?
Door 2- Japanese Culture Day (Task 1): Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live.
Door 2- Japanese Culture Day (Task 3): Try your hand at folding a paper crane. Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paper-Crane-1/
Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1): Pick your Ponies (Il Paradiso placed 3rd) - one of the horses I picked. (+1 Bonus Point)
Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 2): Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.
Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 3): Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.
Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Task 4): Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.
Door 3 - Melbourne Cup Day (Book): Read a book about horses, with a horse or with roses on the cover, about gardening, or set in Australia, or written by an Australian author.
Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Task 1): Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.
Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Task 2): Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the book reading world? (Be it publishing, distribution, editing, cover art, bookstores – anything having to do with books.)
Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Task 4): How do you order the books on your shelves?
Door 4 - Guy Fawkes Night (Book): Read a book set in the UK, a political thriller, a book involving any monarchy or revolution, a book about arson or related to fires and burning, a book whose plot involves costumes / fancy dress, or that has masks on the cover, or that is self-published.
Door 5 - Bon Om Touk (Task 1): List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.
Door 6 - Veterans / Armistice Day (Task 1): Sunrise services are a staple of this day: Take a picture of the sunrise where you live and share it with us.
Door 7: International Day of Tolerance (Task 3: The French expression for tolerance towards others is â€œlaisser faire, laisser allerâ€ (roughly: â€œlet them do as they want, let it goâ€). Have you ever â€œlet goâ€ a book (e.g., given it away or decided not to yield to the temptation to buy it) and later regretted that choice?
Door 8 - International Children’s Day (Task 1): What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Your favorite middle grade book?
Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 2): Rediscover your childhood with a yo-yo, a slinky, - whatever toy you loved from childhood you still have access to, or make and blow some bubbles! Take a picture and share your fun with the rest of us.
Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 3): Make some art – draw a picture, or color one in and share the results with us. Free printable bookmarks can be found on Google images
Door 8 - International Children's Day (Task 4): As a kid, did you enjoy visiting amusement parks and carnivals? Which were your favorite rides or shows? Do you still have any photos, or is there a memorable event you’re happy to share? – Alternatively, if you’re a parent now: Do you visit amusement parks / carnivals with your kids?
Door 8 - International Children’s Day (Book): Read a children’s or YA book or a book where children or teenagers play a significant role, or written by an author who was under the age of 18 at the time of publication.
Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 1): Share your reading philosophy with us – do you DNF? If so, do you have a page minimum to read before you declare it a DNF?
Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 2): Share your reviewing philosophy with us – how do you rate a book? Do you have a mental template for reviewing? Rules you try to follow, or rules you try to break?
Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 3): How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods?
Door 9 - World Philosophy Day (Task 4): Did you love or hate the books you had to read for school? Looking back, which ones (good or bad) stand out to you the most?
Door 10 - Russian Mother's Day (Task 3): Until WWII, the most famous part of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo near St. Petersburg was the so-called amber room. It was looted, lock stock and barrel, by the Nazis, and has since vanished from the face of the earth, with its fate a complete mystery to the present day. Let your imagination run wild: What do you think may have happened to it? (Kidnapped by aliens? Spirited away by dwarves and hidden in a secret cavern deep below the face of the earth? Sold, piece by piece, to finance … what? The Nazi war effort? The restoration of the Romanovs to the throne of Russia? Stalin’s pogroms? What else?) Don’t hold back, we’d love to know!
Door 11 - Thanksgiving Day (Task 1): If you have kids or pets, tell us about something “bad” they did that was so funny you couldn’t help but forgive (“pardon”) them. If you have neither kids nor pets, was there such an event in your own childhood – or with kids or pets in your family or circle of friends?
Door 11 - Thanksgiving Day (Task 2): Tell us: Of the books that you read this year, which are you most thankful for, OR was there one that turned out to be full of “stuffing”? Alternatively, which (one) book that you read anytime at all changed your life for the better?”
Door 11 - Thanksgiving Day (Book): Read a book with an autumnal cover, set in New England, where a turkey shows up in the story, with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover, or with the theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.
Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day (Task 1): Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?
Door 12 - St. Andrew's Day (Task 3): St. Andrew was a fisherman by trade: Which book(s) from your TBR that you read this year turned out to be the year’s greatest “catch”?
Door 13 - Advent (Task 1): Share a picture of your advent calendar.
Door 13 - Advent (Task 2): Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Door 14 - St. Nicholas Day (Task 1): Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that youâ€™ve been eyeing but canâ€™t justify the expense of purchasing. (E.g., art books? Collectorâ€™s editions? Boxed sets?)
Door 15 - International Human Right's Day (Book): Read a book featuring a strong female character (or characters), by an author from any minority group, a story about a minority overcoming their oppressors, or revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused, a book set in New York City, or a book originally written in a language other than English and / or your mother tongue or by anyone not Anglo-Saxon.
Door 16 - St. Lucia's Day (Task 2): Compile a list of five or more carols, poems, short stories, novels or other pieces of writing that feature sleigh rides.
Door 16 - St. Lucia's Day (Task 3): Trolls, gnomes, dwarves and similar beings (some evil, some less so, almost all of them mischievous) are a staple of Scandinavian mythology and folklore, as well as other folklores and mythologies around the world and, of course, fantasy and speculative fiction. Who is your favorite such creature and why? (No matter whether mythological, fictional or from whatever other source.)
Door 17 - Winter Solstice (Book): Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, set in Persia / Iran, China or the American Southwest or prominently featuring Persian / Iranian, Chinese or Native American characters, or a collection of poetry.
Door 18 - Hanukkah (Book): Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.
Door 19 - Festivus (Task 1): The annual airing of grievances: Which are the five books you liked least this year – and why?
Door 20 - Christmas (Task 2): Watch a favorite Christmas movie.
Door 20 - Christmas (Book): Read a Christmas book.
Door 21 - Kwanzaa (Book): Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (Lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.).
Door 22 - New Years Eve (Task 1): Tell us: What are your reading goals for the coming year?
Door 23 - Hogswash (Task1): Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?
Door 24 - Epiphany / Twelve Night (Book): Book: Read a book featuring three main characters, about traveling on a journey to a faraway place, a book that’s part of a trilogy, with a star on the cover, with the word “twelve” or “night” in the title, or concerning kings or spices.
Total Points: 49 Points