Thanks to Moonlight Blizzard and Obsidian Claus for this fun new reading challenge that I’m going to join in with. The tasks can be done in any order at all.

Perhaps you’d like to join in too

Task the First: The Winter Wonderland:

– Read a book that is set in a snowy place.

I’ve just fini481509shed reading C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which I thoroughly enjoyed, even though I’ve read it many times before. In the first half of the book Narnia is under the spell of the White Witch, making it always winter but never Christmas.

I hope it’s okay to tag this for the first task, even though it’s a fictional place, or is it? 😉




If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren’t, take a walk outside and post a picture of something pretty you encountered on your way!

I noticed the sky changing colour yesterday afternoon down at Ouaisne and wanted to capture it on my phone. I realised this morning that I can tag it for the first of The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season Challenge, good job really as I think we’ve got rain for most of the day.  14882306_10154711063784612_2380131287182236536_o

Task the Second: The Silent Nights:

– Read a book set in one of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and/or Denmark), where winter nights are long!

– Get your hygge on! Hygge is a Danish concept that relates to being content and cosy. Put on your fuzziest socks, light a candle, and spend some time (reading) in front of the fireplace or your cosiest nook. Post a picture if you want!

I took this last weekend whilst reading a lovely book on my kindle app. I don’t have a fireplace but I did have some sunshine streaming through the window!


Task the Third: The Holiday Party:


– Read a book where a celebration is a big part of the action. Examples would include holiday parties, country house hunting/weekend parties, weddings, etc.

I recently listened to the audio version of Gerald Durrell’s first memoir in the Corfu trilogy. It was narrated superbly by Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey and W1A. They have quite a few dinner parties in the various houses they move to, so I thought this perfect for Task #3 The Holiday Party.

– Make something that is considered party food where you are from, and post a picture.

Task the Fourth: The Gift Card:

– Read a book that you either received as a gift or have given as a gift.

– Give a book to a friend and post a picture of the wrapped present.

Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa:

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


I read this book a few weeks ago about a young teenage girl and her family’s desire to help provide Kenyan school children with basic school supplies. It’s a very refreshing read and one that fits the challenge.


– Make a small donation to a charitable organization that operates in Africa.




Task the Sixth: The Hanukkah:

– Let the dreidel choose a book for you: create a list of four books, and assign a dreidel symbol to each one (Nun = miracle; Gimel = great; He = happened; Shin = there, i.e. Israel). Google “spin the dreidel,” and a dreidel comes up for you to spin. Give it a spin and read the book that the dreidel chooses!

– Make a traditional Hanukkah food like doughnuts or potato latkes. Post a picture, or tell us how they turned out!

Task the Seventh: The Christmas:

– Read a book set during the Christmas holiday season.

– Grab your camera (or your phone) and set up a Christmas bookstagram-style scene with favourite holiday reads, objects or decorations. Possibly also a cat. Post it for everyone to enjoy!

Task Eighth: The Movie Ticket

– Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie.

I’ve just fini481509shed reading C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which I thoroughly enjoyed. In the first half of the book Narnia is under the spell of the White Witch, making it always winter but never Christmas.





– Go see a new theatre release this holiday season (during November/December. This does not have to be a holiday movie, so yes, Fantastic Beasts will qualify).

Task the Ninth: The Happy New Year

– Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right.



It’s not a story, but it’s definitely a coming of age account of one Syrian refugee and her sister’s journey to Germany. A definite must read.




– If you’re feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth.

Task the Tenth The Holiday Down Under

– Read a book set in Australia or by an Australian author,  or read a book you would consider a “beach read”.

I finished 32284387reading  A Mother’s Confession over the weekend. It’s set in small town Australia so this fits perfectly with the book related challenge for the Tenth Task, the Holiday down Under.


– Christmas crackers are a traditional part of an Australian Christmas. Buy some (or make your own) to add to your festivities and share some pictures!

I went out for lunch with a friend at the weekend and these Christmas crackers on the table. They reminded me of the challenge so out came my phone so I could snap them.

Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express

– Read a book that involves train travel (such as Murder on the Orient Express).

– Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy) or tell us a story about a childhood Christmas you’d like to share.

Task the Twelfth: The Wassail Bowl

– Read a book set in the UK, preferably during the medieval or Victorian periods (for those of us doing the Merlin read-along, the Crystal Cave works for this task).

15815382I’ve just finished listening to this audio version of Dickens famous Christmas ghost story.
I’m not a lover of classic books but the writing is so good and Tom Baker’s narration is perfect.

– Drink a festive, holiday beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Take a picture of your drink, and post it to share – make it as festive as possible!