Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Task 1) - Compose a limerick or short poem in honor of a favorite book character.
Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (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: Día de Los Muertos (Task 3) - Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.
Door 1: Día de Los Muertos (Book) - Reread a favorite book by a deceased author or from a finished series, or read a book set in Mexico or a book that either has a primarily black and white cover or all the colors (ROYGBIV) on the cover, or a book featuring zombies.
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/
(+ 1 Bonus point for successfully completing the crane)
Door 2: Japanese Culture Day (Book) - Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting
Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day (Task 1) - Pick your ponies.
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 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 5: Bon Om Touk (Task 3) - Dragons and dragon-like serpents (imugi) are important to Korean mythology (as they are to that of other Asian peoples). So – which are your favorite literary dragons (fictional, mythological, whatever)?
Door 5: Bon Om Touk (Task 4) - The South Korean flag features images of ying / yang (the blue and red circle in the center) and four sets of three black lines each representing heaven, sun, moon and earth and, in turn, the virtues humanity, justice, intelligence and courtesy. Compile a list or stack – 4 books minimum – composed of books that either have opposing words in their titles (e.g., war / peace; asleep / awake – not necessarily both words in the same title), or that feature the words “heaven,” “sun,” “moon,” “earth,” “humanity,” “justice,” intelligence,” and / or “courtesy.
Door 5: Bon Om Touk (Book) - Read a book by a Korean author or set in Korea, that takes place at sea or on a river, where the plot involves a festival, where the moon or rain plays a pivotal role in the plot, or with rain, water or the moon on the cover.
Door 7: International Day for Tolerance (Task 1) - Find a redeeming quality in a book you read this year and didn’t like.
Door 7: International Day for Tolerance (Task 2) - Share a story about yourself, or a story about your family that’s survived the generations, or share a particular tradition your family has passed on from generation to generation and if there’s a story behind why, tell us about it.
Door 7: International Day for Tolerance (Task 3) - The French expression for tolerance towards others is “laisser faire, laisser aller” (roughly: “let them do as they want, let it go”). Have you ever “let go” a book (e.g., given it away or decided not to yield to the temptation to buy it) and later regretted that choice?
Door 7: International Day for Tolerance (Task 4) - If you were offered an all-expenses-paid trip to one (one only!) of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, which one would you pick (and why)?
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 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 (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 11: Thanksgiving (Task 3) - Share your favorite turkey or pie recipe.
Door 20: Christmas (Book) - Read a Christmas book.
Total points: 32