Every Month Is A Holiday Challenge

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008


Many thanks to Kim for hosting this fun challenge. I enjoyed choosing books each month to celebrate a “holiday.”  And overall, the books I read were fantastic!


Kim is hosting a unique, and what I hope will be a fun and flexible, challenge called: Every Month is a Holiday. The idea is to read one book a month which celebrates a notable day, holiday or special event. She is allowing a great deal of leeway on how books are chosen and how they fit into the event for a specific month…and she’s given us lists for every month that outline all the various “holidays.” You should really go check it out!

Of course, I could not say no to this challenge…I’m planning on choosing my book as each month approaches. I don’t want to be tied to a specific list, but want my book choices to be flexible based on how I am feeling. I believe this is part of the fun of a challenge like this one…and I intend to have FUN!

January (Celebration of Life)

So Big, by Edna Ferber (COMPLETED January 17, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

February – (Black History Month)

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (COMPLETED February 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

March – (Irish American Month)

The Gathering, by Anne Enright (COMPLETED March 9, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

April – (Holocaust Awareness Month)

The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway (COMPLETED April 10, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review) **This book is not about the Holocaust, but is about remaining human in the face of atrocity – a universal theme about war and hate which I thought fit the idea this month’s Holocaust awareness.

May – (National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-12)

Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult (COMPLETED May 21, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

June – (Father’s Day)

Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (COMPLETED June 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

July – (Independence Day)

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (COMPLETED July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
*I took some liberties with the definition – this is not about US Independence … but instead revolves around some of the issues with Independence in the Congo.

August – (Remembrance of Slave Trade and Its Abolition)

Crossing the River, by Caryl Phillips (COMPLETED August 7, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

September – (Yom Kippur – Atonement)

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay (COMPLETED September 2, 2008; rated 3.5/5 read my review)

October – (Halloween – Scary book)

The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly (COMPLETED October 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

November – (Celebrating National Family Week)

The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond (COMPLETED November 9, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

December – (Celebrating INternational Day of Disabled Persons)

The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry (COMPLETED December 10, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

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    • Anonymous on September 14, 2007 at 01:51

    I don’t know what to do! I found this one today and it looks like such fun. But…the 56 books for 888…so many…how are you managing? Maybe if you tell me, I’ll be able to figure out how to add another challenge. 🙂

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2007 at 19:06

    I thought this one would be flexible enough I could squeeze it in. The 888 Challenge isn’t really as bad as it looks because all those books are books I had planned to read either for my own personal enjoyment or for other challenges. There can be 8 overlaps, so really the commitment is 56 books…and I’ve already read 70 this year…so I figure I still have a little bit of wiggle room 🙂 See, you can justify anything?!?!? Of course, I have done the math for THIS year’s challenges and I’m afraid I have seriously overextended myself!!

    • Anonymous on September 21, 2007 at 14:59

    Hmm, that’s true, I’ve already read around 70 and it’s only September. And all my 888 books are on the TBR list. Maybe I’ll see if I can squeeze it in, too. Because who couldn’t use a few extra days of celebrating, if if it’s just coffee or chocolate cookies or clowns? 🙂

    • Anonymous on September 22, 2007 at 15:19

    There you go – glad I’m able to “enable” your obsession 🙂

    • Anonymous on September 24, 2007 at 03:30

    Hee hee! Not only did I sign up, I have all but one book picked. So I definitely thank you for the enablement! 🙂

  1. What a good idea. I think I will try something like this with my kids. I think they will really like it.

    Thank you for the idea.


    Robert McCulloch

    • Wendy on March 14, 2008 at 06:44

    You’re welcome, Robert 🙂 It is a fun challenge…I bet your kids will like it!

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