Winter Holidays Challenge for December
The members of Around the World book club has nominated some movies for this December theme. We thought of some that had to do with Christmas, Winter, New Year’s, and just set in December.
I picked the bonus because 1) the new Star Wars movie in December, and 2) Empire Stikes Back has some settings with snowy weather, perfect for the Winter theme.
December’s Challenge starts December 1st and ends Dec 31st.
- Books must be over 100 pages long.
- But most of all… The amount of books read is up to you..
- Don’t want to make you feel pressured in doing all the categories, so pick and choose your amount (or all). Up to you. Have fun.
- Book must be used for 1 (one) individual category, no sharing in order to cross off more than 1 category.
- Books read before this month don’t count (unless you’ve only read less than 25% of the book).
- Books finished on the First of the month do not count, unless you also started reading it on the First or you have read OVER 100 pages on the First of the month.
If you would like to join, feel free to join the club. Or you can leave your progress on the comments to this post. And if you put it on your blog, make sure you say who the creator of the challenge is (me), so that I can see how you’re doing on this challenge.
So here are the movies and their categories. Good luck.
Winter Holidays Challenge
Books to Read Goal: #?
Books Read: 0
Categories Completed: 0/11
(01.) Bad Santa (2003) A miserable conman poses as Santa to rob department stores on Christmas Eve.
The book cover looks good. Have you been conned? Read a book that you chose only because of the cover image. Tell us if you’ve been conned.
(02.) Die Hard (1988) (based on Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp) Terrorists take over a Christmas Eve party (and building), detective John McClane is the only one to save the day.
Do Anti-Heroes make the best Hero? Read a book with an Anti-Hero (reluctant hero – not the ideal hero and only helps because no one else can).
Read an action, suspense, or mystery book.
(03.) Winter’s Tale (2014) (book same title by Mark Helprin) American, supernatural, fantasy mystery, romantic drama film and fable. Set in New York City, winter 1895.
Multiple Genres Read a book that has two or more genres (I.e. like how this movie does).
(04.) A Christmas Story (1983) (Based on: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd) a nostalgic view of Christmastime in Indiana during the 1940s.
Childhood Memories Read a book that is set at the town, State or Country you grew up at.
Read a book that made you feel nostalgic.
(05.) White Christmas (1954) A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas Read a book that has the opposite weather than your town’s weather. I.e. if it’s sunny and warm (70F in the day), read the opposite – snow!
Read a book with brothers or sisters.
(06.) The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas.
A Macabre Christmas Read a book that is more than just a typical cozy, happy Christmas book.
Read a book with a genre or author that is out of your comfort zone.
(07.) Snow Dogs (2002) When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he’s got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.
The Dogs Stole the Show Read a book with a dog in the story (or any other animals).
(08.) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turns into a big disaster.
Another Griswold Disaster Read a book with a dysfunctional family.
Read a book where things don’t work out like they’re planned (a realistic story).
(09.) Jingle All the Way (1996) A father needs to get a sold-out toy for his son just before Christmas, so he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find it.
Commercialism Read a book that is popular, or bestseller.
Read a comedy.
(10.) Elf (2003) A man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
An Elf Fish Out of Water Read a book where a character doesn’t fit in or is unlike all the others – black sheep.
Read a comedy or something that made you laugh.
(11.) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.
May the Force be with you Read a book where the main characters rebel against something.
Read a Sci-Fi OR Read a book from a series.
Again, if you would like to join, feel free to join the club. Or you can leave your progress on the comments to this post. And if you put it on your blog, make sure you say who the creator of the challenge is (me), so that I can see how you’re doing on this challenge.