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February Monthly Challenge

Duration: 1st February – 28th February
Number of books: 11
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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February
Duration 
Starts: February 1
Ends: February 28

How It Works 
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. So pick which level you want to do and that’s how many items you will need to check off.

Levels: 
Transitional – 2 books
Fledgling – 4 books
Vampire – 6 books
Master – 8 books
Vampire King or Queen – 10 books

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Tasks 

1: Bubble Gum Day
On this day, kids bring 50 cents to school and donate it to a good cause. In exchange, they can chew bubble gum in school on this day. The school selects in advance, what causes the donations will go to. Ruth Spiro, the creator, wanted to have a day where kids can simply participate in donating, without constantly selling things. She says that since its creation, Bubble Gum Day has become a sweet success!
Bubble Gum Day was originally established for schools. But, libraries, clubs and community groups can and do participate. Even businesses are encouraged to hold a Bubble Gum Day event.
Read a book with kids in the story or that you think will be a bit of fluff (easy to read). – Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

2: Candlemas, The Feast of Purification
Candlemas is the last holiday of the Christmas season. Candlemas is a Christian celebration, or festival, of the Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary. It also celebrates the annual blessing of candles used by the church.
Read a book with a candle on the cover, or with a character/author named Mary.

3: International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
It’s mid-winter. The snow and cold seem like it will never come to an end. Spring seems so far away.
Stuck in a mid-winter funk, and suffering from cabin fever, it’s time to do something, weird, odd, quirky.
So, let’s eat ice cream for breakfast!!! ….YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Read a book that you consider a treat or set during winter. – Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

4: The Day the Music Died Day
The Day the Music Died Day commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959. at the height of their popularity.
Every generation has their music idols. These three were among the top of the 1950’s generation. Those who grew up in the fifties mourned the premature deaths of their music idols. Memorials and remembrances occurred for years. Today, there are many websites memorializing their deaths, and detailing the events before and after the tragedy.
Read a book with 5 and 9 in the page count, or that is 5th or 9th in a series, or with a musical character. 

5: Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day 
Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day is the perfect opportunity to greet your neighbour with a big wave. But, to show your respect and appreciation on this very important day, you must wave with all of your fingers!
Without a doubt, this day was created to put a smile on your face, and upon your neighbours. Its intent is to be friendly and create better relations. We believe you should also use the term “Neighbor” loosely. Go out and greet everyone today with a big five fingers wave.
Wave to everyone in the After Dark Lounge and read a book that you added to your TBR recently. 

6: Stuffed Mushroom Day
Stuffed Mushroom Day is a special day that you can really sink your teeth into. If you like mushrooms, then you are certain to love them stuffed. Mushroom caps make the perfect bite-sized holders. Match them with your favourite stuffing, and you have a culinary treat.
People have been eating mushrooms for perhaps thousands of years. But, they were also shunned by many, as a lot of mushrooms are poisonous. It wasn’t until the 19th century that they became popular.
Stuffed mushroom recipes go back to the 19th century. It is believed to have evolved from Italian stuffed zucchini flowers. Fortunately for us, there is a wide range of stuffed mushroom recipes, from simple bread stufffing to lobster, crab, cheeses and much, much more.
Read a book with a character who is very old or set in the 19th century. – River Marked by Patricia Briggs

7: National Chopsticks Day
Put away the forks and spoons, for today is National Chopsticks Day. They may or may not be new to you. But, for about 1/4 of the world’s population, chopsticks are the eating utensils of choice for every meal. Like western children, Asian children, quickly learn to use chopsticks, and quickly become adept at using it. To them, forks are an odd utensil.
Chopsticks can be made of wood, bamboo, plastic, bone, fine china or metal.
In China, they are called “Kuaizi”, which means “quick little bamboo fellows”.
Read a book set in a country different to where you live or with an Asian character. 

8: National Pizza Day
Why, this is an absolutely great day, as it is National Pizza Day. The vast majority of people, in America and around the world, love pizza and eat it on a regular basis. It is very versatile, with a huge assortment of things you can put on it, including meats, vegetables and fruits. And, don’t forget the fish. Anchovies! With all this variety, there is is a pizza for just about everybody.
Pizza is eaten for breakfast (often cold), lunch, dinner and as a late night snack. It is a very popular food for parties and events.
Read a book set in Chicago or Rome, or with food on the cover. 

9: Make a Friend Day
Do you have enough friends? The answer should be no. No matter how many friends we have, more of them increases our wealth. That’s because friends are one of life’s valuable assets. ‘Ya just can’t have too many friends.
Make a Friend Day is a great opportunity to meet someone new or do something to make a new friend. Making a new friend can be easier to do than you think. There must be a gadzillion ways to make new friends. It often helps by smiling and just being friendly or helpful.
Spend “Make a Friend Day” being just being friendly, and by doing special or nice things for others.
Read a book that a friend has read before, or from a series you wish your friends would read. – The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

10: February
Read a book with a title that begins with any letter in February. – Allegiance of Honour by Nalini Singh

11 – BONUS BOOK:
Read anything you want! You can use this option to reach your goal if you’re finding it difficult to get a book to suit the other tasks.

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