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Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

In case you couldn’t tell from my last couple of posts, I’m already in the mood for Christmas reading, so of course I’m joining the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge that starts Monday. It’s hosted by Michelle at Christmas Spirit.

From Christmas Spirit:

Challenge will run from Monday, November 20, 2017 through Saturday, January 6, 2018, Twelfth Night (or Epiphany for the Christians among us).

Cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!

These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time…a children’s Christmas books level!

I’m signing up for the Christmas Tree level which is 5 or 6 books.

Christmas Readathon

And, since it lines up so well, I’m also joining Michelle’s Christmas Spirit Readathon hosted at Seasons of Reading, which also starts Monday.

From Seasons of Reading:

Read-a-Thon dates: Monday, November 20 at 12:00am CDT until Sunday, December 3 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly…there’s a time zone converter in the blog menu)

You do not have to be signed up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge to participate (but I sure would love for you to join us!)

I am not requiring that you read only Christmas/holiday books during the read-a-thon, but I hope you will pick up at least one holiday tale, even if it’s just to read some children’s books with your kids or some holiday short stories…and perhaps some scary fare…

To check in on social media, we’ll use hashtag #CSreadathon

As usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate…feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. AND interact with us in our Facebook group.

Christmas Spirit Reading Lists:

First I need to finish:

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan
Twelve Slays of Christmas by Frost, Jacqueline Frost

Then I’ll start with this list, but who know what I’ll actually end up reading:

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (scary, but it’s also a story told around the fire on Christmas Eve)
Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
I’m Scheming of a White Christmas by Kate O’Keeffe
A Christmas Peril by J. A. Hennrikus

HoHoHo Readathon


I love holiday books so I’m joining the HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon! hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.  I’ve got some great books, some cocoa in the cupboard, and a comfy blanket, so I should be good to go.

Here’s my book list. I’m hoping to read three of them.

There’s still time to join in if you want. There are challenges, a giveaway and a twitter party. This is my first year participating, but it seems like fun. Head over to Caffeinated Reviewer to sign up. The hashtag for the readathon is #hohohorat.

Mini-Challenge: Holiday Sentence

Reviews by Martha is hosting the Holiday Sentence mini-challenge. “Mission: During the HOHOHO Readathon, pick six titles you have read in 2017 or are reading and make a holiday or winter themed sentence from them. The sentence can be a real sentiment or rather crazy. Use at least one book you are reading during the Readathon among the titles.”

My sentence:

Santa, please bring me a Christmas cowboy, cozy furry slippers, and a fistful of books. 

These are the books I used:




Heart Note by Cassandra O’Leary

“Double Deck the Halls” by Gretchen Archer


Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan


24-Hour Readathon – Closing Survey


24 hour read a thon sml

The Readathon ended this morning, but I was sound asleep by then.

Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Most of the first half I wasn’t able to read much, which was a bit disappointing. Then, I gave in and went to bed around hour 17 or 18.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! I finished Bones to Pick by Linda Lovely, Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome by An Swerts, and Sinbad the Sailor. I also read part of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Cozy mysteries are usually shorter, fun reads.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? The readathon always makes me smile.

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I’ll definitely participate again. One of these days I’m going to make the whole 24 hours.

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