Tuesday, November 17, 2009

book of seasons: two holiday reading challenges

I've got a lot of reading to do for school, but I want to give this a try, to spur me to read a bit more for pleasure. My reading for pleasure falls way off during school semesters.

Here are the challenges and their requirements:

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Challenge Requirements:
1- Challenge will start Friday, November 20 and will end Thursday, December 31.
2- You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge and, of course, if you're like me, you are more than welcome to surpass that number.
3- And now, here's the clincher... they must be holiday related books. That's right, the holiday doesn't really matter, but it would be more "jolly" if your choices were Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.
4- The size of the book does not matter, nor does the genre. It is also okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. The only thing I ask is that they are not children's books. YA is okay. And so are re-reads. I for one tend to read the same books every Christmas - they are tradition.
5- To sign up - leave a link back to your challenge post. There will also be a post for review links as well as one for challenge wrap-ups.
6- And.... there will be goodies. That's right, we'll call them presents. At the end of every week that the challenge is running I will choose one winner from the review links and I will allow them to pick a book of their choosing (of course, I will provide a list). Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a "present."

Challenge requirements:
The Christmas Reading Challenge will run from Thanksgiving Day, November 26 through New Year's Eve, December 31, 2009
you can choose 1 - 3 books...I know it seems a small amount, but it's a busy time of year and the challenge is only a little over a month.
These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore or a book of Christmas short stories (sorry, no children's books, but YA novel is okay).
Be sure to check back here in a couple of days, I will have a list of new Christmas books coming out and some old favorites to recommend.
Be sure to come back and link your post here on Mr. Linky. This is my first time using it so if it doesn't work, leave your link in the comments. Please leave a comment after you post your link in Mr. Linky. Thanks!

One book I'm sure I'll read for these challenges is A Christmas Carol. I'd also like to read a book I haven't read before. I'll be watching their lists of new holiday releases to see what catches my eye.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Christmas: A Candid History, Bruce David Forbes
The Curious World of Christmas, Niall Edworthy
Weird Christmas, Joey Green
I'm Your Santa (Anthology), Lori Foster, Dianne Castell, Karen Kelley


  1. Great to have ya in the challenge. I also read A Christmas Carol every year - it's become tradition already. :D

    I look forward to your reviews.

    Happy Reading!

  2. Thanks for joining my challenge! I hope you enjoy it =o)

  3. Oh boliyou, I'd love to join this challenge but reading for pleasure is lost to me. I'm always reading for my classes and preparing them for discussion. One of my favorite Christmas reads is "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Enjoy and thanks commenting at my turducken post! :)

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is very cool.

    I'm hoping to read several holiday themed books the next month as well. ENJOY and thanks for stopping by!

  5. What fun! I would like to join in but... I don't know that I could take the pressure.