Holiday Swap and Christmas Reading Challenge


It’s that time again! The Book Blogger Holiday Swap is now open. If you want to take part this year, you better hurry! Sign-up ends 11 November.

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What: 2011 The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge
When: 21 November 2011 – 6 January 2012
Who: Michelle (The True Book Addict)
Rules: Read Christmas-themed books.  Michelle made some changes this year to allow for children’s books and holiday films.  Check out the sign-up post for details.

The first personal, blog-based, reading challenge I ever signed up for was a Christmas-themed one, in 2007. Since then, I’ve tried to sign up for  at least one Christmas or holiday-themed challenge a year. Last year was pretty dismal, despite the fact I signed up for two: I read one book and it counted for only one of the challenges.

I’ve made it a tradition — or tried to, anyway — to read the Regency-set, holiday-themed, anthology put out by Harlequin every year.  I meant to read the two others I’d missed as part of last year’s challenge, but as I stated above, it didn’t happen.  I have this year’s, plus those two, to read — and that’s not counting all the other Christmas novels (Harlequin or otherwise) that I’ve collected in the last four years.

Despite the backlog, I’m only going to aim for the Mistletoe level (2-4 books).  I might actually make the Christmas Tree level (5-6 books).  We’ll see.

The books (in no particular order):

  • A Regency Christmas (2009) — Lyn stone, Carla Kelly, Gail Ranstrom
  • One Candlelit Christmas (2008) — Julia Justiss, Annie Burrows, Terri Brisbin
  • A Regency Christmas Carol (Christine Merrill) (2011)
  • Gift-Wrapped Governess (2011) – Sophia James, Annie Burrows, Marguerite Kaye

I may have to read a contemporary or paranormal Christmas just to shake things up. That’s a lot of Regency.

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