I haven't participated in any reading challenges this year - which was one of my resolutions that I managed to stick to. Now you might question why in the final weeks of the year I am seemingly going back on that resolution. Well, November and December have always been months where I try to not participate in too many blog tours (for review purposes) or other review commitments so that I can use that time to focus on backlogged reviews and books purchased throughout the year. It is sort of my freebie month(s). If you have been following my Mailbox Monday posts you will have noticed that I have been buying Christmas historical novels, short-stories, and collections. I am really excited to get into these books and was planning on trying to read several of them this year before I even knew of this challenge. I have already read one collection which offered a nice change of pace from my regular readings that have made me even more excited about participating.
The 5th Annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is being hosted at The Christmas Spirit and will run from November 24th to January 6th (which gives me ample time to read and fits in with my "freebie" time).
- The books read must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, or a children's Christmas book and there is a level for films too.
I am going to participate with the Christmas Tree level - which is 5-6 books read. Like I said, I have several short stories, so this should be possible.
I will update here as I go with what entries I count toward this challenge, and reviews will be forthcoming"
Additionally, Seasons of Reading is hosting the Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon which runs from November 24th through November 30th. I happen to be done with my class this week and on vacation from the afternoon on November 26th through the 30th - so it will give me ample reading time (plus my husband is working on Black Friday so I will have the day to myself to read). I figured with this much time, and the fact I haven't participated in a read-a-thon in FOREVER, this would be a great time to participate in one.
- You do not have to read only Christmas themed books during this read-a-thon but are encouraged to read at least one.
- The Twitter hashtag will be #CSreadathon
I will likely do a new post at the start of my participation in the read-a-thon and update that post with my progress and thoughts throughout the event.
Great way to kick off the season's energy!
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