I’m putting together a new reading challenge for myself, a Christmas themed one. It’s only September, so it feels way too early to be thinking about Christmas. But if I want to finish a Christmas challenge around Christmas, I have to give myself time to actually read the books. Which means starting about now. I’ve done this sort of thing before, though on a smaller scale.
I picked out the books with the super scientific method of scrolling through my books on Goodreads and picking out all that had obvious holiday themed covers or titles. I’m sure I missed some, but it still added up to a not insignificant number.
What tends to happen over time is that I pick a few Christmasy titles up every year, thinking I’ll bask in the season. But, if I don’t read them immediately, they get dropped onto my TBR and forgotten about until the next Christmas. When I might or might not remember them. Then I pick up a few more, repeating the cycle. Thus, the pile of unread Christmas books snowballs, getting bigger every year.
The oldest on this list has been on my TBR since 2013! It will be especially satisfying to mark some of those titles that have been hanging around for while marked as read.
This year, I found 41 Christmas stories languishing on my shelves. Well, 39 and two Hanukkah ones that I’m including for the fun of it (and because I don’t have enough to make a Hanukkah challenge of it’s own). Luckily, most are pretty short (stories more than books, honestly). When I When I first thought to do this challenge the plan was to read all my holiday themed books. But then i saw how many there actually are. So, my goal is to read and review as many of them as I can by Dec. 25th.
I’ve broken them into batches, by length (Under 100 pages, 100-200, 200+). Let’s see what we have.
Under 100 pages:
Haunted by the Holidays, by Kathryn Blanche
A Private Miscellany, by K.J. Charles
Careened: Winter Solstice in Madierus, by Bey Deckard
Illicit Activity, by J.R. Gray
Christmas at the Wellands, by Liz Jacobs
Chasing Christmas Past, by Melanie Karsak
A Wizard for Christmas, by Dorothy McFalls
The Christmas Prince, by Liv Rancourt
God Rest Ye Merry Vampires, by Liv Rancourt
The Santa Drag, by Liv Rancourt
The Ugliest Sweater, by Gillian St. Kevern
Fred and Ginger, by Isobel Starling
Family, by Brigham Vaughn
63 Days Later, by Adrienne Wilder
Plus, The Eighth Night, by Jenna Kendrick, as a bonus
Gingerbread Mistletoe, by Amy Aislin
In Case of Emergency, by Keira Andrews
A Wedding in Twinkle Falls, by Freda Ann
Will & Patrick Do the Holidays, by Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
Solstice Surrender, by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Holiday Haunts, Wendy Dalrymple & Imogen Markwell-Tweed
Christmas Lites anthology, by Amy Eye and others
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, by Cecilia Grant
Second Chances, by Kiska Gray
Cabin Love, by Hayden Hunt
Bittersweets Christmas, by Suzanne Jenkins
Christmasly Obedient, by Julia Kent
Lucky In Loveland, by K-lee Klein
Cold Feet, by Jay Northcote
From out in the Cold, by L.A. Witt
The Problem With Mistletoe, by Kyle Baxter
Mr. Frosty Pants, by Leta Blake
Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, by Jenny Colgan
Fighting for Us, by Bella Emy
A Christmas Date, by Camilla Isley
Frosting Her Christmas Cookies, by Alina Jacobs
Where We Begin, by Janey King
The Remaking of Corbin Wale, by Roan Parrish
Smokin’ Hot Cowboy Christmas, by Kim Redford
Shrewd Angel, by Anyta Sunday
A Christmas Promise, by K.C. Wells
Plus, Eight Kinky Nights by Xan West, as a bonus
While ‘read all your Christmas themed books and short stories’ sounds deceptively easy, the challenge isn’t without it’s…well, challenges. First, very few of these happen to conveniently be the beginnings of series. The short stories especially tend to be bonuses for existing series. Mostly series I’ve read at least some of, otherwise I wouldn’t have picked up the short. But few in series I’m caught up with or have read recently. Most are contemporary romances and, frankly, I’ve not been reading much contemporary anything lately. So, many are outside my current reading preferences. At least one of these I picked up on an Amazon free day because I thought the blurb sounded so problematic I wondered how the author would rescue it (if she could rescue it). And there are just so many more than I expected when I thought up this challenge. Plus, I fully expect I’ll add a few more books to the list before I call the challenge finished on Christmas day. Either because I find them in my TBR between now and then or because I pick them up new this holiday season. Regardless, I’m going to do the best I can. **ganbatte**
Other than knowing that I’ll review all of the short stories in a single post and that I’m going to prioritize physical books over ebooks, I’ve not entirely decided how I’ll be running the rest of this particular challenge—if I want to post reviews individually, in batches, one a day over a set time, all at once on Christmas day, etc. But I have time to figure that out. Regardless, I’ve got enough holiday cheer to keep me busy for a while. How about you? Anyone else have an unreasonable number of holiday themed books sitting around and want to join me getting them read this year?