Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holiday Reading Challenges Times 2

Ok, first of all I'm a sucker for Christmas.  I can never get enough of it and I tend to listen to Christmas music off and on all year long.  I can't wait for the weather to get a little cooler and for the snow to start falling.  Pretty soon it will be time to get the tree up and break out all the lovely Christmas decorations that I wish I could have out all year long.

Along with the music and other festivities I'm a a Christmas book and movie addict.  I love nothing better in the middle of Winter than to curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and a good movie or book.  Since   I've been buying quite a few Christmas books this year, it's fitting that I join two different holiday reading challenges.

First up is the 2010 Holiday Reading Challenge sponsored by Nely of All About {n}.  I participated in this one last year and had a blast, so I figured how could I go wrong doing it again.

Here are the rules as explained by Nely:

1- Challenge will start Monday, November 15 and will end Friday, 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. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a "present".

The second challenge I'm doing this year is The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge which is hosted by my good friend Michelle of The Christmas Spirit and The True Book Addict.  This is the second year I'm doing this one too, and I'm super excited for it too.  Any reason I have to delve into Christmas reading is an opportunity for fun.  By the way, I'm going for the Christmas Tree level.

Here are the rules for this one, as explained by Michelle:

•challenge will run from Friday, November 26, 2010 (Black Friday) through January 6, 2010 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).

•cross overs with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!

•These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore or a book of Christmas short stories (sorry, no children's books, but YA novels are okay).

•visit this POST for a list of new Christmas books for 2010. Also, Richard Paul Evans has a new book out this year, Promise Me. His Christmas books are among my favorites during the Christmas season.


--Candy Cane: read 1 book

--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books

--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

So glad you're joining me again this year! I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do the other challenge or not.

Rob said...

Thanks, Ryan, for mentioning these two challenges. I have one shelf overflowing with Christmas themed books and will probably add more this year. Since I live on Kauai where it's hot on Christmas Day, these books help get me in the holiday mood. Aloha from Rob

Nely said...

Thanks for joining the challenge Ryan. Enjoy your books and I look forward to your reviews.

Unknown said...

Hi Ryan - I have emailed you but haven't had a reply - you won a prize on my blog, can you send your details so I can get the book out to you - Thanks!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh, I wish you the best of luck with the holiday challenges. :) You will do a wonderful job with these challenges. :) Have fun.

Caroline said...

I was actually starting to feel challenge withdrawal symptoms so thanks for sharing these. I might very well join one of them.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I signed up for Michelle's too!