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2009 Holiday Reading Challenge

November 13, 2009

2009 Holiday Reading Challenge

Feeling flush after finishing my first challenge EVER (the World War II Challenge) and with pressure encouragement from my friend Julie, I’ve decided to sign up for the 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge.  This challenge is hosted by Nely and the rules are:

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”.

Since I’ve already read one Christmas book and should finish another today, I don’t have many to choose from in my TBR pile.  Of course, this is subject to change at any time.  Right now, I plan to read:

  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


21 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2009 7:13 pm

    Good luck with the challenge. Most of Christmas reading falls under the childrens category.

  2. November 13, 2009 8:03 pm

    Wow I am looking around I have at least two xmas books in my TBR pile and its a pretty simple and easy to commit to challenge. Hmm I think i might be doing this one 🙂

  3. November 13, 2009 8:41 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first challenge and good luck with the new one. It should be fun!

  4. November 13, 2009 8:45 pm

    Have fun with this one!!!! and congrats on finishing WW Reading Challenge! 🙂

  5. November 13, 2009 9:13 pm

    I knew you’d cave!!!!

  6. November 13, 2009 9:49 pm

    Best of luck with the challenge!

  7. November 13, 2009 10:40 pm

    Good luck with the challenge!

  8. November 14, 2009 12:02 am

    Awww, Julie was my little elf in “persuading” you to join the challenge. I’ll be looking forward to your reviews.

    Happy Reading!

  9. November 14, 2009 3:47 am

    I’ve been looking for a holiday challenge. Thanks for posting. I’m joining in too.

  10. November 14, 2009 5:47 am

    You guys! I can’t keep up! I am going to resist for now. I am very single-minded right now, as I am going to read all 10 of my Shelf Discovery Challenge books in December. I haven’t decided what I’m going to call it, but I’m going to be pubescent for the entire month. I’m sure I could squeeze in one Christmas book, but right now I don’t have a good one calling my name.

  11. November 14, 2009 5:57 am

    That’s a great button! I have already done some holiday reading, but since I plan to do more maybe I will sign up… Enjoy your books!

  12. November 14, 2009 7:14 am

    I will be so happy if I can just read A Christmas Carol this year.

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 14, 2009 1:42 pm

    Congratulations on your first successful challenge! It is a bit of a rush isn’t it? I’d like to do this one, but I’m still three books/movies away on my Austen challenge and I think it’s going to take me the whole month and a half to finish it. Good luck!

  14. November 14, 2009 3:59 pm

    Good luck, Kathy! I’ll have to think about this one. I’ll love to decorate my blog with the button, but I’m not so good with challenges!

  15. November 14, 2009 4:31 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first challenge! The holiday challenge sounds like fun too. I’ve never participated in one but that sounds like a good category for me. I might have to give it a try. Good luck!

  16. Amy Steele permalink
    November 15, 2009 6:44 am

    I don’t know how you all find out about these challenges so quickly. I’m out of the loop. Though I guess as I don’t strictly write about books (ie also film, tv though I’ve been book-heavy of late). I recently got Cricket on the Hearth by Dickens b/c I had a pony named after the story and always thought she had been named after a poem.

  17. November 16, 2009 12:19 am

    I keep seeing “Wishin and Hopin” by Wally Lamb, I think I need to go find it now! Woohoo for finishing your first challenge (which would have been a tough one for me!). This challenge is my first so I’m looking forward to seeing how far I get amongst my other review books. 🙂 I’ve updated my page with the Christmas books I just grabbed off the shelves. They’re now all sitting on a shelf in my reading corner of my room.

  18. November 16, 2009 12:48 am

    Have fun with the challenge!

  19. November 16, 2009 10:34 am

    Good luck Kathy. I’m staying away from any new challenges until next year. lol.

  20. November 19, 2009 1:30 pm

    Good luck with the challenge. I read “The Graveyard Book” and really liked it, but I preferred “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” by Gaiman. Enjoy!

  21. November 21, 2009 7:44 am

    I’d like to participate in your holiday reading challenge! Where do I sign up?? I’ve got a whole stack of holidays books already, and supposed to have more on the way! So, I’m ready, girl! Let’s read!!!

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