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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Christmas is almost here once again and this month we are going to celebrate in style! Your challenge is to read AS MANY Christmas related books as you possibly can! Whether they are on your TBR, or new ones you've discovered, see how many you can read for the month of December, and finish 2013 with a BANG!!

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Some Christmas Book ideas

The Best Christmas Novels from Amazon

Christmas Mystery Books

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Christmas Fiction from Barnes & Noble

Christmas Romances


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Get into the spirit of the Season with some great Christmas reads! ENJOY!!


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber (ukaunz) I'm reading Little Exiles for the Summer challenge, and I'll post the others as I go :-)


message 3: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Amber wrote: "I'm reading Little Exiles for the Summer challenge, and I'll post the others as I go :-)"

That sounds like a good book Amber.


message 4: by Jess (new)

Jess (jessiquie) | 88 comments Ohh I'm a little bit excited for this challenge.

So far my Christmas to read list includes:
Let it Snow, December's Wish, The Kissing Seasonand A Bush Christmas.


message 5: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) Wow that will keep you going well and truly through the Chrissy period Jess. :)


message 6: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Nov 20, 2013 04:06AM) (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
I have read and enjoyed A Bush Christmas Jess. I will also read December's Wish and The Kissing Season :) Hopefully I'll find some more too.


message 7: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 4683 comments These ares my my Christmas choices. Not sure if I'll get them all read :)

A Bush Christmas by Margareta Osborn

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

December's Wish by Karly Lane

Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley


message 8: by Janine (new)

Janine (janineor) | 1511 comments I have quite a few on my iPad so will try to read these:
Buffalo Nickel Christmas by Larry Enright Buffalo Nickel Christmas by Larry Enright
Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #1) by Leslie Meier Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier
All I Want For Christmas by Nora Roberts All I Want For Christmas by Nora Roberts


message 9: by Zoey (new)

Zoey  (rozannen) | 1044 comments I am going to start with A Bush Christmas A Bush Christmas by Margareta Osborn Margareta Osborn which I also have in the Summer challenge. Then see if I can fit any others in


message 10: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (last edited Nov 21, 2013 12:55AM) (new)

Phrynne | 11682 comments Mod
Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which is most certainly a Christmas book! Does anyone have any other suggestions? Anything which is not romantic or twee. Is there such a thing as a paranormal Christmas? Or a real murder mystery ( not one of the sweet old lady kind).


message 11: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which is most certainly..."

I read The Christmas Train by David Baldacci The Christmas Train by David Baldacci last Christmas Phrynne and really enjoyed it.


message 12: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (new)

Phrynne | 11682 comments Mod
Brenda wrote: "Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which i..."

Good. Yes. That sounds like a good one. And it is probably time I reread A Christmas Carol. Okay I am in!


message 13: by Amber (new)

Amber (ukaunz) Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which is most certainly..."

Last Christmas I read Unholy Night and found it pretty amusing :-)


message 14: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (last edited Nov 21, 2013 02:17AM) (new)

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Amber wrote: "Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which i..."

Thank you!!!
That's exactly what I need. I just knew there would be some good ideas for me out there.


message 15: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Dec 14, 2013 07:35PM) (new)


message 16: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Phrynne wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of [book:Hogfather..."

Great!


message 17: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3508 comments Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which is most certainly..."

These might still be a bit sickly sweet for your taste, Phrynne, but they aren't romances per se:
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham - about a couple who have no kids at home and decide to save the money they normally spend on Christmas paraphernalia and go on a cruise over Christmas instead. It sounds simple, but gets a lot of people off-side when they aren't getting Christmas cards returned or invitations to the Kranks' traditional Christmas party!
and On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts who realises that the only reason Christmas happens in her household is because SHE makes it happen - she buys (and wraps) the gifts, she buys the groceries, does the cooking, decorates the tree, and the house, writes the cards and so on and so forth. So she decides she isn't doing any of it this year - she's going to do just what her husband and kids do - zilch.

I read both of these several years ago and enjoyed them at the time - but then I'm also not averse to a bit of romance, especially at Christmas time!! But, as I said, they aren't romances, although you may still find them a bit twee…


message 18: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3508 comments I thought I posted this earlier, but it's not there - maybe I posted it in the wrong thread!! Or maybe I'm just getting mixed up and thought I'd posted it - either option is entirely possible!

I am already reading Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher for the Summer Reading Challenge. If I get time, I would also like to read A Bush Christmas by Margareta Osborn (although neither of my local libraries have it so tracking it down could be a challenge in and of itself!) and Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson keeps popping up in GR recommendations for me - I haven't added it to my TBR yet, but it sounds sweet and maybe I might read it in Dec if I have time.


message 19: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which is most certainly..."

Phrynne, do you like Dean Koontz, Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz is listed in link for Christmas mystery books.


message 20: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Kathryn wrote: "I thought I posted this earlier, but it's not there - maybe I posted it in the wrong thread!! Or maybe I'm just getting mixed up and thought I'd posted it - either option is entirely possible!

I ..."


Here's where you can get a copy of A Bush Christmas Kathryn. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009... I bought and read it for last Christmas:)


message 21: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments I might re read The Prisoner of Heaven . It was set during the Christmas season.


message 22: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (new)

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Mish wrote: "Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which i..."

Wow! I LOVE Dean Koontz. No idea what it has to do with Christmas but I will find out when I read it. Thanks Mish


message 23: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (new)

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Kathryn wrote: "Phrynne wrote: "Thought I couldn't do this challenge because I don't like romances and most Christmas books end up as that. However I realised I could do a re-read of Hogfather which i..."

Thank you Kathryn. One minute I have no ideas and the next I have extended my TBR list by at least six books!


message 24: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments You're welcome Phrynne. That Christmas murder link above has some great suggestion.


message 25: by Phrynne, Series Queen! (new)

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Mish wrote: "You're welcome Phrynne. That Christmas murder link above has some great suggestion."

I did start looking at that list but the first batch I looked at all seemed to be those ones they call "cozies" (even the word turns me off). So I made the (wrong) assumption that there wouldn't be any thing there to interest me. I was obviously mistaken :)


message 26: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3508 comments Brenda wrote: "Kathryn wrote: "I thought I posted this earlier, but it's not there - maybe I posted it in the wrong thread!! Or maybe I'm just getting mixed up and thought I'd posted it - either option is entire..."

Thanks Brenda - I don't really want an e-book, although it is cheap, but I don't really want to read it electronically… But nor do I want to buy a hard copy either! I just want to borrow it, but obviously that isn't going to be possible! I'm fussy, I know! My other option is to trawl through the op shops, but that's time-consuming.

I'll see - I may not have time to read anything extra yet anyway :-) But thank you for the link, I've downloaded the sample to see what it's like, and I'll bear it in mind.


message 27: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Kathryn wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Kathryn wrote: "I thought I posted this earlier, but it's not there - maybe I posted it in the wrong thread!! Or maybe I'm just getting mixed up and thought I'd posted it - either o..."

I'm pretty sure it was only released as an ebook Kathryn.


message 28: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3508 comments Ah! Thanks, Brenda! That's saved me the bother of vainly hunting through op shops! So it's e-book or not at all… :-/


message 29: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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It's not very long - fairly easy to read on your ereader if you want. Good luck!


message 30: by Angela (new)

Angela | 351 comments I was pondering whether to take part in this considering the mountain I have put in front of myself for the Summer Challege...

BUT, I have caved and decided to reread Little Women as it has been longer than ten years since the last time.


message 31: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 1680 comments Angela wrote: "I was pondering whether to take part in this considering the mountain I have put in front of myself for the Summer Challege...

BUT, I have caved and decided to reread Little Women as i..."


I have opted in for this challenge, but have had no clue what to read. I had noticed that Little Women was on a few of the lists, but not having read it did not really know why. I'll take your pick as confirmation that it has something to do with Christmas! I've been meaning to read it since forever, so now may be the right time.


message 32: by Jülie ☼♄  (last edited Nov 30, 2013 05:47AM) (new)

Jülie ☼♄  | 6327 comments 12.44 am , it's the 1st. of Dec. and I'm starting nooooooow!!! :-D


message 33: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer Julie wrote: "12.44 am , it's the 1st. of Dec. and I'm starting nooooooow!!! :-D"

Where do you live Julie? It's only 9.48pm here in Western Australia.


Jülie ☼♄  | 6327 comments Zara wrote: "Julie wrote: "12.44 am , it's the 1st. of Dec. and I'm starting nooooooow!!! :-D"

Where do you live Julie? It's only 9.48pm here in Western Australia."


Hi Zara, Sydney...do you think I should wait?? :O


Jülie ☼♄  | 6327 comments Okay, it's a bit late and I am pretty tired so I'll wait until tomorrow :{


message 36: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer Julie wrote: "Okay, it's a bit late and I am pretty tired so I'll wait until tomorrow :{"

I say start now since it's tomorrow where you are. I was just curious and envious really. lol


message 37: by Lindy (new)

Lindy (lindylee) | 20 comments Been reading Christmas for 3 months, hope there is soemt;hing left


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Julie wrote: "12.44 am , it's the 1st. of Dec. and I'm starting nooooooow!!! :-D"

I like your thoughts Julie!!


message 39: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Enjoy your December reading everyone:)


Jülie ☼♄  | 6327 comments Heehe...now can I start, now can I start?! Christmas YAY! Lol....I feel like a big kid!
Happy reading everyone :-)


message 41: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Julie wrote: "Heehe...now can I start, now can I start?! Christmas YAY! Lol....I feel like a big kid!
Happy reading everyone :-)"


Of course! I thought you'd have your first book finished by now Julie;P lol ENJOY!!


message 42: by Rosie (new)

Rosie | 279 comments I have finished my first book

A Christmas Carol


message 43: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Well done Rosie!


message 44: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
I have finished my first December read The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns

Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 45: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments So I wasn't going to do this challenge but bought Santa is Coming to Melbourne the other day and then today I was at the library and saw A Christmas Hope A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry . The cover attracted me and then I thought it would be nice to read these two books and get into the Christmas spirit. So here I am!!


message 46: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Good to hear Elaine! They sound like you will definitely get in the spirit with them:)


message 47: by Rosie (new)

Rosie | 279 comments I have read 2 more

Home for Christmas

and

Saving Christmas


message 48: by Rosie (new)

Rosie | 279 comments Brenda wrote: "Well done Rosie!"

Thanks Brenda.


message 49: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70516 comments Mod
Rosie wrote: "I have read 2 more

Home for Christmas

and

Saving Christmas"


Doing well Rosie!


message 50: by Elaine (new)

Elaine | 2001 comments Brenda wrote: "Good to hear Elaine! They sound like you will definitely get in the spirit with them:)"

Thanks Brenda. :)


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