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

Brenda | 61026 comments Mod
Our December challenge will be pretty easy, as we will all be busy preparing for Christmas and the New Year....so, any books relating to Christmas, and of course, the New Year, is all you have to choose! You can read as many or as few as you wish:) It's your choice!

When you have chosen your special books, list them in this thread, to help others with their choices!

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Christmas links to help you choose:

Sally's Christmas Shelf
Christmas Stories You'll Love
Christmas
Christmas Fiction - Listopia Links

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May you all have a wonderful, relaxing and safe Christmas and New Year with family and friends!


message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 3644 comments I love this challenge :)

For this one I'm going to read : Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney


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

Brenda | 61026 comments Mod
Ooh is that a Christmas one Sharon?


message 4: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 61026 comments Mod
Of course it is! I just read the blurb (again) lol

I'll be interested in your review:)


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 61026 comments Mod
RitaSkeeter wrote: "Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

And my all time favourite that I've re-read every single Christmas night since I was about 10;
[book:The Adventure o..."


I haven't heard of this Christie one Rita. Do you just read that first story, or all of them again each year?


message 6: by ☼♄Jülie  (last edited Nov 19, 2014 07:42PM) (new)

☼♄Jülie  | 6003 comments Definately these two and possibly some more:

A Faraway Smell of Lemon by Rachel Joyce
And
Mayhem in Christmas River by Meg Muldoon

I almost forgot!! 12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison


☼♄Jülie  | 6003 comments Sharon wrote: "I love this challenge :)

For this one I'm going to read : Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney"


A friend has loaned me this one to read before Christmas Sharon so I suppose I'd better squeeze it in somewhere eh?


☼♄Jülie  | 6003 comments RitaSkeeter wrote: "☼♄Jülie wrote: "Definately these two and possibly some more:

A Faraway Smell of Lemon by Rachel Joyce
And
Mayhem in Christmas River by [author:Meg ..."


Help yourself...Merry Christmas! :)


message 9: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 3644 comments Brenda wrote: "Of course it is! I just read the blurb (again) lol

I'll be interested in your review:)"


Gosh you had me worried for a minute there, Brenda ;)


message 10: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 17 comments I have these 2 on my list so far....

The Christmas Witness by Susan Sleeman All Through the Night A Troubleshooter Christmas (Troubleshooters, #12) by Suzanne Brockmann


message 11: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 3644 comments ☼♄Jülie wrote: "Sharon wrote: "I love this challenge :)

For this one I'm going to read : Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney"

A friend has loaned me this one to read befo..."


Yes you should, Julie. But it's quite a big one with over 500 pages :)


message 12: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Oh I love reading people's choices for their Christmas reads!! I'm definitely going to steal some of them;)


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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RitaSkeeter wrote: "Brenda wrote: "RitaSkeeter wrote: "Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

And my all time favourite that I've re-read every single Christmas night since I w..."


Sounds great! Might have to look into acquiring it;)


message 14: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 | 6446 comments I'm in - WOO HOO!!!!


message 15: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 5814 comments Ooh too much choice! I want to read everyone's selections. Will have to think about this :)


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

Brenda | 61026 comments Mod
Well, I thought you might be Sally;P


message 17: by Phrynne, I love to read:) (new)

Phrynne | 7723 comments Mod
If I have time I intend to raid Sally's Christmas Shelf. It is an amazing list!


message 18: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Phrynne wrote: "If I have time I intend to raid Sally's Christmas Shelf. It is an amazing list!"

Oh I'll definitely be raiding that one!!!


message 19: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Carolyn wrote: "Ooh too much choice! I want to read everyone's selections. Will have to think about this :)"

It's hard isn't it Carolyn - so many to choose from!


message 20: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 680 comments For the moment I'll just put up my xmas themed read from the Summer challenge.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

If I come across any more while I'm reading in December I will add them as I go :)


message 21: by ☼♄Jülie  (new)

☼♄Jülie  | 6003 comments This is a goodie for anyone short on choices:
Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney

It spans several generations of the one family. I have read it and very much enjoyed it.


message 22: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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☼♄Jülie wrote: "This is a goodie for anyone short on choices:
Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney

It spans several generations of the one family. I have..."


Does that incorporate Christmas too Jools? Sounds good though Thanksgiving is in November I think??


message 23: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 30 comments Got these two on my to read pile, so I will start with those :) Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley I Heart Christmas (I Heart, #6) by Lindsey Kelk


message 24: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 61026 comments Mod
So far for my choices I have:

Band of Gold by Maggie Christensen Band of Gold by Maggie Christensen
The Santa Shop by Tim Greaton The Santa Shop by Tim Greaton
(which are both on my Summer challenge list)
and
Blame It On The Mistletoe (Bright's Pond #4) by Joyce Magnin Blame It On The Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin
Mayhem in Christmas River (Christmas River Cozy Mysteries, #2) by Meg Muldoon Mayhem in Christmas River by Meg Muldoon
A Season To Remember by Elizabeth Ellen Carter A Season To Remember by Elizabeth Ellen Carter

I may add more yet:)


message 25: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 680 comments I just got another for $0.99c on kindle.

All I Want For Christmas All I Want For Christmas (Annie Seaton's Holiday Collection, #1) by Annie Seaton by Annie Seaton - YAY!


message 26: by Jennifer (last edited Nov 24, 2014 09:05PM) (new)

Jennifer (jumpapa) | 478 comments I love Christmas stories. So my list starts like this:

Christmas Carol
The Brands Who Came For Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

I will probably add more as I go


message 28: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 5814 comments I like the sound of Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas Zoey!


message 29: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3193 comments I am planning on reading:
Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson
An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor
I've picked up all of them bar one from the library already, so I'm good to go!!

And my November reading has slowed down, so at the rate I'm going, I might also be adding Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney - the plan was to read it this month, but that's looking less and less likely!!


message 30: by ☼♄Jülie  (new)

☼♄Jülie  | 6003 comments Brenda wrote: "☼♄Jülie wrote: "This is a goodie for anyone short on choices:
Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney

It spans several generations of the on..."


Your'e right Brenda, its all about thanksgiving so not really relevant here...still a good read though ;)


message 31: by ☼♄Jülie  (last edited Nov 19, 2014 07:48PM) (new)

☼♄Jülie  | 6003 comments Brenda wrote: "Oh I love reading people's choices for their Christmas reads!! I'm definitely going to steal some of them;)"

Its like a Big Christmas Book Banquet isn't it Brenda! Yum!! ⊙-⊙ Reading glasses & drinking glasses at the ready :D


message 32: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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☼♄Jülie wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Oh I love reading people's choices for their Christmas reads!! I'm definitely going to steal some of them;)"

Its like a Big Christmas Book Banquet isn't it Brenda! Yum!! ⊙-⊙ Readin..."


Yes it is! Just love checking them all out, and wishing I'd find some cheapies on Amazon too;) (Like I need more!)


message 33: by Zoey (new)

Zoey  (rozannen) | 934 comments Carolyn wrote: "I like the sound of Twelve Days of Winter: Crime at Christmas Zoey!"

Me too. I just found that when I searched "Christmas" on the library website to see what they had available. Christmas, Crime Stories & Scotland, 3 of my favourite things :)


message 36: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 5814 comments Ok, have picked one to start with: Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson

Will add more if I get time :)


message 37: by Bec (new)

Bec (gecko-girl) | 213 comments I'm going to read 12 Days at Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones 12 Days at Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones - its also on my summer list - can't wait to read it


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

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Some great choices everyone:)


message 39: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 1047 comments I will read The Christmas Carol Murders and Where's Audrey?. Perhaps also A Season To Remember if I'm not all Xmassed-out.


message 41: by Sally906 (last edited Nov 20, 2014 02:15PM) (new)

Sally906 | 6446 comments I am committed to reading the following Christmas themed books for various other challenges:

All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison

12 Days At Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones

O Little Town by Don Reid

Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke

After that I will see what I can fit in - or read as the mood takes me :)


message 42: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Some good reads there Sally:) A couple I'd like to have as well - 12 Daves of Christmas and 12 Days at Silver Bells House


message 43: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 | 6446 comments Brenda wrote: "Some good reads there Sally:) A couple I'd like to have as well - 12 Daves of Christmas and 12 Days at Silver Bells House"

I have 12 Daves of Christmas on pre-order but weakend and snaffled 12 Days at Silver Bells House from netgalley because I obviusly don't have enough Christmas themed books on my To Read shelf at the moment :)


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

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LOL!!! I've requested it from NetGalley so am hopeful:)


message 45: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra Page (cassandrapage) | 92 comments There are no Christmas books on my TBR and it's so scary already I don't want to add anything more to it! So I will give this challenge a miss, but try and read four books in December instead. :)


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

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No worries Cass:)


message 47: by Bec (new)

Bec (gecko-girl) | 213 comments Sally906 wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Some good reads there Sally:) A couple I'd like to have as well - 12 Daves of Christmas and 12 Days at Silver Bells House"

I have [book:12 Daves of C..."


I'm still waiting on 12 days from NetGalley - is says its not available yet?! but I've pre-ordered it anyway :)


message 48: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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We'd better not hold our breath Bec! It's taking awhile:(


message 50: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 | 6446 comments Kadi wrote: "I am going to read I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for ChristmasI Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas"

Noooooooooooo! Not a zombie Scrooge!!

SO looking forwards to your thoughts on this one :)


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