Not a creature was stirring, just as hoped and planned.
We had hunted on Goodreads for books full of cheer,
In sure and certain knowledge that HoHoHo was finally here.
The bloggers snuggled down on sofas and on beds,
And all sorts of Christmas tales lived out in our heads.
And some with their rereads and some with new buys
But all had a fab read-a-thon with many happy sighs!
Ho-Ho-Ho, it’s read-a-thon time!
But not just any old read-a-thon, nope this is the seasonal one to get us all in the holiday mood. I have to admit I’m not a big Christmas person but maybe this year, I’ll read myself in to the zone! So from the 7th to the 11th, I plan on roasting chestnuts, listening to Christmas music and of course reading myself silly with any holiday books I can get my hands on.
The read-a-thon is hosted by Jennifer @ Bawdy Book Blog and Kimba @ The Caffeinated Reviewer. Want to join in? Then head on over to one of the hosts blogs and sign up. And there are challenges and prizes too but best of all; a chance to make new bloggy friends.
So far I have three books that I want to read for sure. But if you have any suggestions for a fun holiday read, then give them a shout out below. I think I’ll be hunting out some Christmas novellas too by authors that I enjoy as that will be a fun way of fitting in a few quick reads.
Ho-Ho-Ho to read list:
A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill
Melissa Hill is an Irish author who writes contemporary chick-lit books with twists I never see coming. Can’t wait to check this one out to see if I can second guess her this time. And I’m swooning over that cover, it’s fab!
Goodreads Synopsis : Discover the magic of Melissa Hill this Christmas… Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A dreamer who secretly wishes for true love similar to that in her beloved novels, Darcy refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man.
One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed man walking his dog. He is knocked unconscious and rushed to the hospital, but his dog gets left behind. Wracked with guilt over the accident, Darcy resolves to care for the dog and reunite him with his owner. But the dog is not the only thing that’s been left behind and when she finds a small beautifully wrapped package – suspiciously shaped like a book – she becomes curious. She decides to try and figure out all she can about this man, and make the delivery herself.
Darcy gradually becomes drawn into his life; one that she soon discovers is filled with books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she’s ever dreamt about. It doesn’t take long before Darcy builds up a picture of this man’s lovely life, and feeling an immediate kinship towards him, tries to make things right.
It might be a challenge but doesn’t she owe it to him to try? But does fantasy match reality? And what happens when he finally wakes up?
Sounds like a good one to start with to me!
Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany King
I thought this was a great chance to try one of Tiffany King’s contemporary novellas. And again, I love that cover! I think I love all the romantic, snowy scenes, it just makes me want to shout kiss, kiss, kiss!
Goodreads Synopsis : With the holiday season upon her, Jamie Foster is once again stressed about making her yearly visit back home to Woodfalls, still single. Fate intervenes in the form of Grant Johnson, a boy she grew up with, who catches the same flight while returning home from a business trip.
When a malfunction sends their plane crashing down on the runway upon takeoff, Jamie and Grant decide to rent a car and make the nine-hundred-mile drive home together. Ironically for them, anything that can go wrong does as they face one hysterical hurdle after another.
Christmas may finally bring Jamie the gift of love she has always wanted if she and Grant can manage to overcome a few obstacles along the way. Ho-ho-ho.
North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Adams
And this was free on Amazon, a new release by British author Jaimie Adams. I think it sounds hilarious so I snapped it up. And again, that cover! It’s soooo cute!
Goodreads Synopsis: Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.
Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.
She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas. A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music
Are you taking part, if so leave your link so I can come say ho ho ho, I mean hello! Or if you have a favourite holiday read, get in the holiday sharing mood by sharing the title with me so I can check it out!