Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2016

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Inspired by Katrina at Pining for the West  I am joining the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2016 hosted at the wonderfully festive  Christmas Spirit blog.

I don’t need any encouragement to get into the Christmas spirit but I do like to focus my reading on suitably festive books during December and over the holiday period.

I have a pile ready and waiting, though I keep adding more all the time.  Here is my original pile for December.

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The list keeps on growing though so it’s safest to say that over the period of the challenge I shall read as many as possible of the following:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – annual re-read
  2. A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens (which Katrina alerted me to)
  3. A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas – annual re-read
  4. Christmas Holiday by W Somerset Maugham
  5. Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome
  6. Happy Christmas by Daphne du Maurier
  7. A Snow Garden and other Stories by Rachel Joyce
  8. Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens – couldn’t resist the review of this series by The Idle Woman
  9. Storms in a Tea-cup (from Cornish Silhouettes) by C C Rogers (later to become Lady Vyvyan) – discovered while idling on the gorgeous blog Beyond Eden Rock

A number of these are very short – perfect for the busyness of Christmas when time may be short – and overall they cover a wide range of genre and era, just with the theme of Christmas tying them together.  It’s a very satisfying list!

(I also have rather a lot more titles sitting in various virtual shopping baskets.  I simply must resist!)

 

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19 thoughts on “Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2016”

  1. Good luck with this challenge. I don’t tend to read many Christmas themed books, so I don’t think I’ll be signing up, but I’m enjoying seeing what other people are planning to read. I would be particularly interested in hearing more about the Maugham and du Maurier books.

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    1. I’ll do a brief review of all of them and a fuller review of some, Helen. I’ve started with the Maugham, which is my first foray into his work. It’s certainly not what I expected and has me intrigued at the moment.

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    1. I’ll do at least a short review on each of them, Katrina. As several are nice and short I hope to get through the vast majority of them before my Christmas spirit wanes!

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  2. What a nice collection! We have the family here at Christmas this year – so no time for reading (except for the days before (preparations allowing!) and after, when there will be all the time in the world to relax – and read!!! Maybe I’ll look out some Christmassy reading, but it may just be A Christmas Carol.

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    1. We have family for New Year, Margaret, and we’re away for the Christmas holiday itself, so I probably won’t get much reading done then either. But I do love the build-up with all its busyness and preparations … and reading! I can always squeeze a little in here and there 🙂

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  3. For those with little time-here’s a good cheat:
    A Literary Christmas: An Anthology , pub by British Library.
    Something for everyone and easy to dip in and out as time dictates.xx

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    1. The snow is fun isn’t it! I need a snowy header – but the temperatures are soaring in double figures at the moment! Glad you’re enjoying the Cazalets – my favourite family saga 🙂

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