HoHoHo Readathon Update

This is my favorite blogging extra curricular activity of the year. I love Christmas and winter and this helps me get in the holiday spirit. And I’m so happy Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer hosts it each year.

This year’s event ran from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm. During the event, we could participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You could participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participated the more entries earned for the Participant Giveaway.

This is a fun and laid back activity so think about it for next year.

 

My goals and accomplishments:

Goal: I wanted to read at least three books

I read six! Several books were short, but I feel great about what I accomplished.

  • Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod (library ebook)
  • “Christmas at Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball (novella)
  • “Deck the Halls” by Donna Alward (novella)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (e-audio)
  • “Christmas Present: A Chronicle of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor (e-audio)
  • Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection (e-audio)
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (e-audio)

Goal: Participate in two challenges

I participated in three challenges:

They were all lots of fun. Thank you to all the bloggers who created challenges for us. They were fun!

Goal: Participate in the November 15 Twitter Party

Yes!

I don’t often take part in Twitter Parties. Sometimes I forget, other times other commitments make it hard to participate. However, I did take part in this party and it was lots of fun to see what other people had read and what their favorite book was. We also talked about holiday TV shows and movies which made me eager to watch a few during the next few weeks.

Kimberly gave away several book bundles at the end of the Twitter Party and I won one of them! I don’t win things too often so that was fun. Thanks, Kimberly!

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I urge everyone to sign-up next year for this readathon. It gets me ready for the holiday season every year. Lots of fun activities, winter and holiday books to read and nice people participate. What could be better?

HoHoHo Readathon Winter Bingo Challenge

I’ve participated in this readathon and really enjoyed it. During the weeklong event I also completed a few challenges. This shows my completion of the HoHoHo Readathon Winter Bingo Challenge! This challenge was hosted by: I Heart Romance & YA. Check out the fun challenge: HoHoHoRAT Winter Bingo Challenge

My HoHoHoRAT books read:

 

 

 

Christmas Tree in Cover Classics of Childhood, Vol 3: A Christmas Collection narrated by Robbie Benson, John Waite, Jonathan Winters and others

Red and Green CoverChristmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Christmas Themed AudiobookHercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser

Bingo!

The word Christmas in the titleLetters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrated by Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt and Christian Rodska

Sunday Post: November 12

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Veterans Day

It was Veterans Day on Saturday which made me think of my family who’ve been in the military. I don’t have photos of all these family members, but I’ve added a few of the photos I do have.

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My dad and two of his three brothers were in WWII. My oldest daughter was in the Army stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar as well as stateside. My husband and I were in the Air Force. My father-in-law was in the Army in one of the first airborne units. And one of my grandfathers was in the Spanish-American War in 1900. Veterans Day also makes me think about the veterans who came back from war wounded in spirit or physically who need our support.

Videos and Thanksgiving
My sister-in-law reading to my two daughters

My older daughter came for a visit this weekend and we’ve had so much fun. We cooked a big fish dinner Saturday night with salmon, halibut and shrimp our daughter caught when she went to Alaska a couple of months ago to visit relatives. My husband is working on a project to get some of our family videos copied to DVDs. We watched one from when our kids were 6, 4 and 1. It was so much fun to watch and we all laughed a lot. The photo at the right is from the DVD (taken with my daughter’s cell phone as it was playing on the TV!)

We plan to get a few more videos copied especially ones showing the family at Thanksgiving so that we can take it to our Thanksgiving celebration. My husband’s family has a very large Thanksgiving  celebration every year. This has gone on for over 50 years with my husband’s family. My younger daughter has taken over the planning to make sure things run smoothly. We have lots of activities, traditions and food. I love that the younger generation wants to continue the traditions.

Blog

I’ve had fun reading holiday books for the HoHoHo Readathon. I’ve finished two so far, am reading two more and want to start a couple more soon though I haven’t had much time for reading this weekend.

Last week
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • HoHoHo Readathon wrap-up
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod

Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

What I’ve read

Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Christmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Books I got this week

Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh

Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotte MacLeod (library ebook)

The Broken Token by Chris Nickson

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Goals

This is my favorite blogging extra curricular activity of the year. I love Christmas and winter and this helps me get in the holiday spirit. And I’m so happy Kimberly hosts it each year. Thank you!

It’s that time of year when the holiday and winter-themed books hit the bookshelves. It’s also time to sign up for the Fifth Annual HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon! hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Gather up your favorite cocoa, comfort foods, holiday music and books and join in the fun!

This year’s event will run from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm. During the event, you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You can participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

Visit Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer to sign up and to read the rules. If you love holiday and/or winter books give this a try. It’s lot of fun.

My goals for the readathon:

I want to read at least three books I’ve chosen as possibilities:

  • Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotee MacLeod (library ebook)
  • “Christmas at Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball (novella)
  • “Deck the Halls” by Donna Alward (novella)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (e-audio)
  • “Christmas Present: A Chronicle of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor (e-audio)
  • Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection (e-audio)
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (e-audio)

I may find a few books from the library as well (even though I know I have many more books than I can read in a week…lol).

Participate in two challenges

Participate in the November 15 Twitter Party

The hardest goals for me are to participate in challenges and the Twitter party. They take time away from my reading…lol. However, I want to take part since Kimberly and her volunteers have taken the time to set these up and they are fun!

Sunday Post: More Autumn Rain

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Home

My daughter is out-of-town again this weekend so we’re watching her dogs and, of course, we had heavy rain and thunderstorms again on Saturday! Almost an inch of rain so the dogs didn’t go outside very much on Saturday. More mud, but I admit I don’t mind too much as I enjoy the dogs.

It was only 70 degrees, but very humid so I’m glad that on Sunday it’s only supposed to be a high of 57 degrees and a low of 39 degrees Sunday night. However, I have to remember to move the houseplants back inside today. We’re hoping to get all the bulbs I ordered planted next week.

Television

We finished watching Ken Burns’ Vietnam. Very intense, but very good. We watched the final game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals. It was a great game and the Cubs ended up winning. We enjoy watching Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. We TiVo it and watch it the next day! We record most of our shows and watch them later.

Blog

I did a little blogging. I’m still having trouble reviewing books. I love reading the books, but I’ve lost my enthusiasm for writing reviews. Can I have a book blog if I don’t review books??? I don’t know. I still love seeing what other people are reading and reviewing and love to comment on their blogs.

I’m also excited that Kimberly is hosting the HoHoHo Readathon again this year and have already signed up for it. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It has so many things I love: beautiful leaves, cooler weather, a sense of exciting things coming–Thanksgiving, snow, Christmas! And holiday books!

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Signup
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Kreuger

Flash by Donna Bell

Dead Man’s Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek

What I’ve read

Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson

One Last Lesson by Iain Cameron

Dark Horse by Craig Johnson

Books I got this week

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

Deck the Halls by Donna Alward

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Kindle Unlimited)

 

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect?