Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Update

hohohorat2016buttonThis week I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-H0 Readathon (from Nov 9 – 15). It’s hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and is so much fun.

the-magic-of-christmasI finished my first book!

The Magic of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

I enjoyed The Magic of Christmas. It’s a Harlequin Medical Romance which is the Harlequin line I like the most. Sarah Morgan is also one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.

I like the medical aspects of the book (in a London Emergency Department). I also really like the Christmas aspects of the book and the two young girls in the book–Dr. Christian Blake’s daughters. He’s a handsome doctor in the ED and Lara King is a smart, pretty ED nurse. You can all guess what happens next! Sarah Morgan’s characters are always vivid.

Romances aren’t something I read too often anymore, but I enjoyed the Christmas setting, the medical aspects, and the characters. I would give this a B- rating.

What I’m reading now!envious-casca

Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway series by Georgette Heyer (audiobook)

Envious Casca is one of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries. She mostly wrote Historical Regency Romances, but she did write a few mysteries. This book includes a recurring Scotland Yard detective–Inspector Hemingway. Ms. Heyer wrote four books with this character.

The book includes a house party at Christmas and a locked room murder–classic mystery staples! I’m not very far into the story and I’m enjoying it so far!

eggnog-murderEggnog Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross

Three short stories:

  • “Eggnog Murder” by Leslie Meier
  • “Death by Eggnog” by Lee Hollis
  • “Nogged Off” by Barbara Ross

I’m reading “Eggnog Murder.” This is part of the Lucy Stone series. I’ve read a couple other books in this series: Mistletoe Murder and Trick or Treat Murder and like Lucy and the Maine setting.

I’m enjoying the story. I like that the series has moved forward: Lucy’s children are older and her oldest is living in Paris now! I like that the book shows the problems every family has and those often are exacerbated during Christmas! The mystery is good so far, too!

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Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon

Ho-Ho-Ho-Read-a-ThonThe Ho-Ho-H0Read-a-Thonis hosted

by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery.

December is one of my favorite times of the year and I really like reading holiday themed books set in the winter. I love sitting by my fire on a cold winter day reading and love reading about that, too! Kimba and Jennifer host a fun Read-a-Thon and I enjoyed participating last year.

There are challenges, a Twitter party (Tuesday, Nov 17 @ 7p.m. EST), a twitter hashtag (#HoHoHoRAT) and prizes. I have trouble participating in some of these things. I’m always torn between reading and participating, because I seldom get a book read during the Read-a-Thon.

My goals:

  • Read holiday books before the beginning of the Read-a-Thon and review them during the Read-a-Thon
  • Read holiday books during Read-a-Thon. List of books and stories I’m choosing from during the Read-a-Thon:

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh

“Christmas Crumble” by M.C. Beaton

“Hot Toy” by Jennifer Cruisie

“Santa 365” by Spencer Quinn

My Buddhist Christmas by Jeremy Phillps

Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

  • Participate in at least one challenge and the Twitter Party
  • Share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes

What about you? Do you enjoy reading holiday books? Are you participating in the Ho-Ho-H0 Read-a-Thon? If so, what are you planning to read?

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon

HoHoHoRATsmallThe Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon starts today. It’s sponsored by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and by Jennifer at The Bawdy Book Blog and you can still participate by going to one of their blogs and signing up.

My goals for the read-a-thon:

  • Read at least two holiday books and maybe a couple of novellas or short stories.
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • A wrap-up post

Books on my Kindle:

Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgansleigh-bells-in-the-snow

Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris

The Stupidist Angel by Christopher Moore

Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

A Christmas Bride by Mary Balogh

A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh

Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh

Anthologies/Novellas on my Kindle:

Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Anna Campbell, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly & Kate Noble

The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas by Madeline L’Engle

The Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, Courtney Milan & Nicola Cornick