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?

Sunday Post: Our first frost

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

It’s Halloween and November next week. And we had our first frost here in Iowa Friday night so the growing season for most plants is done for this year. However, even though the weather is cooler we’re still having lots of beautiful, sunny days.

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Greeting cards and a fox and dragon and octopus . . . oh my!

I make cards to send to family and friends and I’ve worked on Autumn and Halloween cards the last few weeks. I got them mailed this week and it’s still Autumn and Halloween hasn’t even passed. A lot of the time I’m late getting my cards off! I had so much fun with these cards and I got a new die which cuts an envelope liner from paper to put in the envelope to create a one-of-a-kind envelope!

We picked up the pottery my daughters and I had painted last week and we’re very happy with the results! The dragon, fox and octopus are all banks which we plan to use for loose change. The star is for a candle and the plate for a wall.

My allergies are still bothering me and I had a couple of days I didn’t feel like doing anything. My husband has caught a cold so I’m not getting too close to him! Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon.

Blog

I’m working to get a few posts done ahead so I can schedule my weeks better . . .  especially since November begins next week and November and December are always very busy in our household–in a good way. I love the holidays and around here they start with Thanksgiving which also starts with lots of planning since we have around 50 people who come each year. So the more planning and scheduling I can do for my blog the better off I will be!

I’ve read some really good books lately and that always makes me happy. However, that doesn’t always mean more blog posts. And sometimes I get involved in reading other blogs, but then don’t have time to comment. I’m trying to remember to go back to those blogs and comment later.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

What I’ve read

Running Out of Space by S.G. Higbee

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern

Books I got this week–all audiobooks

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein

Childhood Classics, Vol 3: Christmas Collection narrated by various celebrities

Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen

Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen

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!

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon–It’s over!

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-ThonThe Ho-Ho-H0 Read-a-Thon is 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.

How’d I do?

I had lots of fun reading Christmas stories. I read two books, a very short story by Spencer Quinn and a short story by Jennifer Crusie from an anthology. And I’m part-way done with another book.

  • Read holiday books before the beginning of the Read-a-Thon and review them during the Read-a-Thon (Reviewed books read before the Read-a-Thon–Mistletoe Murder & The Christmas Joy Ride)

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

Christmas Miracles by Mary Balogh–started reading the book on 12 Nov

“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 (I completed two challenges; however I missed the Twitter party. I’ve been sick the last two or three weeks and I was in bed by 7 p.m. 😦
  • Share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes

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Have you read any holiday books yet this year? How did you like them?

Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read-a-Thon Nov 6-11

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Back by popular demand, Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery (formerly Bawdy Book Blog) and Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer are once again hosting the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon. So break out the cocoa, the coffee, and cookies! Grab those holiday theme books and bring your holiday spirit. Prepare to enter challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and Twitter chat with us. You can join for a day or sit by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

Check out their blogs for more information!

My goals for this read-a-thon:

  • At least one review of a Christmas book. I just read The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak so it’s not eligible as one of the books I read for the read-a-thon, but I want to have at least one review of a holiday book during the read-a-thon
  • Read at least one holiday book or several short stories
  • My list of possible books:
    • Mistletoe Mysteries–stories collected by Charlotte MacLeod
    • Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  • Write review and post it before the end of the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • Tweet my progress
  • Participate in the Twitter Party on Sunday