Monday, December 04, 2017

December Reading Challenge: Christmas Binge Reading

Being four days into December, I'm a little late to the Christmas themed reading party - nearly all the books I wanted to check out from the library had me on a waiting list! But, I pulled a couple off the shelves and as I read them, I'll update my post. Let's see how many holiday books I can read this month.

A Christmas Pile

I'm not one for writing book reviews...but I love making lists! So here goes...

PICTURE BOOKS
So far...my favorite picture book, one that really surprised me with great writing and lovely illustrations, was 1.) The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole, where frugal peeps enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.



Other picture books I've read this month were:
2.) The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen - a strange story with an abrupt ending
3.) The Little Red Elf - the hapless retelling of Little Red Hen
4.) The Kitchen God by Kim Xiong - a Chinese Lunar New Year legend
5.) Christmastime by Alison Jay - Fabulous illustrations with a search and find theme
6.) The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson - A lonely looking man waiting for his big day
7.) A Christmas for Bear by Bonny Becker - Presents are the most important thing
8.) Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess - A tale hopping wolf with a simple question
9.) The Snowman by Raymond Briggs - No words so I read it as a horror story
10.) Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates by Maj Lindman - Less classic and more relic
11.) The Longest Christmas List Ever by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis - Cute and original
12.) Santa Claus: The World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee - Heavy on the jollies
13.) The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry - A true classic!
14.) Jolly Old Santa Claus by Mary Jane Tonn - A wordy number with note-worthy illustrations
15.) Snowbear's Christmas Countdown by Theresa Smythe - A family favorite for the younger set
16.) The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing - Funny and clever!
17.) Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams and Jean Stoick - Original stuff
18.) The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola - A big lead up without a big ending
19.) Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani - Had potential but was constrained by verse


MIDDLE GRADE

So far...my favorite, and only middle grade read, was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. It had a quick wit and moved along at a quick pace. It ended just right.




YOUNG ADULT
So far...my favorite young adult book was The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols, a love-hate romcom where a snowboarding star takes on a bet with her competitor, her ex-boyfriend. It was funny, sweet, and had a great snowy setting...made me wish I was there. Not Christmas themed but hits the winter fun right on the head.



The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka - Main character called herself a devious psycho. Agreed.
Currently reading My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff


ROMANCE
I think it'll be difficult to surpass my favorite holiday romance by Rachel Gibson called Truly, Madly Yours. It's a good winter frolic, but I'm willing to make some room for others. Any suggestions out there?

Unwrapped by Katie Lane - Unstable heroine stranded with a creeper.