Monday, December 04, 2017

December Reading Challenge: Christmas Book 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 where I inserted links to my favorites reads. Here goes...

PICTURE BOOKS
So far...my favorite picture book, one with wonderful verse (not an easy task) and lovely illustrations, was 1.) Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht*. It was a truly magical reading experience with amazing illustration by Jarvis. *sigh*


Other picture books I've read this month were:
2.) The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole* - Frugal peeps enjoy the true meaning of Christmas



3.) The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen - a strange story with an abrupt ending
4.) The Little Red Elf - the hapless retelling of Little Red Hen
5.) The Kitchen God by Kim Xiong - a Chinese Lunar New Year legend
6.) Christmastime by Alison Jay - Fabulous illustrations with a search and find theme
7.) The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson - A lonely looking man waiting for his big day
8.) A Christmas for Bear by Bonny Becker - Presents are the most important thing
9.) Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess - A tale hopping wolf with a simple question
10.) The Snowman by Raymond Briggs - No words so I read it as a horror story
11.) Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates by Maj Lindman - Less classic and more relic
12.) The Longest Christmas List Ever by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis - Cute and original
13.) Santa Claus: The World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee - Heavy on the jollies
14.) The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry - A true classic!
15.) Jolly Old Santa Claus by Mary Jane Tonn - A wordy number with note-worthy illustrations
16.) Snowbear's Christmas Countdown by Theresa Smythe* - A family favorite for the younger set
17.) The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing* - Funny and clever!
18.) Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams and Jean Stoick - Original stuff
19.) The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola - A big lead up without a big ending
20.) Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani - Had cultural potential but was constrained by verse
21.) Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki - Santa's story is all tell and not enough show
22.) The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg - Interesting


MIDDLE GRADE

So far...my favorite, and only middle grade read, was 23.) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson*. It had a quick wit and moved along at a quick pace. It ended just right.



24.) Winterfrost by Michelle Houts - Slower than winter's molasses but cute

YOUNG ADULT
So far...my favorite young adult book was 25.) My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff*. Brilliant! I'm fangirling over My New Crush, which turned out to be my December Reading Challenge fave!


 26.) The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols* was very high on my list. A love-hate romcom (one of my favorite tropes) 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.



27.) The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka - Main character called herself a devious psycho. Agreed.
28.) Sun-Kissed Christmas by Katherine Applegate - The middle was a good place to be
29.) Secret Santa by Sabrina James - An antiquated feel sprinkled with exclamation points!

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. How about...

30.) Unwrapped by Katie Lane - Unstable heroine stranded with a night crawler
31.) Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz - My favorite thing about this book is the title.
32.) A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas - I was left asking the big story question, how are these two going to get together? A sign of a good read.

Check out the recommended Christmas/winter reads for 2018, here!

* A recommended read!

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