Sunday, December 01, 2019

December Reading Challenge: Christmas Book Binge Reading

'Tis the season to avoid snowy roads, cold weather, and pushy holiday shoppers with their big coats and oversized purses. My advice: Stay indoors. Grab a couch, a cozy blanket, and get snuggly by the fireplace. Read about being snowed in for the holidays...


"...except interesting."

But say there's no place to have a fire and you're looking for a little heat, then check out Isabel EatsMexican hot chocolate recipe, sure to put a little spice in your life. In between sips is a good time to start binging on the holiday reads.

The Holiday Pile

And don't forget to have a holiday bookmark on hand, Christmas spirit and all that. I made a fresh batch of corner bookmarks last week, and if you're interested in such things, head on over to my Etsy shop: ESPIALdesign for a look-see.

Corner Bookmarks: A Fresh Batch 

Corner Bookmarks: Front and Back

What's left? Snap! That's right, Christmas carols...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Now, back to the reading business. Below is a mix of genres including children picture books, middle grade, young adult, and romance. If they passed my good-read meter--meaning I'd recommend them--then I made it bold and inserted a link. I'll be updating this list throughout December, so stay tuned while I hunt down the diamonds in the rough for ya.

Here's the list, up to date:


1.) When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey & Genevieve Godbout
2.) The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay
3.) Tough Cookie by Edward Hemingway
4.) Merry Christmas, Little Elliot by Mike Curato
5.) How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith
6.) The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
7.) Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
8.) The Tree That's Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer
9.) Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne
10.) Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen
11.) Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
12.) The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear
13.) Snow Sisters: Two Sisters, One Snowy Day by Kerri Kokias and Teagan White
14.) Snow Globe Wishes by Erin Dealey
15.) Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson

16.) The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

17.) Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
18.) Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark

19.) It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale

20.) Keep Calm at Christmas by Ebury Press

2019 Christmas good-read meter = 1 book(s) to recommend, so far.


Check out the 3 recommended Christmas/winter reads for 2018, here!
Check out the 8 recommended Christmas/winter reads for 2017, here!