Literary Christmas Challenge 2020

A Literary Christmas: Reading Challenge // inthebookcase.blogspot.comI enjoy reading Christmas books after Thanksgiving through the end of the year. Tarissa at In the Bookcase hosts a Literary Christmas challenge for that purpose. You can find the details here, but the basic idea is to read Christmas books and write posts about them.

I have ten unread Christmas books on my Kindle app, plus one I’ve read but don’t remember and would like to reread. I don’t think I can get through them all in a month. I don’t want the challenge to be pressured, especially during a month with a lot else going on. So I’ll start with these and add some in if I have time and inclination.

An advent devotional—either Joy to the World: Daily Readings for Advent by Charles Spurgeon or A Christmas Longing by Joni Eareckson Tada. Haven’t decided yet.

Loving My Actual Christmas by Alexandra Kuykendall, nonfiction.

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson. This appealed to me because I grew up on the Texas coastline, so my early Christmases were more seaside than wintery.

Mistletoe and Murder: A Christmas Suspense Collection of ten novellas by different authors. Not the usual Christmas fare, eh? I’ve only read two of the authors and heard of a couple more. I’m mainly reading it for Adam Blumer’s entry, but I hope to enjoy all of them.

A Very Bookish Christmas by Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington, Kate Willis, and Rebekah Jones. A series of stories based on classic books. I loved the Thanksgiving version so much, I couldn’t wait to get the Christmas one.

That gives me a good start! Do you like to read Christmas stories? Do you have plans to read any this year?

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9 thoughts on “Literary Christmas Challenge 2020

  1. Every year I listen to a Christmas novella or two or . . . by Donna VanLiere. My book club is reading The Christmas Table this year. All I have read are set in the same small town and include returning characters. I love them. It’s like going home!

  2. oh i can’t think of anything better right now than curling up with a Christmas themed book, by the fire, under a quilt, with a cup of tea.

    thanks for the inspiration, Barbara!

  3. Barbara, I love Advent devotional books as they so help me to prepare my heart. This year I am revisiting Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. In addition, I am working through two new ones: The Advent Narrative by Mary Geisen and Unexpected Jesus by Anna Robbins. Both of these are proving to be excellent.

  4. I do enjoy Christmas reads. I’ve read Ann Voskamp’s Advent book in past years. I have also read novels around this time of year. I’m so far behind on my reading I have no idea if I’ll be reading any Christmas-themed books this year. Sigh. 😉

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