Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017



Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

RC/RaT Christmas Spirit

You do not have to be signed up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge to participate in the read-a-thon (but I sure would love for you to join us!)


Christmas Spirit
Readathon
November 21-27
2016

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Twitter: #CSreadathon

Read-a-Thon dates: Monday, November 21 at 12:00am CST until Sunday, November 27 at 11:59pm CST (adjust your time zone accordingly) 

This is a "everybody start at the same time" kind of challenge so you may need to adjust your start/end times.  I'll be starting and ending 2 hours sooner than midnight.

I am not requiring that you read only Christmas/holiday books during the read-a-thon, but I hope you will pick up at least one holiday tale, even if it's just to read some children's books with your kids or some holiday short stories.

You do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. AND interact with us in our Facebook group.


edit: started Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan

~ Books Read ~
Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan - re-read
Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan - re-read
Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan - re-read
Santa Baby by Heidi Cullinan  - new (book 4/end of series)
Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn - whole series is a re-read (1st of 12 about gay elves that each hate one aspect of Christmas, find their one and only soulmates, and have trouble during each book)
Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn
Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn
Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn
Down with the Tunes by Joyee Flynn
Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn
Shove Your Tree by Joyee Flynn
Stripe My Pole by Joyee Flynn
Bite My Cookies by Joyee Flynn
Flush the Twinkles by Joyee Flynn
Hanging Antlers by Joyee Flynn
 ~ ended here on Sat at 10 p.m. - one more book left in the series! ~
and . . . Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn





Christmas Spirit
Reading Challenge
Nov 21, 2016 - Jan 6, 2017

for more information or to sign up, click here

Twitter: {didn't see any for this one}

There are several novel levels as well as a couple other options.

These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and a children's Christmas books level!

Levels:
--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)

Additional levels:
--Fa La La La Films: watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
--Visions of Sugar Plums: read books with your children this season and share what you read *the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

There's a prize! I didn't see what you had to do to enter but I love what she's doing with it.
One final note: The giveaway this year will be a $15 donation to the winner's choice of a human rights organization, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, Planned Parenthood, or another human rights organization of your choice, perhaps your local chapter or organization. This giveaway is open internationally.
(I'd pick The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation)

I know my minimum will be one novel, one movie, one children's book. I'm not sure how much more I'll do above that. I'm not even sure if Visions of Sugar Plums count since I won't be reading them to my children.

For now . . .

Candy Cane and Fa La La La Films

~ Books Read/Movies Watched ~
Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan (1st in a series - 1-3 is a re-read)
Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan
Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
Santa Baby by Heidi Cullinan (new book) - end of series
 
Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn - whole series is a re-read (1st of 12 about gay elves that each hate one aspect of Christmas, find their one and only soulmates, and have trouble during each book)
Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn
Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn
Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn
Down with the Tunes by Joyee Flynn
Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn
Shove Your Tree by Joyee Flynn
Stripe My Pole by Joyee Flynn
Bite My Cookies by Joyee Flynn
Flush the Twinkles by Joyee Flynn
Hanging Antlers by Joyee Flynn
Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn (last of series)
 
Defrosting Jack by Susan Laine (new book)
Leger's Winter by Lacey Dearie (new book)
Leger's Gift by Lacey Dearie (new book)
Sweet Inspiration by Penny Watson (new book)
Alone for Christmas by Ashley John (new book)




Possibilities
What Happens Under the Mistletoe
Our First Christmas
~ reading Let it Snow by Heidi Cullinan (they've decorated for Christmas so far)
series: Who Needs Christmas? (gay erotica)
wow! here's just part of the 218 I found when I search my order history at amazon. 
I think I like Christmas stories ;-) 
A Holiday Yarn by Sally Goldenbaum
The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March
The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas by Julia Romp
The Christmas Code by Ed J. Pinegar
The Runaway Sleigh Ride by Astrid Lindgren
Three Christmas Wishes by Sheila Roberts
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts (Merry Ex-mas might be better)
Christmas Kisses and Cookies by Linda West
One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg
*Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany
The Christmas Cat by Elisa M. Stone
The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere
Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde (Twilight, Texas novel)
Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh
*The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson
I'll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott
The Christmas Cat anthology with Julie Beard, Jo Beverley, Barbara Bretton, Lynn Kurland
*The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason (series: Christmas, Colorado)
Killer Christmas by Harper Lin


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2 comments:

Whitney Behr said...

I looks like you're off to a great start and you have a wonderful list of books to choose from. I hope you have fun with your readathon!

Michelle Miller said...

Thanks for joining us again for the readathon and reading challenge! You have a ton of great books lined up. I hope you enjoy all the festive reading!

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