At the end of November, I posted about a Holiday Reading Challenge with the goals of getting into the festive spirt. Others joined in and there were some great suggestions on the Goodreads CanadianContent group .
Here are my results of the challenge and some options for holiday reading if you have some quiet moments over the next few days. It has been a fun challenge but I am ready to get back to some CanLit!
Read a holiday book that you have never read before:
- Pretty Paper (Willie Nelson) – based on his holiday song written in 1962 about a man with no legs selling papers in front of a busy department store.
- Christmas with Anne (L.M. Montgomery) – includes a couple of “Anne” excerpts as well as a collection of other short stories with a theme of giving to others.
Read a Christmas Classic:
- A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) – I am still finishing my re-read of this Christmas Classic and was happy to find a leather bound copy of this story during black Friday sales.
Read aloud a holiday story to others:
- The Care and Feeding of a Grinch (by Max the Dog) – I did not count this one of Moore’s into my reading total for the year since they are children’s picture books. This was a cute read that my son chose.
- Twas the Night Before Christmas (Clement Clarke Moore) – I will be reading this one later today.
Read a story about a holiday that you may not celebrate yourself:
- The Book of (Holiday) Awesome (Neil Pasricha) – although it is not exclusively about holidays that I might not celebrate, it has sections on Hanukaah and Kwanzaa.
Read a holiday story from the library:
- The Immortal Nicholas (Glen Beck) – written by the author with a goal of having his children refocus on the meaning of Christmas.
- The Gift (Cecelia Ahern) – this one was a bit cheesy and I struggled with the ending.
- Winter Storms (Elin Hilderbrand) – the final book in the trilogy about the challenges of a Nantucket family set over 3 Christmas seasons.
Listen to a holiday audiobook:
- The Best
WorstChristmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson) – an easy listen if you are looking for a chuckle about the time when the dreaded Herdman family participates in the Christmas pageant.