Today’s Merry Monday Mini is all about Christmas-themed fiction! I know, what a shock that my first blatantly Christmas-themed post is about books, right? I really like this genre (or is it a subgenre? or merely a trope?), but often it seems to get a bum deal by only being read during December. This year, I’m taking full advantage of the sudden popularity of seasonal literature, and reading as much of it as I can!
Even though I’ve been blogging off and on for about five years (not all on this blog), I feel like I have learned so much in the past year alone! There are so many challenges, link-ups, and other community oriented blogging events that I had never heard of until recently. One of these is “A Literary Christmas.”
A Literary Christmas is a Christmas-themed reading challenge hosted over at In The Bookcase. It looks like a pretty laid back challenge, so I’ve decided to join! Basically, you just choose a few holiday books you want to read, list them out, and link up on the original post. The challenge started in November, but it continues through the end of the year, so there is still plenty of time to choose and read some Christmasy books! I am hoping to read these in addition to my “regularly scheduled” content, but I plan to review at least a few of these as I go, so I’m not entirely sure how everything will play out as far as which reviews will be posted when. And, if things get too busy, I am not going to stress over completing this! The point is to have fun and focus on some seasonal books; there is no reason for this to become a chore.
I am challenging myself to read 5 Christmas-themed books this month:
- Waiting Here for You by Louie Giglio (devotional/nonfiction)
- The Carols of Christmas by Andrew Gant (nonfiction)
- Behold by Faith Potts (short story collection)
- A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer (Christian historical fiction)
- something spontaneous
Honorable mention: I can’t forget the original Christmas book: The Bible, specifically Matthew and Luke’s accounts of Jesus’ birth.
This is my first time doing a Christmas challenge like this, and I’m looking forward to the encouragement to read these books! I’ve already started Waiting Here for You, and since it’s a devotional I will be reading it every day up to Christmas. I’ll try to give updates on Instagram as I read these, and then make a post each time I finish one.
I’m also going to check out the Christmas books everyone else is planning to read, and I recommend you do too! You can find a list of all the bloggers participating in A Literary Christmas over at In The Bookcase, with links to everyone’s reading lists. I think I might start a new Goodreads shelf for Christmas books, too, so that next season I’ll be better prepared for something like this!
Are you planning on reading any Christmas-themed books this year? Are there any books you always read this time of year?
Until the next chapter,
Thank you so much for joining A Literary Christmas, Jana! I’m glad you found a challenge you liked. December is one of my favorite months for reading, as I always have some excellent Christmas reads to enjoy.
You have an excellent holiday reading list! These look like some really good books. I look forward to hearing more about each one — and I think I’m going to enjoying following along with your blog now. 🙂
Merry reading to you!
Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging words, Tarissa! I’m looking forward to not only reading the books on my list, but also hearing about what everyone else reads, too. And I hope you enjoy my blog – thanks for following!
Merry Christmas and happy reading!