As well as doing the Blogtober challenge every October, last year I created a new reading challenge. The challenge runs from 1 October through to 31st December. As the challenge doesn’t strictly fall into all of autumn or winter, I decided to name it the 20 Books for Christmas Reading Challenge.
It’s also Libraries Week this week, so there’s no better time than to get reading and become reacquainted with your local library.
Last year I was joined by several other book lovers to see if we could read 20 books between now and the Christmas period. I hope more of you will join us this year.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2020 – I have read all the books from my Christmas reading list and have reviewed 23 of my favourites. You can find my reviews here:
How to join in with The 20 Books for Christmas Reading Challenge
You can join in on your blog, your Bookstagram/Instagram and/or Twitter.
There are no hard and fast rules. Just choose 20, or 15 or 10 books that you’d like to read (and hopefully review). They do not have to be Christmas themed.
Take a photo or make a list of those books and then enjoy the read.
* Make a quick introductory post telling us what you are going to read.
* Link back to this post and comment below so I know who is joining in.
* You can use my header images below if you wish, but you don’t have to.
* It’s up to you whether you review as you go along, or do one long round-up post at the end or halfway through. Don’t forget to leave reviews on Amazon, Good Reads and other online stores to show support for the authors.
TIP: If you are a blogger and are taking part in Blogtober or Blogmas, you can always use some of your reviews as part of your blog challenge posts. A round-up post would make an excellent Christmas Gift Guide like my post last year Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers.
If you would like more tips of how to take part and complete blog challenges then head over to my How to Survive Blog Challenges post.
Although I’ve had an Instagram account for a while, I’ve only recently set up a bookstagram account.
* Follow me if you wish @teaandcakeforthesoul but you don’t have to.
* Post a photo of your Christmas book stack or list of books and use the hashtags
* You can share my 20 Books for Christmas Instagram image below if you want to let other people know that you are taking part.
* Share each book cover as you read. Reviews can be as long or short as you like, even just a star rating.
* Now, just enjoy reading.
Again, if you share your reviews or a tweet of what you are reading, please use the hashtags. You can find me @littlejojackson.
MY 20 BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS READING LIST
Here are the books I’ve chosen for 20 Books for Christmas. I have listed all the Christmas books in my TBR pile, and I will choose 20 as I go along. I wonder if I will succeed this time?
Bella Osborne – One Family Christmas ✓
Belinda Missen – One Week til Christmas ✓
Debbie Johnson – Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper ✓
D E Malone – Love Like Fire ✓
Emily Harvale – Just for Christmas ✓
Emma Heatherington – Secrets in the Snow ✓
Emma Burstall – Christmas at the Cornish Guest House ✓
Fay Keenan – Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace ✓
Georgia Toffolo – Meet Me In London ✓
Hazel Prior – Away With The Penguins ✓
Heidi Swain – The Winter Garden ✓
Izzy Bayliss – The Girl I was Before ✓
Jennifer Faye – A Mistletoe Kiss ✓
Jennifer Joyce – 12 Christmasses of You and Me ✓
Jo Bartlett – Christmas With the Cornish Midwives ✓
Jo Thomas – Finding Love at the Christmas Market ✓
Jenny Baylis – The Twelve Dates of Christmas ✓
Jessica Redland – Starry Skies Over the Chocolate Pot Cafe ✓
Jesscia Redland – Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes ✓
Jules Wake – Covent Garden in the Snow ✓
Karen Swan – Together by Christmas ✓
Katlyn Duncan – Wrapped Up for Christmas ✓
Kate Hewitt – A Vicarage Christmas ✓
Laura Barnard – Sex, Snow & Mistletoe ✓
Lacey London – Clara at Christmas ✓
Lucy Coleman – Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage ✓
Lindsey Kelk – Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas ✓
Lindzee Armstrong – Match me by Christmas ✓
Lindzee Armstong – Mistletoe Match ✓
Maxine Morray – The Christmas Project ✓
Melissa Hill – 12 Dogs of Christmas ✓
Melissa Hill – Beneath the Stars ✓
Melissa Hill – The Christmas Escape ✓
Melissa Hill – A Weekend in Paris ✓
Phillipa Ashley – A Surprise Christmas Wedding ✓
Phillipa Ashley – Christmas at the Cornish Cafe ✓
Rachel Wells – Alfie The Christmas Cat
Ruth Saberton – Winter Wishes ✓
Ruth Saberton – The Last Card ✓
Samantha Tonge – The Winter We Met ✓
Serenity Woods – White Hot Christmas ✓
Shari Low – One Day in Winter, Another Day in Winter, Last Day in Winter ✓
Sophie Clare – A Winter’s Dream ✓
Susan Schild – Christmas at The Lakeside Resort ✓
Zara Stonely – No-One Cancels Christmas ✓
Zara Stonely – The Holiday Swap ✓
What are the benefits of a reading challenge?
I hope that you will join in and choose to read and review your own 20 Books for Christmas.
The biggest benefit of reading challenges for me is that they make me set aside time for reading because I don’t want to fail the challenge. I’m also using it as a way to clear some of my TBR pile.
It’s so easy to be busy all the time isn’t it, especially during the festive season! I hope this will give you an excuse for some “you” time.
Why should readers leave book reviews?
So many of us read reviews before we decide to order something, so it’s important that we leave reviews for good products and good services ourselves. I feel it’s especially important to authors to give something back. Just think of the hours that go into writing and editing a book, and the hours of pleasure that we get from those books as readers.
I always leave reviews of books I’ve enjoyed on my blog, bookstagram, Twitter, Amazon and GoodReads (links below).
If I haven’t enjoyed a book, I simply don’t leave a review. I would never leave a bad review for a book, piece of music or art, as I feel they are all down to personal taste and just because I didn’t enjoy something, doesn’t mean that others won’t. It’s not in my nature to upset people either, imagine reading a bad review of something you’ve spent ages creating.
.I already have some Christmas book posts set up so I will add all my reviews to those. Have a look at existing reviews if you need some festive reading suggestions:
Other readers taking part in 20 Books for Christmas 2020
Bloggers & Tweeters
Sarah – Pirates and Cowboys
The Spoonie Mummy
Anne – At Home a Lot
Nina D Silva
Pakes Makes Memories
Carla Loves to Read
Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone off as I don’t always get notifications. Good luck everyone!
Will you be joining us with 20 Books for Christmas?
Have you taken part in a reading challenge before?