It’s almost time for this year’s 20 Books for Christmas reading challenge. A time when book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and the reading community read a selection of books in the lead up to Christmas. Read on to find out a bit more about the challenge, how to join in, and the benefits of a reading challenge for readers and authors.
I set up the 20 Books for Christmas reading challenge in 2019, and I’ve been joined by many other book lovers both years. I hope you will join us this year.
How to join in with the 20 Books for Christmas reading challenge
You can join in on your blog, bookstagram/Instagram, Facebook 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.
* 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 at the end of this post 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 even halfway through. Don’t forget to leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads 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.
* Follow me on my bookstagram account @teaandcakeforthesoul if you would like to. I always welcome bookstagrammers who like to interact.
* Post a photo of your Christmas book stack or list of books when you start. Use the hashtags and tag me if you’d like me to share to my stories.
* You can share my 20 Books for Christmas Instagram image below if you want to let other people know that you are taking part.
* It’s up to you how you share your journey. It could be one book cover at a time, or a compilation post at the end or part way through your challenge. 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 @JoJacksonWrites.
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 and find books that I’ve forgotten about.
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.
MY 20 BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS READING LIST 2021
Here are the books I’ve chosen for 20 Books for Christmas 2021. I have chosen all the Christmas books from the TBR pile on my Kindle and a few that I’ve been wanting to read since they came out. I’m sure I will find a few more as I go along too.
Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry ✓ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dreaming of Christmas by TA Williams ✓ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Year Like No Other by Pauline Lawless ✓ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Skating at Somerset House by Nikki Moore ✓ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Mother of All Christmases by Milly Johnson ✓ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Christmas at the Crescent by Veronica Henry ✓
Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson ✓
Christmas in July by Amanda Enni ✓
Christmas Island by Natalie Normann ✓
The Reading Group (December) by Della Parker ✓
Coming Home by Geri Glenn ✓
Winter Wonderland boxed set by Addison Moore ✓
Christmas in Love (Trilogy) ✓
Billionaire for Christmas – Laurie Baxter ✓
Christmas at Conwenna Cove – Darcie Boleyn ✓
Christmas Cravings by Emma Hamilton ✓
The Great Christmas Escape by Kellie Hailes ✓
Festive Treats (compilation) ✓
Winter Heat (compilation) ✓
DECEMBER UPDATE: I read 19 Christmas books, although I did read several other non-Christmas books during the Oct-Dec period, and hit my reading target.
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:
Will you be joining us with 20 Books for Christmas reading challenge this year?
This year I am joined by the following bloggers:
Sarah at Urban Cat Pirate Cowboy
Lucy at Bookwormbloggerweb
Emily Jane at Budget Tales Books
Nina at The Cozy Pages
Susan Loves Books
Carla Loves to Read
Cindy’s Book Corner
@lesleyanngreen on Twitter
Let me know if I’ve missed anyone.