Sunday, November 11, 2012

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012--Sign Up Here!


It's the fourth year of the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge! Like last year, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies.  So, something for everyone!

Now, on to the details and sign up:
  • challenge will run from Monday, November 19, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).
  • cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!
  • These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time...a children's Christmas books level!
  • visit this POST for a list of new Christmas books for 2012.  There are a lot of good ones coming out this year, including the new Richard Paul Evans novel, A Winter Dream (I just got it yesterday!).
  • 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

  • the most important rule?  Have fun!!!
  • I will have a review linky posted as a page the day the challenge starts.  You will find it at the top of the left sidebar.
  • Sign up in the linky below (link to your post with your reading list...you can change up your list during the challenge...I just want to be able to stop by to welcome you and see what you plan to read).
One final note:  I am going to do a giveaway of a mystery box of Christmas books to participants in the U.S. (At the moment, I'm not sure on an International prize because of finances, but if I find that I can afford it, I will pick an International winner and they can choose a Christmas book (under $10 or three bargain books for $10, if they're running the promo at the time) from Better World Books.  Giveaway will end at the end of the challenge.

I hope you will join me!

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44 comments:

  1. I am going for Christmas Tree with some Fa la la.
    I plan on reading all Christmas book in Dec. anyway. And the Christmas movies have already started too!

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  2. I'm doing movies and the christmas tree level, for some reason my registration didn't occur the other night so i'm trying this again. Happy reading y'all!!

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  3. Thanks for hosting this challenge again, Michelle! I always look forward to it!!

    I have A Winter Dream for review as well!

    I'm also doing the Fa La La La Films Level and the Visions of Sugar Plums Level. I love reading Christmas books with the kids.

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  4. Sounds like fun. Already got a couple of books

    And am ready for my Holiday movies

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  5. Such a nice annual tradition. Thanks for hosting again. I looked on my post from last year, and found a whole list of books that apparently I want to read this year after reading all the reviews last year. Yikes!

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  6. I'm in, I'm in, I'm in. I have been impatiently waiting to sign up for this Challenge. It's my favorite. Thank you so much for loving Christmas as much as I do!

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  7. Loved this last year, definitely participating this year. Can't wait! :) Thanks for hosting!

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  8. Hi, I already read two and only have one more on the schedule. I have to read ahead for review. But within the time frame I have just one on the schedule.

    Great idea. Thanks, Steph

    Have you seen the Valentine event http://foolsforluv.blogspot.com

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  9. I hope I'm not too late to join the party... I just left my link with the intro

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  10. Thank you for bringing back the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge! I have looked forward to this challenge. Happy holiday reading, friends!

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  11. New to this, but excited about it! Watching movies and reading children's books mostly, but do read for me too!

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    1. Watched The Most Wonderful Time of the Year yesterday; now watching Smoky Mountain Christmas while putting away laundry.

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  12. Ohhh I have tons and tons of Christmas books to read and I just cleaned and organized the bookshelves yesterday and know where they all are! Soooo excited!

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    1. Post what you read! This will be fun! Good pic of you!

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  13. I'm in at Mistletoe. :) If I do welll I just might upgrade. :D

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  14. So happy to have signed up. I'm almost finished my first book.

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  15. I'm excited to be participating! Just added my post to Mister Linky. :)

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  16. Yay! I'm so excited! I'll do "Candy Cane" and, of course, "Fa La La La Films." Despite being agnostic, I love Christmas! I'm not sure which book I'll read, though. Any recommendations?

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    1. Thanks for signing up, Erica. Some books I like are any by Richard Paul Evans. A Christmas Carol by Dickens, of course. Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright, The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward, The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig, An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor, The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. A couple old faves from my childhood that I reread in recent years...The House Without a Christmas Tree and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

      Hope it helps!

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  17. I'm doing Christmas Tree with Fa La La La and Visions of Sugar Plums.

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  18. Hi, Michelle!!

    Well, I've already signed up! I've been looking forward to this all year long!!!! YAY!!! Thank you SO much for hosting this beautiful, joyful event every year!!

    This time around, I will again be attempting the Mistletoe Level. Maybe I'll be able to upgrade to the Christmas Tree Level, but I'm not sure yet.... Also, I will be watching "It's A Wonderful Life" yet again, since I NEVER get tired of that movie!! (I used to have a crush on Jimmy Stewart, back when I was 12!) I will also be watching "The Family Man", which, as you know, is based on the older film. There's also a fantastic TV movie I love, with Tony Danza in the lead. When I remember the name, I'll post it here. So I'm also doing the Fa, La, La, La level this year.

    Hope you had a GREAT Thanksgiving, and MERRY CHRISTMAS already!!!! : )

    P.S. New Year's resolution & note to self: Visit "The Christmas Spirit" blog often throughout the year from now on, for an automatic raising of any stress-induced bad moods. YESSSS!!!

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  19. Great idea for a reading challenge! I've already watched three movies this week {I can't believe two of them were BEOFRE Thanksgiving!} and I'm going to quit blogging straight away tonight to go start my first book. :-)

    Definitely more Christmas movies to come too- "It's a Wonderful Life" {an absolute MUST on Christmas Eve} and one of my other favourites, "Love Actually".

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  20. hi Michelle! this is my first time to participate! :)

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  21. Wow! Finally found a Christmas book reading challenge, ALL thanks to Aobibliophile! Thanks to him! Thank YOU for sponsoring this challenge! SO glad you are! I'm coming in late, but am already reading Christmas books! I'll do a post and it'll go through tonight to show for tomorrow! Thank you SO much! I LOVE Christmas books!
    Laurie Here!
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

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  22. I just stumbled across this challenge and I'm late to he party, but I'm here. I plan to read at least 2 books, watch a pile of movies and read a pile of books to my kids. This should be fun! Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge!

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  23. PS. I am doing the "Christmas Tree" and Fa La La La La!
    In my original comment, I forgot to list the level I am doing! I've already read 2 Christmas books, and am on my 3rd!
    I have been watching Hallmark Movie Channel AND GMC and BOTH have had Christmas movies on since November 12th! I hope we don't have to list ALL of the movies because there are just toooo many!!! EVERY Saturday and Sunday nights on the Hallmark Channel, they have NEW movies out just for 2012! They made 12 NEW ones! YEAH!!! They did this last year, and I can't remember if in the past they did this or not? IF they did, it was NOT for 'this long'! I LOVE it! I don't watch ANYTHING else, except for Monday and Thursday nights! I MUST see Bones and Criminal Minds! Although, they DO have Christmas shows right before Christmas!
    I saw in another comment you LOVE the book, "The House Without A Chrristmas Tree"!! I LOVE that book the MOST out of ALL other books! Why? I got that book when I was in Grade School! It was in the 2nd grad, and I LOVED that book! They eventually made a movie out of it, too! I have NEVER seen it on TV since then, either! That book has stuck with me ALL these years!
    Thanks again for doing this, and having an ENTIRE BLOG dedicated TO Christmas books! You are an amazing person to do this!
    Thank you!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

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  24. I nearly missed it. But I have now joined and will start reading in December.

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  25. Your Christmas Challenge has always helped me get into the holiday mood. Thanks for bring it back again!

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  26. I'm just getting back into blogging and thought I'd give this challenge another try!

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  27. Oops, I forgot to comment when I signed up, but better late than never, right? :-)

    I've just started reading my 2nd Christmas Book and I'm going for the Mistletoe and Fa La La La.

    Happy reading to all of you!

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  28. Sounds fun! I am thinking I will participate in the Fa La La catagory, as watching some fun Christmas movies with my girls is already on my list of things to do!

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  29. Hmmm....I am a little confused or lost at the moment. Is there anywhere on your blog that we are suppose to leave links to our posts that are relevant or a part of this challenge? Or are we meant to just go ahead and post them, and check in with the others blogs in the list above to see what they've posted? We are having a Christmas movie day today with my girls...and thought it'd be a good time to get started with this challenge! :0)

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    1. There is a link in the top sidebar titled "2012 CS Reading Challenge--Reviews" for people to post their links to their reviews of books/movies. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas movies!

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  30. Awesome! I love Christmas movies and books:) Thanks Michelle!

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  31. Hi, I just found this. I've already read Christmas six books, and have three more. Don't know if I'll get to them this year. I just took out two library books that have something of Christmas theme. Is it too late to join?

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  32. Hi, I just got your email and have now linked up. I'm choosing Christmas Tree Level.

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