This year I’ve decided to join in with the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge for the first time.
It was Judith at Reader in the Wilderness who got me interested in this challenge and the upshot of that is that we are both reading Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, it’s a chunkster of course.
Earlier in the year I bought a couple of Christmas themed vintage crimes, saving them up to read around this time:
The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
Crime at Christmas by C.H.B. Kitchin
I usually only read A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens (the only thing by him I’ve ever read as it happens) in an attempt to get me into the Christmas mood and sometimes it works! You can read it here
But I know that Joan at Planet Joan reads A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, so I intend to read that this year too. I don’t actually have a copy of that one but it can be read online here. It looks like a very quick read indeed.
I was tempted by the Christmas books on display at the library and I ended up borrowing:
Murder Under the Christmas Tree which features short stories by Ian Rankin, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Arthur Conan Doyle, Val McDermid, Ellis Peters and More.
A Darcy Christmas – A holiday tribute to Jane Austen by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathen and Carolyn Eberhart. I’ve never heard of any of those authors so it’s a bit of a pig in a poke.
Otherwise I’m thinking about maybe reading a Debbie Macomber book. I’ve never read anything by her but she seems to have written a lot of Christmassy books and I know that Jo at The Book Jotter has enjoyed some Macomber books.
If that lot doesn’t get me into the Christmas spirit there’s no hope for me!