Celebrating the Holidays with Book Bloggers

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It's the time of year where you to do list gets longer but filled with fun. Holiday decorations? Check. Baking? Check? Book blogging holiday events? Check.

Yes, the holidays wouldn't be the same without the book blogging events that I participate in, even when my participation is that of a lurker. I've always liked things that combine real-life celebrations with my online community.

I started off my holiday reading season by signing up for the 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge. Yes, I know. I know. I suck at challenges and I swore every which way from Sunday that I wouldn't sign up for any. But it's a holiday reading challenge! Who doesn't like reading holiday-themed books? Ok, so they are often a bit sappy. And twee. And yes, a bit fluffy. Isn't that just what makes them fun? The 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge started November 20, runs until December 31 so there's still time to sign up! You just have to read one book to consider the challenge won, you can do that right? (And no, I haven't finished a single book yet. Shhh, I have plenty of time.)

That's just one reading challenge. There's also the Christmas Reading Challenge. Or you could do what Leann at The Good Neighbours did and create your own Christmas reading pile.

I followed the reading challenge up by taking part in the 2009 Virtual Advent Tour.

Each day anyone who wants to participate takes turns sharing a treat with our friends here in blogland. For example it could be something about your family traditions, recipes, your country's holiday traditions, or a favourite Christmas memory, movie, book, song...anything you like. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas we would like to hear about what your family does during the holiday season, whether it be celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever it is that you do during this time.

It's the third year for the tour but the first year that I've actively participated. I need more hours in the day so that I can go read and leave comments on everyone's posts.

Something I'm paying close attention to (and am considering recommending a book for) is Advent Books.

The idea behind it is simple: authors, publishing professionals, bloggers, and booksellers will write short enthusiastic recommendations of their favorite books that have been published in the last year. We’ll publish a few of these every day, including pics and links for the books.

I also took part in the book blogger holiday swap in which I sent a gift to someone and received one in return. I just got my parcel today (all the way from Australia) and it contained a copy of The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel, a darling little day planner and a magnetic bookmark (my favourite!).

Just look at all that fun! And I didn't even have to change out or my pajamas to do any of it. Ok, except the holiday swap. The Christmas memes haven't even started yet so there's still more fun to come!

Contributing Editor Sassymonkey also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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