Winter Reading Challenge begins

Happy Winter solstice to you!

December 21st marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. As the days grow shorter and colder, the nights longer, it is a perfect time to curl up by the fire with a hot cup of tea and a good book. I have so many books in my To Be Read pile that I decided to continue on with a seasonal challenge.

The Winter Reading Challenge
runs from December 21st, 2008 through March 20, 2009. There are 13 weeks in Winter and I will probably end up reading one to two books per week. Some of the books may cross over into challenges that begin 2009.

This is going to be a very casual challenge much like the Fall Reading Challenge, so please join me.

The rules are very flexible:

1) Choose any number of books you would like to read and post them on your blog.

2) They can be fiction and/or nonfiction including e-books and audiobooks

3) They can overlap with other challenges.

4) Sign up on Mr. Linky. I'm still trying to figure out Mr. Linky so will let you guys post your links yourselves when you have your lists ready.

5) In a few days, I set up a link where you can post links to your book reviews

What I will be reading:

The Unseen
by T.L. Hines - Christian suspense thriller

Hercules Poirot Christmas - An Agatha Christie Mystery

Wicked - Fractured fairy tale by Gregory Maguire about the wicked witch of the west. First time author read.

Magyk - A young adult fantasy novel and the first in Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. First time author read.

The Bone Garden - Murder mystery by Tess Gerritsen

Unspeakable - Romantic suspense novel by Sandra Brown

Split Second - Murder mystery by David Baldacci

A Ghost in the Machine - British mystery by Caroline Graham

Life of Pi - a existential journey by Yann Martel

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries) - the first in the alphabet series by Sue Grafton about a female detective. First time author read.

Hot Mahogany - another Stone Barrington mystery by Stuart Woods

If There Be Dragons - paranormal romance by Kay Hooper and first time author read.

Destiny Kills - another paranormal romance by Keri Arthur and first time author read.

Five in a Row - romantic suspense by Jan Coffey and first time author read.

Salvation in Death - 27th crime thriller featuring Eve Dallas by J.D. Robb

Prey for a Miracle (a Sister Agatha Mystery) - Cozy mystery by Aimee Thurlo

Edited to add

Bad Faith by Aimee Thurlo

Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader by Joe Hilley. I'm curious and sure she isn't going to disappear into the wood work.

Here is the link for posting reviews. Save it for future use and I will be putting a link on the sidebar under the Winter Reading Challenge picture.

Happy reading!


  1. I'll be joining you! I'll put my post up with books I'm planning to read over the weekend. Thanks for hosting this. I love seasonal challenges.

  2. I'll join! I just need a few days to think about what books I'll read and get a post up on my blog.

  3. Yeah! Welcome to the challenge. Decided to make it easier and put up mr linky after all.


  4. This looks awesome. I think I can do this- I wimped out of 9/9/9 but this I could do. I'll be back once I get my list. Thanks for the challenge. LOVE the pictures on your blog!

  5. I really like the Magyk series - great list!

  6. I'd like to do this one too please. I'll come back and link as soon as I've made up a list and posted. Thank you.

  7. I've read the Life of Pi and it was very good. Happy reading.

  8. Welcome to the challenge - Laughing Lioness and Sandra.


  9. My list is up! Thanks again for hosting.

  10. I am so glad you decided to do a Winter challenge!!! I'll be joining. Let me get my post ready and I'll sign up with Mr. Linky.

  11. I've finished my list and linked up. It's not a long list but there are some books that I keep putting off that I just want to get to. Hopefully, this will be a motivator for me! ;0)

  12. Hi kara,

    Happy to have you join us.


  13. I am so glad you are having this challenge. I didn't do so well with my seasonal challenges in 2008, but I have a new game plan and look forward to testing it!

  14. Thanks for hosting the challenge. I am all sighned up and on my way to read, read, read!

  15. K I'd like to get 5 read in this time. Thanks.

  16. Thanks to Beth F and J Kaye... I am joining u too :)

  17. I've signed up for this! I'm feeling pretty ambitious, so I'm going to try to read 25 books. And some of them are kind of long, but I have high hopes. Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  18. Hi!
    I found you through Michelle's Reading Room, I would love to join in on this challenge. I have my books and the link back to you posted. Thanks for having this challenge.


  19. I've only got 10 books listed, but I'll probably end up reading more. :) Great challenge idea!

  20. Initially I passed on this as I thought I had already signed up, but I guess Winter HOLIDAY Reading is a different challenge? Nov 1- Jan 31, so count me in:)

  21. I swear this is my last challenge for 2009! And that's my final answer...unless another good one comes along.
    Anyway, I don't have a list yet but I'll send a comment when I post it on my blog.

  22. I'm happy to join in the reading fun.

  23. I will be posting my list as I go along. But I will have a tentative list at my blog.

    Judy/Intergalactic Bookworm

  24. Merry Christmas and happy WW to you! May God bless you in the coming year.


  25. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Looking forward to sharing many great 2009 memories and books news!

  26. Hello. I have put my list up on my blog.
    Here's the link:

  27. Thanks for the challenge..I love adding new ones.. I posted the beginning of my list

  28. If you read Hadassah, be sure to also read the Hadassah Covenant too! It's the sequel and if you're reading one, you have to read the other! :)


  29. Thanks so much for hosting this. Took me a while to get my list together, so I'm a little late signing up - as usual!

  30. Found your challenge through Joy Hall's blog. This looks like fun!! Thanks for being the host!

    Happy Winter Reading!

  31. Looks like a great list. I loved Angie Sage's Septimus Heap books. Magyk was great.

    Hope it's not too late to sign up. I'm going to post on both my everyday and my book blog.



  32. I'm joining in late, but this looks fun. :) I've got the page ready and will fill in the books as I go. :)

  33. I hope it's not to late to join; this looks like a fun challenge.

  34. Well, I am not listing a whole slew of books this time. Instead, I'm hoping that this challenge will inspire me to finish War and Peace, which is sitting forlornly on my bedside table. Fingers crossed!

  35. Here is my first review. Do you have a spot for reviews??

  36. Oops I put in the wrong link. This is my link of reviews I have 3 books so far to review


  37. Here is the wrap up of this challenge. I got 40 books read. Most all of them were great books.
    Jenny in Oregon

  38. I guess I missed the ending, here is what I read:

    21 301 Stein, Sara B. About Handicaps
    21 302 Ben-Zvi, Rebecca Tova Four Sides, Eight Nights
    22 303 Jackson, Lisa The McCafferty's - Randi
    23 304 VanLiere, Donna The Christmas Shoes
    24 305 Weltly, Eudora The Optimist's Daughter
    25 306 Jackson, Lisa McCafferty's Randi paper is HQN
    26 307 Clark, Mary and Carol Dashing Through the Snow
    27 308 Krentz, Jayne Ann Smoke in Mirrors 28
    29 309 Roberts, NOra The Reef

    date #
    2 2 Cisneros, Sandra The House on Mango Street 144
    3 3 Yerby, Frank The Serphant and the Staff LA 575
    4 4 Dawson, Imogen Food and Feasts in the Middle Ages 32
    5 5 Giles, Bridget Nigeria 128
    6 6 Stein, Saraa B. About Handicaps 47
    7 7 Connoly, Michael Blood Work and saw the movie CA 528
    8 8 Iles, Greg Turning Angel MS? 799
    9 9 McKissack, Patricia Marting Luther King, Jr 32 GA
    9 10 Saterfield, Kathryn Benjamin Franklin 50 PA
    10 11 Hooper, Kay Blood Sins NC 304
    11 12 Evans, Richard Paul Grace Utah 336
    12 13 Offinoski, Seven Blizard 64
    12 14 World Book Winer Celebrations 46 394.261 W
    13 15 Saul, John Black Lightening WA 464
    14 15 Picoult, Jodi Vanishing Acts 432
    15 16 Garwlood, Julie Fire and Ice IL 576
    16 17 Small, Beatrice A Dangerous Love 480
    17 18 Keene, Carolyn The Wichtree Symbol OH 179
    18 19 Beaton, M. C. A Spoonful of Poison 288
    19 20 Rowling, J. K. The Tales of Beedle the Bard 111
    20 21 Roberts, Nora The Reef 730
    21 22 Anderson, Hans Chriian The Little Match Girl 30
    21 23 Malin, John Claude Monet 245
    21 24 Robinson, Fay Chinese New Year 48
    22 25 Jackson, Lisa Left to die MT 505
    23 26 Anderson, Hans Christian The Steadfast Tin Soldier 29
    24 27 Brooks, Polly Schoyer Queen Eleanor 183
    25 28 Sparks, Nicholas Nights in Rodanthe NC 352 7894
    26 29 Roberts, Nora Jewels of the Sun ILL 385 8279
    27 30 Krentz, Jayne Ann Running Hot HI 352 8621
    28 31 Turner, Robyn Montana mary Cassatt age 9-12 32 8653
    29 32 Krentz, Jayne Ann Smoke in Mirrors WA 485 9138 Done to here
    30 33 Spindler, Erica Breakneck ILL 385?
    31 34 Hess, Joan Death by the Light of the Moon LA 240 9763

    1 35 Powell-Jones, Mark Impressionist painting 80
    2 36 Sedaris, David When You are Engulfed in Flames NC 512 lg
    3 37 Brennan, Allison Kiliing Fear CA 567 lg 448 paper 1-29-2009
    4 38 Roberts, NOra Tears of the Moon 503
    6 39 Browne, Sylvia The Two Mary's 240
    7 40 Browne, Sandra The Rana Look TX 274
    8 41 Cohen, Daniel Vampires grades 6-8 age 9-12 115 pages
    9 42 Adams, Sherred Wilcox Five Little Friends ebook 1922 139 pages
    10 43 Gallison, Kate Hasty Retreat 214 NY 2525
    11 44 Steinbeck, John The Short Reign of Pippip IV 32
    12 45 Couper, Heather THow the Universe ws Born 32?
    12 46 Funke, Cornelia The Princess Knight 29 pages
    12 47 Funke, Cornelia The Pirate Girl 30 pages
    12 48 Funke, Cornelia Ghostbusters and the Muddy Monster of Doom 103
    12 49 Keene, Carolyn The Secret of Shadow Ranch 174 AZ
    13 50 Koontz, Dean Winter Moon 581 MT and CA 3506
    14 51 Muller, Marcia The Dangerous Hour 368 CA
    15 52 Pausch Randy The Last Lecture PA 285
    17 53 McNaught, Judith Night Whispers FL 495 lg
    18 54 Gaus, P L. Broken English OH 205
    19 55 Meier, Leslie Tippie-Toe Murder 256 pages Me
    19 56 Page, Katherine Hall The Body in the Attic 336 MA
    20 57 Dosier, Susan Civil War Cooking: The Union 32 5483
    20 58 Richardson, Joy Insie the Museum NY 72
    20 59 Krensky, Stephen Werewolves age 9-12 48
    20 60 Vogt, Gregory Volcanoes age 9-12 63
    20 61 Simon, Seymour Iceberhgs and Glaciers age 3-6 32
    20 62 Nottridge, Phoda Apples 32 pages
    20 63 Becker, Michelle Aki Groundhog Day 394.264 B Kids 31
    20 64 Harness, Cheryl George Washington kids 920 W 48
    21 65 Brennan, Allison Tempting Evil MT 517
    22 66 Johansen, Iris The Treasure 624 pages
    23 67 Garavaglia, Jan, Jan Dr. How Not to Die 614.1 G 288 pages no large
    24 68 Fairstein, Linda Lethal Legacy 560 pgs NY
    25 69 Roberts, Nora Heart of the Sea 429 Ireland
    25 70 Richmond, Michelle Year of Fog CA 643
    26 71 Foster, Susan Q The hummingbird in the flowers Kids 598.899 F 32
    26 72 Koontz, Dean By the Light of the Moon AZ 737
    26 73 Sandford, John Naked Prey Mn 527
    26 74 Myers, Tamar Assault and Pepper PA 272
    27 75 Karon, Jan These High Green Hills NC 653 11,283
    ? 76 Funke, Cornelia When Santa Fell to Earth 192 kids
    to date 21,046

    1 77 O'Nan, Stewart Songs of the Missing 515 OH rated 4
    2 78 Meier, Leslie Tippie-Toe Murder 256 pages Me rated 3
    3 79 Koontz, Dean Velosity 590 pages CA in need date rated 2
    4 80 Ripley, Alexandra From Fields of Gold 576 lg in need date reated 4
    5 81 Steinbeck, John The Pearl 128 La Paz, Mexico rated 5
    6 82 Wold, Bernard Coming to America 305.892.W J 45 pg rated 4 not on goodreads
    6 83 Simon, Seymour Destination Space: the Hubble Telescope 520 S j 29 pages rated4 not on goodreads
    6 84 Greene, Carl Johann Sebastian Bach 920 B 47 pages J rated 3 couldn't post to goodreads
    6 54 Bial Raymond The Underground Railroad 973.7 B 48 pages J rated 4
    6 86 Grahame, Kenneth The Rluctant Dragon 52 pages J rated 4 couldn't post to goodreads
    6 87 Sodenburg, Angela Sommer The Vampire in Love J 131 pages rated 2 couldnt post ot goodreqads
    6 88 Jadckson, Lisa Final Scream 699 Co rated 4 04 Mar 2009
    7 89 Cornwell, Bernard Agincourt 656 rated 4
    7 90 Erickson, Carolly The Hidden Diary of Marie Antonette 499 rated 5 4119 ??
    7 91 Anderson, Hans Christian Short Stores rated 4
    8 92 Brennan, Allison Playing Dead CA 625 rated 5
    8 93 Myron, Vicki Dewey rated rated 5 464
    9 95 Spakrs, Nicholas The Wedding NC 286 rated 5
    10 96 Henley, Virginia The Marriage Prize Harlequin 336 lg rated rated 4
    11 97 Jackson, Lisa Innocent by Association 219 Co rated 4
    12 98 Weatherly, Myra Yo Yo Ma YA 112 rated 4
    12 99 Rice, Luanne Dance with Me RI 576 lg rated 5
    13 100 Wheeler, Leslie Murder at Plimoth Plantation 251 MA rated 4
    14 101 Jackson, Lisa Zachery's Law 240 OR rated 4
    14 102 Burke, Jan The Messenger 305 CA rated 5
    14 193 McNaught, Judith Someone to Waqtch over Me NY 560 rated 5
    15 104 Rice, Luanne The Perfect Summer finsih series CT 738 missed this one rated 5
    15 105 Weiss, Ellen Mother Teresa 920 J 22 rated 3
    15 106 Markham, Marion M. The St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Mystery Me J 47 rated 3
    15 107 Lewis, J. Patrick One Dog Day Ill J 52 rated 2
    16 108 iouf, Silviane A. GRowing up in Slavery J 96 3
    16 109 Grimm, Brothers The Grimm's Fairy Tales J 4
    16 110 White, Stephen Best Revenge Co audio 512 2
    17 111 Gross, Andrew Don't Look Twice CT 3-3-9 5
    18 112 Patterson, James Run for Your Life 2-02-2009 NY 436 rated 5
    19 113 Keene, Carolyn The Haunted Bridge rated 3
    20 114 McCurdy, Michael Escape from Slavery J 63rated 3


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