The 12 Days of Cozmas | TBR

A Cozy, “Christmassy” Read-a-Thon

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The 12 Days of Cozmas is a cozy-centric read-a-thon created by Booktubers, Robyn (The Driftless Reader) and Courtny (@Courtagonist). This year Angela (@writerahart) is joining in on the fun as a host. The 12 Days of Cozmas will run from Saturday, December 1 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

The 12 Days of Cozmas is centered around all things cozy, comforting, sweet, and more! The read-a-thon hosts have arranged a whole host of activities including photo challenges, reading sprints, shared reading, and others to get you in the holiday spirit.

While the 12 Days of Cozmas originated with the cozy mystery genre, readers who enjoy more wholesome, gentle reads may also be interested in joining in. That isn’t to say however, that readers are limited in their selection. It’s a read-a-thon–choose what you want to read and have fun!

Details regarding the 12 Days of Cozmas and all corresponding activities can be found across social media:

Twitter: @12daysofcozmas

Instagram: @12daysofcozmas

YouTube: Courtagonist, The Driftless Reader, and Books Are My Hart

What I Plan on Reading

The 12 Days of Cozmas includes twelve unique challenges to help guide readers in their selections. After a considerable amount of planning (there are just so many cozies waiting to be read!), I settled on the following 5 books to read over the course of the twelve-day event.

 

Candy Cane Murder

Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier

Candy Cane Murder is the group book selection featuring three novella-length mysteries by best-selling authors–Fluke, Levine, and Meier. 

This collection of stories meets challenges:

Sweets for Santa: Read a book with baking or recipes in it. Recreate a recipe (or purchase one) from the story.

I believe that each of the stories in this collection feature some sort of baked good, and there are several recipes throughout the text.

Feliz Navidad: Read a book featuring diverse characters and/or situations.

Admittedly, I may be stretching this challenge but I’m considering this title to feature diverse situations, as there are three distinct stories, characters, and authors.

Dashing Through the Snow

Debbie Macomber

Dashing Through the Snow is a holiday romance promising to deliver warmth, humour, love, and a dash of adventure. Two strangers–Ashley and Dashiell–decide to share a rental car to travel from California to Seattle in time for Christmas and unexpectedly discover a romantic spark lingering between them.

Dashing Through the Snow meets:

Mistletoe & Holly: Read a book that features a romantic relationship.

Done! Macomber’s holiday novel is a “trapped in the same space” romance novel.

Jingle Bells: Read a book that features a lot of travelling.

Considering that this challenge and the title of Macomber’s novel stem from the same carol, this challenge is covered! Also, the premise of the story is the pair travelling together. #Win.

Frosty the Snowman: Read a book with an amazing sidekick/ pet/ friend

The blurb tells me that Ashley and Dash will rescue an abandoned puppy…awwww!

Joy to the World: Recommend a book that would brighten someone’s day.

While I have yet to read the story, Macomber is a big-name author in the gentle reads category. I have a feeling that this one will be a “sure bet” for readers who enjoy wholesome and heart-warming stories.

Mistletoe Murder

Leslie Meier

First in the Lucy Stone series, Mistletoe Murder (1991) kicks off one of the longest-running cozy mystery series published to date. Meier’s amateur sleuth has been baking and uncovering small-town secrets for over 27 years (IRL). This is a series with serious staying power that I cannot wait to curl up with.

Challenges:

The First Noel: Beginning of a new adventure (i.e. read the first book in a series)

Check!

The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Andersen

Challenges:

White Christmas: Read a winter-y, Christmas classic

Although I am familiar with Andersen’s sobering holiday tale, I have never read the original (translated) text. This may be a quick read, though I expect to be lost in hours of reflection afterward.

Rudolph: Read a book with a character that is considered an outcast.

Will no one stop to buy a match? Poor, poor little match girl.

In Peppermint Peril

Joy Avon

First in the A Tea and a Read Mystery series, In Peppermint Peril a book-themed tea party organizer faces threefold trouble leading up to Christmas Eve in small-town, Heart’s Harbour, Maine.

Challenges:

Deck the Halls: Read a book that features some amazing holiday themes and/or settings.

The title and cover say it all! I’m anticipating that this title will be ultra-cozy, as it involves holidays, cuddly cozy companions, tea, and reading!

Snowed In: Read a book that takes place during the winter time or with snow.

If a holiday-themed cozy set in Maine during the lead-up to Christmas Eve doesn’t check off this challenge, I don’t know what will!

Here Comes Santa Claus: Read a book that you have been waiting to read for a long time.

I received this title as an advanced e-galley from NetGalley, but it has been in my queue for longer than I care to admit. In Peppermint Peril was recently published on November 13, 2018.

 

Are you participating in the 12 Days of Cozmas? Let me know what you’ll be reading, or leave a link to your own TBR posts, videos, etc.

Happy Holidays, Happy Reading!

Review: The Pint of No Return (Sloan Krause Mysteries #2)

In the town of Leavenworth, WA, there is a lot more brewing than just award-winning beer…

 

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Macmillan Publishers. Accessed October, 2018.
Title: The Pint of No Return
Author: Ellie Alexander
Series: Sloan Krause Mysteries, #2
Publisher: New York: Minotaur Books, 2018
Pages: 320 pp

 

Book Review

Prost! Oktoberfest is in full-swing in the Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth, and local craft brewer Sloan Krause must contend with her fair share of challenges that have been brewing lately.

A Hollywood film crew is on location to produce a documentary, Wish You Were Beer, about the behind-scenes of the craft-beer industry. Soon after their arrival however, Sloan discovers the outspoken, egocentric host and former child-star, Mitchell Morgan, dead in the streets of Leavenworth.

Once again, Sloan takes on the role of amateur sleuth (Death on Tap, 2017) to aid the local police department in revealing Mitchell Morgan’s killer.

In addition to an ongoing investigation, Sloan grapples with burgeoning feelings for her new boss, the ever-deepening mystery surrounding her birth parents, and keeping her ex-husband’s fingers off the company cheque book.

Second in the Sloan Krause Mysteries series, The Pint of No Return leisurely guides readers through the charming town of Leavenworth while weaving richly detailed information about the craft beer industry into the story. It is fitting that the author successfully creates a strong sense of place, as feelings of belonging and the importance of family pervade the story.

 

Recommendations

I would recommend Ellie Alexander’s The Pint of No Return to readers looking for an autumn-themed story this season. While I highly recommend reading the series in succession, this is not mandatory to understand and enjoy the quirky, fully-realized world portrayed throughout the story.

While trying to create a new start for herself an teenage son, Alex, Sloan is a likable character who demonstrates boundless creativity and ingenuity regarding brewing. Sloan has a true nose for the business and readers who enjoy strong female protagonists will enjoy spending time with such a strong, yet vulnerable, woman.

Note: I received an electronic copy from Netgalley in exchange for feedback to the publisher.