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!

Library Lovers Book Tag

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It certainly isn’t a secret around here that I am a true and blue library lover! I saw this tag (and lovely header photo!) over at Book Stacks Amber and feel that it is not only accurate, but perfectly timed!

Library-A-Thon, a week-long read-a-thon that encourages readers to borrow from their local library, is currently running from June 3-9. This read-a-thon is chalk-full of fun challenges and Twitter sprints are underway. More information about the hosts and event can be found over on Twitter, @libraryathon.


Library Lovers Book Tag

How often do you visit your local library?

I physically visit my closest branch about once per week to pick up hold items. This branch is situated within a strip mall, so it is usually very busy and bustling–which is great! However, I don’t tend to stay very long for this reason. If I need to ‘buckle down,’ then I venture to the main branch in the downtown core approximately once a month.

That being said, I visit my local library’s online presence–blogs, catalogue, and more–daily. Sometimes I scour the discussion posts or staff picks, whereas some days I simply need to check due dates.

 

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

My habits fall under a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B. I always intend to read the books that I sign out, but I am a mood reader who frequently changes course sporadically.

Sometimes–or, more often than I care to admit–I will have maxed out the number of renewals on an item and it will become due before I ever get around to picking it up!

 

How old were you when you got your first library card?

I believe that I was either 5 or 7-ish years old when I got my first library card. I was at the public library with my mom and ever-so-shyly asked her if I could get my own library card–to my surprise, the answer was yes! I was so excited to be able to sign out “my own” books; it felt like I had even more autonomy over my own reading.

Thank you, Mom ❤

 

Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?

I don’t usually go to the library to browse the collection because there are simply too many options! I typically know what I’m looking for before I walk in. I’ll peruse book reviews, watch BookTube videos, scour the catalogue and add more items to my Goodreads account before I actually make it to the library. Once the process has been completed, I more often than not will place a hold and pick it up on a later date.

 

Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?.

I used to be a religiously print-only reader. Once I forayed into the world of e-reading, I grew to appreciate digital formats. I borrow print materials, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and access numerous library databases.

 

From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)

I tend to gravitate towards adult fiction, but I do still enjoy reading select YA titles to add variety–and to remain “in the loop.”

 

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

My favourite part about using my local public library is being a part of a thriving community space. Public libraries are one of the last remaining public commons, which provides resources and opportunities for all members of the local community.

Also, I love that my library provides patrons access to NoveList, a (wicked) readers advisory database that provides information about read-alikes, genres, reviews, and much more.

The librarian nerd in my geeks out every time.

 


Have you completed the Library Lovers Book Tag?

If so, share a link to your post, video, etc. in the comments below! I would love to meet fellow library lovers! If not, consider yourself tagged!


 

Happy reading!