2017 HoHoHo Readathon Round-Up

Posted 16th November 2017 by Wattle in Challenges / 8 Comments

It’s that time of year when the holiday and winter-themed books hit the bookshelves. It’s also time to sign up for the Fifth Annual HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon! hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Gather up your favorite cocoa, comfort foods, holiday music and books and join in the fun!

This years event will run from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm.

I thought I’d post a quick round-up of the books I read during HoHoHoRAT this year! I managed 5 of the 6 novellas I had lined up to read. Unfortunately I had less time than I thought I would, so was pretty pleased with that effort. I’ll review three of them properly, so let’s start with the two that I won’t:

The Christmas Gift was actually two short stories that totalled about 15 pages, not 34. The rest was just synopsis of other Monica McInerney novels. I was a bit disappointed. The first story was great, it really packed an emotional punch for something so short. The second one was just a few paragraphs and…eh *shrugs* it was okay. I’ll probably read more by her though.

A Prairie Dog’s Love Song was really sweet, I love Eli Easton’s other Christmas novellas and this one was great too. I really hate reading accents though, so I don’t think I’ll be reading her other cowboy stuff πŸ™ it was only 70-odd pages long and I would have loved if it were longer.

Now for the three I plan to review:

A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt made me roll my eyes, but it also made me cry. Heh. It was cute. Holiday Outing and Sweet and Sour were both by Astrid Amara, I preferred the latter out of the two, it just flowed better. Both would have benefited from being longer. It was really neat to read about Hanukkah celebrations, that’s a first for me πŸ™‚

As for my other goals, I did take part in two challenges. But failed at keeping up on Twitter πŸ™ there’s always next year though!

I’ll be back to my regular posts next week, this past couple of weeks has been crazy, so I’m looking forward to catching up!

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8 responses to “2017 HoHoHo Readathon Round-Up

  1. I always find it so annoying/disappointing when there’s X number of pages in a download (or even a physical book) only to find that the whole last chunk is bonus content or acknowledgments or ads for other books. So lame. Hope you enjoy the rest of your readathon reads!

  2. Short stories is definitely a challenge, sometimes it’s good but most of the times its too short. Hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your books for this challenge Wattle πŸ™‚

  3. That’s great you read 5 of the 6 books you had lined up! That first novella does sound really short, but it’s nice the first story packed a bit of an emotional punch despite the length. I agree accents can be a bit difficult to read at times. I don’t think I’ve read a book about Hanukkah celebrations so far, that sounds nice. Looking forward to read your reviews of those books πŸ™‚

  4. Five is great! But that does suck that the first one was only half as long as you thought it’d be :-/ I’ve had that happen with short stories before. Glad you enjoyed the Hanukkah books! That would be a first for me too. I don’t know of any sci-fi/fantasy Hanukkah books though. I can barely even find sci-fi/fantasy Christmas ones.

    • The Hanukkah books were pretty cute, I’m glad I accidentally found them haha

      Aw but Christmas in sci-fi verse would be fun! Like…Christmas in space!

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