BLOGMAS 2021 | Festive Readathon & Historical Romance Readathon TBRs

This week I am participating in both @Stephloves TheFestive Readathon and @Laceybooklovers, @PeaceloveBooksxo and @Remarkablylisa‘s Historical Romance Readathon: The Holiday Edition. Normally, I would aim to complete the entire board, because I’m a bit extra like that, but as both readathons are running at exactly the same time, I’m aiming for at least one completed row of each board.

The Festive Readathon

Steph has created a handy little bingo card for this readathon and I love that her readathon encompasses more everything Christmasey. Out of every festive readathon being held this month, this is by far my favourite, because not only do you get to read all the festive reads (come at me festive romances), but you also get to experience everything that makes Christmas … well Christmas.

To complete this readathon I have managed to stack my prompts and thus realised that I only need to read ONE BOOK and I will ultimately have bingo with a few other tasks thrown in. The book I’m planning to read is The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo, which has a:

  • red cover
  • is an anticipated read
  • has snow on the cover
  • the title includes a festive word (holiday!)
  • is set at winter
  • and has an illustrated cover !!!

A paperback original romance about a bookish Filipino-American girl who crosses paths with the innkeeper’s aggravating nephew–but when they accidentally switch phones, their newly discovered secrets draw them together.

Lila Castro is ready to take on her last winter break of high school. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and she’s earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss’s frustratingly cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they’ve been hiding things from each other. Will their secrets–and a dash of holiday spirit–bring them closer to love?

I’m going to use my free space for this readathon as a means to eat/drink something festive looking, and I’ll be doing a face mask as my act of self-care. I haven’t decided on what exactly my festive movie will be yet, but I’m coming at you Netflix throughout the week to choose one. If you have any suggestions for what I should watch, please let me know in the comments below.

Historical Romance Readathon: The Holiday Edition

The Historical Romance Readathon is one of my favourite readathons to participate in because they are always so much fun. This time, with the holiday edition, I’m using the readathon to hopefully sneak a few more of my 2021 reads in and to read some of my owned Christmas historicals. To be honest, I’m only aiming for one line of this readathon because it’s going to be almost impossible for me to complete an entire board.

She’ll never love another soldier … will she?

Elizabeth MacDonald, made a widow at Waterloo, is determined to keep herself and her son away from anything military. Gavan Sunderland, her husband’s captain, is determined to teach her son the bagpipes, so he can be a piper like his father. When two strong-willed people clash at Christmas time, will the result be disaster or lasting happiness?

Eleven Pipers Piping by Pamela Hart is one of my most anticipated reads of the festive season; I can no longer count the number of times I checked the release date and my kindle to see if this one had turned up yet.

Bingo prompts this book would cover:

  • green on the cover (her dress is green)
  • takes place during winter
  • 2021 release
  • clinch cover (alright, I’d be streching it for this one, but he does appear to be holding her!)

He came in search of a convenient bride…

London’s Ball of the Season is hardly the milieu for society black sheep Sebastian Reyne. But his younger sisters are in desperate need of care, and Sebastian is seeking a practical, down-to-earth wife. What he doesn’t need is an effervescent sprite like Hope Merridew, a dazzling beauty and the darling of the ton.

…And found love instead.

Who was that mysterious man who devoured Hope Merridew with his eyes? Rumored to be dangerous, and with a mysterious family heritage, the secretive Sebastian proves absolutely seductive to such an impetuous young lady. But was he really the one to make her dream of dancing the perfect waltz with the perfect man come true? Who’d imagine that one dance could ignite a passion so strong that it would seduce all into a delicious intrigue of sensuality and desire? 

The Perfect Waltz by Anne Gracie is another highly anticipated read that I put on my 21 in 2021 book list and haven’t gotten to yet, so what better time than now to read it 🙂

Bingo prompts this book would cover:

  • in a series
  • non-titled hero
  • marriage of convenience (possibly … this bit is unclear)
  • recommended to me
  • a book I already own

Christmas magic is in the air… From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance…with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

“Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless–and unexpectedly handsome–Thorndale himself. Now the duke’s holding her future in his hands…and he’s not letting go.

“The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm–the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can’t resist the woman he never stopped loving…or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay…but if ever there were a time for miracles, it’s Christmas…

“Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister’s family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss … until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

“Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker’s weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column’s author, can’t even boil water. When the paper’s owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing–especially when Duke’s attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

Specifically from this anthology, I am hoping to read Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe.

Bingo prompts this book would cover:

  • red cover
  • takes place during winter
  • new to me author
  • not in Europe
  • book I already own
  • recommended to me.

If I get time I would love to read the rest of this anthology, but at this point, I think the three I’m planning to read is enough for now. After all, the readathon only lasts for a week.

Are you particpating in either of these readathons or have you read these books before? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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