It’s the last day of 12 Days of Queermas, and I wanted to share my wrap-up! I actually managed to mostly stick to my TBR, which I’m very pleased with, but I also read some other books.
I wasn’t initially planning to do the challenges on the bingo card, but I think I completed all of them anyway. Except maybe for reading a new adult book.
I ended up reading 12 books, just like I hoped I would be able to. I didn’t completely stick to my TBR, but I did manage to read 9 of the books on my TBR, and I DNFd 2 of them (Home by Kris Bryant and Holidays in Blue by Eve Morton) because I wasn’t going to enjoy them. The only book on my TBR I didn’t end up reading was Under a Falling Star by Jae, and quite honestly, it’s because I didn’t have much money left for ebooks and this one was pricy.
Something I’m particularly pleased with is that I managed to branch out a little within the romance genre by trying two subgenres I hadn’t read before. First, I tried a cosy mystery: In the Winter Woods by Isabelle Adler. And then I read a historical romance, The Longest Night by EE Ottoman. I’m especially happy with this because I tend to stick to contemporary romance when I read romance, and I already also put Ghosts, Gangsters and Garland by Jana Denardo on my TBR as well, which is paranormal romance, and this is also outside of my comfort zone. I ended up really enjoying all three books, so I’ll definitely be trying to read more books like this in 2021. And I even read a really steamy book as well (Her Night With Santa by Adriana Herrera), which is really not for me, but I wanted to give it a try at least once.
Now to list what exactly I’ve read for this readathon:
- Eli Wray – Secret Santa
- Elle Spencer – The Holiday Treatment
- Emily Engberts – Second Chance at Christmas
- Mason Deaver – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Nathan Burgoine – Handmade Holidays
- Jana Denardo – Ghosts, Gangsters and Garland
- Isabelle Adler – In the Winter Woods
- Meka James – Being Merry
- N.R. Walker – Tic-Tac-Mistletoe
- Sally Malcolm – Love Around the Corner
- EE Ottoman – The Longest Night
- Adriana Herrera – Her Night With Santa
All in all, this was a really successful and especially a really fun readathon for me! Thank you so much to the hosts!!
Wishing everyone very happy holidays!
Yay for going out of your comfort zone!! When I read your original TBR, I was so shocked that you were planning to read 12 books–and you managed to do it, too! That’s amazing. I got 11 in and although I would’ve liked to add one more in there, I started to burn out of on holiday stories by the end. I think next time I might read some queer stories that are not holiday related as well, lol. I hope you had a fun time!! -Brittany
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I definitely got a little tired of the holiday stories at some point as well – I read a couple of books that weren’t for the readathon as well! I had a really fun time, thank you for hosting!!
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I was reading some other non-holiday books during it too to keep me from getting too overloaded with holiday content 😅 but you’re welcome!! I’m so glad you had fun. ((:
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