12 Books Till Christmas: Winter Wonderland

Reading Challenge: Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones Total pages read: 84(+198)/297

21st December

I’m so glad to have finished all my DIYs for the month. I love to craft, but I was in need of a break and to spend all my time reading. Although, I haven’t picked up the book I was supposed to be reading. I don’t want to left Winter Town unfinished, and while I’m in the mood for it, I better read it.

I can’t get enough of the artwork. It’s such a nice sketchy style I could spend all day just looking at it. On the other hand, the story was nice, but not what I was expecting. It’s a love story between two childhood friends that without realising help each other to grow. Both came from different pasts and have to deal with different challenges. There wasn’t any fluffy or cuteness to the romance which makes it real. I ended up relating to the male main character more then I was expecting, which is a first time for me.

Before going to sleep, I still manage to read 25 pages of Winter Wonderland. It’s so strange to switch from one story to another when the characters, setting, and writing is so different. I’m probably not going to be able to read the whole thing by tomorrow, though.

Pages Read: 223

22nd December

Today has been a crazy day. Christmas is just right around the corner and I’m starting to fell all the urge to get everything ready for the evening. For some reason, my brain is stuck with the idea that 25th in on Sunday, so by tomorrow it’s Christmas Eve. I’ve been forgetting one day that is crucial for me to finish all the books in time. As I predicted, I couldn’t finish Winter Wonderland. At this point, I can only see the goal of finishing 12 books, I don’t even care if I read them on the due dates anymore.

We are getting so close to Christmas, that’s unreal. These last few days have passed by so quickly I didn’t have the time to acknowledge them. This is the second to last book of this readathon and I couldn’t be more happy with all the books I read so far. Not every single one of them was great – yes I’m looking at you They Do It with Mirrors – but overall, it gave me room to discover new authors, get lost in amazing worlds, and found new favourites. Despite the pressure I put on myself in to read all these books, it allows me to choose reading over other entertainment activities. I spend much more time reading than I would on a normal day. Now I just have to keep the rhythm and balance it with the rest of my life.

Pages Read: 60