** December Challenge – It’s the most wonderful time of the year **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the December Challenge – It’s the most wonderful time of the year;

We understand that this time of year can also be busy and stressful so we’d like to do something different with this month’s challenge. We’re looking forward to seeing how creative you guys can get, and leaving the amount of challenge books up to you.
Of course the usual rules apply and please include at least one Aussie author – if you can do more it would be wonderful

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So here are the instructions:

Step 1:
Take a look at the list of Christmas songs below.

Step 2:
Pick as many of the songs as you want – as we said, you can make the challenge as easy, or as hard as you want:
Easy – 3 to 4 Christmas songs
Moderate – 5 to 8 Christmas songs
Hard – 9+ carols

Step 3:
Once you have your Christmas songs selected – work out how to match them with a book. Maybe you have a book you really want to read – try and fit it to a song.

Step 4:
List your books and the Christmas song it relates to and give a brief explanation of how the books relate to the song – you can think outside the box if you want but you need to justify how it fits – examples below– oh, and don’t forget to link your books.

Better late then never, will be lucky to fit in three, so the Level this month is Easy – 3 to 4 Christmas songs.

(1) Song: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Book Read: Ian Tregillis – Something More Than Night
How it fits? It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels

morethannight Ian Tregillis – Something More Than Night
Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.
Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.
Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel — the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT:

(2) Song: Blue Christmas
Book Read: Jim Butcher (editor) – Shadowed Souls
How it fits? Blue cover, tenuous but seems to be a trend with this carol in the challenge

shadowedsouls Jim Butcher (editor) – Shadowed Souls (The Dresden Files #14.5)
In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil.. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.
* In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad…
* New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
* In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner…
* And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters .

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT:

(3) Song: Carol of the Bells
Book Read: Charles Dickens – The Chimes
How it fits? Bells

chimes Charles Dickens – The Chimes
“The Chimes” is Charles Dickens 1844 novella that concerns the disillusionment of Toby “Trotty” Veck, a poor working-class man. When Trotty has lost his faith in Humanity and believes that his poverty is the result of his unworthiness he is visited on New Year’s Eve by spirits to help restore his faith and show him that nobody is born evil, but rather that crime and poverty are things created by man.
(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT:

Christmas Song List
12 (twelve) Days of Christmas
A Holly Jolly Christmas
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
As with gladness men of old
Ave Maria
Away in a Manger
Blue Christmas
Carol of the Bells
Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed the World)
Do you hear what I hear?
Frosty the Snowman
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
I saw three ships come sailing in
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Jingle Bell Rock
Joy to the World
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Mary’s boy child
O little Town of Bethlehem
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Baby
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Silent Night
Silver Bells
Sleigh Ride
The Christmas Song – (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
The holly and the Ivy
The Little Drummer Boy
We three kings of orient are
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

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