I don't know if this saying is common in English too, but in German Christmas is often called the quietest, most peaceful time of the year. It's a time when you forget all your troubles and spend all your time with family and friends.
I have no idea who came up with that downright nonsense.
Even as a passionate Christmas lover I'm so stressed at the moment that I hardly have time to read, let alone blog about books anymore. Lately the hours seem to pass like minutes and almost every evening I find at least one or two things left on my undone on my to-do-list.
I have still barely read half of Clockwork Prince which I had expected to finish before Monday, and the Christmas concerts my choir is organising take up more time than expected.
However, I did have time to sign up for a new reading event:
Fig and Thistle's Charles Dickens Month in January.
February 7 would be Dickens's twohundredth birthday and so all who have joined this fantastic event will focus on him a little in January.
Basically it is just about posting something concerning the great writer every Tuesday, there are no strict rules (one of the reasons I could not resist taking part).
The first month of 2012 is probably going to be a little bit busy now, considering that I have already signed up for A Literary Odyssey's Shakespeare Reading month, but I have 11 other months to recover from that afterwards.
By the way, be prepared for the Challenges's list to grow further, I still have several projects in mind!