Goodbye December 2015

December 2015

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well and had a wonderful Christmas? I spent most of December buying gifts, writing cards, wrapping gifts; attending Christmas performances, special church services and Christmas parties; and didn’t it all fly by so quickly?! I then headed to the south coast to spend a couple of days and Christmas day with my mother, step-father, brother and Dandi the dog. I was lucky enough to receive some lovely bookish Christmas gifts and spent some quality time with my family.

While I have been very busy I did get to spend some down-time reading or watching films/television snuggled up in a blanket. December has been a bumper adaptations month and here are the books I’ve finished:

Fiction: 2     Non-Fiction: 0     Poetry: 0

I started the month off by finishing the children’s classic The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit, off my Classics Club list. A charming and comforting moral tale, which was perfect for the lead up to Christmas. Next I read the epic, historical fiction Kingmaker: Broken Faith by Toby Clements, the 2nd book in Clements’ Kingmaker series – I read the previous book Winter Pilgrims last year. My full thoughts on both of these are still to be posted.

Pick of the Month: The Railway Children

Only 2 novels completed but I have been reading a lot more; I just seem to have been reading some real chunksters. I have been reading Shadow of Night, the 2nd book in Deborah Harkness’ supernatural All Souls trilogy; and Christian memoir Out of Darkness by Stormie Omartian. In December I also took part in The Classics Club’s 11th Spin which randomly chose David Copperfield by Charles Dickens for me. I had to start it almost immediately and over Christmas it has dominated my reading time.

In January and the new year I am looking forward to catching up on my reviews, finishing off some of these chunky books and starting a new term at work. Plus I have my birthday to look forward to.

What did you do and read in December? How was your Christmas? What are your plans for January?

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17 thoughts on “Goodbye December 2015

  1. I love E Nesbit. I have read the series with Five Children and It, etc. She portrays children so well. One of these days I will read the Railway Children. Somehow I missed that when I was a kid.

    1. Judy I am pleased to hear you love Edith Nesbit and enjoyed the Psammead series. I have Five Children and It on my Classics Club which I am really looking forward to reading. If I enjoy it I hope to read the rest of the series too 🙂

  2. Over the holidays I’ve been doing some light reading, books that I’ve had waiting on my shelf for the right moment — including The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith, Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge, and Something Fresh by PG Wodehouse. I’m planning to get more serious in January as I read To the Lighthouse for Heavenali’s Woolfalong. Thanks for being one of the top commenters on my blog this year, I appreciate it! 🙂 Have a very happy new year.

    1. Lory some light reading over the holidays sounds like a great idea – I wish I’d done that! I hope you enjoy delving back into some more serious reading, with To the Lighthouse for Heavenali’s Woolfalong.

      How exciting that I’m one of your top commenters. You’re very welcome – you have such a lovely blog. And a Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  3. Sounds like you had a great Christmas! I’m looking forward to reading some of the books Santa brought me, and will be joining in Ali’s #Woolfalong with Mrs Dalloway in January. Have a lovely New Year!

    1. I did have a great Christmas, thank you 🙂 It is good to hear you received some bookish gifts too – I hope you enjoy them and Mrs Dalloway for Ali’s #Woolfalong. I have never read anything by Woolf so I will be interested to see what people think of her works.

  4. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas, enjoy all your new books! 🙂 I’m on to the second one of mine, but spend most of Christmas with the family, rather than reading.

    Have a wonderful start to the new year, Jessica 🙂

  5. Happy New Year. I’ve read quite a lot during December and I too received some bookish gifts. January will see the start of my #Woolfalong so the first book of the year will be To the Lighthouse.

    1. Thank you Ali – Happy New Year to you too 🙂 It is good to hear you kept your reading up in December and received some bookish gifts too – I hope you enjoy them and To the Lighthouse.

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