Goodbye December 2017, Hello New Year!

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well and that you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. December whirled past me in a blur of shopping, writing cards, snow, wrapping presents and spending quality time with family and friends. In amongst all the wonderful craziness of the holidays I managed to read these:

Fiction: 1          Non-Fiction: 1

During the month, I took time out to escape into historical fiction The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien, which took me back to 1340 to meet the beautiful, headstrong Plantagenet princess, Joan of Kent. Alongside this I read the history Cleopatra by Ernle Bradford, about the infamous Egyptian queen and her powerful lovers: first Julius Caesar and then Mark Anthony. Two really good reads but with all the busyness around Christmas I have yet to post my full thoughts on them, so keep your eyes peeled for those which should be up very soon.

Pick of the Month: The Shadow Queen

Altogether that is only two books completed in November, which makes it my new lowest month of the year! To be fair though it is a busy time of year, where I spent more time socialising and watching films and adaptations. Also at the end of the month, I was extremely close to finishing Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver; I was a good way into my re-read of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman; and I’d started reading Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi, for my church’s book club meeting in early February.

In January, I am looking forward to celebrating a particularly special birthday and seeing what the new year will bring me reading wise.

What did you do and read in December? What are your plans for January and the new year?

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18 thoughts on “Goodbye December 2017, Hello New Year!

  1. I can’t even recall what I read in November/December (good thing I have a blog right?). I’ve been reading quite a few library books in January and I’m hoping to make a dent on my galley backlog soon. Happy New Year!

    1. Amanda, I am finding Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus fascinating! I must admit to not knowing a great deal about the Islamic faith, so I am learning so much from this book. Tomorrow, my church’s book club is meeting to discuss it.

    1. Thank you Judy and you’re so right I did get a head start on January, as I have now finished reading Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. 😀

  2. I also read less in December – and in fact was absent from the blog for a couple of weeks. I had a couple of posts scheduled but I basically didn’t go near it. A complete Christmas break.
    Lynn 😀

  3. I read less than I usually do in December too. It’s such a busy time of year. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on The Shadow Queen – and I hope you have a lovely birthday. 🙂

    1. Helen, it is comforting to hear I am not the only one who read less; it really is a very busy time of year! I hope to have my thoughts on The Shadow Queen up next week and thank you. 🙂

  4. Looks like your plate was full in the last two months of the year, thus it is even more noteworthy that you had time to read and you liked what you read. Looking forward to those reviews.

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