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I think Al would be just fine however I've found Crimson as a boys name too, meaning, origin, and popularity - who knew?

Wow, Crimson it is then! Thanks!
And the Parrot (Al) could be an Animal, if I need one :-)

 

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I read Joy by Celina Grace on that date.

 

"Viral" by Helen Fitgerald. Not sure what to make of it although I'm gripped!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14789861

 

by Graeme Cameron-it's very dark but I'm enjoying it already. (Still haven't finished my other two December books. I've never read three at once before but Plum keeps encouraging me to start all these new titles on certain dates in the month. I hope it doesn't all end in tears.........)

 

I wish I had discovered it earlier in the month. Right now I'm reading a very thick book about walking the Ulster way in northern Ireland. we will see if I finish it before the end of the month.

 

You're always welcome here!

 

"The StepMOTHer" by Claire Seeber

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797283

 

πŸͺ16th December A TITLE WITH AN ANIMAL IN IT

The Whaler by Ines Thorn - whales being pretty huge animals by any standard!

 

πŸͺ16th December A TITLE WITH AN ANIMAL IN IT

The Whaler by Ines Thorn - whales being pretty huge animals by any standard!

It took me a while of picking up and putting down before I finally got into it and finished it today.
Kindle so no link

 

the girl with a dragon tattoo! Well time I read that series!

 

I enjoyed the series but nearly gave up on the first one until my husband began to rave about it when I gave it a second try! So persevere if you find it hard going at first.

 

thanks - that was certainly my experience, it is kind of slow moving at the start! Have now finished it!

 

thanks - that was certainly my experience, it is kind of slow moving at the start! Have now finished it!

 

Wolves For The Holiday by Josette Reuel.

 

The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins by Sandra Baublitz

 

PUPcakes by Annie England Noblin http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14744336 is an uncorrected proof Women's Fiction book. Does need a bit more editting. Some things linked in later, but when they occurred, I was startled. Divorced 30 something gal starts over in a new town, dog & house sitting for a woman who is now in a retirement home. Pupcakes refers to the bakery product that she finally concocts for humans and dogs.

 

🎁17th December AN OCCUPATION IN THE TITLE OR AUTHOR’S NAME

Today's choice is The Watercolourist by Beatrice Masini - I'm assuming there's an artist or painter hiding behind this rather ugly alternative :-)

 

🎁17th December AN OCCUPATION IN THE TITLE OR AUTHOR’S NAME

Today's choice is The Watercolourist by Beatrice Masini - I'm assuming there's an artist or painter hiding behind this rather ugly alternative :-)

Watercolourist sounds so much more fancy than painter or artist

 

🎁17th December AN OCCUPATION IN THE TITLE OR AUTHOR’S NAME

Today's choice is The Watercolourist by Beatrice Masini - I'm assuming there's an artist or painter hiding behind this rather ugly alternative :-)

Finished it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14762281

 

This was very good.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14571849

Next I'm going to finish The End of your Life Book Club before being tempted to start any more new titles.

 

The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12913226

This one has really taken off already, hard to put down to do my weekend chores & get packed for my trip!

 

The Magician's Test by Daphne James Huff!

 

Starting this one today:

Letters to the PIANIST by S. D. Mayes

 

The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry - read this before the 16th but really pleased as it was my last TBR that was registered by another BookCrosser.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2843390

The usual fun/cringey Fry material!

 

Again not really sticking to rules - sorry Plum-Crazy - but have started reading:
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14840169

Really enjoying this fascinating tale of a Quaker who leaves Dorset in the 1850s for America.
I was wanting to put this in the award winning category and on Wiki it said it won in 2013 the Ohioana Book Award. However when I went on the site to check, it was a finalist not a winner.
I am going to put her other books on my wishlist.

 

I am going to put her other books on my wishlist.

Good move! Enjoy!

 

The STATIONMASTER'S Farewell by Edward Marston

 

πŸ‘ͺ18th December A TITLE THAT INCLUDES A RELATIVE

Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse

 

πŸ‘ͺ18th December A TITLE THAT INCLUDES A RELATIVE

Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse

Finished it. It took a while. Life, and other more pressing books, kept getting in the way :-)
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14616388

 

The FATHER factor by Kathryn Shay http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7186248 hopefully will be a quick read, so I can keep moving through the days....

 

body part: The Case of the General's Thumb by http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14579642/

book written before 1960: Pocketful of Rye by Agatha Christie http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14582736

Now reading Cain His Brother by Anne Perry for title with a relative in it.

 

πŸ—19th December A TITLE WITH FOOD IN IT

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
Food = Food! Maybe not a Food, but certainly Food :-)

 

πŸ—19th December A TITLE WITH FOOD IN IT

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Not only started but also finished on the 19th!
I thoroughly enjoy this series, set on the coast of beautiful Dorset :-)

 

The End of Your Life Book Club

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14731672

 

 

MOTHERing Sunday by Graham Swift

so also started DADland by Keggie Carew last night so will see how that goes.
I hope I haven't broken the rules Plum but I did start both books on the correct day!

 

I hope I haven't broken the rules Plum but I did start both books on the correct day!

Starting on the right day is why I now have 5, yes 5 books in progress - just one or two chapters on the specified day to prove that they were started!!!

 

Blimey, you two are keen! Hope it doesn't all get confusing ;o)

 

Yes, we are quite keen aren't we!! I'm only reading two now-see below.

 

Under The Pear Tree by Julia Kelly.

 

Last night I started "Ten Little HERRINGS" by L C Tyler

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14490268

 

by Keggie Carew (great name) but must confess to having skimmed quite a bit of the war stuff. However I'm finding the details of Keggie's father's life in general, including the course of his dementia, very interesting.
Also I've started The Handsome Man's de Luxe Café today-by Alexander McCall-Smith -award winning author. I just love this series of books.

 

I'm starting a new audiobook today by award-winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri. She's won several awards, most notably the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Interpreter of Maladies.

I'm going to be listening to The Lowland

 

🌟21st December A TITLE FEATURING SOMETHING SEEN IN THE SKY OR FOUND IN SPACE

How about Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain as tomorrow's choice? :-)

 

🌟21st December A TITLE FEATURING SOMETHING SEEN IN THE SKY OR FOUND IN SPACE

How about Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain as tomorrow's choice? :-)

After a false start and a delayed start and a restart and such like, I finally got into this easy-reading novel and finished it this morning!

 

πŸ—½22nd December A TITLE FEATURING A TOWN OR COUNTRY

And tomorrow's title is From Paris with Love this Christmas by Jules Wake, another bit of seasonal frivolity :-)

 

πŸ—½22nd December A TITLE FEATURING A TOWN OR COUNTRY

And tomorrow's title is From Paris with Love this Christmas by Jules Wake, another bit of seasonal frivolity :-)

Thoroughly enjoyed it, finished it already :-)
Kindle so no link

 

Tonight I'm starting, Carolina Moon, by Jill McCorkle.

 

πŸ“š20th December A BOOK BY AN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR (doesn’t have to be the book they won the Award for)

I've already got novels started on the 21st and 22nd, so I'm going back to the 20th for my next choice :-) My Award Winning Author is P D James! Thanks to Deltic, I'll be reading a collection of seasonal short stories: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories - should be good!

 

I'm going back to the 20th for my next choice :-) My Award Winning Author is P D James! Thanks to Deltic, I'll be reading a collection of seasonal short stories: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories - should be good!

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Very good!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14160793

 

The BEST Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14713877

 

by Keggie Carew which I quite enjoyed.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14700069

Today have started The Cellist of SARAJEVO (title with town or country) by Steven Galloway. Also still reading the Handsome Man's De Luxe Café.

 

Having to cheat a bit here. "Tyme & Time Again" by Stefan JakuBOWSki....well I put bows on presents! No link as it's a shared book with hubby so I am ..quote.."not to deface it with labels & stickers" - his words not mine ;o)

It's about a time travelling 65 year old, Tom Tyme, who goes back in time to right wrongs. Only a couple of chapters in & I'm wondering is it's going to be silly rather than quirky. Apparently Tom's son-in-law is King Arthur living in the present as a guy called Darren. I'll see how it goes..

 

Not sure if that book sounds worth cheating for Plum!? Anyway merry Christmas and I'm sure you can find another book if you need to then you can "deface" it to your hearts content.

 

Not sure if that book sounds worth cheating for Plum!?


No it isn't! As its Christmas Eve I'm going to move on to something I've read before of Graham Masterton's instead....

 

πŸŽ…24th December TREAT YOURSELF TO A RE-READ OF A FAVOURITE BOOK…..

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
One of several seasonal short stories/novellas/picture books that I read and re-read every Christmas Eve/Day :-)

 

Brilliant read:
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14840169

 

I've started reading 'The Keeper of Lost Things' by Ruth Hogan.

It was the winner of the Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club 2017 Readers' Award.

 

I've finished my Ladies detective agency book but need to review it. Then I will come back and do the link.

Here it is

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14349610

Now I'm back with the Cellist of Sarajevo.

 

I started reading Christmas in PARIS on December 22nd.

 

Now that we've, in theory, opened all our doors, it's time to go back and open the ones we missed out on :-)
πŸŽ„23rd December AN AUTHOR WHO HAS A CHRISTMASSY SOUNDING NAME

Both The King of Christmas and Pablo Picasso's Noel by Carol Ann Duffy would count for this theme, both received as Christmas presents, both absolutely charming, and no links to either as they're both going on my unregistered keeper shelves to join the collection that I read and re-read every Christmas :-)

 

I'm still happily reading the Cellist of Sarajevo but will go back and pick the shortest of the books on my "plan" next in the spirit of "keeping them moving".

 

The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen

 

πŸ””4th December A BOOK WRITTEN IN THE 1990S

A Woman of Our Times by Rosie Thomas
With many thanks to plum-crazy for this Christmas RABCK from my Wishlist, thank you very much.
Although this edition was marked as reissued in 2003, the copyright date is 1990, so that's good enough for me!

 

πŸ””4th December A BOOK WRITTEN IN THE 1990S

A Woman of Our Times by Rosie Thomas
With many thanks to plum-crazy for this Christmas RABCK from my Wishlist, thank you very much.

Loved it, thanks again plum. Finished it in December 2017 with just a few hours to spare :-)
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14805198

 

since I missed this one the first go-round, reading this PC book again

The Tender Stranger by Carolyn Davidson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7185948

 

πŸ‘ͺ18th December A TITLE THAT INCLUDES A RELATIVE

Cain His Brother by Anne Perry http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14848093/

πŸ—½22nd December A TITLE FEATURING A TOWN OR COUNTRY

The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14851311/

I just want to say what a cute idea this month's theme was and I loved the presentation with all the little pictures next to each day's theme.

 

and the name is Julie in A Kiss for Julie by Betty Neels http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14168077

usual g-rated betty romance set in England with a touch of Holland

 

What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12488008
A life after death/ghost haunting I suppose, although I just started it. It was made into a movie starring Robin Williams in 1998.

 

OK, it was a very busy month, so my reading didn't go as planned, but what can you do... I try to follow the "What to read " threads here, but sometimes I read other books too that don't fit the theme or I have no time to read all books I planned to read that do fit it.

Been a bit cheeky with the rules, here are some books I read on December that fit the themes, but I didn't necessarily start them on the appropriate date:

πŸ‘¦1st December A TITLE CONTAINING A BOYS NAME

Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

🎈3rd December A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR YOU HAVEN'T READ BEFORE

Merde Actually by Stephen Clarke

🍹8th December A TITLE WITH A DRINK IN IT

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

πŸ‘§12th December A TITLE CONTAINING A GIRLS NAME

Love and Summer by William Trevor

πŸ“š20th December A BOOK BY AN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR (doesn’t have to be the book they won the Award for)

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

🌟21st December A TITLE FEATURING SOMETHING SEEN IN THE SKY OR FOUND IN SPACE

Air by Geoff Ryman

πŸ—½22nd December A TITLE FEATURING A TOWN OR COUNTRY

The Good Women of China by Xinran

πŸŽ…24th December TREAT YOURSELF TO A RE-READ OF A FAVOURITE BOOK…..


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Actually about to start this. I love this book!)

 

OK, it was a very busy month, so my reading didn't go as planned, but what can you do... I try to follow the "What to read " threads here, but sometimes I read other books too that don't fit the theme or I have no time to read all books I planned to read that do fit it.

Been a bit cheeky with the rules, here are some books I read on December that fit the themes, but I didn't necessarily start them on the appropriate date:

πŸ‘¦1st December A TITLE CONTAINING A BOYS NAME

Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

🎈3rd December A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR YOU HAVEN'T READ BEFORE

Merde Actually by Stephen Clarke

🍹8th December A TITLE WITH A DRINK IN IT

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

πŸ‘§12th December A TITLE CONTAINING A GIRLS NAME

Love and Summer by William Trevor

πŸ“š20th December A BOOK BY AN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR (doesn’t have to be the book they won the Award for)

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

🌟21st December A TITLE FEATURING SOMETHING SEEN IN THE SKY OR FOUND IN SPACE

Air by Geoff Ryman

πŸ—½22nd December A TITLE FEATURING A TOWN OR COUNTRY

The Good Women of China by Xinran

πŸŽ…24th December TREAT YOURSELF TO A RE-READ OF A FAVOURITE BOOK…..


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Actually about to start this. I love this book!)


WATER - how obvious for a drink. I totally missed looking for a book with that in the title.

 

I had this on TBR shelves for a while, so when browsing to see what fits December's theme... Eureka!

 

by Steven Galloway which was very good

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14671791

So I'm finishing the month with The Choice by NICHOLAS Sparks (Christmassy name) as it's the shortest of the 3 books I didn't get to from my original plan.

 

πŸ‘Ό15th December A BOOK WRITTEN BEFORE 1960

Opening another door I didn't open at the time!
Snowdrift and other stories by Georgette Heyer
I understand that this collection of short stories is a reworking of a collection first published in 1960, with the addition of three stories first published in the 30s - which is close enough to count for this theme in my book :-)

 

Snowdrift and other stories by Georgette Heyer

Finished it before midnight last night
Kindle so no link
Happy New Year!

 

which was rather boring so I skimmed through it very quickly

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14132477

Therefore I also started Safe Haven by the same author last night and this one is looking much more promising. Will review and do the link when I'm done.

 

The DOLLHOUSE by Fiona Davis

 

a title with a relative in it.

Thank you to Nu-Knees for this one.

 

Finished it. Not exactly a fun read, but definitely a worthwhile one.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14762313

 

and the place is the Black Hills of South Dakota

Black Hills Bride by Deb Kastner http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12276235

 

 

Finished on last day of December. Only managed 3 in this months challenge but loved reading everyone else's reads.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14818234
Was worthy of the award it received ;-)

 

by NICHOLAS Sparks which was ok but not great

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14731556

 

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