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Christmas Wishes

Just popping by to wish all of you who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas, may the day be for you, all you would want it to be.

I will be enjoying a cosy family Christmas, and although still not recovered from the attack of Sciatica which has really laid me out – I am content, surrounded by family and books and with a darn good dinner to look forward to. I am aware that not everyone is so fortunate. My thoughts turn in particular to those who are alone, who would rather not be, and to the people affected by the devasting wildfires in Australia. The pictures on the TV news have been horrifying. All I can do is to wish anyone affected peace and safety.

I will be popping back again in a few days with more reviews, I am a little behind – one thing about being laid up like I am, I can still read. In anticipation of those reviews, I will share what I have been reading just lately.

A book I received for Christmas last year was Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban (1975) – two lonely people plot to free three large turtles from London zoo. It’s a really enjoyable, quirky little book. Next, I blew the dust from my kindle to read a very entertaining Christmas mystery – The Night of Fear by Moray Dalton (1931), one of the Golden age mysteries reissued by Dean Street Press. Set in a country house at Christmas (though the season is only occasionally referred to) it’s a good, quick read – and perfect I would say if you were looking for something to fill a few hours by the fire tonight or tomorrow. Finishing that book late at night – then unable to sleep – I started The Sum of Things by Olivia Manning (1981) also on my kindle. The third book in the Levant Trilogy – it is the sixth book in the Fortunes of War series of books. Leaving Harriet and Guy Pringle behind in Egypt of 1942 I felt rather bereft – what a fabulous series it has been. Then a couple of hours ago I finished So Sweet a Changeling by Ruth Adam (1954) which I bought from ebay after finishing the fantastic I’m Not Complaining (1938) recently. This later Adam’s novel is not quite in the same league – but still very readable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I shall start a new book later and I am rather drawn to The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (2014) which I received as part of a bookcrossing secret Santa parcel a few days ago.

So, whatever you’re doing tomorrow I hope you have a good day – may it be filled with books and good things to eat. As always, I would love to know what you are reading this Christmas time.

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Merry Christmas

merry christmas

I wanted to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas. Whether you’re spending it quietly or in the midst of a noisy throng I hope the day brings you all you would wish. I will be spending Christmas with family – we’re a small family now – so it’s easy for us to get together in one place.

2015-12-12_11.42.02You may have noticed that I have been indulging in a little bit of Christmas reading – this has become something of a habit with me the last few years. This year I have already read: – The Santa Klaus Murder, The Snow Garden and other Stories and my marvellous online buy The Visiting Moon. I am currently reading one of the Penguin Christmas Classics series – (I fear I may buy them all next year if they are still available) Christmas at Thompson Hall & other Christmas stories by Anthony Trollope. I have to say I have enjoyed it immensely – time to dust off some of my other Trollopes perhaps?

In previous years I have enjoyed Christmas reads by Nancy Mitford, G B Stern, Agatha Christie, Somerset Maugham, Stella Gibbons and of course Charles Dickens. I remember writing about my favourite Christmassy books a couple of years ago – well I could add two more to that list. A Christmas Pudding – read last year and The Visiting Moon which I reviewed yesterday.


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I can remember last Boxing Day sitting in my Mum’s conservatory with a large glass of wine (while everyone else watched something on TV I didn’t like) reading Nancy Mitford’s A Christmas Pudding – light, bright, funny and perfect for my mood that day. My experience of reading The Visiting Moon this year – reminded me of another little known book that I read about four years ago. Ten Days of Christmas by G B Stern– I would so love it if someone re-issued it – just such a lovely old fashioned Christmassy novel. I think I might re-read it next Christmas.

So with things still to organise I had better stop waffling. Remember I will want to hear about all your Christmas book shaped parcels that Santa flings down your chimneys – I am only expecting a few this year – which is probably just as well. However I have promised myself a little post-Christmas Persephone splurge – as a little gift to myself – after which there will be no more book buying for a while (ha! As if anyone will believe that!).

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!!


Merry Christmas!!

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy Christmas. Hoping it is warm, relaxing (and my particular wish) book filled.

I am spending a couple of days at my Mum’s house – cosying in with Mum her little dog Ozzie my sister and brother in law. We none of us go really mad with Christmas gifts – buying smallish things for one another (books count as smallish) – and I am fortunate in having several book loving friends so I can usually guarantee some books. The picture above is of only some of the bookish shaped parcels I have had to keep my mits off before the big day. Those who read this blog may guess – that my favourite kinds of gifts are book shaped or tea cannister shaped.

As this is a book blog I wanted to share something vaguely literary with you. You may have noticed my love of Hardy which generally only extends to his prose work, – but here is a short Christmas poem that I found , I think it’s rather sweet.

The Oxen

Thomas Hardy (1915)

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen.
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few believe
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve
“Come; see the oxen kneel

“In the lonely barton by yonder comb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.

A massive thank you for supporting me and my blog, for popping by commenting and sharing your thoughts I do appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day today, whereever you are and whoever you are with.


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