I’ve still to do my year in books for 2021, so for now (and slightly late as I entirely forgot about it*) I will look at what I got up to in December.
*It would have been slightly late when I wrote that, it then became really quite late after I caught one of those 48 hour bugs before I could finish the post.
What I have read
I didn’t read a lot in December as there was a lot of other things going on. I had already reached my target of 100 books in October, so in total I read 121 books which is not bad at all.
- Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas – Adam Kay
- The Switch – Beth O’Leary
- Love and Lies at the Village Christmas Shop – Portia MacIntosh
- The Book Lovers’ Miscellany – Claire Cock-Starkey
- The Land Girls at Christmas (Land Girls #1) – Jenny Holmes
- The Toast of Time (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #12.5) – Jodi Taylor
- Crash Test Girl – Kari Byron
- Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) – Ransom Riggs
As you can see I managed to squeeze in a few Christmas-themed books.
I didn’t quite finish:
- Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden #7) – Charlaine Harris
After someone else told me a year or two back, they didn’t like to end the year with any unfinished books I have tried to finish all my books by December 31st. I had two others unfinished this year as well, but I’ve been reading them on and off for a while.
What I have watched
- Only Connect, Taskmaster and House of Games, the first two of which had some Christmas special episodes.
- On Tuesday nights we watched some Christmas films – Godmothered, The Family Stone and The Holiday.
- By myself I watched the third Christmas Prince film – A Royal Baby, which was just as silly as the others, but good festive fun.
- We’ve finished Hawkeye, and I’m now on series five of Charmed
- Episodes three and four of Malory Towers series two, which I have of course reviewed.
- The Last Duel, which turned out to be rather different than I expected. I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to the first 1/3 but then got interested in the last 2/3.
What I have done
- Finished my Christmas shopping, and got it all wrapped – even slightly before the last minute.
- We met Santa at the Transport Museum
- I finally started and then finished a jigsaw of a bookshop (it was harder than it looks!)
- Collected more sea glass and pottery from a few different beaches
- Drank a lot of hot chocolate in cafes and even on the beach
- Had daily visits from the Elf on the Shelf
- I had a quiet birthday, as we just took a walk on the beach and had a chilly picnic, then had tea at my parents’ at the weekend.
- We also had fairly quiet Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, just seeing our immediate families but that’s not too different from usual, and it was a whole lot better than in 2020. We ate a lot of food and played some games so it was all good.
What did your December look like?
In 2020 I read more books in the Goodreads.com reading challenge, last year I was reading 128 books (my goal was 130). So this year I’ll try 130 again. I wish I could read twice as much! But unfortunately my reading speed is not as fast as it used to be in the 1980’s and 1990’s. 😦
We are still busy watching 3 episodes of “Law & Order” (season 7) every afternoon and we watched in November and December dozens of Christmas movies, old ones and new ones.
“Silver Bells” with Anne Heche was one of the better new ones. The book by Luane Rice is lovely, too!
For Christmas I received two old movies “Terror in the Streets” (Dan Duryea) and “Chicago Calling” (Dan Duryea) on DVD, the TV mini series “11.22.63” based on Stephen King’s novel on DVD (much better than the novel!) and a German book on Anne Frank by Ernst Schnabel who interviewed all survivors in Amsterdam way back in the 1950’s.
In December I’ve read “Charley’s Web” by Joy Fielding (not as good as her two previous crime novels), three Christmas crime novels by Mary Higgins Clark (I love her book “Silent Night”), the trilogy by Joana Challis about the Daphne DuMaurier Mysteries (highly recommendable) and Luanne Rice’s “Silver Bells” plus a few German children’s books like the Poosie trilogy by Ruth Hoffmann, three of my all-time favorites children’s books on the life of Ruth Hoffmann’s niece Frances who lives in the US.
I have more than 10 unfinished books according to Goodreads and hope to finish them this year at some point.
I never found sea glass on any beach, but bought a beautiful shell made of sea glass some 25+ years ago on Nantucket in an art and craft store.
After not having celebrated Christmas with André’s son & family in December 2020, we met for a Christmas celebration at their house on 24th of December 2021, ate Chinese food and unwrapped our presents. It was nice to finally spend some time with them again. 🙂
We drank lots of eggnog from mid October until end of December and of course we gained weight since then. Now we are on a several weeks long juice fast.