Month in Review

December Reading Wrap Up

Total books read this month:  11

Book Ratings

The Choice.   4 stars
Lessons from the Prairie. 3.75 stars
The Clockmaker’s Daughter. 4 stars.
Miracle Creek Christmas. 4 stars
Flirting with the Beast. 4 stars.
The Sweetness of Forgetting. 4 stars.
State of Shock.  Marie Force. 4 stars.
Christmas at the Edge of the World.  4 stars.

New to me authors:

Kristin Harmel

Top Book for December.

Sadly I can’t name a top book for December. They were all good reads, but no one stands out to me as a top read.

Looking forward to reading in January

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Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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Hope you are all keeping well. I’ve had a quiet week on the whole, one day with a friend, but apart from that read, quilt – rinse and repeat! One good thing is now that the holiday season is coming up I see that the library has extended our loan period, so that’s a small delight.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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My slow reads are

And my audiobook is stillbook cover

Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

The Sunshine Girls. Molly Fader.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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December greetings. The days are moving on! On Saturday we had our extended family Christmas gathering that one of my beautiful nieces and her husband hosted. It was great, some had travelled quite a distance and then back for work day Monday so I am in admiration of them too. It was just lovely to see the young ones growing up and having fun together – the young ones are now all second cousins.  We never knew our second cousins so that is so lovely that they do.

Apart from that not much. My car goes into the paint and panel beaters tomorrow for some touch up from where I scraped it against the garage a few weeks ago. So last week I was organising that.

I seem to have got stuck on watching The Crown but must get back to it. I watched Trevor Noah on Netflix in Canada, he always lifts my spirits. Plus I love The Block Australia. They really know how to do it, our NZ one is hopeless in comparison, but I guess small country syndrome, small budget!

What I read last week:

It looks better than it really was. Somewhere Between Luck and Trust was an audiobook I’d been listening to for awhile and Lessons from the Prairie was my nighttime slow read. One evening I went down the rabbit hole of listening to the Megyn Kelly interview with Melissa Francis on YouTube and that was really good.

What I am reading now:

The Choice

So my two slow reads are still these, These Precious Days came back to me from the library, they had heaps of copies so I wasn’t too surprised my turn came around quickly and now I can finish it.

My audiobook is…

Miracle Creek Christmas

Up next:

Bread over Troubled Water 

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I didn’t seem to get much reading done this week and I didn’t even have an excuse of a big celebration like Thanksgiving! But what I read I liked so that counts! Well will see you all on the other side of November, this month has sped by.

What I read last week:

During the week I finished Doctor’s and Friends. I liked it and am a reading fan of Kimmery Martin. She wrote this book just before the Covid pandemic. Kimmery is a doctor herself  and decided to write a pandemic book. Then Covid hit and she wasn’t sure whether to publish or not, but went ahead. This is a sobering book in the light of what we actually experienced. Kimmery Martin herself has had long Covid and hasn’t had an easy path through it.  Sometimes fiction predicts fact. With Covid still lingering about it was almost too much for me to read but I went ahead.

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What I am reading now:

At present this is what I am reading. It is a dual time line book.

The Sunshing Girls

I am still listening to my reread of…

Somewhere Between Luck and Trust

And my slow read had to change as These Precious Days ( my night slow read) had to go back to the library but I have requested it again and am in line! So this is what I am reading now, Lessons from the Praire while I wait for These Precious Days. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is my morning read.

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The Choice Last Week’s Posts

The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey.  Serena Burdick

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Book Connections

Garden Books.

I am not a gardener although there are plenty in my family who are and my forebears were gardeners too. Most of my garden is very dry at present, and I do have a small veggie garden. Love picking from that.

There have been quite a few books I’ve read that have almost at centre stage – a garden.

book cover The Unfinished Garden is the author’s debut novel and the only one I hadn’t read of hers until now. Tilly the main woman character is into gardens and garden and loves it. Both in North Carolina where she has a business and in her home in England where she spends some time as well. Then there is James who wants Tilly’s help with a garden for his place. He has OCD and can’t put his hands near the earth. This book I think is titled The Unfinished Garden because a garden is never finished. How true!  Barbara Claypole White always presents a very compassionate stance towards her characters with mental illness and I always love her knowledge and the help she provides her readers to take these people into their hearts.

book coverA Home Like Ours also has a special Australian garden at its centre. It’s very important and brings a community together. My review for this one will be up soon. It was a 5 star read for me.

book coverThis was an engrossing tale, told from a few different viewpoints and times. The story and mystery unfold – the reader has enough clues to see what has happened before the characters. Its both sad and and uplifting. What a complicated family! It involves a kind of secret garden.

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The Garden of Happy Endings  involves sisters and a community garden in a poor part of town. I loved this story, so thoughtful and enjoyable. Loved the  women and each of their stories. Their search and exploration of what makes them happy was important. I especially appreciated Elsa’s journey – her spiritual one and her search for her partner in life. Felt very real and authentic.

book coverThe Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. Witty and insightful. Wonderful group of characters. Two sisters, well two sets of sisters who made me laugh and at times sad. A group of people who come together around a gardening project and form what I think will be lasting friendships. Tons of good hints about gardening.

There is another book I’ll be wanting to read… The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly which comes well recommended.

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