2017 Reading Challenge: The Final Tally

Does anyone else think 2017 sped past us or is it really just me? It just feels like yesterday I was sat on my parent’s couch carrying out my NYE tradition of watching the Sydney fireworks on Sky News, and yet here I am today doing the exact same thing.

New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection, and for me it’s a perfect chance to have a think about the reading challenges I set myself this year. Did I reach what I wanted to when I laid them out in January 2017? Was I even close? Should I bother with a 2018 challenge at all? (That’s a bit defeatest, isn’t it?)

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December and Christmas Book Haul

The whole Christmas shebang is over for another year. There’s been hundreds of hauls posted all over the blogosphere. So why not add another one into the kitty. I’m not going to walk through the whole bonanza of what I got this Christmas, as I don’t think a Newcastle jersey and a box of biscuits will draw the crowds. (Unless I’m sharing the biscuits around in St James’ Park.)

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Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Challenge criteria: A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile

Blurb:

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

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Tag Thursday: The Bookish Naughty List Tag

This is the final Christmassy tag for this year before Christmas Day comes on Monday, and I think the best really has been left until last. My lovely bookish friend Jenn actually created a fantastic book tag that will really sort the men from the boys. Each year when I was growing up, the most important question was “have you been a good girl for Santy?” It then was followed by a severe crisis of confidence. Had I been? Well, thankfully Jenn’s lovely little tag has made figuring it all out a whole lot easier.

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Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Challenge criteria: A book you got from a used book sale (#booksforpostage on Twitter counts)

Blurb:

Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

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