Wrapping Up the Christmas Spirit Challenge ending Jan 6 2017 Readathon WrapUp Nov 21-27 2016

The annual Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge Now On at Michelle’s
running from November 21st through Epiphany January 6th 2017
If you love reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies,
this one’s for you!

It’s all about the enjoyment of the Season.
Find all the details  HERE

Christmas Spirit Challenge Reads Completed…

A Jane Austen Christmas -Carlo Devito
A Christmas to Remember : Tales of Comfort and Joy– 
The Daft Days of Christmas –
Julie Lawson
Like a Stack of Spoons –
Jean Little
Reading Henry –
Sarah Ellis
Shirley Goodness –
Perry Nodelman
Something that Matters –
Carol Matas
A Time to Rebuild –
Maxine Trottier
These Three Gifts –
Maxine Trottier
An Unexpected Visitor –
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Untangling Christmas –
Jean Little
When War Hits Home –
Julie Lawson
Busy Body –
MC Beaton
The Christmas Mail Order Bride –
Kit Morgan
Ties That Bind –
Marie Bostwick
A Pebble Creek Christmas
– Vanetta Chapman
A Simple Amish Christmas – V Chapman
A Cmas Visitor – Kelly Irvin
An Unexpected Joy-
Ruth Reid
A Gift for Ann Marie –
Kathleen Fuller
Christmas Aprons –
Tricia Goyer
Christmas Angel
– Suzanne Williams
Christmas Cookies – Karen Ann Vogel
Deck the Halls – Debby Mayne
An Endless Christmas – Cynthia Ruchti
A Goose Creek Christmas – Virginia Smith
Old World Christmas – Vogel
One Enchanted Christmas – Melissa Tagg
The Reading Group: December – Della Parker
Snowflakes – Vogel
Tin Can Serenade – Amanda Dykes
‘Tis the Season – Trish Perry
Five Christmas Mysteries – Anne Perry
A Christmas Journey – Anne Perry
A Christmas Secret – Anne Perry
Blood from a Stone – Donna Leon audio
Falling Like Snowflakes – Denise Hunter
Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories – LM Montgomery audio
A Gala Event – Sheila Connolly audio
Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories – Agatha Christie
Against the Tide– Elizabeth Camden
A Bitter Truth – –  Charles Todd – Nov 28
Mistletoe & Whine – Sam North – [BBC – audio]  – Nov 28 +
Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts – Talli Roland  – [BBC] – Nov 30
The Wishing Season – Denise Hunter
Theft of the Royal Ruby – Agatha Christie
Kissing Father Christmas – Robin Jones Gunn
Journey to Bethlehem – W Kroll/E Elliot
Angel Song – Mary Manners
Can’ t Help Falling – Kara Isaac
A Cedar Cove Christmas – Debbie Macomber
The Gift of the Magi – O Henry
A Fatal Advent – Isabelle Holland
The Greatest Gift – Ann Voskamp
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Just One Thing – Holly Jacobs
Luke’s Gospel: Christmas story
Matthew’s Gospel:  Christmas story
Restoring Christmas –
The Reading Group: December – Della Parker
Shepherds Abiding [Hope’s Happy Endings] – Jan karon
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good – Jan Karon

To WrapUp Christmas Spirit Reading . . .

Jen Turano’s January 2017 novella – At Your Request

Fa la la la Films To Watch . . .

New in Town

Visions of Sugar Plums . . .
Christmas – a vintage Dick Bruna
The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams

In for both Challenge and Readathon once again. Thanks for hosting, Michelle.
And ~
I’m looking forward to finding you celebrating Christmas with some great reading!
Any favs you ‘d like to recommend?

Seasons of Reading

No heavy commitments – the time flies by quickly as it is.
And including children’s books is a great addition to keep us young…

24 Readathon Reads Completed:

Comfort and Joy – Lynette Sowell
Silent Night – Deanna Raybourn
A Highland Christmas – MC Beaton
Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand
Among the Mad – Jacqueline Winspear
A Christmas Beginning – Anne Perry
Necklace of Pearls from Lord Peter collection of stories – Dorothy Sayers
A Wreath of Snow – Liz Curtis Higgs
A Fatal Grace – Louise Penny audio
A Christmas Hope – Anne Perry
A Christmas Garland – Anne Perry
*Bah! Humbug – Heather Horrocks
*Be Mine for Christmas – [kindle] – Street
*The Christmas Bakeoff – [kindle] – Abby Clements
*A Christmas Gift – Stella Wilkinson
*A Christmas Mouse Tale
*The Christmas Tin – Robison
*A Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe
*Mistletoe and Whine episode 1+2  – Sam North
*The Mouse and the Christmas Cake
*Thomas and the Christmas Orange – Brech
*Three Little Maids – Ernest Nister
*A Wild Goose Chase Christmas – Jennifer Allie
*A Yuletide Engagement – Carole Mortimer – [BBC] – Nov 24

Dewey’s Readathon Up NexT ! October 22

Looking forward to taking some intentional reading time this Saturday with the Annual Dewey’s Readathon.  24 hours beginning the same time worldwide.
Find ALL the info HERE

and Join the Dewey’s Readathon by Signing Up HERE

I’ll be continuing my October Suspense Challenges with
Colleen Coble’s TIDEWATER INN audio listen
Anne Perry’s THE TWISTED ROOT  also audio listening

both allow me to work on my creative crafting in order to complete a project
for my daughter whose visiting this weekend.

if there’s time for a paperback read, another Anne Perry I just picked up
at the local charity shop book sale – THE CATER STREET HANGMAN
1st of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series

Any reading planned for this Saturday ?
We’ll look forward to Seeing you SOOON…


Happily reporting ALL COMPLETED [ including the craft for my daughter ]  😉

Seasons of Reading: October 2016 #FrightFall WrapUp

Success! October’s annual #FrightFall suspense Reading Challenge
hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading.

A fav reading genre, my book tally included :

The Confession – Ian Rutledge WW mystery – Charles Todd
Leaving Everything Most Loved – Maisie Dobbs WWII mystery – Jacqueline Winspear
Death of a Witch – a Hamish Macbeth contemporary mystery – MC Beaton
Murder at the Vicarage – vintage Miss Marple mystery – Agatha Christie
The Girl on the Train – contemporary suspense – Paula Hawkins
A Double Death on the Black Isle – Joanne Ross 1950’s suspense – AD Scott
The Lightkeeper’s Ball – historic suspense – Colleen Coble
The Shawl [ WWII short story] – Cynthia Ozick
The Clouds Roll Away – Raleigh Harmon contemporary suspense – Sibella Giorello
The Summer Before the War – WWII mystery – Helen Simonson

Now it’s anticipation for Michelle’s annual
November 21-27 2016
November 21 – through Twelfth Night January 6 2017

at the True Christmas Spirit Blog 

>>Sign Up Opens 1st week of November 2016<<
Hoping to find you Ready to Read in the CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!


Bookish Bingo: Fall 2016

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Hosted by Bekka of Pretty Deadly Reviews for all details and your opp to linkup.

I am totally enjoying this added reading motivation.  Now to see what books I come up with for these challenges …

Standalone: Memory of Us – DiMaio
Backlist: Secrets She Kept – Kathy Gohlke
Multi POV: The Alliance – Jolina Petersheim
Killers: Rules of Murder Julianna Deering
Suspense: The Shattered Tree – Charles Todd
Animal on cover: Boden Birthright Mary Conneally
Sea Creatures: A Double Death on the Black Isle – AD Scott
Green Cover: Veils and Vengeance – Rachel Christensen
Revenge: The Confession – Charles Todd
Rec’d to me: The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
Purple cover: A Fatal Grace – Louise Penny
Horror/Paranormal:  The Undoing of Saint Silvanus
Beth Moore
Illustrated: The Bike Lesson – Stan Berenstain
American History: From this Moment – Elizabeth Camden
Dragons: Tale of Oat Cake CragSusan Albert Wittig
Friendship: A Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe –  Raisin
Re-Telling: Lost Memoirs of JA – Syrie James
Black Cover: The Tartan UnicornMolly Stewart

Weapon on cover: Death of a Witch – MC Beaton
Fall release: A Great Reckoning  – Louise Penny
Creepy cover: Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie / Grant
Short Story: Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker – Dorothy Sayers
Graphic Novel: Jane EyreCharlotte Bronte
College: Matchmakers of Minnow Bay – Kelly Harms


Autumn !  A Great Time to Read.  

All wrapped up with a FULL HOUSE for November’s end.
Thanks to Bekka for the challenges.

Summer Bookish Bingo 2016

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Once again, Bekka is hosting a New Season of Reading prompts for
Summer Bookish Bingo  at Pretty Deadly Reviews.

My possibilities for entries each row across.
Completed Titles will be highlighted/linked to review .  I will be back to enter the books I read that completed my Full House  as I can grab extra online time for the task.  Loved it!
ROW 1:
Name in title:  VENETIA by Georgette Heyer
Aussie author:
Magic:  The MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW by C.S. Lewis
Water on cover:  A WINDOW TO THE WORLD by Susan Meissner
Historical Setting 1900s-1950s: THE BACHELOR GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan

ROW 2:
SS romance:
White cover:  AFTER YOU by JoJo Moyes
June/July /Aug release: FROM THIS MOMENT by Elizabeth Camden
Folklore or Myths: The RELUCTANT DUCHESS by Roseanna M White
Weather words in title: AUNT DIMITY and The SUMMER KING by Nancy Atherton

ROW 3:
Red cover: AUNT DIMITY and The BURIED TREASURE by Nancy Atherton
Part of 4+ book series: Commissario Brunetti: A QUESTION OF BELIEF by Donna Leon
Book about books:  ARRANGED by Catherine McKenzie

ROW 4:
2016 debut: MATCHMAKERS OF MINNOW BAY by Kelly Harms
Mental Health:  The GOODBYE BRIDE by Denise Hunter
Begins with either S-U-M-E-R:
Yellow Cover:  LAVENDER LIES by Susan Wittig Albert

ROW 5:
Middle Grade:
Outdoors:  The TALE OF HILL TOP FARM: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert
Food in title or on cover:
Political intrigue:  The BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
Monsters: Chief Inspector Gamache: NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny


Here are the details to inspire your summer reading ~

  • Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books read in the months of June, July and August.
  • The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
  • One square per book
  • You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months
  • At the end of August there will be an international giveaway for all participants. The more BINGOs you get, the more entries you get in the giveaway!
  • To participate, click to leave a comment HERE !

Hoping you’ll post the card and begin the Bookish Bingo Book hunting !
Let me know if you are …


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ReRead Recap: May 2016

Re-Readathon challenge 2016

May’s ReReading?

A variety of mysteries and classic novels including:

Three Blind Mice – Agatha Christie
Tape Measure Murder – Agatha Christie
The Case of the Caretaker – Agatha Christie
Third Floor Flat – Agatha Christie
Adventure of Johnny Waverly – Agatha Christie
Four and Twenty Blackbirds – Agatha Christie
The Love Detectives – Agatha Christie
Persuasion – Jane Austen
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall – Sarah E Ladd

I’ll be adding these to Kelly’s MAY Re-Read Check In HERE 

Thanks for hosting, Kelly.

If you’re a re-reader, why not check out the Re-Read Challenge?

Backlist Books: May Wrapup

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Posting my May Wrapup of Backlist Books Read


Persuasion – Jane Austen
Daughter of MineDaughter of Mine – Laura Fabiani
Stardust – Carla Stewart
Anne’s House of Dreams – LM Montgomery
The Carpenter’s Inheritance – Laurie A Eakes
A Love so Tender – Tracey Bateman
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories – Agatha Christie
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall – Sarah E Ladd
Raw Edges – Sandra D Bricker
Misery Loves Company – Rene Gutteridge
Still Life – Louise Penny
mudhouse sabbath – Lauren Winner
Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey

Linking at host Bekka’s, Pretty Deadly Reviews May Check in Link
Open for participation if you’re a Back List Reader or wanna be !