Archive | December, 2020

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30 Dec

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December Books

29 Dec

It’s the end of December, and I read 38 books this month.

To recap, my goal for this year was 220 books (this is done.) I was shooting for reading (or listening to) around 140 books of my own (I read 99), and reading around 80 books with the kids (this is done.)

As a side goal, I tried to read at least six books that are in the self-help/educational category (I read 4), and at least one classic I have never read before (this is done.)

I read quite a few Christmas books with the kids this month (we have a big stash.) I also succeeded in getting caught up on my Netgalley review books for 2020-yay!

So here is what I read:
1. Christmas Elf Mickey by Susan Rich Brooke
2. Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas by Author Unknown
3. Grover’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Lee Howard
4. Cookie’s Christmas Cookies by Lee Howard
5. Big Bird’s Tree-Trimming Party by Lee Howard
6. A Christmas Wish for Corduroy by Don Freeman
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer adapted by Rick Bunsen
8. City Spies by James Ponti-I really enjoyed this one!
9. The Christmas Walk by Landoll’s
10. Baby Jesus is Here by Holley Gerth
11. The Animals’ Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum
12. Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold
13. The Attic Christmas by B.G. Hennessy-this is such a sweet story
14. Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker
15. My Merry Christmas by Sally Lloyd-Jones
16. A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker
17. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan and Mike Berenstain-another favorite around here
18. The Gingerbread Cookie Mystery by Judy Katschke
19. Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun
20. Cocoa’s Cranky Christmas by Beth Hughes-cute
21. Olivia Claus adapted by Kama Einhorn
22. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
23. The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep-enjoyable!
24. Snow Bugs by David A. Carter
25. Froggy’s Best Christmas by Jonathan London
26. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston-wonderful story!
27. Once There Was a Christmas Tree by Jerry Smath-this is my favorite Christmas book!
28. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
29. Robin Hill School Secret Santa by Margaret McNamara
30. Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen
31. A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden-very good
32. Merry Christmas Peanut! by Terry Border-another favorite!
33. The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert-the pictures are great in this one
34. A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen-good!
35. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
36. To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano-fun and light-hearted
37. The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd-OK, but not my favorite
38. His Accidental Bride by Carolyn Twede Frank

For a favorite this month……

City Spies (Volume 1): Ponti, James: Fremdsprachige Bücher

I really enjoyed this book. It is similar to the style of the Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs, which is a favorite around here. I am looking forward to the second one which comes out soon!

Well, that’s all of the books for 2020! I ended up reading 301 books this year. I would have never thought I would read so many books in one year but I suppose not being able to go too many places probably didn’t hurt. Also, I found keeping track of the books I read to the kids actually helped me read more books to them because I was thinking about it more. It was a great added bonus to this year!

Overall I am very pleased with reading so many books this year. I can’t imagine I will read as many next year, but we will see!

I will post my 2021 book goals along with my January reads the first Tuesday in February (that sounds so far away!) so keep a look out for that!

In the meantime, I hope you were able to find some books you enjoyed this year. If you read any great ones, please share them in the comments-I am always in the mood for a good book! 🙂

Book Review-The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

27 Dec

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane is a historical fiction novel written by Michelle Griep.

Summary: Jackson Forge has become a constable to right wrongs. And, maybe, just maybe, make up for his past mistakes.

Kit Turner wants to help people too-by swindling the rich to help the poor.

But when their paths collide in a missing person’s case, will they be able to work together to find the man before it’s too late?

My Thoughts: This book is entertaining. It has an interesting and intricate plot, fun and quirky characters, and lots of action. It isn’t my favorite by this author so I probably wouldn’t read it again, but it was a fun read overall.

I would like to thank Barbour Publishing, Inc. for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

Book Review-Cocoa’s Cranky Christmas

26 Dec

Cocoa’s Cranky Christmas is a children’s book produced by Thomas Nelson.

Summary: Cocoa is one cranky dog and only YOU can cheer him up. This interactive Christmas book engages the reader and encourages them to try different things to help Cocoa regain his Christmas cheer-including everything from treats, to turning him upside down!

My Thoughts: This is a fun book. It is filled with bright colors and cute graphics. Silly and imaginative-this is a good one for kids, especially if they love dogs. My son definitely enjoyed it.

I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

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