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December Roundup

So another month, another year and another decade and another roundup post!

I think I did a lot of my Christmas reading in the months leading up to December and by the time I got here, I was a bit all Christmased out – if that is even a thing. However you cannot go far wrong with Heidi Swain – The Christmas Wish List, her latest novel and full of all the great things about Christmas and Wynbridge. In my dreams I want to go and live there!

Another place I would like to have lived is Bletchley Park or at least been part of something that changed the world. Rachael Lucas – The Telephone Box Library is a delightful book, full of warmth and touching on historical fiction cleverly which is one of my most favourite things. Add into that a library in a telephone box and what more could you want from a story.

Talking of libraries I was intrigued by Helen Rolfe – The Little Village Library, but was left sadly disappointed, I wanted to know what happened but I wanted to give up on the book. A previous novel I had read by her was good but now I am somewhat put off. Never mind, plenty more books on the shelves.

Including Vanessa Lafaye – Miss Marley: The untold story of Jacob Marley’s sister. This has been on my shelf for twelve months as it was one of last years Christmas presents and seemed wrong to be reading it at any other time than Christmas. So I did, just before I indulged in the new BBC version of A Christmas Carol. I think having read this, I was somewhat more embracing of this rather dark and dirty version.

Also embracing on television was the clearly big budget adaptation of His Dark Materials. These books passed me by when they first came out and I have never read anything by the author. However enjoying the programme I picked up the first in the trilogy. Philip Pullman – The Northern Lights, I started it after two weeks into the series, and soon found I was either reading then watching or watching then reading. The series clearly played about a bit with some of the plot, but I hurried through to the end and found myself not wanting to watch when I knew what was going to happen. I am rather fascinated by the whole concept of Dust, that I now need to keep reading.

Now what I understand will be developed into something for the television at some point, well the rights have been sold at least is Adam Kay’s hilarious memoirs published last year. It was with delight (although I did ask for it) to receive at Christmas Adam Kay – Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, which can only be described as more tales from life as a junior doctor and the business of working over Christmas.

Hospitals are 24 hour places which leads me nicely onto the new novel from the author of The Lido. I was a bit late to the party with that one but I jumped at the opportunity to read Libby Page – The 24 Hour Cafe. Not sure how to even begin to describe was is a window on people watching, about why people are where they are and how they got there and where they might be going next. Watch out for it, I am sure it will be well spoken about as the ‘second’ novel of Libby Page.

In the past I have been partial to the odd saga, think Sunday night television and so chose this quite at random from netgalley Cathy Mansell- A Place to Belong. A new author to me, but someone who wove a story and kept me hooked as I followed Eva from orphanage, to farm, to city. Delightful.

So there you go December 2019. Though I am reading two books at the moment who may well sneak into this month, and therefore perhaps pop back and see if any others have made it to the list.

Edited to add Robin Stevens – First Class Murder, which is the third in the wonderful young adult series of books which are a cross between, Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie and this one especially is a homage to Murder on the Orient Express. I got the next few in the series to read in 2020.

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