A tradition I first became aware of several years ago when I saw a post on Suko's Notebook. Who can believe it's December already and therefore time to recall the events of 2015 by sharing links to the first post of every month.
JANUARY: BOOKS READ 2014 ... Recalling 2014 which saw 137 books or approximately 41,858 pages read. Hmm! I wonder how 2015 will compare?
FEBRUARY: MRS DALLOWAY ... Sad to say but there is a certain amount of literary snobbery out there and I'm afraid when it comes down to the so called classics versus more contemporary fiction ..... Well, lets just say that in the book snobs eyes there is no comparison. And thus, worried my discernment as a reader might be called into question, I found myself almost loath to admit that not only did I not enjoy the novel, I was bored by it.
MARCH: ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND CONVENIENCE ... From the passengers on the bus shout 'ding-ding-ding to the 10 most unusual things left in a north east taxi.
APRIL: LOVEFILM: MARCH '15 ... 'Delivery Man', 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes', 'God's Not Dead', 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'.
MAY: 6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION #12: ELIZABETH IS MISSING ... A monthly meme in which readers are invited to link six books according to whatever connections come to mind. One of the few 'starter' books I had actually read, Elizabeth is missing took me from Swallowing Grandma by Kate Long to Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller.
JUNE: FROM NO SWEARING AT THE SHEEP TO A SEXUALLY INTENSE DUCK ... In an 'animal special' - the employee caught using profanities in front of animals to Desmond Drake, 'a sexually intense dead duck' and, of course, how could we forget? Bessie the Wallsend Cow.
JULY: GETTING CREATIVE ... From the 'Bibliochair' to DIY boobmarks via 'book bins' and a reading lamp.
AUGUST: THE PHARAOH'S CAT ... A time travel tale that takes us from ancient Egypt to modern day New York. Combining the history of ancient Egypt, a sweet romance, a pantomime villain and a talking cat with a great sense of humour The Pharaoh's Cat is as entertaining as it is educational.
SEPTEMBER: LOVEFILM: AUGUST '15 ... From 'Exodus: Gods And Kings' to 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' by way of 'The Boxtrolls'.
OCTOBER: THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING ... At two pages shy of 500, too long. Not that this would put me off in itself but I'm afraid combined with the minute print of this Bloomsbury 2014 edition and the superfluous hour-by-hour, day-by-day ramblings reading The Sleep Walker's Guide To Dancing proved to be something of a chore.
NOVEMBER: A MEDIA MONDAY ETIQUETTE SPECIAL ... From videos comparing sex to that well known British pastime of drinking tea to the 39 steps of being a modern gentleman.
DECEMBER: WHEN LITTLE KITTY MET MOG: TWO 'PAW'SOME CATS, TWO GREAT CHARITIES ... Two great books raising money for two great charities both of which are close to my heart AND my favourite 2015 Christmas advert.