My thanks to Michelle for yet again doing a wonderful job as hostess. The Christmas Spirit challenge has become one of my bookish hi-lights of the year though I'm sad to say what a disappointment I found my choice of books this year.
Whilst I did manage to achieve every level (hurrah), of the seven books (5 for adults, two for children) that I read I only actually enjoyed one, my second children's book and the fourth book I read overall, A Jumper For Christmas by Eleanor Newson.
Beginning with the disappointing I Don't Want To Be A Christmas Tree by Kathy Lyndsey that saw my fellow readers (two seven year olds) in tears, things only got worse.
As for my adult reads? Whilst All I Want for Christmas (Betty Neels, Margaret Way, Jessica Steele), Together For Christmas (Carol Rivers), The Christmas Surprise (Jenny Colgan) and Christmas At Claridge's (Karen Swan) were arguably ok as far as your average read goes, I'm afraid they all made for poor Christmas fare given that none of them despite their covers, synopsis etc were particularly festive.
But moving on ...
I know, I know! Having signed up for this years What's In A Name? 2016 (Details and Sign Up here) and accepted Kelly's 'Tome Challenge' (Information here) I said no more challenges BUT having seen this ....
on FaceBook I simply had to join in as after all many of the elements I'd have covered anyway. Only problem being I don't know where this challenge originated so if it started with you/you are participating please let me know. Failing that, I'm presuming a year long challenge to be completed by December 31st, I'm allowing for cross-overs with other challenges.
Anyway, going back to What's In A Name? 2016 ....
As many of you know I normally challenge myself to read only books I have on our shelves at the beginning of the challenge. Unfortunately this year apart from The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse (a profession) and Tree And Leaf * by JRR Tolkien (a book with 'tree' in the title) I didn't rely have anything suitable.
Step in Mr T who, having decided on a challenge of his own, scoured the charity shops and came up with the following.
The Ides Of April by Lindsey Davis (a month), Roman Mask by Thomas M.D. Brooke (item of clothing), Game Of Thrones** by George R.R. Martin (item of furniture), 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (a country) which should be fun as I've yet to find a book by this author that is to my taste.
* Published in 1964 this also fulfils the 'book published before you were born' element of the 2016 Reading Challenge.
** At 780 pages this is also perfect for the Tome Challenge AND fulfils the 'a book that intimidates you' element of the 2016 Reading Challenge.
And finally, may I take the opportunity to thank author Virginia Wright for this FaceBook win ...
A delightful colouring book with plenty of blank pages for young artists to draw their own creations. Also available as a story book, Timothy The Christmas Mouse is available on Amazon, including here on amazon.co.uk.
Care to share any of the challenges you know of/are participating in? Shooting Stars Mag suggests these, whilst Alexia over at Alexia's Books And Such shares these challenges and Literary Feline these.