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review 2017-06-21 06:55
Priate Seeks Bride by Christmas
A Pirate for Christmas - Anna Campbell
  Another book I am mega-late reviewing. I finished this the first of January of this year, although I started it in December. I am huge fan of Anna Campbell, and while I found this enjoyable, it's not nearly as memorable as my favorites by her. It's a good Christmas novella, and it has her distinctive and well developed chemistry between the characters. The hero is a ginger, which is definitely a plus for me as I love gingers. He's also a bit of a bad boy, but a good-hearted sort. He's spent most of his life at sea, so he's adapting to being back on solid ground and being an early. When he meets Bess, he knows she's the woman he's been waiting for, which was another thing I liked about him. He spends almost all of this story wooing her, which means going along with her holiday plans. This helps to get him rooted in the community since he never lived there, having grown up in Scotland. Rory definitely has the manly vibe going for him, and he's just a fundamentally good person. Sometimes you just got to be happy when you see that in a hero. I liked Bess. She was feisty and sweet. She was woman enough to handle Rory, and I liked how she responded to his flirting. She wasn't the type to just fall out of the hero, but gave him enough challenge to make the story interesting. The unfolding of the yearly Christmas Navitity play was fun, especially the spirited donkey who has a pivotal role.

In summary, this was an enjoyable short story to read for Christmas. I wish I had time to read it before Christmas. Hope I do better with that this year.

 

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review 2016-12-13 22:29
The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season -- Task the First: The Winter Wonderland; and Task the Seventh: The Christmas
Dylan Thomas Reads a Child's Christmas in Wales and Five Poems/Cd - Dylan Thomas
The Nightingale Before Christmas (Meg Langslow Mysteries) - Donna Andrews

Task the First:
– Read a book that is set in a snowy place.

 

Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales

 

Thomas's lyrical memoirs of his childhood Christmas experience, read by himself ... truly magical.  One of the books (or CDs) that I revisit every single holiday season.

 

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Task the Seventh:
– Read a book set during the Christmas holiday season. 

 

Donna Andrews: The Nightingale Before Christmas

 

The year before last's entry in Donna Andrews's Meg Lanslow series: An uninhabited  Caerphilly house has been turned into a show house for the local interior designers' pre-Christmas competition, which Meg has agreed to organize (her own mother being one of the contestants, and Meg's involvement as an organizer having been the price for their own house not to be used as the scene of competition) -- as a result of which Meg is having to constantly mediate between the contestants, who keep going at each others' throats hammer and tongs and are, as a whole, more unruly than a bag of wriggling kittens.  It doesn't particularly help, either, that there's a student hanging around the place doing research for an article on the competition that she's writing for the local university newspaper, that moreover, packages containing the contestants' orders of items needed in their decorative arrangements keep disappearing, and that at last someone even takes to vandalizing the house and some of the half-arranged rooms, with merely a few days to go to Christmas (and to the advent of the judges).  When the most unpopular of the contestants -- whom the others also hold responsible for the disappearance of their packages and for the vandalization of their rooms -- is found murdered, there doesn't seem a shortage of suspects ... except that every single one of the other designers seems to have a credible alibi.

 

A more than solid, tremendously enjoyable entry in the series ... having read Duck the Halls just before Christmas last year, I'm seriously tempted to hunt down all of Andrews's holiday books and read them, one at a time, before Christmas each year!  She truly has a knack for combining a hilarious storyline with fully-rounded characters (however unusual), a homely and comfortably-feeling small-town setting and a lot of warmth, humor, and common sense.  Highly recommended!

 

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Task the Seventh:
– Grab your camera and set up a Christmas bookstagram-style scene with favorite holiday reads, objects or decorations. Possibly also a cat. Post it for everyone to enjoy!

 

Well, the cat preferred to watch the setup from atop the half-empty box of Christmas decorations instead of being part of the picture, but anyway ... here we go!  (And yes, that's a real candle again. :) )

 


 

 

 

 

Snow Globes: Reads
Bells: Activities

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text 2016-11-12 02:47
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! was one of the funniest books that I read as a child.  Follow the adventures of the Herdman family as they navigate the Christmas season.  The Herdmans are children who lie, cheat, and steal.  They are the least likely children to be cast as the lead in the church Christmas play.  Students will love this as a read aloud during December.  A fun project to do would be to break up in groups, pick a scene from the book, and create a complete puppet show.  Students would be responsible for creating the bag puppets, writing the skits, and performing for the class.  This would be appropriate for grades 3-5.

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text 2016-09-21 23:19
2016 Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
A Lowcountry Christmas (Lowcountry Summer) - Mary Alice Monroe
Christmas Angels: A Novella - Viola Shipman
Wishing on Snowflakes - Joanne DeMaio
Christmas in Paris: A Novel - Anita M. Hughes
Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Novel - Debbie Macomber
Winter Storms (Winter Street) - Elin Hilderbrand
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter Novel) - David Rosenfelt
A Shoe Addict's Christmas - Beth Harbison
A Baxter Family Christmas - Karen Kingsbury
Hot Flash Holidays: A Novel - Nancy Thayer

Upcoming early HOLIDAY BOOKS

to get you in the spirit!  

Coming 2016 

 

 

A LOW COUNTRY CHRISTMAS 

Mary Alice Monroe 

LowCountry #5

Gallery Books 

October 25  

CHRISTMAS ANGELS

Viola Shipman

St. Martin's Press 

October 25 

WISHING ON SNOWFLAKES

Two Wintry Novels 

Joanne Demaio

October 4 

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

Anita Hughes

St Martin's Press 

October 4  

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 

Debbie Macomber

Random House

October 4  

WINTER STORMS

Winter Street Trilogy #3

Elin Hilderbrand

October 4 

Little Brown & Co.   

THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS

Andy Carpenter Series
David Rosenfelt

St Martin's Press 

October 18   

A SHOE ADDICT'S CHRISTMAS 

Beth Harbison

St. Martin's Press

October 18  

HOT FLASH HOLIDAYS 

Nancy Thayer

Random House

Oct 18 

 A BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS 

Karen Kingsbury 

Howard Books

October 25  

Christmas Comes Early

When You Pre-Order Your Favorite Book!

 

 

Visit My Blog at JDCMustReadBooks

For More October Favorite Picks

@JudithDCollins #JDCMustReadBooks   

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/book-blog/tag/oct-2016
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review 2015-12-27 22:25
A "Christmas Carol" for the 21st Century
A Christmas Carol (Audiocd) - Patrick Stewart,Charles Dickens

Part of my annual Christmas ritual -- and since this year I indulged by way of Patrick Stewart's splendid audio version and the TV adaptation it inspired, here's my review of the latter ... with the added note that my comments on Stewart's performance in the movie also apply to his reading, where he also does a splendid job getting under the skin (or whatever it is that ghosts have) of all the story's other characters.

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A Christmas Carol

 

Given the enormous potential for failure, it takes either a lot of guts or a big ego to remake a classic and step into a pair of shoes worn so well by the likes of George C. Scott and Alastair Sim -- you don't have to have grown up in an English speaking country to take those two names and their portrayal of Dickens's miserly anti-hero for granted as part of your Christmas experience. And I suspect a good part of both guts and ego was at play in this production; but let's face it: after years of bringing Scrooge to the stage in a much-acclaimed one man show and after also having recorded the audio book version of "A Christmas Carol," a movie adaptation starring Patrick Stewart was probably due to come out sooner or later. Yet, while it does sometimes have the feel of another huge star vehicle for Stewart (even without the self-congratulatory trailer and brief "behind the scenes" features included on the DVD), his experience and insight into the character of Scrooge allow him to pull off a remarkable performance, and to make the role his own without letting us forget who originally wrote the tale. From a "humbug" growled out from the very depth of his disdain and his audible desire to boil "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips" with his own pudding and bury them with a stake of holly through their heart, to the "splendid" and "most illustrious ... father of a long, long line of brilliant laughs," coughed up and spit out after years of having been out of practice, this is the Scrooge that Dickens described; and Stewart obviously has the time of his life playing him.

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Source: www.themisathena.info/movies/christmascarol1.html#ChristmasCarol-Stewart
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