Tuesday, 1 December 2015

One down...

Gosh, the first of December!  Where on earth has the year gone.  No really, I mean it.  Where did the rest of the year go.......

I haven't had the chocolate out of my advent calendar yet, as I am waiting for Hubby to get home then we will have ours together.  A silly little tradition, but one we like nonetheless.  Actually, I have a secret.  I have another advent calendar too, but I will take turns for the days on that one.  I don't want Father Christmas to take me off the nice list at this late stage.

So, the first day of the month is nearly done, one calendar changed and when I go into the kitchen shortly I will change the other one.  Things are getting crossed off my lists and plans are afoot.  All swappy parcels and cards were sent today - I hope that I didn't forget anyone! - and stamps bought for the other cards. 

I have also finished the first of my Christmas Reads.  A Gingerbread Café Christmas by Rebecca Raisin.  What can I say.  Light, fluffy and sweet.  Just like any good cake, or gingerbread, should be.  It was a perfect holiday read.   

The story centres around Lil who runs the Gingerbread Café.  When Damon arrives in town it looks as though things might get sticky, but soon all is wonderful.  Romance ensues and everyone ends up happily ever after.  If you are in the mood for an easy and quick read, pick it up, but I wouldn't make a special effort to seek it out. 

The best part is the description of all the wonderful cakes and chocolates and other food they make in the café.  It is a good thing that there isn't a café like it where I live is all I can say - I would be there a lot!!  This one is now off to the charity shop for someone else to enjoy.


On to the next book!  Six more to go before Christmas.  Do you think that I will finish....

While we were away I also finished Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Armin.  I have been listening to this for some time, so it has been rather disjoined - my problem not the books.  The descriptions of the garden were really enjoyable, the trials of getting different plants, encouraging them to grow, difficulties in finding help in the garden, I found all of these enjoyable.  Some of the other parts, well, not so much.  I think that was more down to the way that I was "reading" the book though.  This is on my Kindle so I might give it another go sometime. 



That means that I have now finished 15 books this year - so far! - which is a much higher number than in recent years.  Of course if I finish the other six that will make 21 which will be a very good haul for me.  Next year I am giving up my monthly mantel changes to just change it occasionally, so I hope that I have even more time for reading.  Perhaps I will meet the 21 this year and get to even more next year!

Hope you have had a good first day of December!

Amy

35 comments:

  1. I thought the same today AMy. Where goes the others months lol ???
    I can´t believe Christmas is really close !
    This book sound lovely.
    Loads o love and hugs dear AMy!!
    xoxoxo

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  2. Like you I am wondering where the rest of the year went. I have a few books out ready for Christmas reading but crochet seems to take over and I can't seem to do both although I can watch TV and crochet.

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  3. For the first day, you have accomplished a lot! It's great you are carving out time to read.... Have a blessed evening!

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  4. I do love Enchanted April by the author of the second book. I should read the descriptions of the garden as I know that they must be lovely. I am reading a long book slowly...just a few pages a night. It has been very pleasant. I do love a cozy read. I am sure that you will accomplish all that you set your mind to.

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  5. I agree with you - the year has just vanished! I will bake the Christmas cake tomorrow, then I will start to feel in the Christmas mood!!

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  6. That book sounds just what I enjoy reading. I will have to look out for it. I haven't started my Christmas reading yet but hope to next week. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  7. Have you seen my good friends blog, she tries to read 50 a year, she's not quite managed it yet, but she blogs and reviews all the books. It's a good blog, you may enjoy it: https://inthenickioftime.wordpress.com/author/inthenickioftime/

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  8. They sound like two totally different books. I got back in to reading a few years ago and my tally has increased each year, I've surpassed myself already this year without December's total to add on.

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  9. Hi Amy! Don't we all have our little traditions we love? The books sound like good reads and I wanted to thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my little granddaughter. We're just taking one day at a time.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. I don't know where the time has gone too! I read this Elizabeth von Armin book on my kindle and I felt a bit like you about it. it wasn't any near as good as "Enchanted April." Sarah x

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  11. Gee, I must go and turn over my calendar too. Well done on the book front, you are way ahead of me this year. I haven't even counted. I've popped a few of your Xmas reads on my list though and am waiting for the library to get a couple in. Take care.

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  12. Chocolates all round here too. Thanks for stopping by my blog Amy, love to see you call by. Jo x

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  13. December already! I can't believe it! And this month will fly past. Sometimes I just wish the merry go round would slow down!

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  14. Elizabeth and Her German Garden is a great book, is it not? But best of all I love The Enchanted April, which was made into such a gorgeous film. If you've not read this, then grab it and the DVD of it. I now see that Sarah at Down by the Sea also recommends The Enchanted April! Another good read is Mollie Panter-Downes novel, One Fine Day, which is set on one day (how did we guess?) just after WW2. But let's see if you can up your total of 15 books in a year in 2016. I can't imagine life without books, I read all the time, there are books in every room, and I have several on the go at once ... but then, I don't do craft work, we can't all do everything, can we? But I do baking, general cooking, helping with grandson, writing for magazines, photography, research for my articles, and try and keep my home and garden in good order, but there is always time for books, which after my husband and family and friends, are my first love, I think.
    Margaret P

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  15. PS to my earlier comment:
    I'm not one for decorating early for Christmas so I surprised even myself by visiting the local Christmas Tree Farm today and buying our tree!!! On the 1st December! Has anyone beaten me to it? Of course, it won't be brought into the house for a while - I would be fed up with it by 25th Dec - but it will have a chunk sawn off the trunk and dunked in a bucket of water for at least a week, so that it gets a good drink. Then it will come in and be placed ceremoniously in the sitting room and decorated. But few other decorations, the room doesn't need it. Just lots of greenery and fresh flowers, fruit and nuts, job done!
    Margaret P

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  16. You are really in the Christmas mood now. Great fun opening those doors, isn't it. x

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  17. I think it's sweet that you and your husband enjoy the chocolate treats in your Advent calendars. I hope it's good chocolate! Some of them have very cheap chocolate. :) The book, The Gingerbread Cafe, sounds like a good read. One needs light and fluffy this time of the year when time to read is scarce. I picked up a Colleen Coble book that contains 2 novellas in it and hopefully I'll get it read before Christmas. Sometimes I'm a slow reader...as in I don't make time for it. Have a lovely rest of the week Amy.

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  18. I'm trying hard to cut down on my sugar intake but I told Douglas that that's impossible to do at Christmas time. Funnily enough, he agreed with me when I gave him his chocolate out of our advent calendar! LOL

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  19. Happy December! I am reading a cozy Christmas book too! Its a Christmas Candy Cane Mystery!
    Waiting for the hubby and son to return from hunting camp. : )
    Have a cozy evening, my friend!

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  20. oh i love the gingerbread book, that looks like a great book for this Christmas season. so fun! please keep up the book suggestions. i love them so!! thank you! ( :

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  21. I got to knit while hubby drove today. We took our aunt out to lunch. She is fun. I finished reading I am MALALA

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  22. Thank you for sharing your review of the books. Sounds like you have a busy month ahead. Enjoy every minute.

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  23. December kind of snuck up on me, I'm trying to get things done, but feel very unorganized.

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  24. The gingerbread book looks so sweet, just right for December reading. What a lot of books you have read this year; I have done less than half that number. I keep falling asleep. Happy Christmas prep, Amy. xx

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  25. December is here and away we go. I'm trying to make time for quiet during this month, and even if my hands are busy, I'm hoping for a quiet heart and mind. I baked shortbread today and have been indulging. If I carry on this way I'll be baking again before the 25th. Time to tuck it all away in the freezer.

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  26. I don't read nearly as much as I used to due to lack of time during the school year. I do enjoy reading on my holidays though and summer break. I always buy two of three new Christmas books to read each year and then borrow a few from my mom too. We both love Christmas reads! I just bought The Christmas Light and The Christmas Angel to read. I need to start on one. Maybe even tonight. Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  27. I wish I knew where the rest of the year went. I've been wondering about that myself. It must feel so good to have time to read. I really need to squeeze in some reading.
    xx Beca

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  28. 15 books WOW. I think I need to get back to my reading. I just bought a couple of books and have not had a chance to sit down and read them. I am learning that you have to make time for things you enjoy.

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  29. I have had a Christmassy novel on my bedside table for almost two years now. This is the push I need to make time to read it. This year really has flown and if I'm not careful it will be next Christmas and I still won't have read it. X

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  30. Well done on your reading, Amy! December is here - I should get myself organised.. Our advent calendar is up and our advent ark too :-) xx

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  31. I'm looking for the rest of the year too, it was May and now it's Christmas! Cor 15 books that it good going, I need a Christmassy read now too. This one sounds great xx

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  32. Good luck with your reads. If I get one I'm really interested in, I can read it pretty quickly because my nose is in it all the time. If it doesn't capture my attention from the get go, then it takes me forever. Looks like you are getting into the groove for Christmas.

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  33. You just reminded me I need to go turn the page in my calendar. :)

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  34. My kiddos love the advent calendar I do for them where each day either holds a chocolate, or if it's empty they come see me for a prize. ;)

    You are my HERO - doing all that good reading!! The best time for me to read is often at night and I'm too tired! Lol Keep up the great work Girl! xoxo

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  35. A Gingerbread Café Christmas sounds lovely and goes on my list. Elizabeth and Her Garden has been on my pile for quite some time, waiting its turn.
    Amalia
    xo

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