December Wrap-Up

I can’t believe it’s time to wrap-up another month – and year! It was not the year I expected, but I feel grateful to have coped and to have my husband with me who is my ultimate support. He makes me smile when I want to cry; has listened to me complain and explode on many an occasion; but, most importantly, he has played computer games and left me to read in peace! :-). There have definitely been lows with the loss of my Dad in April and my sister being hospitalised in November. But there have also been highs. Being back in the classroom in September after so long teaching online during lockdown was definitely a high as was the support from colleagues in school. I’ve got a brilliantly wonderful and supportive team who have helped me survive this past term. Whilst I want to be back in class teaching, this is the first time I’ve actually felt sad and scared as cases are rising so quickly but I’m not going to think about that … instead, I’m going to be spending New Year’s Eve drinking champagne and facetiming with my sister in Ireland.

Goodreads Challenge:

I managed to read more than the 120 books I’d set as my target. I feel very lucky to have found the time to read so many wonderful books this year, and I really hope to be able to continue this next year.

Books I’ve read:

I’ve read 11 books this month which includes 8 physical books and 3 e-books.

Physical books read:

e- books read:

NetGalley:

My Feedback Ratio is currently at 89%. This month I’ve only requested one book, A Tangle of Spells which is one of my most anticipated books for 2021.

Books bought:

Despite the fact that I was put on a book-buying ban by my husband (as he was getting me books for Christmas), I still managed to buy 8 books – don’t know how that happened! The first five are not released until 7th January but I managed to get my hands on early copies from my local Waterstones. I also managed to buy a couple of adult books!

Christmas gifts:

I was rather spoiled for books by my husband this Christmas – some were on my wish list and some he managed to surprise me with. I got a mixture of adult and middle-grade books, all of which I’m very much looking forward to reading in the New Year.

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • October, October by Katya Balen
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
  • 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
  • Leo’s Map of Monsters by Kris Humphrey and illustrated by Pete Williamson
  • Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge (this was by Reading Rocks Secret Santa)
  • The Creature Keeper by Damaris Young
  • The Nowhere Emporium by Ross McKenzie
  • Owl and the Lost Boy by Amy Wilson

Right, I’m off to start with Prosecco and then move to champagne. Wishing all of the wonderful bloggers who visit my little Blog a Happy New Year! I appreciate your support and comments more than you can imagine – thank you!

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