Here is a round up of book related favourites for the month of December, 2015. For a glimpse into November, 2015’s Bookish Favourites please see here.
I read a total of five books in December.
1) The Sweet Dove Died (4/5*) by Barbara Pym.
2) The Thirty Nine Steps (4.5/5*) by John Buchan.
3) Emma- A Modern Retelling (3.5/5*) by Alexander McCall Smith.
4) Mystery in White (4/5*) by J. Jefferson Farjeon .
5) Britannia Mews by Margery Sharp.
I published nine blogposts excluding this round-up post this month. Two were reviews of children’s books: The Story of Babar and Miss Rumphius. The rest included reviews of the books- Family Roundabout and Illyrian Spring. I also published bookish list posts: 12 New Authors I Would Like to Read in 2016, Top 10 books of 2015, 12 Classics I Want to Read in 2016, 5 Endearing Christmastime Scenes from the Best Children’s Books and 2015: A Diary of Reading in 30 Instagram Pictures.
I wrote a blogpost for Mustlovefestivals.com interviewing the Latvian Tourism Board regarding the best upcoming Latvian Festivals in 2016. It was lovely chatting to Lelde Benke and learning about the Staro Riga Festival of Lights and the Cesis Town Fair.
The whole family sat down to watch ‘Home Alone‘ and the recent Disney adaptation of ‘Cinderella‘ during Christmas time. We adults watched ‘Brief Encounter‘ directed by David Lean. I highly recommend this movie, adapted from a minor play by Noel Coward. After reading Buchan’s ‘Thirty-nine Steps‘ we also watched the Hitchcock film by the same name. The story has been slightly modified for the big screen but both the book and film are exceptional.
I listened to the excellent BBC dramatization of Dodie Smith’s ‘Dear Octopus’ on BBC radio this month. I also listened to the BBC dramatization of a ‘Brief Encounter‘.
I purchased a number of Noel Coward plays on audible this month.
I did a few paintings for my art journal on Instagram. It is my favourite social media platform!
Wish you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!
Have you been reading/listening or watching anything nice this month?