Reviews, Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Two Wintery Murder Mystery Collections

I will accept murder mystery collections in lieu of turtle doves! I received Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie last Christmas from my parents but I didn’t manage to get it read before the end of December so put it aside for this year. I know I could have read it after then but it included some Christmas stories and I don’t like reading Christmas tales outside of November/December.

Squeezing in some festive murder mysteries

I managed to finish that book way quicker than expected so had time for a second book. I had recently picked up a copy of Christmas is Murder by Val McDermid. This was to be my first book McDermid book and this was the right choice.

I have a sneaky suspicion that both of these books will make it onto future December reread reading piles!

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Black Water Sister

I am so happy that I managed to tick off one more book from my 22 in 2022 list. With the benefit of hindsight, I can agree that I set too many separate goals for 2022. I was never going to be able to get through all 22 books plus 26 books for my A-Z challenge, plus the Agatha Christie books I like to read, bookclubs, series goals…a smarter person would have merged some of these goals but I did not. So this is the last book I’m ticking from my 22 in 2022 but there are still 4 that remain unread. I’m ok with this.

A wee reading vlog

I really enjoyed the setting of this book! I picked this book up because I was drawn to the concept of a ghostly granny with unfinished business and possession skills!

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The Girls I’ve Been and The Audacity

I think I jinxed myself. All month I’ve been gleefully talking about how wonderful my December reading has been. How I’ve adored everything and just had the best reading month in a long time. Well this Vlog, is all about my pride coming before my fall.

I had one book that I decided to give up on because December isn’t the month to force a read. I tried to give it 100 pages, got to 50 and declared myself done. I also had a disappointing read which was such a shame as I’d been so excited to read it.

That’s ok though because I tried. Here’s hoping for good things from my next book!

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The Shadow Glass and Right to Remain Silent

In this Vlog I read two utterly fantastic books. I am so giddy about how amazing this month has been for books so far…I’m also scared that I’m overdue a duff book. Statistically I should have had at least one but I’m trying to just enjoy the excellent month so far.

Any excuse to share my festive cheeseboard

My plan was to read The Shadow Glass by Josh Winning. It was a 400 page book so I assumed it would take me the full 3 days to read. However, I finished it in about a day and a half. This left me time to read Right to Remain Silent by Nicki Bell which was a sweet romance novella. I heartily recommend both of these books!

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Reading Festive Poirot Novels

I haven’t been feeling super festive lately. With Christmas fast approaching, I was keen to try to get myself into the festive spirit. This meant that I read not one but two Poirot novels. My two favourite festive Murder mystery collections (for now as I do have two more short story collections I plan to read before Christmas).

Trying to feel festive with Poirot

I’m often at my most content with a good murder mystery and this was such a delightful reading experience. I may be feeling a little festive now.

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The Edinburgh Skating Club

My review and some of the festive sights of Aberdeen

I bought The Edinburgh Skating Club a few months ago and put it to the side for December. It felt like it should be read in December or at least winter, when there’s snow and ice because the book heavily features ice skating on a frozen loch. Well this week we have had a very cold spell and got some snow and ice and it felt like the right time to pick this book up.

I feel like I haven’t seen anyone talking about this book which is such a shame because I really enjoyed this. This was a lovely wee read and such a quick one too.

Please note that in the review I use the character names from the blurb in order to avoid giving any spoilers.

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The Ballad of Never After

In this vlog I read a book for my Elf prompt, a book with a map. I chose to pick up The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber. I absolutely loved Once Upon a Broken Heart and preordered this book but only just go it around to reading it. What a fool I was,‘I should have read this straight away because I utterly adored it!

My Vlog featuring the most gorgeous hardback!

We also got some snow, I did some self care, and I spent time with friends. Ultimately, I feel like I lived my best life in this vlog and am delighted.

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Hogfather – Rereading a Festive Favourite

I first read Hogfather last year and promptly declared it a new festive favourite. This year I had my first reread and am very pleased with that decision as this book just gave me so much joy! I also found a lot of new things this time that I’d missed during the first read.

Hogfather Vlog

I must admit that I’m now extra delighted to have a jam advent calendar (Jamvent calendar) after this reread. Until Christmas I was have jam tomorrow, actually probably until January because I have a lot of jam. This was such a fun reread, it made me so happy.

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Finishing The Scholomance Series and 2022 Series Goals

At the start of 2022, I gave myself some series goals. I wanted to finish 5 specific series and ultimately reduce my active series total, to finish the series that I was part way through. I then promptly forgot those goals so when I was checking my series results, I was pleasantly surprised!

Absolutely delighted to have finished another series!

One of the series I didn’t plan to finish was The Scholomance series by Naomi Novik. Just because I forgot that the last book was coming out this year and I only found my way to reading the second book a few months ago. So this was a pleasant surprise.

In my Vlog I review not only the final book but the series as a whole. No spoilers, of course. This was a really enjoyable series and I truly am delighted to have finished it this year. This is certain to be the last series that I finish in 2022 so I took this moment to review my series goals and I’m happy to be ending on a high!

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The Witch and the Tsar and Raising the Alarm

My festive Vlog with full reviews

I’ve made a start on my Christmas film bingo board and checked off my first prompt. I’m feeling very accomplished! I finished the prompt for White Christmas which was a book featuring snow on the cover. For this prompt I chose The Witch and The Tsar by Olesya Salknikova Gilmore.

I also managed to squeeze in a wee novella and picked up Raising the Alarm by Nicki Bell which was short and sweet. I have preordered the second book in this series and I’m so excited about it!

So far, my plan to read at least 9 books by Christmas is going well. I hope these aren’t m famous last words!