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MY LAST POST OF 2014 happy new year to you all x

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MY LAST POST OF 2014

I would like to wish you all a happy new year i hope next year all your dreams come true .

I got work at 8 tomor so we are staying in .What you all doing ?

I would like to thank you all for your support this year .
What a year i had i started my blog in april since then it has grown so much
i like to thank you all for taking time out to read my blog .

I like to thank Tanya for doing her Tanya monday review post each week we all love to read her great review .
I had a few guest reviewer this year to i like to thank you all for help too.

It great that you all take time out to read my post and comment on them

I hope you all enjoy doing are #Ajscoolcoverchallenge new one on the 5 of jan

On friday i will be posting my top 10 books of 2014
I also got a few of my guest reviewer top 10 book to
Tanya
Gurdeep
Lucy
I like to thank you all for being part of my blog this year and i hope you all enjoyed being part of it too . Thank you x

I have meet so wonderful new friends from doing my blog and on twitter it so nice to talk to you all about all the books we all love.
I had some great book sent to me too thank you all so much .

It so nice of you to let me review your books i found some fab new author too this year . I had meet lots of author who have been so kind by sending me their book to review and by helping me by doing a guest post with me and i enjoyed talking to you all .

I had my review or part of it in Rene schultz book The house of stone at the front which was so special to me
Rene was one of the first author to send me her book to review since then we talk most day she a special friend to me to now i love all her book she been a big part of my blog this year too. Thank you i know how busy she been with her writing she should have a new book out next year i hope

Are book club going well i hope you like the books i picked each month & i hope you enjoy taking part .If you like to pick a book please tell me i love you to pick book so it not just my ones we read

January book is
STOLEN by
DAWN KOPMAN WHIDDEN i been told it fab by a few people now

Next year i hope to grow more
I hope to have a lot of fun with my blog
I will still be doing

Ajcoolcoverchallenge each week it starts on mondays. ( i post on twitter,blog & facebook on sunday the new challenge )

Tanya monday review post

Weekly wrap up

Book of week

Book of month

Each month are Aj book club

Free book tuesday

I going to see how many christmas book i can read in a year ( as i still got a few to read so i going to read all year ) i tell you next how many i read

My aim for next year is 100 books as i back at work now so may not read as many as i did this year i read 200 this year

i just hope next year a better year for me health wise
I so looking forward to all the wonderful new books out for 2015

Happy new year to you all
Amandajayne x

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The Postcard: A Novella by Lily Graham this review is by Gurdeep for my blog today

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The Postcard: A Novella by
Lily Graham
I like to thank Gurdeep for doing this review for meTHE BLURB

“She always said she’d find a way to let me know that death wasn’t the end …”

When Ivy Everton, a children’s book illustrator, moves to Cornwall to start a new life with her husband Stuart, she’s given her mother’s old writing desk, a bittersweet token from a mother who made childhood magical.

When she clears it, she finds that the desk holds an unexpected surprise; one she wishes, in a way, that she hadn’t found, as hidden inside is a blank, faded postcard addressed to her, in her mother’s hand. At first, the postcard serves only to haunt her; as she can’t help but wonder what unwritten secret lies unsaid.

Yet, as the days pass mysterious things begin to happen, odd items go missing from her studio, only to reappear, ethereally transformed in the seemingly empty desk.

Soon Ivy realises that the postcard was never really blank, it was simply waiting … waiting for her to find it.

Part ghost story, part romantic Christmas tale, The Postcard is about finding hope, even in the darkest times, and about the kind of love that transcends time and space to heal.

WHAT GURDEEP SAYS

This novella was a read at first sight. I had just finished the book I was reading and even with a pile so high of books to read, I went straight on to read this. It didn’t even get a chance to sit on my huge pile.

When i read the blurb to this book, i was intrigued with it being a part ghost story and part magical christmas tale.

This novella is exciting, unpredictable, mystical, emotional, heart-warming, touching with a magical twist.

The characters and the setting of the place were lovable and perfect.

This is a wonderful debut to Lily Graham’s work and i look forward to her future reads.

I rate this book with FIVE shiny stars it deserves it.

Thank you Gurdeep a another great review
please follow Gurdeep on twitter @ GurdGreenBear
Thank you so much for doing this review x Aj

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The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver 4 stars a great book to read

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The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver

The blurb
Christmas at the Davenports’ house was always about one thing: food!

But when sisters Ella and Maddy were split up, Ella to live in London with their Dad, and Maddy staying in Greece with their Mum, mince pies lost their magic.

Now, a cheating husband has thrown Ella a curved snowball…and for the first time in years, all she wants is her mum. So she heads back to Greece, where her family’s taverna holds all the promise of home. Meanwhile, waitress Maddy’s dreams of a white Christmas lead her back to London…and her Dad.

But a big fat festive life-swap isn’t as easy as it sounds! And as the sisters trade one kitchen for another, it suddenly seems that among the cinnamon, cranberries and icing sugar, their recipes for a perfect Christmas might be missing a crucial ingredient: each other

WHAT I SAY
This is a very good Christmas book again the cover so nice it just makes you what to read
part of the book is set in London and part in Greece.

The book about the life of two sisters, Ella who lives in London she just want to get away from the rat race of London and Maddy in Greece
Who fed up with her waitress job she want to be a singer in London

when the girl were younger they were split up to live with a parent each . Ella when to London with her Dad and went to a boarding school which she seem to like she a very confident lady now . Maddy stayed with her mum in Greece helping to run a little Greek tavern. Which seem so nice . Most of the story is about the girls now they are older but both show us their point of view of how these events affected their lives as they grew up was it hard for them to be split up ?
Both seem to be very different
Ella seems like a confident woman that has it all but the betrayal of her husband make her want to back her mum she hopes that her mum will support her. Things are difficult between them they both need to open up to each other Ella just seem to be mopping around were her strong character gone Her sister Maddy does not help as she is wary of her sister and does not make her feel very welcome.

Things improve when Ella gives Maddy the money for the flight to be able to pursue her dream of singing in London for the Christmas period.Maddy just seem to make the best of the things i like her she seem a down to earth girl
I like that we got to hear about both girls dreams , ambitions and life’s

The book takes you on the hustle and bustle of London back to the laid back life in Greece both so different both told so well you were there with them
All the characters were likeable and had a lot of dept to them
It was nice to hear how Ella just reconnected with her mum the story like a life swap
The relationship between mother and daughter changes and Maddy sees her dad for the first time in a long time. It was so nice to hear what happen I like that the book told from both sisters point of view it shows that family should be honest and brave they should talk to each other
Can both get over things ?
I really enjoy this book
I like the the little christmas kitchen it sounded so warm and lively the book just a lovely warm christmas read
4 stars
I like to thank net gallery for letting me read

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WEEKLY WRAP UP BOOK OF WEEK & New #Ajscoolcoverchallenge who in this week ?

WEEKLY WRAP UP BOOK OF WEEK & New
#Ajscoolcoverchallenge
what a week
i been busy with work and family time as christmas so not read much i watch frozen for the first time i love it i want a troll i like bulda that the girl one the dvd very good we all enjoy it i think i was the only person that had not seen it .
Have you all seen it ?
I had lots of books for christmas a lots of lovely gift from my book blogger friends and family thank you all
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BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK
I read 4 books and 975pages this weekThe little christmas kitchen by jenny OliverThe secret diary of Eleanor cobham by tony richesForever his darling by Sarah Randall
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   BOOK OF THE WEEK
The little christmas kitchen by jenny Oliver
The blurb
Christmas at the Davenports’ house was always about one thing: food!But when sisters Ella and Maddy were split up, Ella to live in London with their Dad, and Maddy staying in Greece with their Mum, mince pies lost their magic.Now, a cheating husband has thrown Ella a curved snowball…and for the first time in years, all she wants is her mum. So she heads back to Greece, where her family’s taverna holds all the promise of home. Meanwhile, waitress Maddy’s dreams of a white Christmas lead her back to London…and her Dad.But a big fat festive life-swap isn’t as easy as it sounds! And as the sisters trade one kitchen for another, it suddenly seems that among the cinnamon, cranberries and icing sugar, their recipes for a perfect Christmas might be missing a crucial ingredient: each other.THIS WEEKS POST OR BOOKS I GOT
I had a few books in post thank you i won 5 book on getting the best of work , start a business up , how to get the most out your business i gave then to my brother with his Christmas presents

I had 8 real books and 10 ebook for Christmas

THIS WEEK AJ’S COOL
COVER CHALLENGE

THIS WEEK AJ’S COOL
COVER CHALLENGE

#Ajscoolcoverchallenge Join me and read books WITH THE LETTER A IN TITLE or have A IN AUTHOR NAME from 29th of december till 4 th january 2015

If tweeting, please use the hashtag and on any post we do #Ajscoolcoverchallenge so we can keep track and we all can see what we are reading
Enjoy reading this week Aj’s cool cover challenge thanks for taking part .
THIS WEEK WE ARE READING BOOKS THE LETTER A IN TITLE OR AUTHOR NAME

Who would like to join just a bit of fun you can read just one book with THE LETTER A IN TITLE OR AUTHOR NAME or read all week up to you
THANKS FOR TAKING PART

WHO GOING IN THIS WEEK ?

I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR
THANK FOR READING MY BLOG

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS BY DR SEUSS This book and film is christmas to me i watch each year

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS BY DR SEUSS

THE BLURB
This classic Seussian tale tells the story of the disgruntled Grinch and his fiendish attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville. With wacky rhymes and zany illustrations from the master himself, it has been a seasonal favourite with young readers for over 40 years.

As the second step in a major rebrand programme, HarperCollins is relaunching 10 more hilarious Dr. Seuss books, including such all-time favourites as How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book. In response to consumer demand, the bright new cover designs incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels, with standard paperbacks divided into three reading strands – Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for budding readers to tackle on their own,Yellow Back Books for older, more fluent readers to enjoy.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! belongs to the Yellow Back Book range. It has also been adapted for the big screen, and is now a blockbuster movie starring the irrepressible Jim Carrey.

WHAT I SAY
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE FILM SO GOOD I GOING TO REVIEW BOTH

i use to love reading this book .This book is aim at 5 to 7 year olds
To me is a christmas classics it just a lovely easy read . I love Dr Suess rhyming it so fun .

The Grinch loathes christmas and he all way want to ruined it this year he plans to steal Christmas will work ?

If you seen the film you got to read the book it much better .
The pictures are so colourful it just truly a magical story the book just paced with a sense of Fun i enjoy the way it wrote in a lyrical language and rhythm
This book shows us that christmas does not come from a store it should come from the fun and good time we have together
The illustration are just so bright and fun
The whole plot just so captivating it so funny with the rhyming text
I do think how the Grinch stole Christmas can be read on many levels . It can be told very simple but then the story also got a powerful message to tell
It just a masterpiece it very cleverly written book
All children will love this book i say older children will enjoy it to
It just a great book

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known to millions of his fans as Dr. Seuss – was born the son of a park superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. After studying at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and later at Oxford University in England, he became a magazine humorist and cartoonist, and an advertising man. He soon turned his many talents to writing children’s books, and his first book – And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street – was published in 1937. His greatest claim to fame was the one and only The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, the first of a hugely successful range of early learning books.

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THE highest-grossing festive movie is 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in £175m so far.

ABOUT THE FILM

THIS FILM CAME OUT IN 2000
it still one of the best selling dvd now 14 years later
About the dvd
Under a thick carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker makeup, is up to all of his old tricks (and some nifty new ones) in this live-action movie of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic. He commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos, and improvisational genius, channeling Grinchness through his own screen persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr. Seuss will be thoroughly satisfied. Adding to the fun is a perfectly pitched back-story sequence (accompanied by narration) that explains how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, with a heart “two sizes too small.” Ron Howard proves a fine choice for the director’s chair with a keen balance of comedy, sentiment, and light-hearted Seussian whimsy. Production designer Michael Corenblith gloriously realizes the wackiness of Whoville architecture, and his rendition of the Grinch’s Mt. Crumpit lair is a marvel of cartoonish, subterranean grime. Then there’s Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), the thoughtful imp who rallies her village to recapture the pure spirit of Christmas and melts the gift-stealing Grinch’s cold, cold heart. You’ve even got a dog (the Grinch’s good-natured mongrel, Max) who’s been perfectly cast, so what’s not to like about this dazzling yuletide movie? The production gets a bit overwhelmed by its own ambition, and the citizens of Whoville (including Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, and Bill Irwin) pale in comparison to Carrey’s inspired lunacy, but who cares? If a movie can unleash Jim Carrey at his finest, revamp the Grinch story, and still pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Seuss, you can bet it qualifies as rousing entertainment. (Ages 5 and older.) — Jeff Shannon
WHAT I SAY
The Grinch (Jim Carrey) is a grouchy green monster who lives high up on a mountain overlooking the town of Whoville. The Grinch hates happiness, hates merriment, and most of all, hates Christmas. So one year, as the festive season approaches, he decides that enough is enough and draws up plans to steal all the decorations and all the presents from the poor, unsuspecting citizens below. Does this mean the Whos won’t be celebrating this year? Not if little Cindy Lou has anything to do with it.

It just a wonderful fun film The grinch is just so silly and fun kids and adult both love this film so much we do watch each christmas eve we love this film
jim Carey as The Grinch is so good he crazy , he silly he can be a little schizophrenic that just the way i see him a great character he bring the film to life .The computer graphics are so good it just a silly and fun dvd to watch it will make you all laugh
Have you seen the film or read the book ?
Both are christmas to me

A must christmas book and film to me

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I LIKE TO WELCOME AMANDA @chocolate -pages to my blog CHRISTMAS Q& A

Photo: I LIKE TO WELCOME AMANDA @chocolate -pages to my blog  Thank you so much for doing this post x Aj  1. DO YOU HAVE AN AUTHOR THAT YOU BUY THEIR CHRISTMAS BOOK EACH YEAR? IF SO WHO AND WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM? I don’t have any specific Christmas authors that I love. I haven’t actually read that many Christmas books, but intend to remedy that this year! If anyone has any good recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them. 2 .WHEN DO YOU START TO READ YOUR CHRISTMAS BOOKS ? I think at the beginning of December, Christmas begins in December for me. I put the tree and decorations and enjoy festive books, music and treats.  3 .HOW MANY DO YOU HOPE TO READ THIS YEAR ? HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ UP TO NOW ? I haven’t started any Christmas books yet. But I have a few lined up for the beginning of December and through the festive season. I am planning to read: ‘A Season to Remember’ by Sheila O Flanagan. ‘How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas’ by Fiona Gibson. ‘Cora’s Christmas Kiss’ by Alison May. All the reviews will be up on my blog, so watch out for them if you like to read Christmas book reviews.  ;-) 4. IF YOU COULD PICK ONE CHRISTMAS BOOK THAT YOU WOULD LOVE US ALL TO READ WHAT WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY ? Well, I loved reading ‘The Christmas Chocolatier’ by De-Ann Black. I liked the Christmas theme, it’s based in Edinburgh and its paints a lovely snowy picture with lots of chocolatey goodies, and the story is great. 5 .WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS BOOKS ? Christmas books really get me into the festive spirit. I love Christmas anyway, so like to embrace every part of it. You can immerse yourself into all the imaginative thoughts of the author and put yourself in a Christmas place of the character. 6. AS A CHILD DID YOU HAVE A FAV CHRISTMAS BOOK? I can’t think of any particularly Christmassy books that I liked as a child. I read a lot of Enid Blyton books and loved The Secret Seven. 7. IF YOU COULD BUY A BOOK FOR A FRIEND THAT DOES NOT READ MUCH WHAT WOULD YOU BUY AND WHY? I guess it depends on the friend, I would either choose a Sophie Kinsella book or a Jodi Picoult. Depending on if I think they would enjoy easy reading chick lit or something with a bit more grit. 8. YOU’VE GOT £5 TO SPEND ON A GIFT WHAT WOULD YOU BUY ? Again depends on the person. Quite possibly it would be chocolate. Its something that I always love to receive and you can never have too much of it! 9. DO YOU HAVE A CHRISTMAS JUMPER ?WHAT ITS GOT ON IT ? I had a new Christmas jumper last year which I just love. It’s cream with red sparkly hearts all over it. I am really looking forward to wearing it again. 10. WHAT BOOKS ARE ON YOUR XMAS LIST THIS YEAR ? Oops, looks like I answered this question too soon in question number 3. I’m looking forward to all my Christmas books and the 2 weeks holiday that I have over the festive season to indulge in them. 11. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS YOU DO EACH YEAR IF YES WHAT ARE THEY ? There is a nearby market to me. On Christmas Eve, the market stays open til midnight. My Husband and I love to go here and usually get ourselves a last Christmas gift to each other on the night. Everyone is so happy and festive there. There are delicious Christmassy smells and always nice foods and drinks to keep us warm and taste good. 12. WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST GIFT YOU HAD ? I have had lots of really good gifts, I have been very lucky. My Husband is particularly good at choosing gifts for me. Probably one of the best that he has gotten me would be my Kindle. I love this and use it every day. I haven’t had any terrible gifts. Even if a gift isn’t something that I would chose, I still appreciate that the person has gone out and chosen it for me. It’s the thought that counts isn’t it, and I am grateful for that. 13. WHEN DO YOU PUT YOUR TREE UP ?                                                                  It usually goes up within the second week of December. The 12 days before and after is usually something I stick too. It does depend a little on how organised I am though! 14. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS? I love everything about Christmas, I love that I have time off work. I love that I can eat and drink all those lovely festive treats, all the different smells and hopefully that most people will be happy. The time off work is probably my favourite part! I love my job, but it is very tiring and challenging, so I really appreciate the holidays to rest and spend time with my Husband. 15. PICK 4 BOOKS YOU WOULD LOVE EVERYONE TO READ? AND WHY DID YOU PICK THEM ? For this question, I would have to choose 4 books by my favourite author. I love Sophie Kinsella books. I would recommend any and all from The Shopaholic Series. Also ‘Undomesticated Goddess’ and ‘Twenties Girl’. Kinsella’s books are so funny and addictive. Thank you to AJ for the lovely interview, great questions and a lovely way to keep me in the festive spirit. I’d like to wish you and all your readers a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a lovely festive season. If you want to read more of my thoughts, please come visit me on my own blog http://www.chocolatepages.wordpress.com I will have plenty of Christmasssy posts up myself and of course my book reviews and hopefully some Christmas baking. You can also find me on Twitter @chocolate_pages. Come and say hi and tell me that you read my interview here with AJ. Thanks again AJ, I had fun with these questions and as always looking forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks amanda for doing this fab post please check amanda blog and her on twitter she a lovely lady

I LIKE TO WELCOME AMANDA @chocolate -pages to my blog
Thank you so much for doing this post x Aj

1. DO YOU HAVE AN AUTHOR THAT YOU BUY THEIR CHRISTMAS BOOK EACH YEAR? IF SO WHO AND WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM?
I don’t have any specific Christmas authors that I love. I haven’t actually read that many Christmas books, but intend to remedy that this year! If anyone has any good recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them.

2 .WHEN DO YOU START TO READ YOUR CHRISTMAS BOOKS ?
I think at the beginning of December, Christmas begins in December for me. I put the tree and decorations and enjoy festive books, music and treats.

3 .HOW MANY DO YOU HOPE TO READ THIS YEAR ? HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ UP TO NOW ?
I haven’t started any Christmas books yet. But I have a few lined up for the beginning of December and through the festive season. I am planning to read:
‘A Season to Remember’ by Sheila O Flanagan.
‘How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas’ by Fiona Gibson.
‘Cora’s Christmas Kiss’ by Alison May.
All the reviews will be up on my blog, so watch out for them if you like to read Christmas book reviews.

4. IF YOU COULD PICK ONE CHRISTMAS BOOK THAT YOU WOULD LOVE US ALL TO READ WHAT WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY ?
Well, I loved reading ‘The Christmas Chocolatier’ by De-Ann Black. I liked the Christmas theme, it’s based in Edinburgh and its paints a lovely snowy picture with lots of chocolatey goodies, and the story is great.
5 .WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS BOOKS ?
Christmas books really get me into the festive spirit. I love Christmas anyway, so like to embrace every part of it. You can immerse yourself into all the imaginative thoughts of the author and put yourself in a Christmas place of the character.
6. AS A CHILD DID YOU HAVE A FAV CHRISTMAS BOOK?
I can’t think of any particularly Christmassy books that I liked as a child. I read a lot of Enid Blyton books and loved The Secret Seven.
7. IF YOU COULD BUY A BOOK FOR A FRIEND THAT DOES NOT READ MUCH WHAT WOULD YOU BUY AND WHY?
I guess it depends on the friend, I would either choose a Sophie Kinsella book or a Jodi Picoult. Depending on if I think they would enjoy easy reading chick lit or something with a bit more grit.
8. YOU’VE GOT £5 TO SPEND ON A GIFT WHAT WOULD YOU BUY ?
Again depends on the person. Quite possibly it would be chocolate. Its something that I always love to receive and you can never have too much of it!
9. DO YOU HAVE A CHRISTMAS JUMPER ?WHAT ITS GOT ON IT ?
I had a new Christmas jumper last year which I just love. It’s cream with red sparkly hearts all over it. I am really looking forward to wearing it again.
10. WHAT BOOKS ARE ON YOUR XMAS LIST THIS YEAR ?
Oops, looks like I answered this question too soon in question number 3. I’m looking forward to all my Christmas books and the 2 weeks holiday that I have over the festive season to indulge in them.
11. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS YOU DO EACH YEAR IF YES WHAT ARE THEY ?
There is a nearby market to me. On Christmas Eve, the market stays open til midnight. My Husband and I love to go here and usually get ourselves a last Christmas gift to each other on the night. Everyone is so happy and festive there. There are delicious Christmassy smells and always nice foods and drinks to keep us warm and taste good.

12. WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST GIFT YOU HAD ?
I have had lots of really good gifts, I have been very lucky. My Husband is particularly good at choosing gifts for me. Probably one of the best that he has gotten me would be my Kindle. I love this and use it every day.
I haven’t had any terrible gifts. Even if a gift isn’t something that I would chose, I still appreciate that the person has gone out and chosen it for me. It’s the thought that counts isn’t it, and I am grateful for that.
13. WHEN DO YOU PUT YOUR TREE UP ? It usually goes up within the second week of December. The 12 days before and after is usually something I stick too. It does depend a little on how organised I am though!
14. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS?
I love everything about Christmas, I love that I have time off work. I love that I can eat and drink all those lovely festive treats, all the different smells and hopefully that most people will be happy. The time off work is probably my favourite part! I love my job, but it is very tiring and challenging, so I really appreciate the holidays to rest and spend time with my Husband.
15. PICK 4 BOOKS YOU WOULD LOVE EVERYONE TO READ? AND WHY DID YOU PICK THEM ?
For this question, I would have to choose 4 books by my favourite author. I love Sophie Kinsella books. I would recommend any and all from The Shopaholic Series. Also ‘Undomesticated Goddess’ and ‘Twenties Girl’. Kinsella’s books are so funny and addictive.

Thank you to AJ for the lovely interview, great questions and a lovely way to keep me in the festive spirit. I’d like to wish you and all your readers a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a lovely festive season.
If you want to read more of my thoughts, please come visit me on my own blog http://www.chocolatepages.wordpress.com/
I will have plenty of Christmasssy posts up myself and of course my book reviews and hopefully some Christmas baking.
You can also find me on Twitter @chocolate_pages. Come and say hi and tell me that you read my interview here with AJ.
Thanks again AJ, I had fun with these questions and as always looking forward to reading more of your posts.

Thanks amanda for doing this fab post please check amanda blog and her on twitter she a lovely lady

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January book club read STOLEN BY DAWN KOPMAN WHIDDEN THE BOOK FREE AT MIN SO CHECK IT OUT WHO IN

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January book club read

WHO GOING TO JOIN US THIS TIME ?

STOLEN
DAWN KOPMAN WHIDDEN

The blurb
Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, NY. In a cabin nestled deep in the woods two male victims are discovered,both gun shot victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene. One child is quickly identified but the other a young boy remains a mystery. The only one with possible answers lies with the man who lay critically wounded and unconscious in the hospital because the unidentified boy either can not or will not speak to tell the investigators who he is and what happened in that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on …

About the Author
Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college. IN 1989 she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central Florida. In 2012 she followed her long time dream of becoming an author and wrote her first novel A CHILD IS TORN, followed by FACELESS: A MYSTERY. She shares her life and love with her husband and an adopted stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren.

Amazon link

STOLEN by DAWN KOPMAN WHIDDEN http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LAQ5PHQ/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_0QCMub0TN9QBS

 AT THE END OF JANUARY I WILL POST MY REVIEW AND DAWN WILL BE DOING A QUESTION AND ANSWER POST WITH US SO IF YOU COULD ANY QUESTION  PLEASE TELL ME  SO I CAN ASK DAWN
HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY
THIS BOOK IS FREE SO PLEASE GET NOW A GREAT TIME TO TRY A NEW BOOK OR AUTHOR FOR FREE PLEASE LEAVE YOUR REVIEW ON AMAZON AND GOODREADS IF YOU COULD THAT WOULD BE FAB
THANK ALL AJ X
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DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS BY EMMA HANNIGAN TODAY REVIEW IS BY GURDEEP SHE ON MY BLOG TODAY

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I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME GURDEEP ASSI TO MY BLOG TODAY
GURDEEP WROTE THIS FAB REVIEW FOR ME ( thank you )

DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS BY EMMA HANNIGAN

THE BLURB
The perfect festive read
Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition – log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman.

But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family’s last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house.

As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they’ve been running away from in Dublin. And what better place to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House?

WHAT GURDEEP SAY’S

This is the eighth of my
festive reads this year. I have never read a book by Emma Hannigan before and wasn’t sure what to expect. This story is set in Ireland and is based on the Craig family and their big old house called Huntersbrook. The story tells you of the struggles and difficulties occurring in the lives of this family. The grandmother, Maggie who has been gone for a year to Australia is being accused for abandonment by the family. Her daughter, Holly and her husband are getting Huntersbrook all ready for Christmas with their good friend and housekeeper Sadie. They are counting on their grown up children, eldest daughter Lainey, son Joey and youngest daughter Pippa to make it home for Christmas. The characters are well written and all loveable, my favourite was Pippa. She manages to turn her life around after getting herself into serious debt. I also loved reading about the big old house, which was a strong character in itself.

This family story is entertaining and heart warming. The Craig family later discover the grandmother who they thought had abandoned them had actually gone away for treatment for cancer. The magic is upon this family at the end as they are once again reunited with one another. This book was easy reading and perfect for getting into the mood for Christmas. If you like a happy tale, i recommend this book. It’s a tale of the importance of friends and family. I will definitely be reading more of Emma Hannigan books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Hannigan lives in Bray, Co Wicklow with her husband Cian and their two children Sacha and Kim.

A LOVELY REVIEW THANK YOU GURDEEP PLEASE FOLLOW GURDEEP ON TWITTER
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3 MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS DAY TODAY FUN FACTS ,SONG,& DVD

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3 MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS DAY
TODAY FUN FACTS ,SONG,& DVD
Today facts
IN Britain, the best-selling festive single is Band Aid’s 1984 track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which sold 3.5million copies.
Wham! is next in the same year with Last Christmas, selling 1.4million.
CHRISTMAS pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine
.THE Aj book review club's photo.highest-grossing festive movie is 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in £175m so
THE largest Christmas cracker – 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter – was pulled in Australia in 1991.
THE long shopping spree before Christmas began in America when relatives of soldiers posted overseas in the Second World War were encouraged to mail gifts early.
Santa has two addresses, Edinburgh and the North Pole. Letters addressed to ‘TOYLAND’ or ‘SNOWLAND’ go to Edinburgh, but letters addressed to ‘THE NORTH POLE’ have to be sent there because there really is such a place
TODAY DVD                                                       Aj book review club's photo.Snowman/Father Christmas [DVD]

About film
A double bill of enchanting Christmas tales, based on the books by Raymond Briggs. In ‘The Snowman’, a small boy’s fantasy comes true when he is taken on a flying trip by a snowman from his garden. ‘Father Christmas’ sees a rather grumpy Santa (voiced by Mel Smith) attempting to get away from it all on holiday.

Two animated features. In The Snowman a young boy’s Snowman comes to life at midnight and together they set out on a wonderful adventure. Father Christmas tells the story of grumpy but loveable Father Christmas and what it is really like to be him.
A nice dvd to watch

Today song
DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS BY BAND AID

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQzJAKxTrE&itct=CA8QpDAYByITCKT-muP1hMICFSF3wgodvikAvjIHcmVsYXRlZEi1renImqDSvzQ%3D

GIFT IDEAS
A nice book for a gift for children
SANTA’S SLEIGH BY BRIMAX

THE BLURB
Join in the fun with Santa as he flies across the starry sky delivering presents to all the children on Christmas eve.
WHAT I SAY

A GREAT FUN READ FOR VERY CHILDREN
The book wrote with big writing again so nice to read . The illustration are very bright and colourful it a very fun read . I would say more for children about 3 to 4 years old

I liked that you could do other things with the story like counting the children or the mouse’s they just so much more you can make from this fab book it would make a nice read for a older children to read to a younger one they could have so much fun with it
A great stocking filler

thank you for reading my post x

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TANYA’S MONDAY REVIEW POST sleigh bells in the snow by Sarah MORGAN

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TANYA’S MONDAY REVIEW POST

Sleigh Bells in the snow
By Sarah Morgan

The blurb
Sarah Morgan puts the magic in Christmas” – Now Magazine — Kayla Green’s Christmas Survival Strategy! Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favourite time of the year. Then family heartbreak shattered that fairy-tale. Now all marketing expert Kayla wants for Christmas is for it to be over – as fast as possible! So spending the holidays working to put a family resort called Snow Crystal on the map, is a dream come true. Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage Snow Crystal – it’s in his blood, and he’ll never turn his back on it. Now he’s got Kayla Green working with him, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in the town is just an added bonus! Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson – he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamt of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to fall, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell..?

What Tanya says
I have had this book on my shelf begging to be read for a while and it was worth the wait. It’s a lovely Christmas story that although carries serious aspects of a broken family and its consequences it has great Christmas feel to it with a feel good factor.

Kayla Green is a hard working dedicated to her job as a PR she also hates Christmas with a passion and does not attend any Christmas parties or celebrate it. In fact to avoid Christmas she agrees to spend the week in a lodge at Snow Crystal in Vermont helping Jackson O’Neil get the company back on the top skiing holiday destination list. She hopes that by going to Snow Crystal she will avoid all aspects of Christmas. She thinks the job will be easy even though Walter O’Neil, Jacksons Granddad, does not want her or her ideas and tries to be awkward.

It’s not just Christmas that has such a hold over Kayla. In fact she does not allow people close to her and no one knows more that the basics about her. She has never had more than the one night with a man and has never woken up next to one. She prefers to leave before they wake. She has also never allowed a man into her bed.

As Kayla spends time at Snow Crystal she recognised that it has a hold on Jackson and members of the family. She also sees and feels what is special about the place from the atmosphere, the places and the people that work there. Although she has gone there to avoid Christmas it is visible there in abundance as is the family aspect of it.

You will have to read the book to find out why Kayla has such a good reason to hate Christmas and whether this could be the year that her attitude towards it changes.

I highly recommend you read this book over the Christmas period if you want to feel like you can see and feel the snow, smell the pine trees, taste the hot chocolate and feel the love of a family.

A LOVELY REVIEW TANYS THANK YOU X

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