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What I’ve Been Reading // December
If you’re not quite over Christmas just yet, then you’ve come to the right place because I have one more very festive post for you all. Just after Christmas last year I went on a book buying binge while the sales were on and bought myself quite a few Christmas books and they’ve been waiting patiently on my book shelf ever since, I’ve also managed to buy myself even more this year, so guess what I’ve been reading lately? I needed a change too, I’ve been reading TVD series so I seriously needed something light hearted and festive to lift the spirits a bit. Plus, I’m all for cheesy Christmas things, I am one of those people that has the Christmas 24 channel on in the background, all day long and I bloody love it. All the books I’ve read this month are animal related of course, you all probably know I’m a serious animal lover, so animals and Christmas, well there’s nothing better is there?
Claude’s Christmas Adventure ★★★★★
I was definitely drawn to this book from the cover, it 100% stood out from every other book in the shop and I couldn’t physically help myself from buying it, I mean, it screams Christmas so.. and like most of us usually say, I am so bloody glad I did. This book was THE most happiest, jolliest book ever. It might not seem it, seen as though Claude, the adorable french bulldog on the cover, is left being while his family travel to France for Christmas, but it really is and I definitely want to see it turned into a film. It’s brilliantly written and even though it’s told from multiple perspectives, you don’t loose track at all, instead it draws you in to never want to put it down, but quite often I had to force myself because I didn’t want it to end, I was in a magical Christmas world right from the first page. It’s extremely cheesy with the very happy ending, but it’s played down really well, I wouldn’t have minded more cheese to be honest because it’s Christmas and that’s what we all want, right? If I could recommend any Christmas book to you, it would definitely be this one, and I will for sure be reading this again next year.
Alan The Christmas Donkey ★★★★★
As soon as I read the prologue of this book and realised that it was a true story, based on Tracy’s life running a donkey sanctuary, I knew I was going to absolutely love it. It starts way back in 1992 when Tracy rescued her first donkey Muffin and then the unplanned Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary grew from there.
It doesn’t start Christmassy at all, infact, it was only Christmassy near the end, but that didn’t matter one bit because I was absolutely loving it, reading about how devoted Tracy was to the donkeys just melted my heart. I loved it even more because she’s as devoted to her donkeys as I am to dogs, plus she is of course living my dream, except mine involves a lot more dogs. There are quite a few sad chapters, but there are a lot more happy ones, and it also has a very happy ending. I will definitely be visiting Tracy’s Donkey Sanctuary in the new year and I cannot wait to meet Alan.
The Lost Christmas Puppy ★★★
I was actually quite disappointed in this book at first, I expected an adorable Christmas story about a dog but it wasn’t like that at all, infact it was just a story about Linda. There were a few dogs appearing every now and then, but it was only the last few chapters when it actually became about a dog, and obviously that didn’t last that long. I was thinking about putting this book down at one point and starting another Christmas book, but decided I best finish it and see what happens. When I got used to the fact that it wasn’t going to be about a dog, I started to enjoy it, and it actually got really interesting. Linda went through a hell of a lot through her life and she’s shared it all in these books, so you do feel a lot of heart break for her, but it of course ends with a lovely happy ending which just made it perfect. But if you are looking for a jolly Christmas book, this isn’t something I’d recommend, even if it is a pretty good story.
The Christmas Guest ★★★★★
As I’m writing this post, I’ve not yet finished The Christmas Guest, but I am just over halfway through, and I can tell you I am bloody loving it and I already know It’ll be a five star. But don’t worry, if you are wanting to see my full thoughts once I have finished it, I will pop back on this post and add a little update but I’m enjoying it too much to rush it right now. So far, it’s been full of emotion, every emotion you can imagine, and because you’re following Teddy, the pup, instead of a human, it’s 10 times more emotional. There’s a lot of bits that really tug at the heart strings because there’s a little girl called Emily who is quite ill, but Teddy is trying his hardest to help which doesn’t always go the way he plans. It’s made me laugh, cry and smile a hell of a lot. It’s a brilliant little Christmas story, and I definitely want to see this turned into a film, I can imagine it being a big favourite with everyone, especially if it ends the way I expect. Update: Finished it, loved it! What a beautiful ending to an amazing story.
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