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A Boy Called Christmas
A Boy Called Christmas | Matt Haig
140 posts | 90 read | 1 reading | 58 to read
You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. From the winner of The Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. With illustrations by Chris Mould.
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Mynameisacolour
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It's cold and gray outside today so starting the day with some hygge audio crafting and some warm candlelight.❄🕯❄
The tagged book is cute so far!

Crazeedi That's beautiful 😍 1w
megnews I loved this book! The sequel, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, was great as well. 1w
Emilymdxn This is the cosiest and loveliest evening! 1w
wanderinglynn That looks fun! 1w
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TheKidUpstairs
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#Truth

Tagged is the Christmas read I bought myself today!

📷: Harper Collins Canada

Bookwormjillk So true 4w
JamieArc I wish this were me! I‘m not quite ready to pull out the Christmas stories yet, and am done with the creepy books, so I am feeling a little confused, unsure what to read 😂 4w
kspenmoll I have to celebrate Thanksgiving a holiday I love, before entering Christmas mode. Just me. 4w
Branwen I FEEL SEEN! 😂 4w
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wordslinger42
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I've signed up for #WinterGames2021 and it promises to be full of all sorts of festive fun! 🎄❄☃️ You can sign up here:

@Clwojick
@StayCurious

Clwojick Woohoo! Thanks for sharing!❤️ 1mo
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Andrew65
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#12Booksof2020 #Day8

In December I read the Boy Called Christmas Trilogy and found myself falling in love with all of them. Delightful stories. I look forward to the film next Christmas.

Read-y_Picker Loved the first one! Saving the next 2 for next Christmas‘ TBR. Happy New Year! 11mo
mrp27 I enjoyed the first one. Looking forward to reading the others. 11mo
Andrew65 @Read-y_Picker I loved the second one best, something to look forward to next year. Happy New Year 🍾🥂🥳 11mo
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Andrew65 @mrp27 Book 2 was my favourite. Happy New Year 🥳🍾🥂 11mo
mrp27 Happy New Year! 11mo
Andrew65 @mrp27 Happy New Year 🍾🥂🥳 11mo
tracey38 What great covers! 11mo
Andrew65 @tracey38 They are and the stories are great too. 11mo
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"An impossibility is just a possibility you don't understand yet."

An adorable Christmas story about the origins of Santa Claus. Little Nikolas has a tough childhood but his life turns around when he moves in to the secret city of Elfhelm. As he grows up, he wants to spread joy through gift giving to children around the world.

Merry Christmas to All ?☃️??❄️

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ThePageantHam
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Panpan

I never read middle grade books, but I read this one for a book club. I don't understand why someone would write something so depressing for 8-12 year olds. Sure, there is joy, celebration, and magic, but there is also abuse, poverty, and death. I appreciate that Haig created a unique backstory for Santa, I cared a lot about Nikolas, and I'm a sucker for an anthropomorphic mouse and a sweet reindeer friend, but mostly this was not for me. 🎅

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ThePageantHam
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I'm a sucker for maps in books 🗺️👀

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ads0123
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Pickpick

Finished this one, and it was so good!! Highly recommend! Book 1, for #WinterGames2020 and team #ReadNosedReindeer, done!

#HolidayRead #TBRRead #CrushTheRush

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sounds cute! 12mo
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AnneCecilie
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Thanks for the tag @erzascarletbookgasm

#ispy books with snow on the cover. This was hard, I‘m happy about my Christmas books now

If you want to play, do you want to find books with a garden on the cover, @greenreads @Siri_reads ?

erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed the tagged book 👍 2y
sheshedbooks Thanks for the tag! Sorry I couldn't play immediately. 🙇 2y
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Pickpick

After reading our two repeat Christmas books with time to spare (first time!), we were able to try a new one. Cute read for kids. They all liked it and asked that we add it to the “tradition” list. We‘ll definitely at least read the sequel next year too. #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

Itchyfeetreader I totally meant to read the sequel this past Christmas 2y
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MrsBibliophile
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Mehso-so

This was such an odd book! I read it before gifting it to my niece for Christmas. I'm not even sure how to describe it other than odd. The characters are somewhat likable, but the plot is choppy and goes in strange directions, and it doesn't make a lot of sense. It's like talking to someone with ADHD who hasn't taken their medication.

I'm not even sure who to recommend this to lol

❄🎄🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎄❄
And of course
🎁📚Happy Reading!📚🎁

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Lmstraubie
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Daisey I really enjoyed the descriptive and figurative language! The illustrations were also perfect. 2y
mrp27 I enjoyed this, was a fun holiday read. 2y
megnews Agree with @Daisey wonderful world building. I could picture the snowy landscape and all the characters. Loved the illustrations and chapter titles. I recommend reading the next in the series, The Girl Who Saved Christmas and I plan to read the rest as well. Great author I‘d never heard of before! This was an excellent December pick! Thanks for hosting @Lmstraubie 2y
Peddler410 Read the next book! Just as fun! 2y
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 So hard to name just one instance. I've been blessed with so many kind and thoughtful friends and family. 2y
TheBookHippie Someone came and dropped coffee, frozen meals, a journal and fresh bread on my doorstep when I returned home after losing my third baby ..I never found out who it was. Then that Christmas I couldn‘t do the tree and my daughter did it all, she was 17. I‘ll never forget that holiday season. 2y
Peddler410 My Litsy @LitsyGoesPostalOG family sent meals for my family after my dad died — wonderful surprise! 2y
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I like the comfort, familiarity and the way traditions can keep family members alive even when they are gone. 2y
Peddler410 @mrp27 I agree with your statement about keeping family members alive. And, especially now during what can be a hectic time of year, traditions can be calming ... the knowing what to expect. 2y
TheBookHippie I think it‘s calming and feels safe. Like the whole world can be chaos but this remains still. 2y
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megnews I agree with all above especially @mrp27 comments about keeping family alive. There‘s something magical about passing on special things you learned from older generations to the younger. It keeps them alive. (edited) 2y
AnneCecilie All of the above. And looking forward to something because it has always been wonderful so this year will be too. 2y
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

TheBookHippie Yup. He walks around my house everyday —a medical impossibility. Also the touch of Mr BookHippies hand in mind magic still three decades later. 2y
TheBookHippie And yes believe in the magic of unexplainable events. 2y
AnneCecilie Yes, I believe in magic 2y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 I believe in Magic. It saves my sanity in this crazy world. 2y
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie 💗💗💗 2y
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

megnews The entire thing. It was all magical. This was such an excellent Santa origin fairy tale myth for children. It all seemed plausible and it slowly rolled out. The setting was detailed & beautiful. Would have loved to read this as a child and plan to read it with my grandbaby someday. 2y
AnneCecilie I love Christmas and is willing to believe anything. Now I want to read the other stories in this series 2y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 I liked the explanation of how you stopped aging when you found your purpose. 2y
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I loved both Blitzen, he reminded me of my dog Sadie and the truth pixie because she was a hoot. 2y
Daisey Miika and Blitzen! Apparently I just like the animal companions the best. 2y
TheBookHippie Truth Pixie!!! Love!!!! Hoot is a good word ! 2y
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megnews Yes, I agree with Truth Pixie. I‘m looking forward to reading her story. 2y
AnneCecilie Miika. Not really sure why, but the mouse was there with Christmas from the start and the way they communicated. 2y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 The truth pixie by far. I remember reading another story with my son years ago that had a truth fairy that basically behaved the same way and found it quite entertaining. I also liked Father Topo because of his kindness. 2y
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 Sadly, yes. He had to go through the loss to get where he needed to be and become the person he was to be. 2y
Daisey Yes, after what the dad did I don‘t think there was any other way for him to redeem himself and things to work out except through self sacrifice. 2y
Peddler410 @Daisey you‘re comment brought that part of the story flooding back to me. I agree with you and @mrp27 2y
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TheBookHippie Yes. @Daisey is right, no other way. 2y
megnews Yes. I recall being shocked when this happened in a middle grade Christmas story but I agree with @mrp27 Otherwise, Nikolas May have had to return with his dad and we‘d have no Father Christmas. 😮 (edited) 2y
AnneCecilie Yes, what @Daisey said 2y
Chelsibno I agree with @Daisey 2y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 I was kind of hoping Joel would go back with Nikolas and redeem himself to the elves and then still be around for Nikolas. That part really ripped me. 2y
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I like to think it's because he held onto his mothers love and kindness. 2y
Daisey I also think a lot of it has to do with how his mother raised him. 2y
Peddler410 I agree... mother‘s love. 2y
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TheBookHippie Love. If just one person in this case Mom loves you you can hold on to it. 2y
megnews I agree with everyone above. I think he had a naturally positive, go-getter attitude that he probably got from his mom. 2y
AnneCecilie I agree with all of you. 2y
Chelsibno I agree with everyone. 2y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie @megnews @TheBookHippie @Peddler410 @Daisey @mrp27 It's truly amazing how one person can effect your life so deeply. 2y
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Question 2 #mgbuddyread

TheBookHippie “So he knew terrible things- even the most terrible things-couldn't stop the world from turning. Life went on. And he made a promise to himself that, when he grew older, he'd try to be like his mother. Colourful, and happy and kind and full of joy.” This is my life in a nutshell except Grandma not mother. (edited) 2y
megnews @TheBookHippie I love that one. Here‘s one of my favs: If you keep on climbing a mountain, you will eventually reach the top. That‘s the thing with mountains. However big they are, there is always a top. Even if it takes all through the day and all through another night, you will usually get there, if you keep remembering there is a top. (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie @megnews I love that one too! 2y
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Chelsibno “An impossibility is just a possibility you don‘t understand yet.” 2y
AnneCecilie I love your quote @Chelsibno. That‘s a great one. 2y
megnews @Chelsibno I almost picked that one! 2y
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno That was my favorite too! 2y
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @megnews Really good choices - there were so many to choose from. 2y
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I read this two years ago, but I do recall thinking of Roald Dahl and Quintin Blake while reading this to my daughter. 2y
mrp27 @Peddler410 I agree, he reminded me a lot of Dahl. 2y
Daisey @Peddler410 I hadn‘t really thought about this, but Dahl is a good comparison. 2y
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megnews @peddler410 I thought of Dahl when I was reading as well. 2y
Chelsibno I agree! Dahl is a great comparison! 2y
AnneCecilie No, I don‘t read enough middle-grade to be able to compare it with anything else (edited) 2y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @Daisey @megnews @Chelsibno @AnneCecilie Roald Dahl is EXACTLY who I had in mind when I thought of this question. I couldn't help thinking the characters where so Dahl like - the mean aunt, the troll and so many more. 2y
AnneCecilie @Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @Daisy @megnews @Chelsibno Apparently I haven‘t read enough Dahl and need to do something about that. 2y
Lmstraubie @AnneCecilie Lol yes definitely! 2y
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JaclynW I'm still waiting for this book to come! I've been on hold at my library for quite awhile.😬 2y
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I hope it comes in soon! It was a good one 🙂 2y
JaclynW @Lmstraubie It finally came yesterday! I'm hoping to read a bit tonight. 💕 2y
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Dear #mgbuddyread friends - I apologise profusely for not posting the questions yesterday. My mom went in the hospital on Thursday and finally came home today. (She is better.) Questions will be posted tomorrow night & I will tag you so you know. Again, I'm truly sorry 😕
@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo @megnews @Sace @AnneCecilie

megnews Hope she is doing better! 2y
Peddler410 No worries! I hope your mom is doing better. 2y
Lifeisasnap Seriously, don‘t worry about our little group. Your mom is more important! I pray she will be doing better soon. Hugs. 2y
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mrp27 No worries. Hoping your mom feels better. 2y
TheBookHippie No worries I took my mum in Saturday shingles. I hope yours is much better soon!! 2y
Daisey No worries! Just glad to hear from you and hope your mom is doing better. 2y
AnneCecilie No worries. I hope your mom is better 2y
Sace No worries! Just take care of your mom and yourself. 2y
sblbooks I'm glad to hear she's doing better. 2y
JaclynW No worries at all! I'm glad to hear she is doing better! 💕 2y
LibrarianRyan It happens. You mom is way more important than book club. I hope she is doing better and that you are not too stressed. 2y
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @JaclynW @sblbooks @Sace @AnneCecilie @Daisey @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Lifeisasnap @Peddler410 @megnews Littens are seriously the best people!! Thank you for your understanding 🥰 Going to post questions now 😊 2y
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Daisey
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This was a a wonderful holiday story. I enjoyed the perseverance and integrity of the main character as well as the magic of the elves. There‘s lots of fun figurative and descriptive language, and the illustrations are fantastic.

#Christmas #MGBuddyRead #middlegrade #MsDsLibrary

JazzFeathers I mean! You're reading s book a day! 😲 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers The perk of reading children‘s and middle grade books! 2y
AJackets Matt Haig is a great non-fiction writer! Notes On A Nervous Planet was fantastic! 2y
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Daisey
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#BookReport
📖 I Am Still Alive - grim survival story of a girl in the Canadian wilderness
📖 A Boy Called Dickens - fictionalized picture book about childhood of Charles Dickens
📖 A Boy Called Christmas - great holiday story for #MGBuddyRead

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 The Black Dahlia
📖 The Annotated Hobbit - #ThereAndBackAgain readalong
📖 The Length of a String

#WeeklyForecast
Continue in progress & a couple more before due back to the library

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Daisey
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Yet again I waited until the last minute to pick up our #MGBuddyRead choice. However, reading this book by the Christmas lights with the snow coming down outside the window is about perfect. I‘m really enjoying the figurative language, description, and sometimes dark humor in this story. For example, this page about climbing mountains.

#middlegrade #Christmas

Sace I'm joining in some of the reads next year and I promise I'll be reading last minute as well. 😂 2y
Daisey @Sace It never fails, even if I get ahold of a copy early, I still tend to wait knowing it won‘t take me long to read. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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rjsthumbelina
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This book was MADE by the narration. Stephen Fry was excellent. I did enjoy this background story for Father Christmas. I really liked it once it got to the elves and magic. It was a bit more serious than I expected it to be, but I don't think that was necessarily a bad thing.
#wintergames #thefilthyanimals #holidayread @rather_be_reading @StayCurious @Clwojick

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rjsthumbelina
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Started my first #holidayread today! Even better is the fact that Stephen Fry narrates it. Really interested so far
It was also an #impulseread, but it probably can't count for both! 🙃
#wintergames #thefilthyanimals @Clwojick @StayCurious @rather_be_reading

rather_be_reading 1pt💚❤ for now until you review. also as for the counting of points- we go with the highest value of the two so the holiday read would you more here 2y
julesG Perfect book to start with. Fry is such a good narrator. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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I absolutely love the drawings in this book

#ReadNosedReindeer #WinterGames

megnews Me too! 2y
StayCurious Beautiful! +1 2y
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AnneCecilie
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Who doesn‘t recognize themselves in this picture? A kid standing outside looking in on the toy store.

#ReadNosedReindeer #WinterGames

StayCurious Reminds me of Pinocchio. +1 2y
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AnneCecilie
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A cute Christmas story about how Father Christmas became Father Christmas.
And the drawings are cute too.

Don‘t be surprised if I reread this next Christmas together with the next books in this series.

#HolidayRead #TBRRead #BookToMovieAdaption (the movie will be out 2020)
#WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer

StayCurious Excellent! +26! 2y
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

This book has glitter on both the front and back cover, so I‘m sure that by the time I‘ve finished reading this #GlitterGetsEverywhere

#FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer

suzie.reads I loved this 😍 2y
StayCurious Haha +2 2y
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForcast

Over the next week, I‘ll continue my reading of The Snow Sister and One Day in December
I want to read The Polar Express and A Boy Called Christmas
I also want to start reading The Christmasaurus

#WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer

Cinfhen Looks like everyone has Christmas fever ❤️enjoy your reads 2y
StayCurious Excellent forecast! +1 2y
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Charityann
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coffees 21pts!! 2y
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Pickpick

This was the sweetest book ever!
I can‘t believe I've never heard of it before now.
Will have to reread it every year form now on.
And the BEST part of all... It will be a Movie next year!

#HolidayRead #Book2Movie #WinterReadsBingo
#WinterGames #Elfies

@Bookwormjillk @StayCurious @Clwojick

AnneFindsJoy Ooh a children‘s holiday story be Matt Haig! Sounds great, adding to TBR! 2y
Enchanted_Bibliophile @AnneFindsJoy You will not be disappointed 😊 2y
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sblbooks
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#WinterGames @Clwojick @StayCurious
#Teamelectricsex @LibrarianRyan
#Holidayread Book 3 finished
A cute Christmas fantasy for middle grade. It will grab your attention right from the start. The audiobook was amazing. I'm looking forward to discussing it for #MGbuddyRead @Lmstraubie

Lmstraubie Going to look for the audio book right now! 2y
LibrarianRyan Maybe I need to try it in audiobook. I might not get it read otherwise. +21 2y
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Aimeesue
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#Audiobookwalk with the puppas in the misty drizzle today. The Stephen Fry narration helped - it's fabulous. Stella is a delicate Pibble flower and hates to get wet, so she's wearing her cashmere sweater. 😂
#Stella #Suzie
#dogsofLitsy
#pitbullsofLitsy
#pibble

jillrhudy She would. What a diva! 2y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy She really, really is. Big spoiled baby. 🙄 2y
DGRachel Love this! Bailey refuses to go outside if it‘s drizzling and also hates clothes. Rainy season is miserable for her. 😂 2y
Aimeesue @DGRachel At least Stella doesn't mind her sweater or her jacket. Not about to try a rain hat on her though! 😂 They really are big babies. 2y
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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📚 My current read...👆
🎥 Elliot the Littlest Reindeer
🎶 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

#manicmonday
@JoScho

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suzie.reads
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Just listened to this book as I put the Christmas tree up 🎄🎄🎄
I absolutely loved it and Stephen Fry reading it was just perfect.
20 points #HolidayRead and 1 point for the post.
+21 points for #TeamElectricSex #WinterGames @clwohick @StayCurious @LibrarianRyan

suzie.reads @StayCurious @Clwojick if it is an impulse read and a holiday read do you count both or just one? 2y
StayCurious @suzie.reads it‘s an either or sort of thing - whichever has the highest points value 2y
suzie.reads @StayCurious thought as much, thanks 😊 2y
sblbooks I'm starting this one tomorrow. It's the #MGbuddyRead for this month; plus it will be perfect for #wintergames. 2y
LibrarianRyan As someone else said this is the December #MGbuddyread. I am hopping to start it soon, but I need to get a copy first. 2y
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julesG
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#bookreport @cinfhen

Managed to read both books and a few ARCs. It was a very good idea to keep my forecast to two books only.

Cinfhen Did the kids enjoy the book??? 2y
julesG @Cinfhen Yes, very much. Book two and three went onto the wishlist. 2y
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#WeeklyForecast

I'm probably going to read more than these two, I'm still dipping in and out of

📚Crooked Kingdom
📚Dreyer's English
📚Elemental
📚Fall; or Dodge in Hell

But my kids picked up A Boy Called Christmas again and we intend to read it this week. A few chapters every afternoon while sipping hot apple punch.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen That sounds lovely 😊 I miss reading with the kids 😢 2y
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