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TheEllieMo

TheEllieMo

Joined March 2018

Hoarder of books; walker; runner; novice aviatrix; occasional cross-stitcher & knitter. Owned by 2 cats
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TheEllieMo 1. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
2. Deck the Halls
3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
4. The First Noel
5. O Little Town of Bethlehem
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. Silent Night
8. Frosty the Snowman
9. Jingle Bells
10. O Holy Night
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Christmas Cocoa Murder | Carlene O'Connor
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A collection of 3 short stories by new-to-me authors, all of whom have cozy crime series, with these stories being Christmas themed specials of those series. In Christmas Cocoa Murder, Santa is found drowned in a vat of cocoa 😱; in Christmas Coca and a Corpse, a man dies slipping on unexplained ice, and in Death By Hot Cocoa, a body is found in a Christmas themed escape room #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer #HolidayReads

TheEllieMo @StayCurious I confess this was an impulse read, so not entirely sure how to work out the points for this 🤯 6h
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#WeeklyForecast
- Finish Christmas Cocoa Murder (one of three short stories left to read)
- Two short stories: A Christmas Carol and Another Cup of Christmas
- One audiobook: Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman book 4)
- One hardback: The Familiars

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Cinfhen The Familiars sounds familiar 😂😂what‘s it about??? 1d
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen the Pendle Witch trials. Many reviews I‘ve seen have referenced 1d
Cinfhen I like a good witch story 🖤 (edited) 1d
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A cute picture, but as the tagged book points out, one never likely to happen in the natural environment as polar bears live in the North Pole and penguins live in the South Pole. #PenguinsandPolarBears #FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious Haha the more you know. Love it. +2 20h
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First Term at L'Etoile | Kelly Willoughby, Holly Willoughby
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I didn‘t know #Holly “Willobooby” Willoughby has co-written a series of children‘s books with her sister Kelly.

#HollyJollyReading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Me neither. 📚 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t either! 18h
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When I read this book when it was first published back in 2012, I imagined Harold as very elderly. According to Wikipedia, he‘s 65, a mere 14 years older than I am now. So not elderly at all!! 😉

#AgingCharacters #DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs “Elderly” is a relative term I suppose. Harold is younger than me 😂 Great choice! 1d
TheEllieMo @Eggs yes, when I was a teenager, 40 was elderly! Now, anyone my parents‘ age or below is still a spring chicken! 1d
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A bit of sewing and stuffing and hopefully my first knitted penguin 🐧 will look vaguely like the magazine photo! #HolidayCrafts #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

AmyK1 Adorable! 2d
TK-421 😍 2d
Crazeedi Very very cute!❤❤ 2d
StayCurious OMG so cute! +6 20h
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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#BookReport
Planned and achieved:
- Before The Coffee Gets Cold ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Devil‘s Food ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Alaskan Holiday ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Festive Spirits ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Girl, Woman, Other ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Also read:
- Trick or Treat ⭐️⭐️
- halfway through the Christmas Cocoa Murder

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! You had a GREAT WEEK!!! What didn‘t you like about 2d
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen I can‘t put my finger on it, to be honest. The writing was good, the stories were good (Dominique‘s in particular), but it all felt a little too relentless, I suppose. I may leave it a while and return and read each group of three stories over a longer period. 2d
Cinfhen Interesting/ I loved how all the stories came together but I get what you‘re saying. 2d
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen I liked how the stories connected, I was keeping track - “ah, so Carole‘s teacher Mrs King is Shirley, Amma‘s friend!” But I didn‘t like, or see much of a point, to the After Party chapter. I liked the epilogue, though 2d
StayCurious Are you counting any of these for WinterGames? If so, let me know and I'll add some points! You get points if they were TBR reads, Impulse reads and / or holiday reads! 20h
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Inside my new journal!

- month summary;
- week per 2-page diary;
- planned and achieved reading goals!!!

jb72 Very cool 😎 2d
SaturnDoo ❤❤❤ 2d
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Christmas Cocoa Murder | Carlene O'Connor
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This book has a few recipes, this is probably the one I like the sound of most. Chocolate and chilli is a combination that sounds bizarre but works. I may have to try this!

#SharedHolidayRecipe #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

lele1432 I love Mexican hot chocolate! 2d
TheEllieMo @lele1432 I‘d not heard of it before, but it sounds good! 2d
StayCurious Ooh yum! +6 20h
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Went Christmas shopping. Bought something for myself...

jb72 Oh that looks cool 😎 2d
StayCurious You should always sneak a little something in your cart for yourself! +1 20h
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Christmas Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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Ok, I know these aren‘t #CandyCaneBookSpines, but this page edging made me think of a candy cane! #FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

rather_be_reading thts awesome! 2d
StayCurious Amazing! It works! +2 20h
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Alaskan Holiday: A Novel | Debbie Macomber
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Will this book change the world? No. Does it pass the (flawed) Bechdel test. No. Is it a fun bit of seasonal escapism? Yes. Hardened feminists won‘t enjoy this, but I found it a nice bit of light relief after some quite heavy books recently. And it‘s my first proper #HolidayRead for #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious Not all books have to change the world haha. +21 20h
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OriginalCyn620 Love the snowmen! ❤️⛄️ 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s a good question?! It would be difficult to damage a book unless it‘s already damaged!! 2d
StayCurious I like the idea of reusing something that may otherwise be thrown out. +1 20h
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I‘m not familiar with picture books but found these for #ChristmaHannuKwanzaaPictureBooks #DearDecember @Eggs

(does this count for a participation point for #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick ?)

Meghan1 Seven Spools of Thread is a good one. I used that with my 5th graders at school. 2d
TheEllieMo @Meghan1 it looks good, probably why I chose that as the tagged one! 2d
Eggs Wow this is lovely!!👏🏻👏🏻 1d
StayCurious Yes it counts! Will you read any of these for those holidayreads points? +1 20h
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Quotable Quotes for Quoters | Aubrey Dillon-Malone
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StayCurious I can indeed! +21 20h
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Christmas Lights: A Novel | Christine Pisera Naman
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hannah-leeloo @CymbaX13 oh my days we know that feeling 😂 2d
StayCurious hahahah I loved this! +6 2d
hes7 Cute! 2d
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TheSpineView 🤣 3d
StayCurious Cute! Show that to team #Elfie hahah. +6 2d
hes7 😂🤣 2d
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I don‘t really know how to review this book. It makes important points, and it has some interesting stories, but I can‘t say I enjoyed reading it. 12 fictional mini-biographies of women from different backgrounds, of different ethnicities, class, sexual preferences, all connected in some way.

Another of my #TBRReads #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious Interesting! +16 2d
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Glittering Images | Susan Howatch
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I meant to take a photo of the blue glitter reindeer that currently sits on my desk at work, but I forgot, so you‘ll have to make do with this gold version. Mine is the same apart from ice blue in colour. It‘s from Poundland, and people merely have to look at it to end up covered in glitter. Somehow the #GlitterGetsEverywhere! #FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames Team #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious It wouldn't be Christmas without Glitter! +2 2d
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Stargazers | Phil Carradice
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One from my TBR mountain, one of the Reading Agency Quick Reads series

#Star #HollyJollyReading @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚⭐️ 3d
StayCurious +1 == let me know if you read it for extra points! 2d
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The Christmas Surprise | Jenny Colgan
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Eggs Looks like a cozy read 🎄❄️ 3d
TheEllieMo @Eggs Jenny Colgan‘s books are always great for lifting the mood 3d
StayCurious Remember, any holiday post counts for #WinterGames :) +1 2d
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Another Day, Another Challenge | Pauline Cartwright
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StayCurious Well done you! +37 2d
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Untitled | Unknown
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I don‘t have a #cozyreadingnook, but one day I will have something like this - a wing-back chair by a roaring fir (in winter!) and a table for my pile of books and my glass of whisky.

#FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames
#ReadNosedReindeer

@StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious What a nice picture! Sounds lovely. +2 4d
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Sleigh | Grey Huffington
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“Ever had a man to put you first?
Prioritize your presence.
Emphasize your existence.
Maintain his focus... on you?
Over everything?
As if it was nothing?

I hadn‘t either, not until him.
Not until Harlem Knight”

Crikey!!😳😳😳

#Sleigh #HollyJollyReading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! ❤️ 4d
StayCurious Wow indeed! I'll drop a point for this! +1 4d
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Holiday Cheer | Rochelle Alers, Angela Benson, Shirley Hailstock
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I confess I‘ve not heard of this book before, but it fitted the #HolidayCheer prompt!

#DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs Cheery and cozy 👏🏻👏🏻 4d
StayCurious Looks cute! +1 4d
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Managed not to leave this on the car tonight! 3 short stories from Kate Atkinson:
- a mother struggling to enjoy a nativity;
- a wife makes a discovery just before Christmas;
- and a middle-aged man decides there is a reason to carry on, in an homage to It‘s A Wonderful Life.

#HolidayRead #ReadNosedReindeer #WinterGames @StayCurious @Clwojick

21 pts by my reckoning

StayCurious Actually, we're counting each story individually - sooooo +61! 5d
TheEllieMo @StayCurious really?! I‘d best start reading some of my other Christmas story collections! 4d
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Trick or Treat | Kerry Greenwood
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3rd book from my December TBR and it was a bit disappointing. I love the characters Greenwood has created for this series, but this story seems a bit messy, and the ending a little rushed. This series definitely isn‘t as good as Greenwood‘s Phryne Fisher series

#TBRRead #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious I love the Phryne Fisher TV show. +16 5d
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues & Kirsty McColl

2. My cat poking her tongue out at me!

3. I don‘t cook much anyway so the fact that I‘ll be helping my Dad cook Christmas dinner is special😂

4. No.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Beatlefan129 That is a great song 💙 🎶 (edited) 5d
Eggs I love when cats do that😂 🐱 5d
QuietlyLaura Kitty “Blep” 😻☺️ 5d
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TheEllieMo 1 - Q; 2 - L; 3 - O; 4 - R; 5 - A; 6 - E; 7 - G; 8 - C; 9 - H; 10 - N; 11 - J; 12 - M; 13 - D; 14 - K; 15 - F; 16 - F; 17 - I; 18 - B 5d
StayCurious Excellent! +37 5d
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I‘m struggling on the sugar, though everyone always though Emma Bunton was sweet..... #SugarOrSpice #FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious Ha this is the route I went too! hehehe +2 5d
TheEllieMo @StayCurious great minds think alike 😉 4d
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Among the Lemon Trees | Nadia Marks
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Found this on my Kindle, no idea what it‘s about, I think it must have been a Daily Deal once upon a time! But it has #TreesInTheTitle so it‘s perfect for DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs Yes!! Perfecto👏🏻🤗👏🏻 5d
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StayCurious Excellent! +46 5d
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The Snowman | Raymond Briggs
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Crazeedi Such a cute cover 5d
OriginalCyn620 Cute! 🎄☃️ 5d
Eggs Love the movie too! 5d
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Churchill: The Power of Words | Winston Churchill
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It‘s not a case of one being naughty and one being nice, they both have a bit of each in them!

#NaughtyOrNice #CatsLitsy #FestivePhotoChallenge #WinterGames @StayCurious @Clwojick

Addison_Reads Awww...so adorable. 😻 6d
brit91 😻😻😻😻 6d
StayCurious They look like one of mine! Her name is Kacy and she is NAUGHTY! lol +2 6d
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I am an idiot. I have an hour to spare and was planning on cracking on with this seasonal #HolidayBook, but after I‘d sat down with my cup of coffee, I realised my book is still in the car 🙄 Tomorrow, then...

#HollyJollyReading @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🎄 6d
squirrelbrain Doh! 🤪 6d
StayCurious I'll give you a point for the thought lol +1 6d
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Trick or Treat | Kerry Greenwood
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I don‘t have to look too far for #GreenCovers today, this is my current read!

#DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs How timely! 6d
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StayCurious Yay! +70 6d
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Most Japanese translations I‘ve read have been quite whimsical tales, and this continues the trend, but at the same time carrying a message about the importance of telling people how you really feel. Book 2 from my December #TBRRead #WinterGames and another 16 pts for Team #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

CaitZ I've never read anything that has been translated from Japanese. I'm adding this to my TBR list. 6d
StayCurious ooh cool! +16 6d
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Devil's Food | Kerry Greenwood
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On the whole, I am enjoying this strange mix of oddball characters, lead by protagonist Corinna Chapman, but she‘s not a patch on Kerry Greenwood‘s other creation, Phryne Fisher.

First book completed from my December TBR, making it a #TBRRead for #WinterGames Team #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick (16pts)

StayCurious I'm getting tired so I love that you calculate the points for me...lol. +16!! 7d
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Once Upon a Christmas | Sarah Morgan, Sophia Annie James
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StayCurious Stacked! lol +2 7d
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The autobiography of Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum DFC, a Spitfire Pilot in WW2

#Lights #HollyJollyReading
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 7d
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Midwinter Break | Bernard MacLaverty
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I keep forgetting so have this on my TBR! Now would be a perfect time to read it. I shall have to put it on the January TBR. A retired couple‘s trip to Amsterdam reveals cracks in their relationship.

#SettingInEurope #DearDecember @Eggs

Suet624 A trip to Amsterdam will do that every time. 7d
Eggs Great choice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7d
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