I have wanted to take part in Blogmas or Vlogmas for such a long time but have just never made the time to actually do it, so I decided to add it to my 50 things to do before I’m 50 bucket list in the hopes that this would give me the kick up the arse that I need to actually participate! And hey presto, here I am attempting to take part in my first every Blogmas. I’m hoping to post every day in December, right up to New Year’s Eve, and I’ll be doing a mixture of posts including some tags and following some prompts. So please join me on this fun challenge, and let me know if you are participating so I can check out your posts too!
Easing myself in with a festive TBR post today …
Let’s face facts straight up, the chances of me actually sticking to any TBR are about the same as there actually being an actual white Christmas here in London. But it’s always fun to plan, right?!
When it comes to seasonal reason I always have lofty plans. I’d love to spend the entirety of December lost in a festive world of feel good Christmas factor … but I know what I’m like. As soon as I set myself some ‘rules’ I get in touch with my rebellious side. And to be honest, I’d be sick of Christmas before you can say Santa’s coming! So I’ve gone for a lowkey festive TBR … more ‘winter’ than full on Christmas.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
Is it even Christmas if you don’t read a Harry Potter book? It’s been a while since I’ve re-read the series, so I’m going to start at the beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but this time I’m going to delve into Jim Kay’s illustrated version, and I can’t wait!
2. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
Now, one of the highlights of my festive season is usually the BBC’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation on TV. Nothing says Merry Christmas like murder and mayhem! The Santa Klaus Murder is a festive country house murder, and it’s been festering on my shelf for a couple of years. Time to blow off the dust and get it read.
3. Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
This is a collection of 16 festive short stories, so I’m aiming to read one each evening in the run up to Christmas to fill me with festive spirit.
4. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
This book is on every ‘best books to read in the winter’ list I’ve ever looked at. It’s been on my shelf for ages, and it’s time I read it. I’ve seen the play in London (amazing production with a cast of 2 … or is it 3?!), I’ve seen the film which I really enjoyed, so now it time to read the book!
5. I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork
And here’s where the festive spirit takes a turn for the worse! A Scandi thriller that is sure to chill! A serial killer leaves the body of a young girl hanging from a tree with an airline tag around her neck saying ‘I’m travelling alone’ … it sounds tense and scary, and just perfect for the long dark nights of winter!1.