Review: Letters From Father Christmas

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Title: Letters From Father Christmas
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Children’s fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 1, 1976
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches.

The letters were from Father Christmas.

They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents everywhere; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house.

Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humor to the stories.

This updated version contains a wealth of new material, including letters and pictures missing from early editions. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and “authenticity” of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas

Review:

This is an amazing book! I just found it this year, and I wish I had read it sooner.

This is a collection of letters written by Tolkien to his children from Father Christmas. The letters are so sweet, that you can’t help but smile. Some say that “Father Christmas” couldn’t find stamps, or he was so busy he had to send the letter on Boxing Day. These parts demonstrate that they are being written by a busy father.

The stories in the letters become more elaborate as the children grow up. They start with just a short letter saying he hopes they enjoy their gifts. But once there are more children and they are older, Father Christmas tells them about his friend, the mischievous North Polar Bear, who chimes in on many letters too. There is also a big fight with Goblins which is described in detail.

These stories are a nice twist on the typical letters from Santa. They also show what an imagination Tolkien had. He didn’t just use it in his work, he brought his fantasies into his home life with his children. I think this book will be a tradition for me to read every Christmas from now on.

Bookish Naughty or Nice tag

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Merry Christmas everyone! Here is my first book tag!

I was tagged in the Bookish Naughty or Nice tag by Amber at Step Into A Book World. Her post is here.

The Creator is Jenn check out her post and blog here

THE RULES:

  • CREDIT THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU AND LINK THEIR POST

  • TAG THE ORIGINAL CREATOR AND THEIR POST

  • TICK THE ONES YOU’VE DONE

  • CROSS THE ONES YOU HAVEN’T

  • TAG MORE BLOGGERS!

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Nice

 

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Naughty

 

1.) Received an ARC and not reviewed it   ✔️
Unfortunately I’ve been approved for so many ARCs but I haven’t had time to review them all.

2.) Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley    ❌
My goal was to get by 80% by the new year, so I’ve been reading tons of my ARCs. Unfortunately I won’t reach that goal, but I did get up to 74%. I’m hoping to get to 80% in early 2018.

3.) Rated a book on GoodReads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)  ❌
No, I always post my reviews on my blog first, then GoodReads.

4.) Folded down the page of a book  ✔️
I used to do that, especially when it was used book that I had to read for University, but I wasn’t too crazy about it. Now I never do that though!

5.) Accidentally spilled on a book  ✔️
I’m sure I have done this (I can be pretty clumsy sometimes), but never so much that the book wasn’t salvageable.

6.) DNF a book this year ✔️
Yes! I always try to finish books but I didn’t finish The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I just can’t get into it! I will probably be posting my first DNF review soon.

7.) Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ✔️
Yep!  Sometimes they are just sooooo beautiful that I have to have it!

8.) Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔️
Of course! Pretty much all the time!

9.) Skim read a book ✔️
Yes, unfortunately I’ve had to skim many books lately because I’ve been so busy. I don’t like doing it, but I have to sometimes just to get the review out on time.

10.) Completely missed your GoodReads goal  ❌
I’m pretty good at this. I usually read above and beyond my goal. This year my goal was 125 books and I passed 280…

11.) Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌
No, I would never do that because books are so important to me. Plus, usually the person who lends it to me is on my back until I get it back to them!

12.) Broke a book buying ban ✔️
Yep! If it’s on sale and I want to buy it anyway, might as well get it sooner rather than later!

13.) Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ❌
I try to write my reviews as soon as I finish a book, or at most a couple of days later so I still have it fresh in my mind.

14.) Wrote in a book you were reading ✔️
Yes, during University I had to write notes in my margins all the time!

15.) Finished a book and not added it to your GoodReads ❌
Nope GoodReads is very important! I always add my books right away!

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I guess I’m more Naughty than Nice this year! I hope Santa won’t hold it against me!

Since it’s Christmas Day, I won’t tag anyone, but if you want to do it, please feel free to tag yourself! And link back to my tag so I can see your answers!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Review: A Little Christmas Magic

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Title: A Little Christmas Magic
Author: Barbara Ankrum
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

After nine, lonely years as a military wife, Holly McGuire has returned to her late husband’s home town of Marietta, Montana, to finally close that chapter of her life and begin again. She’s spent the last year rediscovering herself and she’s sworn off military men. All she wants is a child of on her own—no strings attached. But her plans are threatened when old, unwanted sparks ignite between her and her husband’s one-time best friend.

Buttoning up the past isn’t what Trey Reyes has in mind when he welcomes Holly to town. Secretly in love with her since day one, his old vow to his friend to watch over her, come what may, doesn’t include enabling a terrible idea. As the men of their old unit—the Band of Brothers—gather to honor her husband, Trey must take one last stand to win her heart and prove Holly wrong about him. Christmas in Marietta, with all the trimmings, may be just the ticket.

Review:

This was quite a unique story.

Holly goes back to her husband’s hometown in the hopes of getting pregnant. But it was such a strange situation. Women don’t usually choose their husband’s former friend to have a baby with. And even if they do, it’s done through IVF, not sex. I found that part of the story really odd and hard to believe.

Another part that was hard to believe was the angel/ghost who visited. Even when the identity of the woman was revealed, it was still unbelievable. It was also a little creepy since the woman knew so much about Holly.

However, the Christmas spirit was alive in this story. It’s a time for coming together. All the people from Holly’s husband’s life were brought together for the holiday season in this holiday story.

Blogmas – Day 24

The ideas for my Blogmas posts are from a post on the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. You can see the list of ideas in my Day 1 Blogmas post here.

Day 24

Just one more sleep till Christmas! Today I’m just doing some last minute touches for gifts and food. And tonight we will be watching It’s a Wonderful Life, another Christmas tradition in our house.

How will you celebrate Christmas Eve?

Review: Harry Moon: Harry’s Christmas Carol

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Title: Harry Moon: Harry’s Christmas Carol
Author: Mark Andrew Poe
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Rabbit Publishers
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

While everyone is singing cheerful Christmas carols, Harry Moon and the Good Mischief Team march to a different song–Don’t be Afraid of the Dark. With their swords of light, the team battles against the Fouling Curse threatening Harry’s magic teacher, Samson Dupree, and the Sleepy Hollow Magic Shoppe. As evil armies of toys rise up, Harry must leave the sword behind to find a more powerful means to take down the darkness threatening Sleepy Hollow’s entire world.

Review:

This is a great middle grade Christmas story.

The mayor of the Halloween town of Sleepy Hollow doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas. He fills the town with Halloween parodies of Christmas carols. One is “Jingle bells, Santa smells, A hundred miles away.” Another is “Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, Had a very bloody nose.” I can imagine kids singing these parodies after reading this book!

The whole story is a Christmas Carol. The chapters are called verses, so they seem to be part of a song. At the end, Harry sings his own Christmas carol too.

This story shows the power of Christmas magic. Harry and his friends use Harry’s magic to rescue his friend Samson. But the real Christmas spirit didn’t come from magic. Harry and his new friend Thor find a way to give the town a Christmas celebration.

I really liked this book. It’s a great Christmas story!

Blogmas – Day 23

The ideas for my Blogmas posts are from a post on the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. You can see the list of ideas in my Day 1 Blogmas post here.

Day 23

My favourite Christmas story is Twas the Night Before Christmas. Every Christmas, I snuggle in bed and my dad reads it to me. I love the art in this pop up book. It’s a special holiday tradition!

What’s your favourite Christmas story?