Review | The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Account of the Visit from St. Nicholas

 

Title: The Night Before Christmas
Author: Clement C. Moore
Genre: Classic, Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 16th December, 2014 (first published 1823)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 9

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus.


My Take:

I remember reading this last Christmas and I only got around talking about it one year later.

This is a classic Christmas read. I am so glad that I read this. There isn’t much for me to say that’s going to be any different from what a lot of people have said.

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I didn’t read an illustrated version but there are lots and lots of illustrated versions available by various illustrations.

This is one of the books that can be read as a tradition every Christmas. I really enjoyed reading this.


Why would I pick it up?

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As I said, “can be read as a tradition every Christmas.”

Review | Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

Title: Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Author: M.C. Beaton
Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Mystery
Publishing date: 6th December, 2012
Published by: Robinson
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 


Synopsis:

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.

Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds – and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley’s oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.

Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding… so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!


My Take:

I liked reading this short story.

Agatha is spending the holidays alone so she decides to hold a dinner party for six of the other lonely elders who would otherwise have been spending the holidays alone. She refers to them as ‘crumblies.’

She is a dysfunctional cook who shouldn’t be actually cooking but does that stop her from cooking for others, that to for a dinner party. Nope. 😛 Her dinner preparations are hilarious to read about.

Image result for a cooking mess gifIf it wasn’t for the fact that this book falls under the mystery category, I would’ve liked the book more. Considering how small the book is, there isn’t much time to build up the mystery.

Given the length of the book, the author does a good job.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the quick read.

 

Review | Hark- A Christmas Collection by Justin Bog

Hark---A Christmas Collection

 

Title: Hark- A Christmas Collection
Author: Justin Bog
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction
Publishing date: 14th November, 2014
Published by: Booktrope
Pages: 134

My Rating: 2.75/5 stars  

*e-copy received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

A beautifully written collection of short stories from critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest writer Justin Bog, Hark—A Christmas Collection explores the range of emotions surrounding the holidays. From melancholy to madness, loss and despair to hope and forgiveness, these six tales shimmer with feelings, some we’d rather stuff away, that Christmas can evoke.

Within Hark—A Christmas Collection, a retired police officer faces another Christmas Eve while bitter recollections haunt his every turn, a lonely businesswoman plans to seduce Santa Claus one Christmas Eve, a widow grows anxious searching for a misplaced present she intended to send to her ungrateful sister, a woman can’t keep the images of her past—these ghosts—from haunting the life she chooses to live; while attending a Christmas party in Sun Valley, Idaho, a bookstore clerk and his partner are taught a lesson most un-holidaylike, and, in the final story, a couple portrays Mr. & Mrs. Claus in their small island town holiday festivities and face a grim diagnosis together.

Set in colorful locations around the United States, from Anacortes, Washington, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Sun Valley, Idaho, each tale focuses on people who struggle to make good choices, learn lessons, and maybe even find peace during the holiday season.


My Take:

It has six short stories in it. Namely, Hark, Seducing Santa, Bracelet, Everyone wants me to, Snow Globe, The Heralds.

My advice would be to go into this book without any expectations because when we think of Christmas, we associate all the happy and mushy emotions with it but this isn’t your typical Christmas joy stories. This book portrays much deeper emotions, the underlying emotions to the joyous cover we display.

The stories are well thought and well written. When I began writing this review, I planned to give a summary of every story but then thought above it. I think this book is to be enjoyed with no prior knowledge of what the book contains.

When you look at the pretty cover and the title, you think, this is going to be one of those sweet, bubbly, syrup induced story but boy! you sure are in for a ride. This book explores the emotions that we don’t usually associate with Christmas but they are well and true to show their presence somehow. Not everyone gets into the festive hype, for some the festivals bring out their thoughts that might have a tinge of darkness.

All the stories explore different types of emotions and show us that Christmas is not the same for everyone but I feel that the dark thoughts are wrapped in the blanket of compassion and hope because that is what life is about. Getting over the negativity and embracing the positivity.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the unconventional concept.

 

Day 2 | 12 Days of Christmas Blogging!

I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse and Erin @ Breathing in the Pages for this Christmas tag. 😀 😀 Erin’s blog has a lot of contributors so you are sure to get a lot of variety in the writing and by now most of you know that I adore Deanna’s blog. So, be sure to check their blogs out! 😀 

I love tagging people but this time I won’t be tagging because they won’t have 12 days to complete it either so… :/

Anyways, let’s get on with it. 😉 


The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (let’s face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

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Favorite Christmas Tradition!

I love everything about Christmas so pointing out something that is my favorite is difficult. 😀

But I think, for me, the favorite part that has kind of become a tradition in my family is opening the gifts on the Christmas morning together. Unless everyone is present or everyone has seen their gifts you can’t open yours alone. We have breakfast and then pick out our gifts from under the tree and open it one by one. Everyone staring at the one opening the gift with anticipation. The excitement in the room is contagious. 😛 😛 Kind of makes it more fun! 😀 😀

Nothing great exactly but a little something that never fails to make me smile. 😀 ❤

 

Day 1 | 12 Days of Christmas Blogging!

Christmas! I have always loved December because of Christmas. The vibes for the whole month makes me cheery and bubbly. ❤ 😛 I initially thought about doing a lot of Christmasy posts but well, my exams didn’t agree with me. 😛 I still have one left which is on the 21st but if I wait till then, then I won’t get 12 days to complete this tag, so here we go. 😛

I love tagging people but this time I won’t be tagging because they won’t have 12 days to complete it either so… :/

Anyways, let’s get on with it. 😉

I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse and Erin @ Breathing in the Pages for this Christmas tag. 😀 😀 Erin’s blog has a lot of contributors so you are sure to get a lot of variety in the writing and by now most of you know that I adore Deanna’s blog. So, be sure to check their blogs out! 😀


 

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (let’s face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

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Favorite things about Christmas!

I love everything about Christmas! 😀 😀 It makes December kind of my favorite month every year. ❤

More than anything it’s the good vibes from everything. It’s the time of sharing and giving. The love and positivity leaves me feeling all light-headed with happiness. 😀  I love giving gifts and love playing the role of Santa. 😛 Thinking about gifts and shopping for them is fun! 😛

This isn’t exactly what I do but you get the picture! 😛 😛

Decorating the Christmas Tree! ❤ ❤ I love, love, love to do it. I love making my tree look all blingy and beautiful. There’s no such thing as too much decoration. I am like a kid when it comes to decorating my tree! ❤ 😀

All the food! The fattening devil! 😛 Cakes, Chocolates, Cookies, Sweets… need I say more? 😛 😛

And all the beautiful pictures that take over internet! ❤ ❤

There’s not a thing that I don’t like about Christmas. I just love everything. This is the most peaceful and laid back time of the year for me. 😀 Everything from the weather, food, decorations, gifts; to people makes me happy. ❤ ❤

Blog Tour | Book Spotlight | Hark- A Christmas Collection by Justin Bog

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Hark- A Christmas Collection” by Justin Bog  , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.


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Hark – A Christmas Collection
By Justin Bog
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

A beautifully written collection of short stories from critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest writer Justin Bog, Hark explores the range of emotions surrounding the holidays. From melancholy to madness, loss and despair to hope and forgiveness, these six tales shimmer with feelings, some we’d rather stuff away, that Christmas can evoke.

Set in colorful locations around the United States, from Anacortes, Washington, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Sun Valley, Idaho, each tale focuses on people who struggle to make good choices, learn lessons, and maybe even find peace during the holiday season.

A bonus story, Poseidon Eyes, from Booktrope’s upcoming reissue of Sandcastle and Other Stories—The Complete Edition, is included.


Author’s Bio:

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Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest on Fidalgo Island. Justin Bog was Pop Culture Correspondent and Editor for In Classic Style. He enjoys cooking, lawn mowing not so much, and spends time walking and handing out treats to two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling, and two barn cats, Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n.

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