By Fay Clark

DO IT BUY THE BOOK CHALLENGES have never been so festive, probably because this was our first Christmas period. I had a great time! I really hope you all enjoyed your festive reads. If you ever want to keep up live feed style, you can catch it all on our Instagram @FanUniverses.

Challenge 1 - Read a book set in Winter - The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson. This was a classic I have been meaning to read for a very long time. Set in winter this small girl must sell all her Match sticks before she is able to go home. Although this is a slightly sad book, it actually made me happy this young girl finally didn't have to stand in the cold any more, she seemed so happy to me⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 2 - Read a book set around The Holiday's (Happy Festivities) - A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. I have actually read this book before. That was a good few years ago now, I wanted to continue with the series, and watch the new TV movie of the book! I really enjoyed myself again. This is a story all about a young boy call Christmas. I can't really say much else without giving anything away, but it was the perfect Christmassy book. ⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 3 - Read a murder mystery (preferably a cheesy one, while you drink hot chocolate and snuggle up on the sofa!) - I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley. This is exactly what the prompt called for. I have not read anything else in this series but you don't normally have to with these murder mystery series, they work well as a stand alone book also. A young science enthusiast has been in these types of situations before. She relishes them and finds them very intriguing, this murder unfortunately happens in her very lovely Victorian style manor house!  ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 4 - Read a book with the word "Snow/Frost/Ice/Winter" in the title - Black Crow, White Snow by Michael Livingston. This is interesting one. I wasn't sure what I was going to do for this challenge until I saw this. All about society where woman are in charge and the more physical gender and men and are the quieter book reading gender. This was a "fantasy shipwreck journey, to a far off place to learn something about the ancient civilisation that left us with this mess" book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 5 - Read our pick of the Month from Everyone - The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. So, if you have never read this before it is a cheerful Christmas poem about St. Nick and how he visits this one family. My family reads this every year as a tradition, I adore this short, sweet little poem. It always manages to make me feel the magic of Christmas again! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

This was a super enjoyable month for me and I hope for you. Whatever you celebrate I hope you had a wonderful time and got a lot of books as gifts! I know I did, haha. I am well into my reading for the new year and I am so excited for another great year of challenges and reading with you all! 

Book Queen Out!


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