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December RandomCAT- Season's Readings

2019 Category Challenge

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1jonesli
Edited: Nov 14, 12:32pm Top





I bet you thought the challenge would be to read a holiday season book! Nope!

The challenge for this month is to read a book whose title begins with any of the letters in the month of December. Have fun with it!

Some books that I ran across for myself are:

C is for Corpse
D is for Deadbeat
Careless Love
Circe
Closed Doors

Hopefully everyone has a lot to choose from, I know I do!

2majkia
Nov 14, 12:33pm Top

Hah! That works out great with the AlphaKIT whose letters for December are E and R.

3jonesli
Nov 14, 12:34pm Top

>2 majkia: Nice, I hadn't realized that!

4christina_reads
Nov 14, 12:41pm Top

Fun! I'm sure I have many options that will qualify. :)

5DeltaQueen50
Nov 14, 2:32pm Top

This is a fun one. I am planning on reading a number of books that will fit:

Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
Christmas At The Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin
Bones by Jan Burke
Death At Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn

6rabbitprincess
Nov 14, 6:41pm Top

I'm going to use this perfect opportunity to knock off a twofer of Doctor Who audio adventures: Darkstar Academy and Day of the Cockroach.

7dudes22
Nov 14, 6:43pm Top

Are we ignoring "a" "an" and "the" at the beginning?

8JayneCM
Nov 14, 7:48pm Top

I thought this one would be easy. But I was surprised how far down my TBR pile I had to go to come with up the correct letter! So it is Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay.

9LibraryCin
Nov 14, 7:56pm Top

10LibraryCin
Nov 14, 7:57pm Top

>7 dudes22: I don't know about others, but I always ignore those "leading" words.

11jonesli
Nov 14, 8:04pm Top

>7 dudes22: Hi Betty, sure we can ignore a, an the etc. I want to keep it fun!

12dudes22
Edited: Nov 14, 8:09pm Top

I usually do too, but thought I'd just check. So I'll be reading (well, finishing actually) The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.

14raidergirl3
Nov 14, 9:28pm Top

I should have A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths available from the library by December.

15clue
Nov 15, 9:53am Top

I'm tentatively planning on reading The Editor by Stephen Rowley for AlphaCAT and if I do it will work here too.

16LittleTaiko
Nov 15, 10:31am Top

17EBT1002
Nov 17, 9:15pm Top

Oh boy, this is perfect! I might do more than one!

18LibraryCin
Nov 24, 3:47pm Top

I probably have more that will fit, anyway, but I plan to read this for CalendarCAT, and it fits here, so:

The Right to be Cold / Sheila Watt-Cloutier

19clue
Nov 29, 9:02pm Top

I've been able to start December early and today during our cold pouring rain I sat by the window and read The Editor by Steven Rowley. Loved it. 4*

20fuzzi
Edited: Dec 1, 1:50pm Top

I'm choosing ROOT books for this challenge, those that have been on my shelves, unread, for a year or more:

"B"
The Brave Riders by Glenn Balch

"C"
Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson

"D"
Dingo, The Story of an Outlaw by Henry G. Lamond

"E"
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

"M"
Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express: A Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov Novel by Stuart M. Kaminsky

"R"
Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn

or

Rusty by Joyce Stranger

Anyone want to go for a Grand Slam, reading at least one book for each letter?

I'm going to try, anyway...

21EBT1002
Edited: Nov 30, 6:14pm Top

I love the idea of a Grand Slam!!

22LittleTaiko
Edited: Nov 30, 9:49pm Top

>20 fuzzi: - I must admit that the thought crossed my mind. It sure would be fun to do. Would there be three E’s or just one?

ETA: Thinking one E makes way more sense.

23Dejah_Thoris
Nov 30, 11:43pm Top

>22 LittleTaiko: And I was thinking definitely three Es, lol.

24LittleTaiko
Dec 1, 10:48am Top

>23 Dejah_Thoris: The completist in me agrees completely with you. The realist in me opted for one E. Not sure I have that many E books. Lol.

25fuzzi
Dec 1, 1:49pm Top

How about one book for each letter, extra stars for doing the complete word "DECEMBER"?

If it's okay with jonesli? 😉

26jonesli
Dec 1, 3:24pm Top

Sounds good to me, I'm assembling my books as we speak!

27EBT1002
Dec 1, 11:55pm Top

It's a challenge within a challenge! :-)

28christina_reads
Dec 2, 9:42pm Top

I'm starting an "M" book, The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin. I doubt I'll be going for the "grand slam," but it sounds fun and I'm a bit tempted!

29staci426
Dec 3, 11:15am Top

I finished an E book, Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scotoline. I'm tempted to do the one book for each letter, but with the way my reading is going lately, doubt I will be able to do it. It'll be fun to try though.

30majkia
Dec 5, 10:08am Top

I finished and E book - A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson

31LittleTaiko
Yesterday, 12:12pm Top

Read a D book - A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden - now on to an E book!

32VivienneR
Yesterday, 12:49pm Top

I read Dead Cold by Louise Penny and have started Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline.

33Kristelh
Yesterday, 2:07pm Top

The challenge for this month is to read a book whose title begins with any of the letters in the month of December. Have fun with it!

I read Deep River by Shūsaku Endō D for December

34sallylou61
Yesterday, 8:29pm Top

I read an E book -- Eat First, Cry Later by Mimi Barash Coppersmith.

35JayneCM
Yesterday, 9:48pm Top

>33 Kristelh: Popping Deep River on my list for 2020 - Japanese books in translation. Thanks!

36dudes22
Today, 6:12am Top

Just realized my last book would count for this: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

37Helenliz
Today, 6:59am Top

I started this book in November for Alphakit, but finished it in December for RandomCAT. : Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey.

38LibraryCin
Today, 3:38pm Top

The Right to be Cold / Sheila Watt-Cloutier
3.5 stars

Sheila Watt-Cloutier was born in a Northern Quebec Inuit community and raised by her mother and her grandmother. She was sent away to school in Churchill, and (mostly) enjoyed her time there. She later married, had kids, and went back and forth between her home in Northern Quebec and the southern part of the province.

Eventually, she would become an activist; she is most commonly associated with environmental activism, but really she is an activist for her Inuit culture, for education and health care, and yes, for the environment and climate change, and how it is currently affecting the Inuit culture and lifestyle. They are seeing the effects of climate change now, and they feel that they deserve “the right to be cold” – they need that cold – in order to sustain their traditional culture.

This was good. I expected more of the environmental aspect in the book (and a lot of that did come in the 2nd half), but actually ended up enjoying the biographical part of the book best. Much of the 2nd half of the book included her travels to various conferences and counsels to tell the story of the Inuit to put a “human face” on the environmental crisis in the Arctic. Surprising to me, I just didn’t find that part as interesting. Overall, though, I liked it.

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