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December RandomCAT- Season's Readings

2019 Category Challenge

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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
Closed Doors

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

Nov 14, 12:33pm Top

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

Nov 14, 12:34pm Top

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

Nov 14, 12:41pm Top

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

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

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.

Nov 14, 6:43pm Top

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

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.

Nov 14, 7:56pm Top

Nov 14, 7:57pm Top

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

Nov 14, 8:04pm Top

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

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.

Nov 14, 9:28pm Top

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

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.

Nov 15, 10:31am Top

Nov 17, 9:15pm Top

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

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

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*

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:

The Brave Riders by Glenn Balch

Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson

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

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

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

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


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...

Edited: Nov 30, 6:14pm Top

I love the idea of a Grand Slam!!

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.

Nov 30, 11:43pm Top

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

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.

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? 😉

Dec 1, 3:24pm Top

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

Dec 1, 11:55pm Top

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

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!

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.

Dec 5, 10:08am Top

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

Yesterday, 12:12pm Top

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

Yesterday, 12:49pm Top

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

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

Yesterday, 8:29pm Top

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

Yesterday, 9:48pm Top

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

Today, 6:12am Top

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

Today, 6:59am Top

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

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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