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December AlphaKIT - E and R

2019 Category Challenge

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Nov 14, 12:23pm Top

Welcome to AlphaKIT for December.

The rules are... none! Use the letters however you like to choose your reads for the month. Well, okay, there is one rule: Have Fun!

December AlphaKIT letters are : E and R.


Please remember to update the wiki and enter books alphabetically:

See you next year for the 2020 Category Challenge.

Nov 14, 2:50pm Top

Thanks, Jean for another enjoyable year with the AlphaKit. I am looking forward to 2020.

For December, I am planning on reading - The Funeral Boat by Kate Ellis and Christmas At the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin.

Nov 14, 6:33pm Top

My online reading group traditionally reads two mysteries in December. This year's choices are "The Eyes of Aurora" by Albert Bell and Saturnalia by John Maddox Roberts

Nov 14, 7:03pm Top

Hoping to get to The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham.

Nov 14, 8:07pm Top

I think I'm going to try and finish The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff which I started a while ago and also Mandarin Plaid by S.J. Rozan.

Edited: Nov 15, 5:10pm Top

My always tentative plan is to read The Editor by Stephen Rowley (Touchstone not working), it will cover both E and R.

Nov 15, 4:57pm Top

plans at the moment are : A Man of Some Repute - Elizabeth Edmonson, and The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Nov 15, 5:49pm Top

>7 majkia: That's funny -- I also have A Man of Some Repute on my TBR! Maybe I'll read it, too, so that we can compare notes. :)

Edited: Nov 19, 10:12am Top

I am planning to read Missing May by Cynthia Rylant to add to my Newbery category for 2019. It is a quick read. Also, Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary.

Nov 18, 12:54am Top

Thinking of re-reading Jane Austen's Emma.

Nov 18, 4:18pm Top

I'll be reading The Tsunami File by Michael E. Rose for a double.

Edited: Nov 29, 9:04pm Top

I've been able to start December a few days early and have completed The Editor by Steven Rowley which works for both E and R. Loved it, 4*.

Nov 29, 9:25pm Top

Dec 1, 4:09pm Top

I have completed my "E" read with The Funeral Boat by Kate Ellis.

Dec 2, 9:45pm Top

I'm starting an "E" book, The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin.

Dec 3, 11:05am Top

My first read this month was an E book, Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scotoline.

Dec 4, 12:17pm Top

Here are my possibilities for the month.
I'd be thrilled if I got half read considering my social calendar is bulging and I'm hosting 2 parties and Christmas dinner!

Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers
Clarets of Fire by Christine E. Blum
Dark Queen Rising
Death on a Page by Essie Lang
King's Justice by Susan Elia MacNeal
Lady Risks All
Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey
Murder in the First Edition
Murder Once Removed
Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Pinot Red or Dead?
Pride, Prejudice and Poison by Elizabeth Blake
Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliott
Sauvigone for Good by J. C. Eaton
Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters

Dec 4, 8:44pm Top

For an R: No Bones About It by Ruth Sawtell Wallis, a 1944 mystery.

Yesterday, 10:14am Top

I completed Deep River by Shūsaku Endō for E

Today, 3:39pm 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.

Today, 6:52pm Top

I have completed my "R" read with The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham.

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