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Completed My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 – I completed my first Goodreads reading challenge in 2016 and I enjoyed it so much I decided to do it again in 2017.

Looking back at my 2016 post, I said I was going to challenge myself to read 45 books in a year. When I signed up to the challenge, I decided to set my number at 52 which is 1 book a week.
I started off strong and got ahead which really helped when it came to the busy summer months.

I don’t know if I’m going to manage 52 books again next year but I’m going to give it a go 🙂

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

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Love By Degree Debbie Macomber Book Review #51

It took me a while to finish Love By Degree because it was a bit slow. I didn’t really care about the characters so I wasn’t bothered whether they got together or not!
It wasn’t very Christmassy either which was disappointing.

Love By Degree

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

Going back to college, hitting the books. That’s Ellen Cunningham’s new life. But money’s a little tight and she’s lucky enough to find inexpensive lodging in a house with three young college boys. Ellen plays housemother, a situation that works for everyone ? except Reed Morgan, the absentee owner. He’s not pleased to find his house occupied by a bunch of college kids and Ellen. Especially Ellen.

Love by Degree by Debbie Macomber

Goodreads reading challenge 2017 51 books read


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Buffalo Valley By Debbie Macomber – Book Review #50

Buffalo Valley is the fourth book in Debbie Macomber’s Dakota series. I haven’t read any of the other books but didn’t find this a problem, I was able to read it as a stand-alone book.

Buffalo Valley

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

It’s a time of change for a small prairie town called Buffalo Valley in North Dakota. It has a will to survive, to prosper. And the outside world has discovered it. A large retail conglomerate plans to move in, which would surely destroy the independent businesses… and maybe the town.

It’s a season of change for Vaughn Kyle. Just out of the army, he’s looking for a life to live–and waits for his reluctant fiancée to make up her mind. Vaughn decides to visit Buffalo Valley and Hassie Knight. He was named after Hassie’s son who died in Vietnam and she thinks of him as a surrogate son.

He arrives at her store one snowy day and finds not only Hassie but a young woman named Carrie Hendrickson. Will the season bring peace and joy–to Vaughn and to the town?

As he begins to love Carrie, Vaughn questions his feelings for the woman he thought he loved. He wants to stay in Buffalo Valley and fight for its way of life. A life that’s all about friends and family

Buffalo Valley by Debbie Macomber

 


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Can This Be Christmas? – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #49

Can This Be Christmas is a lovely, feel-good Christmas story that only has one thing wrong with it; it’s too short!

Debbie Macomber is the queen of the Christmas stories. I really enjoyed this one and I need to see if it has been made into a TV movie. If not, it should be 🙂

Can This Be Christmas

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

In this short hardcover, Debbie Macomber shows how a group of train travelers stranded in a New Hampshire depot on Christmas Eve find the true meaning of Christmas.

Len Dawber, a navy man stationed in Maine, is desperate to get home to Texas, where he intends to propose to his sweetheart Amy. Cathy Norris, devastated by her husband’s recent death, doesn’t expect to enjoy the holiday with her daughter’s family in Boston. Burned-out computer salesman Matt McHugh, emotionally estranged from his wife and two kids, nurses his resentment and contemplates divorce. Kelly and Nick Berry fear they’re losing the closeness they once shared as they struggle to adjust to their new roles as adoptive parents.

When a blizzard forces these characters, and several others, all cranky and argumentative, to spend the night before Christmas together, they find that a little kindness and the courage to open their hearts go a long way toward making it a Christmas to remember.

Can this be Christmas? By Debbie Macomber

Goodreads 49 books read


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Return To Promise – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #48

I didn’t realise Return to Promise was part of one of Debbie Macomber’s series. It’s the 8th book in her Heart Of Texas series, but it was fine to read as a stand-alone book.
Usually, I’d be annoyed to learn that I’d read book 8 without reading any of the others, but I really didn’t mind this time.
My only complaint about it was that I’d read it thinking it was a Christmas story but there wasn’t much about Christmas in at all.

It was still an enjoyable, easy ready, which is what I need right now. I’m really busy what with Christmas coming so these shorter books are great for this time of year 🙂

Return To Promise

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

 

Return to promise by Debbie Macomber

Goodreads reading challenge 48 books read


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Twelve Days Of Christmas – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #47

The Twelve Days Of Christmas is one of those stories where the female lead does something she doesn’t want the male lead finding out and you spend most of the book worried that he will find out and everything will go wrong!

Of course, he found out and of course, everything went wrong but of course, it all got sorted out and a happy ending was had by all!

Twelve Days Of Christmas

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Julia is infuriated by her grumpy neighbour, Cain, who can’t even be pleasant when they bump into each other.

So on the suggestion of her best friend, Cammie, Julia concocts a plan. She starts a blog in order to clinch her perfect job, and now she has a subject. Over the next twelve days, she is going to kill Cain with kindness – and Christmas cheer – and document it for all to read about.

But as the experiment goes on, Julia realises she underestimated the effect it would have on Cain, and on their relationship, and things take an unexpected turn…

twelve Days Of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Goodreads reading challenge 2017 47 books read


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The Snow Bride – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #46

The Snow Bride wasn’t as good as The Christmas Basket but it was still an enjoyable read.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Snow Bride

Practical Jenna Campbell has done something impractical. She’s met a man on the Internet and now, a month before Christmas, she’s going to Alaska to marry him. Dalton Gray seems to be everything she wants in a husband — sensitive, gallant, romantic….

On the flight to Fairbanks, she has the misfortune to sit beside Reid Jamison, who obviously isn’t sensitive, gallant or romantic. However, he’s not impressed with her plan to marry Dalton, a man he detests (for good reason, as Jenna later finds out). So Reid takes it upon himself to change her destination — and her marriage plans.

Which is why Jenna ends up at Reid’s cabin in tiny Snowbound, Alaska. It’s currently a one-woman town (and the other woman’s out of town). That leaves Reid, a bunch of eccentric old men, a few grizzly bears — and Jenna. Kidnapped! And then there’s a blizzard. The two of them alone, stranded in Snowbound…

The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber

Goodreads reading challenge 2017 46 books read


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The Christmas Basket – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #45

I needed a change from dark, suspenseful thrillers and The Christmas Basket was just the ticket.
Debbie Macomber is my favourite author of Christmas books. I know they’re schmaltzy and to me, that’s a good thing when it comes to Christmas stories!

I started this book on a Sunday night and finished it Monday morning when I should have been working!

The Christmas Basket

Noelle (so named because she was born on Christmas Day) was still in love with her high school sweetheart. It had been 10 years since she’d seen him and part of her hated him. He’d stood her up when she was 16 and they’d planned to elope.
Not being able to deal with the hurt, she left her hometown and didn’t return for 10 years.

The only reason she returned after all that time was because her sister was getting married.

Thom, Noelle’s love interest, felt the same way about her as she did about him.

Crossed Wires

Of course, things are never as they seem in a Debbie Macomber story and we soon learn that both of them had been wrong about what had actually happened the day they were supposed to elope.
To confuse things further, though, Thom’s mother, Mary, and Noelle’s mother, Sarah, had fallen out 20 years ago after being best friends. They’d never been able to get their friendship back on track and this caused problems for Thom and Noelle.

Happy Ending

It wouldn’t be a Debbie Macomber novel without a happy ending and this one certainly made me happy! I found myself smiling while reading and feeling all Christmassy 🙂

I’m reading all Christmas stories for the rest of my 2017 reading challenge and I’m looking forward to my next book. It’s another by Debbie Macomber and it’s called, The Snow Bride.

Debbie Macomber The Christmas Basket

Goodreads reading challenge 45 books read


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Six Years – Harlan Coben – Book Review #44

Six Years is another Harlan Coben novel that kept me in suspense for most of the book and then left me satisfied at the end.
I can’t really say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I’m just going to put the blurb here from Goodreads.

Six Years

Harlan Coben, the master of domestic suspense, returns with a standalone thriller in the vein of #1 bestsellers Hold Tight, Caught and Stay Close that explores the depth and passion of a lost love . . . and the secrets and lies at its heart.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction.

Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.

I’m taking a break from thrillers for a while now. I’ve got a pile of Christmas fiction to get through. I’ve been waiting for October to be done before starting on Christmas stories. As there’s only a couple of days left, I’m starting my first one today; it’s Debbie Macomber’s The Christmas Basket 🙂


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Harlan Coben Six years
Goodreads reading challenge 2017 44 books read
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A Game For All The Family – Sophie Hannah – Book Review #43

I’m struggling with what to say about A Game For All the Family. I was looking forward to reading it because it’s by Sophie Hannah. I enjoyed reading it nearly all the way through, but the ending totally let me down.

Throughout the book, I was waiting for, and looking forward to, the twist I was sure was coming. It’s a Sophie Hannah book, there has to be a twist, doesn’t there?

Turns out that, nope, there doesn’t have to be a twist, but without it, the ending left me a bit deflated, confused and wondering why I’d read the book. I also felt cheated of the hours spent reading this book instead of another.
I tried to think back through the story and make sense of it all, but I couldn’t do it. Ant asked me to tell him the basics of the story; as I was trying to explain the main points, they sounded silly to me and I wondered why they hadn’t felt silly when I was reading it. I still have no idea!

Now would be the time I’d tell you a bit about the story, but I feel I’ve wasted enough of my time on this book and I’m not going to waste anymore!
If you want to read about it, here’s the link to it on Goodreads

Sophie hannah A Game for all the family
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