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What’s On Your Bookshelf? December Edition

December 16, 2022
What's On your Bookshelf?

It’s the last What’s On your Bookshelf? for 2022 and thank you to everyone who has joined Debbie, Jo, Donna and myself each month to share our love of reading. I’ve had so many books added to by TBR list and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reviews and recommendations.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all healthy, happiness and love for the Festive Season and 2023. I look forward to you joining us next year with you book reviews and being part of our reading community.

As the Festive Season approaches I saw this on the Reading Books’ Facebook page and it reminded me of the wonderful Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland. Books and chocolate what could be better?

What’s On My Bookshelf? December Edition

Christmas Books for Children

My grandsons (8 & 4) just love reading and during the lead up to the Festive Season the focus has been on Christmas and Festive books. There are several books with an Aussie theme which I enjoy as much as the boys do.

I think that books make excellent gifts and I’m this month I’m sharing What’s On My Grandsons’ Bookshelves? with their reviews in their own words.

Ethan’s Book Review – The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas

The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas

This is my favourite Christmas book because it is very funny. There are different things in there and the first page says:

On the first day of Christmas my best friend gave to me, a platypus up a gum tree.
I think it is very weird because I’ve never seen a platypus up a gum tree. They are usually in the opposite place in the river.

Elliot’s Book Review – Pig the Elf

Pig the Elf

I like Pig the Elf because he is naughty and he comes out at night and eats up all of Santa’s Gingerbread Men cookes.

What have you been reading lately? Why not join us at What’s On Your Bookshelf and share it with us? You can link up your post below.

What’s On Your Bookshelf is a monthly link-up co-hosted by Debbie (Deb’s World), Jo (And Anyways), Sue (Women Living Well After 50) and Donna (Retirement Reflections). #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge

What's on your bookshelf?

Donna, Jo, Debbie and I are delighted to co-host What’s On Your Bookshelf? Link Up. To join us and share what you have been reading, you can share in the comments, pingback with your own post, or use the handy InLInkz bar below. Please be sure to tag #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge. We look forward to hearing your thoughts as well as your book suggestions!

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  • Reply Jo December 16, 2022 at 08:49

    I wish you’d warned me… I read Ethan’s comment: “I think it is very weird because I’ve never seen a platypus up a gum tree. They are usually in the opposite place in the river” and choked on my tea!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:45

      You make me laugh Jo! Kids are so funny and speak the truth don’t they? x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections December 16, 2022 at 08:50

    I absolutely <3 your Guest Reviewers. How gorgeous are they?! I hope to see more of their reviews in 2023!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:46

      I’m thinking of having them as my guests again, Donna. It is lovely to hear their thoughts and perspectives x

  • Reply Deborah December 16, 2022 at 09:48

    The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas looks familiar. I wonder if it’s been around for a while. If so I might have read it to my godson when he was small and I used to babysit often.

    And what fun Christmas-themed books are available for kids nowadays!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:46

      So many fun Christmas books for children, Deb and I get to enjoy them with the boys xx

  • Reply Joanne December 16, 2022 at 11:23

    Oh so fun! My boys and I used to pick a HUGE stack of Christmas books up from our library and spend the whole month of December reading children’s picture books about Christmas. We found so many wonderful ones through the years too. I’m sure my boys would have loved Pig the Elf when they were younger.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:47

      What a lovely tradition you had Joanne. I love that my grandsons have been encouraged to read from an early age. x

  • Reply Toni Pike December 16, 2022 at 14:34

    Love the Christmas theme, Sue – my children used to love Christmas books

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:47

      It is a lovely time of year and such fun books for them to read to get into the festive spirit, Toni x

  • Reply Alison December 16, 2022 at 17:33

    Hi Sue
    I went straight into a link and made a comment that was meant for you!
    The boys’ reviews are very cute and they clearly know what they enjoy
    Merry Christmas
    I hope I get round to posting mine 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:48

      Hi Alison I hope you post yours too I’d love to read your recommendations. The boys are so adorable and I might ask for further reviews in the future. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton December 16, 2022 at 18:47

    Love those reviews by your grandsons! Reading is very important to my granddaughters aged nearly 4 and six months (the baby already has a library card!). Iceland definitely has the right idea.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:51

      Hi Gail, thank you and isn’t it wonderful to have your granddaughters reading at such a young age. My grandsons did too and it opens a new world to them. x

  • Reply leannelc December 16, 2022 at 18:59

    Those boys are growing up so quickly Sue – and I love that they were happy to share in your blog with their thoughts on books – it’s so great when children get a love of books early in life – especially with the lure of fast entertainment online. Reading will stand them in great stead for the rest of their lives.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:49

      Can you believe Elliot is going to School in 2023, Leanne? They are such a delight and it is heart warming to see how much they both love books and reading. x

  • Reply Debbie December 17, 2022 at 06:22

    Fabulous guest reviewers you’ve shared Sue! What clever little boys they are and they always make me smile 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:49

      Maybe Nan can get some tips from her new reviewers! LOL 🙂

  • Reply Carol @ Reading Ladies December 17, 2022 at 07:36

    I love children’s books….and especially at Christmas!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2022 at 07:50

      I love children’s books too Carol and having grandsons gives me an excuse to indulge x

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2022 at 06:20

      Thanks for linking up and I love your idea of a reading log. x

  • Reply Janet Alcorn December 17, 2022 at 10:28

    Love your guest reviewers! And now I want to read some children’s books.

    I’m looking forward to joining What’s On Your Calendar! Thanks for coming up with such a great link-up idea!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2022 at 06:21

      It will be lovely having you join us Janet for What’s Been On Your Calendar? We felt it gave more scope for those who don’t want to have a WOTY etc. As for my book reviewers, they have been popular so may have a return appearance. Best wishes to you for the Festive season and look forward to connecting in 2023. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 17, 2022 at 11:04

    We had a stack of those xmas style books – I’m trying to ebay them because I want them to be loved by someone else…all those traditions falling by the wayside with age…Happy Christmas to you! Enjoy this precious time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2022 at 06:19

      That’s a great idea Lydia as I’m sure that others would enjoy the books. My grandsons are growing up so fast, I’m trying to appreciate these moments with them. Happy Christmas to you and it has been lovely connecting with you during the year. xx

  • Reply Alison December 20, 2022 at 18:32

    I missed the party again!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 23, 2022 at 08:12

      That’s okay next year we are changing our word of the year link up to What’s Been On Your Calendar? so if you miss the Bookshelf link up you can always link up to that one. Merry Christmas and have a fabulous 2023. x

      • Reply Alison December 24, 2022 at 10:39

        Merry Christmas to you too, see you in the new year 😊

  • Reply Julie December 29, 2022 at 13:16

    Funny thing was that on Christmas Eve, I spent my whole time reading. I was feeling under the weather staying at my in-law’s house. Usually I prefer doing festive activities like eating dinner and opening Christmas presents and staying up until midnight, but my in-laws weren’t interested. So instead I spent it reading a book and that kept me sane.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2022 at 05:51

      Oh I hope you are feeling better soon. Happy New Year xx

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