Sunday, 30 December 2012

December Books & My Book Challenge for 2012 update

I read two books this month.  My December books were How it All Began by Penelope Lively and The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson.

How It All Began is the story of one random event and how it affects all different people in the story.  Charlotte is mugged and breaks her hip.  Her daughter Rose is meant to be going to a conference with her boss, Lord Peters.  He calls on his niece, Marion to step in and Marion sends a text to her lover (Jeremy) which his wife finds.  

Charlotte moves in with her daughter and her husband while she recuperates.  Charlotte teaches English to immigrants and Anton begins to visit for lessons at Rose's house and he and Rose form a friendship.  A quite enjoyable book although a bit slow in places.

The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomsom - the book opens with Tamia Challey's husband Scott being arrested in front of her and their children. The book goes from the present to the past and each chapter is written from the viewpoint of Tami, Beatrix (her friend) and in the later stages Fleur, Mirabelle's daughter.

When Tamia discovers who is accusing her husband of a terrible crime her life falls apart.  Things get worse when she is the main suspect for a crime she may or may not have committed.  A fast moving and unputdownable book.

In January I set myself a challenge to read four books a month - my tally is below.  I started off well...

January - 4 (link)
February - 4 (link)
March - 4 (link)
April - 4 (link)
May - 5 (link)
June - 3 (link)
July - 0
August - 3 (link)
September - 2 (link)
October - 1 (link)
November - 2 (link)
December - 2

I'm going to take up the challenge again in 2013.  Do you have any suggestions of books I can add to my ever expanding book pile?


  1. I really need to start reading more, I love the idea of a monthly goal! I really loved The Glass Castle, you should check it out :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed the Rose Petal Beach. I have soooo many book recommendations for you!

    I am going to set a challenge to read books too, I think it is a brilliant idea and I like that you can go back and see what you have read.

    1. :) Great I'll look forward to your reviews as I loved the book one you did a while back. x

  3. Great reviews! Would love to see more book reviews!
    Girl Meets Beauty

    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to read more next year x