A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E. (Alphabet Challenge, January)

I chose this book by going to my local library’s online catalogue and seeing what was available – the first choice for “A” was quickly abandoned, but from the minute I saw the cover of this book I knew I’d probably like it. And I was right. A great read, thoroughly enjoyable. Way better than some adult books I’ve tried!

My review is on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3791408624

Alphabet Challenge ~ Children’s Books

I’ve been drawn to read children’s books this year (inspired partly, if not wholly, by Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise by Katherine Rundell. But where to start, how to go about it? Well, why not an alphabet challenge… it’s as good a method as any. So I’m joining Lindsi’s Read the Alphabet Challenge 2021 (see https://www.doyoudog-ear.com/2020/12/read-alphabet-challenge-2021.html), but my slant will be that I’ll be reading children’s books.

She says:

The months will be organized like so:


The Last Princess (Key Word Challenge, January)

The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria’s Youngest Daughter by Matthew Dennison
I went with non-fiction to begin. As I’ve done before when doing this challenge informally, I began with no particular book in mind but put some of the key words into my local library’s search box and chose from among what came up as available.
This biography of Princess Beatrice is a most interesting topic, but like other reviewers [on Goodreads] I was less than happy about some aspects of the story-telling. The author seems to jump to conclusions about what was in people’s minds (especially Beatrice and Victoria); there is quite a bit of repetition of his psychological analysis; some of the key moments in the story are rushed over while less important events are given much more time. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book. The photos in the ebook are at the end, and are most interesting. The final portrait shows Beatrice as a modern woman, someone of our own time (almost) to whom I could relate.
I’m glad I read this book, and that the challenge brought it on to my radar.

2021 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

I’ve followed this challenge unofficially and privately in the past, and enjoyed it; this time I’m signing up and will do the reviews.

The structure of the challenge is simple: eight “key words” are given for each month, and the task is to read one book that includes one or more of the key words in the title.

My way of doing it up to now has been to put one of the key words into the search box of my local library’s database, and see what it offers. Then from whatever is available I choose the one that appeals most to me at the time. This has led me to books that I would never otherwise have heard of, let alone read.

The challenge is hosted by Kim and Tanya at Girlxoxo.com. Here’s the list of key words for 2021:

2021 monthly keyword reading challenge

Full details and sign-ups at https://www.girlxoxo.com/2021-monthly-key-word-reading-challenge/

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