Thursday, 26 December 2013

An Elf's Christmas

Good evening bookaholics and welcome to the special boxing day edition of the blog brought to you by the Elf. I promised you before Christmas that I would post pictures of me as an elf. Never one to break a promise here I am. This was taken at the Bridge Community Project Christmas party. In the absence of Santa, who was busy getting last minute gifts together, I acted as chief present distributor. The party went with a swing and a great time was had by all.

Santa was very good to me at Christmas and I received too many presents to name. As this is a book blog I should confess this bookaholic received two books.The first was  "Martha Gellhorn: A Life by Caroline Moorhead". This is the biography of a woman who was a celebrated war correspondent and also one of Ernest Hemmingway's wives. The second was "A Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven by John Blanchard". I am looking forward to reading them both and will be posting reviews fairly soon I am sure. 

Christmas day and boxing day were spent with family including a 12 year old and a 9 year old. This led to some surreal moments. The following conversation will give you a flavour. Freya, aged 9, got a furbie boom from her gran.

Aunty Wendy (aka The Elf): Freya what's the difference between a furbie and a furbie boom? 

Freya: A furbie speaks furbinese and a furbie boom speaks human language.

Auntie Wendy: Do you mean English? What if someone in Germany gets one.

Freya: it speaks English or maybe it speaks Germany language. You can speak to the furbie and make it do things through the app on your iPad. 

So there you have it. As clear as the rich dark chocolate on our post dinner dessert. I am sure you have spent the whole of Christmas worrying about these very things and now you know. You can't say this blog isn't educational. You now know why I spend my time writing fiction. It's less confusing than my life. 

The Elf is off to pour a nice glass of wine and unwind whilst reading a good book. I'm reading Midnight in Havana and will definitely be reviewing as it's excellent. What books did you get for Christmas and what are you reading. It would be great if you let us know in the comments below. See you all back here soon. 


  1. A very fetching outfit!
    I didn't receive any books for Christmas this year - oh, well, a cookbook but that doesn't really count. I am reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. The subtitle is Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum. The author spent three years living in the slum and has written the book like a work of fiction, though it is supposedly all true. Have you read it?

    1. That's a shame that you didn't get any books. The one you are reading sounds good though. Just the sort of thing I would enjoy. I will have to look out for it.

  2. My lovely hubby bought me "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes, and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Looks like it might take me a while to finish that particular one. I bought him Louise Welsh's "Naming the Bones", and Karen Campbell's "This is Where I Am" - which I also intend to read myself... well you have to don't you?

    1. Hi Saskia. It sounds like you've got a lovely selection of books and a lot of reading ahead of you. I am sure you will enjoy them all