In 2021… My Life in Books

2021 My Life In BooksI saw this on Shelleyrae’s Book’d Out blog and thought I’d have a go at it myself… Links from the titles will take you to my review.

If you want to join in, just complete the prompts using titles from books you read in 2021. Go on, it’s fun.  Do be sure to include a link back to Book’d Out in your blog post and add a link to your post in the comments on Shellyrae’s original post.

2021 was the year of: Small Pleasures

In 2021 I wanted to be: The Bookseller’s Secret

In 2021 I was: Down A Dark River

In 2021 I gained: Blue Shoes and Happiness

In 2021 I lost: Blasted Things

In 2021 I loved: Violets

In 2021 I hated: Little 

In 2021 I learned: Three Little Truths

In 2021 I was surprised by: Everyday Magic 

In 2021 I went to: A Room Made of Leaves

In 2021 I missed out on: Small Things Like These 

In 2021 my family were: The Visitors 

In 2022 I hope: Everything Happens For A Reason 

An Edwardian Christmas by John S. Goodall

Edwardian ChristmasToday I’m featuring a treasured possession that comes out every Christmas in our house. An Edwardian Christmas by John S. Goodall contains wonderfully detailed scenes of a nostalgic Christmas from times past.

If you’re lucky you may be able to find a copy in a second-hand bookshop or buy a used version online. 

Below are some of my favourite scenes in the book. 


Edwardian Christmas Market Hmm, a bit different from battling with your trolley around the supermarket or clicking on items to fill a virtual basket.

Edwardian Christmas Church

The candles are lit in the vestry and the choir is warming up so it’s time to hurry through the snow to the local church for Midnight Mass. But don’t worry, Nanny made sure we’re well wrapped in scarves and gloves.

Edwardian Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas tree is a childhood memory for a lot of us but how many recall needing a step-ladder to do it? The maid is thinking, I’m going to have to clear up all those needles after Christmas…

Edwardian Christmas Kitchen

This kitchen looks positively calm which I don’t think is representative of many of us who take on the responsibility of cooking Christmas dinner. Mind you, we probably don’t have this many helpers! I do hope Cook is taking that turkey out of the oven rather than putting it in otherwise there could be a long wait for lunch…

Edwardian Christmas Home Entertainment

No slumping in front of the TV to watch the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special or a decades old blockbuster but civilized entertainment for all the family around the pianoforte.

Edwardian Christmas Buffet

Would you mind awfully passing me another slice of smoked salmon… I don’t know about you but my Boxing Day buffet never looks like this. Where are the turkey sandwiches, the tin of Quality Street and the tub of Twiglets?  (Sorry, I’m showing my age. I meant the hummus, smashed avocado and sourdough bread.)

Edwardian Christmas Costume Party

Fancy dress party, anyone? No, costume ball please – much more glamorous but no less entertaining from the look on their faces.

Edwardian Christmas Sale

Forget Black Friday or Cyber Monday, rather a visit to the local department store to view the merchandise and bag a bargain.

Edwardian Christmas Pantomime

No reality TV stars or near-the-knuckle jokes but a good old-fashioned pantomime with nobody recording it on their mobile phone.

Merry Christmas from What Cathy Read Next!