I Finally Completed 2022’s Buzzwordathon!

When I recalled my participation in last year’s edition of Buzzwordathon, I said I didn’t finish reading December’s book before the end of the year. However, I promised my readers I would write a review for each book I read during this event. As a blogger of my word, I will be providing a short review of what I chose to read for December!

December

Two Little Girls in Blue book cover found on Goodreads

Title: Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark

Theme: Numbers

Back in 2020, when I published my TBR Tag post, I mentioned Two Little Girls in Blue being on my TBR the longest. Two to three years later, I finally got around to reading it! While I am glad to have taken advantage of this opportunity, the book itself fell short of my expectations. At best, Two Little Girls in Blue was a fine, interesting enough mystery that held my attention. But it wasn’t the “can’t put it down” page-turner I expected. The subject of twin telepathy is a fascinating one. Yet Mary just scratched at the surface, leaving little to no room for thought-provoking commentary or opportunities to keep the conversation going. Sometimes, when the twin telepathy took place in the story, it felt like it was there for plot convenience.

According to the acknowledgements section in my copy of Two Little Girls in Blue, it seems like Mary attempted to portray the story’s case as realistically as possible. While I appreciate these efforts, each aspect of the case was delved into. This caused the story to be a bit drawn out. I like how the book’s chapters were shorter, as it allowed me to finish the book in a shorter amount of time. On the other hand, I don’t think Two Little Girls in Blue needed to contain over a hundred chapters. Though I thought this book was just fine, I would be interested in reading more of Mary’s work!

Overall score: 3.6-3.7 out of 5 stars

Have fun during 2023’s Buzzwordathon!

Sally Silverscreen

Disclaimer: Two Little Girls in Blue contains subject matter that may not be suitable for some readers. Reader discretion is encouraged.

12 Delights of Christmas Tag – 18 Cinema Lane Edition

Earlier this month, I was tagged by Heidi from Along the Brandywine to participate in the 12 Delights of Christmas Tag. As I have mentioned before, December was a busy month for me, as I had both blog and non-blog related projects to work on. However, I definitely wanted to complete this post before Christmas. This tag is a blessing in disguise for me because I haven’t produced much Christmas related content this year. Like I said about the Hallotober Tag, the 12 Delights of Christmas Tag will definitely fix that!

The 12 Delights of Christmas Tag banner created by Heidi from Along the Brandywine.

1. A favorite Christmas tradition?

Opening presents on Christmas morning!

2. Say it snowed at your domicile, would you prefer to go out or stay curled up inside?

Personally, I’m not a fan of cold weather. Therefore, I’d rather stay inside and watch a movie.

3. Tea or hot chocolate?

Why not both?

4. Favorite Christmas colors (i.e. white, blue, silver, gold, red and green etc)? 

I know that purple isn’t a traditional Christmas color. However, I’ve recently noticed that purple and red make a surprisingly good color combination for this time of year!

5. Favorite kind of Christmas cookie?

Preferably one with chocolate!

6. How soon before Christmas do you decorate (also, and more specifically, when does your tree go up)?

Normally, I put my tree up after Thanksgiving. This is because I’m busy preparing for the aforementioned holiday throughout the majority of November.

My little Christmas tree I mentioned in my post, ‘Oh Lil Christmas Tree: My New Christmas Project’. Screenshot taken by me, Sally Silverscreen.

7. Three favorite traditional Christmas carols?

Carol of the Bells, We Three Kings, and O Holy Night

8. A favorite Christmas song (i.e. something you might hear on the radio)?

Definitely ‘Christmas Eve Sarajevo’ from Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Fun fact, this is the song that introduced me to the band!

9. A favorite Christmas movie? 

If I had to choose one, it’d be the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, November Christmas. It tells a type of story you don’t often find on Hallmark these days.

10. Have you ever gone caroling?

No, I haven’t.

11. Ice skating, sledding, skiing, or snow boarding?

For this question, I’ll choose sledding, as that’s the winter outdoor activity of these four I’ve participated in the most.

12. Favorite Christmas feast dish?

Personally, I think you can’t go wrong with cranberry sauce!

Essential items of Christmas image created by Moonstarer at freepik.com. <a href=’https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/christmas-elements-collection_994917.htm’>Designed by Moonstarer</a>. <a href=”https://www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/christmas”>Christmas vector created by Moonstarer – Freepik.com</a>. Image found at freepik.com.

Who I am tagging:

— Lady Kelleth from Lady Kelleth

— IMA from The Cinema Post

— Nisha from The Local Ticket

— Sarah from Room For A Review

— Diane from In Dianes Kitchen

— Lucy from Fun With Orzo

— Kingsley from Divine-Royalty

— Myles from Enticing Desserts

— Eggsandwich04 from KS Blogs

— Simran from The Preserver of Life

— Pale Writer from Pale Writer

— Dbmoviesblog from dbmoviesblog

— J-Dub from Dubsism

What are your thoughts on Christmas? Would you like to participate in this tag? Please tell me in the comment section!

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen