#12Days of Christmas book game: day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Ten Lords-a-Leaping

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas game and giveaway.

I thought when I saw this “Oh blimey this is going to be tough” but somehow I managed it. We need to find titles or images or author names reflecting the tenth day in which lords went leaping about.

Booker Talk Titles for Day 

Very little came to mind for this – I can’t think of a single book containing the words Lord or Lords except for Lord of the Rings which I already used up on day 5. So I feel guilty about using it again.

At a push I can come up with the poet Lord Byron whom Lady Caroline Lamb allegedly described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’. She would have known since she was his lover in 1812 until he tired of her. She wasnt happy about being spurned and kept pursuing him, leading to a number of scandalous encounters. Byron of course was one of the big names in the Romantic movement along with Wordsworth and Coleridge though he was less precious about the craft of writing than those two guys.

For other associations I’m going to have to go down the path of leaping which is of course one element of dance. I give you two links:

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin – this is a true life story of how a boy rose from poverty in a small village in China to become a world class ballet dancer as a result of a whim by Chairman Mao’s wife. Having been exposed to the realities of life in America (a far cry from what the China political regime tells him to expect) Li Cunxin found he couldn’t return to his native land and sought political refuge in the United States. This is a really moving account of a young man’s determination to achieve success and the freedom to live his life the way he desired. Highly recommended.

How can I talk about male ballet dancers who abandon their home country and not mention the greatest dancer of his generation – Rudolph Nureyev?. From the moment I started taking ballet lessons as a small girl, he was this magical figure that I saw only in glimpses on a rather small screen black and white tv set. How I would loved to have seen him in a live performance but alas I had to make do with the tv version. It didn’t stop me reading everything I could get my hands on – a love affair which lasted well into my early thirties. One of the best biographies I read was Nureyev by Diane Solway which came out in 1998. She interviewed more than 200 people to put together a detailed account of his life including his defection, hedonistic life style and his fight against AIDS. His supporters were so protective of Nuryev that on his last public performance  in 1992,  they made sure he saw only the reviews that didn’t mention AIDS. It’s a fascinating read about a fascinating man

Now over to you – here’s How to Play:

Come up with book titles or book images or anything book related (could be the name of a location mentioned in the book or a character) that matches with lords or leaping. Let’s see how creative you can be. I’m looking ideally for 3 titles/images etc . You can mix and match your nominations.

Put your titles into the comments field of that day’s post. Don’t just give me the name since you could easily get that from a Google search – tell us something about the book itself. Why did you choose these titles – are they from your TBR or ones you’ve seen mentioned on a blog. Please try not to just use lists from Goodreads etc.

Feel free to blog about this on your own site or via Twitter using the #12days hashtag

The Giveaway

There’s an incentive to play along with this which is a giveaway of a book up to the value of $20 USD from the Book Depository

To participate, your list of books must be in the comments field by 10pm GMT/5pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday Dec 15.

Day by Day Prompts

Day 1:   Partridge in a Pear Tree
Day 2:   Turtle Doves
Day 3:    French Hens
Day 4:   Calling Birds
Day 5:    Gold Rings
Day 6:   Geese a-Laying
Day 7:   Swans a-Swimming
Day 8:   Maids a-Milking
Day 9:   Ladies Dancing
Day 10:  Lords a-Leaping
Day 11:   Pipers Piping
Day 12:   Drummers Drumming

Rules of the Game

1.Each day a post will go live on booker talk.com matched to the task for that day. All you to do is post a comment with your list of books on the page

2. Each day try to come up with 3 titles. No need to think of 11 books featuring pipers or eight with maids in them. This is meant to be fun not mission impossible…..

3. Participants are encouraged to be creative with the names of titles matching each day. But the books do need to be in existence – no scope here for making up your own titles.

4. The number of contributions per person will be totalled and the one with the highest number will win the prize. So if you post three titles for day 6 and 5 on day 11, that gives a total of 8 points.

5. Contributions should be entered on the page within the time limit stated each day – typically I will give 48 hours between the time I post the day’s challenge and when comments will be closed.

6. You don’t need to play every day in order to be entered for the prize. Some days will be easier than others – and anyway you have all that shopping and packing still to do

7. There is only one prize – available internationally. The Prize winner will be announced on the blog around about the 15th of December.

6. The prize is that you get to choose a book up to the value of $20 USD from the Book Depository that I will arrange to ship to you. This will probably not arrive until next year given the last postage dates for international mail.



What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

12 thoughts on “#12Days of Christmas book game: day 10

  • December 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Gosh this is hard in Australia when we wake up in the morning and find that everyone has already used the best books!
    Fortunately I have read Senor Vivo and the Coco Lord by Louis de Bernieres. (I fell in love with his writing after Capt Corelli’s Mandolin and hunted out his early work, which IMO is mostly better than his more recent efforts).
    Also, (in translation) The Tea Lords by Dutch author Hella Haase. It’s about colonial tea planters in Indonesia, but I don’t really like her stuff because she is nostalgic for colonialism, which I find tacky.
    And I can offer Leap, by Myfanwy Jones. But *chuckle* it’s not about dancers leaping, it’s about parkour, a kind of running and jumping in urban spaces activity, and the leap is really a leap of faith needed to overcome absence, grief, and guilt.
    Plus Five for Sorrow,Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden. Never a literary writer, but one I am very fond of, ever since I read An Episode of Sparrows when I was a girl. She was the British equivalent of Jodi Piccoult in her day.

  • December 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Well I really am going to repeat one that others have said because it was the first to jump into my head. You know what it is…

    William Golding The lord of the flies.
    Thackeray’s rather tedious The luck of Barry Lyndon features a lord or two, as do
    Hilary Manuel’s Cromwell books, Wolf Hall and Bring up the bodies.

    • December 14, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Clever thinking to plump for a few historical novels – probably more than 10 lords though if they were in Henry 8’s reign they were probably leaping just to keep away from his wrath

      • December 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

        Haha, Karen, I thought I was clever too! Good point re numbers though.

  • December 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    1. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
    2. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
    3. Little Hut of Leaping Fishes – Chiew-Siah Tei

  • December 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    1) Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. One I’d like to read.
    2) Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I had this as a child.
    3) Back to basics : The Bible

    • December 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Ive read very little Conrad but Lord Jim is on my wish list

  • December 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    In high school, lo, so many years ago, we read William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies.

    On the advice of a good friend, I read Littre Lord Fauntleroy in early 2013. It’s written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, who also wrote <i.The Secret Garden.

    And in 2010, I read the historical fiction Spring Moon by Bette Bao Lord. It’s set in “old” China. The author was born in China and moved to the USA after marrying an American diplomat.

    • December 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Lord of the Flies was one of those novels that was required reading for my class too…

  • December 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
    Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mystery by Ruth Dudley Edwards
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    • December 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Brownie points to you for a title that exactly matches the prompt!

  • December 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    1. The Lord God Made Them All is one of James Herriot’s wonderful memoirs about being a large-animal vet in Yorkshire. My mom and I passed these books back and forth when I was about 12 or 13.

    2. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride is a surprisingly funny novel about escaped slaves and John Brown’s raid. I read it in late December 2013.

    3. Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds is an autobiographical collection of poetry I read in May 2013.


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