#12Days of Christmas book game: day 10
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
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.
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
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.
12 thoughts on “#12Days of Christmas book game: day 10”
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.
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.
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
Haha, Karen, I thought I was clever too! Good point re numbers though.
1. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
2. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
3. Little Hut of Leaping Fishes – Chiew-Siah Tei
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
Ive read very little Conrad but Lord Jim is on my wish list
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.
Lord of the Flies was one of those novels that was required reading for my class too…
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
Brownie points to you for a title that exactly matches the prompt!
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.