The 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

I stumbled upon a YouTube video of LizzieLovesBooks and her Book Tag. It’s an older one, but I wanted to do it. It seems like fun and I want others to answer too so I can see what answers they come up with. I also saw this on SilverButtonsBooks post too. So, here goes. I hope you enjoy and follow along. 🙂

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A PARTRIDGE IN A PAIR TREE/FAVORITE STAND ALONE BOOK?

River's End by [Nora Roberts]
Four-year-old Olivia MacBride’s parents were Hollywood’s golden couple – until the monster destroyed their beautiful home and took Livvy’s mother away from her for ever. The monster with her father’s face…
Protected by her grandparents, Olivia grows up in the sanctuary of the lush rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula, and learns to bury the past deep within her. Despite the years that have passed, she still yearns to know the truth about her childhood. And now she just might get the chance. Noah Brady, a young writer, wants to tell the story that has become a part of Hollywood history.
But before Olivia can confront her past, she must safeguard her future. For the monster walks again…

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? I sure do. I also love the woven romantic feel to the book too. Nora never disappoints in delivering both.

TWO TURTLE DOVES: FICTIONAL OTP/FAVORITE SHIP?

In this historic romance, young Elizabeth Bennet strives for love, independence and honesty in the vapid high society of 19th century England.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are my all time OTP. There are many more, but let’s be honest…these two take the cake.

THREE FRENCH HENS/FAVORITE TRILOGY?

The Quinn Brothers by [Nora Roberts]
The Quinn Brothers, which begins the story of the lives and loves of adopted brothers Ethan, Cameron, Philip and Seth Quinn. Cameron Quinn (SEA SWEPT) has lived the reckless life of a daredevil since leaving the quiet community of Chesapeake Bay. But when his dying father calls him home to care for his youngest brother Seth, his life changes overnight. Cameron has to learn to live with his brothers once again, and rivalries and resentments flare between them whilst they try to care for Seth. Only Seth’s fate is in the hands of a tough but beautiful social worker. She alone has the power to bring the Quinns together – or tear them apart. Ethan Quinn (RISING TIDES) is also eager to honour their father’s dying wish that their youngest brother, Seth, be cared for. Ethan finds himself the most drawn to the young boy, because both suffered horrific abuse before being adopted by the Quinns. Time hasn’t extinguished Ethan’s pain, however, only buried it deep within his heart, a fact that may keep him from the only woman he has ever loved.

Of all the trilogies I’ve read of any author, this one hits the hardest. I’m received my degree in social work and seeing this family struggle through what they have, really called to me. It hits the most hard topics and the very light. I can’t recommend it enough.

FOUR CALLING BIRDS/FAVORITE FICTIONAL BEAST/CREATURE?

The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by [J.R.R. Tolkien]
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

I really love the creatures and beasts in Lord of the Rings. Dobby was pretty awesome, you have to admit.

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS/SHOW 5 GOLDEN BOOKS

Somewhere in Between
Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I
Zoo Of The Dead And Other Horrific Tales
Divorce Is Murder (Toby Wong Mystery #1)

SIX GEESE A LAYING: ROTTEN EGG/WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

The Alchemist by [Paulo Coelho]
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

The lessons he gives are repetitive and the characters had not depth with little plot.

SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING/SHOW A BOOK WITH WATER ON THE COVER

Her Eyes Under Water
People have been disappearing in the vast and pristine wilderness of 1970s Montana. One evening, restless university student Julia Strauss meets the captivating Alex Bowman and finds him irresistible. He is handsome, polite, and mysterious. If someone seems too good to be true …
This is a romantic suspense novel inspired by true events. The hero is Mr. Perfect when he is with the heroine. However, this cultivated persona melts away to reveal something frightening and unforgiving when they’re apart. Will Julia be able to see beyond the haze of her infatuation before it’s too late?

There was suspense, intrigue, and romance and it had qualities that are right up my alley for the genre I enjoy reading. I’d say overall, this book was well-written and the second half was engaging.

EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING/WHAT FICTIONAL FOOD DO YOU WISH YOU COULD TASTE?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
Fruit From the Toffee Tree from The Chronicles of Narnia

A toffee tree in the land of Narnia would be awesome to taste. I imagine something quite sweet and nutty maybe with a tad bit of fruit.

NINE LAIDES DANCING/FAVORITE DANCE BETWEEN TWO CHARACTERS?

The Princess Bride by [William Goldman]
Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.

A dance with a sword is just as good as dancing with your feet. I love this book and the “dance” just as much.

TEN LORDS A LEAPING/FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION

The Hobbit by [Tolkien, J.R.R.,]
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children’s fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction.

I personally loved the cartoon version before the newest movie came out. It was enough for me and I still have memories of watching it as a younger person.

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPPING/FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADATPATION SOUNDTRACK

Memoirs of a Geisha
“Sayuri’s Theme,” “Becoming a Geisha,” and “The Chairman’s Waltz”

TWELVES DRUMMERS DRUMMING/ITS THE END OF THE SONG, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK ENDING?

“After all, tomorrow is another day.”
“Gone With the Wind,”
by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
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