Ruth at A Great Book Study shared a fun little book game called “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, where a book is used to fit the lyrics of the song. She did a Little House on the Prairie spin! I had to try it out.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree — a book that involves agriculture
The Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry
2 Turtledoves — book about a long-lasting relationship
Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry.
3 French Hens — a book that takes place in France
A Far Better Rest, Susanne Alleyn. (A retelling of Tale of Two Cities from Sydney Carton’s perspective.)
4 Calling Birds — a book where people talk on the phone
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley
5 Golden Rings — a book with multiple romances
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. In Scarlett’s case…her husbands, Ashley, and herself.
6 Geese A-laying: a book with a birth or that features babies
The Lost Gospel of Mary, Frederica Mathews-Green.
7 Swans A-swimming: a book where someone goes swimming:
Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
8 Maids A-Milking — a book with cows
Cattle: An Informal Social History, Laurie Winn Carlson
9 Ladies Dancing — a book with a dance scene
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
10 Lords A-leaping — a book about athletes
For the Love of the Game, Michael Shaara. An aging pitcher who’s about to be put out to pasture has one last game to prove himself.
11 Pipers Piping — a book with someone playing a musical instrument
Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan
Feeling the words, and remembering how Billie could tell you her whole life story in the glide of a note, Frank began to sing the lyrics as if he really meant them, and something happened.
The girls, dancing with their dates, began to stop mid-step and stare at him.
12 Drummers Drumming: a book with characters in the military
Sharpe’s Eagle, Bernard Cornwell.