Bookish “12 Days of Christmas” Tag

Last week, my friend Rissi over at Finding Wonderland shared this book tag that’s wholly appropriate for the season: it’s all about a classic Christmas song + books! I’m joining in the fun… (click the book titles to go to my reviews)

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ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE. The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

How about 4 favorites from the past 4 years? 2016 – The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, 2017 – Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge, 2018 – The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz, 2019 – How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: TWO TURTLE DOVES. Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

I have so many favorite couples! One of them is Rosemary Gresham and Peter Holstein from Roseanna M. White’s A Name Unknown. The way they connect, especially through the written word is just…. *sigh*

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: THREE FRENCH HENS. In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Without hesitation, the Price of Privilege trilogy by Jessica Dotta! It is Christian historical PERFECTION.

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FOUR CALLING BIRDS. Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

In keeping with one that’s at least 4 books, I’ll have to go with Susan May Warren’s “Montana Rescue” series.

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: FIVE GOLDEN RINGS. One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Oooh, since I’ve already mentioned the Price of Privilege trilogy, I will pick another! Kristen Heitzmann writes some fabulously mysterious villains (and their POVs) in her romantic suspense books. Her antagonist in her older novel, The Edge of Recall, is particularly creepy.

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SIX GEESE A LAYING. Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

Hmm. Sara Ella’s YA Unblemished trilogy comes to mind with its places that are unique plays-on-words reminiscent of NYC and fairytales.

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING. Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

If we’re talking about an animal taking a very active/essential role in a story, Vvolt of Ronie Kendig’s “Tox Files” series is one cool dog!

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: EIGHT MAIDS A MILKING. Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Now we’re talking my love language: books & food! Some I adore include Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay, With No Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson, Five Days in Skye AND the “Supper Club” series by Carla Laureano, or anything by Hillary Manton Lodge.

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: NINE LADIES DANCING. Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickbutt female lead?

Oh, Tzivia Khalon. definitely. (Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig)


So. Many. Options. I’m going to go with Sebastian Gage from Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mystery series because he’s my most recent major book crush. Then there’s Jonathan Noble (A Match for Emma), Jesse Bird (The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn), Morgan Spencer (The Breath of Dawn), Justin Thornhill (The Matrimonial Advertisement). How much time do we have 😉 ?

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: ELEVEN PIPES PIPING. What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I love this kind of book! All of these feature musicians: After the Rain by Brandy Bruce, The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall, Rose in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan, When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham


The kind that leaves me with a happy sigh AND/OR something thought-provoking. Recent books that have left me thinking about them for weeks after are The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright and Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan.

Tag Creator: Lizzie Loves Books

How would you answer these prompts? If you join in the tag, let me know in the comments!

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

I have seen this fun mid-year tag on a few blogs, most recently on my friend Kara’s. Even though the year is more than half over (gasp!), these are fun prompts so I’m weighing in! If you’d like to participate, consider yourself tagged!

Best Book You’ve Read

How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim is one of my top reads of the year. It’s fresh and riveting and oh-so-original.

Best Sequel You’ve Read

Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan. I had to pick Hamish and Reggie’s ongoing adventures!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett. SOON, I tell you! I have loved the other two books (and featured national parks).

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2019

The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden, coming September 3. That COVER, y’all! Plus it’s a Camden novel, so I know it will be good!

Biggest Disappointment

I cringe to say any book is a disappointment. I like to think of books I don’t like as much as “object lessons for why Courtney does or does not like _______”. I have to go with Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter. Not my favorite from her, it just was too trope-ish. (The second book in the series, though, is a fav!)

Biggest Surprise

After the Rain by Brandy Bruce. I didn’t think I’d like the heroine of this one because she was the slightly-unliked, nemesis character to the heroine of book 1. But oh my, this story drives home the point that everyone is the hero of his or her own story.

Favorite New to You or Debut Author

Jaime Jo Wright (The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond) I listened to the audio version and I LOVED IT!

Newest Fictional Crush

Captain Arthur Heywood from The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews. An honorable gentleman who knows how to handle just about any situation.

Newest Favorite Character

Maddie from The Printed Letter Bookshop. She’s relatably flawed and trying hard, just like the rest of us.

Book That Made You Cry

Bear No Malice by Clarissa Harwood. Read it and you’ll know why.

Book(s) That Made You Happy

I couldn’t pick just one for this! Wooing Cadie McCaffrey made me happy because of all its pop culture rom-com love. Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano made me happy because BAKING and BOOKS and a #girlpower friendship group.

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

Hopefully Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I hope to read it before I see the movie!

Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

My list of book quotes ABOUT books.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Books You Need To Read by the End of the Year

all of them?? My TBR is more like an island now. A few I want to read soon are: Tate by Susan May Warren, A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter by Mimi Matthews, Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh, The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson, and Bethlehem by Karen Kelly.

“Passport to Pinterest” Tag

Social media has been blessed with a fun platform for images, bookmarks, and inspiration for planning everything from your cat’s sweaters to a dream log cabin. I’m talking about Pinterest! I’ve been tagged to share random images from my favorite Pinterest boards in the “Passport to Pinterest” tag by Rayleigh Gray over at Accelerate the Jesus Movement blog. The tag originally appears on the Livy Lynn blog. (Thanks for the tag, Rayleigh!)


The Rules:

  1. Open your Boards.
  2. Open (Or any random number generator website or app of your choosing.)
  3. Enter the number of pins on your first board.
  4. Click “Generate.”
  5. Find that number pin on your board.
  6. Share the image of that Pin in your new Blog Post, and a little blurb about why it’s important to you!
  7. Continue the process with ALL or as many of your boards as you like!
  8. Tag another blogger (or two, or three…or ten! The more, the merrier!) and link back to thank the blogger who tagged you.


Without further ado, here are some random favorites from my Pinterest boards!

The board: The Green Mockingbird [my blog]

The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection

The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection

The board: Books, books, and more books!

Curl up with a good book

Curl up with a good book….

The board: “Price of Privilege” Series by Jessica Dotta | Dream Cast + Aesthetic

keys - price of privilege aesthetic

How fitting a ring of keys is the photo for this board….oh, the significance of a certain set of keys in this book series!

The board: Is it tea time yet?


Tea is always a good idea. I wholeheartedly agree.

The board: Classics

leap year

LEAP YEAR. This movie is adorable.

The borad: All Things Austen and English

far from

“Romantic moment of the week” from the Silver Petticoat featuring “Far From the Madding Crowd”….. I ❤ the cinematography of this movie and the hero. The heroine, not so much.

The board: North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell & BBC

north and south ending

North and South ending scene ❤

The board: poetic


Nevertheless, she persisted. Encouragement for you today. 🙂

The board: Random Amusing & Funny Things

random funny

Have a laugh!

The board: Music


More Heart, Less Attack by NEEDTOBREATHE

The board: Cabins, Mountains, Camping, & Woods


Isn’t this peaceful?!


YOUR TURN! If you’d like to join in this fun photo-sharing idea, consider yourself tagged! Or, if you waste time on Pinterest like me, share your Pinterest profile link in the comments!