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.

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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.

“Fall Time, Cozy Time” Book Tag

While it’s looking a little more like winter every day, I’m still wanting to be in the fall frame of mind. I just love all the cozy things of the fall and winter seasons, including reading books by the fire!


This book tag is one I saw on my friend Rissi’s BookTube channel and blog. Though I’m not following the video format, I still thought this was a cute tag and a way to talk about all the cozy things with the prompts!

Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

1: Crunching Leaves: “The world is full of color – choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.”

How about a red, orange, and yellow cover?

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay | Still Life by Dani Pettrey

When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham

2: Cozy Sweater: “It’s finally cool enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the  warm fuzzies?” 

Oh my goodness, a recent favorite that gave me the warm fuzzies was the delightful contemporary romance Rose in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan. Also, anything by Melissa Tagg or Courtney Walsh instantly belongs in this category.

3: Fall Storm: “The wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.” 

Genre: historical romance!

Something like Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof or The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews because they have such character depth, vibrant sense of place, etc

4: Cool Crisp Air: “What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?”


Definitely Tzivia Khalon from Ronie Kendig’s “Tox Files” series because…… she’s strong. SUPER smart. An archaeologist. She’s often underestimated because she’s gorgeous, but she can and will kick butt if necessary.

5: Hot Apple Cider: “What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?”

Things Left Unsaid

Recently…. Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh. Poignant, emotional, and REAL women’s fiction at its best. Because it’s an indie book, it might be a little under-the-radar for some readers who would really love it AND be blessed by its message. I hope YOU check it out!

6: Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: “The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?”

NONE! Maybe an older cover or two from 1990’s fiction that’s just not “appealing” by today’s standards, but otherwise, nope.

7: Pumpkin Spice: “What’s your favorite Fall time comfort food(s)?”

Anything with cinnamon. (But this is me all year longgggg.) I love all the baked things with cinnamon that seem to be season-appropriate, too. Apple pie, apple cinnamon doughnuts, cinnamon oatmeal, cinnamon cookies, spiced cranberry scones, cinnamon toast, and the list goes on…

YOUR TURN! What are your favorite things about fall? What would be your picks for these prompts? Join the tag if you want!

My Life According to Literature: 2016 (so far) Book Titles

This is a quirky and fun book tag of sorts using book titles. It’s an idea I saw on Kara’s blog way back in March (which she saw on Hamlette’s, etc.) and I just had to join in!

My answers include books I’ve read this year (so far)

img_20160824_165312.jpgDescribe yourself: The Cautious Maiden (Dawn Crandall)

How do you feel today: Like Never Before (Melissa Tagg)

Describe where you currently live: A Haven on Orchard Lane (Lawana Blackwell) (well, not exactly on a lane… but I do have a few fruit trees at my house!)

If you could go anywhere, you would go to: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (Colleen Coble) (AKA just travel, though coastal Maine would be nice!

Your favorite form of transportation: No Way Up (Mary Connealy)

Your best friend is: The Curiosity Keeper (Sarah E. Ladd)

You and your friends are: Together At The Table (Hillary Manton Lodge)

What’s the weather like: The Breath of Dawn (Kristen Heitzmann)

You fear: A Flight of Arrows (Lori Benton) (wouldn’t it be awful to be shot with an arrow! Ha!)

What’s the best advice you have to give: You Don’t Have to be A Star (Susan May Warren)

Thought for the day: Told You Twice (Kristen Heitzmann) 

How would you like to die: Cold Shot (Dani Pettrey) (Ok, maybe not this way, but the book title just fit here!)

Your soul’s present condition: A Twist of Faith (Pepper Basham)

Your turn!!! Feel free to take the questions and fill in with book titles you’ve read at some point. Have fun with it, and let me know if you continue the tag!