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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) Couldn't find the Christmas Game like Simon said he would put up, so I'll start it.

come up with a list of books that would match the twelve days of Christmas i.e. a book with the words ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’ etc up to ‘twelve’.

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2. A Tale of Two Cities
3. The Three Musketeers
4. The Sign of Four
5. Slaughterhouse-Five
6. The Cold Six Thousand or if 6,000 doesn't count; then Rainbow Six
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
8. Henry VIII
9. Nine Stories
10. Ten Little Indians
11. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
12. Twelve Angry Men although I did like Simon's suggestion for The Twelve


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason | 29 comments What a wonderful coincidence that the 12 Tribes of Hattie is the book advertised on the side of this page.
One or two of these are a stretch (2, 5 and 10 specifically)

The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
The Two Towers - JRR Tolkien
3 Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome
Four Blind Mice - James Patterson
The Fifth Elephant - Terry Pratchett
Just Six Numbers - Martin Rees
Importance of Being Seven - Alexander McCall Smith
Eight Girls Taking Pictures - Whitney Otto
The Nine greatest Paradoxes in Science - Jim Al-Khalili
A History of the World in 10.5 Chapters - Julian Barnes
Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) Janet Evanovich does make it easier.


message 4: by Tasha (new)

Tasha hahaha!! :)


message 5: by Judie (new)

Judie | 5 comments Michael wrote: "Janet Evanovich does make it easier."

I was going to list Janet Evanovich books too! Simon, if you haven't read them they are good fun - reading them is like eating a bowl of popcorn!!


message 6: by Ruthiella (last edited Dec 21, 2012 12:34PM) (new)

Ruthiella | 272 comments A couple came easily...but I had to cheat in a couple of spots!

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
3. The Secret of Annexe 3 by Colin Dexter
4. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
5. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
6. Now we are Six by A. A. Milne
7. The Sign of the Seven Trilogy by Nora Roberts (cheating a bit…this isn’t the name of the book, just the collection)
8. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
9. The 9 Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
10. Starter for 10 by David Nichols
11. Eleven by Patricia Highsmith
12. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (does this count as 12?)


message 7: by Jenni (new)

Jenni (jennilukee) 1. One Day - David Nicholls
2. Two Caravans - Marina Lewycka
3. The Three Sisters - Anton Chekhov
4. The Big Four - Agatha Christie
5. Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie
6. The Trinity Six - Charles Cumming
7. The Seven Crystal Balls - Hergé
8. Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott
9. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
10. Force 10 From Navarone - Alistair MacLean
11. Eleven Minutes - Paolo Coelho
12. The Twelve Chairs - Ilya Ilf & Yevgeni Petrov


message 8: by Jason (new)

Jason | 29 comments Michael wrote: "Janet Evanovich does make it easier."

There are so few books with the word Eleven in title though


message 9: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 22, 2012 11:59PM) (new)

OK, I'll play!

One Night Rodeo (Blacktop Cowboys #4; by Lorelei James)
Tale of Two Cities (by Charles Dickenson)
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time (by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin) - Oooh, look! Bonus round for having another "one" entry!
The Four Feathers (by A.E.W. Mason)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (by Mitch Albom)
Sixth Column (by Robert A. Heinlein)
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen R. Covey)
Eighth Grade Bites (by Heather Brewer)
The Hypochondriacs: Nine Tormented Lives (by Brian Dillon)
Ten Things I Love About You(Bevelstoke #3; by Julia Quinn)
Eleven (by Patricia Highsmith)
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (by Ayana Mathis)

All the titles are taken from my own shelves except for Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen R. Covey)


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Here is my contribution to the “Twelve Books of Christmas” game. I put this together before looking at the other responses to avoid being influenced. Those marked with a * I have read.

* On the first day of Christmas, My True Love (sadly still unmet) gave to me
“A Guide to the Birds of East Africa” by Nicholas Drayson. A fitting substitute for “a partridge” given the avian link.

* On the second day of Christmas, etc... ( I really don't wish to dwell on the absence of “My True Love”)
“The No.2 Global Detective” a parody of Botswana's best known detective by Toby Clements.

* On the third day of Christmas, etc...
“24 for 3” by Jennie Walker. A novel about cricket and Englishness, which I apparently read in 2011 but have no recollection of.

* 4) “Four Letters of Love” by Niall Williams.

* 5) “Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Moonlight” the short story collection by Kazuo Ishiguro.

* 6) “The Sixth Lamentation” by William Brodrick

* 7) “The Importance of Being Seven” one the books in Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series.

8) “Eight Months on Gazzah Street” by Hilary Mantel. One of her novels I had not heard of until researching for this exercise.

9) “The Nine Taylors” by Dorothy L. Sayers

* 10) “Ten Days That Shook The World” John Reed's classic account of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917

* 11) “Eleven minutes late: a train journey to the soul of Britain” by Matthew Engel. This is non-fiction, although some might say that any book on modern British railways should be classed as humour, and there is plenty of it in this book.

12) “The Twelve” by William Gladstone. This is not the Nineteenth Century British Prime Minister but, suitably enough given one of the topics you discussed last week, it is a novel about the world ending on 21st December 2012. Judging a book by its cover, it's not something I'll be rushing to read any time soon.

Season's greetings to Simon and Gavin and to all fellow listeners to The Readers podcast.


message 11: by Esther (last edited Dec 29, 2012 03:56AM) (new)

Esther (eshchory) | 135 comments I tried to do 12 I had read or at least own.
My success was not complete.
1) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
2) The Power of Two
3) Three Singles To Adventure
4) The Four Swans
5) Five on a Treasure Island
6) Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East I'm in the middle of reading this one but I do own it.
7) 7th Son: Book One - Descent This one was an audio book.
8) Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story of a Riddle That Confounded the World's Greatest Minds for 358 Years OK so I'm pushing the envelope on this one but eight is almost impossible and not only do I own this book I have read most of it too.
9) 1984 Sort of cheating again but it is one of my favourite books.
10) And Then There Were None I own an older version on which the rather un-PC title does involve a number ten.
11) 11/22/63 Eleven defeated me. Although this book is on my GR shelves I haven't read it, I don't own it and I'm not that keen on Stephen King.
12) Twelve This is going to be one of my first reads of 2013.


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