On the first day of Christmas, The 52 Book Club gave to me… a brand new mini-challenge! With one month left of 2021, we have just enough time to squeeze in a few more reads. And what better for December than a 12 Days of Christmas inspired challenge?
This month, the prompts are up to you — they just have to be somehow inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas!
Share your picks in our Facebook group, Goodreads group, or on Instagram using the hashtag #the52bookclub2021. You can choose to read these books in addition to your regular 52 Book Club reads, or you can combine them with prompts still left on your 2021 list. As always, get as creative as you like with the prompts and have fun!
The 12 Days of Christmas Song Lyrics:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear tree
Examples & Tips:
- Pick and choose whichever parts of the song you’d like for inspiration. You could use a different line for each of your challenge picks, or you could read four books all somehow related to the same line (Example: all of your books could be related to the line “Nine ladies dancing.” Or you could pick one book matching line 3, one matching line 7, etc.)
- You could also choose to find your inspiration from the song title itself.
- A lot of holiday books have titles inspired by this song. Use the Goodreads search function and try typing in various lines from the song to see what pops up. Or, check out our 12 Days of Christmas Goodreads List: here.
- Feeling uninspired? Get as creative as you like! For instance, “A partridge in a pear tree” could be interpreted as a book by an author whose last name is Partridge. Or a book with the word “pear” in the title, or a pear tree on the cover.
- Books picked for this challenge don’t have to be holiday themed or specifically related to Christmas. There is a ton of variety with this song! As always, if you think a book fits the challenge — it does!
So whether you choose 12 Christmas stories, or 3 murder mysteries and a romance, it’s all just for fun! This is our last chance to squeeze in a few more 2021 reads. So let’s get creative and see what we can come up with!
What books would YOU recommend for this 12 Days of Christmas mini-challenge?