RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

On the 12 Days of Bookmas, Your Book Curator Gave To Thee...

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is "books w/ numbers in the title," and one of the suggested themes was doing the numbers 1-10. Well, I started doing that and immediately began singing the titles to the tune of a well-known carol, so clearly I had to make it 12. It's thematic because Book Christmas -- a.k.a. the annual Half Price Books Clearance Event -- is this weekend and I am BOUNCING W/ EXCITEMENT.

(I have already warmed up w/ 2 library sales, though I had to pace myself very carefully to try and avoid undoing all the progress of my recent book cleanout.)

But first, some of the best books I can come up with that feature numbers-of-nouns in their title.

12 days of bookmas

My One Square Inch of Alaska - Sharon Short (2013)
Hey, do you have Netflix? Have you seen St. Agatha? Were you ever like, "This is gross and depressing and I wish the movie was just about Jimmy and Abigail being in love and taking care of her little brother instead?" I'll assume that I was not the only one, so good news, I got a book for that. There is no pregnancy in the book, but like the movie it is set in the 50s (and mostly NOT in Alaska, fyi) and the relationship dynamic is very similar.

The Tale of Two Horses - A.F. Tschiffely (1934)
This is the junior / introductory / fictionalized and horse-centric version of a pretty cool adult travelogue through Central/South America on horseback, and I have to say, I recommend getting oriented with this one first. Of course, that's my horse book bias talking.

Three White Stockings - Moyra Charlton (1933)
It's a lot like Black Beauty, but a few decades later and with more time under saddle than in harness.

Four Kittens - Kathleen N. Daly (1957)
I didn't have a lot of options for this number, surprisingly, so please enjoy this beloved childhood-fave of a Little Golden Book about a mama cat explaining to her kittens what kind of careers they can pursue when they grow up, such as a Farm Cat or Ship Cat.

Five Flavors of Dumb - Antony John (2010)
I didn't have a lot of options for this either, but books with deaf main characters do not oversaturate the market, and this is a solid option.
[last minute edit: man I cannot believe I forgot about Five Little Peppers. That one is good also! (she says, vaguely)]

Summers with the Bears: Six Seasons in the North Woods - Jack Becklund (1999)
Is making friends with wild black bears and hand-feeding them in your backyard technically a TERRIBLE IDEA that not even professional wildlife biologists, much less random civilians, should attempt? Absolutely. Is it amazing and enviable to read about anyway? Of course it is.

Seven Cats and the Art of Living - Jo Coudert (1996)
To quote my review: "Cute cat stories accompanied by equally cute sketches of said cats, interrupted by philosophical musings about how they are similar to humans and/or what life lessons we can learn from their behavior. Could have done without the second part, but there was enough written about the cats' idyllic indoor/outdoor life at her country (later permanent) house that my curiosity is piqued re: the book she wrote about Gowell."

Eight Little Indians - Josephine Lovell (1936)
Is it outdated? Yes. Are some of them described by geographical location instead of tribe name? Sure. Is it also an earnest, gorgeously illustrated attempt to educate children about the differences between various Native American tribes via short stories about little indigenous children? Yes, and that is why my mom's childhood copy is also my beloved childhood copy.

Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions - VIcki Myron (2010)
This is really more of an "okay" book -- stories about people down on their luck who happened to have a cat in their lives rather than the strictly cat stories I expected -- but it's my only option that isn't terrible and darned if I will give up on my theme now.

Choosing Glee: 10 Rules to Finding Inspiration, Happiness, and the Real You - Jenna Ushkowtiz w/ Sheryl Berk (2013)
You may have forgotten it because Lea Michele overshadowed her, but Glee star Ushkowitz (a.k.a. Tina Cohen-Chang, respect) published a book during her time on the show first. Part memoir and part advice book, designed like a glossy-paged and colorful scrapbook, it's aimed at Glee's general audience age group but it's still an absolute delight to page through, all optimism, fun photos and cool anecdotes.

The Eleven(th) Hour - Graeme Base (1988)
One of the best children's book illustrators of all time + a complicated puzzle-mystery behind the story that I could not begin to solve until I was a teen. (truly, I have absolutely nothing else for 11; I do love this book but I wish I had a proper '11 things' title)

A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me - Jon Katz (2002)
No other options here, so while I got tired of Jon's philosophies on dog ownership/hearing about his health problems and stopped reading his books, I will allow that this early one was actually pretty good. And good news, if you do like how he writes, he has at least 10 more books about his life with dogs and other animals.

Weekly cricket time question: anyone read...heard of...any...of these??

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