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The Book Courtship Tag

I happened to come across this tag while browsing She Latitude‘s blog. It’s been a while since I did my last tag, so this oughta be fun!

Phase 1: Initial Attraction

A book you bought because of the cover

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice immediately caught my attention. It was a bright contrast to
the typical darker colored books around it, so I stopped to read the description.

Sherlock Holmes has retired to the countryside and is, not surprisingly, bored. While watching over his bee hives, he’s bumped into by a teenage girl named Mary Russell. The two find they have a lot in common: high intelligence, an observant mind, and the enjoyment of fighting crime.

Under Sherlock Holmes’s wing, Mary blossoms into a beautiful young woman with a mind to match her tutor’s. When Scotland Yard calls on him for help, he’s reluctant to bring Mary along. However, Mary Russell has other ideas.


Phase 2: First Impressions

A book you bought because of the summary

“As a third child in a society that allows only two children per family, Luke Garner was in hiding for the first twelve years of his life. Then he was given the freedom of an identify card that had belonged to Lee Grant, a Baron (a member of the highest class of society), and was sent to boarding school as Lee.

But now, just when things are finally starting to go right, Lee’s little brother, Smits, arrives at school, and Luke finds himself caught in a web of lies that gets more complex and possibly even lethal – with every passing day.

Can Luke trust the grief-stricken Smits to keep Luke’s secret? And can he trust Smits’s menacing bodyguard, Oscar?

Luke finds that living Among the Barons puts him in the deadliest danger he has ever faced.


Phase 3: Sweet Talk

A book with great writing

Crocodile on the Sandbank has been one of my favorite books for awhile now because it was written so well that the characters’ personalities seemed to leap off the page. I’ve read it several times and it just never gets old.

“Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers – the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter.

Soon their little party is increased by one – one mummy that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy – and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last…”


Phase 4: First Date

A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the entire series

A Royal Pain isn’t the first in the series, but it was the first that I read. It’s a fresh concept
for the main heroine to be royalty, yet poor and totally unknown. Plus, she’s a member of royalty not afraid to work with her hands. Her beau is the mysterious type and I looked forward to future books just to find out his real identity.

“1930s London. Poor Lady Georgiana-thirty-fourth in line to the throne-has nothing to serve her Bavarian princess houseguest, even though the Queen of England has requested that she entertain her. Then there’s the matter of the body in the bookshop and the princess’s unwitting involvement with the Communist party. It’s enough to drive a girl mad.”

Here’s a complete list of all the books in the “Her Royal Spyness” series.


Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls

A book that kept you up all night

An absolute classic of the murder mystery genre – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Usually, when reading a mystery, you begin to have suspicions of ‘who done it’ about a halfway through, but this book totally blew my mind in that I just couldn’t decide who was guiltier than the other.

“En route to Paris, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has booked winter passage on the fabled Orient Express. Among the assortment of fellow passengers, one wealthy American holds a unique distinction: He has been found dead in the night compartment of the Calais coach. By dawn, thirteen travelers, each bearing a secret, will find themselves suspect in the most ingenious crime Poirot has ever solved…”


Phase 6: Always on My Mind

A book you could not stop thinking about

My mind strays back to The Golden Compass every once in awhile and I remember just how cool it would be if your soul was outside your body, in the shape of an animal. You would never truly be alone – there would always be someone to talk to, someone who has your back. I have yet to find a book that rivals The Golden Compass in originality and overall awesomeness.

“Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Astriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle – a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the more shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.”


Phase 7: Getting Physical

A book you love because of the way it feels

Brand-new books fresh from the store. You know what I’m talking about – that unused paper smell that all books have when first bought, no creases in the spine, no bent pages, no pencil marks…never gets old!


Phase 8: Meeting the Parents

A book you would recommend to family or friends

Everyone has their own particular tastes, so this is a pretty difficult phase. My mom likes Christian romance, while I like historical and fantasy romance. We’ve tried reading each other’s books and we just don’t agree on what is good reading. My friends and I have pretty much read the same books, but we each have our own fandoms that we stick to.


Phase 9: Thinking About the Future

A book series you know you will reread many times in the future

See Phase #3! I will never tire of Amelia Peabody Emerson!


Phase 10: Share The Love

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