On the Tenth Day of Christmas, Trish recommended to me…

January 3, 2015 Bookish Fun 8

On the Tenth Day of Christmas, Trish recommended to me:

Ten books with Dancing

the twelve days of christmas

If there is one thing I know, it’s book’s about dancing!  They are my auto buy and I devour every single one I find.  It all started back in the day with Drina Ballerina and I just never outgrew them.


Ten Books with Dancing

Tiny Pretty ThingsBallet Shoes Drina Goes on Tour Dance of Shadows Various Positions Starry Nights  Girl in Motion Bunheads84 Ribbons Pas De Death

Pretty Little Things: I read this over Christmas and if you like backstabbing, mean girls set in an elite ballet school, then you’ll love this!  It’s a dark and competitive world and I really enjoyed it.

Ballet Shoes is a childhood favourite and if I want a comfort read I turn to this one.  The BBC produced a movie version of this a few years ago staring Emma Watson and I loved this too.

Drina Goes on Tour is another from my childhood.  I love the entire series but this one featuring Drina doing her first ballet tour feels a bit darker than the rest which I enjoyed.  Not a very authentic series but Drina is a fantastic character and the books are innocent and heart-warming.

Dance of Shadows is a bit of cheat.  I included it because of the fab cover!  But I only gave the book 2.5 stars as it was a bit meh due to inadequate character development and the dialogue was cheese.  I still love the concept of a paranormal ballerina though and look at that cover!

Various Positions is one I have read yet but I intend to soon!  I have been warned it is not YA instead it is a adult book featuring YA.  I’m intrigued by the sound of it.  It sounds a bit Black Swan-ish.

Starry Nights is another on my wishlist.  A museum where the Degas ballerinas dance out of the painting and in to life.  Sounds very cool!

Girl in Motion is a very unromanticised look at life of a dedicated ballet student at the School of Ballet New York.  It feels very authentic and shows just what a hard life a ballet student has.  Anna was a really interesting character too.

Bunheads is probably my favourite ballet book from the last few years.  It stars Hannah who is a willing slave to the ballet world to achieve her dreams but when she meets Jacob, she has a difficult decision to make.

84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger:   This book is set in 1957 and has an nostalgic, old fashioned charm that just jumped off the page.  It is by far the best ballet book I read this year.  Often there isn’t enough actual ballet in the story or an insta-love ruins it or it’s clichéd. But 84 Ribbons delivered exactly the kind of ballet book I love.

Pas De Death wins the award for the best name ever for a mystery book set within the ballet world.  And the book is just as funny as the title suggests.  I giggled and snorted my way through.


Over the twelve days of Christmas, some fantastic blogger elves will be bringing you recommendations for each of the following.  All links are below and you should visit!  You know you are looking for reasons to splash those Christmas book vouchers around!

And the good news is that I read last year the total cost of all goods and of hiring all the people mentioned in the original song would be $27,393.  I guarantee you any recommended books you end up buying won’t cost that!  However to help you purchase one, try your luck at the giveaway.


Jan 5th : Twelve YA’s with lots of Kissing – Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

Jan 4th : Eleven covers for Adoring – Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek

Jan 3rd : Ten books with Dancing – Trish @ Between My Lines

Jan 2nd : Nine Plots A-twisting – Miranda @ Tempest Books

Jan 1st: Eight Maids Kick-Assing – Jessica @ Lovin’ Los Libros

Dec 31st: Seven Dystopias Awaiting – Rita @ View From My Home

Dec 30th: Six Sizzling New Adults – Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

Dec 29th: Five Co-z-ies – Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Dec 28th: Four Contemporaries – Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

Dec 27th: Three Time Travels – Terri @ Second Run Reviews

Dec 26th: Two Chick Lits – Lola @ Lola’s Reviews

Dec 25th :And a Thriller where the family flee – Trish @ Between My Lines


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8 Responses to “On the Tenth Day of Christmas, Trish recommended to me…”

    • trish

      Tiny Pretty Things is not a pretty, fluffy book as they are all evil, ruthless backstabbers! But I really enjoyed it and hope you do too. And yes, read Bunheads 🙂

  1. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Well, truthfully I don’t favor ballerina stories as neither myself nor my daughters took dance lessons, so it was never something on my radar. My niece did, however, take authentic Irish Step class for years as preteen and young teen, with the curled hair style and the beautiful costumes. It was a joy to watch her and the others.

    I had the privilege of watching a step competition, hard and soft shoe, at an Irish Fest we attended in San Diego area last year and I was mesmerized by the athletic nature of the girls. What dedication goes into performances! I didn’t know anyone there but I enjoyed the heck out of it.

    I digress here, sorry… I think that based on the blurbs and your descriptions that I might enjoy Starry Nights and Bunheads (which was a tv show here, briefly, but I didn’t catch it).

    Thanks for organizing this fun holiday feature and count me in for the 2015 edition!
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Last Review of 2014, First Read of the New Year: A Post of Firsts

    • trish

      I don’t know why I love ballet books so much as I don’t know much about ballet beyond what I read but there is something just so romantic and magical about that world that really appeals to me.
      And that step show sounds like a lot of fun! Irish Dancing is hard work and like any form of dancing those at the top of their game have dedicated their lives to it. I love watching Irish dancing too, it just makes me smile as it’s so energetic and full of life.
      I think the Bunheads on TV was a different story. I got excited about it but it was just the same name, different story. And yes Starry Nights sounds like a lot of fun.
      Thanks again for taking part, I really appreciate everyone who participated and who visited the links and I know you did both 🙂

  2. Lola

    I only have read one book about dancing as far as I can remember, as I don’t know a lot about the subject it was fun to get a peek into the world of dancing through the book or more specifally ballet in this case.
    I’ve seen Pas de Death around the blogosphere a few times, it sounds like a fun book!
    Lola recently posted…My To-Be Read List #5: poll

  3. trish

    Thanks for visiting Lola especially as it isn’t really your reading material of choice 🙂 Pas de Death is so funny, perfect for anyone who likes light hearted YA mysteries.

  4. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    I loved Bunheads (both the show and the book, which as you noted in comments, were about different bunheads)! I never even took ballet but I love books, movies, etc. about it. I just (tonight) watched a documentary about ballet called First Position. I’ll be adding some of these recommendations to my TBR.
    Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA recently posted…My To-Be Read List: January 2015

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