Well hello there! Today I am once again doing a tag post that I was never even tagged in. In fact, I literally found it by googling something along the lines of bookish tags. Is that cheating? I don’t care… I thought it looked fun so I’m doing it. I have no idea who created this game originally so I can’t link to them. I believe it started on YouTube, which I suppose makes more sense as a “scavenger hunt” since you get to watch them actually look for the books. None of that here though, so you’ll just have to make do with photos.
Anyway… the goal of this challenge is to find books on your shelves based on specific prompts. I can’t explain better than that, so I’ll just get started. Apologies for the quality of my photos – it has been trying to snow for the past few days and my bookcases are quite far from the window anyway so I had to switch on the light.
Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it
Thanks to my former boss, I have a whole bunch of books by Sebastian Fitzek, but I decided to go with this one:
A thriller set on a cruise ship. The blurb says: “On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back… until now.” I love Sebastain Fitzek’s writing and this was a great thriller, but I was unable to relate to any of the characters and actually couldn’t have cared less if the main person had died! I gave it 4 stars though. It’s been translated under the title Passenger 23 if you’re interested in reading it.
Find a classic
This one was easy to find since all my classics live together. I chose this one because it has a pretty cover.
I haven’t actually read it so no idea whether it’s any good. My grandma likes Thomas Hardy though.
Find a book with a key on the cover
A lot of people had trouble with this category, but luckily I had been sorting out my to-read books recently and I remembered seeing a key one of those books.
Like I said, it’s on my to-read shelf so I can’t say if I recommend. It sounds good…
Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book
I have a few non-book items on my bookshelf, but I chose to go with this:
Meet Arthur! I bought him at Cardiff Castle and he’s clearly a Welsh dragon. The name is a play on King Arthur (Arthur the dragon = Arthur Pendragon. Yes, I thought I was being clever…)
Find the oldest book on your shelf
I think it’s probably this one.
I took a photo of the inside cover since the outside is just plain red. Jan’s sister got me this from a second-hand bookshop and it has no date in, but on the spine it says it’s by “Dean Swift”. If he was still a Dean at the time it was printed I assume it’s a pretty old edition?
Find a book with a girl on the cover
This book has two girls on the cover. Do I get extra points for that? 😉
Again, I haven’t read this book yet so I can’t tell you whether it’s any good.
Find a book that has an animal in/on it
Some versions said in and some said on, so I went with a book that both has an animal on the cover and features an animal in the story.
Again, I have not read it (those books were the easiest to find because the recent sorting meant I knew exactly where they were), but how stunning is that cover?
Find a book with a male protagonist
I have a few, but this was the first one my eyes landed on:
The protagonist is a boy named Will. I read this one last year and I really enjoyed it.
Find a book with only words on it
This one was difficult and I spent ages hunting!
The words are kind of stylised and have thorns on, but I think it still counts?
I had actually forgotten I had this book! I read it years ago – before I joined Goodreads. I’m fairly sure I enjoyed it but I think I may have to read it again now I’ve rediscovered it.
Find a book with illustrations in it
This one has illustrations and is also a really cute story:
Find a book with gold lettering
Another one from my to-read shelf.
Find a diary (true or fictional)
As soon as I saw the word diary I knew which book I was going to grab for this one:
I got this one from a second-hand book stall at an indoor market (I’ve since learned the stall has closed… noooo!) when I was about 14 and it’s one of my all time favourite books. I wrote about it here.
Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)
I didn’t want to literally go with Smith (although I could have) sooo…
I feel like everyone knows a Dan(iel) – if you don’t please don’t shatter my illusions 😉 – and Brown is a pretty common surname.
My grandma gave this to Jan years ago. I have read it but I remember almost nothing about it!
Find a book that has a close up of something on it
It’s a close up of a baby dragon hatching. YAY! I’ve read this one. It’s an adorable children’s book.
Find the book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period
This takes place in the Stone Age – I don’t think you can get a much earlier setting than that? Certainly not on my shelves!
Find a hardcover book without a jacket
This had a dust jacket at one point, but I’ve had it since I was little and I have no idea what happened to it!
Again, I took a photo of the inside because the naked cover is literally just blue 😉
I really don’t think I need to tell you anything about this book? It’s a classic!
Find a teal/turquoise coloured book
I think this is turquoise? The photo looks closer to green, but in person it looks turquoise to me. You’ll just have to take my word for it!
Find a book with stars on it
I read this one recently, and wrote about it in my very long Show Us Your Books post.
Find a non YA book
I know it may seem like I read a lot of YA, but actually the majority of my books are for adults so this was really easy. I chose Stephen King because you cannot get much further from YA!
Again, I have not read this one yet, so don’t ask me what it’s about!
And that’s everything. This was great fun to do! If anyone else decides to do it please let me know (it’s easiest if you have a lot of books!).