Hello! I saw this tag on jessethereader and felt compelled to follow along – so I decided to make a blog post about it. This is an older tag that went around the BookTube community (for those of you who don’t know, that’s those people who post videos about books on YouTube) just under a year ago and I’m not entirely sure who started/created it. This is (I think) my first time participating in a tag so let me know your thoughts on it.
#1: Find an author’s name or a book title with the letter Z in it.
#2: Find a classic.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Yes, I realise that it is the movie cover, but it was cheap and besides, Martin Freeman.
#3: Find a book with a key on it.
I have two choices for this one: my French edition of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (it is actually my only edition) & Sarah Dessen’s Lock and Key, which actually came with a pretty necklace of a key that, if you look carefully, you can see pictured in the photo.
#4: Find the oldest book on your bookshelf.
The book on my shelf that I have had the longest would have to be my bind-up of Deltora Quest which I bought (actually, I’m pretty sure my Mum bought it for me) and read about six years ago. Deltora Quest was actually what really got me into reading in the first place – so not only is it the oldest book on my book shelf, but I would argue that it is one of the most influential books on there too.
#5: Find a book with a girl on the cover of it.
Well, considering that I have 95 books that fit that description (yes, I counted them) it’s not as if I am short of options.
However, for the sake of the challenge I have chosen Dragonfly by Julia Golding to be my representative. Dragonfly is not a very well-known novel, but it is one of my all-time favorite books – I have probably read it at least 6 times – at least. I definitely think that it has a little bit in it for everyone.
#6: Find a book with an animal on the cover.
Another amazing book, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce is my pick for this category.
#7: Find a with a male protagonist.
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. This copy is actually signed, which is pretty awesome.
#8: Find a book with only words on it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
#9: Find a book with illustrations inside it.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide by Disney Hyperion. Also known as the ugliest book on my shelf. Persephone is pretty though…
#9: Find a book with gold lettering on it.
#11: Find a diary true or fictional.
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys is not a diary, but is made up largely of letters, which are crucial to the story. Anyway, I’m counting it.
#12: Find a book written by an author with a common last name, like Smith.
Rhiannon of the Spring by Allen Frewin Jones – Jones is a common last name.
Side note: the cover has essentially nothing to do with the book. The dress? Yeah, so not pre medieval times. And it’s not only the first book – it’s all of them. I very much doubt that the cover artist had any idea of what the quartet is about.
#13: Find a book that has something close up in it.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
#14: Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period.
#15: Find a hardcover book without a dust jacket.
I don’t own many hardcover novels, but those that I do all have their dust jackets intact. However, Secrets of Deltora and Tales of Deltora by Emily Rodda and Marc McBride are companion books to the afore mentioned Deltora Quest series and, although they did not come with dust jackets, are still hardbacks so I’m counting them.
#16: Find a book with a teal/turquoise cover.
You can’t really see it in the photo, but Of Poseidon by Anna Banks does in fact have a teal/turquoise cover. This is actually an ex-library book.
#17: Find a book with stars on it.
This took me quite a while but I eventually found my answer in The Faerie Path, also by (Allen) Frewin Jones.
#18: Find a non YA book on your shelf.
Despite having a selection of children and middle grade books on my shelves (though they largely consist of YA), I felt the need to return to the classics with Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.
So that was the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt tag! Did you enjoy it? I know I had fun. How do you think I went? Do you know any of the books that I listed? If so, what do you think of them? Do you watch BookTube? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Although this is a reasonably old tag, I definitely encourage you to try it! I would love it of you did.
Also, do you have any interest in a tour of my bookshelves? Please let me know of you do and I’ll be sure to publish one shortly.