I undertook this challenge because I’m in favor of anything that makes me stop and think about the books that I own, read or unread.
1. Find an author name or title with a Z in it.
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
2. Find a classic.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
3. Find a book with a key on it.
S T R E T C H I N G
the prompt here
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.
Left: a small moi (replica of the giant stone heads on Easter Island)
Right: a sign of encouragement made by RamonaClaire from rolled-up pages of To Kill a Mockingbird, my favorite book
5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.
Probably Four Afloat by Ralph Henry Barbour. This is from my father-in-law’s childhood collection. The text is © 1907. I can’t find out when this version was published, but, as you can tell, it’s pretty old.
6. Find a book with a girl on it.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
7. Find a book that has an animal in it.
How about lots of animals: Watership Down by Richard Adams
8. Find a book with a male protagonist.
How about a book with two male protagonists: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
9. Find a book with only words on the cover.
This copy of Ulysses by James Joyce, which I bought in Dublin.
10. Find a book with illustrations in it.
Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore. This was my father-in-law’s copy, inscribed June 26, 1912.
11. Find a book with gold lettering.
A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton
12. Find a diary, true or fictional.
Since diaries, both real and fictional, are one of my favorite things to study, my shelf contains a lot of books that fit this category. Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman is one of the best.
13. Find a book written by an author with a common name (like Smith).
Breakheart Hill by Thomas H. Cook
14. Find a book with a close-up of something on it.
This edition of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield has a wonderful close-up of a stack of old books.
15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period.
That must be Paradise Lost by John Milton, which takes place shortly after the creation of the world.
16. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.
This old, undated copy of The Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper.
17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
18. Find a book with stars on it.
Well darn, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green doesn’t have stars on the cover. But this edition of The Island of the Day Before does.
19. Find a non-YA book.
YA literature has only come into existence over the last few years of my reading life, so most of my books fit this category. I chose The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing because it was close at hand.
How about you?
Let me know if you decide to give this book tag challenge a try.
© 2019 by Mary Daniels Brown