Time to explore my bookcase in search of the following books:
1. Find a book by an author with the letter ‘Z’ in their name.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (2 Zs in his name – bonus points?!)
2. Find a classic.
Well, I have a Classics shelf, so that’s easy! The first one I grabbed was Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I have not read this one yet. Saving it for autumn.
3. Find a book with a key on it.
I looked and looked but did not find. FAIL!
4. Find something on your shelves that is not a book.
I have a little octopus bath dude sitting on my shelf for some reason!
5. Find your oldest book.
I have a bunch of children’s books that I have owned the longest, but the book that is physically the oldest is The Soul of a Bishop by H G Wells from 1917. I found it for €1 in the local charity shop. I am yet to read it.
6. Find a book with a girl on the cover.
Yeah, this is an easy one, as I have a few. I went for Little Women by Louisa M Alcott. Still haven’t read it – shame on me!
7. Find a book with an animal on the cover.
Choose the first book I could find, which is my new copy of Bambi (Felix Salten).
8. Find a book with a male protagonist.
You can’t get any more protagonisty than Rand Al’Thor in The Wheel of Time Series. Let’s go with The Eye of the World.
9. Find a book with only words on the cover.
Took me a while but I have The Burial at Thebes that only has words on the cover.
10. Find a book with illustrations in it.
Thornhill (Pam Smy). This was such an interesting book, somewhere between novel and graphic novel. A bit like a YA picture book.
11. Find a book with gold lettering.
I actually used quite a few books in this challenge with gold lettering, but did not want to repeat myself. I went for my beautiful copy of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Definitely a cover buy!
12. Find a diary.
Nope. No diaries. None at all. I used to have Bridget Jones’ Diary, but I am not sure what happened to it. As for now: FAIL!
13. Find a book written by someone with a common name.
I finally settled on Longbourn, as both Jo and Baker are pretty common names. I haven’t read this book yet, but I am looking forward to sometime soon!
14. Find a book with a close-up of something on the cover.
I found Outsider by John Francome, which has a close-up of a horse ribbon.
15. Find the book from the earliest time period.
The books set in the earliest time period I have are the Earth’s Children series by Jean M Auel. Set in prehistory. I re-read The Clan of the Cave Bear this year.
16. Find a hardcover book without a just jacket.
Finally an excuse to show of my gorgeous copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare).
17. Find a teal or turquoise coloured book.
I will go with The Nest, even if the turquoise colour is a bit on the pastel side. I bought this at the airport sometime last year, fully intending to read it. I still haven’t.
18. Find a book with stars on it.
I had a few, but I went for The Muse by Jessie Burton. Another one I have not read yet!
19. Find a non-YA book.
My favourite book of the year so far:
SHOW ME YOURS!