Saturday, 6 September 2014

BOOK CHALLENGE: BOOKSHELF SCAVENGER HUNT

You might be familiar with this challenge, especially if you're familiar with Booktube overall. As with most parties, we are (fashionably) late to this one as well, since the challenge/tag was circulating the YouTube and the book blogosphere early in 2014. But being nine months late to a party isn't all that late. Right?

This challenge was created by TheLibraryofSarah. You're supposed to be tagged to do it, but we're being our usual loners rebels, so we're also crashing the party uninvited. After being nine months late to it, we figured coming uninvited is a minor transgression by comparison.

The challenge is pretty self-explanatory: following a set of questions, we're supposed to scavenge our bookshelves and hunt for titles which fulfill the requirement of each question. It gets easier to explain as we go along.

And without further ado...






1. Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it


Natalie:

I tried to not pick Marcus Zusak as I'm sure most people would pick that one, and was lucky enough to find Candor by Pam Bachorz.


Lexie:

I was nowhere near as original, so I picked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In my defense, I was going to go for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it's on loan to my mom.




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2. Find a classic


Natalie: 

I'm not really into classics but Little Women is one of the one's I really enjoyed. I also have the gorgeous cover!

Lexie:

One of my absolute favorite classics - Pride and Prejudice. (Also, this book is tiny. Pocket-sized.)


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3. Find a book with a key on the cover


Natalie:

The Book Of Tomorrow has the most gorgeous cover! I read this age a go and i loved it so much. 


Lexie:

Because every post of ours has to include CoHo at some point - my copy of Slammed.




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4. Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book


Natalie:

Of course, my Mockingjay pin!


Lexie:

My stationery box, because I'm obsessed with stationery.


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5. Find the oldest book on your shelf


Natalie:


I got this book as a Christening gift, so yeah. Definitely the oldest! Wind in the Willows. Classic.



Lexie:

Letters to Dead Authors. This book is 122 years old. But I wouldn't give it a day over 70. ;)


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6. Find a book with a girl on the cover


Natalie:

I have lots of those! There's so many books with girls on the cover but I thought I'd go for something different, like Witch Child.



Lexie:

I actually have surprisingly few of those, all things considering. I always choose the alternate, non-girl-on-the-cover one, if available. Having said that, this cover of The Archived is one of the most beautiful covers I own. Not to mention one of my favorite YA paranormal books overall.


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7. Find a book with a boy on the cover


Natalie:

We were lucky enough to get Easy and Breakable from Tammara Webber in a giveaway, signed. 

Lexie:

Ha, I almost chose Easy for this one, which would have completed a set. However, here's the UK Bloomsbury edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


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8. Find a book that has an animal in it


Natalie:

I'm assuming it meant in the story, so I picked Losing It. Got to love Hamlet the cat!


Lexie:

I assumed the same, but I conveniently picked one which has an animal on the cover, in the title and in the story itself. Bonus points for The Raven Boys? Bonus points!


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9. Find a book with a male protagonist


Natalie:

I love this series. If you haven't already, you should read the Percy Jackson books.



Lexie:

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Don't be fooled by the girl on the cover. The protagonist is a boy.


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10. Find a book with only words on it


Natalie:

I can only find a battered copy of Gone for this one.


Lexie:

This is where my obsession with criminology kicks in and I start creeping people out. Here's my copy of The Shadow of Death.


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11. Find a book with illustrations in it


Natalie:

the Lemony Snicket books have some amazing illustrations inside.


Lexie:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children not only has illustrations, it's also one of the most beautifully designed books I've ever seen. Each page is like a little work of art.


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12. Find a book with gold lettering


Natalie:

I've yet to read The Children's Book but isn't the cover gorgeous?

Lexie:

Terribly original of me. This is part of my UK adult hardback box set of Harry Potter, more specifically, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


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13. Find a diary (true or false)


Natalie:

Happyslapped By A Jellyfish is a diary of Karl Pilkington's travels. He's absolutely hilarious! I love this guy. If you're from the UK, you know who he is.




Lexie:

Possibly my all-time favorite memoir, Portia de Rossi's Unbearable Lightness, which deals with eating disorders and homosexuality in the 90s.


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14. Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)


Natalie:

This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Geography Of You And Me are by the amazing author that is Jennifer E. Smith.

Lexie:

Most of my authors have surprisingly quirky names, so this was the best I could do. Common enough, right? Stephen White's Harm's Way.




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15. Find a book that has a close up of something on it


Natalie: 



Yet to read the Shatter Me series but I love this cover!


Lexie:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. And it's a close up of *gasp* the philosopher's stone!


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16. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period


Natalie:

It has to be Shakepheare. I have Romeo and Juliet aswell as A Midsummer Nights Dream.


Lexie:

Our minds were working similarly on this one. (And yes, this copy of Shakespeare is, in fact, in French. I bought it in Paris. My mom thought it was ridiculous of me to buy Shakespeare in French. But I regret nothing.)


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17. Find a hardcover book without a jacket


Natalie:

I bought this ages a go, it's just a massive gold-paged hardback of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lovely.


Lexie:

My old copy of Watership Down. I got it used, so it never even had a dust jacket for as long as it's been in my possession.


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18. Find a teal/turquoise colored book


Natalie: 

Elijah's Mermaid's cover is so beautiful, I love the colour and the pattern. I love it.


Lexie:

Ignite Me. Sigh. My love for this book...


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19. Find a book with stars on it


Natalie:

Such a cute cover. I could only find The Geography Of You And Me that had stars on it so there you go!


Lexie:

This is stretching it, I know. But those are stars. I mean, Angelfall wings... sky... stars. Right?

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20. Find a non YA book


Natalie:

I love this book. The Time Travelers Wife is one of the first proper books I read so it's special to me.

Lexie:

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. ♥



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21. Find the longest book you own


Natalie:

I wasn't sure about this one. I'm guessing but I think Insurgent is the longest one I have. 


Lexie:

The illustrated Stratford Shakespeare, otherwise known as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. 1024 pages, as it says right there on the cover. So it beats my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by some 150 pages.


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22. Find the shortest book you own


Natalie:

Definitely The Great Gatsby. It's such a small book.


Lexie:

This edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles has about 100 pages total.


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23. Find a book with multiple PoVs


Natalie:

One Day. One of my favourite books!

Lexie:

My darling Amy and Roger's Epic Detour (told from Amy and Roger's alternating points of view, just in case the title didn't make that clear ).


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24. Find a shiny book


Natalie: 

Ooooh shiny, Divergent.


Lexie:

Mona Lisa Overdrive. You can't tell, but it's shiny. And sci-fi. And shiny.




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25. Find a book with flowers on it


Natalie:

One of my favourite summer reads from this year, Lobsters.

Lexie:

The illustrated Storyland Classics.










And that would be all, folks! We hope you enjoyed this healthy dose of book porn as much as we enjoyed scouring our bookshelves and taking pictures of our books (for a specific purpose). 

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