The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag | Tag Thursday

Hello everyone! It’s been a few weeks since I did a Tag Thursday – mostly because I’ve wanted to post a few more reviews on this blog before doing tags, and also because tags can sometimes be a lot of work!

But I’ve been stockpiling a few that I wanted to get to, starting with this one! I first discovered this tag through Ally Writes Things. After a bit of hunting, I discovered that this tag was originally created on YouTube by The Library of Sarah. I couldn’t find the originating video, only mentions from others who have done this tag. Just wanted to give due credit!

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this tag and I highly recommend doing it. Let the scavenger hunt begin!

1. Find an author name or title with a “Z” in it.

I Am the Messenger – Marcus Zusak

I’m not sure if I have any other book with a “Z” author or that starts with “Z.” My bookshelf is completely jumbled at this point, since I keep buying books and have nowhere to put them…This book was okay, I don’t know why I decided to own it. I probably bought it before I read it.

2. Find a classic.

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

Ah, my favorite Austen novel. A classic, of course. I had a hard time choosing, since I own a lot of classics. But Austen is always my old standby.

3. Find a book with a key on it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Ok, I am stretching it a bit, since the key is on the back cover. But I don’t really own any books with keys on them. I thought I had Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, but it seems I only one a handful of her stuff, not all.

4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.

Candles & Miscellany

This is but a taste of the odds and ends I have on my shelves. I have everything from sunglasses to random jars and mugs to candles to knickknacks on my shelves. If there’s a space for anything, I tend to fill it up. I don’t mean to have all this junk on their in the future. Just once I have more space and can relocate things…

5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales

I’m trying to remember where I acquired this book from. I’m thinking I got it from a book sale somewhere. It’s so freaking old, it doesn’t have a date stamp on it. I really don’t know how old it is, but it has that sweet, sweet old book smell…

6. Find a book with a woman on it.

How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

There were so many books I could have picked for this as well, but I decided on this one because I really enjoyed this book! I bought it after Emma Watson chose it as one of her book club reads. Moran is so funny and really tells it like it is.

7. Find a book that has an animal on it.

Wildwood – Colin Meloy

This book has several animals on it – because many of the characters are animals. It takes place in the woods, and yes, the author is Colin Meloy of The Decemberists fame. It’s a pretty good book (though I haven’t finished the series).

8. Find a book with a male protagonist.

Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Again, so many choices I could go with for this one, but I decided on Eragon because it’s a typical “chosen one,” male-lead fantasy book. I’ve been thinking about re-reading it, since I don’t really remember too much about it and I never got around to finishing the series, so…

9. Find a book with only words on the cover.

Lady Susan – Jane Austen

It’s my girl Austen again! It was actually a bit difficult to find a book on my shelves that just had words on the cover. So many had a handful illustrations here or there. But here comes Penguin Classics to save the day!

10. Find a book with illustrations in it.

To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable Path Adventure – Ryan North

First of all, this book is fantastic (as is his Romeo and/or Juliet one). It’s hilarious and I highly recommend it. Secondly, I think this book would make a great introductory Shakespeare book, especially for car rides! There are so, so many different, wild, crazy outcomes you can get with this book! Thirdly, it’s fully of funny illustrations, like the one pictured here, done by a variety of artist. It’s great.

11. Find a book with gold lettering.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

I know I have other books with gold lettering, but I just love this book so much, plus the cover is gorgeous. I take any opportunity to bring it up.

12. Find a diary, true or fictional.

Love That Dog – Sharon Creech

This, for me, was the hardest book to find on this list. I don’t really read too many books that are in a diary format, non-fiction or otherwise. This book is basically a diary…it’s a stretch. The book is a novel-in-verse, but each poem is labeled with a date because the main character is writing poems for a school assignment. It’s a really cute story that promotes poetry to kids in a story format.

13. Find a book written by an author with a common surname (like Smith).

Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

Again, another easy prompt that I could have fulfilled with many books. But I went with the common “Jones” last name with this one. It’s a really fun story and I love the animated adaptation of it done by Hayao Miyazaki.

14. Find a favorite childhood book.

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

Can you tell that I love this book? It’s definitely well-loved. I had to tape the spine because I open it so much that it was starting to come apart. It’s also water-damaged from an ill-fated decision to read outside. The pages are also very yellow now. But no worries, I also own a hardback copy as back up.

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

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

This one was hard logistically, since my bookcases are a mess and I’m really not sure about when all of them supposedly “take place,” but I figured Shakespeare is 1500s-1600s, so that’s probably earlier than anything else I might have.

16. Find a hardback book without a jacket.

Treasure Island – Robert Lewis Stevenson

I actually just recently acquired this book. I was at a Half-Priced books and they have many “collectible” selections and I picked out this one because I absolutely love Treasure Island. Plus, it’s just so pretty!

17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.

Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

I own many blue books, but I don’t think any can possibly be more turquoise than Stargirl. It’s really the main aesthetic of this cover!

18. Find a book with stars on it.

Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer

I mostly picked this book because I think it’s really pretty. It’s actually a great book, in itself. The story is a dystopian about the world changing after the moon gets knocked closer to Earth by an asteroid. It changes a lot of stuff and the main character has to basically try and make it on her own. It’s also a series, which I really need to finish because Pfeffer is such a good storyteller!

19. Find a non-YA book.

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

I really struggled to narrow my picks down on this book. I have a lot of non-YA fiction on my shelves. I ultimately went with this one because I love the cover and I don’t really talk enough about J.R.R. Tolkien.

20. Find a book with a beautiful cover.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

I went with my gut on this one. I was so impressed by this cover that I think about it a lot. I love the crow image and the optical illusion of the buildings/clouds. Plus, the color scheme is fantastic!

Thoughts & Thanks & Tag

And there you have it! Scavenger Hunt complete! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post. You are lovely and I appreciate it!

If you enjoyed this post, consider yourself tagged! Try to ping back to me, because if there’s anything I love about this site, it’s getting to look at peoples’ book selections – especially in this case where it’s a bit of a game and I love getting a peek at what people have on their shelves. See you next time and happy reading!

6 thoughts on “The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag | Tag Thursday

  1. Well some of these would have been easy for me – a classic, an old book, hardback without cover. But I would have failed miserably on others like books with keys on the cover or gold lettering. Must hav taken you ages to dig all of these out

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    1. Lol, yeah I did take all the pictures for the tag (I’m insane!). It took me a long time, and my sister helped me, but the hardest part was finding the books. It is definitely a time-consuming tag, but I had a lot of fun doing it. Thank you! And it’s my sister’s copy of The Hobbit. I picked it because it looks nicer than mine, lol!

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