Man, it’s been ages since I’ve done a tag! I have been really looking for a good one to do and recently I came across Words About Words blog posting for this tag. Check out their tag here! The tag was created by Keeping Tabs and the original video can be found here.
Originally, this tag is from BookTube, meant to be filmed as you find books to satisfy the prompts. Like Words About Words, I’m just a blogger, so I just took photos of the books as I found them. I didn’t time myself, though that would be really fun, I think! I encourage you to do so if that’s your jam.
Basically, the tag is just 20 prompts meant to send you looking through your bookshelf for books that fit them. I had a lot of fun hunting around for these. I also learned the hard way that arranging my books by color makes locating books a lot more challenging, so there was that!
Anyways, enjoy the tag! As always with these things, feel free to consider yourself tagged by reading this. I don’t usually tag individuals.
Do You Have a Book with Deckled Edges?
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
I have a few books with deckled edges, but I picked my favorite Austen novel. Fun fact: not a fan of deckled edges. Why? Because it makes it hard to flip through the pages. If I’m looking for a specific page or passage, I can’t easily flip through the book because the edges are uneven. It does look nice, though.
Do You Have a Book with Three or More People on the Cover?
To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North
This one was tough! I kept finding books with one or two people. Having multiple people on the cover seems to be a rarity when it comes to cover design. I do love this series, and I like that I get to showcase it with this prompt. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a Hamlet choose-your-own-adventure. There’s a Romeo & Juliet one, too!
Do You Have a Book Based on Another Fictional Story?
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
Oh, I have so, so many books that could satisfy this prompt! I chose this one because it’s a recent purchase and I read it recently. Love it, by the way! In this case, the story is a retelling of the Shim Cheong, a Korean folktale. I love it, it’s beautiful, fantastical, and romantic.
If you’re curious about my thoughts, click the link below to read my review post.
Do You Have a Book with a Title 10 Letters Long?
Maid Marian by Elsa Watson
I just picked the first book I came across that fit. If I’m being honest, I’ve not yet read this book. I have a bad habit of buying books because they sound awesome, then don’t end up reading them because I’m always in the middle of something else. I have so many books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, but I hope to focus on reading more of them this year.
Do You Have a Book with a Title that Starts and Ends with the Same Letter?
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
This book was an easy choice since it’s also a recent purchase/read. I adore this book and I am absolutely dying to read the next one. This book also could have served as my “based on another fictional story” prompt, as it’s based on the Grimms’ fairytale, “The Six Swans.” I highly recommend it.
Do You Have a Mass Market Paperback Book?
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
I think I actually have a ton of mass-market paperbacks, but I decided on this book because it’s a romance and I think that’s the genre most people think of when they think of mass-market. I have most of the books in this series, but I like the color scheme. This series is pretty awesome – vampire/supernatural romance!
Do You Have a Book Written by an Author Using a Pen Name?
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Man, I really had to think about this one. I’m usually the last to know that an author’s using a penname. I could have picked any Harry Potter book for this prompt, but I felt like that wasn’t enough of a challenge. George Eliot’s the pen name of Mary Anne Evans. She wrote at a time when women often didn’t use their real names because the book would most likely not be successful or accepted. Fun fact: I have not read this book, either.
Do You Have a Book with a Character’s Name in the Title?
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Wow, how many books can I pick from my shelf that I haven’t read? Yep, this is another one. Part of the reason I own this book is that the cover is beautiful. I also own Seraphina, which is the original series and this book is an offshoot of that series and I want to read both. I mean, they’re about dragons, come on!
Do You Have a Book with Two Maps in it?
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
This prompt had me freaking out!!! I was positive I had to have one that had at least two since I read and own a lot of Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Finally, inspiration struck and I pulled out one of my Game of Thrones books. Leave it to Martin to include not only multiple appendices but also multiple maps! I picked the first book, but I could have used any of them. I think some of them even have three maps!
Do You Have a Book That Was Turned into a TV Show?
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Another prompt where I could have picked among several books I own. I settled on A Series of Unfortunate Events since I love this series. The Netflix adaptation was better than the movie that was attempted, but I think it kind of faltered towards the end. To be fair, that is when the series gets a little weird and off-the-rails. If you haven’t read Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions series, I highly recommend it!
Do You Have a Book Written by Someone Who Was Originally Famous for Something Else? (I.E. a Celebrity, Athlete, Politician, TV Personality, etc.)
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
I saw this book in another post, so it was in my head already. I haven’t read it yet! I hear good things, and I do love Hank Green (and his brother, John). Their videos are so wholesome and funny. I think Green brings that sense of humor to this book, so I look forward to reading it. There’s already a second book out! Maybe I’ll read it this year.
Do You Have a Book with a Clock on the Cover?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This prompt had me worried for a minute. I didn’t actually know if I owned anything with a clock on the cover. Then I thought of Neverwhere, but I couldn’t find it, so I picked this book. It’s one of my favorites and the clock is actually an important aspect of the book, even – well, time in general. The magic in this book is so beautiful, unique. It also has such a heartwrenching romance.
Do You Have a Book of Poetry?
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
I have a few books of poetry! I have some Plath as well as Dickinson, but I decided to choose Gorman’s book because, again, I purchased it recently. I haven’t yet had the chance to read it, but I am so looking forward to it. Gorman is an amazing woman and she really captured my attention when she read one of her poems at Biden’s inauguration. She’s inspirational and I am sure I’ll love this book.
Do You Have a Book with an Award Stamp on it?
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
I was sure this prompt would be easy, but actually, it took me several tries before I came across this book. I think I also tend to have copies of books before they get awarded and so I don’t have the version with the stamp. However, I’m glad I picked Pachinko, since it’s an amazing book. Anyone excited about the new Apple TV series adaptation?
Do You Have a Book Written by an Author with the Same Initials as You?
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Stephanie Meyer would not be my first choice, but I think she’s the only author whose book I own that has the same initials as me. I have held onto my copy of Twilight, though it’s not my favorite anymore. I have since read books that do better with similar concepts.
Do You Have a Book of Short Stories?
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
I thought of this book almost immediately. I saw “The Arrival,” a movie adapted from one of the stories from this book, and loved it. I will probably read more by Chiang, as I think his writing is really interesting and his stories are complex. I did think about picking my collection of Ray Bradbury stories since he’s one of my favorite short story writers! But this book was right there, so!
Do You Have a Book That is Between 500 and 510 Pages Long?
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Ahh! I kind of cheated by looking at my books on Goodreads and found ones that fit within this range. I did double-check the copies I own since sometimes the page count doesn’t match up. This one does fall within the range if you count the end pages. I remember when I first read this book since it was highly popular at the time, but…I didn’t end up reading any of the other books.
Do You Have a Book That Was Turned into a Movie?
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I immediately thought of this book when I saw this prompt. I have plenty of books that fit this prompt, but I think this one is my favorite. The movie is a fantastic adaptation. It also sparked my love of Andrew Garfield! If you haven’t read this book, I cannot recommend it enough! A dystopian that is so delicate and gutwrenching. It will make you feel all the feels.
Do You Have a Graphic Novel?
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
I almost picked my copy of Infinity Gauntlet, but I’m currently in love with Oseman’s Heartstopper series. Plus, it’s just so photogenic. I am very excited about the Netflix adaptation, though I’m afraid of it not living up to the books.
Do You Have a Book Written by Two or More Authors?
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren are two of my favorite romance writers. I absolutely love this book, and I am always excited to read their work when it comes out. I actually don’t know if I have any other books that are written by two people, but I didn’t hesitate when I saw this prompt to pick Christina Lauren.