Today I bring you the Book Scavenger Tag. I snagged this from Miguel over at the aptly named The Life & Times of Miguel Olmedo Morell.
The basic premise of the tag is to go looking (one might say even scavenging) for books which match the conditions listed. I love any excuse to stare at my bookshelves and realise just how many (unread) books I own!
Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, immediately sprung to mind, didn’t even have to look.
Find a classic: Let’s go with… A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Fun fact: I did my undergraduate dissertation on, and I quote, ‘the imaginative legacy of Revolutionary France in literary, cinematic, and musical mediums’ which, obviously, heavily featured this book.
Find a book with a key on it: I have a Vintage Classics edition of Jane Eyre that has a red door and key in the lock on its cover. Symbolism, or something.
Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book: I have a bunch of figurines and various candles, a couple that are scented like bookshops and the other scented like prosecco. It’s pretty damn good.
Find the oldest book on your shelf: Oldest in terms of original publication date or how old the edition is? If it’s original publication date… then I guess The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser?
Find a book with a girl on the cover: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski has the trope-y girl-in-a-dress cover, I love it.
Find a book with a boy on the cover: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – it has a scary looking Count Olaf in the foreground and the Baudelaire orphans (including Klaus) outside visible through his window.
Find a book that has an animal in it: I have the awful film tie-in covers of Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy but, importantly, Northern Lights has Iorek Byrnison both in it and on the cover. He’s a panserbjørn, looks like a polar bear.
Find a book with a male protagonist: The Martian by Andy Weir not only has a male narrator/protagonist but his face is also rather prominent on the cover.
Find a book with only words on it: Lexicon by Max Barry has a pretty cool cover with letters and symbols.
Find a book with illustrations in it: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Find a book with gold lettering: I have a beautiful slipcase collector’s volume of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien, it has a sleek black cover, gold sprayed edges, and gold lettering on the spine. It’s beautiful and I have never actually read using this edition, obviously.
Find a diary (true or false): Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding, literally the only one.
Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith): Allegedly Smith is a common name but I don’t even know any Smiths. However, I do own I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith.
Find a book that has a close up of something on it: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason has, funnily enough, a clockwork scarab on the cover.
Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period: I have a Shakespeare anthology or two on my shelf, so I guess his Roman plays (Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus) would probably suit for this question?
Find a hardcover book without a jacket: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, absolutely beautiful cover even though its naked.
Find a teal/turquoise coloured book: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, beautiful cover, beautifully teal.
Find a book with stars on it: The cover of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton has a whole noctural theme, with phases of the moon and stars involved in its design.
Find a non YA book: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) is about as far away from YA as could be found on my bookshelves.
Find the longest book you own: I think it’s safe to say Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace fits the bill here.
Find the shortest book you own: I have a few Penguin Little Black Classics which are deliberately short works, including Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, which comes in at 64 pages.
Find a book with multiple PoVs: Recently read it, recently loved it, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It has the POVs of all the members of the criminal gang + one grumpy Fjerdan.
Find a shiny book: Didn’t even have to look to answer Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown, it’s shiny and golden and absolutely gorgeous.
Find a book with flowers on it: My Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anna Karenina features a girl (presumably Anna) with a bunch of flowers on her lap. No, I don’t know why either.
That’s it, that was the Book Scavenger Tag.
It’s a lot of fun so, if you’re looking for a reason to stare at your bookshelves, then I recommend you try the tag out for yourself.