Happy hump day, guys. I think I’ve finally kicked my reading slump but I’m still struggling to find motivation to review books, so in the meantime, here’s another tag. This one was a little more fun than usual since it actually forced me to move around my room – working from home usually means I spend hours on my bed on a laptop!
I decided to do the Do I Have that Book? challenge, started by Keeping Tabs on YouTube a couple of years back. I timed myself trying to find the books on my shelves and it took me exactly 6 minutes, but I’m adding 30 seconds for every book I didn’t have, so my total is 9 minutes!
1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?
Absolutely not, I hate deckled edges. Happily adding the 30 seconds to my total time for this. Ugh.
2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?
Yes! The Real Peaky Blinders by Carl Chinn.
3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson which is based on a Greek myth (to tell you which one would spoil it, so you’ll just have to trust me).
4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
Yep, Ninth House.
5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?
This was hard to find quickly, but I eventually found e e cummings’ Selected Poems.
6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?
I had to stop and Google what a mass market paperback was (which is bad for someone who works in publishing *shrug*) and I think my copy of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex fits.
7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
Nope, not on my shelves. 30 seconds added for this one.
8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – an easy find!
9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?
I might be cheating with this one, but I went with The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore. It has a map of the expansion of Russia, and a family tree which is… sort of a map, right?
10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
Cursing myself for being apparently the only 20-something woman in the UK without a copy of Normal People on my shelves… 30 seconds added.
11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)
I have Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen, who’s more well-known as a comedian than an author.
12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
I thought this one would stump me for sure, but on a hunch I pulled out Neverwhere which has Big Ben on the cover!
13. Do you have a poetry book?
Yep, I have a lot, but the first one I grabbed was Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy.
14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?
Yes! I was kindly sent a paperback copy of The Other Half of Augusta Hope which has a stamp saying it won a 2019 Costa Book Award.
15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
Nope. This was easy to figure out since my books are alphabetised by author surname. I have one with the exact same surname as me (it’s pretty common) but none with the same initials. I know I have one at home-home, with even the same middle initial too! Adding 30 seconds.
16. Do you have a book of short stories?
No, I have essay collections but not short stories. Another 30 seconds.
17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?
Yes! The Overstory clocks in at 502 pages.
18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
I recently bought Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto.
19. Do you have a graphic novel?
Nope. 30 seconds added.
20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?
I have a few essay collections so technically they have several authors, but only one name credited on the cover. I did find New Erotica for Feminists though, which has four authors, all on the cover.
Let me know how long it takes you
to find all 20 books on your shelves!