I’m actually scheduling this post very far in advance as my blogging calendar is currently full of end-of-month posts and catch up reviews, etc. At the time of writing, it’s a weekend but I’m sick as hell and feeling very sorry for myself. I can barely face leaving my room, let alone my house, but the thought of lying in bed all day is miserable. So, I thought I’d climb out of my pile of blankets and have a rummage around my bookshelves! I found this tag on Nicki’s blog a while back. I didn’t necessarily need to write about the books (especially as there’s 20 of them!), but as I have nothing better to do than lie in my sick bed I thought I’d talk about them a little bit. I’ve linked back to any reviews of books I’ve already read. If you’d like to join in, consider yourself tagged!
1. Find an author name or title with a Z in it.
I got so far down my bookshelves before finding this, I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to do the first prompt! A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is one of my all-time favourite books, so we’re off to a good start!
2. Find a classic.
I’m not a big reader of classics, though I do have a few favourites. I love everything I’ve read of Oscar Wilde, so I had to snap up these two Penguin Little Black Classics: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and a collection of quotes, Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast.
3. Find a book with a key on it.
I knew instantly which book to use for this prompt! I adore the cover of The Binding by Bridget Collins, but despite it being one of my most most anticipated reads of the year and having had a copy since January, I still haven’t read it! It’s moving up my TBR though so I hope to get to it soon.
4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.
I have quite a few bits and bobs on my shelves that aren’t books. There’s even a whole shelf with not a single book at all; it has a plant, a couple of photographs, my perfume and jewellery, as well as my collection of book marks, but no books! I decided to show you my Honeydukes mug instead though, sat on my dedicated Harry Potter shelf!
5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.
This is the oldest in terms of print and original publication. Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist classic, The Second Sex, was first published (in French) in 1949, and this copy was printed in 1982.
6. Find a book with a girl on it.
Well, this was an easy find! I picked up The Girls by Emma Cline at a secondhand bookstore a few months ago. Not sure when I’ll get around to reading it but it looks good!
7. Find a book that has an animal in it.
I wasn’t sure whether this was an animal ‘in the story’, or if it was a typo and was supposed to be an animal ‘on the cover’, so I went safe with If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura, which fits both!
8. Find a book with a male protagonist.
There’s probably a good few options on my shelves for this prompt but this was the only one I didn’t have to think about: our favourite boy wizard, Harry Potter!
9. Find a book with only words on the cover.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig was a charity shop find, and as I flicked through it before taking this photo I realised it’s actually quite short and I could easily read it in a couple of hours, so I may pick it up sooner than I thought.
10. Find a book with illustrations in it.
I thought this one was going to stump me completely, but I bought Bright Young People by D. J. Taylor last month, and not only does it have photographs (which you could consider a type of illustration?) but it actually has art and drawings inside too. I was really looking forward to this one and tried to start it at the end of September but I couldn’t get into it at all.
11. Find a book with gold lettering.
There are plenty of these on my shelves – I’m a sucker for foiling – but Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is real pretty!
12. Find a diary, true or fictional.
This is the only one that got me, dammit! I don’t have any diaries on my bookshelves. I went with the closest thing I could find, Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence. Sort of like a diary, in that it’s a series of letters.
13. Find a book written by an author with a common name (like Smith).
Another one that I had a few to choose from, but I went with A View of the Empire at Sunset by Caryl Phillips. I keep putting it off because, honestly, I think I might be disappointed. I’m a huge fan of Jean Rhys, so this novelisation of her life has the potential to not live up to my expectations. I will get around to it eventually!
14. Find a book with a close up of something on it.
I love this cover for Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall, which shows a close up of a fence made of woven branches, which I’ve just learned is called a wattle or hurdle fence. I love how the letters hide behind the branches!
15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period.
I’d actually forgotten I had this! I had a quick flick through the early pages of London: A Short History by A. N. Wilson and it looks like it starts around the 14th century, but the chronological timeline begins in 43AD! I think I may bump this up my TBR to go along with the other British microhistories I have my eye on. Not sure if this qualifies as a microhistory when it’s about a huge capital city, but it’s exactly the kind of thing that I’ve been itching to read recently.
16. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.
I’ve only a couple of unjacketed hardbacks, but Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen is my favourite! It’s such a bright and happy cover. I got my copy signed by Sofie recently at a podcast recording!
17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.
I maybe should’ve swapped this and the previous book around, as they’re both without dust jackets and Happy Fat is distinctly more turquoise than Felicity Morse’s Give a F**k. But I promise it’s more turquoise in person! I got this free at a publishing event so it’s not a high priority but I am intrigued by it.
18. Find a book with stars on it.
Another turquoise book! The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore probably isn’t the only book on my shelves with stars on it, but it’s definitely the prettiest and by far the heaviest!
19. Find a non YA book.
I have a grand total of one YA book on my bookshelves (not including Harry Potter as they’re MG). I don’t read a lot of YA and when I do, I tend to read eBooks. I decided to pick a poetry book. Selected Poems from e e cummings has one of my favourite poems in, but I realised the other day that I’ve never read the whole collection.
20. Find a book with a beautiful cover.
I’m guilty of often buying books because of their beautiful covers, so I wanted to share one that is beautiful inside and out (aww). Everything Jesmyn Ward writes is beautiful and lyrical. This cover for Sing, Unburied, Sing is so detailed and has an amazing texture.
Have you read any of these?
Let me know what you thought!