Hello, my friends!
I have been seeing this challenge all over the place, most recently on Chelsea’s blog, and I thought it would be fun to try my bookshelf at it. I don’t know where this tag/challenge came from, and I haven’t been tagged for it, but I am doing it anyway because I want to.
(I want to apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures. These are all my actual books, but I don’t know how to make everything shiny and pleasant. Mostly I manage a fuzzy, somewhat yellow effect. If nothing else, this post will be proof that I shouldn’t start a bookstagram.)
Let us get to the challenge, shall we?
Do you have a book with deckled edges?
YES: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. And it’s absolutely beautiful because it looks like the mice have been nibbling on the edges of the pages. Okay, that kind of sounds, gross, but if you’ve read it you know what I mean.
Behold, the deckled edges:
You can’t exactly tell from my poor photographs, but this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing books I own.
Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Four people. Plus a horse.
I don’t picture any of them looking anything like this, but okay. Except for maybe the horse.
Do you have a book based on another book?
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Based on Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. If that wasn’t already obvious. It’s actually a prequel.
I’m definitely not into glitter, but the stardust on the cover of this book makes me happy.
Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
I love this book and I love Doug and I love Gary’s ability to craft words into a beautiful story and thanks to this challenge I now know how many letters are in the title. I never noticed that before.
Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
I love him dearly. Also anyone who doesn’t know Tommy Traddles is missing out on life.
Do you have a Mass Market Paperback?
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Emphasis on “mass.” Because this book is massive. It’s a massive mass market paperback. You would need some serious pockets for this.
Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
(Almost) the entire Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I am still missing book seven, to my chagrin.
Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
SO MANY. (It’s a thing people do a lot, evidently.) But let’s go with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
You can’t exactly tell from the picture, but this book is about as tall as my hand. (And my hands are not very big.)
Do you have a book with two maps in it?
Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gotta appreciate a hobbit in an armchair, am I right?
Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (pictured above). And it’s the best TV show adaption of a book I have ever seen. It’s bizarre, but also beautiful.
Do you have a book written by someone who was originally famous for something else? (Celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality)
Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abegnale.
He was a notorious con man, guys. I guess he wasn’t so much famous as infamous? But whatever.
Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
I wasn’t expecting this, but Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
See, clock. Grandfather clock.
Do you have a book of poetry?
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky.
Isn’t that the most pleasing title?
Do you have a book with an award stamp on the cover?
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo won the Newberry Medal.
And it deserves every bit of it.
Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
Actually, Shel Silverstein and Story Sponge both have the initials S.S. So yes. Everything On It by Shel Silverstein.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t eat that sandwich.
Do you have a book of short stories?
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe.
This book has some truly frightening illustrations. Just saying.
Do you have a book that’s between 500-510 pages long?
I have a collection of plays by Gilbert and Sullivan that is 504 pages long.
I have no idea what play this is or what is going on.
Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
The book and movie are both glorious and I love them.
Do you have a graphic novel?
Nope. I don’t think I have ever read a graphic novel.
Do you have a book written by two or more authors?
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (pictured above).
Well, that was fun! I didn’t realize I would have that many of the books. It kind of makes me grateful for the books I have. Sometimes I get way too focused on the books I don’t have and forget to appreciate what’s already on my bookshelves.
Also I just want to give a shout-out to public libraries everywhere (because as much as we want to own all the books, we can’t). I don’t know what we would do without them.
What kinds of books do you have on your shelves? Do you have a book that has been made into a movie? Do you have a book by an author with the same initials as you? Do you have a book of poetry? I would love to hear about the glorious contents of your bookshelves in the comments!