“Do I Have That Book?” Challenge~ In Which I Find Out What’s On My Bookshelf

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!

39 thoughts on ““Do I Have That Book?” Challenge~ In Which I Find Out What’s On My Bookshelf

  1. ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BOOKS AHHH!!! I have…a lot of different types of books on my shelves. X’D I think the Fantasty genre is the most represented book genre I have. And yep a lot of books that have been made into movies! Hmmm Idk if I have any by an author with the same initials as me…I’ll have to check that now. X’D aND YEP I do have some poetry books! Mostly by C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, but hey-still poetry! XP Ahh that Tale of Despereaux book is BEAUTIFUL!!! :-O

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    1. I KNOW. It’s hard not to start screaming inside when presented with so many books. Lots of fantasy is good. I’m not sure which genre is best represented on mine- there’s quite a mix. I have a C.S. Lewis poetry book too! I haven’t read it yet though. The Tale of Despereaux is one of those rarities that is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. 🙂

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    Wow. These are all books and stories I love. You have wonderful tastes in classic stories. I have a lot of books that have been made into movies, but nobody but me seems to have heard of the book. It kind of makes me mad because I always feel like the original story must be read before movie is watched. Not that I don’t love movies. Great post!

    (Now I want to find an Author with the same initials as me). 😉

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    1. IT’S CRAZY. I am so grateful for my books.
      Thank you! That is very sad when people haven’t heard of the books and have only seen the movies! I myself have been guilty of this before, but I still feel like it’s wrong somehow to watch the movie before reading the book. What are some examples of the books you have that no one knows are books and only knows the movies?
      (Haha, yes!)

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      1. Well for starters The Parent Trap was based off a cute little story called “Lisa and Lottie”.
        The Polar express was originally a children’s picture book.
        So was Shrek.
        The Princess Bride is a wonderful movie, and comes from an amazing fairytale few have actually looked into.
        And so on..

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      2. Okay, so I haven’t heard of “Lisa and Lottie,” but I have read the Polar Express picture book and The Princess Bride! Though I did watch the movie versions first. I have heard of the Shrek book but I have never read it.

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  3. You have some beautiful books on your bookshelf.
    I’d like to read some Gilbert and Sullivan… though seeing it on stage would be best.
    I think Flora and Ulysses can count as a graphic novel, at least in part. But if you want any graphic novel reccomandations, please let me know.

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    1. Thank you! I love them dearly.
      Funnily enough, I haven’t really read any Gilbert and Sullivan. I got the book because I love three of their operettas and those scripts were in there, but I haven’t actually gotten around to reading any of it. Seeing it really is best.
      I suppose that is true. I also don’t really know the difference between a graphic novel and a comic book. Would The Adventures of Tintin be considered a comic book or a graphic novel?
      If you have graphic novel recommendations I would be open to hearing them!


      1. I’ve only seen Pirates of Penzance (which was great fun).

        I’d think Tintin can be counted as a graphic novel. Have you ever read the Asterix series? They’re something similar to Tintin. Space Boy, by Stephen McCranie, is one of my favourites. Although this is more along the lines of (web)comic, I also suggest The Silver Eye, by Laura Hollingsworth

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  4. I loved this post! I’ve read a lot of those books (currently trying to get through Les Mis… I’m stuck at Waterloo).
    I, too, quite enjoyed the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events (I actually prefer it to the books).
    And The Sherwood Ring! I don’t think I’ve met anyone else who (to my knowledge) has read it. Have you read The Perilous Gard by the same author?

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    1. Thank you muchly! Ah, I sympathize with you about Waterloo. Why Victor Hugo decided it was necessary to include so much about Napoleon is beyond me.
      Yes, isn’t it wonderful? There are certainly things about the show that I like better than the books, but there are also things that I missed, and I can’t quite decide which I like better. Actually, when it really comes down to it I think I MIGHT say the show, but I love them both.
      I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE READ THE SHERWOOD RING! Hardly anyone has read it and I am always thrilled to find someone who has! And yes, I have read The Perilous Gard as well- multiple times. I love them both so much and they are criminally underrated. I am so glad to find someone else that appreciates Elizabeth Marie Pope!

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  5. This was so fun to read! I literally recieved immense joy from that picture of David Copperfield because it and those other books next to it look so vintage, and classic, and beautiful. *sniffles appreciatively* Old-looking editions are wonderful. (And also, spying The Three Muskateers in that picture made me very happy, because I’m currently in the middle of it and am immensely enjoying it.)

    Now excuse me while I go see if there’s an author with my initials. xD

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    1. Thank you, I am very pleased that you enjoyed it! Yes, I am very proud of my vintage looking books. I got some of them at library book sales and a couple of them from my grandparents, who had gotten them from their parents (The Three Muskateers is one of the latter). I haven’t read The Three Muskateers yet, but it is on my bookshelf so it is on my list.


    1. A Pizza the size of the Sun is indeed most enlightening. Within the pages one will find enlightening facts on topics such as the jellybean brigade, walruses, a fine head of lettuce, and other such matters.
      If you ever get the chance, David Copperfield really is quite a good book. If nothing else, you must meet Tommy Traddles. 😉

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  6. I LOVE this challenge!!!! Does your collection of Gilbert and Sullivan plays include The Pirates of Penzance? I love that one! Jane Eyre is on my TBR list! Would you mind if I borrowed the challenge?

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    1. It’s great fun! Yes, my Gilbert and Sullivan collection includes The Pirates of Penzance. It’s such a hilarious story! I love it too.
      Oh, Jane Eyre is so good!
      You are perfectly welcome to take on the challenge if it appeals to you!

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  7. Ohh I feel like this tag would be a challenge. I never knew the right term was deckled edges until right now! Cool, good to know. Peter and the Starcatchers! I haven’t thought about this series in a while. Oh my goodness, I know I’ve read these because the title is deeply familiar, but I don’t remember anything about them. Except they were way intense Peter Pan? Uhh, I have a memory of a vague scene where the pirates are totally confused by a phone? And I remember a girl and her younger brother, but from the summary I only see a girl-Molly. Wait, I didn’t know the con-man in Catch Me If You Can wrote his own biography! How did that work?? He couldn’t have written it without convicting himself.

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    1. I didn’t know the term was deckled edges either! When I saw the term on this tag I looked it up and discovered what it was. So now I know.
      I don’t remember much about Peter and the Starcatchers myself, and I never read the whole series. I remember enjoying the first book a long time ago. I don’t remember Molly having a brother.
      He wrote it much later in life after he had been caught and done jail time and all that. So everyone already knew that he had done all that stuff. The book is quite different than the movie. It’s much more accurate to his actual life, but to be honest I preferred the movie version.

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  8. I LOVE THIS TAG. I keep seeing it and thinking I’ll steal it, because I want to know how my bookshelf will fare! Also I love seeing people’s actual books.

    (I feel you on the tribulatiosn of taking aesthetic book pictures that…aren’t aesthetic. Every now and then I really want to take some pictures, but they never seem to turn out. But I thought your pictures in this post were pretty. That one of the vintage-looking classics is balm to my soul.)

    Tommy Traddles! I rather loved him, I think. My memory is actually vague. It’s vague about most of David Copperfield, which is funny because it’s actually the most recent Dickens I’ve read? But it’s also the only Dickens I was just solidly “meh” on. Every other Dickens I either LOVE or HATE.
    But…yes. I do remember liking Tommy Traddles.

    I’m trying to envision Les Mis as a mass market paperback and…that thing must be thicker than it is tall? And have tiny print.

    All those Series of Unfortunate Events lined up in a row is so pleasing.

    A Pizza the Size of the Sun is such a good title. I have a friend who loves Jack Prelutsky, and this makes me want to check him out.

    I would not eat that sandwich either. o.O

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    1. You should totally steal the challenge! I would love to see what’s on your bookshelf. Even if you share my struggle of taking aesthetically pleasing photographs. Thank you for the compliment! I love vintage looking books. 🙂
      How could one not love Tommy Traddles? He is just so lovable. Dare I ask which Dickens books you hate?
      Haha, yes, the print is very tiny on the Les Mis paperback, and it is very thick- not quite as thick as it is tall, but about half that. It’s intense.
      I KNOW. I love my Lemony Snickets dearly.
      It is! A very good title indeed. His poetry is quite silly and fun.
      Thanks for reading!

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      1. Okay, I’ve committed. I’m going to be a thief.
        Oh, it’s Oliver Twist. (Do you like that one?) Can’t stand it. And I wasn’t fond of The Pickwick Papers either, but I read them when I was ten and for some reason could barely follow what was happening, so I’ve often thought I should give ’em another chance.

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      2. I do like Oliver Twist myself, but I understand if it’s not really your thing. it is kind of overrated and Oliver is such a passive character. I love Charley Bates for some reason though. It’s certainly not my favorite Dickens, but it was one of the first I ever read. I first read Oliver Twist when I was about ten, and pretty much all of Dickens’ humor went over my head. I though that he actually approved of workhouses and thought that Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney were the most interesting characters. The second time, armed with the knowledge that sarcasm exists, I found the story quite different. I haven’t read The Pickwick Papers.

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      3. Oh, you know what, I loved Charley Bates too! At least if he’s the one who was so upset about the Artful Dodger being transported for anything less than a gold snuffbox…or something? I don’t remember the details, but that was funny.
        Oh my. 😂 Being oblivious to sarcasm wouldn’t matter for all stories, but it certainly changes the complexion of Dickens’s. That is so funny. 😂😂

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  9. Ahh, this is such a fantastic post! 😄 You have many beautiful books and I quite enjoyed having a peek at your bookshelf! 😊

    Fun fact: I have the exact same copy of Jane Eyre. Isn’t it just so little and cute?! 😀

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  10. I loved the movie Catch Me If You Can but had no idea it was a book! I will have to add it to my tbr list.
    Also I have read one of Jack Prelutsky’s collections (Something Big Has Been Here) and really liked it but never thought to see if he had any other ones. Another for the ole tbr list haha
    The Help is great. Same with Okay For Now. And so many others here.
    Really enjoyed this post!

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    1. Catch Me If You Can is a fantastic movie, but just to warn you, the book is quite different from the film version. The book is of course much closer to his actual life, which is interesting, but personally I like the movie version of the story better.
      Haha, you can never have too many books in the ole tbr list…
      Thank you so much!

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      1. Interesting!
        I really, really liked the movie so I guess if I read the book I probably would be of the same opinion.
        Still I always have to test what other people say and form my own opinions so I will still look for it at my library. 😉

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  11. Wowww, you have so many good answers!! I love the sparkly bit on the cover of Peter and the Starcatchers, but my cover is significantly more ripped 😅 Hmmm, I have The Martian on my shelves which was adapted into a movie. I don’t think there’s an author that I have on my shelves that has the same initials as me, but I’ll have to look into it. Great post!!

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    1. Thank you! Haha, yes, ripped covers happen to the best of them. My copy of Ella Enchanted is falling apart. Scotch tape is all that holds the spine together at this point.
      I have been meaning to read The Martian. I liked the movie, and I have heard that the book is good.


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