Recently I’ve been lacking on my ‘other’ posts here on The Paperback Pilgrim.
Why you ask?
Well, it’s because I am now a post-secondary graduate with more time to read, ergo, more time to post reviews.
Alas, I was having fun broadening my posts so today I decided to give the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt tag a go.
Want to see what I found on my scavenger hunt? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – If you love having your heart broken by a book that is set in WWII and explores the love for reading, this YA novel is for you.
Find a classic:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – While not my favourite of Austen’s works, it is her first, and also the first classic on my shelf.
Find a book with a key on it:
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – While it doesn’t have a physical key on the cover, to be honest none of mine did, I figured the word ‘key’ was enough to make it fit for this answer. This book is also WWII historical fiction, can you tell there is a pattern to the books I read?
Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book:
Bust of William Shakespeare – Bill and I are really good friends, can’t you tell?
Find the oldest book on your shelf:
1892 Edition of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – this book is old and falling apart, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less than my other books. I also haven’t read The Tragedy of Julius Caesar… so my feelings on it could change.
Find a book with a girl on the cover:
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen – this is one of the few YA contemporary’s hidden on my shelves, but North of Beautiful is there because its like the title says, beautiful. The story, the message, the characters, all of these add to make North of Beautiful one novel I carry with me forever.
Find a book with a boy on the cover:
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld – I haven’t read the Uglies series since my early teens but I do remember that I enjoyed the series. Surprisingly though, this is one of the only books I own that has a boy on the cover.
Find a book that has an animal in it:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I don’t think this series warrants any sort of introduction. It’s on pretty much everyones shelves, and rightly so. My copy has Aslan on the cover, and since he’s a lion, it works for this find.
Find a book with a male protagonist:
Tomás from This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Nijkamp masterfully weaves four perspectives, 54 minutes, and the epidemic of school shootings into a book that I think should be required reading. Tomás reflects many feelings one could have during a shooting, and he reminds us all that, “Grief is one big, gaping hole, isn’t it?”
Find a book with only words on it:
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – This book is equal parts hilarious, heart-breaking, and atmospheric. Safran Foer’s writing style is something to get use to but when you do you’ll appreciate his prose that much more.
Find a book with illustrations in it:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – While i’ve yet to see the film adaptation, A Monster Calls and it’s accompanying illustrations made me ugly cry on more than one occasion, so there’s that.
Find a book with gold lettering:
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker – I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, and rightfully so. It’s slow burning but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying when it’s finished. Also, it’s the start of a series, so I am hoping the issues I had with The Golem and the Jinni are addressed so I can give the sequel a higher rating.
Find a diary:
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous – In my opinion this book is a great starting point for any young person to then go an ask questions about tough subject matters. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read this, but it’s one that has followed me move after move, so it must be a good one to hold on to.
Find a book written by someone with a common name:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Just because Ryan’s name is ‘common’ doesn’t mean her writing is. If you like dystopian/horror fiction, than this trilogy is definitely for you.
Find a book that has a close up of something on it:
Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer – It’s the moon!
Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period:
In the Wake of the Plague by Norman F. Cantor – Ah, non-fiction. Making me look super strange since 2009. This book starts at 1347, so it is one of the books I won that takes place in the earliest time period.
Find a hardcover book without a jacket:
Hunted by Meagan Spooner – When I read hardback books I tend to take the dust jackets off, and as I was reading this novel when I started this tag, this is the book I am sticking with.
Find a teal/turquoise coloured book:
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – Honestly, the amount of times this book comes up, added with the amount of times I complain about it, why is it that it is still on my shelf?
Find a book with stars on it:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – This book was equal parts dystopian, shakespearean, and awesome!
Find a non YA book:
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – This book is a commitment, given that the dialogue itself is hard to look past, but if you can it is a book I recommend.
Find the longest book you own:
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – At 1,456 pages, it’s no wonder this is still on my TBR shelf.
Find the shortest book you own:
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling – Clocking in at 74 pages, this is definitely the shortest book I own.
Find a book with multiple PoV’s:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Both Six of Crows, and its sequel Crooked Kingdom, follow multiple POV’s. If I could only recommend one book out of all the books on this list it would be this one.
Find a shiny book:
Tarnish by Katherine Longshore – If you are a lover of 16th century English historical fiction than this book about the escapades of a young Anne Boleyn should be for you!
Find a book with flowers on it:
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – Way back in the day, like think 13-year-old Sara back in the day, the Wicked Lovely series used to be my go-to fantasy series. It’s dark, filled with fairies, and has more than one twist. Think of it as like the grandfather series to the now popular ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas.
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And that is my Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt.
Feel like doing this yourself? Leave your answers as a comment below!