I saw this challenge a couple of months ago on Kristin Kraves Books, and I was so intrigued! She always has the most interesting challenges and tags! Anyway, I bookmarked it for a rainy day because I’m always up for a good memory challenge. And it is, in fact, raining right now. So there you go!
Incidentally, was anyone else obsessed with Don’t Forget the Lyrics for the one season it was on? No, just me? Okay.
Rules: You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves.
1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
Have not read it. In fact, had to look up how to spell Crichton! If I’m being honest, the only reason I even know Michael Crichton’s name was from working at a bookstore. These days Jurassic Park has a very distinctive white cover with red text, so it was always catching my eye whenever I walked past.
2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
Where to even begin! May as well start with my current read, The Priory of the Orange Tree by … crap, don’t know if I can remember without looking it up. I think it starts with an S?
Also want to throw out there some of my favorites: His Majesty’s Dragon, Dragonflight, Eragon, The Hobbit (only I don’t think Smaug is actually on the cover of my edition…) and A Natural History of Dragons.
(For those of you keeping track, it’s by Samantha Shannon which is exactly what I was thinking, but I was second guessing myself thinking she was the author of City of Brass, oops)
3. Name a book about a character called George.
The first thing that comes to mind is George Weasley, but that’s not quite in the spirit of the question. I’m going to have to go with Curious George. This was a favorite at my house a few years ago, then again when my son discovered a collection with a story about George visiting the TRAIN STATION in it. I have to say I’m pretty much over the television show, though.
4. Name a book written by an author with a surname Smith.
There’s definitely something by someone named Zadie Smith, I think. Is that Pride? I could probably think of something else, but it’s late.
(There definitely IS a Zadie Smith, but I’m not familiar with ANY of her books, so, I don’t know what I was thinking of…)
5. Name a book set in Australia.
The very first book that comes to mind is Steve and Me, Teri Irwin’s autobiography about her life with Steve Irwin. But since none of y’all have probably ever heard of it, I’m going with Words in the Deep Blue. I didn’t know it was an Australian book going in, but it was really cool reading a book that just about life, and the Australian setting was not some kind of attempt at exoticism. It just showed with regular life is like over there. And the book is so lovely, I highly recommend it.
6. Name a book with a month in the title.
There’s a book called Middlemarch, right? I’m going with that.
(There is. It’s by George Elliot.)
7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
SO MANY. But I don’t typically read suspense or thrillers. What does come to mind is The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Adieh which has (wait for it) a DAGGER on the cover. I feel like that’s close enough. While we’re talking about it, I’ve had a real hankering to re-read The Wrath & the Dawn lately, which is kind of funny because I didn’t care for The Rose & the Dagger AT ALL.
8. Name a book with the word “one” in the title.
I just read One for the Money by Janet Evanovich earlier this year, and boy was it fun! It’s quite dated, but if you’re looking for a good mystery featuring a spunky female investigator, it might be worth giving a go. It was laugh out loud funny, and I loved the Jersey flair!
9. Name a book with an eponymous title.
So I had to look up what eponymous meant. I thought I remembered from Kristin’s post, but I wanted to be sure. It means a book titled after the main character. For example, Jane Eyre. But I won’t use that, because I saw that in an attempt to find out what it means. Instead I’m going with…
Eragon. Because that’s the first book that came to mind, and why not? Eragon was always a strange title to me because what most intrigued me about the book was NOT the main character, but obviously the dragons. It’s also the only book in the series named after a character, all of the other books have loftier titles such as Eldest and Inheritance. Meh, what can I say, I was 16 when I fell in love with this series.
10. Name a book turned into a movie.
So many to choose from! For some reason, the first one that comes to mind for me tonight is The Notebook. Don’t know why. Never read the book. Don’t really like the movie. Probably because it’s raining outside and we all know THAT SCENE.