I saw this tag on Kristin Kraves Books forever ago. She always does the most interesting tags! She didn’t tag me, but it was just such an interesting post that I saved it! And then … never got to it. So here we are! This should be interesting because I have a lot of books, but not that much variety. Well, let’s see what happens, shall we?
1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?
Oh, thousands. The first one that comes to mind is Eragon, which I was absolutely obsessed with in high school. Personally I’m not that in to deckled edges (GASP!). I like to play with the pages while I read, and that’s a lot harder to do with deckled edges. But I’m not going to complain about them either.
2. Do you have a book with three or more people on the cover?
I doubt I have many of these, but I immediately thought of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember when I first saw the faces being so curious who those other people were going to be!
3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?
Fairy tale retellings are the best, so I probably have a bunch of them. My favorite is Ella Enchanted, which I read in fifth grade. Ella is just such a spunky character, and I love the unique magic system and the completely different way the Cinderella story is told. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
This took forever. So much to count! But I finally found Jane Austen’s Persuasion. This is my second least favorite Jane Austen book, as I find it frustrating that Anne wants to be with Captain Wentworth after he treated her like such crap for the entire book. Which, frankly, is why I didn’t like Mansfield Park either. But I know that many people love Persuasion the most of Austen’s novels and I’m in the minority.
5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?
I won Enchantee in a Goodreads giveaway, and I enjoyed it so much! My favorite YA fantasy that I’ve read in a long time. I liked the darker magical elements, and the French Revolution is one of my favorite time periods. Also the romance was very swoony.
6. Do you have a mass market paperback book?
Actually, I don’t have very many! They’re my least favorite format because I feel like it’s difficult to hold the pages open. But my copy of Jane Eyre has been read so many times that it is falling apart. Literally. I had to tape the cover back on. Another reason to not like Mass Markets, they don’t hold up that well… but they do smell so nice!
7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
A few! The Goblin Emperor is probably my favorite. If you’ve been following me for long you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about this book. The weird thing is, Sarah Monette doesn’t appear to have had a good reason to write this book under a pen-name, other than that her publisher made her, and she’s very cryptic about why. I’m soooooo curious!
8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
So many. Last time I had this prompt I think I picked Emma, so this time I think I’ll pick something a little different: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. This is another book that I read for the first time in high school, and I must have read it over and over and over again. It was my first “real” Science Fiction.
9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?
The Lord of the Rings has at least six, so I don’t know if that counts. I’ll have to go look for one with exactly 2. Brb.
Found one! A Natural History of Dragons has two maps, one of Lady Trent’s home country, and another of the place she goes to study dragons. Yay!
10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
A Discovery of Witches is really popular right now, I think, though I haven’t watched it. I thought the book was good, good enough that I read the sequels, but a little too Twilight-esque for my tastes.
11. Do you have a book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?
Celebrity memoirs aren’t my favorite, but I think I actually have three? My favorite is Steve & Me by Terri Irwin, which is about her relationship with Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. It was written only a few years after he died, and is very heart-felt.
12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
AHA! The Night Circus has a clock on it! Of course it does. The clock is one of the most recognizable artifacts from the book. But it’s been awhile since I’ve read it, I guess, because until I saw the clock on the cover I had kind of forgotten about the clock in the story. Time for a re-read?
13. Do you have a poetry book?
My first reaction was no. I’m not in to poetry. But I remembered I actually have a few children’s poetry books that I’ve kept from when I was a kid. Where the Sidewalk Ends is probably the most well-known of these. Shel Silverstein’s poems are quite silly, but in adulthood I find the illustrations a little grotesque. Also, I feel like something about him being creepy may have come out after he died? Regardless, I keep the book and one other of his because of one poem, called The Christmas Dog, which my mom insists I read every year.
14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?
I have a lot of these! The first one I thought of was The Hate U Give because in my Instagram post for it I actually asked about the award stamps. I know some people don’t like them, but an award stamp is something that will make me pick up a book I wasn’t sure about before.
15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
YOU GUYS. I don’t. SOOO many books by authors whose name start with K, but no KR. I read a book this year by Kate Rorick, but I don’t own it. The closest I got was J.K. Rowling, and she had to make up the K so people wouldn’t know she was a woman. Boo!
16. Do you have a book of short stories?
I think I mentioned last week that I received Unpossible in the Reddit book exchange this year. I’m not convinced that I’m going to read it, but as I haven’t given it away yet I haven’t counted it out yet either.
17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?
The Blood of Olympus, the last book in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus is exactly 502 pages long. Man, that was tough to find! I had a lot of books that were 520-ish pages long, but this was literally the only one in my entire bookshelf that worked.
18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
So, SO many. Where’d You Go Bernadette? actually comes out later this month! I probably won’t get to see it in theaters, but I am eagerly awaiting this adaptation and seeing what they do with it. Also, Cate Blanchett is amazing.
19. Do you have a graphic novel?
No! *hides in shame* I have a growing collection of comic books, but I’ve still never read a graphic novel. I am the worst. I’m super excited about Pumpkinheads coming out this fall, though!
20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?
You’ve probably never heard of The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith, which is fine because I never had either. Back when I was a bookseller at Barnes and Noble I would always see this book when shelving in the SciFi/Fantasy section. It was a total cover buy. I mean, look at it. It wasn’t quite the steampunk I was looking for, there was a little too much magic and I still can’t get over nice vampires. But it was fun and moody and had some cool steampunk tech!
Since Kristin didn’t tag anyone I won’t either, but if this tag looks fun to you go ahead and do it!