I don’t know who made this up, I found it ages ago and the person on the blog I found it on didn’t know where it came from either.
All you need to join in is access to your bookshelf!
1. Find an author name or title with a Z in it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Find a classic.
I found two in a row! The Lost World & Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle & Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (and I’ve heard The Forever War by Joe Haldeman get called a Modern Classic so maybe it’s 3 in a row?) I’m not a classics kind of person, to be honest, unless it’s Sci-Fi and then apparently I’m game.
3. Find a book with a key on it.
This one took some looking – the book I could have sworn had a key on the cover turned out to have a girl in a cloak on the cover and exactly zero keys so who knows where I got that idea from! In the end I spotted that there is a key on Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie.
4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.
Had plenty of choices there! Decided my favourite to photograph was my wooden camel!
5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.
My Grandma’s 1933 edition of the Methodist Hymn Book With Tunes is probably the oldest that I can think of.
6. Find a book with a girl on it.
How about the one I was expecting to be a key? Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
7. Find a book that has an animal in it.
One of my favourites, The Loop by Nicholas Evans (this is a signed hardback copy that I picked up for £1 in a charity shop and had an anniversary card tucked in the back of it with a heartfelt note in that is so oddly cryptic without context I kept it in there!)
8. Find a book with a male protagonist.
Torak in Wolf Brother and the rest of the Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver.
9. Find a book with only words on the cover.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
10. Find a book with illustrations in it.
Night Of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor and Jim Di Bartolo
11. Find a book with gold lettering.
The Pillars Of Creation by Terry Goodkind
12. Find a diary, true or fictional.
All the ones I have read are at other people’s houses now so I raided Tori’s bookcase and found her Dork Diaries Diary that she got for her birthday!
13. Find a book written by an author with a common name (like Smith).
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
14. Find a book with a close up of something on it.
Blood Hunters by Steve Voake has a close up of an eye on it.
15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period.
The Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver are set in the Stone Age.
16. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.
I got given Hurrah For Gin by Katie Kirby for my birthday and that is a jacket-less hardback.
17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.
Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.
18. Find a book with stars on it.
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds (I went for realistic stars mostly because I spotted this first!)
19. Find a non YA book.
The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor – it’s non-fiction!
Phew! Some of those were quite hard to track down (although I did find a second book with a key on whilst looking for something else later on) – was fun having to really look at my shelves though.