Books · Just For Fun

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt


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

 

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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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6. Find a book with a girl on it.

How about the one I was expecting to be a key? Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.

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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.
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9. Find a book with only words on the cover.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
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10. Find a book with illustrations in it.
Night Of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor and Jim Di Bartolo
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11. Find a book with gold lettering.
The Pillars Of Creation by Terry Goodkind
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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!
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13. Find a book written by an author with a common name (like Smith).
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
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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.
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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.
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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.
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17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.
Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.
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18. Find a book with stars on it.
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds (I went for realistic stars mostly because I spotted this first!)
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19. Find a non YA book.
The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor – it’s non-fiction!
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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.

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