I was tagged by Ravenclaw Book Club to do this incredibly fun tag! Basically, you have to follow the instructions given, and then find a book that matches the description in your collection. I have a feeling this could get a little long (as all my posts tend to, really) so I’ll get right into it!
FIND A BOOK WITH THE LETTER ‘Z’ IN THE AUTHOR’S NAME.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — this is perhaps a bit of an obvious choice, but I couldn’t resist putting one of my all-time favourite books in here.
FIND A CLASSIC.
Middlemarch by George Eliot — I haven’t read this yet, mostly because I’m super intimidated by the length, but it’s one of the prettiest classics I own. It’s one of the Penguin English Library editions designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
FIND THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES.
The Stand by Stephen King — this was originally my dad’s copy of the book. He gave it to me back when I was about fourteen and going through a real Stephen King phase. This copy was published in 1980, and I’m fairly sure my dad’s owned it since then. It’s very, very well read. I’d love to reread this some day, but I think I’d have to buy a new copy first. For further perspective on how old this book is, it cost £1.75 full price!!
If you’re the sort of person who likes to keep their books really neat, I can only apologise for the state of it (though, in its/my defence, it is over thirty years old).
FIND A BOOK WITH A KEY ON ITS COVER.
Duma Key by Stephen King — okay, so I couldn’t find a book with an actual key on it, but the word counts, right? I really liked this back when I read it, the characters are incredibly interesting and well-developed.
FIND SOMETHING ON YOUR SHELVES THAT ISN’T A BOOK.
I’ve probably mentioned this on my blog before, but I don’t actually have a bookshelf because there isn’t really space for one in my room. So here’s the stuff on top of the selection of pretty books I keep on my desk. Featuring: some tsum tsums, some jewellery, and the cutest droid in the galaxy.
FIND A BOOK WITH AN ANIMAL ON THE COVER.
The Dumb House by John Burnside — I rather wish I had a less grim book for this option, but there we have it. I bought this after hearing Jen Campbell rave about it so much. It sounded like something I’d really be interested in, and I’d love to get around to reading it soon.
FIND A BOOK WITH A GIRL ON ITS COVER.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — I know there are about a hundred other books that I could have picked for this option, but I actually thought I’d lost my first copy of this book years ago! I found it while searching for other books for this tag. I thought I’d lent it to a friend and she’d just never given it back to me. I literally bought new copies of the books because I couldn’t find this one.
FIND A NON-YA BOOK.
The Sea by John Banville — this is the book I’ve most recently finished reading. I had to read it for my Haunting the Contemporary module. It’s beautifully written literary fiction about a man who, after the death of his wife, returns to the seaside village where he used to go on holiday as a child.
FIND A BOOK WITH STARS ON ITS COVER.
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan — this is another Jen Campbell inspired purchase. I couldn’t find any books with more familiar star shapes, but those silver circles are definitely intended to be stars. Mostly I just wanted to show off how pretty this book is.
FIND A BOOK WITH GOLDEN LETTERS.
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke — there are so many books with gold letters, but how could I not include the book whose title was the inspiration for my blog name? I’m sure I mentioned this in my previous post, but I’d love to reread this series someday, I’m just scared it’ll lose the magic it held for me!