So, about 2 months ago (omg, REALLY???) I was tagged by the wonderful Never Trust A Book Nerd. I am oh so sorry it took me so long to get this post up. I actually did the hunt in my shelves the day after I was tagged (pictures & all!) but never wrote the post for it. MY BAD!!!
I’m awful at keeping up with tags. There are just so many!
But we’re going to cross at least one off the list
Find a book with the letter Z in its title/author’s name
I went ahead & picked Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead series) by Jesse Petersen. These are some of the funniest zombie books I have ever read. I love the characters, & I love the overall writing style. It’s great. Highly recommended!!
Find me a classic!
Easy peasy!! Here’s one of my favourite classic novels. Fahrenheit 451 is SO GOOD. And I will keep this book for all eternity. It will survive every over-stocked purge I could possibly go through. I adore Ray Bradbury’s writing. I especially find it funny that, for someone who obviously HATES technology, he writes a ton of (what most people consider) scifi.
Also, everyone gets what this book is about, wrong. It’s NOT about censorship (though I can definitely see why people would think it is). It’s about the death of the novel & the dumbing down of people through television. How television is destroying the interest in reading. He…really hates television, y’all. Technology is not his thing. He also wrote The Veldt, which is obviously about how technology controls our lives (or at least, that’s how I took it. Also could be just about our obsession with the machine. Either way…). Also a ridiculously good story. Very creepy, too.
Here’s a nice article/interview about the whole misinterpretation of his most famous work. Definitely worth a read for great insight!!
Fahrenheit 451: Misinterpreted by LA Weekly
Find me the oldest book on your shelves
Oldest in every possible meaning of the word.
Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno
This paperback was published in 1982, translated from the original Italian by John Ciardi, & I got it from my parents. Or, more like, I took it from my parents to read & have yet to return it.
Sorry mom!!! Can I just….keep this? (say yes)
The actual story itself was written by Dante ALL THE WAY BACK in the 14th Century.
So, yea, it’s pretty old.
Can y’all beat that?? ;D
Find a book with a key on its cover
THIS ONE WAS SO MUCH HARDER THAN YOU’D THINK IT WOULD BE!!!
I combed through ALL of my books (of which there are over 100 physically) & I only found 2. But I guess I’m lucky, cause many people didn’t even find one. But I did it! And this was the one I decided to showcase here, cause I bought it recently & I really like how simple, yet perfect for the book itself, it is.
Find something on your shelves that ISN’T a book
This one was also pretty easy since I like collecting cute little things & merch from my favourite franchises. I have a lot of little things displayed on many of my shelves that aren’t books. But this one is my favourite. It isn’t displayed out of the cool case it came in just yet, but that’s because I want to wait until we’re more settled in a home before I really get into super displaying my things.
In November of 2015 I bought the XBox One Pip Boy edition of Fallout 4! And now, I proudly display the kick ass case it came in (complete with PipBoy inside) on my main book shelf. It also currently doubles as a book end. Actually, that whole half of my shelf is just Fallout stuff. The Art of Fallout 4, Vault Tec Survival guide, and empty bottle of Nuka Cola Quantum that Target released for, like, a quick second… It’s one of my favourite shelves. Obviously.
Find a book with an animal on its cover
Let’s go with:
I don’t want to pick just one, cause there are so many. So here are two of my favourite kitty covers! I love the Warriors series & Homer’s Odyssey is so fucking beautiful. He really was a blind Wonder Cat.
We miss you, Homer.
And you guys should pick both of these up. I don’t even care what your preferences are!!
Find a book with a girl on the cover
I own a TON of YA so this is technically the easiest AND hardest to complete. I can find them, BUT WHICH DO YOU PICK???
The cutest, obviously.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories by Lewis Carroll
The wonderful Barnes & Noble hardcover edition.
I mean, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have much of a choice with this one. Not really.
Find a Non-YA Book
I own a lot of horror novels, most of which aren’t in the teen genre, so another not-too-difficult one for me. I also like comics, so I had a ton of those to choose from as well.
For this I decided to go with The Killer Book of Serial Killers!
Because I want you guys to know that, under this sweet, silly, persona is a darkness that is only satiated by reading & watching way too many things about serial killers.
Also because I had been wanting this book for a very long time & when I initially hunted my house for this tag, I had just purchased it & so I really wanted to use it somewhere. So here we are!
Seriously though, I always found the topic very interesting & have done a lot of reading & watched a lot of shows & documentaries about serial killers. I have zero guilt about this pleasure of mine. Though maybe I should?
Find a book with stars on its cover
Very few books of mine with stars on the cover.
I wanted to pick one that I haven’t seen around online like, ever. But also because I absolutely love this book.
Give me anything about folk tales, scary stories, & superstitions, & I’ll be completely in love with you. And that’s a fact. I mean, my husband took me to Salem Massachusetts last year. You think I’m ever gonna leave him? Not after that! Not a chance.
Also the cover is just cute. Pink. Birds, goats, a big black cat in the middle. Little stars EVERYWHERE!!
Find a book with golden letters
The only one I really have in my collection that meets this criteria is a Barnes & Noble leather edition:
Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar A. Poe.
My grandmother gave this to me years ago as a gift, along with a copy for herself, & it’s one of my favourites. Not only because I adore Poe, but because of who gave it to me.
My grandmother actually passed away last year & it’s left a gaping hole in my heart. So this book means the absolute world to me. It’s one of the few things I have that will forever connect me to her (besides, ya know, bloodline) & I will never let this one go.
It is one of the greatest, most heartfelt gifts I have ever received. I just wish she was still here to enjoy it with me again.
And there you have it!!
Now, I’m supposed to tag people here to do this one themselves, but I don’t really feel comfortable doing that only because it’s been so long. I don’t know who’s already done it, who hasn’t, or anything.
If this looks like something you’d want to do, I TAG YOU!
Go ahead & hunt them shelves! And don’t forget to let me know what you find!