I haven’t done a tag post in such a long time, but I’ve been wanting to do one for a while and realized when I started trying to answer the questions is Kayla’s Do I Have That Book Challenge video that it was the perfect tag post to do!
1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?
I HATE deckled edges, but I do unfortunately own several books that utilize them. Though as it happens, I can’t really remember any off the top of my head other than some of my Jane Austen books. Specifically, the Penguin Threads edition of Emma by Jane Austen has deckled edges.
2. Do you have a book with three or more people on the cover?
Interesting. Looking at my shelves, I have a lot of books with one person on the cover and tons of romances with two, but not many books with three or more people on the cover. I’m going to go with The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, which has the main three characters on the cover. I suspect some of Riordan’s other covers also have three or more people on them, and then there’s always Harry Potter.
3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?
Do I? I definitely know I’ve read some, but looking at my shelves, I’m not sure I own any.
4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
Kayla picked Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for her video, so I could easily pick that as well since I definitely own that, but I’m going to answer with something else. Let’s go with Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?
I’m pretty sure Kayla answered Six of Crows for this one as well. Oooo, let’s go with Graceling by Kristin Cashore! Love that book.
6. Do you have a mass market paperback book?
Do I ever! I generally dislike mass market paperbacks, but romance novels have historically been produced almost exclusively in mass market paperback, so I’ve amassed quite a nice little collection. While I know it’s generally only cheap genre fiction that gets published in mass market paperback and am excited that we’re starting to see more romances published in trade paperbacks and hardcover, I will always have a soft spot for a good mass market paperback romance.
7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
Speaking of romance, I know a lot of my favorite romance novelists, like Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, and Eloisa James, use pen names. And I have some old copies of Meg Cabot’s books that were written under the pen name Jenny Carroll. But other than that, I actually don’t have too many books spring to mind where I know the author used a pen name.
8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
I mean, all of the Harry Potter books have Harry’s name in the title… I could also answer Emma here as well. But let’s go with Sabriel and Lirael, both by Garth Nix. They’re part of an excellent fantasy series that I highly recommend reading if you haven’t already.
9. Do you have a book with two maps in it?
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff! And Six of Crows does too, actually. I think I probably have more, although it’s way more common for books to have just one map.
10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
I know I’ve read some, and that they’ve been working to turn Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas into a TV show, but I didn’t think I owned any that have definitely been turned into TV shows until I remembered that they recently released a TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness! It’s just not available in the US yet…
11. Do you have a book written by someone who was originally famous for something else? i.e. celebrity, athlete, politician, TV personality, etc.
I’m not sure I would have a year ago, but in the past year I’ve discovered that I enjoy a celebrity memoir, and now I have a few on my shelves. By far the best one is Born a Crime by comedian Trevor Noah, about his time growing up in South Africa when it was illegal for his white father and black mother to be together, hence making him born a crime.
12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
Uh, I actually have no idea. I can’t think of anything, and scrolling through the covers on my Goodreads shelf, the only think I can think of if you stretch it is the cover of The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, which has the skyline of London on it, which includes Big Ben, which is a giant clock…too much of a stretch?
13. Do you have a poetry book?
I don’t think so. I’ve read some poetry, but it’s not really my preferred medium, and I don’t think I still own any of what I’ve read.
14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?
I know I have books that can now be purchased with award stamps on them (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee), but I’m not sure if I own any that currently have award stamps on them.
After taking a look at my shelves, I would have thought that more of the Pulitzer Prize-winning books would have award stamps on them, but they tend to prefer banners instead. The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles is the only one with a “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize” sticker. And I noticed that my copy of Devil in the White City by Erik Larson has a “National Book Award Finalist” stamp on it. Turns out that “Now a Major Motion Picture” is a way more common stamp to put on books!
Edit: Omg, I was scrolling through my covers on Goodreads trying to see if I could find something with a clock on it when I realized that my copy of Ella Enchanted has “Newberry Honor Book” stamp on it! It’s such a classic, I had to mention it.
15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
I had to go straight to Goodreads for this one because I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head, but it turns out that I do! John Adams, 1776, and Truman, all by David McCullough. I’ve only read John Adams so far, and actually have a signed copy of it.
Fun fact: DM is not a very common set of initials! I have more than 1200 books flagged on my Goodreads shelves, and only two other books popped up by authors with the initials DM, neither of which I own or have immediate plans to read: On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay McKesson and The Horizontal World: Growing Up in the Middle of Nowhere by Debra Marquart.
16. Do you have a book of short stories?
I do! I just read Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp. I think this is a great short story collection covering a variety of genres, and I highly recommend it.
17. Do you have a book that is between 500 and 510 pages long?
As fun as it might be to try and guess what books I own are between 500 and 510 pages, I went straight to Goodreads for this question, too. I own a paperback copy of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab that is 509 pages long. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee would also count, at 501 pages.
18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
I have tons! There’s Harry Potter, obviously, and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (though that adaptation was kind of awful). There’s also Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (the Kiera Knightly adaptation is possibly my favorite film ever), The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Eragon by Christopher Paolini (possibly the worst adaptation ever), Unbroken and Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, The Big Short and Moneyball by Michael Lewis, Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (which I still need to see!), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and so many more! As we all already know, Hollywood loves to adapt successful books.
19. Do you have a graphic novel?
I do! I have a rather small graphic novel collection comprising some really good books, primarily graphic memoirs. The most recent one I read, and which I highly recommend everyone read, is March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. It’s a trilogy telling the story of Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, including the March on Washington, and it’s such a powerful story and important read.
20. Do you have a book written by two or more authors?
I actually don’t have that many books written by two or more authors (excluding anthologies), but the Illuminae trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes to mind! And Autoboyography by writing duo Christina Lauren is on my TBR shelf.
This was actually a really fun post! I had a lot of fun looking over my shelves and seeing if I could answer the questions.