Time for another DO I HAVE THAT BOOK? challenge. Awhile back I posted a little cross-section of my shelves based on the first iteration of this book tag. You can see that post HERE. But a new set of queries was making the rounds on Booktube and I wanted to play along. I combed my shelves and tried to find books in my collection that best met the prompts. Let’s see what I came up with…
Do you have a book with a fox on the cover or as part of the plot?
Nope. Ok, not starting off great…
Do you have a book published the year you were born or within 3 years radius?
Yes! Matilda by Roald Dahl was published around the time of my birth. This was the only book from this period I had. Maybe I should look into getting some others?
Do you have a book with music as weapon or magic?
Hmmm…yes? Everyone knows the Von Trapp family used music to escape the Nazis, right? So I’ll go with The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.
Do you have a book with a shape shifter?
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. Don’t come for me, I’m sticking by this vampires as shape shifters thing. How else do you explain bats?
Do you have a book signed by the author?
I have yet to read it, but I do own a signed first edition of A New Model by Ashley Graham.
Do you have a book with a mostly red cover?
I actually have quite a few red books! Let’s go with this amazing Pride & Prejudice retelling — Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Do you have a book that’s between 287 – 306 pages?
This advance reader’s edition of The Divines by Ellie Eaton is exactly 306 pages long. It came out last month and you should totally pick it up if you like books about boarding schools.
Do you have a book where the main character where’s glasses?
I do. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking is a book written about Stephen Hawking by his first wife. Stephen Hawking definitely wore glasses. (How many people do you think say Harry Potter for this one?)
Do you have a book with a title with the same number of letters as your first name?
E-L-I-Z-A-B-E-T-H — 9 letters. T-H-E-S-W-I-T-C-H. The Switch by Beth O’Leary has a title with 9 letters. Bonus: Written by a Beth.
Do you have a book where cybercrime/technology is an important plot point?
I had all but given up on this one, but then I remembered that in Looking for Alaska by John Green the characters hack into their school’s database to send falsified progress reports out to some of their enemies parents.
Do you have a book written in another language or translated?
Sure — Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki is translated from Japanese. Shout out to all the translators out there!
Do you have a book by an Asian author?
Yes, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was a Christmas gift and my first read of 2021.
Do you have a book with a moon on the cover?
A picture of a moon AND the word moon! I highly recommend Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann if you’re into historical true crime.
Do you have an illustrated children’s book?
Let’s go with Ballet by Annabel Thomas. I have many others but they’re packed away in a closet and I was too lazy to get them out.
Do you have a collection of myths or fairy tales?
Does the Oresteia by Aeschylus count? I’m gonna say yes. I haven’t kept many books I had to read for school but my annotations in this one are just too good to let go of, ya know?
Do you have a fantasy or sci fi that has an alliance between two different races?
Let’s go with my favorite sci-fi read of 2020, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I won’t say much more because *spoilers*.
Do you have a book with a narrow front cover? (paperback with a front cover that is slightly trimmed shorter/narrower than the rest of the book)
Yep, There There by Tommy Orange.
Do you have a series with mismatched covers?
The only series I own in it’s entirety are the Little House books and they match.
Do you have a book that includes the first chapter of the sequel?
This edition of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho includes a preview of Warrior of the Light which is a “companion book” to The Alchemist. That’s the best I can do, I think.
Do you have a book with a broken spine?
This is a mass market paperback of a book from 1994 that I bought used, so yeah, my copy of Brazil by John Updike has a very broken spine.
18 out of 20? I’ll take it! How do you think you would stack up? Go check your shelves! Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments below!
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