Atra esterni ono thelduin.
This is a fun challenge which I stole from Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary (though I’d seen it on several blogs before hers reminded me that I’d like to do it).
Basically, you go through a list of twenty categories of books and see if you have one on your shelves that fits. Then you post a picture of the cover. Of course, because I’m me, I’m also making this a mini book review/recommendation post. Read on for books galore!
1: a book with tattered edges
I’ve read this book so many times and have actually torn the cover twice! For a long time, it was my favorite of the Inheritance cycle (I think Inheritance might win now, but I still love this one). Honestly, though, I don’t like the picture of Glaedr. He has too many horns and a BEARD and the golden color, while beautiful, doesn’t go well with the brown background. I also actually own a different cover for it, but I prefer this one!
This is a really great fantasy series for ages 12+. Make sure to start with the first book (Eragon).
2: a book with 3+ people on the cover
This book has three! It’s not my favorite from the series (and if Legacy isn’t better, I will be severely disappointed), but I own a special version of it which has an extra story from Fitz’s point of view and some art by the author. (It’s not worth the extra money, honestly – Fitz’s story basically confirms the obvious, and the pretty art is only in the covers so you can’t do anything but look at it in the book.) The art on this cover is quite pretty, though.
The story is sort of a J.K. Rowling/Shannon Hale mix with an original magic system and LOTS of teen drama. It’s fun but I’m not sure it has any lasting literary value. I recommend it for ages 10+.
3: a book based on another fictional story
I haven’t actually read my copy of Till We Have Faces yet, but I have read it as a library book. It is my favorite of C.S. Lewis’ books (even better than Narnia!) and it’s a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche from the POV of Psyche’s older sister. It’s well-written, achingly beautiful, and has an ending that gets me every time. (Read my reviews of it here and here.) I think all teenagers and adults should read it.
I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?
4: a book with a 10-letter-long title
This little book is the best one I’ve ever read on writing and one of the reasons I’m motivated to keep at it even when it’s hard.
Douglas Wilson offers seven concise tips for being a good writer. I’m going to paraphrase them here:
- Learn about things other than books.
- Read the kind of books you want to write.
- Read books about words and their meanings and histories.
- Write shorter things before trying longer ones.
- It’s okay to be bad at first.
- Study languages other than your own.
- Keep a commonplace book in which to write down phrases and quotes that inspire you.
5: a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter
I love this author, this series (the Auralia Thread), this book, and its gorgeous cover. The name sounds amazing, too!
This series is LOTR meets the Wingfeather Saga, with a sort of Dune feel. I recommend it for anyone who loves fantasy and wonder (at least age 13; it does have some mature content). Be sure to start with the first book, Auralia’s Colors.
6: a mass market paperback
I own this book (which I like even better than Anne of Green Gables) in mass market paperback form. I actually prefer the cover to some others I’ve seen!
This book is about a girl named Emily who is a writer and dreamer, like me. The characters are relatable, the story is so funny and sweet, and I absolutely love L.M. Montgomery’s style. I recommend this book to everyone!
7: a book by an author using a pen name
This historical fiction was written by Andrew Peterson’s brother, who goes by Pete (I don’t know what his actual name is, but I’m guessing Arthur because of Artham in the Wingfeather Saga). It’s set in the Revolutionary War period and features a female pirate, romance, war, and an old man with a fiddle. Because of some mature content, I think it’s good for teens and up. The sequel, Fiddler’s Green, is nearly as good (although I don’t like the ending, I know some people love it).
8: a book with a character’s name in the title
I loved this book when I was younger, and I still enjoy it today. It’s a completely surprising plot about sentient mice and rats and the humans chasing them down. The author manages to keep the tone light and charming while forcing the reader to confront difficult ideas about smartness, friendship, race/species, and family. I recommend it for ages 8+.
9: a book with 2 maps
This one has three! It’s full of fun, beautiful stories from the same world as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so I think anyone who’s read those should give it a try.
10: a book that’s been turned into a TV show
This is one of my all-time favorite books in the categories of romance, classics, and fiction in general. Jane Austen is a witty, skilled writer whose dialogue is layered with humor, hidden meanings, sarcasm, and insults while still managing to be perfectly polite and charming. I love her characters and this book is one of her best.
The BBC TV show is about five hours long and worth every minute of your time. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are perfect in the lead roles, and the book is translated to the screen very well. I highly recommend it.
11: a book by an author famous for something other than or in addition to writing
I’m not sure if he’s famous for it, but N.D. Wilson, in addition to being a fabulous (and my favorite living) author, is a filmmaker! This book by him is a great introduction to his 100 Cupboards trilogy (to which it is the prequel) and his Ashtown Burials series (it’s kind of a prequel to that too. It’s complicated). Read more of my thoughts on it in this blog post.
12: a book with a clock on its cover
This was the first book I thought might have a clock on it, and it did!
I love this light-hearted, whimsical fantasy because not only is it a great story, but it holds great truths about the world, our place in it, and the power of identity. The sequel (Sophie Quire) is even better! I talk more about it here.
13: a book of poetry
This book is a beautiful collection of free verse poetry about God, the Bible, the world, and identity. I got it when I was a lot younger but I still really love it! (Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago also collaborated on The Jesus Storybook Bible, which is my favorite children’s Bible ever.)
14: a book with an award stamp on the cover
I love this book! It’s a short, surprising story for older kids and teens about family, perspective, and relationships, with plenty of unexpected twists and a beautiful ending. It deserves its Newbery Medal.
15: a book whose author has the same initials as you
I don’t have one, sadly, but Mildred D. Taylor comes close!
And I still haven’t read this one, but I promised my sister I would, and I hope to get around to it soon. I honestly know very little about it. If you’d like to know more, comment and ask and I’ll have my sister pop in to answer your questions.
16: a short story collection
I own (and have read) the complete Sherlock Holmes! I love these mystery stories: they’re short, fun, witty, dark, and interesting from the very beginning. If you’re not interested in the whole thing, you can read just one story (they all work as standalones) or novel (there are a few of those as well).
Because of mature content (mostly relating to blood, gore, and death, but also including some terrifying scenes and drug use) I recommend this book for ages 13 and up.
17: a book that is 500-510 pages long
Well, not quite. My copy is 528 pages, but it was the closest I could find!
I recommended Brisingr above, but if you want to read this series, start here. It’s got dragons, magic, elves, dwarves, and epic conflicts – but somehow it doesn’t seem like Tolkien. For that alone, it’s worth reading, and the writing’s very good. I recommend it for teens and up.
18: a book that’s been turned into a movie
I have no words for this story. It changed the way I thought about writing, storytelling, relationships, life and death, war, stealing, books…
I HIGHLY recommend it for readers who can handle a bit of profanity and darkness. It’s worth your time. I promise you won’t regret it.
19: a graphic novel
Sadly, I don’t own one of these!
20: a book with two or more authors
This story collection was a well-appreciated finale to the heartwrenching, beautiful Wingfeather Saga. AND it has six authors, which definitely counts for this category!
- Andrew Peterson (Wingfeather Saga)
- Jonathan Rogers (Wilderking Trilogy)
- N.D. Wilson (100 Cupboards/Ashtown Burials)
- Jennifer Trafton (Chalk Dragon/Mt. Majestic)
- Douglas McKelvey (The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog/Every Moment Holy)
- A.S. Peterson (The Fiddler’s Gun)
If you’ve read the saga, read it. If you haven’t… well, go read the saga!
And there you have it. Books from my shelves. Surprisingly, I had one in seventeen of twenty categories!
If you have a bookshelf, I tag you! Do this challenge, and be sure to comment below and tell me so I can read yours 🙂
THE CATEGORIES: a book with tattered edges // a book with 3+ people on the cover // a book based on another fictional story // a book with a 10-letter-long title // a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter // a mass market paperback // a book written by an author using a pen name // a book with a character’s name in its title // a book with 2 or more maps // a book that’s been turned into a TV show // a book by an author famous for something other than or in addition to writing // a book with a clock on its cover // a book of poetry // a book with an award stamp // a book with an author who has the same initials as you // a short story collection // a book with 500-510 pages // a book that’s been turned into a movie // a graphic novel // a book with 2 or more authors
If you don’t have a bookshelf (or if you do but want to help me out), then please, recommend some graphic novels to me so I can get one on my shelf.
Thanks for reading!
Sé onr sverdar sitja hvass!
(Just a reminder: I won’t be able to respond to comments for a few days. Never fear – I haven’t forgotten you!)