I saw this fun little book tag over on Kristin Kraves Books and decided to do it too. Unfortunately I couldn’t find who created it.
Rules: You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves.
(This is gonna be difficult ’cause I have a bad memory when it comes to certain things… like answering these prompts.)
Name a book written by an author called Michael.
Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda
I really like this book. In it Dirda, who writes book reviews for The Washington Post, discusses the various classics he has read over the years. It’s basically a book of book reviews of classics. This book had such an impact on me that I was motivated to join the Classics Club Reading Challenge, which I’ve since failed, read H. Rider Haggard’s She, which I hated, and considered pursuing a graduate degree in comparative literature because Dirda has a PhD in it. I just wanted to be able to write and think on his level and to have read as many books as him.
Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini
This is a book of short stories that expound on what happened to Eragon and other characters after the last book in the Inheritance Cycle, a fantasy series that begins with the book Eragon that is about a farmboy who becomes a dragonrider destined to save the world. I am rereading the series before starting on this book, but I am looking forward to reading it. (Now I hope this tag doesn’t ask for an author whose first name is Chris.)
Name a book about a character called George.
Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
The first thoughts that popped in my head when I read this prompt: the monkey Curious George; George from Grey’s Anatomy. I’m glad I then thought of George, the King of Thieves, from Tamora Pierce’s YA fantasy series, which begins with Alanna: the First Adventure. The books are about a girl who poses as a boy so that she can train to become a knight.
Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
I bought this at a Warby Parker store. I still haven’t read it yet, or any other books by Zadie Smith. I need to work on that.
Name a book set in Australia.
Eon by Alison Goodman
So… I’m cheating here because Eon is not set in Australia — I couldn’t think of a book set in Australia. Instead, I chose a book by an author from Australia. Eon is the first novel in a YA fantasy duology about a girl posing as a boy so that she can become Dragoneye, a person bonded with a dragon who is able to control the elements and protect the land. I enjoyed reading this novel though it has some pacing issues. I’ve yet to read the second novel Eona.
Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
March, Vol. 1 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illus. by Nate Powell
First thought in my head was the Wyclef song “Gone ’til November.” I’ll include it below in case y’all don’t remember it. That song always makes me sad.
Anyway, next I thought of the comic book March, which is using the word as a verb in it’s title and which I haven’t yet read because I am a master procrastinator on all things I really want to do.
Let’s break for that Wyclef song…
Name a book with a knife on the cover.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I have no idea what this book is about, and I’m not sure of the genre but I think it’s YA fantasy. It’s the first book that popped in my head when I read the prompt and I got lucky that there’s a knife on the cover.
Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.
One of Us by Craig DiLouie
A novel about kids born with extreme genetic mutations. It’s one of many novels I really want to read.
Name a book with an eponymous title.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Ah! The easiest one, and only because I’d mentioned it above. Eragon is about Eragon, the dude I mentioned above who becomes a dragonrider and learns that he’s gotta save the world. I enjoyed this book the first time I read it and on my reread. Not so much the second book in the series.
Name a book turned into a movie.
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
It’s the first thing that came to my mind though I haven’t yet read the book or watched the TV show. I’ve forgotten what it’s about. -_-