Fun for Monday: Do I Have That Book? Tag

That wisest of the bookwyrms imyril over at There’s Always Room for One More did this tag a while ago and I’ve been saving it as a celebratory Fun for Monday for when we finally, finally got our bookshelves.

So, guess what? We’ve got them!! Yay!

This challenge (and don’t be fooled, it really is a challenge!) was first posed by booktuber Keeping Tabs, and it was a lot of fun to do it while unpacking all our books and ordering them on our beautiful new shelves.

 

Do you have a book with deckled edges?

I love love love deckled edges. But no, I don’t have a book with them. And I thought I did, so now I am sad.

 

Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?

Paperback copies of To Steal the Sun by S M Carter and Cotillion by Georgette Heyer displayed face out on a bookshelf

I already knew which book I was going to pick for this one (although I was convinced there were four young women on the front of my copy of Cotillion, not three). But I had to include this really rather stunning copy of To Steal the Sun by S M Carter too because my brother got it for me only the other week.

 

Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

I hardback copy of A Thousand Nights by E K Johnson and a paperback copy of Terry Pratchett's Maskerade displayed face out on a book shelf

A Thousand Nights by E K Johnson is based on the frame story of One Thousand and One Nights (and is wonderful, as I’m sure I’ve said before). And Maskerade is based on Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera … sort of. And is also wonderful, because anything involving Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg automatically is.

 

Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

A paperback copy of Boneshaker by Cherie Priest and a hardback copy of Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds displayed face out on a book shelf

From the as-yet-unread pile Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. And from the bookshelves Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds.

 

Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

A hardback copy of A Hero for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi displayed face out on a book shelf

Well, this was ridiculously difficult! But I finally settled on A Hero for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi.

 

Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?

Three small paperback copies of Kushiel's Dart, Chosen and Avatar by Jacqueline Carey shelved between other books on a book shelf

I was talking with a friend in Texas only the other day about book sizes in America versus those over here in the UK. I don’t particularly like American Mass Market Paperbacks as a rule, but I do love my copies of Kushiel’s Dart, Chosen and Avatar. They feel like presents – almost as wide as they are tall and very pleasingly hand-sized. (It helps that the spines are really well glued. One of my biggest peeves is ‘perfect binding’ when the pages come loose).

(Also, you see how my copy of Kushiel’s Avatar is still pristine? That’s because I haven’t read it yet … *significant glance at the usual read-along suspects*).

 

Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

A paperback copy of Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey displayed face out on a book shelf

James S A Corey is, I’m sure you know already, the pen-name used by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck writing together. The name is made up of their middle names, and the ‘S A’ are the initials of Abraham’s daughter.

 

Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

Paperbacks of Sabriel, Abhorsen and Lirael by Garth Nix shelved alongside other books, notably Temeraire by Naomi Novik

I was only really taking a picture of Sabriel and Lirael by Garth Nix, but Temeraire by Naomi Novik is also a name-as-title book. So extra points for me.

 

Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

A paperback copy of The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin (in one volume) displayed face out on a book shelf

I’m so going to cheat here. It’s that, or copy imyril’s answer and use Edding’s Belgariad books.

This copy of The Earthsea Quartet has four maps in it – a map for each of the four books collected together. But it is physically a single book, so I’m allowing it. *grins*

 

Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

A paperback copy of Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff displayed face out on a book shelf

Even better, I have the TV show tie-in copy of a book that was turned into a TV show. I really enjoyed buddy-reading Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff with Maryam the Curious SFF Reader, so when I found this copy in a charity shop a few months ago, I pounced. (I’m not fond of tie-in copies, but a book is a book is a book).

 

Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else?

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton isn’t actually mine, it’s Thumb’s book. Mythos, in the background, however, is mine, so that’s my back up answer.

 

Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

A paperback copy of Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge displayed face out on a book shelf

Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge was a lucky find, the only other book I can think of with a clockface on it is The Watchmaker of Filligree Street which imyril already featured. This isn’t the copy of Twilight Robbery I’d have chosen, I like the covers done by the illustrator Aitch much better and will probably upgrade when I can. But sometimes I need to own a book I love more than I need to own a beautiful copy.

 

Do you have a poetry book?

An old paperback titled Poems to Compare and a newer paperback of the collected poems of Sylvia Plath displayed face out on a book shelf

I do. I still have the collected poems of Sylvia Plath from back when I did my A-Levels, and I have this lovely old copy of Poems to Compare selected by Raymond Wilson which I liberated from the library donations bin (too old and battered to go into stock). Somewhere I should have another collection of poetry called Seven Ages, but I can’t find that at the moment.

 

Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

A paperback copy of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie displayed face out on a book shelf

I don’t like these ‘stamps’ that look like stickers but aren’t. But yes, my copy of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie has one.

 

Do you have a book of short stories?

Paperback copies of short story collections Biopunk and New Suns displayed face out on a book shelf

I have quite a few short story collections. They always seem like a great idea for when I’m feeling inbetweenish, and then they sit around for years waiting for me to read them. New Suns edited by Nisi Shawl and Biopunk edited by Ra Page are two fairly recent acquisitions.

 

Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?

A small paperback copy of Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake displayed face out on a book shelf

It turns out I am terrible at guessing how many pages a book has. I pulled off so many different volumes before I landed on Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake, my copy of which has 506 pages.

 

Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

A paperback copy of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende displayed face out on a book shelf

Quite a few, actually. I’ve chosen The Neverending Story by Michael Ende because I really like my copy with Chris Riddell’s artwork in the cover, but all those Stephen King books are lurking significantly in the background (again, they’re not mine, but Thumbs’ books. You can pretty much assume that if it’s horror it’s his).

 

Do you have a graphic novel?

Floor level bookshelves packed with graphic novels

We have one hundred and thirty-seven graphic novels. I couldn’t pick a favourite.

 

Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

A paperback copy of Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor displayed face out on a book shelf

Welcome to Night Vale was written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor and is marvellous.

 

What about you though… do you have that book?

 

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11 comments

  1. Lol I’ve got to give this tag a try… when I’m reorganizing my bookshelves.
    I’m also not much of a fan of mass market paperbacks. I much prefer trade paperbacks because the publishers seem to put more effort into designing those. However, I like how small mass market ones are. Easy to fit in my purse.

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  2. Not very relevant to the tag but I love that you have so many of the same random classic editions I have! Ender’s Game, the Earthsea Quartet, Possession…

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