I’ve seen this tag going around and it looked like fun, so here we go.
You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!
1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. I’m sure there are other books by an author called Michael that I’ve enjoyed more than this one, but this is what came to mind. (Ok, I just cheated and looked on my Goodreads shelves after I typed that answer. This is literally the only book I’ve ever read by someone called Michael, apparently?!?!?)
2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
This one is killing me!!! I hardly read fantasy, and when I do read fantasy I can’t say I’m drawn to dragon books. I know one of the UK Harry Potter covers has a dragon on it and I suspect it’s Goblet of Fire but I honestly can’t even picture it in my head right now, so, pass. I have been defeated by the dragon question.
3. Name a book about a character called George.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This isn’t my favorite Steinbeck – East of Eden gets that distinction, but I do think this is a fantastic book that I should probably revisit at some point.
4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
How to Be Both by Ali Smith. My first Ali Smith that I read earlier this year. I’ve read a short story collection since then, and I’m very keen to read more of her work. How to Be Both is a stunning book.
5. Name a book set in Australia.
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld. Set partially in Australia and partially in coastal England. I didn’t completely love this book but it was definitely an interesting and innovative read that had some excellent commentary on gender roles. And I just love that cover.
6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
Middlemarch by George Eliot. I haven’t read this but I couldn’t think of anything else!
7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
Well, apparently I am not good at visualizing covers because I can’t think of anything for this one either.
8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.
Antigone by Sophocles. Probably not exactly what this question was looking for but I say it counts.
9. Name a book with a eponymous title.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Somehow I’ve only read two Bronte novels and I am well aware that I need to remedy that. But I love Jane Eyre so much that I suspect it will remain my favorite.
10. Name a book turned into a movie.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I’ve only read two Toibin novels – this one and House of Names – and I gave both 3 stars, but I get the impression that I just haven’t read the right Toibin novel yet. I did like Brooklyn although I didn’t love it, but I thought the film was beautiful and so well-acted that it really added some much needed depth to the story.
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