I Spy Book Challenge

I saw this on Cleopatra Loves Books blog and immediately wanted to do it too – after all I love lists as well as books. It’s not as easy as I hoped!

Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

Links, where they exist, are to my posts on the books.

1. Food

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – a TBR

The Grapes of Wrath

2. Transportation

Girl on a Train by A J Waines – I haven’t read this yet, although I have read the ‘other’ book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Girl on a Train

3. Weapon

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman – the second book in His Dark Materials trilogy. I loved these books.

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)

4. Animal

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney – my review post is on its way!

The Tenderness of Wolves

5. Number

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, one of my TBRs

6. Something you Read

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 The Nightingale: Bravery, Courage, Fear and Love in a Time of War by [Hannah, Kristin]

7. Body of Water

The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas Home

The Sea Detective by [Douglas-Home, Mark]

8. Product of Fire

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco – another TBR

9. Royalty

The King’s Evil by Edward Marston

The King's Evil (Christopher Redmayne Book 1) by [Marston, Edward]

10. Architecture

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

11. Item of Clothing

The Boy with No Shoes by William Horwood – one of my TBRS

12. Family Member

Sins of the Fathers by Susan Howatch – a book I read pre-blogging days

Sins Of The Fathers by [Howatch, Susan]

13. Time of Day

4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

14. Music

Exit Music by Ian Rankin

15. Paranormal Being

The Ghost by Robert Harris – TBR

16. Occupation

The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates

17. Season

Winter in Madrid by C J Sansom

Winter in Madrid by [Sansom, C. J.]

18. Colour

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Golden Age of Murder by [Edwards, Martin]

19. Celestial Body

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman


20. Something that Grows

The Daffodil Affair by Michael Innes

Wow all twenty items found quite quickly but it took much than five minutes to compile this post …

How many are on your bookshelf? Consider yourself tagged if you enjoyed this post!

10 thoughts on “I Spy Book Challenge

  1. I like your choices very much, Margaret. I’m especially happy to see the Edwards, the Sansom, the Rankin, and, of course, the Christie. What a fun challenge!

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  2. I loved this so yes, I will do it too as soon as I can, still a bit busy with grandchildren and Easter hols. But I don’t think it’ll be done in 5 minutes…

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  3. I also saw this on Cleo’s blog and am working on a post. It’s so much fun. I was intrigued with your choices, especially the one or two I couldn’t find in my first five-minute round in my stacks. This was delightful to read!

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  4. I love this meme–I have to do it too! Let’s see–also read Grapes of Wrath, Girl on a Train, Sunne in Splendour (loved it!!!!), Wolf Hall, and Nightgale. Fun times 🙂


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