1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?
I thought I did, but apparently not. I must have just coveted one very badly at some stage.
2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the front cover?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (I must confess, though, that I never liked this cover.)
3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?
I love a good retelling, so I have a few… I’ll restrict myself to two and say Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, which draws on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, which mixes ‘The Princess and The Frog’ with ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’.
4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. This is a book I warmed to on my second read; I find Gaiman’s fantasy a bit grimy, and have to ease myself in…
5. Do you have a book that starts and ends with the same letter?
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (the memoirs of a former NHS junior doctor).
6. Do you have a mass market paperback book?
I have almost a full series of them: Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books, which I special ordered from the US (and my aunt then ruined by bending all the pages back).
7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin, who also writes as Catherine Webb AND as Claire North. Griffin is for her adult fantasy, Webb for her children’s fantasy, and North for her science fiction.
8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. I was so stressed reading this book.
9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?
Goldenhand by Garth Nix: the maps are of The Old Kingdom (the expanded version), and of its capital, Belisaere.
10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
I have Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which I loved reading, but I’ve never managed to get a hold of the BBC adaptation (although the reviews, if I recall correctly, were good).
11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else?
I possess my sister’s copy of Life on Air by David Attenborough.
12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
Yes! Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge.
13. Do you have a poetry book?
The Agonist by Shastra Deo. She’s a local poet and former workmate of mine (and delightful).
14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?
15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
No. Not yet.
16. Do you have a book of short stories?
17. Do you have a book that is between 500 and 510 pages long?
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab, which clocks in at 508 pages (it took me so long to find that!!).
18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
Among others, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. I saw the movie before reading the books, for which I’m glad, because the movie was heavily sweetened and overly simplified. I binge read the series and am excited for the reissued prequels.
19. Do you have a graphic novel?
I own a Doctor Who comic, does that count? Four Doctors by Paul Cornell.
20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?
I have Illuminae (and the subsequent books in the series) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. They’re so much fun.
And that’s all from me. Until next time–