Welcome back to Book Tag Thursday! This week’s book tag was found on Finding Delight, and I think it originally came from BookTube. She didn’t link the original video, so I can’t say for sure.
Do you have a book with a fox on the cover or as part of the plot?
Oh, absolutely – probably several! I know Mattimeo by Brian Jacques has a fox on the cover, because he’s the main villain!
Do you have a book published the year you were born or within 3 years radius?
I have multiple books published in 1994! Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan); The Bellmaker (Redwall, Brian Jacques); and The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (The Cat Who…, Lilian Jackson Braun). If you want to see some books that were published before I was born/near to where I was born, you can check out this TTT from January!
Do you have a book with music as weapon or magic?
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novak has one of the students fighting with a siren-spider-string harp, which I think is cool. There’s also a book by my friend, Voices by A.K. Mitchell (I’m not sure if you can find it anywhere, though), which I read years ago (and even edited her manuscript for her). She self-published on Amazon but I think she pulled it a few years ago.
Do you have a book with a shape shifter?
My Lady Jane has a shapeshifting horse husband, which is one of the reasons I found it tiring. And of course, The Prisoner of Azkaban, with its animagi.
Do you have a book signed by the author?
I’ve got multiple books signed by the author. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Broken by Jenny Lawson are the ones that I can remember right off the top of my head. Several of my Fantastic Stranglings Book Club books come with signed bookplates, too (like Catherine House, among others).
Do you have a book with a mostly red cover?
As with most of these other questions, I’ve got multiple! The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey, and multiple Redwall books, among others.
Do you have a book that’s between 287 – 306 pages?
Do you have a book where the main character wears glasses?
Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events is the first one that comes to mind, but I’m sure if I were to spend hours flipping through my books, I’d find another!
Do you have a book with a title with the same number of letters as your first name?
The BFG by Roald Dahl. My first name is Lauren, and it has six letters.
Do you have a book where cybercrime/technology is an important plot point?
Ready Player One has technology as a major plot point. The Last Days of Night also deals with the rise of electricity. (I’ve got to go back and re-read that one, because I got so close to the end and then put it down, never to pick it up again.)
Do you have a book written in another language or translated?
Multiple. The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey was originally written in Italian. If Cats Disappeared From the World by Genki Kawamura was originally written in Japanese.
Do you have a book by an Asian author?
The aforementioned If Cats Disappeared from the World is by an Asian author!
Do you have a book with a moon on the cover?
Life As We Knew It, which is about the moon getting hit by an asteroid and thrown off balance, leading to a catastrophic apocalypse across the entire world. It’s a series now, instead of just a one-off, and I’ve only read the first three books. I don’t know if I’ve got the heart to finish off the series.
Do you have an illustrated children’s book?
I have so many! My favorite would have to be Miss Suzy by Miriam Young, as it was the first book I ever read and I made sure to include it in my wedding bouquet (which was made entirely of paper flowers!).
Do you have a collection of myths or fairy tales?
I’ve got multiple! I’ve got one about Celtic/Irish fairy tales, I’ve got Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, I’ve got Leigh Bardugo’s fairy tale collection Language of Thorns, and I’ve got the Tales from the Hinterlands companion book to The Hazel Woods! I took a class on fairy tales my freshman year of college, but I don’t know what happened to that book of fairy tales. It’s somewhere at my parents’ house.
Do you have a fantasy or sci fi that has an alliance between two different races?
The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi! Several races have to band together to help save the special strain of sheep, Android’s Dream, before the “big bad” alien race uses it to take over the world. It gets much better than my summary, I promise.
Do you have a book with a narrow front cover? (paperback with a front cover that is slightly trimmed shorter/narrower than the rest of the book)
I’ve got the paperback of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, which has a slightly shortened cover!
Do you have a series with mismatched covers?
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan – the first twelve books + A New Spring we have in paperback, and the last two books we’ve only got in hardcover (they’re big enough to crush someone with!). And I haven’t bought the last book yet, but if I ever do, my Kiki Strike series will have mismatching covers because they changed the cover style before the last book was published (and my first book is paperback, my second is hardcover). I’ve got so many books that I’ve had to track down on secondhand book sites so I can make sure the covers match!
Do you have a book that includes the first chapter of the sequel?
Multiple! The original Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan usually has the first chapter in the back of the book. I think one of my Winternight Trilogy books has a sequel chapter in it. And multiple Heroes of Olympus books do this, too.
Do you have a book with a broken spine?
I’m a terrible person, but yes. Only paperbacks, and only a few. A lot of them (Wheel of Time) belong to my husband, but I’ve got a few, too. Most of the ones that have broken spines were bought secondhand and thus I didn’t break the spine, but they’re on my shelf nonetheless.
I love doing book tags that are longer than normal, but require shorter answers! I’m sure you find them boring. Tell me what you think! If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged, and tag me back if you end up doing this tag so I can see your answers!
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