Book Tag – Scavenger Hunt!

Today’s post is going to be more lighthearted and fun. 🙂

I am becoming increasingly comfortable doing book tags. Well, mostly ones that allow me to show off my book collection! It’s huge, y’all. I haven’t counted, but I have at least 300 books in my home library…

Lauren from Wonderless Reviews was kind enough to tag me for this Scavenger Hunt, and I was immediately excited to do it just so I could share my books with all of you.

The Rules are very simple: Find a book that matches the categories provided.

Thank you, The Library of Sarah, for creating this tag. 

Let’s get started!

Oscar WaoFind a book with the letter “Z” in its title or the author’s name

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – by Junot Diaz

The 2008 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

I’m not sure if it’s deserving of such a high honor, but it was a good novel overall. I especially enjoyed the unique narrative voice — Yunior’s funny, crass, and nerdy voice is refreshing and memorable. 




Find a ClassicTom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain

My beautiful copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This is one of my favorite stories from my childhood and one of the few books I have read more than twice. 


Find the oldest book in your shelvesOldest Book

The Works of Jonathan Swift

This book is falling apart. It has no front, back, or spine. I’m not sure if you can tell from the image, but this edition was printed in 1841, which was 175 years ago. Do you own a book older than this?




Find a book with a key in its coverKeys

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours – By Helen Oyeyemi

This category is evil. Finding this one was impossible! I dare you to find a book you own that has a key in its cover. You probably can’t. I went through literally all of my books and could not find one with a key in it. The closest thing I could find was Oyeyemi’s latest release, which is a collection of stories that center around the idea of “keys.” Close enough?



ElephantFind something on your bookshelves that isn’t a book

This beauty stands atop one of my bookshelves. I use the top surface of some of my bookshelves as actual shelf space because there isn’t room anywhere else. It’s time to buy a new bookshelf…





Find a book with an animal on the coverFlexible Wings

Flexible Wings – by Veda Stamps

This is a delightful Middle Grade novel about a biracial girl who is the daughter of parents who both serve in the military. Highly recommended for all children and lovers of Children’s Literature.




KindredFind a book with a girl in the cover

The Latin Deli – by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Kindred – By Octavia Butler

Girl or woman? I decided to go with both. 

The Latin Deli is a lyrical collection of short stories about Puerto Rican families that cover themes and issues that are tragic, uplifting, and universal.

Kindred – an excellent work of sci-fi lite written by a legend in the genre. 

Find a Non-YA BookHalf of a yellow sun

Half of a Yellow Sun  – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Easily one of my favorite books of the 21st century. Ms. Adichie can do no wrong, in my eyes. Purple Hibiscus is the only book of hers I haven’t read!

The moment she announces a new novel, my world will momentarily stop as I experience pure, unbridled joy.


UniverseFind a book with stars on its cover

Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide – by Martin J. Rees

Going the literal route and choosing a book with real stars in the cover, not the cute 5-pointed ones. 

I’ve read about half of this tome.

Did you know that I love reading about astrophysics and cosmology? It’s a fairly recent development (last couple of years) that I intend to maintain as a life-long interest.


Find a book with golden lettersColbert

I Am America (And So Can You!) – by Stephen Colbert

A hilarious book by a brilliant comedian.

It has been empirically proven that if you open the cover of this book, you become 25% more patriotic. 




Well, that was a blast! My bookshelves haven’t experienced this much movement and excitement in ages. Thanks for tagging me, Lauren. It was a time-consuming Tag, but you did warn me!

I will only tag 5 people, but as always feel free to tag yourself and join the fun.

I choose:

Bina @ If You Can Read This

Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote

Janani @ The Shrinkette

Emily @ Rose Read

Lizze @ Accio Padfoot

Because I want to see what books you own!

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28 thoughts on “Book Tag – Scavenger Hunt!

  1. Ah yay! So happy you did this one. I was definitely so excited to see your collection because I knew I wouldn’t have heard of many of the books and I’m all about finding new reads and challenging myself. Definitely gonna check some of these out.

    That Jonathan Swift book is AMAZING. I find old books so incredibly beautiful.

    The key one was the hardest for me too. I had to use Google to help me, haha.

    1. I almost gave in and used Google too. But I eventually found a book that almost fit lol.

      I found the Swift book at an antique bookshop ages ago. It did have a cover back then.. It’s had a rough life, though.

  2. Damn, that Jonathan Swift book sure is old!
    I adore Half of a Yellow Sun too! Chimamanda is such an amazing writer. <3
    I can't believe you own The Definitive Visual Guide to the Universe! That has been on my wishlist for SO LONG.

  3. Hahah oh my gawwd!! 😀 It seems like you have a big big library O_O 300 books !! You should share a pic of your bookshelves soonn 🙂 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is on TBR list but I haven’t bought it yet ahahha oops! I don’t think I can beat that Jonathan Swift book but I’ll try to find one thats old enough XDYou have so many books with diverse authors its soo awesome :O THANK YOU FOR THE TAG – Trang

    1. Yes, I really should. I have to clean up the library first, haha.

      I’m curious to see what your oldest book is.
      And thanks, yes, I do have a lot of diverse authors. I could have filled all the categories with people of color, but I really loved my edition of Tom Sawyer, the Universe book, and I’m a huge fan of Colbert so I had to share them. X)

  4. This is such a fun tag! I’m actually in the process of packing up my library for a move, so I won’t be participating, but thanks for thinking of me! I own lots of old books, but you got me beat…my oldest is from 1864. It’s a copy of Longfellow’s “Tales from a Wayside Inn.”

    1. I will be packing in a little over a month. it’s going to be awful moving all my books! Ugh.
      I think I’ll just pay movers to do it. I do NOT want to spend all that time packing. I’d rather chill and read.

  5. I do love seeing other people’s books!
    I don’t think I own a book as old as yours, but my mother might!
    I’m going to have to look into Flexible Wings – it sounds good, and I’ve never heard of it.
    Astrophysics?! You’ll have to write a post some time to tell us your favourite facts about the Universe!
    I love your elephant. 🙂

    1. That’s such a great idea for a post, Naomi! I wouldn’t have done it in the past because I was hesitant to go off topic, but nobody cares and people love when you go off topic! I’ll pick a new book on cosmology and see if it inspires me to write a post about it.

  6. Yay I like these tag, it’s like we get to browse your shelves 🙂 I will do the tag after reathon 🙂 Haha clever with the keys category. And that reminds me I still need to read Oyeyemi.

  7. I love this tag! And WOW, that Swift novel is SO old, that’s crazy! I would be so scared to break it or anything :o. I think I fell in love with that little animal on your bookshelves… SO gorgeous. Is it fragile? It looks like it is! (This comment makes me pass off as one of these people breaking everything…I am not, ahah I’m just kind of clumsy…) Great post! 🙂

    1. Would you like to do it!? I love exploring people’s book.

      Please do the tag! 😀

      The elephant is actually very large and sturdy. It could be used as a blunt murder weapon. :O lol jk. But yes, it’s heavy.
      Thanks for reading. 🙂

    1. You’ve been tagged!
      Do it, please.
      If you have the time and are feeling adventurous, I recommend going to a used bookstore and to look for a book with a key in the cover. haha, but don’t blame me if that endeavor proves to be futile.

    When I saw it, I said to myself that I had to come tell you. I was so excited.
    It’s the Locke & Key comic by Joe Hill.

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