scavenger hunt tag

Books, Classic, Novel, Tag, Young Adult

Hello my lovely friends

I was tagged by the charming Fadwa @ Word Wonders to take part in the Scavenger Hunt Tag! I love going on scavenger hunts and if there’s one involving books, I’m all in 🙂 Fadwa has just the most darling blog, so please go check out all her amazing content!

I don’t see any rules for this tag, and it’s pretty intuitive, so I’ll go ahead and get started!


Find a book with the letter ‘Z’ in its title or the author’s name.

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Though I haven’t read this one, the synopsis always piques my attention each time I read it.

The Godfather – Mario Puzo

The epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.

Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.


Find me a classic

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I loved this classic and garnered so much knowledge about poverty, wealth and love.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby’s origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.


Find A Book with a Key in the cover

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)

I’m so glad that I had the chance to do this tag and rediscover this series I so enjoyed as a young girl. I loved this book, and hope to revisit it someday!

Incarceron – Catherine Fisher

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons.

A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists.

But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born


Find something on your shelves that isn’t a book.

I would take a picture, but I’m in the midst of packing, and everything is quite bare. On my bookshelf, I carry not only books, but photographs, stationary and make up. I promise to show this to you all some day as soon as I get settled in!

 


Find a book with an animal on the cover.

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My childhood favorite series, I read all these books multiple times, and watched all the movies! True fan here :p

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis

‘They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.

They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.


Find a book with a girl on its cover.

Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)

This book I grabbed during my huge eBook haul. I love the combination of orange and blue on this cover, and find it just captivating.

Whispers in Autumn – Trisha Leigh

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.


Find a non-YA book.

The Help

Though I have yet to watch the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. One page to the next, I found myself laughing, crying and just falling in love with each character.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step….

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.


Find a book with stars on its cover.

The Little Prince

A classic with a cute illustration on the cover. I love reading this short story, and have always loved this darling cover.

 

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.


Find a book with golden letters.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

This series was one of the first that I started reading since I started this blog. I really enjoyed, and this book will always bring back great memories.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.


I Tag:

CW @ Read Think and Ponder

Teacher of YA

Ola @ Ola Reads Books

Melanie @ Mel to the Any

The Jouska

And anyone out there ready for an adventure!


Have you gone on any scavenger hunts lately? Or read any of the listed books? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

#SaveTheClassics

Books, Classic, Tag

Hello my lovely friends!

I stumbled up on the #SaveTheClassics tag on Captivated by Fantasy blog, and decided to take a part of it as my very first tag on this blog! I love classics, and believe that they provide invaluable wisdom and insight. Although I was not directly tagged, I am taking the liberty in doing this tag anyways, and hope you all enjoy! Feel free to take a part in this tag, even if you are not tagged.

The premise of this tag is also to promote a new project called iClassics. This project creates interactive apps in order to prompt the reading of literary classics for all ages. In this day and age, I find this to not only be a remarkable idea, but a much needed one. The link to the project is here.

Here are the rules:

  • Answer the questions
  • Link the project (ABOVE)
  • Tag three bloggers that might like the challenge
  • use the hashtag #SaveTheClassics

What is your favourite classic book?

Very disappointed that there isn’t a “s” at the end of favourite. Currently, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite, but Pride and Prejudice comes at a close second.

“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.” –The Great Gatsby

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If your life was a classic what would it be?

For this one, I’d have to say Alice In Wonderland. It seems like my life is just a series of falling into rabbit holes and trying to figure out how to fit in with my surroundings. I’m always either too tall, too small or there’s something on the table screaming at me “eat me”.

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” –Alice in Wonderland

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Which writer from the past would you like to have dinner with? 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Although I’ve only read his Crime and Punishment, I have read and reread this phenomenal book. His characters are so realistic and lovable as well, and I think he does a magnificent job in showing not only the evil, but the best sides in the protagonists to create a  multi-dimensional relateable character. I’d love to discuss his ideas and thoughts that went into each book. To be honest though, I’d probably just end up staring at him with reverence and awe. I think it requires a true genius in order to produce anything like the books he has written.

“I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.” –Crime and Punishment

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Which classic literary character best describes you?

Anne Shirley! To be honest, I took a quiz on buzzfeed to figure this one out, because I honestly couldn’t think of who to choose. But upon learning my answer, I believe this is the correct fit for me. Here’s what they told me:

“You are good-hearted, charming, and enthusiastic. You also have a lively imagination and you love to express your creative side through storytelling. You are outspoken and that can sometimes get you in trouble. But most people find your honesty refreshing. You have a zest for life that is unmatched by many. You can sometimes get caught up in your fantasies. You always remain true to who you are and are unapologetic about it.”

“When you’ve learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn’t, you’ve got wisdom and understanding.”-Anne of Green Gables

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What’s the first classic that you read?

I’ve read many abridged classics when I was young (I had a shelf full of them!) but the first classic I ever read would probably be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Tom was definitely my childhood crush, and in an elementary school play I got to play Amy and steal a kiss from him!

“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.” –The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Which classic book could be the best gift?

I believe classics in and of themselves are a gift to humanity, and I’d have to know who I was giving the gift to in order to choose an appropriate book. One I think anyone could enjoy is Frankenstein. Who doesn’t love a monster who shows a bit of humanity?

“Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.” –Frankenstein

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I tag :

Katherine@Fabled Haven

Erin@Quillable

The Bloggers@Bookidote