I spotted this recently on Bookish Beck, who spotted it on Ex Urbanis, who spotted it on Cleopatra Loves Books.
The instructions: 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!)
To make it more of a challenge, I decided to limit myself to the unread books on my shelf, as well as to the Canadian books only. And I definitely didn’t make the 5 minute mark – I have too many books scattered everywhere for that.
SOMETHING YOU READ
BODY OF WATER
PRODUCT OF FIRE
Not exactly a “product” of fire, but…
This category stumped me. I chose this book because when I think of Royalty, I think of London…
TIME OF DAY
SOMETHING THAT GROWS
BONUS CATEGORY: CANOES
As I was looking through my books, I came across several with canoes on the cover and wished it was one of the categories… so I made it one. Feel free to keep it, or to lose it!
Have you read any of these? Do you think this can really be done in 5 minutes or less? Consider yourself tagged!
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Got to like a post that works Late Nights on Air in not once but twice!
I wasn’t supposed to use a book twice, but I made an exception for my bonus category. 🙂
So good it’s worth breaking the rules for!
I have read several Alister MacLeod and Leslie Crewe, but not these ones.
I’ve only read one book by Lesley Crewe (Relative Happiness)? Do you have a favourite(s)?
No Great Mischief was excellent.
My favourite Canadian books-
No Great Mischief by Alister MacLeod. The Illegal by Lawren Hills and the Bishops Man by Linden MacIntyre
The one I haven’t read yet is The Bishop’s Man… I’ll have to get on that!
Lots of Cape Breton reference, I enjoyed it.
I guess the preponderance of canoes tells you they’re Canadian books 🙂 We only had one overlap, Late Nights on Air. Looks like some of these are in the same series or at least from the same publisher? (Laurence, Haliburton, MacLeod, Knister)
They were all published by McLelland & Stewart, which is now owned by Random House Canada.
I don’t know how anyone could do this in five minutes! Love to see Carol Shields, one of my favorites!
Well done! I think I would struggle with this one. I LOVE the cover for that Cake book though.
I’m so impressed! It would definitely take me longer than 5 minutes…
I’m glad it’s not just me!
I’m horrible at this stuff, so I won’t do the tag, but good on ya for making it more challenging! I loved Sarah Selecky’s stories, can’t wait to read her upcoming novel!
I tried requesting her new book at the library, but it’s too new so I have to wait a few months. It sounds great!
Yes, there’s lots of ‘buzz’ around it 🙂
I failed at the first hurdle – couldnt think of a single book in my collection that related to food! Love your second link…
Well done! And no, I think it’d take me more than five minutes to do the first one!
Ha! I would like to know if there is ANYONE who was able to do it in 5 minutes!
Quoting from this article: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada-150/2017/06/21/canadian-myths-canoes-might-be-the-only-place-we-dont-have-sex.html
“A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.” — attributed to Pierre Berton, 1973
“Pierre Berton was fairly certain he never uttered this oft-cited line about a highly specialized Canuck skill. But, says his son Paul, editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator, his late father thought ‘it was a good quote and he was happy to take credit if people kept insisting’.”
LOVE that you added that category!
I loved the Sarah Selecky and the twice-used Elizabeth Hay. 😉 October and Scotch River were just so-so for me. Also, I found that I had to read aloud the dialogue in Rockbound to make any sense of it, but when I did I quite enjoyed the book.
Delighted seeing this post!
I love that quote – and love that Pierre Berton is happy to take credit for it. 🙂
I have had Rockbound for so long, but there is something about the type that is putting me off.
Lol, the canoe category was my favorite. What if everyone who did this challenge added a category for the next people? ☺️
Good idea! Are you next? 😉
I might be! After finals are over, I’ll have more time and like doing posts like these.
You did a good job! I have read Late Nights on Air — there’s a substantial canoe trek in that book! And of the ones you’ve mentioned I’d like to read some of Margaret McMillan’s histories … about WWI. We are taking a tour in France this summer so I think I might buy her book. thx
I would really like to get to that one, too. And I have another one of hers. Why is it so hard to read everything?!
Oh that looks like fun! I don’t know if I could do it in 5 minutes only! But Okay – I must do this challenge! 😉
Oh, good! 🙂
Oh, wow, what a fantastic post! And I absolutely love the canoe category. Imagine what an interesting combination that would have resulted in, had everyone added a nationally-specific category like that! For royalty, I immediately thought of an old Sharon Butala collection, Queen of the Headaches, and then realised that I have Charlotte Gray’s bio Mrs. King on my “soon” stack too. I also love your animal picks. And it was nice to see all the NCL classics interspersed – you have more of them than I do, although a little overlap too, I think. You probably have an easier time finding the Maritime selections, I’m guessing.
I get most of the NCL books at the yearly book fair held here by various charities – always the same time of year. Last year, I found a lot, but this year only one. So it just depends. But it’s hard to remember which ones I already have and which I don’t. I should carry a list around in my wallet!