Last week I was tagged by Fadwa at Word Wonders to participate in the Scavenger hunt challenge. This challenge intends to help the participant find their next book, by having them follow a series of prompts. This challenge is ideally done in a book store or library, but since I’m too lazy to leave my house (what I’m on vacation) I decided to use my handy Library app.
For those of you who don’t know about library ebooks, or those of you who are outside the US, some libraries are now digital, meaning I can go to my libraries site and, using my library card, download ebooks. I use this all the time! It’s really nice to not have to constantly go somewhere to get a new book, I can find it on my phone, and within minutes have the ebook downloaded for free (there are obviously some limitations, the library only own so many copies so if more people than that want to read the book you can’t get it right away, you can only download so many at a time, they are automatically returned after a few weeks).
So anyway that was a bit of a ramble about the glories of online libraries, now onto the main event:
STEP ONE: FIND YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK
So if you’re been paying any attention to my blog, you will know that my favorite book is… A Court of Mist and Fury. And yes, I know that that is unoriginal of me, but I really don’t care. So I’m going with it. If you would like to read my thoughts on this book you can check out my review.
STEP TWO: FIND A BOOK WITH AN AUTHOR WHO HAS THE SAME FIRST NAME OR LAST NAME AS THE AUTHOR IN #1
So since I picked ACOMAF that would mean I needed to find a book with an Author named Sarah. This was surprisingly difficult considering that Sarah is a pretty popular name, but I was restricting my search to YA books. So then I found this gem:
The Sea Witch is a Little Mermaid retelling by Sarah Henning, and man is that cover gorgeous.
STEP THREE: OPEN THE BOOK TO PG. 74, LINE 3. PICK 2 WORDS AND FIND ANOTHER BOOK WITH THOSE 2 WORDS IN THE TITLE
So I was using the library ebook and the page numbers might be different from the print version but Line 3 on page 74 had the words “The” and “prince”
And so I picked The Cruel Prince By Holly Black.
STEP FOUR: ONCE YOU’VE FOUND THAT BOOK, FIND A BOOK WITH SIMILAR CONTEXT
In The Cruel Prince Jude is a human who lives in the realm of Faery. Going with that premise I picked the book The Iron King about a human girl who finds out that her absentee father is actually the king of Faery.
STEP FIVE: UPON FINDING THAT BOOK, FIND A DIVERSE BOOK WITH A SIMILAR TITLE
Okay so this one I had some trouble with, Searching on my library app is not the easiest and knowing if a book is diverse when you haven’t ever read it was difficult. So I ended up picking The Raven King.
This book is the fourth book in the the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, and while not diverse in skin color this book does have openly gay characters, and characters who are culturally and religiously diverse. (Also the book has a character named Blue which made the next prompt so much easier)
STEP SIX: PICK A MAIN CHARACTER’S NAME FROM THAT BOOK AND FIND ANOTHER BOOK THAT HAS THAT NAME IN THE TITLE
So since the last prompt had a character named Blue, I picked Gathering Blue by Lois Lowrey. And this is one of the only books on this list I have read before, although it was many years ago!
STEP SEVEN: OPEN THAT BOOK TO ANY PAGE AND PICK A WORD WITHOUT LOOKING
So this is a lot harder than it seems like it should be. My eyes never seemed the find words like “The”, they always seemed to land on words like “Absentmindedly” which I seriously doubt has ever been in a book title. Anyway I eventually found the word “song” which lead me to…
STEP EIGHT: GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE SECTION & FIND THE FIRST BOOK YOU SEE THAT HAS YOUR WORD IN THE TITLE
Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard. This is a novella that is a prequel to the Red Queen series. I started this series and never finished it, but maybe this is a sign from the universe that I should try again.
STEPS NINE & TEN: YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR BOOKS, BUY/CHECKOUT/READ YOUR BOOK!
This was my very first tag post, and it was very interesting. I haven’t browsed book shelves since I actually fit into the audience intended for YA books, so this was an interesting experience. Since I did this over my library app, I still need to go actually visit a bookstore and browse the shelves, I haven’t done that in ages!
Leave me a comment if you’ve read any of the above books, and if you’d recommend them or not! I think I will read the Iron King as that one looked really good.