How well do I know my books?

I should be writing my May wrap-up, but when I came across this challenge on Booksandlala’s channel, I knew I had to do it! It’s a really fun video! So, today I’ll be answering questions about my books. How well do I really know them? At the moment, my collection consists of 86 novels. I’ll be using a random number generator to pick between them and then count along my shelves. Let’s do this!

I’ve read all of the books in my collection, though some quite a while ago. Just so you know.

1. Without looking at the description, tell us what this book is about.

The random number generated was 52 and the 52nd book on my shelves is Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer. This one I know! It’s the second volume in the Wires and Nerve graphic novel series and it follows Iko. It takes place after the events of the Lunar Chronicles, but before some of the stories in Stars Above. I won’t say more because of spoilers.

2. Without looking it up, what’s the genre of this book?

32: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This is a contemporary novel!


3. Without looking at the book, tell us what’s on the cover.

49: Cress by Marissa Meyer. This has a girl on the cover, sitting down. She has a long blond braid with a red ribbon. You can’t see her face. I think.

Ding ding ding! Correct 🙂

4. Without looking it up, what is the main character’s name?

Now it’s getting difficult let’s see what number I get…

38, which corresponds to Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. It’s been almost a year since I read this, but I think the main characters name is Mila.

Let me look it up.

Mila Flores! I was correct 🙂 This is going great so far.

5. Without looking, name a side character!

Oh no. Oh no. This is were things get tricky. Let’s generate a number.

60! And that is: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. I have absolutely no clue. Couldn’t even tell you the MC’s name. I remember the plot vaguely and that I enjoyed this, but that’s about it. Let me see what the answer could have been.

Apparently, the main characters are called Henry and Rachel. But that wasn’t even the question. Some side characters: Rose, Greg, Martin, George, Amy,… I don’t remember any of these people.

6. Guess how many pages the book has without looking! (If you guess 25 below or 25 above the number, you can count it as a win!)

What? I’ll never get this. The number is 25 and the book Girl made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. It’s not that big of a book. My guess is 350 pages.

The answer was: 295. I was way off. Oops.

7. Without looking it up, what rating did you give this book? If you land on a book you haven’t read, pick a new set of numbers.

What makes this one tricky, is that I probably would rate quite a few of my books differently if I read them now.

Anyway, the number is: 74. That’s I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. An easy one! This is one of my favourite books and I gave -and would still give- it five out of five stars!

8. Without looking, where does this book take place?

This’ll be tricky. I’ll probably get the country, but more precise? I don’t know. The number I got was 11: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold. Oh no, shame on me. This is one of my favourite books, but I can’t remember for the life of me where it’s set. In the States, I think. Somewhere northeast? I remember a cold winter. I don’t know….

The answer: Hackensack, New Jersey. I can count that as a win. Right??

9. Without looking, what are the parent’s names?

Wait what? I’ll never guess this. Anyway, the number is 15, which corresponds to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I should really know this one. Star has such a good relationship with her parents. I think she just calls them mom and dad, though. Or something similar.

I looked it up and I believe Star calls her parents momma and daddy. Close enough, right?

10. Without looking at the hardback, what color is the book under the dust jacket?

This is a tricky one as I don’t have many hardbacks with a dustjacket. I’ve counted them and there are 13. I’ll just generate a random number between 1 and 13 for the sake of this question.

3! Girl made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. If I remember correctly it’s purple, with a black design on the spine.


IMG_20190609_140824516.jpg11. Without looking, is there anything on the hardback? Like an imprint or an image of some sort?

Again, I’ll pick between 1 and 13. And it’s 1: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. There’s no design I think. Let me check.

I was right 🙂

12. Without taking the dust jacket off, what is the color of the font on the hardback?

Again, between 1 and 13. It’s 6 this time, Circe by Madeline Miller. I think the font is in copper, just as the pretty design on the front.

Another win!

13. Without looking do the chapters have titles or are they just numbered?

The number is: 41. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. I don’t think the chapters have titles.

Wrong, some do have titles. Oh well. You can’t know everything, right?

14. Without looking at the book cover, does it have an award on it?

I got 4: Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I was correct that there are no award stamps on my  copy.

15. Without looking, does this book have any author blurbs on the front cover?

Oh, this is another difficult one. We’ll see if I can answer this one. The 33rd book on my shelves is Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I’m going to guess that there is an author blurb.

There isn’t! Another one wrong.

16. Without looking, does the book have a description on the back?

This question should be alright. Most of my books do have the description on the back. Let’s see if that’s also the case for book number 47: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. I think so at least. And indeed, I was correct. Yeah!

17. Without looking, does this book have an author photo?

This was a particularly funny moment in Kayla’s video. Go check it out! Let’s see. Number 22: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I don’t think there are any author photos. I was right!

18. Without looking it up, is this author using a pen name?

73: Numbers by Rachel Ward. I really don’t know for this one, but I would be surprised if it’s a pen name. Let me look it up.
From what I gather, it’s not.

19. Without peaking, what POV is this book written in? 1st or 3rd?

Oh no, another harder one. The number and book I got is 17, The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. I know this has multiple POVs, but are they in 1st or in 3rd? I don’t know. I’m going to guess 1st.

No! It’s in third. Another one wrong, sadly.

IMG_20190609_14072011820. Without looking are there any pictures or graphics in this book?

This one I should know. 84: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Now it depends on what you call a graphic. I remember the author sometimes uses these curls to divide text, but that’s about it, right?

Oh no! I completely forgot about the drawings! How could I? I literally saw them less than a week ago!

21. Without looking, does it have an epilogue?

This is interesting. Let’s see if I get it right. I got the number 65, which corresponds to One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I can’t remember at all. My guess is that there is indeed an epilogue.

Woohoo! There is one!

22. Without looking, does this book have a prologue?

I like this one too. The random number is 59, which corresponds too The Selection by Kiera Cass. It’s been a while since I last read it. I think there could be a prologue, though. I’m going with yes. Let’s check if I’m right or not.

I was wrong. It’s starts straight at chapter one. At least the next one will be easy.

23. Without looking, is this book signed?

I don’t own any signed books, so, by default, I get this question right. Yeah!

24. Without looking, do the page numbers have a design above or below them or none at all?

Interesting. Let’s generate a number. 86: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. This definitely doesn’t have a design. I checked it and indeed, another point for me!

25. Without looking, do the chapter headers have designs on them?

This is a little trickier. Let’s see what book I get. 42: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I don’t believe there are any designs for the chapter headers. Let’s see.

Nope, just the numbers written out. Another win!

26. Without looking, are the acknowledgements in the front or the back of the book?

78: Dear Martin by Nic Stone. They are usually in the back, right? I’ll go for that.

Ding ding ding! Correct 🙂

27. Without looking, what year was this book published?

Oh no. This is a hard one. Let’s hope for an easy book. The number is 3, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. This is quite a recent one. I got it for Christmas last year, so I’m going to guess 2017. Let’s check Goodreads. Fingers crossed.

“Published September 12th 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for young readers.” Woohoo!

28. Without looking, what year did you read this book?

Last question already! I hope I get one I read not that long ago, as I didn’t record my reading before 2016. The very last number is: 37, Wildcat by J.P. Harker. This is a book I got from the author to review. I believe it was around November 2017, somewhere in autumn surely. Let’s check.

“Started reading November 10th 2017.” Yeah!

That’s it for the challenge. In the end, I got 20 out of 28. Not too shabby, right? Although I’m still mad at myself for forgetting about the drawings in The Book Thief.

Would you have been able to answer these questions?

I hope you enjoyed this post. I sure did. It was quite a journey. Thanks for reading! See you next time!


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