Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt 2.0


Bibliophiles of the internet, my name’s Adriana and today I’m here to once again do the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag, but with a twist. I did do the original version of this video when I was a fetal BookTuber, back in the day. But recently, the wonderful Maddie and Bee from Heart Full of Books have revamped this tag with entirely new challenges and prompts. I will, of course, link their video down below. And I just wanna say that Maddie and Bee added another element to this by timing each other as they completed all the challenges, but I will NOT be doing that, because I have ENOUGH stress in my life. First, I have to find a book that has red as a secondary color. In the interest of expending minimal effort, I chose “Ancillary Sword” by Ann Leckie. As you can see, this cover has a predominantly green landscape, and the red comes in with the typography and this nifty little spaceship! Next, I have to find a book that I read pre-release. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate one of my most treasured items, and that is this ARC of “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Lourdes, if you’re out there watching, you are my HERO to this day. Also—fun fact—one of my favorite things about this ARC is that, on the back, it’s blurbed by Bill Konigsberg, and instead of crediting him with “Openly Straight,” which is the title of his book, it says “Openly Gay.” And as far as typos go, that’s pretty fantastic. Next up is a book that contains mixed media. I know the kind of book this prompt is describing, but I don’t actually own any, so I’m just gonna go with a books that have illustrations. So for this, I chose “The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi, because all the books in this trilogy contain these really beautiful, fully-illustrated spreads. [sing-song] Check it out, check it out, check it out. Ey, ey, ey, ey. Next up is best friends as protagonists. My heart immediately went to “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee, which I just read for Tome Topple, and it was SO fantastic. You are going to hear an earful about this, there will be WORDS about this in my next wrap up, because it was THAT good. My LIFE has been affected by this book. Next is a buddy-read book. For this, I chose “Furthermore,” by Taherheh Mafi, which I read with one of my best friends, Sara from thebookwitchscauldron, who is one of the BEST humans. And getting to read this with her and pick her brain about this story was one of the most unforgettable experiences. I would NOT have read this book with anyone else. Next up is a book I haven’t read yet. I chose a book I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, and that is “Sorry Please Thank You” by Charles Yu, who wrote one of my favorite books of all time: “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.” And this is a collection of speculative short stories, and his writing is so delightful and thoughtful and funny as HELL that I don’t understand why I haven’t read this. Next is a typography cover. For this, I chose a book that I highly recommend, one that should be a universal reading requirement, and that is “Everyday Sexism” by Laura Bates. Next, I have to find an author surname beginning with D. For this, I came across “These Gentle Wounds” by Helene Dunbar. This is actually like a hidden gem contemporary YA story that’s all about the intersections of mixed family, domestic violence, abuse, and the effects of PTSD. It’s actually written very well and it’s a pretty fantastic book. Next up is a second book in a series. I chose another book I have not read yet, and that is “Like a River Glorious” by Rae Carson, the sequel to “Walk on Earth a Stranger.” And this cover is every bit as stunning as the first book. I *have* to read it, I know. Next, I have to find a book with a POC protagonist. I’m gonna kinda cheat on this one, because technically it was on my nightstand, not on my bookshelf, but that is my current read, “The Stone Sky” by N.K. Jemisin. It is giving me LIFE. It is giving me PURPOSE. It is giving me RESOLVE. To put it plainly, it is fucking me up. Next up is boy in the cover. I immediately went for “The Real Boy” by Anne Ursu, which is one of my favorite stories. In case you don’t know, this is an incredible middle grade high fantasy story where the main character has Autism, and it’s done VERY well. I highly, highly recommend it. Next is a sticker you can’t peel off. I’m going back to “The Stone Sky” for this one, because it has this sticker that’s not really a sticker that just says: “From the author of The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award 2016.” Might I add: Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award. Winner of the *2018* Hugo Award. Let’s be real. Now I have to find a book title with six words or more. I went straight for the Fairyland series and I chose “The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two” by Catherynne M. Valente, queen of lengthy titles. Now I have to find an alliterative title where all the words start with the same letter. Again, pretty simple. I went straight for “The Series of Unfortunate Events.” I could have chosen any book from that series, really, but I went with “The Grim Grotto” by Lemony Snicket, which is one of my faves. Now I have to find two books where the titles rhyme, which is gonna be tough. After much struggle, I settled on “World War Z” and “History is all you Left Me.” Ha-ha! You thought I couldn’t do it! And by “you,” I mean “me,” because I had serious doubts. Now I have to find a book with flowers on the cover. My mind immediately went to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by Maureen Goo, and I was right, because this model, who is supposed to be Desi, has this really fantastic skirt that has these beautiful, graphic flowers. And can we just take a moment to really appreciate this spine, which has just…a BOUNTY of flowers, and looks PHENOMENAL on the shelf. Penultimately, I have to find a book I want a friend to read. I consider all of you to be my friends, so as a blanket recommendation of sorts, I would love all of you—and then some—to read Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles.” Now, I’ve said pretty much everything a person CAN say about this very beautiful, very gay book in the past, but not only will this story enrich your understanding and appreciation of Greek mythology and of storytelling as an art form, but reading this masterpiece is a way to instantaneously level up your LIFE. If you share space with this story, if you allow it to devastate you, and break you, and reshape you, you will practically gain 10 years of life. It’s not scientific. It’s not something I can guarantee. But it’s something I feel DEEPLY in my heart. And the last thing I have to do is find a book cover with 3 or more colors. I instinctually gravitated towards “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer, which is this beautiful cacophony of rainbow-y goodness. I don’t know if anyone in this story is queer, but it’s givin’ me queer vibes, you know what I’m sayin’? So those are all the challenges for this new edition of the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Tag, For this, I would like to tag Saajid from Books as My Social Life, Joce from squibblesreads, Cece from ProblemofaBookNerd, and Kayla from BOOKadoodles. But that is everything I had for this tag today. Thank you so much for watching this video. I really hope that you enjoyed it, and I will catch YOU on the flip-side of the page. Bye! [♫ snazzy end screen music ♫]

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21 thoughts on “Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt 2.0”

  1. 언니가 읽고 있다 says:

    Omg i want to haul at least half of these 😃 and I'm really itching to start the broken earth trilogy thanks to all your mentions of it.

  2. ChrisVigilante says:

    I definitely don't have books for all of these challenges lol.

  3. Matthew Sciarappa says:

    YAY YOU READ TGGTVAV!!!!! I'm so glad you loved it!!!! Let's geek out and prance! I'm so happy this video has both homosexuals AND bisexuals! So many good things!
    I will definitely be picking up The Real Boy. Have you read A Boy Called Bat? You may enjoy it.

  4. Kathy Trithardt says:

    That was really fun to watch; timing it would have stressed me out, too, so I'm glad you didn't put yourself through that!

  5. James Chatham says:

    YES THE STONE SKY I so think it deserves the 2018 Hugo because my god. so good. Also I really need to read The Gentleman's Guide and Song of Achilles SO BAD.

  6. BOOKadoodles says:

    We should totally buddy read Like a River Glorious, because, gasp, I haven't read it yet either and I LOVE Rae Carson. I am ashamed. Thanks for tagging me!! 🙂

  7. Jenica Dawn says:

    Weirdly, this marks the second time I've had The Song of Achilles recommended to me today, so I guess it's time. Haha

  8. thebookishactress says:

    OPENLY GAY that's hilarious and beautiful

  9. Beautifully Bookish Bethany says:

    What a fun idea! Hi there, I found your channel through Squibbles Reads and really enjoyed this video. Yes, Gentleman's Guide was really fantastic! The Real Boy sounds fascinating. I'm a big fan of good middle grade books.

  10. amanda kore says:

    Great tag! Love your endorsement for Song of Achilles. I haven't read it yet but I have a copy and I convinced a friend to get a one as well so we could do some gay buddy reading. Guess I should also check out Gentlemen's Guide because the love for it is strong here on booktube and I would never want to miss out on a gay Victorian romp.

  11. ferial says:

    your videos always make me feel better when I have bad days. Even when I'm too depressed to read your enthusiasm for books make me look forward to reading again. Thank you so much for that <3

  12. BooksWithWings says:

    The Stone Sky is fucking me up toooooo!!! *DEAD*

  13. Melody Platz says:

    You're really cool. I'm so glad I found your channel. And you read some of the same Sci-fi/fantasy books I do! Thanks for being a booktuber.

  14. Lia Cooper says:

    i love the way you talk about The Song of Achilles XD

  15. Books are my Social Life says:

    Currently reading Gentleman's guide and my life is also in the process of being affected and fucked up. So there's that.
    Thanks for the tag hun <3

  16. Read and Find Out says:

    "Fetal booktuber," LOL. My current state. The Song of Achilles is on my TBR!

  17. #Book Draw says:

    I'm excited for your wrap up of Gentleman's V+V! I've seen a couple of good reviews but v. Keen to know your thoughts! Loved this video 😃

  18. Kat The Nerdfighter says:

    Well. I guess I'll be reading The Song of Achilles, then.

  19. Tea Hags says:

    I still need to read The Inexplicable Logic of My Life! I've only read two of his books but loved them. My friend I think might kill me if I don't read Gentleman's Guide soon. I'm sorry I just don't think I can ever read The Song of Achilles. I don't want to be devastated and broken.
    – – Rebecca

  20. carosene says:

    I laughed out loud several times watching this video. XD Now to add books to my tbr…

  21. Tarrell Bellinger says:

    Hi Adriana! Just subscribed to your channel. Been watching your videos for as long as I can remember. Keep on doing what you love most. Moving on. I love this tag so much. It's 100 times better than the original Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt. If I'd have to find a book with best friends as protagonists, I'd probably pick Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Even though I do own it, I need to read that before the end of the year. After all, I have sort of a huge thing for contemporaries. Anyway, I'll have to ask you an interesting question, and I hope this would be easy for you to answer. Do you prefer reading contemporary as light and fluffy or dark and heavy? 😀

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