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I Spy Book Challenge Book Tag

I was introduced to the I Spy Book Challenge via Fictionophile, and knew I had to take part. You can click here to see her selections, and if you feel so inclined, follow the path of the I Spy Book Challenge takers before her.

Here are the rules:

Find a book on your shelves that contain (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each of the twenty categories.

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!)!

#1 Food

The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma | Michael Pollan

#2 Transportation

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins | Book Tag

#3 Weapon

The Flamethrowers Rachel Kushner

The Flamethrowers | Rachel Kushner | Book Tag

#4 Animal

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Mark Haddon | Book Tag

#5 Number

Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt VonnegutSlaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut | Book Tag

#6 Something You Read

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Stephen King

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon | Stephen King | Book Tag

#7 Body of Water

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman

The Omnivore's Dilemma | Michael Pollan

#8 Product of Fire

Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes | Frank McCourt | Book Tag

#9 Royalty

The Princess Bride William Goldman

Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut | Book Tag

#10 Architecture

Under the Dome Stephen King

Under the Dome | Stephen King | Book Tag

#11 Item of Clothing

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter | Kim Edwards | Book Tag

#12 Family Member

Ramona and Her Mother Beverly Cleary

Ramona and her Mother | Beverly Cleary | Book Tag

#13 Time of Day

Night of January16th Ayn Rand

Night of January 16th | Ayn Rand | Book Tag

#14 Music

The Music Shop Rachel Joyce

The Music Shop | Rachel Joyce | Book Tag

#15 Paranormal Being

Witches of East End Melissa de la Cruz

The Witches of East End | Melissa de la Cruz | Book Tag

#16 Occupation

The Conservationist Nadine Gordimer

The Conservationist } Nadine Gordimer | Book Tag

#17 Season

Silent Spring Rachel Corson

Silent Spring | Rachel Carson | Book Tag

#18 Color

Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea Morgan Callan Rogers

Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea | Morgan Callan Rogers | Book Tag

#19 Celestial Body

Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons | Sharon Creech | Book Tag

#20 Something That Grows

Heartbeat Sharon Creech

Heartbeat | Sharon Creech | Book Tag

That was fun! It’s interesting to see a “random” list of some of your books laid out together, and to see how many editions of these books are out there when linking them up to Goodreads.

If you feel up to this Challenge, let me know so I can check out your post, or just share some bookish thoughts in the comments below.


  • Lisa Orchard

    What a fun blog post! I’ve read a few of these and you’ve reminded me of a couple that I’ve got on my TBR pile! I’m going to try to get a lot of reading done this summer!

  • Melissa β€οΈπŸ™‚πŸŒ΄

    This is a pretty cool tag! The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I wonder what happened to my copy….and your tag has reminded me that I’m yet to read The Girl on the Train. Also, you’re a fan of Uncle Stevie too? πŸ™‚

    • Kelsey

      I haven’t read either of them – this book tag is a great example of the purpose of my 2018 Reading Challenge (to read all the books I own and keep only the ones that are dear to me). πŸ˜› I have read both of Stephen King’s books here, and TGWLTG was actually the first of his books I read. Another one I own is The Eyes of the Dragon which I like very much. As a Mainer I feel compelled to support him; it’s a good thing I like his books. πŸ˜‰

  • angelanoelauthor

    Very interesting. I must admit that I’ve never heard of the Ayn Rand book. I read both THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED in college, but never heard of this one.
    What do you think of it? Or of Ayn Rand in particular. It’s been awhile, but in the twenty years since I read the books I find they have an odd place in my memory. Somewhere between revolutionary (for the time) and rambling.
    I like the I Spy Idea though! Fun way to curate a book selection.

    • Kelsey

      I read Atlas Shrugged five or six years ago and enjoyed most of it as fiction – Dagny Taggart is such a strong female [in a world dominated by men] and I really admired that. Other than the story line I don’t remember much about what I thought of Ayn Rand’s writing, though towards the end there is a long speech that I skimmed/skipped most of because I found it dull (I feel like you and I have talked about this in comments before, ha). I actually happened upon the book in this tag at a library book sale, and it was one of a set of five Signet Classic editions of Ayn Rand’s books. I got all five because matching editions pull at my heart strings. I certainly know about Ayn Rand’s reputation and reception, including how terrible some people think her writing is (aside from her ideologies), so I’m excited to have this many of her books to do an analysis for myself.

  • anhistorianabouttown

    This makes me think- I am hosting our next book club, and I was going to pull out a bunch of books that I’m giving away/donating- I should have everyone do a scavenger hunt through the books before they pick them!!

  • Gary

    Very good Kelsey. I’ve not seen this challenge before and it looks quite fascinating. Too soon afge4 the A to Z for me though… need a break lol.

    Fabulous choices and I read Girl on a Train not that long ago too!

        • Kelsey

          Blogging! I want to read all the books I own to weed out the ones I don’t absolutely love (so I can make room for more books I love! :P) What are you doing for the Goodreads challenge?

          • Gary

            A good practice to do every couple of years. Either that or be lucky enough to have room for a humongous library!! Goodreads I only claimed to read 20 books. Not much I know, but if I write then reading takes a hit. Which reminds me I have a huge update on reads to put on there!!!

            • Kelsey

              That sounds like a thoughtful goal. I know it’s harder for me to reach goals when I don’t balance them out – good luck to you. πŸ™‚

              • Gary

                Same here. Balance is everything and it’s way easier to say than do sometimes! Obviously now I can keep checking in to see how you’re doing 😊

    • Kelsey

      Thank you! And going into it I thought it was going to be as easy-breezy as the other tags I’ve done, but curating those covers was….something (I actually couldn’t find this particular cover for The Conservationist so I ended up having to use my own picture). Haha!

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