A couple months ago, I was tagged by Ellyn @ Allonsythornaxx Books to do the Scavenger Hunt Challenge, for which the goal is to find your next read through a number of prompts, one you wouldn’t necessarily reach for. Now, in an ideal world, you’d do this at a bookstore or a library but since neither is really accessible to me where I live and I already have a ridiculous TBR as it is, I decided to use my own bookshelf and if I don’t have any book on my shelves that fits the prompt then I’ll resort to my e-books. And hopefully I’ll end up picking a book I’d forgotten about. The challenge was created by Peter @ Peter Likes Books on Youtube.
book cover = goodreads link.
STEP ONE: FIND YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK
You know I technically have two favourite books I REALLY can’t choose between but since I’m using the other one later on, the one I’m going with here is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which I think everyone has read at this point and I do not need to recommend it anymore. That being said, I think a reread will be in order for me soon. Yes. Again. Don’t judge me.
STEP TWO: FIND A BOOK WITH A MAIN CHARACTER WHO HAS THE SAME FIRST NAME OR LAST NAME AS THE AUTHOR IN #1
(the original challenge says author who has the same name but I changed it to MC)
On of the main characters’ name in Queens of Geek by Jen Marie Wilde is Taylor and I love both her and the book to pieces. It’s just such a comfort read for me and I’ve been meaning to reread it for the longest time but I somehow never got around to it.
STEP THREE: OPEN THE BOOK TO PG. 74, LINE 3. PICK 2 WORDS AND FIND ANOTHER BOOK WITH THOSE 2 WORDS IN THE TITLE
The third line on page 74 of the book says “Gasps echo through the crowd as they all wonder what the” and I honestly tried for a combination of words that’s slightly more challenging than the, all, they, etc… but I couldn’t find a book with any combination of words other than “they and “the” and for that I found They both die at the end by Adam Silvera, which has been on my TBR since it came out and I’ve owned for more than a year and YET here I am, I still haven’t read it even though I love Silvera’s writing style. Someone needs to make me sit down and read it.
STEP FOUR: ONCE YOU’VE FOUND THAT BOOK, FIND A BOOK WITH SIMILAR CONTEXT
Eeem, I don’t think there are many books out there that have the same context as They Both Die at the End, and I know for sure I don’t own any but. I don’t know if this is some kind of a reach but the first book that came to mind is The Wicker King by K. Ancrum and I’m not sure why. Maybe because they both have queer boys and both authors explore mental health in all its messy glory in their books? I’m not sure but this is what I have for y’all. This is probably a book I’ll be reading next month because I’m craving more of Ancrum’s writing in my life.
STEP FIVE: UPON FINDING THAT BOOK, FIND A DIVERSE BOOK WITH A SIMILAR TITLE
The Fever King by Victoria Lee. This was an easy find, especially since this is a book I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since the day I read it a few weeks ago. If you haven’t yet, PLEASE READ IT! And if you need more convincing to pick it up, go read my review, which I’ve poured my heart and soul into.
STEP SIX: PICK A MAIN CHARACTER’S NAME FROM THAT BOOK AND FIND ANOTHER BOOK THAT HAS THAT NAME IN THE TITLE
Eh, the main characters’ names are Noam, Dara and Lehrer and… those aren’t exactly super popular name that you can easily find in titles so I chose to go with a book that has a main character with the same name and that IS… *drumroll* DARA from The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty, which is my other favourite book I was talking about earlier in the post and the one that has caused me a huge amount of emotional damage. I high-key have the events of the book blocked out of my memory because I don’t think I can survive until the release of the third book while replaying those events over and over again.
STEP SEVEN: OPEN THAT BOOK TO ANY PAGE AND PICK A WORD WITHOUT LOOKING
The first word I saw was “Side“.
STEP EIGHT: GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE SECTION & FIND THE FIRST BOOK YOU SEE THAT HAS YOUR WORD IN THE TITLE
AND THE WINNER IS!!! Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna which is technically an eArc of the upcoming anthology showcasing interracial relationships that my heart has been craving for months now.
STEPS NINE & TEN: YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR BOOKS, BUY/CHECKOUT/READ YOUR BOOK!
Now, I’m not sure I will be reading this next month and the main reason is that Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks and I are planning to buddy read it and we have no plans of doing that next month and it’s quite frankly going to be a pretty Arc heavy month for me as it is with two blog tours and other May releases. That being said I’ll obviously end up reading it since it’s an Arc AND I’m super excited about it. It doesn’t come out until November 2nd though so I still have quite a bit of time to get to it.
That’s it friends, I didn’t really find a *new* books to read but I had a lot of fun going through my shelves and this challenge kind of achieved its goal because while looking for books to fit the prompts, I found some books I forgot I had and I’m now excited about again.
- Em @ Em’s Bookish Musings.
- Ellie @ Doctor’s Orders.
- Amy @ Bookish Heights.
- Star @ Star is All Booked.
- Sophie @ Me & Ink.
- Lauren & Megan @ YA Bookers.
Don’t feel obligated to do this, but I’d love to see what book you’ll end up with <3.
That’s it until next time.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.