Book Blogger Memory Challenge

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Two bloggers I follow recently did a fun tag that I thought would be a good challenge (even though I’m not really a book blogger).  Thanks to Vicky at The Roaring Bookworm and Madame Writer for the inspiration.

The Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Rules

You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!

I decided to make it a step harder and only answer with books that I actually own.

Name a book written by an author called Michael

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Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole.  I have at least half a dozen of his books; he’s one of my favorite Star Wars authors and his Talion: Revenant is a perfectly plotted fantasyRogue Squadron was one of the first Star Wars books I read and remains of my favorites to this day.

Name a book with a dragon on the cover

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini.  I still haven’t finished the last book in this series haha.

Name a book about a character called George

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Emma by Jane Austen.  The first character I thought of was George Weasley from the Harry Potter series, but I wanted to pick a book with a George as a main character.  This was very difficult!  Because George seems like a very British name, I went through all my Brit lit books in my head until I remembered that Mr. Knightley’s first name is George.  I knew Austen had to have a George somewhere!  He may not be the main character, but as the love interest I think the book is still “about” him.

Also, this image is not the edition I have; I have a hardcover with all her collected published works.

Name a book with an author with the surname of Smith

I came up with White Teeth by Zadie Smith, which is one of the 100 books from the Great American Read last year.  But I’ve never read it, and I don’t own it.  I scanned my shelves later and didn’t find any Smiths.

Name a book set in Australia

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Playing Hearts by WR Gingell.  The main character lives in Australia, though she also spends a lot of time in Wonderland.  This is a cute novella from an indie Tasmanian author; I really recommend her full length novels as well, including Masque, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Name a book with the name of a month in the title

I came up with Missing May by Cynthia Rylant, but I don’t think I own it, and I’m not sure I’ve even read it.  All I can tell you is that it’s an award-winning children’s book.  I also think “May” refers to the name of a person, not the month itself, but it technically fits.

Name a book with a knife on the cover

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  This is the start of a wonderful YA fantasy series with beautiful covers.  I also thought of The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, but ironically I own a copy that does not have a knife on the cover!

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No knife! It’s part of a set.

Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title

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Choices of One by Timothy Zahn.  This is another of my favorite Star Wars authors, featuring my favorite EU character, Mara Jade.

Name a book with an eponymous title

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  In fact, all the books in the Lunar Chronicles series, which is a YA sci-fi take on fairy tale retellings (and it also has some Sailor Moon references).

Name a book turned into a movie

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There are so many I could pick from, but the first that came to mind was The Lord of the Rings, which actually consists of three books.  (If we’re getting really picky, it’s six books in three volumes.)  So to be specific, I’ll say The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien.

I think I did pretty well in this challenge!  I only looked up the covers once I had written down my answers.  I have a good memory and this was a fun test, though I struggled with a couple.  I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to do this challenge yourself!

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11 thoughts on “Book Blogger Memory Challenge

  1. For Tyeth June 21, 2019 / 4:00 am

    Hi Mei-Mei, as you know I don’t read as much as I should (though I am reading Star Wars Conviction still – good as you claimed it was!) so I couldn’t do the challenge but…
    I did read a novel when I was schoolboy youngling which was set in Australia. It was named “On the Beach” by Nevil Shute. The story was about a group of survivors living in/around Melbourne after a nuclear war a year earlier and how they react as the radiation cloud drifted down toward them. Can’t remember much more about the story but it’s title and theme did stick with me.

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    • Mei-Mei June 21, 2019 / 10:54 pm

      That sounds like an interesting story! For some reason, I think Americans don’t read a lot of books set in Australia? I can’t recall that I was ever assigned any books like that in school.

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      • For Tyeth June 22, 2019 / 4:45 am

        Hello, I can’t vouch for the reading curriculum for American schools but I was a special case here in the UK. I had a reading and comprehension skill age rating of a fifteen year old….when I was eight! As a result I was having to read novels and classics instead of the usual books for my age bracket. I was reading Arthur Conan Doyle, Alistair Maclean and Nevil Shute!

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  2. Madame Writer June 21, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Mr. Knightley’s first name is George? I had no idea! I’ve read the book twice and watched multiple adaptations and I still didn’t know that. But I’m so glad you ended up doing this challenge. It’s a lot of fun, but really challenging!

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    • Mei-Mei June 21, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      Strangely, I remembered that his brother’s name is John first! 😀 It was a fun challenge, thanks for the inspiration. I definitely struggled with a couple!

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  3. Vicky June 22, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    Ooh- good call on the Mr Knightley/ George situ! Would not have thought of that in a million years 😀

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    • Mei-Mei June 30, 2019 / 5:02 pm

      Yes, definitely! Also a memorable George. But not nearly as nice as Knightley 😂

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  4. Michael J. Miller July 4, 2019 / 9:44 am

    Oh my gosh, I tried to play along with this as I read and it was so hard! I like to think my memory is good but there were only two that came readily to mind (the “George” question making me think of ‘Curious George’ and the knife one making me think of my copy of ‘Fear and Trembling’ with a picture of Abraham getting ready to sacrifice Isaac on the cover). Well done!

    Also, Mara Jade is my all time favorite EU character too!!!

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    • Mei-Mei July 4, 2019 / 12:58 pm

      Nice job with your two!

      My top 3 EU characters are 1)Mara Jade 2)Corran Horn 3)Revan. I’m still hoping for Revan to be brought into canon for real!

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      • Michael J. Miller July 17, 2019 / 2:29 pm

        I would love to see how they’d handle/present/cast Revan. That story would be wildly fertile ground for a miniseries or film or even, if handled correctly, a few films.

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