I opened a new post from Bookish Beck‘s book-based blog. She’d taken up a challenge, which she’d read about here. I’m hoping at least one of you may pick it up too and give it a go (I’m looking at you, Sandra...)
The idea is to take the list of twenty themes and find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example in each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, be as creative as you want and do it within five minutes (or maybe a bit longer if you have too many books on too many overcrowded shelves, and you photograph them on the way). The original challenge also contains the initials TBR, and it only later occurred to me that of course this means To Be Read. So I’ve failed at the first hurdle, as I’ve read thirteen of my list. Tough.
Weapon: Where Poppies Blow: John Lewis Stempel Not a weapon in the title or on the cover. I think we can agree there were weapons involved in WWI. This is a wonderful book putting the Great War in an entirely new context.
Something you read. The Seabird’s Cry: Adam Nicolson. There’s a reason for choosing this. My friend Penny gave me this. My friend Penny introduced me to Becky’s blog. Perfect. This is a wonderful book: nature writing at its best.
Paranormal being: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams. What would I have come up with if I hadn’t found this book that Tom must have left behind, all those years ago? We used to listen on the radio together.
Occupation: The Shepherd’s Life: James Rebanks. A shepherd from a family whose occupation it’s been for generations. This shepherd has been to Oxford. He works for UNESCO. A realistic and illuminating look at the realities of rural life in Cumbria.