Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I was tagged by the wonderful Stephen of Stephen Writes to do this challenge and oh it was a tough one at some points. You can find Stephen’s answers on his Blog

The Rules:

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

The Questions:

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

Jurassic park
Michael Crichton

I have read this book but I don’t own it. I don’t know why it was the first and only Micheel to come to mind. I think because other authors on my shelves go by Mike. such as Mike Books.

About the book:

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

His Majesty’s Drago
Naomi Novik

Temeraire #1

My review

This is the only series I think of when I think dragons! As one of the Protagonists is a talking dragon! I really need to dive back into this series and finish it.

About the book:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

3. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

Ahhhhh I can think of a Smith. Does Dick King-Smith count?

The Queen’s Nose
Dick King Smith

This was the only smith I could think of and probably because I have just re-read it for my Into Reading series. I will have all my nostalgic thoughts up for you soon.

About the book:

Harmony Parker thought animals were much nicer than people and saw everyone as some non-human species. Her father, for example, was a bald-headed Sea Lion and her mother a tubby, fussy Pouter Pigeon. But Harmony’s parents wouldn’t let her have pets of any kind–then Uncle Ginger from India arrived and gave Harmony a very special present.

4. Name a book set in Australia.

Again can’t think of one in Australia. Closest I can think of is one set in New Zealand.

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
H.G Parry

My Review

I feel kind of bad that i don’t think I have a single book set in Australia on my shelves. I have lots of books by Australian authors like Garth Nix or Jay Kristoff but no books set there. This is as close as i could get. It is set in New Zealand, and was one of my favourite reads of 2020

About the book:

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob — a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life — hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his life’s duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world… and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing.

There’s someone else who shares his powers. It’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them, before these characters tear apart the fabric of reality.

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

The Ten Thousand doors of January
Alix E. Harrow

My Review

Another book that is stuck in my mind as I just loved it. Its also very obvious that this is going to be a book a lot of people think of when they say month in the title

About the book:

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

6. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials #2

Knife on the cover, knife in the title, a knife playing a central role in the storyline this book covers the prompt in many ways. I really enjoyed this series when I was a teen and loved the TV adaption. I need to go back and re-read them soon

About the book:

She had asked: What is he? A friend or an enemy?
The alethiometer answered: He is a murderer.
When she saw the answer, she relaxed at once.
Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld – Cittàgazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky.
But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another’s, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.
On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power.
And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat – and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

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

Just one Damned thing after another
Jodi Taylor

Chronicles of St Mary’s #1

My Review

I have a lot of books that have the work one in the title but this is the first one that will always come to mind due to it being the first book in one of my favourite series. It is just such a fun read.

About the book:

“History is just one damned thing after another.”
Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary’s, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don’t do ‘time-travel’ – they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power – especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.
Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back – to the death. And, as they soon discover – it’s not just History they’re fighting.
Follow the catastrophe curve from 11th-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake….

8. Name a book with a eponymous title.

Gath Nix

Old Kingdom #1

This book will always come to mind. I love this series so much that I even named my cat after one of the characters. So when asked to think of an eponymous title I will probably always answer one of the books in this series.

About the book:

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.
With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

9. Name a book turned into a movie.

Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot #10

My Review

I actually struggled with this prompt for a few minutes as everthing that came to mind were TV series adaptations before my brain finally remembered that Orient Express had a movie a few years back. I could have answered Jurassic Park again but my brain just didn’t think of it, lol.

About the book:

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the famous Orient Express in its tracks as it travels through the mountainous Balkans. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year but, by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
One of the passengers is none other than detective Hercule Poirot. On vacation.
Isolated and with a killer on board, Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

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