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Suntag! The Scavenger Hunt Tag

Happy Sunday! The cold is finally here and let me tell you, there’s nothing better than hiding home on a rainy day, enveloped in a fluffy blanket and blogging with a nice cup of tea. I sound like an old lady again!


Looking for a gorgeous blog filled with fun content and run by a lovely person? Head over to Ola Reads Books. Thank you Ola for tagging me to do the Scavenger Hunt Tag! I picked this one for today as I haven’t had much time to read and I was dying to pet my books. Weekend Book Love! Indeed, for this tag you need to find the right books to match the categories. I am terrible with pictures but I decided to go with a “theme”. If you can call using the same patch of floor and a couple of candlesticks a theme…!


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The Good Enough Mother, Anoushka Beazley

Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman.
Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin.
Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA?
A satirical black comedy about love, motherhod and the human condition.


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Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.


Virtual shelves count too, right?

The Ex

The Ex, Alafair Burke

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?


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I received this origami on my last night in Japan and I have been using it as a book mark since then.


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Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson. Because there’s no better cover model than Rory.

According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.”

“Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.'”

Jenny’s first book, LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it’s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn’t need a bit more of that?


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All Is Not Forgotten, Wendy Walker

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.


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The Firm, John Grisham. So many choices available for this category! I don’t own a lot of YA.

When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought that he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired the McDeeres a decorator. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray–doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail–already knew: You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch’s firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice–if he wants to live.


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The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor

The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O’Connor’s monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O’Connor put together in her short lifetime–Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

O’Connor published her first story, “The Geranium,” in 1946, while she was working on her master’s degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, “Judgement Day”–sent to her publisher shortly before her death—is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of “The Geranium.” Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century.


the cursed child

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Rowling, Thorne, Tiffany. I’m cheating again! But there’s a golden treasure under that dust jacket!

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


Have a lovely Sunday everyone!



35 thoughts on “Suntag! The Scavenger Hunt Tag”

  1. Lovely selection! “Find a non Ya book” hahaha We have lots! Curiously, I read The Firm as a teen XD

    The Origami is a great book mark ^^


  2. Great answers for this tag Donna, and great pictures as well! I was gonna say the only difficulty you must have had with finding a non YA book on your shelves was finding just one you wanted to feature! Also I love your origami bookmark and the cover for Furiously Happy never fails to make me smile myself, I really want to pick that book up soon!
    I didn’t think you were cheating with The Cursed Child though, there is gold under the dust jacket so it definitely counts! 😀

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    1. Thank you! Haha exactly! So many choices for one winner. On rainy days the cover for Furiously Happy replaces the sun 😀 you can’t be depressed when looking at it. Yes! I only wish I’d had the book with me to take a picture of the gold.

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  3. I remember doing this tag! It was fun. I’m surprised you actually have a book with a key in the cover. That’s the one most people struggled with lol.
    It’s impressive you have a picture for all categories. Even if you did cheat a little. 😉

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    1. I was a bit disappointed because the key was on an ebook cover but yay for me finding it haha!
      I never thought I’d complete it entirely but it was fun to do 🙂


  4. YES, the cold has finally arrived! And together with it, a snotfest of epic proportions!
    I like your ‘theme’, simplicity doesn’t always have to be bad! 😀 And you haven’t cheated at all anywhere *nods*. Golden = golden. And a virtual shelf = a shelf. Potato/potato xD. I was tagged by Ola as well for this one, but this is a gentle reminder that I need to get my ass moving and do this one, so thank you for the tag!! 🙂


    1. I love saying potato/potato 😀 It’s so fun (finding amusement everywhere since 1990 😂) I remember seeing your name on her post too, now that you mention it! Now get to it! 😀

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      1. HAHAHAHA, we’d have a lot of fun hanging out together then :’). I once played an hour with my big toe because my grandmother told me so and it turned out to be so much fun! I occasionally still do it nowadays XD.


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