I Spy TBR Challenge

I spotted this recently on Ex Urbanis and it was too fun to pass up. (I believe the meme started on YouTube, but I’ve been unable to trace the chain back to the very beginning.) There are 20 categories; for each one choose at least one title or cover that fits in some way.

I decided to limit myself to books on my to-read shelves, but had to cheat for two categories and pick books I’ve already read. Some were so easy I could have picked out at least 5–10 books that fit the bill, while others were quite a challenge.

The idea is to gather up all the books within five minutes, but because I had to go up and down the stairs and survey shelves in multiple rooms it took me just over 15! See how fast you can find something for each prompt.




Weapon – This one was really tough, since I don’t read crime fiction. But I finally managed to find a surgeon’s memoir with a scalpel on the cover.

Animal – I could easily have found 15+ for this one, thanks to my husband’s nature books, but I stuck with fiction.


Something You Read

Body of Water

Product of Fire – Another really difficult one, so I cheated with this May Sarton memoir I’ve already read.



Clothing – Another cheat of sorts: all I could find was the cover of Bill Bryson’s memoir, which I’ve already read.

Family Member

Time of Day


Paranormal Being



Color – Another one I could have amassed tons for. (Partially cut off is Ernest Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa.)

Celestial Body

Something that Grows

25 thoughts on “I Spy TBR Challenge

    1. Elizabeth Hay and Howard Norman, I presume? I desperately want to read them. (The only problem being that I also desperately want to read about another 100 of the several hundred books that are on my bedside table, my shelves and my Kindle!)

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  1. OK! I’ll play! Watch out for my post mid-week. It’s hard though….some of the ones I thought would be no problem, like ‘number’ were really tricky. I DO read crime, but it was no help at all, and my choice is actually a bit of a cop out. A fun challenge, which has moved some unread books up the list

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  2. What fun! And some of those books look very enticing. I shall try very hard to resist; I’ve managed it so far having seen a few of these around. But I’ll look forward to Margaret’s version later in the week 🙂

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  3. This was fun! A few I’ve read there, too.

    I used to do a thing in BookCrossing called Never Judge a Book by its Cover, where each week you released books with a Thing on the cover. My friend Gill and I used to raid the local charity shops if we had nothing in “stock”. I remember much hilarity “That’s a gun,” “No, it’s not … is it?”.

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