Sunday, March 29, 2020

Puzzled Books Galison Ideal Bookshelf: Universals Puzzle, 1000+ ...

Anne over at My Head is Full of Books has been, like many of us, doing puzzles lately. She put together this one from Ideal Bookshelf and was inspired to create a little tag based on the labels. I've been struggling to get myself to blog, so I thought I'd jump on this and share my first thoughts with you. Obviously, there are dozens of options for any of them, so I'll try to not second guess myself. 
  • Unforgettable Book: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • Book a Friend Gave Me: The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis
  • Book that Gives Me Happy Tears: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Book I Read Again and Again: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
  • Book I'd Grab to Save From a Fire: My tattered copy of The River Why by David James Duncan
  • Best Book I've Ever Read: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Childhood Favorite Book: Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  • Book That Makes Me Look Smart: The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne (Just because so many people say they hated it as assigned reading, and I actually enjoyed it.)
  • Book That Makes Me Laugh Out Loud: Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer
  • Super Fantastic Book:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Book I Never Finished: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Feel free to play along! Let Anne know if you do!


  1. Wait! The Scarlet Letter makes us look smart. Alright! I read a bunch of original works by classic scientists. Those are the books that usually make me feel smart, because I don't really read classics or highbrow stuff

  2. I agree about THE SERPENT KING being unforgettable. I think the title turned off students, however. I love the whole Chronicles of Narnia series and have read it many times. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE was such a profound book. Should I reread it? Adding Dreyer's English to my TBR. If it is funny, I want to read it. LIFE OF PI amazed me. I loved it so much. Thanks for playing.

  3. So glad you recommended Dreyer's English! I borrowed it from the library, but, rather than turn it in and have it sit in the drop box for a month, I left it at a friend's house so she could enjoy it.

    Interesting that Left Hand of Darkness is your choice for Best-Book-I-Ever-Read.

    I think I need to do this tag. Thank you, Wendy.


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