With my little eye…

…aka The I-Spy Tag…

Couldn’t resist doing this tag that’s been doing the rounds recently…

The instructions: Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (Or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

Ha! Five minutes! Yeah, right! Anyway…

I decided to use only books on my TBR – books I own but haven’t yet read (or very occasionally, re-read). There’s currently well over 200 of them so I knew I’d have plenty of choice! But I still struggled with one or two…

Here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it. Most of these have been hanging around my TBR for ages and never made it to the top. Which one or two do you think I should prioritise soon?


The Poisoned Chocolates Case

added to TBR 19/10/17


Way Station

added to TBR 16/12/16


The Black Arrow

added to TBR 11/12/17


The Case of the Late Pig

added to TBR 26/1/18


The Hotel of the Three Roses

added to TBR 18/2/16

Something you read

The Report

added to TBR 20/12/13

Body of Water

The Sea

added to TBR 26/11/16

Product of Fire

River of Smoke

added to TBR 22/10/15


The King of Taksim Square

added to TBR 1/12/15


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

added to TBR 16/12/15


The Woman in Black

added to TBR 15/10/14

Family Member

The Sisters Brothers

added to TBR 5/1/13

Time of Day

The River at Night

added to TBR 2/2/17


For Whom the Bell Tolls

added to TBR 19/4/18

Paranormal Being

The Haunter of the Dark

added to TBR 25/10/14


Starship Troopers

added to TBR 1/8/17


Soft Summer Blood

added to TBR 3/12/15


Red Shift

added to TBR 9/8/14

Celestial Body

Half of a Yellow Sun

added to TBR 23/3/16

Something that grows

Nada the Lily

added to TBR 9/12/15

* * * * *

Phew! So many great sounding books!
Why on earth haven’t I read them yet??

Hope you enjoyed this peek into the recesses of my TBR! 😀

Gratuitous Darcy pic just because I can…

60 thoughts on “With my little eye…

  1. The poisoned chocolate case is both intriguing and unnerving – something as pure and beautiful as chocolate should never be sullied, even for the purpose of a murder mystery! I particularly like Starship Troopers as ‘occupation’. Imagine writing that on official documents!!

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  2. I read Red Shift for the first time back in the 70s (whew, that’s a while ago). I loved it then and in later re-readings. I found its resonances across time and place unsettling and satisfying. I also have The Sisters Brothers on my TBR, added after reading de Witt’s Undermajordomo Minor which I also loved – a unique and wonderfully told story.


    • Ha – it must have been the ’70s when I read it too, but my memory is so shocking I really only remember that I loved it, but not at all what it was about. That’s kinda why it’s been lingering – I’m a tiny bit afraid my adult self might not love it quite so much, but there’s only one way to find out, I suppose. I haven’t read any de Witt before – I picked this one up when it was shortlisted for the Booker but then never got around to it. So I’m glad to hear you rate his writing – I shall get to this one some day!


    • I loved his writing in The Blue Guitar, and reviews led me to believe that people who’d read both thought The Sea was far superior, so that’s one I really would like to read…


  3. This is a great tag, FictionFan! And of course you had to have a Darcy pic. What choice did you have, after all? Now, my choice would be The Poisoned Chocolates Case. But all of those you chose are worthy contenders, so to speak. And I do like the variety in your choices.


    • It’s a fun one to do – nice and easy! Haha – when I got to the end and realised Darcy hadn’t appeared, I was afraid I might get attacked by a lynch mob… 😉 The Poisoned Chocolates Case is one of the ones I most want to read, so I’ll be trying to fit it in soonish. But I’d like to read all of them, sadly…

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  4. Very nice! Since I haven’t read any of the books except maybe the Hemingway (a long, long time ago), I’ll just comment on the Darcy pic. Sigh. Yes, that’s my comment.

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    • Haha – Darcy is always the best bit of any book tag! 😀 I’d love to get to the Hemingway actually – I surprised myself by really liking The Sun Also Rises…


  5. I’ve tried… so here’s my selection
    Food – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Transport – Che Guevara – The Motorcycle Diaries
    Weapon- Anatomy for Archers
    Animal – Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle
    Number – Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse 5
    Something You Read – The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    Body of Water – Rachel Carson – The Sea Around Us
    Product of Fire – James SA Corey – Babylon’s Ashes (the Expanse series)
    Royalty – The Princess Bride (Can’t remember who it’s by)
    Architecture – Horace Walpole – The Castle of Otranto
    Clothing – Oliver Sacks – The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
    Family Member – Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamazov
    Time of Day – Shakespeare – Twelfth Night
    Music – Vikram Seth – An Equal Music
    Paranormal Being – Dennis Wheatley – To The Devil A Daughter
    Occupation – John le Carre – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Season – Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Colour – Orhan Pamuk – My Name Is Red
    Celestial Body – Bram Stoker – Jewel of the Seven Stars
    Something that Grows – Enid Blyton – The Magic Faraway Tree


    • Fab choices! I didn’t know Che Guevara had written a book – must investigate that one! I nearly used Slaughterhouse 5 for the number before I decided to only include books on my TBR – I read and thoroughly enjoyed it last year. And I love that you managed to include Shakespeare, Dennis Wheatley AND Enid Blyton – beautifully eclectic! 😀

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  6. You know that now you’ve listed all these, you have to read them all, right?? That’s why my TBR hides in secrecy! Looks like an intriguing selection though, and you’re sure to have fun crossing them off your list one day!


    • Ha! I was thinking that myself, Debbie, but then I got frightened my head might explode! 😉 But I am trying to get to some of these ones that have been hanging around for ages instead of having a constant diet of new releases, so hopefully soon…ish…

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    • Good to hear you enjoyed them – I really want to get to The Sea, having loved his writing in The Blue Guitar. I was a little put off Half of a Yellow Sun after being underwhelmed by Americanah, but I get the impression they’re very different types of books, so fingers crossed for that one. And I really want to read the Ghosh trilogy – I have the first two on my Kindle, but it’s just managing to fit them in… 😱

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    • The Poisoned Chocolates appears to be the popular choice, so I’ll need to fit that in soon. I’m pretty sure I must have used one or two stories from The Haunter for Tuesday Terror posts, but then I seem to have forgotten about the rest. I must try to get to it…


    • You’re right – she did! It’s also one of Martin Edwards’ 100 books, so I should definitely get to it soon. I shall have to eat my own body weight in chocolates first though, in case it puts me off them… 😱

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  7. I have this waiting in the wings too. One day it will make an appearance. Meanwhile…

    The Poisoned Chocolate Cases. Because, well, chocolate. Albeit poisoned 😱 Plus, it appears to be winning and I’d like to be in on the winning pick.

    Half of a Yellow Sun. Because I’ve read it and I’d like to hear your thoughts on it.

    There’s a lot of intriguing titles and covers in this list. Such a relief that I don’t know any more about them. My tbr is groaning…


    • It’s a fun one to do and although it took me considerably longer than five minutes, it was quite a quick one to do too.

      Ha – yes, The Poisoned Chocolates Case definitely seems to be the popular choice so I’ll have to read it soon. I’m more hesitant about Half of a Yellow Sun because I really didn’t enjoy Americanah, but I think they’re very different types of books, so I shall try to get over my reluctance!

      I have so many great books waiting to be read – I can’t understand why I can’t resist getting lots of fairly mediocre-sounding new releases. Maybe doing this has concentrated my mind again for a bit… 😀


  8. I loved The Sisters Brothers! It hadn’t sounded like my sort of book at all, but it turned out to be a great read. I enjoyed River of Smoke and The Report too – and I’ve had The Black Arrow on my TBR for years.


    • Oh that’s good to hear! I remember being excited about it at the time, and then somehow I just couldn’t fit it in and gradually kinda forgot about it. But I want to read it soon. I’m also pleased to hear you enjoyed River of Smoke – I’ve wanted to read that trilogy for ages. I must find a way to stop allowing myself to get so bogged down in new releases… *sighs*


  9. I haven’t read Hunchback of Notre Dame since I was a teenager but I absolutely loved it then and would heartily recommend it. (It is somewhat different to the Disney version!)


    • It’s one of those books I think I read when I was young but am not completely sure – I may just feel that way from knowing the story through films and reviews and stuff. Which is why I stuck it on the list – if I haven’t read it, I want to! Good to have your recommendation! 😀


  10. Loved reading this! Am so going to do it myself, possibly in August as my “tag” post for that month. Plus, storm trooper? I’m never going to be able to top that one!! 😂


    • The Poisoned Chocolates Case is definitely the popular choice, so I’m working on prioritising it. Good to have your recommendation for The Sisters Brothers too – I was really keen on that one at the time and then it fell off my radar a bit. Fortunately it didn’t fall off my Kindle though… 😀

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