leah's stupid life

The book scavenger hunt

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to make me leave the comfort of my house its the promise of books, so when Sophie suggested a trip to a bookshop with an adventure like quest attached to it, how could I say no?
We headed to the Book Barn, which, as the name suggests is a converted barn filled with books, (the books are all £1 and under – if you live in Somerset, you should probs check it out if you haven’t already) for a scavenger hunt that Sophie found on the internet. The scavenger hunt gives you a list of specifics that you have to hunt for a tick off in order to win points, like we had to find a book from every decade.  That would probably be quite hard in your usual bookshop, but as the bookbarn is a haven for the weird and wonderful, it was perfect for this!
But why am I bothering to tell you this? Because its nearly half term and I know that a lot of the people who follow this blog also like to talk about books and I figured you guys would love to do something involving books that was something a bit out of the ordinary. And well, who doesn’t want to do a quest to find books? Having spent an afternoon in an old barn searching through literally thousands of books to tick challenges off of the list below, I can confirm that its jolly good fun and more people ought to take part!

Here is the list that we used:
– Find a book with the sky on the cover +2 points
– Find a rainbow of book covers +2 points for each colour, +3 bonus for full set
– Find 5 books that have been turned into films, +2 points for each
– Find a main character whose first name is the same as your middle name (for each person in your group), +2 points per person
– Find 2 books that share a title but are written by different authors, +3 points
– Find a book about dinosaurs, +3 points
– Find a book with food in the title, +2 points
– Find a book with a colour in the title, +2 points
– Find a book published in each decade of the 20th century. +2 points for each decade, and bonus +3 points for the complete century
– Find a non-children’s book with an animal main character, +3 points
– Find a series you love, +5 points
– Find a book with a robot on the cover, +3 points
– Find a book with gold lettering, +3 points
– Find a title that is 8 letters long, +5 points
– Find a book with a made up word in the title, +5 points (turns out our one was actually a real word so minus 5 points to us!)
– Find a book with an alliterative title, +5 points
– Find a book you ignored the world for, +2 points
– Find your favourite book, +2 points for each member of your team
We not only managed to amass a grand total of 104 points, but we found some amazing books, including (my personal favourite) a book of self defence for men and women that was clearly made in the eighties and featured so many mullets and ridiculous snippets of advice that I don’t think it would have actually helped anyone!

Sophie documented the whole thing which you can check out below:

If you decide to have a go at this, let me know how you got on and if you live in the general vicinity of the Book Barn, maybe you should head over there and check it out sometime!


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