This is a slightly different type of book tag, but since Jesse the Reader created it over a Youtube a couple months ago, I’ve been wanting to do it. The whole point of this challenge is to create a new, fictional life for yourself by picking random books and pages from your bookshelves.
As always, I was not tagged and I will not be tagging anymore, but it looked like something really fun to do. Before, we get into it, a couple rules. So, Jesse had his Twitter followers give him two numbers: one for a specific row of his bookshelf and second number for a specific book. Also, they sent him a page number between 1 and 400. I do not have Twitter, so I just used an online number generator instead. I have ten shelves of books, and about 20 books per shelf, give or take. So those are the numbers I’ll be using.
And, without further ado, let’s create a new life for me.
1. You’re getting a new identity! Let the coordinates guide you to a book, flip to the page you were given, and the first name you see is now your new name!
So…the book is The Republic by Plato, and the first name I saw on page 72 is Chryses. It is a man’s name, technically, but because it’s ancient Greek, I’m going to go with it. So, my new name is…
2. It’s time to get up and move the heck out of your town! The location of the book your coordinates lead you to will be where you’re moving.
Coordinates: 4-9-6 (148)
The book is Castles of the World, which is massive and filled with pictures. Page 6 is just a picture, so I randomized the page again and came up with 148. And guess what castle is on that page…
The Kremlin in Russia
So, yep, I’m moving to the Russian palace in Moscow. I’m actually totally fine with this.
3. You’re all settled into your new home, but you’ve gotta get a job to get that cash money flow goin. Create a job using the first object you find with the coordinates and page number.
The book is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie L. King. The first object I found on page 165 is a water dam…so, it appears I might be working as a hydraulic engineer or something like that. I would hate that. Oh, or I could be a water power researcher of some sort, researching methods of water power. Let’s go with that….
Water Power Researcher
4. You’ve started your job and you’ve started developing feelings for a coworker. Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, and the first character you come across will be the character you’re falling for.
The book is Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius, which is ironic considering my name came from The Republic, set in ancient Greek, while this is about ancient Rome. Anyway, the first name I ran across on the page is Titus. Great name. So apparently the person I’m falling for is named…
5. Using the coordinates & the page number, the first piece of dialogue you come across will be the first thing you say to your potential lover.
The book is the graphic novel version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…so this should be fun. Did I also mention it doesn’t have page numbers? So, I had to count…hope I counted right. And the dialogue is…
“Another letter from Mister Gardiner, girls!”
I will say, not the most romantic thing to say, especially if I’m calling this Titus a girl…hmm.
6. That line really got to them, next thing you know you’re in love! You’re going to propose, but buying a wedding ring is too expensive. Using the coordinates & flipping the page to the page number you were given, the first object you come across will be what you propose with.
Coordinates: 2-11-320 (32)
The book is Stage Fright on a Summer Night (#25 of the Magic Tree House Series) by Mary Pope Osborne. Weird choice, and it doesn’t have 320 pages, so I had to randomize the page again. And apparently I’m proposing with a trumpet. You know, that might not actually be too bad, and possibly romantic. So I’m proposing to the sound of a…
7. We’ve arrived at your wedding! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, and the first piece of dialogue you find will be the first line in your vows.
This is going to go horribly wrong. Right, the book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, which I still haven’t read. The first dialogue I see is…
“Does forty-two seem to old for you?”
Yes, such romantic vows…
8. It’s honey moon time! Wherever the book’s location that your coordinates lead you to will be the destination for your lovers retreat!
I don’t know how useful this will be, but the book is Handbook of Catholic Apologetics by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli. Probably a weird choice for a place. And the first place on that page is Boston College. I guess it wouldn’t be horrible to visit a college on a honeymoon, do a little research in the library. So, my honeymoon is at…
9. Things got a little cray on the honeymoon and now you’re expecting a baby! With the next coordinates find your next book and flip the page to the page number you were given. The first name you find will be the name of your first born child!
The book is What Angles Fear by C.S. Harris. And the first name on page 192 is Sebastian, who is the main character of the book. I’m fine with that, since I like that name. So, my first born child is named…
10. We’re time jumping 5 years & your child is desperately begging for a pet! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & the first creature you come across will be your pet! If you don’t find a creature, then the first object you find will have to be used as a pet replacement.
Coordinates: 3-5-305 (67)
The book is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It does not have 305 pages, so I randomized the number to 67. And, as you probably assumed when I mentioned the book’s name, the creature is a fish. Seems like a pretty normal pet. My child’s first pet is a…
11. Your child is going to school! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, using words on that page create the name of their school.
Coordinates: 6-11-357 (115)
The book is Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Again, it doesn’t have 357 pages, so re-roll to 115. There is a surprising lack of words on this page, so I’ll go with…
Roxane’s Rhapsody Academy
It has a nice ring to it.
12. You decide you’re going to start a YT channel for a side hobby! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & find something on that page that will be the core topic of your channel.
The book is Six Questions of Socrates by Christopher Phillips…I honestly don’t know why I’m getting so many classics or books about the ancient world. So page 29 talks about preserving the environment and getting in touch with nature. So I guess the topic of my Youtube channel would be…
13. Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & using words from that page create a YT channel name.
The book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The first words my eyes fell on on that page was misty afternoon, which kind of fits for a nature channel. So, my new channel will be called…
14. Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & the first piece of dialogue you see is how you’ll greet your viewers each time you start a video.
Coordinates: 5-10-328 (196)
The book is Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton, a cozy mystery. It doesn’t have 328 pages, so re-roll to 196. So…the dialogue is…
“Time of death was approximately twelve noon to two o’clock.”
That doesn’t sound like the best way to open up a new nature video…
15. You’ve decided to write a book! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & using words from that page create a book title.
The book is Utopia by Thomas More. I still need to read this book. Anyway, this doesn’t have 261 pages, so re-roll to 37. There is a few cool titles I could think of, but I’m thinking of writing a dystopian, so how about the title…
16. Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & the first line you see will be the opening line for your book.
The book is Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. The first line I see is…
“It is hard for an old man seeking his son.”
I will say, that’s not a horrible first line. I kind of feel like writing this book suddenly. Anyway…
17. PLOT TWIST! The reason you even created a new identity for yourself is because a killer was after you! Now that you’re a mega famous author & youtuber, they’ve tracked you down again & they’re coming for you! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & the first character you see will be your killer!
The book is Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language by Richard Lederer. The first name I see on that page is Lincoln…as in Abraham Lincoln. That’s ironic. So my killer will be…
18. One day you’re setting up to film a YT video when you’re suddenly struck by the killer! Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & the first object you come across is what they used to kill you.
The book is a collection of the first three mysteries of Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters, and the object is…
So I’m assuming that Abraham Lincoln resurrected a mummy to kill me…makes sense.
19. Find the book using your coordinates, flip the page to the page number you were given, & the first line you see will go on your tombstone.
Coordinates: 9-15-295 (198)
The book is My Grandfather’s Son by Clarence Thomas. The book is less than 295 pages, so re-roll is 198. And the line which is going on my tombstone is…
“One of the unpleasant realities of being a presidential nominee is that for the most part, it’s up to you to get yourself confirmed.”
So…that seems like a long line on a tombstone. Did I run for president too? I’m so confused about my life…
And there you have it. That is the rocky road of my fictional life. Some of the answers were extremely strange, but this challenge was surprisingly fun to do, if a lot of work.
Let me know your thoughts on this challenge or my answers down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,