A Bookish Quiz: One Sentence Book Summary Edition

We’re taking a break from our usual fare of book reviews here at Baking Thad Books, so if you’re about to head off on your holidays, why not have a go at our fiendishly difficult quiz.

The name of the game is simple: can you guess the name of the book from the one sentence book summary?

For some reason the quiz code doesn’t work very well in Reader, and it makes it tricky to understand – its a lot easier (and lots more fun!) if you do it on the actual Baking Thad Books Site.

Let me know how you get on in the comments!


Let’s jump right in. Here’s an example to get us started…

Question 1. Vampire-human-werewolf love triangle
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An easy one to start with – of course its the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer, about a girl who falls in love with a 104 year old vampire called Edward. It sounds weird when you describe it like that doesn’t it?

OK, got the hang of it? Great, they get trickier from here on in…

Question 2. Obsessive seaman has a whale of a time
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A bit trickier now, with Herman Melville’s classic of Captain Ahab and the white whale, Moby Dick. Pat yourself on the back if you got it.
Question 3. Big feet, small people, jewelry
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Did you answer Hobbit or Lord of the Rings? Well award yourself one point (to rule them all). If you didn’t, well, you’re just not that precious then, are you?
Question 4. Greedy insect on culinary rampage
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Give yourself a gold star if you answered The Very Hungry Caterpillar. First published in 1969, apparently its sold 30 million copies. Thirty. Million. That makes me insanely jealous.
Question 5. Schoolboy defeats psychopathic tyrant
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If you answered Harry Potter then you get 10 house points – everyone else is banned from quidditch for a month.
Question 6. Teenage tribute to leader ends in death
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The Hunger Games – if you got this one, then the odds were ever in your favour. Or something like that.
Question 7. Revolution snowballs out of control
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Yep, Animal Farm by George Orwell. If you got this one, then you’re obviously more equal than those who didn’t. If you didn’t get this one, then grab yourself a copy – it’s a better cautionary tale than most.
Question 8. Millionaire doesn’t like vanilla
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Probably the toughest so far – if you answered Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James then you’re right. On the other hand, if you’ve read this awful dirge and liked it, then you’re wrong.
Question 9. Tour book for the adventurous traveller
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I just can’t resist throwing in a reference to the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in any quiz. Douglas Adams’s series is one of the most illogically logical and funny books you’ll ever read. If you’ve not read it then you should add it to your TBR list fast!
Question 10. Life, the universe, and everything
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The toughest one of the lot! Did you get A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking? I threw it in just to confuse you with the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference. Although I suppose if you answered Cosmos by Carl Sagan, or Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson then I should give it to you…

OK, one final bonus question to see us off:

Question 11. Mad monk murders at the museum
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Did you get the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown? Then congratulations, you’re a winner. Dan Brown’s best seller was slammed for its writing style that is “clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive”, I found it pretty decent reading – entertaining fun at least

So how did you get on? Let me know in the comments

Any that you didn’t know? Are there any that you absolutely love? What would your one sentence book summary be?


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