Random Book Quiz Round 12: Theatre Adaptations

Casting our minds back many, many weeks ago, some people might remember that I did a Film Adaptations round. This week I’ve decided to do a similar picture round but involving the theatre. So down below are 10 images taken from theatre productions which are all adaptations of novels. I’ve deliberately excluded original plays from this list as I will make a photo round solely dedicated to them in the future. Similarly, there are no musicals here either. The answers here have all been novels adapted to the stage, and all you need to do is name the book.

Good luck!


1. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time



2. Jane Eyre National Theatre



3. Frankenstein



4. And Then There Were None



5. Rebecca play 



6. Treasure Island



7. Picture of Dorian Gray



8. 1984



9. War Horse



10. Let the Right One In


Let me know how you get on, and if you’ve seen any of these stage adaptations. Making this round has made me nostalgic for theatre; I’ve not seen a play in years. So any recommendations would be great.



Answers for Round 11

  1.  Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams
  2.  The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  3.  The Beach – Alex Garland
  4.  War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  5.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F Scott Fitzgerald
  6.  The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  7.  The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  8.  Black Leopard Red Wolf – Marlon James
  9.  To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  10.  The Colour Purple – Alice Walker


Random Book Quiz Round 11: Emojis

This week’s quiz is simply a ‘Say what you see’ picture round. I’ve (tried to) write 10 book titles in emojis and you just need to guess the book. Whilst trying out this round I noticed some of emojis looked quite small, so hopefully they are large enough now.  Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Try not to get too emoji-nal during the quiz (ok I’ll stop now).


1. princess + e


2. wizardAustralian flag


3. beach-with-umbrella


4. crossed-swords       &   untitled


5. thinking-facebriefcasemanradio-button


6. grapesangry-face


7. old-man    &         water-wave_1f30a


8. blackleopardredwolf-face


9. keycap-2-emoji-by-twitter skull   face-with-tears-of-joybird


10. large-purple-circle_1f7e3




Answers for Round 10

  1. Atticus Finch
  2.  Robert March
  3.  Arthur Weasley
  4.  King Lear
  5.  Vito Corleone
  6.  Harry /Mr Wormwood
  7.  Mr Bennet
  8.  Tywin Lannister
  9.  Bob Cratchit
  10.  Hamlet (yep this was a trick question!)

Random Book Quiz Round 10: Father’s Day

The tenth round of the Random Book Quiz is here! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for ten weeks already; time flies when you’re having fun. So tomorrow, Sunday 21st June, is Father’s Day in the UK and I thought I would celebrate it with its own dedicated quiz round. Below I have listed 10 literary children, all you need to do is tell who their father is. As always, let me know how you get on and answers for Round 9 can be found at the end.

1. Jem and Scout


2. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth


3. Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny


4.  Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia


5. Sonny, Tom, Fredo, Michael, and Connie


6. Michael and Matilda


7. Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia


8. Cersei, Jamie, and Tyrion


9. Martha, Belinda, Peter, and Tiny Tim (plus 2 unnamed children)


10. Hamlet



Answers to Round 9

1. Wuthering Heights

2. Pride and Prejudice

3. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

4. On the Road

5. Anna Karenina

6. Frankenstein

7. Middlemarch

8. The Book Thief

9. Life of Pi

10. Gone with the Wind

Random Book Quiz Round 9: Literary Quotations

Some literary quotations are fondly remembered, whilst others fade into obscurity. Today we’ll be looking at some of those famous (and perhaps not so famous) lines from across the years: all you need to do is guess the novel. I have also put the publication date alongside the quote to help. Good luck!

1. ‘I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with’. (1847)


2. ‘Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object: it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and, however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want’. (1813)


3. ‘That there is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for’.  (1954)


4. ‘The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars’. (1957)


5. ‘He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking’. (1878)


6. ‘Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful’. (1818)


7. ‘All this was true of him at ten years of age; he had then read through ‘Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea’, which was neither milk for babes, nor any chalky mixture meant to pass as milk, and it had already occurred to him that books were stuff, and that life was stupid’. (1871)


8. ‘I am haunted by humans’. (2005)


9. ‘It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.’ (2001)


10.  ‘After all, tomorrow is another day’. (1936)



Answers for Round 8

  1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  3. Catch 22
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun
  5. Morvern Callar
  6. Charlotte’s Web
  7. The Hobbit
  8. Normal People
  9. Brave New World
  10. The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared


Random Book Quiz Round 8: Book Cover Close-ups

We all know the old saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover’. Well, in this round you can! I have taken some famous book covers and cropped them; all you need to do is tell me which book they belong to. As always there are 10 to guess and let me know how you get on in the comments!


1. The Catcher in the Rye (2)




2. Harry Potter and the Phliosophers Stone (2)




3. Catch 22 (2)




4. Half of a Yellow Sun (2)



5. Morvern Callar (2)



6. Charlotte's Web (2)



7. The Hobbit (2)



8. Normal People (2)



9. Brave New World (2)




10. 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared (2) 

Good luck!




Answers for Round 7

  1. The Iliad
  2.  The Handmaid’s Tale
  3.  The Great Gatsby
  4.  The Fault in our Stars
  5.  1984
  6.  The Brothers Karamazov
  7.  Oedipus Rex
  8.  Anna Karenina
  9.  The Grapes of Wrath
  10.  Don Quixote

Random Book Quiz Round 7: One Star Reviews of Classic Books

One of the best things about the book blogging community is the diverse range of opinions. No two reviews are the same, with bloggers all having varying pros and cons when it comes to books. And that, of course, includes the classics. Even they are not immune to some scathing (or just downright funny) one star reviews. Here I have compiled 10 1-star reviews from around the Internet; all you need to do is tell me which classic (or at least modern classic in some cases) book they are talking about.

1.  ‘You may have seen the movie ‘Troy’ with Brad Pitt as Achilles, but it is quite different than the book’.

2. ‘It was just some ramblings written down by a crazy woman, with some sex in the middle’.

3. ‘Weird plotless story whose main character has no life but to be the gateway to that of others. Everyone cheats on everyone and in the end nobody ends up happy and the audience doesn’t even end up with a moral to hold on to and justify they waste of time and money they just spent’.

4. ‘I feel so sorry for these privileged, middle-class, white teenagers’.

5. ‘Maybe this was ahead of it’s time, at it’s time. I thought classics were supposed to hold their value, but this just doesn’t. Yeah, yeah Big Brother this, Big Brother that, watch out for the thought police, do your exercises in front of the telescreens…blah blah blah’.

6. ‘A book that seems like it is going somewhere good for the first half, and then gets bogged down in Russian philosophical musings. Just when you think its out of the depressing musings and going to get on with where it was headed it has an anti-climactic resolution which should be the end. Instead of ending the book at the natural place it goes on to repeat most of the plot in a very boring court room drama which takes up at least a fourth of the book’.

7. ‘First off, there was far too much incest in the book, no one likes to hear about incest’.

8. ‘How can anybody like this book? Whoever said this is the best classic ever written must be truly brain-dead. What could be enjoyable about a book that primarily consists of a guide on:
a) how to cut grass,
b) how to hunt bear, and
c) how to abandon your own kid for a gigolo.
If I wanted all that stuff I would have read Farmers Almanac’.

9. ‘Unfortunately I had to read this book for my American Literature class. It went on and on and on about absolutely nothing!  Yes Mr Steinbeck is very descriptive, but he goes completely overboard in almost every chapter. I mean, does it really take a whole chapter to describe a turtle!’

10. ‘Medieval Borat’.

Enjoy and let me know how you do!


Answers for Round 6

1. TS Eliot (The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock)

2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

3. Christina Rossetti (Goblin Market)

4. Seamus Heaney (Blackberry-Picking)

5. Sylvia Plath (Lady Lazarus)

6. Robert Browning (My Last Duchess)

7. Percy Bysshe Shelley (Ozymandias)

8. Carol Ann Duffy (Mrs Darwin)

9. Maya Angelou (Caged Bird)

10. William Shakespeare (Sonnet 18)

Random Book Quiz Round 6: Poetry

Yes it’s another Saturday, which means another round for the Random Book Quiz. This time we are focusing on poetry. This round is fairly straightforward: I have given you a snippet of a famous poem and the date it was published, all you need to do is work out who the poet is. As always there are 10 questions to have a go at, plus I have left last week’s answers below if you want to see how well you did.

Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

1. ‘For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?’        (1915)

2. ‘Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.’       (1834)

3. ‘Day after day, night after night,
Laura kept watch in vain
In sullen silence of exceeding pain.
She never caught again the goblin cry:
“Come buy, come buy;”—
She never spied the goblin men
Hawking their fruits along the glen:
But when the noon wax’d bright
Her hair grew thin and grey;
She dwindled, as the fair full moon doth turn
To swift decay and burn
Her fire away.’           (1862)

4. ‘We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.’      (1966)

5. ‘Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.’    (1965)

6. ‘I said
“Fra Pandolf” by design, for never read
Strangers like you that pictured countenance,
The depth and passion of its earnest glance,
But to myself they turned (since none puts by
The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)
And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst,
How such a glance came there; so, not the first
Are you to turn and ask thus. Sir, ’twas not
Her husband’s presence only, called that spot
Of joy into the Duchess’ cheek’     (1842)

7.  ‘I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:’    (1818)

8. ‘7 April 1852
Went to the Zoo.
I said to Him—
Something about that Chimpanzee over there reminds me of you.’   (1999)

9. ‘But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.’    (1983)

10. ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;’     (1609)


Answers for Round 5

  1. Virginia Woolf (The Hours)
  2. AA Milne (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
  3. Hans Christian Andersen (Hans Christian Andersen)
  4. Jane Austen (Becoming Jane)
  5. Mary Shelley (Mary Shelley)
  6. William Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love)
  7.  Truman Capote (Capote)
  8.  Oscar Wilde (Wilde)
  9.  Beatrix Potter (Miss Potter)
  10.  Zelda & F Scott Fitzgerald (Midnight in Paris)

Random Book Quiz Round 5: Authors in Films

Since my last picture round proved to be popular, I’ve made another one! This time however I’m not asking you to name the film. Instead, these are 10 pictures of actors playing authors – you just need to tell me the name of the author being portrayed. I have also given you the actor’s name and the year the film was released; sadly I can’t reveal the film titles as some give away the answer completely, though I will include them next week. But without further ado, here are the pictures:

  1. Nicole Kidman (2002)




2Domhnall Gleeson (2017)




3. Danny Kaye (1952)

hans christian andersen



4. Anne Hathaway (2007)

becoming jane film


5. Elle Fanning (2017)

mary shelley film



6. Joseph Fiennes (1998)




7. Philip Seymour Hoffman (2005)

Capote - Philip Seymour Hoffman



8.  Stephen Fry (1998)



9. Renee Zellweger (2006)

Miss Potter


10. Alison Pill & Tom Hiddleston (2011 – yes you get an extra point if you name both writers!) 

Midnight in Paris

Good luck and let me know how you get on!



Answers to Round 4

1. George Orwell

2. Anne Rice

3. Ayn Rand

4. bell hooks

5. Daniel Defoe

6. Flann O’Brien

7. George Eliot

8. Hergé

9. John le Carre

10. Lewis Carroll


Random Book Quiz Round 4: Pen Names

Another Saturday means another round of the Book Quiz and this week we are looking at pen names. I have listed 10 real names of writers, and all you have to do is guess the pseudonym they are most known by. I have also included the authors’ birth and death dates (if any) to help you out. As always, the answers to Round 3 are at the end of this blog post if you want to see how well you did. The picture round proved popular, so there will be another coming up next Saturday.

Until then, let me know how well you did with these famous pen names in the comments below!


1. Eric Arthur Blair (1903 – 1950)

2. Howard Allen Frances O’Brien (1941 – present)

3.  Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum (1905 – 1982)

4. Gloria Jean Watkins (1952 – present)

5. Daniel Foe (1660 – 1731)

6. Brian O’Nolan (1911 – 1966)

7.  Mary Ann Evans (1819 – 1880)

8. Georges Remi (1907 – 1983)

9. David John Moore Cornwell (1931 – present)

10. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898)


Have fun and good luck!


Answers for Round 3: Film Adaptations


1. Brooklyn

2. 101 Dalmatians

3. Doctor Zhivago

4. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

5. Transit

6. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

8. Call Me By Your Name

9. The Third Man

10. The Birds

How many did you get right?



Random Book Quiz Round 3: Film Adaptations

Pretty much everyone who reads my blog will know: I love films. Probably just as much as books. I love discussing film theory, film criticism, current movie news; pretty much everything. So I thought for this round, why not bring my two biggest interests together? Below are 10 stills from movies, all of which are book adaptations. Can you name the film/book? As always answers will be posted next Saturday!

The answers for Round 2 are at the bottom of this page, so if you want to tackle those questions beforehand then here they are.

Have fun!

1. Brooklyn








2. 101 dalmatians








3.   Dr Zhivago









4. Harry Potter Philosopher's Stone









5. Transit 1








6. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes








7. the guernsey literary and potato peel society









8. Call Me By your Name










9. The Third Man









10. The Birds



Good luck!


Answers for Round 2


  1.  The Great Gatsby
  2.  Middlemarch
  3. Wuthering Heights
  4.  Gone with the Wind
  5.  The War of the Worlds
  6.  Matilda
  7.  The Stand
  8.  Les Miserables
  9.  The Da Vinci Code
  10.  And Then There Were None