One-Liner Challenge with Whatever’s on the Shelf

I’ve had a few bloggers nominate me for fun awards that challenge bloggers to share quirky information with one another and reach out to other members of the writing community by nominating several other bloggers to complete the same challenge. For a while, I’ve been waffling on whether or not I wanted to participate in these challenges. Ultimately, I have decided that I want to participate because I love the sense of community that springs up around them.

My thanks go Moyatori of The Moyatorium for this delightful nomination!

The Rules:

  • Accept and thank your challenger(s) by linking back to their post.
  • Make a post of one-sentence summaries and/or roasts of at least five books.
  • No spoilers!
  • Link back to The Awkward Book Blogger so she can see your post.
  • Challenge as many or as few people as you want!
  • Have fun!

Shelf Liners

Admittedly, I probably have 200+ books just in my apartment, which isn’t counting the collection that lives on my Kindle or the collection I’ve left at my parents’ house. It was difficult deciding what books to pick for this challenge, so I rolled some dice and got some interesting results. I hope you enjoy reading these one-liners as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Nearest Exit

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman

One trans man discusses how terrible people can be when you’re different.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

As long as you stay alive, things could get better. Or, they could get much, much worse.

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Vail: The First 50 Years (Images of America: Colorado) by Shirley Welch

Dang, Colorado is beautiful and people wore stupid looking ski clothing in the 80’s!

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The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

An easily distracted man searches for his missing wife (who he isn’t worried about at all) and finds himself drifting into pockets of other realities.

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Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen

One little android boy tries to find his human family in a world where humanity is crumbling, and quickly discovers that every problem gets solved by the next problem.

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Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg 

Honestly, I don’t know how this character survives abysmal working conditions, terrifying housing conditions, sketchy medical practices, and hate crimes acted out by police as ze traverses a journey of discovering ze isn’t a lesbian but a gender neutral person in an era where being anything but distinctly male or female is dangerous.

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Rice Boy by Evan Dahm

A marshmallow-like character goes on the adventure of his life and learns to really hate frogs.

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Japan America: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the Roland Kelts

One author examines the wave of Anime that rapidly gained popularity in the United States and makes sweeping generalizations alongside compelling research and interesting concepts.

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Transformation by Carol Berg

A slave who has been stripped of his once-powerful magic finds that he’s so dedicated to his original mission of fighting demons to save the world that he’ll even save the people who destroyed his life.

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Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

It’s hard to be a good mother when your town’s natural state is chaos.

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Kizuna: Bonds of Love by Kazuma Kodaka [Not recommended for younger viewers]

An adorable college-aged couple work together to navigate the challenges of love and life, and don’t discuss the fact that they live in a world where there are no consequences for rape. (Truly, I remember really liking this manga when I was actively reading it, but it doesn’t handle rape well at all. It happens at least three times without any repercussions, and is even rewarded at least once).


This is the hard part of the challenge: deciding which bloggers to tag out of the many incredible writers that I know.

If you’re nominated, please don’t feel any obligation to participate. Hopefully I didn’t pick anyone who has already done this!

Do you have any fun one-liner descriptions of books of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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