It's the second annual LibraryThing Heart Hunt! In the grand tradition that brought you the Pirate Treasure Hunt, the LibraryThing Haunt, we're marrying the greatest love of all (reading, of course) with (mostly) rhyming clues for Valentine's Day. All clues are based loosely on the theme of love, etc. We hope our silly poems warm your heart. Have fun!
- Decipher the clues and visit the corresponding LT pages to find the hearts. Pages might be works, authors, tags, store items—just about anything on LibraryThing!
- If a page has a heart, you'll know right away.
- You have one week (until 5pm EST, February 19th).
- Come boast of your lovely findings (and get hints) on Talk.
As if love of the game isn't enough, we're also giving away some prizes:
- Any member who finds one heart will be awarded a badge .
- Any member who finds at least five hearts gets their account upgraded to a lifetime membership.
- Members who find at least 15 hearts are entered in a drawing for one of five LibraryThing t-shirts.
Heart 1It's Common Knowledge that this place is referred to as the "city of love."
Heart 2The romcom's triumphant return!
(In Singapore, for a turn)
High stakes mahjong, kissing under lights,
The "prince in disguise" for the modern sight.
Heart 3Not always the same old song and dance
Grown-up literature focused on love
Is often tagged "_________."
Heart 4What if tears, fallen in a stew
Made those that eat it cry anew?
What if a dish's spicy ingredients,
Heated up guest and plate alike?
Sometime cookbook, sometime homefront,
Love longing and shower houses alight—
This work in translation was a movie made,
To viewers and readers both it delights.
Heart 5This clue's a jaunt to recollect,
A true master of the form.
"See me" and kiss me in the rain,
Build me a house and with "every breath"
A new romance is born.
Heart 6Pretty sure Billy Shakes has already writ
The most famous words there are about this thing.
In soaps, in oils, in petals all strewn over,
Or all original, in a crown like a fairy king.
Come pause a while and stick your nose
Into what is obviously now a ____.
Heart 7Ah, the internet and all it's highs and lows!
In this youthful tale we see one winding path.
A confession leads to romance, but only sub rosa,
As to this day coming out can provoke in many wrath.
A perfect teen with a giant secret,
Riding a carnival ride like a beacon,
Waiting for his epistolary friend,
To put his loneliness to an end.
Heart 8A goatherd and a shepherdess,
Discover love and kiss undressed.
But kissing doesn't quench their ardor,
And foolishly they go no farther.
A pit and pirates add some plot.
Short it is, but "Shortus" not.
Heart 9It drips and freezes to equal acclaim,
From dark to light—all have their favorite kind.
Post break-up or in break room, eaten without shame,
Its endorphins are shown to mellow out your mind.
What do you get a box of mostly just once a year?
(What would you not mind more of, that you hold so dear?)
Heart 10Unpredictable time travel, tragedy, and love are the themes—
No, not that one, the one with the librarian!
Less Inverness, more Chicago.
(But, again, that's just ONE of his books).
Heart 12I'm sorry to say
That no matter how rich your friend is
He's still awful, if in want of a wife.
Heart 13A girl's best friend, a token of affection,
Faceted rocks cut to capture light's reflection.
Sometimes in rings, to denote impending matrimony,
Cubic zirconia, if they're phony.
Heart 14Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The Spaniard's a righty,
The Man in Black too.
No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Anybody want a peanut?
Heart 15To a dark lady or a comely young lad
These poems delight and puzzle us.
The first four a question
The second bit to explain more the theme,
Next four a solution
Final two to sew up the seams.
Heart 16Our pal Edgar, he's got the beat:
Phantom music thumping under the narrator's feet.
A specific bird's-eye view of this story
Reveals something gory—
The narrator's confession complete.
Heart 17Don't let the toilet on the cover fool you:
This children's book is a real tear-jerker.
A young boy grows up, as time passes, we see.
No matter his age, his mom's refrain stays the same:
"As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."
Heart 18Two people with more power than time,
Stranded in a lift.
Agree to pretend to "be thine"
In a matrimonial guest grift.
This recent pub is rich in tropes,
But I highly suggest that you give it a go.