I found this meme over at Margaret’s blog where it comes by way of Lori’s and I thought I’d join in the fun:
The meme is to make an acrostic of your name in book titles you’ve read this year. I thought I’d extend that from Annabel to Annabookbel. Here is mine, with links to the original reviews:
A is for Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance – the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer
N is for Naked at the Albert Hall by Tracey Thorn
N is for Naked in Death by J.D.Robb
A is for Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny
B is for The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
O is for Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
O is for Orient by Christopher Bollen
K is for (The) Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell
B is for (The) Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse by Ivan Repila
E is for Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
L is for (The) List of My Desires by Gregoire Delacourt
Feel free to have a go.
Extra Shiny tomorrow – back to book reviews soon!
I thought it was time to update you on my endeavours on my Book Bingo card. As you can see, I’ve completed the top row and a scattering elsewhere:
Here’s what I’ve read, with links to reviews where appropriate:
1. Literary Mag or Journal: The Literary Review – this was simple as I subscribe.
2. Romance or Love Story: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
3. Part of a series: Soulless by Gail Carriger
4. Hated by someone you know: The Martian by Andy Weir – hated by Simon Savidge.
5. Sports related: Polo by Jilly Cooper.
6. A Novella: The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien by Georges Simenon, clocking in at 138 pages of actual text.
15. With a Blue Cover: All Sorts of Possible by Rupert Wallis – a new YA novel I’m reviewing for Shiny New Books v.soon.
Fourth Row: Zilch yet!
21. Set in another country: The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck – set in Hungary, Austria, USSR, Berlin and New York.
22. Written under a pseudonym: Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas – the French crime author aka Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Review coming soon.
So not too shabby. I wish I could use The Martian to cross off some other boxes though – it’s in the bestseller lists and is Science Fiction of course, but I’m not cheating – yet! And I can choose any book that doesn’t fit in elsewhere for the middle square.
If you’re doing this summer Book Bingo – how’s it going for you?
You’ll have seen this popping up around the blogosphere, originating from a call by Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize Director Sophie Rochester to celebrate contemporary British writing. People have been using it as a hashtag #britishwritingisnotallGrey on Twitter etc; Naomi blogged about it here and Susan here. So I’ve decided to join in and add my list of contemporary/living British writers I particularly enjoy and have blogged about into the mix – here they are, with links to my posts featuring them:
….. and these are only a selection of those I’ve blogged about!
Just to say, I’m going to join in the Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo along with Simon S and Simon T and surely many others.
Here’s my card:
Get your own card here and join in the fun!
Little Big by John Crowley
I had such good intentions back here joining in with the Little Big readalong, but already I’ve got seriously waylaid by Shiny New Books and other things, not the least of which is that I’m now behind on Anthony Powell because I started my Annabel’s Shelves project. I once did one of those personality tests and came out as a Creator-Innovator – which means that I’m bad on following through… Yup! That’s me.
This is my excuse for saying that I’m putting re-reading Little Big on hold having made it only to page 75. The key reason for this is that I’m struggling to get into it. There is just so much description – it’s like Donna Tartt with added parentheses. It’s not that the language or style is difficult, it isn’t, but it is leisurely and I’m less time-tolerant of this quality in a text these days. Mea culpa.
However, there were bits I loved – in particular Edgewood having a multiplicity of fronts to it:
“This used to be the front,” Daily Alice said. “Then they built the garden and the wall; so the back became the front. It was a font anyway. And now this is the back front.” She straddled the bench, and picked up a twig, at the same time drawing out with her pinkie a glittering hair that had blown between her lips. She scratched a quick five-pointed star in the dirt. Smoky looked at it, and at the tautness of her jeans. “That’s not really it,” she said, looking birdwise at her star, “but sort of. See, it’s a house all fronts. It was built to be a sample. My great=grandfather? Who I wrote you about? He built this house to be a sample, so people could come and look at it, from any side, and choose which kind of house they wanted; that’s why the inside is so crazy. It’s so many houses, sort of put inside each other or across each other, with their fronts sticking out.”
Pop -up books from Smithsonian Institution’s Libraries Movable books collection
That image is amazing, but rather than the sides of a star or polygon, it made me think of pop-up books… turn the page and a new structure pops up from the folds of the book.
I hope to find another time when I’ll have the patience to savour Little Big…