4.11.2012

Books A-Z



Matthew at A Guy's Moleskin Notebook posted this meme in which you name your favorite book that starts with each letter in the alphabet. I couldn't resist, so here is mine. 

A The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
B Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan
C Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood
D The Dairy of  A Young Girl, Anne Frank
E Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
F Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
G The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
H Haroun and The Sea of Stories, Salmon Rushdie 
I Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
J Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
K Kindred, Octavia Butler
L Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
M Middlemarch, George Eliot
N Native Son, Richard Wright
O On Beauty, Zadie Smith
P The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham 
R The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid 
S The Submission, Amy Waldman
T The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
U Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
V A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
W White Noise, Don DeLillo
X Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Y The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Z Zeitoun, Dave Eggars 

Full disclosure: I skipped "Q" because the only two titles I could count for this one (All Quiet on the Western Front and Q: A Novel) are books that I truly did not care for. If you've got any "Q" recommendations, I'd like to hear them because yes, I am bothered I couldn't really complete this list. I also cheated a bit for "U" and "X".

22 comments:

  1. Wow, how long did it take you to come up with this list? I think I'd have to wait until all my books are unpacked before I could even attempt this lol. Have you read 'Q & A'? It's the original title for Slumdog Millionaire...I read it quite awhile before the movie (which I did love), but the book was also really, really good. Guess I got my 'Q'! ;p

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I have not read that one and like you, I really loved the movie, disturbing but also so touching.

      Also, it didn't take me too long to come up with the list. I used Goodreads to filter my already read books alphabetically, and went from there :)

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    2. You're right...as I sit here, titles keep popping into my head lol. Maybe I will play along...unfortunately, I haven't been on Goodreads long enough and have only been adding the books I read since joining.

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  2. Quiet by Susan Cain is a fantastic nonfiction book about introverts. That will work for Q!

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  3. Oooh! Oooh! I want to play! ALSO I'm glad you like Middlemarch because I just got it for my birthday and I'm a tiny bit iffy about reading it, so, yay!

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    1. Yay you should play too! I had a tough time deciding between Middlemarch and Middlesex, but in the end Eliot won. Have you read any other Eliot?

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  4. I think I'm going to need to do this. Shout out to come :) Thanks!

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    1. Awesome I'll come check it out :)

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  5. That sounds like so much fun and I was also going to ask how you came up with so many. I'll have to make my own list. I need to read All Quiet on the Western Front. Can you believe I've also never read The Yellow Wallpaper?!? Really. I like that you listed Atwood's work for two titles.

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    1. Yellow Wallpaper I loved. I think you'd like it too. I found All Quiet on the Western Front quite boring, but that's just me.

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  6. Plus, I love the new layout. The header is awesome! I also realize my last comment was all over the place.. crazy.

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    1. Hey thanks! I needed something different :)

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  7. Love this, but I don't know if I'll be able to come up with X and Z! I've just recently read Zeitoun for my book group next week, coincidentally. I liked it a lot but I don't know if I can call it a favorite because I thought it was so depressing.

    And I've decided to count To Kill a Mockingbird for the letter K. Is that cheating?

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    1. I really really liked Zeitoun. It was quite sad, and it made me angry, but I liked that it was eye-opening.

      I cheated on a couple, you can too :)

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  8. Andreea
    For Q I've heard that Quiet:The power of introverts (non-fiction) is a great book, I'll give it a try soon.

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  9. I like your mix of genres here. Fun Home is one of those books I've meant to read for yearrrrrs. Missed your blog while I was out of the loop, Brenna!

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  10. Cool list! I really didn't like Q: The Novel either. After the first couple of chapters I thought I would but it went downhill for me pretty fast.

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  11. Love this idea and so many of the books you listed. I did this with authors a couple years ago and realized how hard it is to fill some of the letter.

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  12. I love the idea of this, but I don't think I could think of a book for every letter, or narrow down my favourites for some letters! I would cheat on U and X too. I have heard good things about Quiet, as was suggested above, but apart from that I wouldn't be able to think of a book title starting with Q.

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  13. I just posted this meme to my blog. I totally borrowed your cheat for X. I couldn't think of anything else! Also, I would not have known what to write for K if I hadn't read your list first. Kindred is an awesome book.

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  14. Oh, my gosh, how fun! I am going to have to do this.

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