Friday, 15 January 2016

Books Acrostic: the year, the name, the books







I’ve seen this on a couple of different books blogs, and thought it was a neat idea: a reading acrostic. You try to match each letter of your name with the first letter of the title of a book you’ve read in the past year. I decided to go with my actual name and the name of the blog. This ended up pushing it a bit, only because there are too many Os in those words – five of them – and it’s not a particularly common starting initial. But I managed it – here goes, my name to the left, blog name to the right, links to blogposts on almost all of them:


My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante


Clue in the Castle by Joyce Bevins Webb

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller


Lamentation by CJ Sansom

Ironside by Jim Thompson

Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan Coe

Take 6 Girls by Laura Thompson

Arab Jazz by Karim Miske

Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis

Rising Tide by Molly Keane

Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

Edwardian Fashion by Daniel Milford Cottam

Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Death of the Detective by Mark Smith

Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay

Mystic Masseur by VS Naipaul

New Lease of Death by Ruth Rendell

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre

Ballad and the Source by Rosamond Lehmann

Night in Question by Laurie Graham

Oh Where Are Bloody Mary’s Earrings? by Robert Player

Death Maze by Ariana Franklin

Or Be He Dead by James Byrom

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Spy Line by Len Deighton




Happy 2016! There'll be some posts on my favourite books of 2015 later in January

























22 comments:

  1. Nice idea, must give it a try. Also great to see your empty bookcase again. I have two identical ones, which I think my grandmother received FREE(!!) when she joined a bookclub. 60 years on and they're still going strong, and packed with books.

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    1. Yes, I remember your saying when I first used the photos last year. I'm sorry (?) to say this bookcase has quite a lot of books in it again, after being empty briefly....

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    2. Whoops, sorry about that! It just amuses me every time I see it. Very glad it's filled up again :-)

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    3. No! I was delighted to be reminded of that!

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  2. Oh, that's most impressive, Moira! Clever and very creative! And I like the 'photos, too.

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    1. You should give it a go too Margot, bet you could fill up your name....

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  3. Nicely done! Now...you've dangled a challenge in front of me. Can I do it too? Will have to find out.

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  4. Well...the only way I can do it, is to only do my name (there's one too many Es in "My Reader's Block" AND to disregard the "The" at the beginning of a few titles. Not entirely a successful venture.

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    1. I think missing out 'the' is fair game Bev. I must say it's not as easy as it seems -I read a lot last year, and thought I would easily do it, but jigsawing them in took a bit of searching. I almost had to read an extra book!

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    1. Absolutely Daniel! Does fame have anything more to offer...?

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  6. Cool idea - not seen it before. Loved Ironside - the only one I've read.
    I'm an E short - Colman Kean or Colman Kane - I suppose I could change my name by deed poll! Didn't attempt the blog letters though!

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    1. You do yourself less than justice - I think you read Death of a Detective too! And now you need to find a book beginning with E.

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    2. Doh - course I did, how could I forget that behemoth? I could find an eye, but I feel it's too late, it would have to be within a calendar year.

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  7. Very clever. Not sure I could pull it off for either my name or the blog's with last year's rather paltry reading but I'll have a look this weekend. A challenge anyway.

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    1. Oh please do of course you have quite a long name with a couple of repeated letters - they are the real menace I found.

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  8. I'm impressed. Now, did you calculate what book titles you had to read to do the acrostic when you planned your year's reading?
    That's the only way I could do that, especially since I have
    two "k's" in my name, a "y" and a "u," so it's not easily done and I didn't read as many books last year as I usually do.

    So, I would have to plan for this.

    And I am impressed with the empty bookcase. Did you read its entire contents last year?

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    1. I didn't plan it that way, but I think it'll be crossing my mind this year! It's those pesky Os, I need lots of them and will have to find some books.

      Cheated a little bit - the empty bookcase was last year and it is largely filled up again now...

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  9. Wow, I cannot believe you did both your name and your blog name. I have a long list of books I want to read this year and Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis is on it.

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    1. Perhaps it's a way of deciding what to read next from your plan - as I say above, I think I'll be very conscious of books starting with O this year....

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  10. What an interesting idea, Moira! And I'm impressed too, as I always am by genuine readers and reviewers.

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    1. Those are very kind words, Prashant - thank you!

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