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atenea_nike's book meme
*Fill in each letter of the alphabet with a title of a book that you've read that begins with that letter (e.g. American Psycho for the letter A).
*Articles (a, an, the) don't count in alphabetizing, so skip to the first letter of the next word (i.e. A Thousand Splendid Suns would count for the letter T, The Great Gatsby would count for the letter G, and so on).
*Titles that start with or are entirely composed of numbers will be alphabetized by how they would be spelled when written out (i.e. 1984 would count as an N for Nineteen Eighty-Four).
*The letter X space will be special. The title will only have to include the letter X to count (i.e. Don Quixote). This isn't necessarily as easy as it sounds.
A-N's extra rules:
* These must be books I have loved and I encourage you to read.
* There can be no repeated authors.
* All titles will be in the language in which I originally read them.

This was a tough one. So many S's! And M's! And W's!

A: All the King's Men / Robert Penn Warren
B: Bleak House / Charles Dickens
C: Crónica de una muerte anunciada / Gabriel García Márquez
D: Dakota: A Spiritual Geography / Kathleen Norris
E: Everything is Illuminated / Jonathan Safran Foer
F: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / Elaine Konigsburg
G: Gilead / Marilynne Robinson
H: Homage to Catalonia / George Orwell
I: Invisible Cities / Italo Calvino
J: Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë
K: Kingdom by the Sea / Paul Theroux
L: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse / Louise Erdrich
M: Moderato Cantabile / Marguerite Duras
N: The Names / Don DeLillo
O: The Orchid Thief / Susan Orlean
P: Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi
Q: Queenan Country: A Reluctant Anglophile's Pilgrimage to the Mother Country / Joe Queenan
R: Le Rouge et le Noir / Stendhal
S: The Stories of John Cheever / John Cheever
T: Traveling Mercies / Anne Lamott
U: The Unbearable Lightness of Being / Milan Kundera
V: Viva o Povo Brasileiro / João Ubaldo Ribeiro
W: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? / Edward Albee
X: Astérix chez les Helvètes / Goscinny & Uderzo
Y: The Year of Living Dangerously / Christopher Koch
Z: The Zone / Barry Sears (OK, it's not what I would call readable, but it gave me some good ideas)

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miketroll From: miketroll Date: April 2nd, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have B in common and I nearly picked your S too. I've started U two or three times but it keeps floating away... I've also been meaning to read G for a while, but it started slowly and I put it down somewhere...

Your X made me realize I should have chosen Asterix na Córsega to score a Portuguese point. It's a lovely book!

How did you like Invisible Cities? I've just ordered the original text (Città Invisibili) on the strength of rave reviews from friends.

florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: April 2nd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know you were a Cheever fan! I liked the Kundera, but the word "love" would be a little strong. I just didn't have a lot of contenders in the "U" category.

God, yes, I love Asterix. It's hard to pick a favorite, but the Helvetia book was the one we read most when I was a kid. And Invisible Cities is a book I recommend to everyone. It's good on so many levels that anyone can get something out of it.
miketroll From: miketroll Date: April 2nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, typo. I've never read Cheever. I meant R - I love the Stendhal!
megglesmcgoo From: megglesmcgoo Date: April 2nd, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting list. I've read hardly any of them. q was the hardest for me and I ended up with something rubbish in that slot.

E also surprisingly hard to fill.
lizmopuddy From: lizmopuddy Date: April 3rd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
We only share J, but if you are going to share anything, share the classics :-)
henrydt From: henrydt Date: April 8th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Book list

Oddly enough "the mixed up files.." was a book I first heard of because the woman in EF's story about the transvestite prostitute recommended it to me. (There is something odd about that sentence, or is it just me??) I don't remember if I read it or not.
I used to read a lot--i've read ten or twelve on your list--and will get back to it before too long.

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