Booker Talk in books

Adam at Roof Beam Reader reminded me about a tag where you spell out the name of the blog site using the title of books on your TBR.  The idea started at Fictionophile and is now at On Bookes. 

The rules

  1. Spell out your blog’s name.
  2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your TBR.)
  3. Have fun!

I’m in need today of a diversion from gardening so here goes


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B: Border Country by Raymond Williams:  The first book to be published in the  Library of Wales series. Published in the 1960s it had been out of print for several years.

O: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf:  I enjoyed Benediction by the same author but haven’t got around to this one yet. Nor have I seen the film.

O: Old Soldiers Never Die by Frank Richards: Another in the Library of Wales series.

K: The Kill by Emile Zola: Part of the 20-cycle Rougon Maquet series

E: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton: Bought on a business trip to Michigan when I was trying to unwind in the bookshop after a very long day.

R: Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West: Wish I could remember when I bought this and was prompted me to do so


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T: Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klausmann: A bargain purchase in a very unusual location – a local branch of Poundstretchers.

A: Armadale by Wilkie Collins: I went through a phase of reading Collins back in the 1980s but never got to this. It’s moved house three times…..

L: Long Song by Andrea Levy: I think I bought this when the local library had the first – and the best – of their sales. Since then the pickings have been very slim indeed.

K: King Rat by James Clavell : I tried reading Shogun but gave up after about 50 pages. My husband assures me this is a million time better.

Have I learned anything from this little exercise?  Not really other than I appear to have a dirth of books whose titles begin with the letter K. Fortunately my blog name didn’t have a third K otherwise I’d have been at a loss (an excuse to go buying maybe??). But of B’s and L’s I have an embarrassment of riches.




What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

12 thoughts on “Booker Talk in books

  • My husband had a great time in college when he directed a radio play of Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone. I wish radio plays were still a regular thing and not a niche activity for Broadcasting majors in college.

    • Fortunately the BBC here does have a play every day – usually they are new pieces.

  • I just finished reading Small Island by Andrea Levy and loved it… I’m wondering if her other books are as good!

  • OMG I’m not sure I’d be able to do this, my name is SO LONG!!!! I’d probably have to use repeats.

  • Judy Krueger

    Fun! The Long Song!! I love her books.

  • I’ve just posted one of these! If you enjoyed Benediction I’d be surprised if you don’t enjoy Our Souls at Night too. Lovely book, but I’ll be avoiding the film.

  • Interesting idea. Of the books on the list itself can thoroughly recommend Our Souls At Night – beautiful story!

  • What fun! I will definitely give this a try, though I have a lot of letters to find titles for!

  • I’ve got Long Song on my TBR too. I really liked her first one, Small Island, but I’ve never got round to reading this one…


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