My name in books

Here’s an idea that took my fancy which I first saw on A life in Books blog in August this year. Susan got it from someone who got it from someone else. It’s a satisfying idea: an acrostic of my name in books I have read in the last 12 months. The quality and my enjoyment of these books are variable. I reviewed many of the ones I thought were really good and have included the links to the reviews.

The Acrostic

220 Fernet BrC Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson

A All my Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

R Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean. Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

O Outline by Rachel Cusk

L Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

I Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

N Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

E The Erl-King by Michel Tournier. Translated from the French by Barbara Bray

220 Little Girls

L The Little Girls by Elizabeth Bowen

O In the Orchard, the Swallows by Peter Hobbs

D Do It Like a Woman … and change the world by Caroline Criado-Perez

G Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

E Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey





Excuse the little cheat. It was impossible without. Can you do one with your name books?

Woman Reading by Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924) in Tokyo National Museum via WikiCommons

Woman Reading by Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924) in Tokyo National Museum via WikiCommons

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13 Responses to My name in books

  1. Eileen

    How lovely and yes I forgive your little cheat. You might have looked at Oliver Twist for a quick read! And I love the illustrations – again. I’d like to try this and see where it takes me but it won’t have been books I have read this year – perhaps over the last few years. I’ll get back to you. Enjoy your Christmas reading. x

    • Caroline

      I enjoyed trying to get this to fit. It helps to have read lots and lots! I could start planning my reading for the next 12 months’ acrostic.

      Caroline xx

  2. I’m so glad you like this, Caroline. It’s great fun to put together, isn’t it. I would be surprised if anyone gets away without a little bending of the rules. Thanks so much for the link.

  3. Here’s mine:

    N- Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
    I- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
    C- Cakewalk by Kate Moses
    O- One Hundred Miles from Manhattan by Guillermo Fesser
    L- London: A Travel Guide Through Time by Dr Matthew Green
    A- A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway / Astronauts Wives Club by Lily Koppel

    M – My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg
    I- I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
    L- Laments by George Hagen
    L- Little Children by Tom Perotta
    E- Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City by Bradley L. Garrett
    R- Rivers by Michael Farris Smith / Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan

    I couldn’t decide between a few of the categories -forgive me! The James Anderson book was reviewed on my site- link below.

  4. That’s a lovely idea, Caroline; a fun way of recording some of your reading. I managed Norah okay, but have three more to go for Colvin. I couldn’t even swing it with a cheat. I would have had to use the second or third word of the titles. Never mind, I enjoyed looking back over the books I read anyway.

    • Caroline

      Thanks Norah. Some letters are definitely easier than others, and if you have two letters the same AND a difficult letter (like O) it can be very tricky indeed. But good fun, and nice to revisit one’s reading list.
      Let us know if you finish it.


  5. Eileen

    It was much harder than I thought – especially as I have four Es.

    E: Elizabeth is Missing
    I: Idiot (The)
    L: Living Longer Together
    E: Eats, Shoots and Leaves
    E: Elephant Whisperer (The)
    N: Nicholas Nickleby

    C: Crazy Age
    A: An Inspector Calls
    R: Retiring with Attitude
    N: New York, a guide
    E: Emma
    L: Lady in the Van (The)
    L: Lady Windermere’s Fan

    Some I saw at the theatre – but who’s checking x

    • Caroline

      Oh well done. Four Es and three Ls. You can make your own rules for this, of course. I can see one or two examples of books you have been involved in writing as well as reading here!
      And I admire you for The Idiot. I havent yet managed to tackle this one, despite visiting The Idiot Cafe in September.
      Caroline xx

  6. Morag Goldfinch

    What a great way to review a year’s reading. Here’s mine.
    Meursault – the Investigation – Kamel Daoud
    Other People’s Countries – Patrick McGuinness
    Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnnets – Don Patterson
    Agnes – Peter Stamm
    Gossip from the Forest – Sarah Maitland

    Gin, glorious gin – Olivia Williams
    Outline – Rachel Cusk
    Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
    Dora Bruder – Patrick Modiano
    Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
    I put a spell on you – John Burnside
    Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
    Coming up Trumps – Jean Trumpington
    How to be Both – Ali Smith

    • Caroline

      Brilliant list Morag. I’ve read and enjoyed, and reviewed on the blog, a number of your books. I especially enjoyed How to be both, and also Mersault. Well done. You don’t say, but it seems to have come easily to you. I’m guessing you read lots and widely.
      Thanks for adding to this.

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