Spelling it out

Occasionally it’s nice to do a fun meme, right? Here’s one that grabbed my attention, courtesy of Lynne at Fictionophile via Paula at Book Jotter.

There are Rules — of course — for My Blog’s Name in Books:

1. Spell out your blog’s name (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL).
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 Goodreads TBR. )
3. Have fun!

I think I can stick to these — except I don’t have a Goodreads TBR list, the simple reason being that this list would include more than half my books!

(In case you’re wondering, a good proportion of those books are non-fiction or reference, and — yes — I’ve dipped into pretty much all of them. But back to the matter in hand… )

So perusing my shelves I’ve come up with a mixed selection of new-to-me and time-for-a-reread books spelling out CALMGROVE.

R proved hardest, along with E, while M furnished me with the greatest choice; but I’ve also simplified things by ignoring prefixes like ‘the’ and ‘Mr’.

C.A. Lloyd Jones’ Mr Cassini has hung around long enough, promising me a quixotic pilgrimage around Wales if I’ve read the blurb right. With Jorge Luis Borges’ The Aleph and Other Stories I’ve been promising myself that I’d finally get round to reading all the pieces in the collection for, oooh, simply decades now: I went through a phase in the 70s of immersing myself in the author’s short stories, but never quite appreciated then how subtle they were. Now I’m ready. I think.

L.M. I’ve been wanting to get back to Jeanette Winterson, especially her character Silver whom I’d encountered in a couple of YA novels, so as Lighthousekeeping reintroduces her at a later stage in her life the choice for L is a no-brainer. I also enjoyed Ursula Le Guin’s dark collection Orsinian Tales many years ago but stalled after a couple of pages on the companion novel Malafrena. I’ve been hanging my head in shame ever since.

G.R. Michael Moorcock’s Tudorbethan epic Gloriana was a fantasy I enjoyed many, many years ago but I suspect I would appreciate its depths a great deal more now, so have bought a new edition for that very purpose. All I remember is the claustrophobic and fetid atmosphere, not the plot — if there ever was one!

As a teenager I acquired and read every Tarzan paperback I could lay my hands on, but strangely enough The Return of Tarzan was one that never came my way. I wonder how it will stand up to critical scrutiny a century or so after its publication?

O.V.E. A compendium of classic Gothick mysteries is bookended, literally, by two rereads, neither of which I’ve reviewed. Dickens’ Oliver Twist hasn’t been revisited since my teens (though I’ve seen no end of film or tv adaptations, even parodies) so I’m sure there’ll be surprises in store for me.

For V I have a choice with this Gothick collection. I’ve already read The Castle of Otranto but not William Beckford’s Vathek nor John Polidori’s The Vampyre. I can’t quite decide between the last two — Beckford was a real character and visionary while Polidori’s tale was first conceived at the same time (1816) and in the same place as Frankenstein in Switzerland. Either would fit the bill!

Finally there’s Diana Wynne Jones’ Eight Days of Luke. Though it’s been claimed Neil Gaiman’s American Gods owed some of its inspiration to it, albeit unconsciously, Jones’ YA novel has a very different vibe. I read it before I began blogging reviews, and now want to renew my acquaintance with it.

When will I get round to these? Who knows — they’ve been hanging around for quite a while — but don’t be surprised if any of them pop up on my feed in the next little while!

20 thoughts on “Spelling it out

        1. piotrek

          Well, it took me just a short while of browsing through my shelves, and than half an hour to find the final one, third “N” book, I wish I bought “Never Let Me Go” when I almost did 😉

          Although the trick Chris suggested to skip the “of the world” part is much appreciated!

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  1. Interesting list- I liked the picture/spelling you did at the beginning 🙂 I must read Tarzan sometime- I’ve read The Princess of Mars which was good fun but haven’t so far got to any sequels or Tarzan.

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  2. I’m thinking about doing this too. My blog name is slightly longer than yours, but still manageable, I think. I’m curious about Gloriana – I loved Michael Moorcock’s Elric and Corum novels when I was younger but I never read that one and rarely read fantasy these days.

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    1. ‘Gloriana’ is set, as you might guess from the title, in a kind of Webster-like Tudorbethan world of shadows, intrigue and low-life, from what I remember, rather different from the couple of Elric novels of his I have read.


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