Ten fictional books

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I don’t think I’m the only person to be intrigued, even fascinated, by make-believe fictional books that appear in real fictional books. The kind of books that you could almost credit existed once, indeed heartily wish did exist in fact, whether or not you have any intention of reading them.

While reading Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising I recently did a little list of these works that I’d really like to imagine as existing and available, if not in our own then at least in some parallel universe. Various websites have selections of such fictional books — for example, Wikipedia’s is here — but I’ve deliberately not consulted these, relying instead on memories of novels I’ve read (all links are to my reviews or posts) or intend to read soon.

The sources for the fictional books are listed afterwards: the books themselves are in no particular order other than as they occurred to me.

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Literally challenged

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I’m not an organised sort of person. I like to think I’m spontaneous, but I’m told that this my euphemism for lazy. I’m allergic to lists, whether written by someone else or, especially, by me. And lists of New Year’s resolutions? Forget it.

What, however, if the list was about something close to my heart, something I blog about? This Reading Challenge from Goodwill Librarian on Facebook lists fifty-two cues to help the floundering reader lost at sea with no lifelines. The idea, I suppose, is to research the cue, then spend a week reading the title you’ve chosen, all to take a year. And there are a lot of options, aren’t there?

Too much to take in? Looking at the list, many of the choices can be combined. A book with more than 500 pages can also be one by an author you’ve never read before. A book based entirely on its cover could easily be a graphic novel as well. A book by a female author (hmm, I wonder if the list was written by a man?) might also be authored by a writer with one’s own initials. And so on. This is starting to become more manageable.

Here’s how I might  proceed. First I’ll look at my shelves and decide which book or books I want to read or re-read. Then I’ll see which box or boxes it ticks. Then on to the next one. As the year goes on, with many boxes ticked, I can see where the gaps are and make more of a conscious effort to search for a book that’s won a Pulitzer (or any other) prize, includes a colour in its title, counts as a memoir or has garnered bad reviews. Or indeed, fits two or more of these categories.

Or, remembering that allergy, I might not.