A reading acrostic

Just for fun, here’s something I saw on Annabel’s blog the other day: make an acrostic of your name from the titles of books that you’ve read this year. To make it more of a challenge, I decided to use my first name and surname.  I managed it… just about. I had to use two books that I’d read but not reviewed as well as read, and even the original-language title of a book that I read in English. But that’s all part of the fun!

D is for Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas (tr. Rosalind Harvey and Anne McLean)

A is for Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth

V is for (The) Vegetarian by Han Kang (tr. Deborah Smith)

I is for Into the Trees by Robert Williams

D is for Diving Belles by Lucy Wood

H is for Hotel Arcadia by Sunny Singh

E is for (The) End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (tr. Susan Bernofsky)

B is for (The) Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse by Iván Repila (tr. Sophie Hughes)

B is for (The) Beginning of the End by Ian Parkinson

L is for (The) Last Lover by Can Xue (tr. Annelise Finegan)

E is for (The) Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood

T is for To Mervas by Elisabeth Rynell (tr. Victoria Häggblom)

H is for (At) Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

W is for White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen (tr. Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah)

A is for Atlas: the Archaeology of an Imaginary City by Dung Kai-cheung (tr. Dung Kai-cheung, Anders Hansson and Bonnie S. McDougall)

I is for In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González (tr. Frank Wynne)

T is for Take It Cool by Jonathan Pinnock

E is for Ett Annat Liv (The Wandering Pine) by Per Olov Enquist (tr. Deborah Bragan-Turner)








  1. Fabulous idea – thought I’d have a go too:

    S – Stranger than Kindness by Mark A Radcliffe
    A – An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
    R – (The) Rice Paper Diaries by Francesca Rhydderch
    A – A is for Angelica by Iain Broome
    H – H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

    N – (The) Night Falling by Katherine Webb
    O – Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
    A – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    K – had to cheat for this one and go back to January 2014 for (The) Knot by Mark Watson
    E – (The) Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81
    S – (The) Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé

    I’ll have to look out for more books starting with K!

  2. I’ll have to give this a go but I think I might fail with the first letter – I haven’t read anything beginning with ‘J’ in 2015!

  3. You have more interesting letters in your name than me – I had to find 2 x A, 2 x N, so I made myself AnnaBookBel like my email and got more 2s! Fun though – and always good to promote older posts.

  4. Between the three of you (Annabel, Susan and yourself) you have tempted me into it, although I will have to go back a good deal longer to find a book with O. Plus I left out all those pesky articles in the titles… Great Bank Holiday procrastination, although it ain’t a bank holiday over here and I really should be getting on with some serious stuff…

  5. D- Dorian ( Will Self)
    A- Alun Lewis Collected Short Stories
    V – ( The ) Verificationists -Donald Antrim
    I – IQ84 (Book 1) – Murukami ( if I read one a year I can use it 3 times!)
    D – Death in Summer ( Benjamin Black)

    J- Journals ( John Cheever) ( bit of luck there!)
    A – Americanah ( Chimandah Ngozie Adichie)
    M- Middlemarch ( honestly- I’ve been ill and had loads of time so re-read classics!)
    E- England and other stories ( Graham Swift)
    S – Station Eleven ( E. St John Mandel)
    Lucky with a short name. ‘A’ would have come out on top.

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