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The (UNofficial) BingoDOG Book Suggestions Topic

1This-n-That
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 10:59am

Since a few people expressed an interest in having a separate place for BingoDOG participants to list their book suggestions and ideas, I took the liberty of creating a topic for that purpose. (I hope that is okay with everyone.)

Please feel free to list any books that might work well for specific bingo squares here. Even if you don't end up reading it yourself, it might be the perfect BB for someone else. Thank you to everyone, for sharing your suggestions.

BingoDog Squares for 2020
1. Book that's in a Legacy Library
2. Book written by an LT author
3. Book published in 1820 or 1920
4. Book published in the year of your birth
5. Book published under a pen name or anonymously
6. Book set in Asia
7. Mystery or true crime
8. Book involving a real historical event (fiction or nonfiction)
9. Book about books, bookstores, or libraries
10. Book with at least three letters of BINGO consecutively in order in the title (BIN, ING, NGO, GOB, OBI...the letters can cross words but must be in order and be consecutive)
11. Red cover (or red is prominent on the cover)
12. Title contains a pun
13. Book about birth or death (childbearing, midwifery, human aging -- this is a combo of the "childbearing" and "human aging" suggestions)
14. Book with a proper name in the title
15. Book published by a small press or self-published
16. Book published in 2020
17. Epistolary novel or collection of letters
18. Book by a journalist or about journalism
19. Book not set on Earth
20. Mythology or folklore
21. Weird book title
22. Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle
23. Book with a periodic table element in the title
24. Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK
25. Read a CAT

2pamelad
Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 9:16pm

>1 This-n-That: Thank you for setting this up.

Two suggestions for Title Contains a Pun, both from The Fredric Brown MEGAPACK ®: 33 Classic Science Fiction Stories which I downloaded for the princely price of 94 cents: Nothing Sirius and Pi in the Sky. ETA Paradox Lost, a short story collection.

Fredric Brown is also good for weird titles: We All Killed Grandma; The Screaming Mimi; Night of the Jabberwock.

3NinieB
Nov 22, 2019, 9:31pm

>2 pamelad: I'll second the recommendation of Fredric Brown's short stories—I read his collection Honeymoon in Hell at the beginning of 2019 and thought it was a lot of fun.

4This-n-That
Nov 22, 2019, 10:04pm

>2 pamelad: You are welcome. :-)

Although these are not all suggestions for specific books, here are some lists that might be helpful.

"Book published by a small press or self-published"
https://www.powells.com/post/lists/24-of-our-favorite-small-presses

"Book with a periodic table element in the title"
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/71654.Periodic_Table_Elements_in_Titles

"Epistolary novel or collection of letters"
https://www.librarything.com/tag/epistolary,+fiction
(I think The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith sounds good. I have enjoyed other books by this author. I also recommend Letters From Father Christmas. Great fun for a holiday read!)

This list covers ideas for "Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle" and "Book about books, bookstores, or libraries"
https://bookriot.com/2016/06/20/100-must-read-books-about-libraries-bookstores/
(I am planning on reading The Library Book and perhaps The Bookseller of Kabul)

5Helenliz
Nov 23, 2019, 4:44am

My ideas, which I will share.

Small press: I am a fan of Peirene Press (https://www.peirenepress.com/ ). They are a small company who publish 3 books a year that are translated into English. So far all of their books have been thought provoking and interesting. The Last Summer being the one that stands out. Last year they exclusively published women authors, which do you for "woman outside the US/UK square as well.
In fact I think I could fill a number of squares with their titles!

Pun: I have Why Willows Weep on my shelf, which is, I think, a play on weeping willow and to weep.

Epistolary novel - having just finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall I can assure you that this would fit the bill, being a letter and diary combo throughout.

4> I also have The bookseller of Kabul on my shelf, so thanks for that one.

6Kristelh
Nov 23, 2019, 6:26am

Perhaps you could copy and past the list of bingo squares at the top for reference. Thanks.

I really appreciate this thread.

7NinieB
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 8:15am

For 17 Epistolary novel or collection of letters, I suggest A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. Or if you are feeling really adventurous, one of the classics of epistolary fiction from the 18th century is Evelina by Frances Burney. I read and enjoyed it this year. You'll find many other ideas with the LT tag "epistolary": https://www.librarything.com/tag/epistolary.

8casvelyn
Nov 23, 2019, 10:47am

Just a few suggestions off the top of my head. Items with asterisks are ones I've read and recommend.

3. Book published in 1820 or 1920

Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
*The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson

9. Book about books, bookstores, or libraries

*A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
*Parnassus on Wheels and *The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

21. Weird book title

Any of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley (I've read all but the last)

22. Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle

*The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

24. Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK

Kate Morton (Australia): *The Clockmaker's Daughter is my favorite
L. M. Montgomery (Canada): You can't really go too wrong with any of her books
Muriel Barbery (France): *The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Laurence Cosse (France): *A Novel Bookstore
Cornelia Funke (Germany): The Inkheart trilogy
Ngaio Marsh (New Zealand): Any of her mysteries are good, although like any prolific author, some are better than others
Astrid Lindgren (Sweden): The Pippi Longstocking books were among my favorites as a kid

9This-n-That
Nov 23, 2019, 11:00am

>6 Kristelh: Great idea! I have added it to the first message. Thanks for the suggestion.

10LadyoftheLodge
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 8:13pm

Periodic Table ideas:

The Oxygen Murder by Camille Minichino
The Boric Acid Murder by Camille Minichino

Copper, Gold, Silver are obvious choices too. The symbols for Iodine and Helium are good ones!

Puns: Lots of cozies have puns in the titles, such as A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander or Here Comes Santa Paws by Laurien Berenson

Not set on Earth: The Little Prince or the Narnia books, also Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Epistolary: Sorcery and Cecilia or others in that series; Griffin and Sabine

Weird Titles: Books by Lewis Grizzard, or the Foxtrot cartoon books, orthe Hank Zipzer books for middle schoolers

Mythology: Rick Riordan books, such The Lightning Thief

11majkia
Nov 23, 2019, 12:46pm

Rregarding the 'not set on Earth' box, I suppose you could read a book about happenings on boats. Surely there are a bunch of books taking place on cruise ships and sailboats, etc.

12pamelad
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 3:46pm

Epistolary: I recently read Kressmann Taylor's Address Unknown, an exchange of letters between a Jewish art dealer in San Francisco and his ex-partner and friend who has returned to Germany. It charts the decline of an urbane and tolerant man into anti-Semitic hatred. It was first published in 1938.

13NinieB
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 5:18pm

I was intrigued by LadyoftheLodge's question in the other topic about non-sci-fi books not set on Earth. I poked around and came up with some ideas:

1. Nonfiction about exploration of space. Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission is all about NASA's exploration of Mars by robot, with photography, and it won the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award in 2014.

2. Memoirs of astronauts, such as First on the Moon by Neil Armstrong et al.

3. Books focused on flying. A couple of highly regarded authors in this area who wrote both fiction and nonfiction are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Beryl Markham's West with the Night is supposed to be excellent as well.

4. Some literary classics are set in heaven or hell, such as Dante's Inferno and its successors, and John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

5. How about ballooning? This tag (https://www.librarything.com/tag/ballooning) turns up some interesting history and adventure titles: Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air and Around the World in 20 Days, for example. And a couple well-regarded children's books are set in balloons: Hot Air: The Mostly True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride was a Caldecott honor book and The Twenty-One Balloons won the Newbery Medal.

I haven't read any of these books, but they all look like interesting options for this square.

14NinieB
Nov 23, 2019, 5:52pm

Books originally published in 1820:
Precaution by James Fenimore Cooper
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving (serially published 1819-1820)
Ivanhoe, The Abbot, and The Monastery by Sir Walter Scott
A New-England Tale; or, Sketches of New England Character and Manners by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

15NinieB
Nov 23, 2019, 6:28pm

I just discovered how to identify books in your catalog that are in a Legacy Library:

1. On the Home page, select Stats/Memes (in the second bar at the top).
2. Select Legacy Libraries in the left column.
3. You should now see a list of the Legacy Libraries that share books with you.
4. To see a list of books, select "Shared with {your user name}, books", in the top center of the page.

You can also try navigating to the following link, after editing it to include your user name in place of XXX:

https://www.librarything.com/profile/XXX/stats/legacy#

16dudes22
Nov 23, 2019, 6:40pm

>15 NinieB: - Thanks - that should be a big help. Easier than looking at each one.

17clue
Nov 23, 2019, 6:43pm

>15 NinieB: Thanks from me too. I've looked at mine and will probably choose to read Washington Square by Henry James. It's in four Legacy Libraries. Using Legacy Libraries might be a fun way to read the TBR.

18LadyoftheLodge
Nov 23, 2019, 8:03pm

>15 NinieB: That is awesome! Very helpful.

19sallylou61
Nov 23, 2019, 8:42pm

>15 NinieB: Thanks for the very helpful hint.

20DeltaQueen50
Nov 23, 2019, 9:00pm

Anybody have any ideas for the "Weird Title"? I was thinking of going with Hunt for the Skinwalker but is that weird enough?

1920 was a good year for classic mysteries, I am going with The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson.

21clue
Nov 23, 2019, 9:23pm

I think your weird title is weird enough. I haven't decided but I'm considering Shotgun Lovesongs or Before Women Had Wings.

22This-n-That
Nov 23, 2019, 9:25pm

23DeltaQueen50
Nov 23, 2019, 9:28pm

>21 clue: & >22 This-n-That: You have brought up some excellent weird titles!

24JayneCM
Nov 23, 2019, 9:31pm

>5 Helenliz: I will definitely take a look at their books - I already like the look of The Last Summer.

>22 This-n-That: The Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs is exactly the weird title I was thinking of when I nominated that square!

25LittleTaiko
Nov 23, 2019, 9:32pm

>20 DeltaQueen50: For weird title I have Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs earmarked, though I do think your title is quite weird too.

>14 NinieB: - One other option for books published in 1820 is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

26This-n-That
Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 9:46pm

Maybe JayneCM can offer an informed opinion but for the weird title theme, I suspect it is meant to be fairly subjective? Everyone's suggestions so far sound odd enough to me.:) Some of the cozy mystery titles also sound weird to me.

27JayneCM
Nov 23, 2019, 9:43pm

Some great books published in 1920.

The Wreath - the first book of Kristin Lavransdatter. I may finally get to my re-read of this!
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
The Age of Innocence
The Children of Odin
Cheri
The Women At The Pump

28dudes22
Nov 24, 2019, 12:07pm

For "not set on earth".

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Martian by Andy Weir

Not too much sci-fi, I think

And there are probably a ton of books about space launches and astronauts if you aren't much of a sci-fi fan.

29VivienneR
Nov 24, 2019, 1:38pm

Also published in 1920:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold, a Virago Modern Classic about a woman and her experiences as a driver for the French army immediately following World War I.

30This-n-That
Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 5:47pm

One more weird title I just saw online, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. This is also an anthology, should someone need to read one for another book challenge.

31LadyoftheLodge
Nov 24, 2019, 7:40pm

If you want to read middle school humor for weird titles, try the series by Henry Winkler, including Barfing in the Back Seat and The Night I Flunked My Field Trip. These are part of the Hank Zipzer series, which can also get you the letter "z" for AlphaKit.

32EBT1002
Nov 24, 2019, 9:38pm

I'm just ringing in to say I'm glad to have this thread -- thank you, >1 This-n-That:!!

33JayneCM
Nov 25, 2019, 3:48am

>28 dudes22: I can second The Martian. I just finished it and was quite surprised by how riveting I found it, even though it was very science based and the action was very slow. It takes a long time to do anything in space!

34dudes22
Nov 25, 2019, 7:12am

>33 JayneCM: - I actually haven't read it yet although I've seen the movie. It's on the list for next year for my "books into movies" category.

35LadyoftheLodge
Nov 25, 2019, 11:11am

>33 JayneCM: >34 dudes22: That is a good idea, thanks!

36VivienneR
Nov 25, 2019, 1:05pm

I'm having trouble with the "title contains a pun" square. It seems every title that draws my attention is really a play on words, not a pun.

37christina_reads
Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 4:53pm

>36 VivienneR: I didn't suggest that square, but I would imagine that "pun" could be construed to include any humorous play on words. That's how I intend to interpret it, anyway!

38pamelad
Nov 25, 2019, 3:33pm

For the weird title square I am thinking of Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins. Tom Robbins specialised in weird titles. Another possibility is his Tibetan Peach Pie.

39LadyoftheLodge
Nov 25, 2019, 3:46pm

>36 VivienneR: I think it is up to the reader to decide what is a pun. Things should be as flexible as possible!

40majkia
Nov 25, 2019, 4:14pm

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3315.Titlemania_I_Puns_in_Titles

I know, on that 'other' site, but still useful!

41This-n-That
Nov 25, 2019, 4:18pm

>40 majkia: That's a helpful list. (I also take a peek sometimes at Listopia for book challenge hints.)

42VivienneR
Nov 25, 2019, 6:19pm

>37 christina_reads: Oh good! I'll go along with you.
>39 LadyoftheLodge: I agree!
>40 majkia: Very useful. Now that I get the idea I'll be able to find something.

43LadyoftheLodge
Nov 26, 2019, 10:16am

>40 majkia: The list is quite comprehensive. I was happy to see that I had read or own many on the list.

44Montarville
Nov 28, 2019, 9:52pm

Here is a list of authors using a pen name: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pen_names.

45MissWatson
Nov 29, 2019, 6:18am

>44 Montarville: Thanks, I didn't realise how many of my TBRs qualify.

46JayneCM
Nov 30, 2019, 5:28am

I like feel good books about animals and already had this one on my TBR - Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard. This covers the Bingo letter combos of ING, GOB, OBI.

47This-n-That
Nov 30, 2019, 9:43am

>46 JayneCM: That's a really good choice. I would use it if I hadn't previously read it.

I am still searching for a book for that theme. It seems the most obvious choice would be to search for a book with a word ending in "ing". This is the only list I could find (sorry, not from LT):
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/138735.ATY_2020_A_book_with_an_ing_word_in_t...

48LadyoftheLodge
Nov 30, 2019, 3:21pm

>47 This-n-That: Here are a few ideas of "ing" titles, if you are into P.G. Wodehouse.
Ring for Jeeves and Jeeves in the Offing.

49LittleTaiko
Nov 30, 2019, 8:51pm

>44 Montarville: - Wow! I’ve been reading Rhys Bowen books for years now and never new it was a pseudonym. That could work out really well for bingo next year.

50JayneCM
Nov 30, 2019, 10:34pm

>47 This-n-That: Hope it was good!
I also thought anything ending in 'ing' should be easy to find. I also have Goblin by Ever Dundas on my list - people seem to either love it or hate it.

51This-n-That
Nov 30, 2019, 11:57pm

>50 JayneCM: Oh yes, I should mentioned in the prior message that I enjoyed Finding Gobi. Overall it is a feel-good type of story with some twists and turns. I rated it 4 stars. :-)

52This-n-That
Nov 30, 2019, 11:58pm

>48 LadyoftheLodge: Thanks for the suggestions.

53JayneCM
Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 12:48am

>51 This-n-That: Thanks! I love a dog or cat feel-good story. One of my favourite books growing up was The Incredible Journey - I must have read it twenty times!

54LadyoftheLodge
Dec 2, 2019, 9:07pm

Okay, get this! I ordered a used copy of Ask the Astronaut by Tom Jones, to read for the Not Set on Earth square and also for the Non-Fiction CAT and GeoCAT. I got it today, and it was a signed copy! Woo-hoo!

55This-n-That
Dec 2, 2019, 11:19pm

>54 LadyoftheLodge: Very cool! What a nice surprise for you.

56Kristelh
Dec 3, 2019, 9:49am

>54 LadyoftheLodge:, that's cool!

57pamelad
Edited: Dec 5, 2019, 3:36am

https://www.goodreads.com/book/popular_by_date/1920

A list from Goodreads of books first published in 1920. I am planning on reading R.U.R.

58This-n-That
Dec 9, 2019, 3:17pm

For those participating in the Wolf Hall series group read, Bring Up The Bodies would definitely work for prompt #10 (3 consecutive letters in BINGO). I have no clue why it took me so long to notice that!

59Kristelh
Dec 9, 2019, 7:32pm

60NinieB
Dec 9, 2019, 9:49pm

Understanding that this is a group that lets everyone set their own rules . . . what's the feeling on a book with "things" in the title for the Library or Thing title square? I can recommend several good books with the plural:

Evidence of Things Seen by Elizabeth Daly
All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot (and the next in series, All Things Wise and Wonderful)
Trophies and Dead Things by Marcia Muller
In Small Things Forgotten by James Deetz

61NinieB
Dec 9, 2019, 9:52pm

And a couple of good "library" mysteries:
The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Murder in the Borough Library by John Austwick

62Kristelh
Edited: Dec 9, 2019, 10:05pm

For library
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Escape from Lemoncello's Library by Chris Crabenstein

63JayneCM
Dec 10, 2019, 12:54am

>58 This-n-That: Of course! I was only thinking of words like walking, running, etc. but lots other words ending in ing - sing, thing (double up on the library or thing square!), ring, bring, wing, sting, so many!

Where The Crawdads Sing has been on my list for ages.

64christina_reads
Dec 10, 2019, 10:31am

>60 NinieB: I would think the plural is fine -- after all, the word "thing" is inside the word "things"! Thanks for the good suggestions!

65This-n-That
Edited: Dec 10, 2019, 10:53pm

>60 NinieB: >64 christina_reads: I agree the plural of library or thing is fine to use. Either one is in the spirit of the theme. :-) Great suggestions!

For anyone trying to cover two squares with one book, it is my understanding that James Herriot is also a pen name (#5).

66sallylou61
Dec 10, 2019, 6:08pm

>65 This-n-That: James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight.

Although there are very few rules concerning CATs, KITs, and BingoDOG, I think that it is generally understood that any one book should be used for only one square in BingoDOG. However, a reader is free to change squares for a book if she/he finds another book would which fit a square better (or one is having difficulty filling a square for which a book already read for BingoDOG would fit), etc.

67NinieB
Dec 10, 2019, 6:49pm

>65 This-n-That: Since Herriot's books are chronological memoirs, I would strongly recommend reading the first, All Creatures Great and Small, before the two I mentioned above. So that one could fill the pseudonym square, and one of the others could fill the bingo square!

Herriot is one of my top childhood favorites even though they are not children's books . I'm pretty sure I was 11 or 12 when I read these. And the first time I went to England in my 20s going to Yorkshire was not optional—I had to see the setting of these favorites. Really strongly recommended.

68JayneCM
Edited: Dec 10, 2019, 8:47pm

>66 sallylou61: I do that - just my little quirk that I don't like double dipping in any of the categories! Probably why I will not complete them all this year!

69NinieB
Dec 10, 2019, 9:10pm

To find books in your LT catalog with one of the three-letter bingo letters, search title:*ing* (or whatever three letters you want). The limitation is that it won't find those where the letters are spread over two words.

70This-n-That
Edited: Dec 10, 2019, 11:31pm

>66 sallylou61: Good to know. I personally only use one book per topic/theme within an individual challenge but I wasn't sure if there was any formal rule for this group. (If I were doing a big challenge like PopSugar, I might rethink my personal rule though.)

71This-n-That
Dec 10, 2019, 10:48pm

>67 NinieB: Thank you for the recommendation. I actually recently reread All Creatures Great and Small, followed by All Things Bright and Beautiful. Both were quite enjoyable. If I use Herriot as the author for the pen name square, I'll be onto All Things Wise and Wonderful. :)

72This-n-That
Dec 13, 2019, 10:19am

Does anyone have any book recommendations for mythology and folklore? I am kinda stuck on that one. I have read Circe and The Song of Achilles. (I am assuming retellings are okay to use.) I am not a big mythology/folklore reader and would probably prefer something on the shorter side.

73Helenliz
Dec 13, 2019, 10:25am

Assuming that fairytales come into the category of folklore, I would recomend most highly The Sleeper and the Spindle a twist on Sleeping Beauty by Neil Gaiman. I listened to it and it came in at just over an hour. Excellent.

74This-n-That
Dec 13, 2019, 11:09am

>73 Helenliz: Thank you!

75christina_reads
Dec 13, 2019, 11:43am

>72 This-n-That: >73 Helenliz: I would think that fairytales count as folklore! In that vein, I'd highly recommend anything by Robin McKinley. I'm also thinking of things like Arthurian legend, folk heroes such as Paul Bunyan or Robin Hood, as well as world mythologies. Two options I'm considering for that square are American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Sherwood by Meagan Spooner.

76Kristelh
Dec 13, 2019, 1:49pm

I just read The Mists of Avalon but also, there are so many really. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Ella Enchanted, Wicked, Aesop's Fables, The Snow Child, The Snow Queen to name some quickly.

77This-n-That
Dec 13, 2019, 2:58pm

>75 christina_reads: >76 Kristelh: Thanks for the recommendations.

78pamelad
Edited: Dec 13, 2019, 4:03pm

>72 This-n-That: I have ordered Mythology by Edith Hamilton because mythology has been completely missing from my education and I'd like to know more.

ETA I considered The Greek Myths by Robert Graves, but the reviews suggest that it is too dry and academic for my purposes, being a book about myths rather than one that tells the myths themselves. To read later, perhaps.

79majkia
Dec 13, 2019, 5:10pm

I'll be reading Un Lun Dun for alphakit. It looks like this will work for the mythology/folklore square? Has anyone already read it?

80christina_reads
Dec 13, 2019, 5:31pm

>79 majkia: I've read Un Lun Dun, although it's been a while! It's a fun read, very clever with lots of wordplay. The "alternate London" concept makes it sound a bit like Neverwhere, but it's much more Jasper Fforde than Neil Gaiman. I can't remember it referencing any particular myths or folktales, although I suppose the "chosen one" trope is a staple of the genre!

81JayneCM
Dec 13, 2019, 7:47pm

>72 This-n-That: Anyone looking for an introduction to either Greek or Norse mythology, I love the d'Aulaire books - D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths and Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths. Written for kids but definitely detailed enough to explain all the people and where they fit in.

82LittleTaiko
Dec 13, 2019, 7:59pm

>75 christina_reads: Thanks for the reminder of American Gods - I know what I’ll be reading for thus square!

83Kristelh
Edited: Dec 13, 2019, 8:42pm

>79 majkia:, Ive read Un Lun Dun a while ago. My memory is more as urban fantasy and not as myth.

I think Circe is a great book for review of mythology. And a great read.

84casvelyn
Dec 13, 2019, 8:49pm

>72 This-n-That: I loved Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin. It's a retelling of part of the Aeneid from the perspective of Lavinia.

85MissWatson
Edited: Dec 16, 2019, 3:53am

>72 This-n-That: Rosemary Sutcliff (whose birthday was on December 14, which put me in mind of her) has written some very beautiful retellings of Irish and other myths that adults can also enjoy.

(edited for touchstone)

86This-n-That
Dec 16, 2019, 6:03pm

Thanks so much everyone for the recommendations. That is really helpful.

87JayneCM
Dec 19, 2019, 9:35pm

I was looking for books with a pun in the title and came across Stuart Maconie's travel type books about England.

I have chosen Adventures on the High Teas but there is also Cider With Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and The Pie At Night.

88MissWatson
Dec 20, 2019, 4:06am

>87 JayneCM: Fun titles, especially the first!

89Kristelh
Dec 20, 2019, 11:00am

>87 JayneCM:, love the titles, but unfortunately not available at my library. I like a travel type book.

90VivienneR
Dec 20, 2019, 11:10am

>87 JayneCM: Thank you for the Marconie recommendations! I just ordered two of them: Cider with Roadies and Pies and Prejudice, both of which my son and daughter-in-law will enjoy as well. Can't beat that.

91rabbitprincess
Dec 20, 2019, 12:13pm

Adventure on the High Teas sounds delightful!

92JayneCM
Dec 20, 2019, 4:46pm

>89 Kristelh: That's a shame. My library only had one of the titles.

>90 VivienneR: Hope you all like them!

93pamelad
Jan 7, 2020, 3:30am

17. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos - it is Lorelei's diary.
22. The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel - well regarded on LT.

94JayneCM
Feb 13, 2020, 12:38am

If anyone is looking for something for the epistolary novel square, I am just reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette (which is an epistolary novel itself) and there is a list of other books in the back.

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Carrie by Stephen King
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Bridget Jone's Diary by Helen Fielding
Dracula by Bram Stoker

95This-n-That
Feb 14, 2020, 3:41pm

>94 JayneCM: Thanks for the list. I didn't realize Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an epistolary novel.

96JayneCM
Feb 14, 2020, 6:43pm

>95 This-n-That: I didn't either until I started reading! Emails, reports, letters, doctor's bills, all sorts of things.
I read Carrie years ago and didn't remember that was one either. And I still can't remember what format it took.

97LisaMorr
Edited: Feb 28, 2020, 8:10pm

>94 JayneCM: Thanks Jayne - a very helpful list! I've got both We Need to Talk About Kevin and Bridget Jones's Diary on my TBR.

98Kristelh
Feb 29, 2020, 5:32pm

I read Daisy Jones & the Six which is tagged Epistolary and I think it does fit because of the interview style the author uses.

99sallylou61
Jun 15, 2020, 9:27pm

Does anyone know of a way to search for a LT author?

100christina_reads
Jun 15, 2020, 11:56pm

>99 sallylou61: From the home page, click "Zeitgeist" from the main menu, and at the top right-hand corner you should see a chunk of text with the header "Authors who LibraryThing," followed by a link to the complete list. It doesn't appear to be searchable, but there is a place where you can click on "Your authors," so that you'd see only the LT authors whose book(s) you own.

101sallylou61
Jun 16, 2020, 6:25pm

>100 christina_reads:. Thank you very much. I thought that there must be some way to find these. I'm amazed at how many of my authors are listed as LT authors, but do not have anything listed on their profile pages. I'm only considering those who actually have something cataloged.

102rabbitprincess
Jun 16, 2020, 8:29pm

>100 christina_reads: Oh THAT's how you do it! I was trying to figure it out yesterday, because I *knew* I had found it before. Sharon Kay Penman was my choice for that square.

103christina_reads
Jun 17, 2020, 11:24am

>101 sallylou61: >102 rabbitprincess: Glad I could help! I was much more haphazard in filling that square...I basically just looked up each book as I planned to read it, and checked to see if the author was an LT author! Not very systematic, but it worked for me. :)