I have to hand it to the booktubers, they come up with some great memes. I found this on Mel’s Bookland Adventures, but it is the brain child of Shawn, The Book Maniac. I love the idea of it, so let’s play blogstyle ….

(Image issued under Creative Commons Licence by Leo Reynolds)

A is for Author (First or last name beginning with A)
I’ve read and loved all three of Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s intelligent zeitgeisty novels. I do hope there are more in the offing.

A is for A (The last book you read with a title beginning with A)
That would be the 5-star A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther

A is for a book that made you angry
I am not a fan of expletive-laden prose and will DNF a novel with too much. But the last book I actually remember actually flinging in the bin because of it – and that after only 5 pages – was Christopher Brookmyre’s Boiling A Frog.

A is for Awesome (A top read from recent years)
Short story collections can be very hit or miss, but there’s not a story that fails to amaze in The Moth. 50 stories and they’re all true!

A is for Aaah (A title with 3 a’s in it.)
What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe. Satire at its very best.

A is for Annoying (A character that drove you up the wall)
The more pious than thou Fanny Price in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

A is for Ambivalent (A book you are unsure about)
It may have won the 2018 Giller Prize, and Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black was entertaining enough, but even it wasn’t sure what it wanted to be. Was it an historical novel, or a fantasy novel? I still don’t know.

A is for Anticipation (A book you’re looking forward to)
I have 6 of these for you. See Great Anticipations Q3 2019.

A is for Actually (A book you didn’t expect to like, but did.)
It took a group read to persuade me to reread it, and when I did I loved Roth’s Radetzky March!

A is for Affected (A character, book or writer you feel is pretentious)
A pet hate of mine is when authors play with structure for the sake of it. This year’s Man Booker International Winner, Celestial Bodies, is the latest case in point. In this case, I failed to see what the non-linear timeline added to the whole, apart from unnecessary complication. Tony appreciated the mosaic in the structure, but the picture never built up for me. I found the constant to-ing and fro-ing within the timeline irritating and that totally interfered with my enjoyment of the novel.

A is for how’s it going, eh? (There’s something Canadian about that eh? that relates it to a, so this tag is for a Canadian book you have enjoyed or want to read)
Time for a dark, gothic, chunkster of a book and Anne-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.

A is for Anti-climactic (a book that fizzled out at the end)
When I finish a book like this, it is done, dusted and forgotten as soon as the final page is turned. So sorry, I can’t remember a thing!

A is for All the Bloggers who’d like to join in. Go right ahead.