‘We Need to Talk About Books’ in Book Titles

You’ve probably seen this tag doing the rounds where you spell out the name of your blog in book titles from your TBR list. It looked like some good pointless fun so I’ve given it an iteration. The idea started at Fictionphile and is now at On Bookes.

The rules are:

  1. Spell out your blog name
  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 TBR.)
  3. Have fun!

As usual, I’ve snuck some non-fiction books in here too.


Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

East of Eden by John Steinbeck


North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

Entanglements of Empire by Tony Ballantyne

Demian by Hermann Hesse


Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami


American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Open by Andre Agassi

Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee

Tombstone by Yang Jisheng


Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Something Happened by Joseph Heller

With so many books on my TBR it was not difficult to complete this list. Although, with three E’s and four O’s to find I ended up with Steinbeck twice.

With a couple of exceptions, I did not want a list of too many books that book lovers would not know of. Are there any here you have not heard of?


  1. Great list, especially as you had so many E’s and O’s in your blog name! I’m not familiar with the Tony Ballantyne and Maurice Gee books, but I’ve heard of most of the others. Of the ones that I’ve read, I particularly enjoyed East of Eden, Alias Grace and Lorna Doone. Eugene Onegin is on my TBR too, although I’m not sure when I will get round to reading it.

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    • Thanks! My list did not have many obscure entries, I think when you try and focus on reading the ‘classics’, no matter how many you read there still remains a huge number on your TBR list that you ‘ought’ to have read and that everyone else seems to have already read!


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