A book by an author who uses at least one initial

At least this category is fairly straightforward. An author who uses an initial, presumably one of their own. That’s it! Not hard at all. I tried to track down what the initials stood for, but I wasn’t going to go as far as whois-ing anyone’s domains.

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Initialed: Emily
You are apparently only allowed to either love or hate this book, for whatever reasons you may have. Gifs and annoying imitation of the author’s style is used equally by reviewers on both sides of the aisle, which is a rare and perhaps wondrous thing. Everyone agrees that is unfortunate that the bit explaining the group’s nickname (”Liars”) was cut, although it left some folks questioning their own intelligence or attentiveness, meaning the book accidentally gaslights some readers. Oops.

Possible Other Categories
A book with water in the cover art
Multiple categories redacted for SPOILERS
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
A book recommended by someone else in the guild (tentatively, not by me)

The Two Towers
by JRR Tolkien
Initialed: John Ronald Reuel
He used all the initials! I don’t even know why. And I still can’t spell his name. And it is still not a trilogy, for the love of gods people. Although totally fair to read it as 3 (or in Japan 6, or 12!) discrete books because it is seriously huge. But still meant to be one giant book.

Possible Other Categories
The next book in a series (if you see LotR as a series instead of a three volume book, you heathen)
An allegorical book
A book involving a mythical creature
A book set in the city (partly)
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book mentioned in a movie or tv show
A book published before you were born (decently likely)
A book involving a fire

The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Initialed: John Ronald Reuel
Hi again! Unlike LotR, this one is a children’s book. It has a lot more songs in it, too. And thus we got the horrifying cartoon versions that I have long resolved to forget. On the other hand, it gave us that almost-redeeming rendering of “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold” in the Peter Jackson film (not a fan of the Neil Finn version though, sorry!).

Possible Other Categories
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book with a two word title
A childhood classic you’ve never read
A book mentioned in a movie or tv show
A book published before you were born (decently likely)
A book involving a fire

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
by J.T. LeRoy
Initialed: Jeremiah “Terminator”
I have complicated feelings about the whole Laura Albert… thing. On the one hand, many authors construct elaborate lives for their pseudonyms. These are usually humorous in nature though, sometimes serving as a wink to the reader that this is obviously an alternative name for a famous author. On the other hand, I don’t really feel good about someone co-opting a whole pile of marginalized identities and cramming them all into one illusory self that is then used heavily in marketing.

Possible Other Categories
A book with a queer/quiltbag/lgbt+ protagonist
A book set in the city
A book you can read in a day (maybe)
A book about a difficult topic

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Initialed: Francis
So, “Francis Fitzgerald” or just “F. Fitzgerald” probably sounded too alliterative and therefore twee. So the man with a name almost as ridiculous as that of the children of Peace Corps hippies in the 80s had to come up with something reasonably dignified. It could have been worse. He could have had to work with “Sunny Easter Day” or “Rocko”. Who, for the record, were people I actually knew and were conceived by their hippy parents while serving in the Peace Corps in the 80s.

Possible Other Categories
A book with water in the cover art
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book with a character’s name in the title
A book you can read in a day
A book about a modern problem
A book before you were born (probably)

The Girl with All the Gifts
by M. R. Carey
Initialed: Michael ?
I am choosing not to contribute to the total spoilers that will supposedly ruin the book that people are putting in the book’s tags. So! Carey. His stuff gets made into tv and film a lot. I hope he actually gets the royalties from that…

Possible Other Categories
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book with a yellow spine
A book involving a mythical creature

The Demon Awakens
by R.A. Salvatore
Initialed: Robert Anthony
Not a D&D book! Yes, that’s right, Salvatore has written books other than merch fic (not a real term). My brain actually has trouble computing this, because my childhood featured a library with seemingly an entire shelf dedicated to Drizzt.

Possible Other Categories
A book featuring a mythical creature

The Children of Men
by P. D. James
Initialed: Phyllis Dorothy
Still one of the few books where most people actually like the movie better. I attribute this to 1) Clive Owen and 2) not being entirely from the point of view of suffering from major depression.

Possible Other Categories
A book you can read in a day
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
A book about mental health

The Broken Kingdoms
by N.K. Jemisin
Initialed: Nora ?
I’m vaguely reminded of Daredevil, only way cooler because instead of being a parkouring lawyer, our enhanced blind hero is an artist. Sadly, less parkour, but I’ll accept that sacrifice in order to get rid of the lawyer bit

Possible Other Categories
The next book in a series
A book involving a mythical creature
A book set in the city
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym

Rise of the Retics
by TJ Lantz
Initialed: Even his LinkedIn says “TJ”
Self-published middle grade or young YA, not tagged as such, which is always a terrible thing to do. It’s… not the worst thing a kid could read. It’s just not great and really, really, really needs an editor.

Possible Other Categories
A book involving a mythical creature
A book set in the city
A book set at sea (briefly)

The Light Between Oceans
by ML Stedman
Initialed: Margot ?
I love that cover, but then I’m a sucker for lighthouses. The book is basically obvious film award fodder, and it did indeed get made into a film and do the art film circuit.

Possible Other Categories
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book involving a heist or theft (kidnapping counts, right?)
A book about a villain or anti-hero (by certain lights)
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym

Just Enough Jeeves (which includes Right Ho, Jeeves; Very Good, Jeeves; and Joy in the Morning)
by P. G. Wodehouse
Initialed: Pelham Grenville
Ah, the classic gently comical pair: aristocratic twit and his indispensably competent valet. It works because Wooster is, ultimately, actually nice, and Jeeves doesn’t hate on him for being a few bricks short of a load.

Possible Other Categories
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first (Hugh Laurie! Stephen Fry!)
The next book in a series (this is a semi-random assortment from the series)
A book with a character’s name in the title
A book featuring a profession you are unfamiliar with (valet)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Initialed: Elaine Lobl
I actually don’t remember reading this book, nor seeing either movie, and yet I know the entire plot. I’m not sure how that happened. Were there any other books with a child living in a museum of sufficient age I might have read it as a kid?

Possible Other Categories
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
A book you can read in a day
A book with a character’s name in the title
A childhood classic you’ve never read
A book with pictures
A book set in the city

Death of a Ghost
by M.C. Beaton
Initialed: Marion Chesney
This is basically the exact opposite of Shetland. It also cannot be read in any order you please, mostly because the different characters and the setting are explained far less in later books, like this one.

Possible Other Categories
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
The next book in a series (#32!)
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book involving a heist or theft
A book involving a mythical creature
A book with water in the cover art

Comparative Textual Media: transforming the humanities in the postprint era
by N. Katherine Hayles
Initialed: unknown, she must really hate her first name but felt weird about entirely switching to her middle name
Hello Grad Student! If nothing else, the price tag on this astoundingly reasonably priced academic book must have been nice. The only textbook (or book used as a textbook…) that I had at this low of a price was a kanji workbook, which I had to rip the pages out of so I don’t even have it anymore. I think I paid twice as much for the “bundle of royalties-paid journal article photocopies industrially stapled together”.

Possible Other Categories
A book with a subtitle

Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park
by F.H. Hinsley
Initialed: Francis Harry
Oh dear, we had this one before. It’s definitely for the math-ier WWII buffs. The rest of us shall just move along to the next book in the list and leave you in, er, peace.

Possible Other Categories
A book involving real scientific knowledge
A book by two authors (or editors, as it may be)
A book featuring a profession you are unfamiliar with (cryptanalyst)
A book with water in the cover art

Captive Prince
by C.S. Pacat
Initialed: ???
I was all ready to be cheery about yet another bodice ripper because the list is almost done and we are due, but ya’ll, I’m just not comfortable with slavery or rape kink.

Possible Other Categories
A book about a difficult topic (content warnings needed for rape, torture, and slavery)
A book with a two word title
A book you can read in a day (if you’re into this kind of thing)
A book set in the city

Blood Vow
by J. R. Ward
Initialed: Jessica Rowley
Fortunately, we still get an alternative romance novel. Standard hetero vampire romance fair. With adults and not creepy sparkly stalkers.

Possible Other Categories
The next book in a series
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
A book involving a mythical creature

At the Mountains of Madness
by H. P. Lovecraft
Initialed: Howard Phillips
I keep wanting this be The Mountains of Mourning by Bujold, rather than a Lovecraft novel. It’s not, though. It’s just long-form “and there were indescribable horrors!”.

Possible Other Categories
A book you can read in a day

A Gathering of Shadows
by VE Schwab
Initialed: Victoria Elizabeth
It’s a fantasy book, set in other Londons. With pretty nifty cover art, I gotta say. Also, some fantastic out-of-context pull quotes from Lila.

Possible Other Categories
A book by a female author with a masculine-passing pseudonym
The next book in a series
A book set in the city
A book about or involving a sport (Magic Olympics!)

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