Can you recommend a good book by an author whose surname begins with Q, U, X or Y?
It’s a strange question, I know. The thing is, I’ve been documenting all the books I’ve reviewed on this site since it started ten years ago, and I’ve organised them alphabetically, and…
Yeah, OK, I admit it. I’m a frustrated librarian. In another lifetime, I would have loved to spend my days quietly shuffling books around from shelf to shelf in a library or bookshop. My choices have taken me down a different path, so I compensate by obsessively curating my own personal collections of books read and books reviewed, books to be read, books that may never be read but that I like the idea of reading, and so on and so forth.
And after all those years and all those book reviews written and listed and linked, I still have some gaps. My alphabetical list contains no entries for the letter Q, U, X or Y.
In the big scheme of world problems, it doesn’t rank very highly, does it? But we can’t spend every hour of every day worrying about Donald Trump or xenophobia or climate change or any of the other big issues. Sometimes we can’t avoid being trivial, whether we choose to admit it or not, to write about it or not.
So let me know! Help me fill the gaps! Authors beginning with Q, U, X or Y.
I’d love to hear about your own forms of book-reading completism too. Do you like to read every book by a particular author? Do you try to stay up to date with what’s published in a particular genre or country? Or do you think that, in a world in which 2.2 million new books are published every year, literary completism is just a formula for disappointment?