Friday, June 27, 2014

This Post Brought to You by the Letter...

Simon at Stuck in A Book shared a fun meme this week, detailing some of his favourite creative things 'by the letter' -- and encouraged readers to leave a comment if they wanted to play along. I jumped in and was assigned the letter N.

So here are my favourite things... starting with N.

Favourite book...

What else could it be, of course it has to be Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen! As a former history/literature student I love this quote:

But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. Can you?”
“Yes, I am fond of history.”
“I wish I were too. I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all — it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention. The speeches that are put into the heroes’ mouths, their thoughts and designs — the chief of all this must be invention, and invention is what delights me in other books.”

Favourite author...
Edith Nesbit

I'm going back to childhood here and saying Edith Nesbit -- 5 Children and It was a repeated reread for me in my younger years -- I even had my wishes all sorted out just in case I ever ran across a psammead!

Favourite song...

Puccini's Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti. Glorious.

Favourite film...

eNchanted April

 (I am cheating a bit but this is my favourite movie, and the only N I could think of!)

Favourite object...

 I can't seem to think of a solid N favourite, but I'll share an N that I enjoy --

Otherwise known as the string of &#@%*#@*!$@*! in comic books :)

Not only does it entertain me that this implied string of swearing has a name, that name makes a perfectly good swear word in itself. Try it, it has the perfect combination of hard sounds and compression of meaning.


Well, N was a tough letter but I enjoyed this exercise! Check out Simon's post for all the others who played along and see their lettered choices too.


  1. How have I never heard of nittles?! It has instantly become my new favorite word. A great list.

    1. Thanks, Lisa -- I hope you get lots of use out of nittles ;)

  2. Love your picks! Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite books, too. And Enchanted April is such a great movie. I got assigned the lovely letter 'O' and I'm still working on my post for it. The object's turning out to be the hardest. Wish me luck. :)

    1. Yikes, O would be even harder than N was! Good luck. Look forward to seeing your completed list...

    2. It took a bit, but I finally managed it. Yay for 'O'...I'm posting it tomorrow. :)

  3. I loved all your responses, especially eNchanted April. That was a fantastic movie.

  4. What fun. You cheated big with Enchanted April but it's such a lovely movie and book you can be forgiven :) And thanks for letting me know what those @%$# words are called!

    1. Hehehe... well, it sounds like "N"! Have fun with nittles, I always like knowing the names of odd things :)

  5. Great choices. I never knew what "nittles" was -- but now I do!
    And I like E. Nesbit, too. She wrote a real good one that starts with "N", as in, The Enchanted Castle.
    Ooops, now I'm cheating, too!
    My letter was "F" and this was a fun meme.

    1. I love "N"chanted everythings! Going over to check out your F words now... ;)

  6. Oooh, Northanger Abbey was a runner-up for favourite book pick for me, it was so fun to read. And 'nittles' is a great word to learn!


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