Here are THE RULES (for there must always be RULES) as laid down by SCB:
1. Go through the alphabet, and for each letter, think of a book you've read that starts with that letter (A, An, and The do not count).
2. You must write down the FIRST book you think of for any given letter. This may make for some odd choices, but them's the breaks.
3. You must have actually READ the book. (I thought of lots that started with some letters, but I hadn't read them.)
4. If you think of a more impressive-sounding book for a particular letter, but you've already written your first thought down, you CANNOT change to the more impressive-sounding book. As an example, you have to leave "Fifty Famous Fairy Tales" (the Whitman Publishing pink and white one) on the list, even if you come up with fifty more impressive books afterwards.
5. If you can think of a book for X, you win... my lasting admiration (I can't afford real prizes!)
6. You can then tag as many people as you like. The more the merrier.
So, here's the list I drew up...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
The Exploits of Moominpappa – Tove Jansson
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien
It's Too Late Now – A A Milne
(The autobiography of Pooh's creator)
Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
A Kid for Two Farthings – Wolf Mankowitz
The Lord of the Rings – J R R Tolkien
Mary Poppins – P L Travers
Noddy in Toyland – Enid Blyton
(Nostromo by Joseph Conrad would have sounded better, but there it is!)
The Once and Future King – T H White
Peter and Wendy – J M Barrie
Quentin Durwood – Sir Walter Scott
Ring of Bright Water – Gavin Maxwell
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
Utopia - Thomas More
The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader' – C S Lewis
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham
EXterminator! – William S Burroughs (Oh, well, it was worth a try!)
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories – Dr Seuss
Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
I suppose it's not too surprising that there are two titles by Tolkien and three by Bradbury – plus, of course, Carroll, Milne and Peake – but the preponderance of children's books suggests that I have already entered my second childhood which is, I guess, pretty accurate!
I hesitate to tag anyone, but (if they'd like to do it and have the time) then I'll tag Gill, Sheila, Sharon, Suzanne and anyone else who fancies having a go...