Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letter…

When Frances saw this from Simon:
“Here’s something that should be fun – and do get involved in the comment section! – I’m going to kick off a meme where we say our favourite book, author, song, film, and object beginning with a particular letter. And that letter will be randomly assigned to you by me, via If you’d like to join in, comment in the comment section and I’ll tell you your letter! (And then, of course, the chain can keep going on your blog.)”

she decided to play along. And, because I asked for a letter of my own, she gave me the letter:

Whereupon I could say that my favorite book with the letter I is:

“First-rate…In the classic tradition of Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret of Paris and P. D. James’s Chief Inspector Dalgliesh in England.” ~The New York Times Book Review 

and my favorite author with the letter I is:
Eowyn Ivey for The Snow Child.

My favorite song would be Joni Mitchell’s I Think I Understand:

and my favorite film with the letter I is:

Finally, since I can’t categorize Italy as a favorite object, that category would have to go to:

ice cream.
Do you want to play along? If so, leave a comment indicating your desire, and I will give you a random letter.

29 thoughts on “Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letter…”

  1. Gone, I cannot tell you how good inspector Iminishi investigates is. I read it several years ago (for the Japanese literature Challenge 4, I believe), and I still remember the most unusual case this book presented. It's wonderful!!


  2. You definitely got my attention with that book description. I have a Georges Simenon thing going on right now. And you picked a Joni Mitchell song and I nearly picked Big Yellow Bus for my own exercise so you know I nodded in appreciation there. Great list!


  3. Everybody who is anybody, such as yourself and Scott from seraillon, loves George's Simenon; he's an author I've never read, so you can be assured that will be resolved this summer.

    I love Big Yellow Taxi! I love Joni Mitchell period, just like Nora Jones, but I felt rather confined to chose both a song and a film from the letter I. Neither genre are preferred “entertainments” for me.

    So glad we played this game together.


  4. Love the new look of your blog – it is so fresh and hip. Very sleek looking. As for this list based on the letter “I” – I loved it! Ice cream is the best and that book you mentioned sounds so good. Plus, who doesn't love Joni Mitchell 🙂


  5. Thanks, Nadia, for the compliment regarding the sleek blog…only here's the thing: a concern has been (legitimately) raised about the font being too small and too faint. If it is too difficult for people to read, there's no point in writing anything. So, do tell me if you struggle.

    As for Joni, the people who don't love her are all the ones born after the 1980's! 🙂


  6. A Joni song that I've never heard (at least I think I haven't). That, and ice cream, make me happy, so happy that I wish for a letter of my own. 🙂


  7. Good for you, Audrey, to play along! rewarded your effort with the letter “B”. Can't wait to see your ideas!

    p.s. Then let's make Italy my favorite “object”. xo


  8. Do you remember that we did this once before? You gave me a letter M over 7 years ago! What a fun meme! You can see that post here, if you have nothing better to do with your evening. 🙂 And, yes. I would like another letter, please.


  9. Okay, Les, after teasing you on your post about getting the letter “x” that's exactly what came up. Of course! So, I did a redo and came up with “j” but that's still hard (in my opinion) so your third letter was “h”. You may choose any of the three, my friend. And knowing you, you could make any of he three work nicely. xo


  10. Hooray, Pam! You and the Penguin can have “R” according to That might not be as hard as some of the letters, although let me tell you “I” wasn't as easy as it might seem. Looking forward to your post when you're ready! xo


  11. I don't have enough time to play along presently, but I enjoyed your lovely post. Also, your revamped blog design is quite gorgeous!


  12. It will be so fun to see what you come up with for the letter “J”. (Why does typing that last bit make me feel like I'm on Sesame Street?). For one thing, you know music WAY better than I do, and film too. Those two categories were the hardest for me.


  13. I quite understand, Suko. It's rather time consuming to cull one's library for a particular letter. Thanks for the compliments on the new design here. I'm assuming you and the others have been able to read it well enough?


  14. I think it will be difficult to choose any favorite, no matter the letter 🙂 However, I will give it a try 🙂 I am also trying to get used to the new look, I think I may prefer the previous one, with the chance of finding the comments section 😉


  15. Ally, I'm so glad you'll try! How about the letter “S”? As for the blog look, I am hearing a few complaints…let me try it for the summer and see how it goes. I hope it isn't too difficult to navigate (or read)!


  16. I may try the favorites thing later today or for tomorrow's Sunday Salon post.

    I like the new look, very cool and very elegant. It is hard for me to read the faint type, though. I wonder if the fonts can all be darker and still keep the thin letters…. I think everyone tends towards cleaner and cleaner designs over time. I did.


  17. I can see that the font would be tricky, several people have said it's too light. I can see I'm going to have to revert to the old blogger template. Thank you for telling me your thoughts. I hope you do play the letter game. It's fun looking for the choices you want to include in your post.


  18. I love your new format, the font, gold and silver, the clean look. The post font could be darker. Please do not change the whole page, then again you know I like the minimal look.
    Have a nice Sunday Meredith xo


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    Sri Gita Govinda
    -A book written in the 12th century, this is a description of the intimate loving affairs of Radha and Krishna

    Govinda Lilamrta
    -An 400 year old book which poetically describes the eternal daily pastimes of Radha and Krishna

    Ananda Vrindavan Campu
    -This is probably the most poetic and intimate portrayal of Sri Krsna’s life in Vrndavana that has ever been written.

    Prayers of Service to Radha and Krishna (Sankalpa Kalpadruma)

    Prema Samputa The Treasure Chest of Love

    And the following four are taken from Visvanath Cakravarti's Camatkara Candrika, a 300 year old scripture that talks about the love meeting of Radha and Krishna:

    The Meeting in the Box

    The Meeting of Sri Krishna Disguised as a Female Doctor

    The Meeting of Sri Krishna Disguised as a Female Singer

    The Meeting of Sri Krishna Disguised as Abhimanyu

    And lastly, we have a very amazing scripture which describes the 24 hour daily loving affairs of Radha and Krishna in Vrindavan, called Bhavanasara Sangraha. This book is now available on Amazon for Kindle, for only $3.49

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  20. I love this idea! “I” is a hard letter, but here goes:

    BOOK: In Our Time (HUGE Hemingway fan)
    AUTHOR: Ignatius of Loyola (I went to a Jesuit school – Marquette)
    SONG: “In My Life” – Beatles (This was our “family dance” song at our wedding)
    FILM: It's a Wonderful Life (not only my favorite film that starts with “I”, but my favorite film ever!
    OBJECT: Italy (if a place counts as an object) – The landscape, the art, the food, the wine…one of my favorite places to visit.

    Now I'm ready for a letter of my own 🙂


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