The Alphabet Soup reading challenge is run by Lori Caswell at Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book

Basically the challenge is to read one book whose title gives you a letter of the alphabet, not counting A and The as starting letters, making 26 in all.  I’ll be adding my titles that qualify during the year, just one per letter, and linking them to my reviews here.  The challenge, of course is to come up with books for the difficult letters.

I’m also doing an A-Z Challenge with the Goodreads GMGR group.  It’s got more gaps, so I may add a second here to remind me, although I sort of prioritise MG books for difficult letters.

Previous Results

I completed the list in 2016 with the dubious use of Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse (although Goodreads does categorise it under Y), and book 1 in the Adventures of the X Pirates series.  I think I should try harder in 2017.

2017: I decided to let the X go, but searching my list on just X brought up Extraordinary… so I’m offering that.  It’s a cheat, but… I’m done!


alphabet soup 20182018 Alphabet Soup Challenge

Yes, I’m signing up to the challenge again for 2018.  This time I’m going to select some books from my list to start with and fill in the rest later.  I’m also showing both general titles and MG ones (although just an MG counts for both).

A – Alexandria (Falco #19) by Lindsey Davis (read May-18)

B – A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (read June-18)

C – Cameron’s Law The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway #9) by Elly Griffiths (read Apr-18); The Company of Eight by Harriet Whitehorn MG (read Apr-18)

D – Dining Out Around the Solar System by Claire O’Beara (read Feb-18); Dreamwood by Heather Mackey MG (read May-18)

E – Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan (read Feb-18)

F – Fluency Forged in Blood (I and II) by Lindsay Buroker (read Aug, Sep-18) I’ve also read Fluency now 🙂

G – Guinevere The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill MG (read Jan-18) Guinevere: on eve of legend by Cheryl Carpinello also!

H – Half Life

I – I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan (read Jan-18)

J – The Jewel of Peru by Sharon Skretting (read Aug-18)

K – Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone (read Oct-18)

L – A Little History of British Gardening

M – My Sister’s Bones My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding (Read Feb-18)

N – Near + Far  Nemesis (Falco #20) by Lindsey Davis (Read Oct-18)

O – The Ocean at the End of the Lane Old Baggage by Lissa Evans (Read May-18)

P – Pongwiffy

Q – Quantum  Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah (read Aug-18)

R – Recovering Apollo 8 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (read Feb-18)

S – Subway | Palliatopia The Shadow of the Norman Arrow by Wendy Leighton-Porter MG (read Feb-18) (and I read Subway Palliatopia in March)

T – The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (read Jan-18)

U – Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig (read Jun-18)

V – The Vesuvius Isotope Villa Serena, The Secret of… by Domenica de Rosa (read Nov-18), originally published as Villa Serena.  Yes, I’m desperate

W – The Wide Awake Loons The Woman in Blue (Ruth Galloway #8) by Elly Griffiths (read Apr-18); Where the Mountain meets the Moon by Grace Lin MG (read Apr-18)

X – Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

Y – The Yellow Admiral (Aubrey-Maturin #18) by Patrick O’Brian (read 2004, reread Mar-16)

Z – Pirate McSnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage After Zero by Christina Collins (read Sep-18)

I wonder how many of these will actually make it to the final list?

You can sign up too at Lori Caswell’s Alphabet Soup 2018 page.


alphabet soup author editionNew for 2019 – the Alphabet Soup Author Edition

Same as before – but using the author’s surname for the letters.  You can sign up here for this one!

I’m thinking: Marian Allen; John Buchan or Patrick Barkham, although I can’t imagine getting through a year without Lindsay Buroker; Becky Chambers, Mark Coker or Sally Cronin; Lindsey Davis or Rebecca Douglass; Nuala Ellwood or Charlotte English; Christoph Fischer, who I’ve been promising to read for three years now; Noelle Granger and Elly Griffiths, of course; Michelle Harrison or S L Huang; Kashuo Ishiguro; Robin Jarvis; Liz Kessler, Madeleine L’Engle or Joseph Lallo; Cheryl Mahoney or Michael Morpurgo; Alex Norton, Clare O’Beara; Tim Peake; Chris Riddell; Geoffrey Simpson, Ben Smith; Andrew Taylor, Jenny Twist; Kaye Umansky perhaps; Ann VanderMeer; Adrian White or Nick Wood; Benjamin X Wretlind for an X?; Ben Zackheim or Sara Zettel.

Well, there’s plenty of choice!


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