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)

G – Guinevere The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill MG (read Jan-18)

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

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

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

P – Pongwiffy

Q – Quantum (if desperate,I could add Mystery of Three Quarters, 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)

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

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

V – The Vesuvius Isotope

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.



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