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

alphabet soup 2018Book Version: 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.

Author edition: same idea, but this time the author’s name determines the letter.  I’m doing this version for 2019

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.

For 2019 I’m adding a new dnf rule: if I’ve read enough to review it, I can include it.  If I haven’t I can’t.  That should take care of good books that just aren’t my cup of tea even though the blurb looked good.

Previous Results

2016: I completed the list 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!

2018: After a late push to get several letters like L P & H read, I finished with 25/26.  I missed X, as I couldn’t get hold of a copy of the GMGR book for the letter X. I don’t want to read most of those with X in the title!

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, since I finally got round to reading his first Bebe Bollinger mystery on the stroke of New Year’s Eve.; 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!

A – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (dnf Jul-19)

B – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (read Feb-19)

C – The Seagull by Ann Cleeves (read Apr-19)

D – Writing Book Reviews as an Author by J Lenni Dorner (read Feb-19)

E –

F – Kill the Black One First by Michael Fuller (read Apr-19)

G – The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (read Mar-19)

H – Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (read Jan-19)

I – Conor Kelly’s Guide to Ireland’s Ancient Places by Ali Isaac (read Oct-19)

J – The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis (read May-19)

K – Datura by Leena Krohn (read Aug-19)

L – Sapo Saga by Tony Laplume and A-Zs of building a fictional world from scratch by Rebekah Loper – both novella-sized (read Feb-19)

M – Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey (read Apr-19)

N – Witchbone Book One – The Goblin’s Winter by Alex Norton (Aug-19)

O – Dining Out with the Gas Giants by Clare O’Beara (Feb19)

P – Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer (May-19)

Q – The Czar’s Spy by William Le Queux (Aug-19)

R – Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (Mar-19)

S – Doggerland by Ben Smith (Feb-19)

T – Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke (Jun-19)

U – The Earthkeepers by Shawn Underhill (Nov-19)

V – Castles in Spain: 25 years of Spanish Fantasy and Science Fiction ed. by Mariano Villareal (Jul-19)

W – Oceans: the Anthology ed. by Jessica West (read Jul-19)

X – A Difficult Mirror by Benjamin X. Wretlind (read Nov-19)

Y –

Z – Shirley Link and the Party Poopers by Ben Zackheim (read Oct-19)



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