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This 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.

A – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (Chris Hadfield)

B – The Blackhouse (Peter May)

C – Climate Change and the Health of Nations (McMichael et al); Counting by 7’s (Holly Goldberg Sloan) MG

D – Dying Fall (Elly Griffiths)

E – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Balli Kaur Jaswal)

F – Flight (T A Heppenheimer); The Fourteenth Goldfish (Jennifer L Holm) MG

G – Gangsta Granny (David Walliams) MG

H – How to Stage a Catastrophe (Rebecca Connelly) MG

I – Into the Wild (Erin Hunter) MG

J – Journey to the River Sea (Eva Ibbotson) MG

K – Kit’s Wilderness (David Almond) MG

L – Let’s Get Invisible (R L Stine) MG

M – Mercenary Instinct (Ruby Lionsdrake); Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C O’Brien) MG

N – The Narrow Bed (Sophie Hannah)

O – The Outcast Dead (Elly Griffiths); Oy Yew (Ana Salote) in MG

P – Pair Alleles (Jennifer Ellis) MG

Q – The Queen’s Envoy (David Prosser)

R – The Roanoke Girls (Amy Engel)

S – See You In The Cosmos, Carl Sagan (Jack Cheng) MG

T – The Time Travellers’ Resort and Museum (David McLain); The Teacher’s Funeral (Richard Peck) MG

U – Uncorking a Lie (Nadine Nettman); The Ugly Teapot (Fred Holmes) MG

V – The Voyages of the Seven (R E Weber) MG

W – The Whispering Skull (Jonathan Stroud) MG

X – Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance (Ruth Emmie Lang)

Y –  2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Challenge MG

Z – Zero Sum Game (S L Huang)


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:

A – Alexandria

B – A Brief History of Time

C – Cameron’s Law

D – Dining Out Around the Solar System

E – Everything Is Lies

F – Fluency

G – Guinevere

H – Half Life

I – I Am Thunder

J – The Jewel of Peru

K – Kiwi in Cat City

L – A Little History of British Gardening

M – My Sister’s Bones

N – Near + Far

O – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

P – Pongwiffy

Q – Quantum

R – Recovering Apollo 8

S – Subway | Palliatopia

T – The Toymakers

U – Under the Empyrean Sky

V – The Vesuvius Isotope

W – The Wide Awake Loons

X – Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

Y –

Z – Pirate McSnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage

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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