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

Book 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, although Lori allows some leeway in where the Q, X or Z turns up in the title.

Author edition: same idea, but this time the author’s name determines the letter.  I did this version in 2019, and a sort of mixture in 2020.

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!

2019 – the Alphabet Soup Author Edition – complete!

2020 – Abandoned X but achieved all the rest.

Challenge for 2021

It’s back to basics this year – or keeping it simple. Titles of books, not counting A or The, with some leeway on where Q, X or Z appear.  I’m giving myself a clue for books I’ve noticed already.

November update: I’ve only got X to go. I have no books with an X in the title. Even ex-citing books are not appearing. I had one called Noughts and Crosses on my TBR, but I don’t have a copy and can’t track one down at a reasonable price. Then again, I’m not trying very hard now. And… I’ve signed up for the 2022 version.

A – Among the Stars ed. by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (read Mar-21)

B – The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (cuddled Mar-21)

C – Cosmic Tourist by Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott (read Jun-21)

D – Dangerous Women by Hope Adams (read Feb-21)

E – Encrypted (Encrypted book 1) by Lindsay Buroker (read Aug-21)

F – Finding Sustainability by Trent A Romer (read Apr-21)

G – The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers #4) by Becky Chambers (read Jan-21)

H – Hans & Greta: A Twisted Fairy-tale by Nicki Elson )read May-21)

I – Interesting Times (Discworld #17) by Terry Pratchett (read Jan-21)

J – Joining of Lines (Drath verse #2) by Meyari McFarland (read Aug-21)

K – The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley (read May-21)

L – The Light Ages by Seb Falk (read Jan-21)

M – Max’s Arabian Adventure by Wendy Leighton-Porter (read May-21)

N – The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway #13) by Elly Griffths (read Sep-21)

O – Outlaw Heroes by Deanna Lynn Sletten (read Mar-21)

P – Pax by Sara Pennypacker (read Jan-21)

Q – Queen & Commander by Janine A Southard (read Jun-21)

R – The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (read Feb-21)

S – Sign of the Green Dragon by C Lee McKenzie (read Mar-21)

T – Trouble with Tattle-Tails by Jonathan Auxier (Illus. Olga Demidova) (read May-21)

U – Under the Light of the Full Moon by D A McGrath (read Apr-21)

V – The Voyage of the White Cloud by M Darusha Wehm (read Nov-21)

W – The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori (read Jan-21)

X – Crosses

Y – The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand (read Aug-21)

Z – The Razor’s Edge (Zelda Pryce #1) by Joss Llewelyn (read Oct-21)


Click here to see early progress on 2022’s Alphabet Soup!


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