The Alphabet Soup reading challenge

is run by Lori Caswell at Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book

The challenge is to read one book whose first word of the 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.

You can do book titles or the 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: completed
  • 2017: did all with X as Extraordinary…
  • 2018: missed X
  • 2019: Author Edition – complete!
  • 2020 & 21: Abandoned X.
  • 2022 & 23: Completed! Yay!

Challenge for 2024

Keeping it simple. Titles of books, not counting A or The, with some leeway on where Q, X or Z appear. I’m adding a clue for myself so I know where I’m lacking a title.

First quarter progress: 8 out of 26 read. On track…

A – Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Swan Maidens (Elemental Anthologies, #3) Ed. By Rhonda Parrish (read May-24’

B – The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop (read May-24)

C – Coraline by Neil Gaiman (read May-24)

D – Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni by Mary Smith (read Apr-24)

E – Enlightenment by Sarah Perry (read Apr-24)

F – The Firestone (Elemental Prophesy #1) by Francesca Tryer (read Jan-24)

G – Ghost Pirate Gambit (Nanshe Chronicles #1) by Jessie Kwak (read May-24)

H – Hunting

I – The Instrumentalist by Harriet Constable (read Jun-24j

J –

K – Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (Kiwi #4) by Vickie Johnstone (read Feb-24)

L – The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton (read Jan-24)

M – The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley (read May-24)

N – Nothing To See Here (K’Barthan Extras #2) by M T McGuire (read Jan-24)

O – One Summer in Tuscany by Dominica de Rosa (read Jun-24)

P – Princess

Q – The Queen of Poisons by Robert Thorogood (read Jan-24)

R – Rules of Conflict (Jani Kilian #3) by Kristine Smith (read May-24)

S – Saltblood by Francesca de Tores (read Mar-24)

T – Too Good to be True (K’Barthan Extras #4) by M T McGuire (read Mar-24)

U –

V – Voyagers: The Third Ghost an IWSG Anthology (read Apr-24)

W – Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters (Elemental Anthologies #4) ed Rhonda Parrish (read Feb-24)

X –

Y –

Z – The Body in the Zero Gee Brothel (Ptolemy Lane #1) by Cameron Cooper (read May-24)


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