A to Z Challenge 2011

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I failed last year’s A to Z Challenge — there are four days left in the year, I’ve got six books to go, and I don’t foresee finishing the one I’ve got that quickly! But I am certainly willing to give this challenge another go!

This year’s A to Z is quite the same as last year’s, but in case you don’t remember the rules…

“How does this reading challenge work? Choose the option that works best for you…

Authors — Read alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
Titles — Read alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
Authors & Titles — Commit to reading 52 books

How strict is the 26 or 52? I know it isn’t always easy to find those difficult letters. The thought of finding the X’s (for example) might scare folks away. It shouldn’t! I’m a merciful host! (Ask anyone!)

If you want to give the X’s a go… For authors, try to find an X in the first name, middle name, or last name. For titles, it doesn’t have to be the starting word. Try to find an X somewhere in a title, and it’d count in my book.

Still can’t find a book for the letter you need? I’ll take your word for it. I’ve been there. I know. If your library doesn’t see the need to order books just because it starts with an X, then I don’t blame you for not wanting to special order a book that you may or may not enjoy. You gave it your best, don’t feel bad. You can still make this challenge work for you.”

Oh, I will! Prepare to be astonished! I’m going to try for all 52 again this year, since I came so close, but I think I’ll try starting with those hard letters this time.

Authors (21/26)
A — Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (Review)
B — Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie (Review)
C — Dead Man’s Folly, by Agatha Christie (Review)
D — The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi (Review)
E — A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (Review)
F — The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer (Review)
G — Still Alice, by Lisa Genova (Review)
H — Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill (Review)
I —
J — 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson (Review)
K — Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King (Review)
L — The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry (Review)
M — Regarding Ducks and Universes, by Neve Maslakovic (Review)
N —
O — Death Note Vol. 7, by Tsugumi Ohba (Review)
P — The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha (Review)
Q —
R — The Dark and Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan (Review)
S — The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud (Review)
T — The Secret History, by Donna Tartt (Review)
U —
V — The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell (Review)
W — I Saw You…, edited by Julia Wertz (Review)
X —
Y — How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu (Review)
Z — The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Review)

Titles (22/26)
A — The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (Review)
B — Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach (Review)
C —
D — The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean (Review)
E — The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fford (Review)
F — Five Red Herrings, by Dorothy Sayers (Review)
G — The Golem’s Eye, by Jonathan Stroud (Review)
H — The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Review)
I — In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote (Review)
J — Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky (Review)
K —
L — The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor (Review)
M — The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart (Review)
N — The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Review)
O — One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde (Review)
P — The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux (Review)
Q —
R — The Ring of Solomon, by Jonathan Stroud (Review)
S — Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, by Mary Roach (Review)
T — Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham (Review)
U — The Unwritten Vol. 1, by Mike Carey (Review)
V — V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore (Review)
W — Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan (Review)
X —
Y — The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (Review)
Z — Zombie, Ohio, by Scott Kenemore (Review)

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