Read titles A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking.
- 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.
- What about children’s books? Children’s books and YA books count along with adult fiction and nonfiction of all sorts. (Poetry and plays too. Short stories count if they’re in a collection.) I don’t see a need to discriminate between “adult” and “kiddie” books. Even picture books can count if you like. Though try to use them in moderation. I used a few picture books to get tricky letters this year.
- Overlaps are allowed with other challenges. In fact, you’d be a bit silly not to take advantage of this!
A - A Hint of Wicked - Jennifer Haymore (completed 5/21/09)
B - Blindness - José Saramago (completed 1/11/09)
C - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night~Time - Mark Haddon (completed 1/07/09)
D - Dirty Little Angels - Chris Tusa (completed 3/14/09)
E - Evermore - Alyson Noel (completed 8/05/09)
F - Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah (completed 4/01/09)
G - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (completed 1/19/09)
H - The Host - Stephanie Meyer (completed 3/11/09)
I - I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti - Giulia Melucci (completed 4/06/09)
J - Jantsen's Gift - Pam Cope & Aimee Molloy (completed 4/20/09)
K - Knight of Desire - Margaret Mallory (completed 7/03/09)
L - Life of Pi - Yann Martel (completed 1/23/09)
M - Ms. Hempel Chronicles - Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (completed 1/27/09)
N - Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (completed 2/01/09)
O - One Fifth Avenue - Candace Bushnell (completed 2/09/09)
P - Playing with the Grown-Ups - Sophie Dahl (completed 2/24/09)
Q - The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory
R - The Reader - Bernard Schlink (completed 1/03/09)
S - The Side-Yard Superhero - Rick D. Niece (completed 3/19/09)
T - Time of My Life - Allison Winn Scotch (completed 1/17/09)
U - Upon the Midnight Clear - Sherrilyn Kenyon (completed 2/10/09)
V - The Vanishing Sculptor - Donita K. Paul (completed 6/20/09)
W - Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts (completed 1/05/09)
Y - The Prophet of Yonwood - Jeanne DuPrau (completed 5/02/09)
Z - The Zahir - Paulo Coelho