Sunday, December 21, 2008

A to Z Challenge

I've decided to join up with the A to Z challenge for the upcoming year, and this is perhaps the most challenging yet. The rules are as follows, in 2009:

Option A: Read authors A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking.
Option B: Read titles A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking.
Option C: Read both authors A to Z and titles A to Z (52 books; this is the challenge Joy created)
Option D: Read internationally A to Z (books representing 26 different countries) (The books could be from international authors (writers from that country); however, it's fine if a book is only set in that country. If need be, instead of countries one could use cities, states, regions, etc. The idea is to use proper place names. If you'd like you could even use a few fictional countries.)Option E: Read 26 Alphabet books. Embrace your inner child and go visit the children's section!

I've decided to go with Option B, so I'll be reading titles A to Z. I'll be relying heavily on my Librarything catalog to pick books. Here are some thoughts of what I may choose:

A: Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali
B: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
C: The Camomile by Catherine Carswell
D: Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane
E: Educating Esme by Esme Rajii Codell
F: The Faith of a Writer by Joyce Carol Oates
G: Gorgeous Lies by Martha McPhee
H: The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
I: The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
J: Joy School by Elizabeth Berg
K: The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle
L: Life after God by Douglas Coupland
M: Mary O'Grady by Mary Lavin
N: Native Speaker by Chang Rae Lee
O: On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons
P: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
Q: The Quality of Life Report by Meghan Daum
R: Rebecca by Daphne duMarier
S: The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
T: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
U: Unless by Carol Shields
V: Vernon God Little by D.B.C. Pierre
W: The Willow Cabin by Pamela Frankau
Y: You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates
Z: Zami by Audre Lorde

I'm still searching for an X, and these might change at any time, but this is a good starting point.


Rose City Reader said...

Looks like a good list! Please let us know if you find an X book.

Laurie said...

I think we're all desperately seeking an X book at this point!