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message 1: by Christie (last edited Feb 06, 2013 08:38AM) (new)

Christie (cereale) | 202 comments Mod
For this challenge you need to read one book for every letter of the alphabet. For each letter, read a book where the title or author's name (first or last) begins with that letter. For example, for A you could read Antony and Cleopatra, or a book by Louisa May Alcott or Amanda Quick. You cannot use the same book twice, you can't count Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for both L and A. You are however free to read multiple titles by the same author and then you could use the letter for the author's first name and the letter for the author's last name.

Since some letters may be more difficult than others, you only have to use 23 to complete the challenge. Ideally, since this is a historical fiction group the books would be historical fiction or nonfiction, but this is not required any book will count as long as it is not a reread or a picture book. Feel free to use audiobooks, young adult books, juvenile chapter books, or graphic novles. All books must be read between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Post books as you read them. It is not necessary to post a list of what you are planning on reading, but you can if you want to. It's ok to cheat off what others have posted if you see a book you might like to read as well. The main idea for this challenge is to have fun so enjoy :).

I am posting a sample list of what I am planning on reading to get everyone started:
A: Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap
B: The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Pamela Kaufman
C: Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
D: Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott
E: Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott
F: The First Princess of Wales by Karen Harper
G: Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin
H: The Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
I: Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
J: Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time by Phyllis Rose
K: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
L: Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King
M: The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
N: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
O: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
P: The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
Q: The Queen's Governess by Karen Harper
R: Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson
S: A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
T: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
U: Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth
V: The Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag
W: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
X: The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran
Y: A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
Z: Zelda by Nancy MilfordThe Heretic's Wife

message 2: by April (new)

April (AJoyS) | 129 comments Sounds fun. Do we need to read them in alphabetic order?

message 3: by April (last edited May 08, 2013 03:32PM) (new)

April (AJoyS) | 129 comments A:
B: The Boy in The Striped Pajamas by John Boyen, double "B's" for book title and authors last name!
H:Helen Keller in Love
L: Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon
P: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
W: Wagon West Indepeneance by Diana Fuller Ross

message 4: by Amber (new)

Amber | 49 comments After so thought and creative thinking to keep them mostly historical fiction (I know I have one that is not and two that are questionable) I have come up with a alphabetical list of 23 books.

I am with April though in wanting to know if they need to be read in order or if we can complete our lists randomly.

message 5: by Christie (new)

Christie (cereale) | 202 comments Mod
They do not need to be read in alphabetical order. You can complete your list in whatever order you want.

message 6: by Christie (new)

Christie (cereale) | 202 comments Mod
I have read my first two for this challenge.

A: Anastasia's Secret
B: The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

message 7: by Christie (new)

Christie (cereale) | 202 comments Mod
I finished my last book for this challenge: The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran for X.

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