# The Jolly Good Reading Society discussion

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A-Z Book Challenge

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I've seen a lot of people on Goodreads are doing this challenge and I was wondering if anyone in this group are doing it, or if you would like to?

Basically over the year, you just try to read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Some are harder than others but it's a really fun challenge, so let me know whether you're interested :)

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that definitely sounds interesting to me :)

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so how far have you got so far? :)

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I'll give it a go - any suggestions for X? :)

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Lee wrote: "I'll give it a go - any suggestions for X? :)"

I'm struggling with that one myself! But I found this list on Goodreads, maybe there are some interesting one's on there?

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Thats really useful - hopefully theres a list out there for all the awkward letters. So, am I right in assuming that it's ok to disregards the 'a's and 'the's at the beginning of titles? and do we read through the alphabet in alphabetical order (as it were)?

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Well I think it's best if we include what we've already read so far year, and also you can read in any order, otherwise we'll get stuck on certain letters :)

So just post what you've got so far and everyone can suggest titles and things! Should be fun :)

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And yes, disregard 'A' and 'The' :)

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So I thought I'd start this off and I didn't know how many I'd actually read so far! I personally haven't included any short stories because I read a lot of those, so here's my list so far!

A = An Abundance of Katherines – John Green (read 12th January)
B = Burning Embers – Hannah Fielding (read 8th April)
C = Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare (read 9th June)
E = Eric – Terry Pratchett (read 24th January)
F = Fixing Freddie – Mona Ingram (read 23rd February)
G = Gone – Michael Grant (read 11th May)
H = Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan (read 21st April)
J = A Job From Hell – Jayde Scott (read 3rd April)
K = The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness (read 24th January)
L = Larklight – Philip Reeve (read 5th April)
M = Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (read 1st March)
N =
O =
P = Peregrine Harker & The Black Death – Luke Holland (read 30th April)
Q =
R = Reckless – Cornelia Funke (read 5th March)
S = Skinny Bitch in Love – Kim Barnouin (read 29th May)
T = Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson (read 28th April)
U = Untimed – Andy Gavin (read 14th March)
V =
W = Witch Child – Celia Rees (read 25th March)
X =
Y =
Z =

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The ones that I have left are going to be the most difficult I think....but I'd love to know how you're doing so far,
Remember it has to be what you've read from 1st January 2013 to the end of this year :)

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Oooh this sounds like fun :)

Here's my list so far, I've not been choosing my books with this in mind, so there's not many

A=The Affinity Bridge (George Mann)-18th June
B=The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)-21st May
C=The City of Dreaming Books (Walter Moers)-25thJune
D=The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)-2nd February
E=The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)-20th March
F=The Fault in our Stars (John Green)-19th February
G=The Good Fairies of New York (Martin Millar)-30th March
H=The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)-22nd February
I=I am Legend (Richard Matheson)-28th June
J=
K=
L=Life, the Universe and Everything (Douglas Adams)-26th March
M=Moving Pictures (Terry Pratchett)-20th June
N=Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)-14th March
O=The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)-26th June
P=
Q=
R=The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Douglas Adams)-12th March
S=The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Mark Hodder)-11th June
T=The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr.Punch (Neil Gaiman)-6th March
U=
V=
W=The War of the Worlds (HG Wells)-5th July
X=
Y=
Z=

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Jen wrote: "Oooh this sounds like fun :)

Here's my list so far, I've not been choosing my books with this in mind, so there's not many

A=
B=The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
C=
D=The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne ..."

Oo I might have to read Neverwhere for my 'N' book....I own it, just haven't read it yet

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As Jen was starting this challenge retrospectively, I decided to list my A-Z so far this year. I've managed to read 3 'P's and 2 'T's so I think I'll save this challenge for next year!!

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Elaine wrote: "As Jen was starting this challenge retrospectively, I decided to list my A-Z so far this year. I've managed to read 3 'P's and 2 'T's so I think I'll save this challenge for next year!!"

Yes, we should do it as though we started in January so we can start in January next year :)

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Elaine wrote: "As Jen was starting this challenge retrospectively, I decided to list my A-Z so far this year. I've managed to read 3 'P's and 2 'T's so I think I'll save this challenge for next year!!"

Sorry I missed the dates that I finished the books Elaine, I'll add them when I have time but I assure you that my list only includes books that I've read since 1st January 2013.

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For fans of PG Wodehouse, I've discovered one of his books titled "Quick Service". That solves this year's "q" problem for me :)

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Ok here goes - (sorry - I only joined good reads in April and so don't have dates read).
A. - The Alchemist-Ben Jonson.
B. - The Betrayal-H Dunmore
C. - Cats Cradle- K Vonnegut
E. -Einsteins Dreams- A Lightman.
F. -For The Relief of Unbearable Urges-N Englander
G. -Goblin Moon-Tessa Edgerton.
H. -How To Breathe Underwater-J Orringer
I. -Immortality-M Kundera.
J. -The James Version-Ruth Dughall.
K. -A Kind of Loving-S Barstow
L. -Lolita-V Nabakov
M. -Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookshop-R Sloan
N. -The Night Circus-E Morgenstern
O. -Orkney-Amy Sackville
P. -A Possible Life- S Faulkes
Q. -Quicksilver- N Stephenson
S. -The Silver Dark Sea-S Fletcher.
T. -Titus Andronicus-William Shakespeare.
U. -The Uninvited Guests-S Jones.
V. -The Victorian City: Every Day Life in Dicken's London-J Flanders.
W. -War Crimes for the Home-L Jensen
X. -Xinghu- E Wharton
Z. -the Zimmerman Telegram-B Tuchman

This is such a good idea for getting through your To read pile. I think I should start another one for my To Acquire list!!!

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Lee wrote: "Ok here goes - (sorry - I only joined good reads in April and so don't have dates read).
A. - The Alchemist-Ben Jonson. Read
B. - The Betrayal-H Dunmore
C. - Cats Cradle- K Vonnegut
D. - The Du..."

Gosh! That was quick Lee! Do people repeat the challenge if they complete it very early?

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Jen - sorry - haven't read them all yet by any means - have marked the ones I have read - not very obviously it would seem ! :) and the rest are what I think I might read for those letters.
I shall edit my post to make it a bit less confusing!

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You must have thought I was being very economical with the truth!

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Lee wrote: "Ok here goes - (sorry - I only joined good reads in April and so don't have dates read).
A. - The Alchemist-Ben Jonson.
B. - The Betrayal-H Dunmore
C. - Cats Cradle- K Vonnegut
E. -Einsteins D..."

Oo how did you find Ready Player One? (no spoilers please!) I own it and for some reason can't get into it

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I really enjoyed it - even though I know nothing about gaming and didn't much like 80s pop culture!
It changes gear about a quarter of the way in and becomes a real page turner.
I thought it was fun and exciting - a bit Young Adulty but in a good way.

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Lee wrote: "I really enjoyed it - even though I know nothing about gaming and didn't much like 80s pop culture!
It changes gear about a quarter of the way in and becomes a real page turner.
I thought it was fu..."

I've started reading more young adult recently so maybe I should give it another go! I love video games, that's why I picked it up but I'm too young to know much about the 80s XD

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Hopefully that won't matter too much, although I was around in the 80s - I did my level best to avoid most of the pop culture at the time ( I wanted to be in the 60s and 70s) so I know rather less about it than most people my age.

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Lee wrote: "Hopefully that won't matter too much, although I was around in the 80s - I did my level best to avoid most of the pop culture at the time ( I wanted to be in the 60s and 70s) so I know rather less ..."

I'll definitely have to give it another go soon :)

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Jen wrote: "I assure you that my list only includes books that I've read since 1st January 2013"

I wasn't suggesting otherwise, just commenting that when I took a look at how much or little my reading material this year may have contributed to an A-Z challenge, I found myself to be highly alphabetically challenged!! :-/ So I may set a goal of doing an A-Z starting 1 Jan 2014

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A -
B - Birthday Party (play) - Harold Pinter
C - Cry of the Gull - Emmanuelle Laborit
D -
E -
F -
G - Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
H -
I -
J -
K -
L -
M -
N -
O - Omega rising - Jessica Meats
P -
Q -
R -
S-
T-
U -
V -
W -
X -
Y -
Z -
Sadly thats all so far this year, there is another 'c' Child called it , which I re-read couple times a year.

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Elaine wrote: "Jen wrote: "I assure you that my list only includes books that I've read since 1st January 2013"

I wasn't suggesting otherwise, just commenting that when I took a look at how much or little my rea..."

I was the same. I had at least 3 books beginning with "s". I just hope this challenge doesn't interfere with my book choices too much. I don't want to avoid "s" books for the rest of the year lol :)

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Has anyone ever done an A-Z challenge using the author's name instead of the book title? Just a thought lol

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Jen wrote: "Has anyone ever done an A-Z challenge using the author's name instead of the book title? Just a thought lol"

I might try that too...you mean the surname?

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Charlotte wrote: "Jen wrote: "Has anyone ever done an A-Z challenge using the author's name instead of the book title? Just a thought lol"

I might try that too...you mean the surname?"

Yes, the surname. I've already read two beginning with "z" this year :)

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Jen wrote: "Charlotte wrote: "Jen wrote: "Has anyone ever done an A-Z challenge using the author's name instead of the book title? Just a thought lol"

I might try that too...you mean the surname?"

Yes, the s..."

I'm missing 5 but I have all the others :)

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Jen wrote: "Has anyone ever done an A-Z challenge using the author's name instead of the book title? Just a thought lol"

I was thinking about that too!! I love this A-Z idea - it will be a big help to me in choosing what to read next from my to acquire pile and what to get next from my to acquire list!