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message 1: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
For those of you who would like to try the alphabet challenge with a twist. Read 26 different books with the author's name a different letter for each book. You many use any of the author's names for the challenge (first, middle, last).

Books must be started and finished in 2014.


message 3: by Connie (last edited Nov 21, 2013 10:52AM) (new)

Connie Cote I am intrigued by this one. These challenges push me to try books and authors that I might otherwise overlook. I will have to start making a list of authors to read.


message 6: by Aprilleigh (last edited Nov 18, 2014 06:28PM) (new)

Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments I'm having to bow out on this one. The cross-country move from the ninth circle of Hell has made it impossible to keep track of what I'm reading, or to find the time to even read for the most part. I've neglected to update even when I have read something. I'll definitely do this next year, however. The chances of being transferred cross-country and taking 6 months to find a suitable house couldn't possibly happen two years in a row, could it?


message 7: by MK (last edited Jun 08, 2014 05:10PM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments In! :-)


Will update as read the books:
(I decided to try by Last name, and by First name)

A: Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake- April 24, 2014
A: Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice - Mar 9, 2014
B: Bennett, Arnold: How to Live on 24 Hours a Day - Jan 13, 2013
B: Barbara Ross: Clammed Up - Feb 10, 2014
C: Chabon, Michael: The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Mar 13, 2014
C: Carl Ashmore: The Time Hunters - Feb 16, 2014
D: Doyle, Arthur Conan: A Study in Scarlet* - Apr 2, 2014
D: Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Feb 28, 2014
E: Eugenides, Jeffrey: Middlesex - Mar 25, 2014
E: Elisabeth Tova Bailey: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating - Jan 14, 2014
F: Fifield, Christy: Murder Buys a T-shirt - Feb 25, 2014
F: Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden - Mar 3, 2014
G: Geary, Debora: An Unlikely Witch - Jan 1, 2014
G: George Orwell: 1984***, audio - Jun 8, 2014
H: Hosseini, Khaled: And the Mountains Echoed - Mar 7, 2014
H: H.G. Wells: The Island of Dr. Moreau - Apr 10, 2014
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J: James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady - Apr 6, 2014
J: Julie Wray Herman: Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death - Mar 16, 2014
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K: Kate Morton: The Forgotten Garden - Jan 23, 2014
L: le Carré, John: Call for the Dead - Jan 15, 2014
L: Lev Grossman: The Magicians - April 27, 2014
M: Munro, Alice : Runaway - April 9, 2014
M: Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time - Feb 10, 2014
N: Norwood, Thomas: Perfectible Animals - Jan 4, 2014
N: Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book - Jan 2, 2014
O: O'Brien, Edna: August Is A Wicked Month - Mar 10, 2014
O:
P: Pasternak, Boris (H&H): Doctor Zhivago - Feb 28, 2014
P: Peter S. Beagle: The Last Unicorn - Feb 26, 2014
Q:
Wife of the Gods (Darko Dawson #1), by Kwei Quartey?
The Good Luck of Right Now, or Boy21, by Matthew Quick?
Q:
R: Rosoff, Meg: How I Live Now - Apr 12, 2014
R: Ruth Chew: Magic in the Park - Jan 29, 2014
S: Scalzi, John: Fuzzy Nation*** - Jan 9, 2013
S: Solomon Northup: Twelve Years a Slave - Jan 8, 2014
T: Tolstoy, Leo The Kreutzer Sonata - May 5, 2014 (novella)
T: Tatiana de Rosnay: Sarah's Key - Feb 27, 2014
U:
U:
V: Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse-Five- April 21, 2014
V: Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita - June 4, 2014
W: Williams, David: Second Sight - Mar 2, 2014
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Z: Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief* - Feb 23, 2014
Z:

*Amazon/Audible Whispersync immersion reading pair
**Audible audio book
***Audio CDs
****Book + Audio pair of some sort, but not Whispersync
(parentheses indicate 2nd usage of author's name)


(2013 list)


Books in the queue -
(view spoiler)


message 8: by Kat (last edited Jan 31, 2014 01:50PM) (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 162 comments I haven't tried this before, looks fun!


A: Amundsen, Roald. South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the 'Fram', 1910-12 (1/31/14)
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C: Cherry-Garrard, Apsley. The Worst Journey in the World (1/31/14)
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L: Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams (1/11/14)
M: McEwan, Ian. Amsterdam (1/7/14)
N: Nansen, Fridtjof. Farthest North (1/15/14)
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S: Scott, Robert Falcon. Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition (1/31/14)
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V: de Veer, Gerrit. Three Voyages of William Barents to the Arctic Regions (1/12/14)
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message 9: by Mary Ellen (new)

Mary Ellen (raven51) | 8 comments I'll try this one also.

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message 10: by Kat (last edited Jan 12, 2014 03:26PM) (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 162 comments Question: would Gerrit De Veer be listed under "D" or "V" ?


message 11: by Tytti (last edited Jan 12, 2014 03:33PM) (new)

Tytti | 1092 comments Not sure about other languages but we alphabetize them under V. I think it should be Gerrit de Veer, anyway.


message 12: by Connie (new)

Connie Cote Tytti wrote: "Not sure about other languages but we alphabetize them under V. I think it should be Gerrit de Veer, anyway."

I would agree but the challenge rules say you can use any of the author's names - first, middle or last so I guess it wouldn't matter which letter you listed it under.


message 13: by Tytti (new)

Tytti | 1092 comments Connie wrote: "I would agree but the challenge rules say you can use any of the author's names - first, middle or last so I guess it wouldn't matter which letter you listed it under. "

Sure, but if one wants to be strict... :-) Btw, it's not a middle name, but what is it called?


message 14: by Kat (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 162 comments Okay, I'll put him under "V". Yeah, it's supposed to be de Veer, but Goodreads capitalized the "de". I'm only doing the first letter of the last name, that's why I asked. Thank you!


message 15: by Tytti (new)

Tytti | 1092 comments Kat wrote: "Okay, I'll put him under "V". Yeah, it's supposed to be de Veer, but Goodreads capitalized the "de". I'm only doing the first letter of the last name, that's why I asked. Thank you!"

I corrected the name already, I hate it when there are mistakes...


message 16: by Apoorv (last edited Aug 10, 2014 07:35AM) (new)

Apoorv  Moghe (goodreadscomapoorv) | 32 comments Its always interesting to see if you complete the whole alphabet series with variegated authors.

Challenge : 2014 A-Z Author Challenge
Duration : January, 2014 - December, 2014


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Alphabets

A
Achebe, Chinua | Things Fall Apart | 4/29/2014
Albom, Mitch | The Five People You Meet in Heaven | 4/8/2014
Albom, Mitch | Tuesdays with Morrie | 7/11/2014
Alexie, Sheman | The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian | 3/24/2014
B
Barnes, Julian | The Sense of an Ending | 2/3/2014
Barr, Nevada | Blood Lure | 6/15/2014
Brennert, Alan | Moloka'i | 5/31/2014
Burd, Nick | The Vast Fields of Ordinary | 7/21/2014
Burroughs, William | The Cat Inside | 4/30/2014
C
Cain, James M. | Double Indemnity | 2/28/2014
Cain, Susan | Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking | 4/11/2014
Camus, Albert | The Stranger | 4/15/2014
Cather, Willa | One of Ours | 6/29/2014
Christie, Agatha | Murder on the Orient Express | 3/22/2014
Cohn, Rachel | Dash & Lily's Book of Dares | 7/5/2014
D
Dickens, Charles | A Christmas Carol | 2/25/2014
Ducornet, Rikki | Netsuke | 3/2/2014
E
Evanovich, Janet | One for the Money | 7/26/2014
F
Fitzgerald, F. Scott | The Great Gatsby | 6/17/2014
Ford, Jamie | Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet | 3/27/2014
G
Goldberg, Billy - Leyner, Mark | Why Do Men Have Nipples?: Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini | 3/5/2014
Green, Abby | The Brazilian's Blackmail Bargain | 7/18/2014
Green, John | The Fault in Our Stars | 3/12/2014
H
Haddon, Mark | The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | 2/13/2014
Halliday, Gemma | Spying in High Heels | 5/17/2014
Halliday, Gemma | Killer in High Heels | 5/21/2014
Halse Anderson, Laurie | Speak | 6/13/2014
Heinlein, Robert A. | Between Planets | 1/31/2014
Hemingway, Earnest | The Old Man and the Sea | 6/23/2014
Higashida, Naoki | The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism | 4/4/2014
Higgins Clark, Mary | Loves Music, Loves to Dance | 3/19/2014
Hinton, S.E. | Taming the Star Runner | 7/15/2014
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Johnson, Craig | As The Crow Flies | 6/8/2014
K
King, Stephan | Carrie | 4/19/2014
Knowles, John | A Separate Peace | 3/31/2014
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Levithan, David | Boy Meets Boy | 4/11/2014
Levithan, David | Two Boys Kissing | 1/21/2014
Lowry, Lois | The Giver | 7/28/2014
M
Maher, Bill | When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism | 4/1/2014
Murakami, Haruki | Norwegian Wood | 2/8/2014
Murakami, Haruki | After Dark | 5/3/2014
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O
Olsen, Tillie | Yonnondio: From the Thirties | 7/27/2014
Orwell, George | Animal Farm | 2/28/2014
P
Peck, Dale | Sprout | 7/7/2014
Plath, Sylvia | Ariel | 4/22/2014
Q
R
Raskin, Ellen | The Westing Game | 6/30/2014
Roberts, Nora | Enchanted | 7/31/2014
Rose, Karen | I Can See You | 6/22/2014
S
Seles, Monica | Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self | 1/5/2014
Sparks, Nicolas | The Notebook | 6/7/2014
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Thompson Walker, Karen | The Age of Miracles | 5/25/2014
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Waller, Robert James | The Bridges of Madison County | 1/11/2014
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Summary
Total Alphabets Read : 18 / 26
Total Books Read : 52


Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Blood Lure (Anna Pigeon, #9) by Nevada Barr Moloka'i by Alan Brennert The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd The Cat Inside by William S. Burroughs Double Indemnity by James M. Cain Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain The Stranger by Albert Camus One of Ours by Willa Cather Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Netsuke by Rikki Ducornet One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini by Mark Leyner The Brazilian's Blackmail Bargain by Abby Green The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Spying in High Heels (High Heels, #1) by Gemma Halliday Killer in High Heels (High Heels, #2) by Gemma Halliday Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway The Reason I Jump The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton As The Crow Flies (Walt Longmire, #8) by Craig Johnson Carrie by Stephen King A Separate Peace by John Knowles Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan The Giver (The Giver #1) by Lois Lowry When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism by Bill Maher Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami After Dark by Haruki Murakami Yonnondio From the Thirties by Tillie Olsen Animal Farm by George Orwell Sprout by Dale Peck Ariel by Sylvia Plath The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Enchanted (Donovans, #4) by Nora Roberts I Can See You (Romantic Suspense, #10) by Karen Rose Getting a Grip On My Body, My Mind, My Self by Monica Seles The Notebook (The Notebook, #1) by Nicholas Sparks The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller


message 17: by Helen (last edited Mar 28, 2014 04:32PM) (new)

Helen | 10 comments Sounds like fun! Ill give it a go! (Admitting I'm counting a couple I've already read this year or I will never have a chance! -- this is mostly my "hope-to-read" list).

A. Adams -- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Live
B. Braun --The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
C. Cain --Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
D. Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
E. L'Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
F.
√G. Green -- The Fault in Our Stars
√ H. Hoyle -- The Scroll
I. Irwing --A Prayer for Owen Meany
J.
K. Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees
L. Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / The Magician's Nephew
√ M. Moriarty -- The Husband's Secret
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P. Patterson -- Along Came a Spider
Q. Quindlen -- One True Thing
√ R. Roth -- Divergent
S . Stein -- The Art of Racing in the Rain
T. Tolstoy -- War and Peace
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W. Wells -- The Invisible Man
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message 18: by MK (last edited Jun 18, 2014 08:24AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments I'm going to have to split my list soon. I'm almost at the limit for characters in a single post (since I have it in there twice, once for first names A-Z, and once for last names A-Z)


Edit -

Books read, By Last Name -
(view spoiler)


message 19: by Mark (new)

Mark Catalfano (cattfish) Allright, I'll play. But I have no idea what to do with the "high score" letters.


message 20: by MK (last edited Jun 18, 2014 08:23AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Cattfish wrote: "Allright, I'll play. But I have no idea what to do with the "high score" letters."

You mean 'Q', that' hard to find, or like 'S' that is easy to read many many of?


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Edit -


Books read, By First Name -
(view spoiler)


message 21: by Mark (new)

Mark Catalfano (cattfish) Well I meant Q, Z, X, etc... I did find that listopia you linked to which should help!


message 23: by Gavin (new)

Gavin (thewalkingdude) | 194 comments Duane wrote: "Can someone tell me how to add a spoiler to save space. Thanks"

Reply to someone's comment and you can see the html code. Or click on "(some html is ok)" and you can see the html tags available.


message 24: by Katy, New School Classics (last edited Apr 03, 2014 08:54PM) (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
Duane wrote: "Can someone tell me how to add a spoiler to save space. Thanks"

Start with <...> with the word spoiler where I put the ...

Then at the end of the your post < /...> and again the word spoiler where I put the ...

no spaces between the < and / and word spoiler and >


message 25: by MK (last edited Apr 04, 2014 06:19AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Cattfish wrote: "Well I meant Q, Z, X, etc... I did find that listopia you linked to which should help!"

sorry, forgot to answer! :-p. That listopia is good (Kathy posted it), and people post suggestions for those tough ones , too. It's fun :). Ask for title recs if you're stuck on a letter.


message 26: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 11, 2014 06:26AM) (new)

1st challenge - surnames only
Start date: 1/1/14 - End Date: 29/5/14


A. Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey (16/5/14)
B. Linwood Barclay - Trust Your Eyes(5/4/14)
C. Sam Christer - The Turin Shroud Secret (9/3/14)
D. Bartholomew Daniels - Rotten at the Heart (26/4/14)
E. Kim Edwards - The Lake of Dreams(1/14)
F. Tana French - The Likeness (20/4/14)
G. Sue Grafton - A is for Alibi (7/1/14)
H. Samantha Hayes - Blood Ties (21/4/14)
I. John Irving - The Fourth Hand (22/5/14)
J. Peter James - Possession (12/2/14)
K. Dorothy Koomson - The Rose Petal Beach (9/4/14)
L. Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird (20/3/14)
M. Val McDermid - Fever Of The Bone (25/3/14)
N. David Nicholls - Starter for Ten (26/5/14)
O. Joyce Carol Oates - My Sister My Love (16/4/14)
P. Jodi Picoult - The Storyteller (4/4/14)
Q. Karen Quinn - The Ivy Chronicles (7/5/14)
R. Peter Robinson - The Hanging Valley (27/3/14)
S. Karin Slaughter - Triptych (18/4/14)
T. PJ Tracy - Want To Play? (27/4/14)
U. Nicola Upson - Angel with Two Faces (22/5/14)
V. Barbara Vine - House of Stairs (3/1/14)
W. S.J Watson - Before I Go To Sleep (30/3/14)
X. Xue Xinran - Miss Chopsticks (29/5/14)
Y. Elizabeth Young - Making Mischief (9/5/14)
Z. Emile Zola - Thérèse Raquin (19/5/14)

2nd challenge - first names only
Start date: 30/5/14 - End date: 11/7/14

(as a spoiler to save space)(view spoiler)


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

I've been looking through my TBR list to see if I have any books on my shelves to fill some gaps and I'm struggling to find authors for I, Q, U, X, Y & Z.
I would be really grateful for any suggestions. Genre isn't really important as I'll read just about anything. Thanks :)


message 29: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Gene has given some good suggestions, Caroline.
The one that came first to my mind was for "Z", Markus Zusak. There's also Zane Grey.

Another option is to scroll through other people's lists. You can find some interesting possibilites that way :)


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

Brilliant thanks, some good suggestions.


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

I picked up Village of Stone in the library the other day to use as X. It was shelved under X in the library and only had the name Xiaolu on the cover. But on here it's listed as Xiaolu Guo. My friend says Chinese names are sometimes written backwards which would make Xiaolu the last name? I know the rules say any part of the name counts but I was trying to do last names only. Can I count this book as X? What do people think?


message 32: by MK (last edited May 01, 2014 03:29AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Village of Stone by Xiaolu Guo I can see the Xiaolu name on cover, I see what you mean. Yes, I would count it, Caroline, if I were you. Your library had it alphabetized that way, too.


message 33: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
Nice one, Caroline. X for the last name is a very tricky one.


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

Having looked the author up online it would seem that Guo is her family name rather than Xiaolu so if I'm going to be strict with myself I'll have to find another X author (*sigh* me and my self imposed rules...). Still, it's a book I wouldn't have read otherwise and I'm looking forward to reading it so it's all good. I might have to have a word with my local library regarding their filing system though! :)


message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Excellent, thank you Duane. I'll look out for it.


message 36: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
That is great, Duane! Good find.


message 37: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments We should make our own threads, or listopia lists, or something, for titles for these tricky letters!

Q-X-Z, some others :)


message 38: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) I checked my books and I am short the letters J, P, Q, X, Y, and Z for titles and the letters Q, U, V, X, Y, and Z for authors.


message 39: by Edīte (last edited May 15, 2014 08:24AM) (new)


message 40: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
Glad to have you join us, Edite!

I am still looking for authors with E, F, G, I, J (currently reading), K, O, R, U, & X -- not too bad. At least I got Z & Q done.

Titles: L (currently reading), O, U (currently reading), V, X, & Y
Again the X, I only have one idea so far.


message 41: by Aprilleigh (new)

Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments Sky Burial by Xinran is supposed to be very good and has the advantage of being fairly short. It's my 'X' this year.


message 42: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Edīte wrote: "Better late than never
..."


Welcome to the challenge, Edite! :)


message 43: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Aprilleigh wrote: "Sky Burial by Xinran is supposed to be very good and has the advantage of being fairly short. It's my 'X' this year."

Good one!

I still haven't slotted that one yet. Not for the author challenge, nor for the title challenge :/


message 44: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
Good one, Duane.


message 45: by Aprilleigh (new)

Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments Oh, and for 'X' titles I was surprised to find one I actually liked, The Xibalba Murders. It's a quick, light read, but it was entertaining. I can't double check the author right now (I'm on my iPhone) but I think it might have been Lyn Hamilton.


message 46: by Aprilleigh (new)

Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments Duane, that one is on my list too.


message 47: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Aprilleigh wrote: "Oh, and for 'X' titles I was surprised to find one I actually liked, The Xibalba Murders. It's a quick, light read, but it was entertaining. I can't double check the author right now (I'm on my iPh..."

You're right. I like that series. There is also an old classic named Xingu by Edith Wharton


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

Just got I, N, U, X and Z to go! Yay!


message 49: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments You are rocking, Caroline!


message 50: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9434 comments Mod
I am close on this one too, EFIKORX
Well, maybe not that close, but over half!


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