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message 1: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Andrew suggested trying a female author A-Z challenge, so I've had a look through my to-read list for contenders and I think I'll be able to give it a go too....

To start, I've just read/am reading:
C: Willa Cather - A Lost Lady
K: Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
R: Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
W: jenette winterson - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson


message 2: by Sue (new)

Sue | 1340 comments What a good idea. May nick that for 2015! You have some brilliant books there- love Willa Cather but not read that one so another for my tbr list! And Hannah Kent's book, I thought. was amazing.


message 3: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 1010 comments Good luck Liz, its an interesting challenge.


message 4: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Good luck, I have eleven letters left but keep repeating.


message 5: by Bill (new)

Bill | 2694 comments I've been looking for a couple of books by Jean Rhys, how was Wide Sargasso Sea?


message 6: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Bill wrote: "I've been looking for a couple of books by Jean Rhys, how was Wide Sargasso Sea?"

I thought it was very good. Interesting view of Jamaica just after the end of slavery and great back story for Jane Eyre!


message 7: by Bill (new)

Bill | 2694 comments I'll check it out. Thanks.


message 8: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
A: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun. Only halfway through, but I can understand the praise this book has received. Can't put it down.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


message 9: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Sep 20, 2014 07:29AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
H: Georgina Harding - Painter of Silence. Just starting.....

Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding


message 10: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
J: Tove Jansson - The Summer Book
Gentle, uplifting, amusing, touching.

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson


message 11: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Doing well.


message 12: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments Liz wrote: "J: Tove Jansson - The Summer Book
Gentle, uplifting, amusing, touching.

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson"


The Summer Book has really grown on me, I've read it twice. I love the Grandaughter/Grandmother relationship, so sweet and the setting is just idyllic!


message 13: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Em wrote: "The Summer Book has really grown on me, I've rea..."

I liked it, and have been hovering between 3&4 stars - The island and it's inhabitants are so well described and the relationships feel real. However, just as I was getting into a chapter, it was over and we were moving onto another episode. While this does reflect the fleeting nature of summer and memory, I found it prevented me from getting truly sucked into the story.


message 14: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Oct 17, 2014 05:51AM) (new)


message 15: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
B: Karen Blixen - Out of Africa. Enjoying it so far, very different from the film.....

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen


message 16: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
P: Michelle Paver - Dark Matter. This was for my terrestrial book club, (as it's approaching Halloween). Very good. I read it over two days and couldn't put it down.

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver


message 17: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Damn it! Just reading another P (Dorothy Parker). You don't get very far in these challenges, before the repetitions start to kick in...


message 18: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Snap.


message 19: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Helen wrote: "Snap."

And I've just read another K (Barbara Kingsolver) - The Poisonwood Bible. Hmmph! (Great book though...)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


message 20: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments I've completed 21 letters this year and over 60 books. It's incredibly hard spreading them out over the alphabet.


message 21: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Helen wrote: "I've completed 21 letters this year and over 60 books. It's incredibly hard spreading them out over the alphabet."

Yes, there are just so many more surnames starting with T, S or M than Q, U or X!


message 22: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Nov 28, 2014 08:32AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
M - Hilary Mantel - Bring Up the Bodies (Oops! Typo gave me: 'Bring up the Biddies'!)
I know I'm going to like this one, I loved Wolf Hall...

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2) by Hilary Mantel


message 23: by Em (new)

Em (emmap) | 2929 comments Sooooo good! I've still got a ridiculous and unlikely crush on Thomas Cromwell ;)


message 24: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Really enjoying it so far. It's been at least three years since I read 'Wolf Hall', so I was worried I'd forget who's who. But she's very good at writing in brief intro's (without spoiling the flow), plus there's the handy cast list at the beginning, to keep track of all those characters.


message 25: by Ian, Moderator (new)

Ian (pepecan) | 5528 comments Mod
Em wrote: "Sooooo good! I've still got a ridiculous and unlikely crush on Thomas Cromwell ;)"

lol to that Em and also lol to Bring up the Biddies Liz


message 26: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Jan 15, 2015 04:22AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
F - Karen Joy Fowler - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Just starting this for my local Bookclub...

...Really enjoyed this one, a great start to the year. Best to go into it without knowing too much.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


message 27: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
E - Sue Eckstein - Interpreters. I got this on Kindle sometime last year, it sounded interesting and was a daily deal. I'm enjoying the writing and I keep squeezing in time to read a bit more - always a good sign....

Interpreters by Sue Eckstein


message 29: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Just getting into D: Emma Donoghue -Room, which has been in my to read list for years!

Room by Emma Donoghue


message 30: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
O: Téa Obreht - The Tiger's Wife, which I found thoroughly engrossing.

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht


message 31: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments I loved Room.


message 32: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Mar 05, 2015 05:21AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Yes, I thought 'Room' was very good - I was totally absorbed and had tears in my eyes at the end.


message 33: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Just updated my list to add L: Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing. Very good so far...

The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing


message 34: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Almost there, I've ticked off a few recently.


message 35: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Jun 02, 2015 01:09AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
G - Amy Greene - Bloodroot. I can't remember how I found out about this book, but it's been on my to read list for a while. Really enjoying it so far...

(I love it when one book counts for two challenges!)

Bloodroot by Amy Greene


message 36: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Me too :)


message 37: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Aug 29, 2015 08:58PM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
I have found myself a Z (not many female authors with a Z). I had wanted to read something byRachel Zadok (Sister-Sister) but she's not in the library system in Singapore and not on kindle either. I scanned the shelves instead and found The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman . It's set in 17thC New York and sounded interesting, so I thought I'd give it a go...

The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman Sister-Sister by Rachel Zadok


message 38: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Anna Zaires co-wrote my free kindle z last year. It was alright. The Sorcery Code


message 39: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Thanks for the suggestion, Helen, maybe next time. I think I may have found all my letters now. Getting around to reading them will be a different matter...

I am damn fussy though: I want to not just get the letter, but enjoy the book too. Talk about demanding! ;)


message 40: by Helen (new)

Helen | 4234 comments Me too! I need one word titles for 4 letters,I have books for the other remaining letters.


message 41: by Kate, Moderator (new)

Kate | 1307 comments Mod
I have the same problem with around the world. I want to enjoy the book so I would prefer fiction rather than fact or travel books. I'm sure I'd have got through more countries by now if I wasn't so fussy!


message 42: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Sep 05, 2015 10:26PM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
X - Xinran - Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet. I'd read her The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices a couple of years ago for my local bookclub, which, while insightful, I found to be a truly depressing reflection of China's recent past.

This is a far more uplifting tale which many have enjoyed. It's an incredible true story, however I found her journalist's writing style felt dislocated and I wasn't as gripped as I felt I should be, given the powerful content.

Sky Burial An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran The Good Women of China Hidden Voices by Xinran


message 43: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Y - Hanya Yanagihara - The People in the Trees.

'Enjoyed' is not the word I'd use when describing my reaction to this book. Don't get me wrong it's a very well written book, (the descriptions of the island and characters are excellent) and I was totally gripped.

Ostensibly, it's about an anthropological expedition to a remote Micronesian Island and the subsequent events that it triggers.

However that's just the surface. The book covers a whole myriad of issues and is told by a totally unpleasant and unreliable narrator.

As a result, it's very dark in tone and has the power to shock.

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara


message 44: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 1010 comments I've got it on my tbr list so will give it a go although 'A little life' her new book is meant to be one of the books of the year and over 700 pages and I am keen to read it at some point. But glad you're positive about this one Liz.


message 45: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
Andrew, it's a very good, yet uncomfortable, read. Would really like to hear what others make of it.


message 46: by Liz, Moderator (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
I have far too many challenges going, all at once, but I am making steady progress.

Just starting:
V - Catherynne M. Valente - Palimpsest. Luckily, I think this may also qualify for the genre challenge this month...

Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente


message 47: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Nov 27, 2015 05:23AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
My plan had been to read Anne Tyler to get my T and another US state, but my local Book club has chosen The Goldfinch for the Christmas period. So it looks like I'll be reading Donna Tartt instead...
I'm looking forward to it as I loved The Secret History.

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Secret History by Donna Tartt


message 48: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Jan 08, 2016 05:01PM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
T - Donna Tartt Really enjoying The Goldfinch, although it may be some time before I'm finished....

Then only four more letters to go!

Finished. I was totally gripped, despite it's flaws. Reads like Dickens meets Brett Easton Ellis!


message 49: by Liz, Moderator (last edited Jan 12, 2016 05:11AM) (new)

Liz | 3398 comments Mod
I have started my N - Irène Némirovsky - The Fires of Autumn. It's a French novel, written in the inter-war years and follows a bunch of characters damaged by the First World War, as the clouds gather over Europe once more. Good so far....

I hadn't come across the author before so I Googled her. She was a Russian Jewish emigre who settled in Paris with her family after they fled the Revolution. When the Second World War broke out, she was sent to Auschwitz and died there. This novel was published after her death, while her most famous one, Suite Française, was only published in 2004!

The Fires of Autumn by Irène Némirovsky


message 50: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M (elliemcc11) | 595 comments Liz wrote: "I have started my N - Irène Némirovsky - The Fires of Autumn. It's a French novel, written in the inter-war years and follows a bunch of characters damaged by the Fi..."

Yes she led an interesting life, but sadly she wasn't to see the success of her books. I started Suite Francaise but life got in the way so I didn't finish it. I have her others on my TBR but some as less easily available than others when I searched. Interesting to see what you think of The Fires of Autumn.


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