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message 1: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6554 comments A-Z Author Challenge 2019

The challenge is to read 26 books, by 26 different authors, one for each letter of the alphabet.

The books can be any genre or publication date and you may use the author's first name or surname (and I guess middle name if you're really struggling!)

Only books read between January 1st - December 31st 2019 can be included.

This challenge can be used in conjunction with all of our other challenges. So you can double up and use the same book for as many as you like! I hope you'll all join us for another year of A-Z!

NOTE: When posting advancements on your challenge, please copy and re-post your original selections with your changes or post the original message number so interested members can follow your progress.

message 3: by MK (last edited Apr 20, 2019 01:16AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments I like the A-Zs too, Katy :D

MK's 2019 A-Z Author Challenge*

A: Isaac Asimov
B: Kindle (12/04/16) - Kelly Barnhill
C: Paperback, library Mainecat - Kevin Crossley-Holland (1999)
Hardcover, library - Kevin Crossley-Holland (1968)
D: Kindle, free (11/13/18) - Charles Dickens
Kindle Unlimited, free - B.C. Dee
Audio CD, re-read, library - Daniel Defoe
Hardback, library - Daniel Defoe (Heritage Press)
Paperback, library - Daniel Defoe (Signet Classics)
Paperback, library - Daniel Defoe (Penguin Classics)
E: Paperback, library - T.S. Eliot
F: Kindle (07/18/17) - Ken Follett
Graphic novel, paperback, library Mainecat - Alexis E. Fajardo
G: Hardcover, library - John Guy
Paperback, library - John Gardner
Hardcover, library - Joe Gores
H: Graphic novel, paperback, library - Gareth Hinds
Audible (03/16/19) - Mary Mann Hamilton
Paperback, library - Dashiell Hammett
J: Paperback, library Mainecat - P.D. James
L: Lois Lowry
M: Kindle (02/25/19) - Colum McCann
John McGahern
Hardback, library - Michael Morpurgo
N: Kindle (03/09/18) - Margaret Nagel
P: Kindle (07/16/18) - Ellis Peters
Kindle (02/26/18) - Ellis Peters
Kindle, re-read (12/19/17) - Ellis Peters
R: Kindle (04/08/17) - Frederick Rebsamen
S: Audio CD, re-read, library - Robert Louis Stevenson
Kindle (09/07/18) - Neal Stephenson
Hardback, library - Rosemary Sutcliff
Hardback, library - Ian Serraillier
Kindle Unlimited, free - Sara Steger
T: Paperback, library, re-read - Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Kindle (12/08/18) - J.R.R. Tolkien
V: Jules Verne
W: Kindle (11/01/18) - Andy Weir
Hardcover, library - Jack Whyte
Hardcover, library, Mainecat - Virginia Woolf
Z: Taylor Zajonc

(*dates are the date book was purchased)


MKs 2019 Authors Read, chronological order


MK's 2019 Challenge Threads (or Posts) ...

A-Z Author Challenge
A-Z Title Challenge
Classic Bingo Challenge
Old & New Classic Challenge
Reading George Eliot 2019 Challenge
Quest for Women Authors Challenge

MK's Other Challenge Threads (or Posts) ...


message 4: by Anetq (last edited Dec 30, 2019 10:04AM) (new)

Anetq | 327 comments Anetq's A-Z of Authors 2019
Read 26/26 (Finished 30/12!)

A: Anja C. Andersen Marie Curie - Et lys i mørket
B: Jacob Bøtter Fuck It, Ship It
C: Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Unknown Poems
D: Ananda Devi Eve out of Her Ruins
E: Charlie English The Storied City: The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission to Save Its Past
F: Anita Furu Mit halve liv
G: Nanna Goul Erle perle
H: Judith Hermann Sommerhus, senere
I: Uzodinma Iweala Speak No Evil
J: Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen Ø
K: Kurt Kara Den rationelle investor
L: Anne Mette Kærulf Lorentzen Skamlebben
M: Makuchi Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon
N: D.T, Niane Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali
O: Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Ar
P: Birgitte Possing Argumenter imod kvinder
Q: Flemming Quist Møller Snuden
R: Olga Ravn De ansatte
S: Liv Strömquist Einsteins fru
T: Olga Tokarczuk Rejsende (Nobel 2018)
U: Fred Uhlman Gitterporten
V: Yanis Varoufakis Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works - and How It Fails
W: Wole Soyinka: Death and the King's Horseman: A Play (Nobel)
X: Qiu Xiaolong Death of a Red Heroine
Y: S. Yizhar Khirbet Khizeh
Z: Juli Zeh Corpus delicti: en proces

message 5: by Matt (last edited Dec 06, 2019 08:53PM) (new)

Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments 20/26 Completed
Matt's 2019 A-Z author challenge:

DONE JAN 19 A: Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
DONE JAN 19 B: Terry Brooks - The Elfstones of Shannara
DONE FEB 19 C: William J. Cooper Jr. - Jefferson Davis, American
DONE FEB 19 D: Daniel Defoe -Robinson Crusoe
DONE MAR 19 E: George Eliot- Middlemarch
DONE APR 19 F: Tana French- In the Woods
DONE APR 19 G: Robert Galbraith - Lethal White
DONE JUN 19 H: Victor Hugo - Les Misérables
DONE JUN 19 I: John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meany
DONE JUN 19 J: Dan Jones- The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
DONE OCT 19 K: Stephen King - The Stand
DONE AUG 19 L: C.S. Lewis - C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
DONE DEC 19 M: David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
DONE JUN 19 N: Katherine Neville - The Eight
DONE OCT 19 O: Flannery O'Connor - The Complete Stories
DONE MAR 19 P: Alexander Pushkin - Eugene Onegin
DONE AUG19 Q: Spencer Quinn - Dog on It
R: Veronica Roth - The Fates Divide
S: Brandon Sanderson - Words of Radiance
DONE JUL 19 T: John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
DONE NOV 19 U: Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose
V: Sheldon Vanauken - A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy and Triumph
DONE AUG 19 W: H.G. Wells - The War of the Worlds
X: Cao Xueqin - The Warning Voice
Y: Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life
Z: Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Prisoner of Heaven

I've worked hard on compiling this list and I'm pretty happy with it. I'm taking on some pretty large books i.e, ( The Stand by Stephen King ), will be clearing off some of the oldest books on my TBR ( Jefferson Davis, American by William J. Cooper Jr. ) , and will be reading some pretty good classics( Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ). I'm excited to tackle this list next year! Good luck to everyone who is doing the A-Z author challenge!

2/1/19 UPDATE: I have finished my "A" and "B" authors and am working on my "C". So far this has been a great reading year!

6/27/19 UPDATE: Mid point of the year update - I have 12/26 completed for this challenge!

7/27/19 UPDATE: July month-end update - I have 13/26 completed for this challenge. I focused on Bingo challenge this month so forward progress on the A-Z slowed a little bit, but I should be able to complete this by year-end. I may end up pushing out The Stand and reading a shorter Stephen King like Four Past Midnight or Misery instead for the "K" author.

8/31/19 - finished 3 more books for the A-Z author challenge this month. I decided to stick with The Stand by Stephen King for my "K". It is a monster at 1,440 pages, but I had high aspirations for my reading this year so I'm going for it. You only live once, right? : )

10/15/19 - Finished the "O" author by reading The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor. I realized I won't finish this challenge. I don't see any way that I can finish The Stand (1/2 way through it) and I haven't even started Words of Radiance yet which is another really long one. Ugh. I'm a little bit disappointed to not be able to finish this challenge, and I probably could make it work by plugging in some other books, but I don't want to sell myself short. I had a fairly grandiose plan but too many tomes caught up to me. Maybe next year!

message 6: by Terris (new)

Terris | 2629 comments It looks like you're going to have a lot of fun with this challenge! Enjoy :)

message 9: by Ana Luisa (new)

Ana Luisa (analureads) | 59 comments Looking forward to participating in 2019!

Lu's 2019 A-Z Author Challenge


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I'll give this a go :o)

Catriona's 2019 A-Z Author Challenge!


message 11: by Lindy-Lane (last edited Apr 06, 2019 04:14AM) (new)

Lindy-Lane (moonbacklit) | 87 comments why not? :)
READ= 2/26

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message 12: by Karen (last edited Nov 07, 2019 01:58PM) (new)

Karen | 71 comments I love this challenge!

A Katherine Arden - The Winter of the Witch. Finished 23rd February. 4 stars.
B Margaret Campbell Barnes - Isabel The Fair. Finished 10th January. 3 stars.
C Ivan Cloulas -The Borgias. Finished 20th January. 5 stars.
D Charles Dickens - Bleak House Finished 12th January. 4 stars.
E Elizabeth Eyre - Death of a Duchess. Finished 4th January. 3 stars.
F Linda Ferri - Cecilia. Finished 25th January. 3 stars.
G Robert Galbraith - The Cuckoo's Calling. Finished 6th February. 4 stars.
H Laurell K. Hamilton - A Kiss Of Shadows. Finished 12th February. 4 stars.
I Patricia Ingham - The Brontës. Finished 4th September. 4 stars.
J Shelina Janmohamed - Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World. Finished 2 July. 2 stars.
K Paul Murray Kendall - The Yorkist Age: Daily Life During the Wars of the Roses. Finished 31st January. 4 stars.
L Amara Lakhous - Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet. Finished 11th April. 4 stars.
M George R.R. Martin - A Storm of Swords: Part 1 Steel and Snow. Finished 8th January. 5 stars.
N David Nicholls - One Day. Finished 22nd February. 4 stars.
O Beth O'Leary - The Flatshare. Finished 25th May. 3 stars.
P Emilia Pardo Bazán - The House of Ulloa. Finished 16th January. 4 stars.
Q Kate Quinn - The Alice Network. Finished 2nd November. 4 stars.
R Uta Ranke-Heinemann - Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven: Women, Sexuality & the Catholic Church,. Finished 31st May. 3 stars.
S José Saramago - Death at Intervals. Finished 23rd March. 5 stars.
T Bodie Thoene - The Return to Zion. Finished 10th August. 1 star.
U Jean Ure - A Twist in Time. Finished 7th August. 4 stars.
V Bruno Vincent - Five on Brexit Island. Finished 7th September. 3 stars.
W Carol Wensby-Scott - Lion of Alnwick. Finished 3rd January. 5 stars.
X Xinran - The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices. Finished 2nd October. 4 stars.
Y Banana Yoshimoto - Kitchen. Finished 1st February. 5 stars.
Z Émile Zola - The Belly of Paris. Finished 26th September. 4 stars.

Finished 2nd November.

message 13: by Lisa (last edited Dec 15, 2019 09:36PM) (new)

Lisa | 5 comments Lisa's A-Z of Authors 2019 - LAST NAME
I'm going to do two lists - one by only last name and one by only first name. Let's see how this goes.

Completed: 26 / 26 *** COMPLETED 12/14/19 ***

A: ADRIAN: Midnight Flame by Lara Adrian – 1/6/19
B: BROWN: Honor & ... by Sandra Brown – 1/2/19
C: CARR: The Best of Us by Robyn Carr – 1/29/19
D: DEMILLE: Getaway by Nelson Demille – 1/6/19
E: ELLWOOD: Gambling on a Secret by Sara Ellwood – 2/21/19
F: FROST - Packby Jeaniene Frost – 6/2/19G: GABALDON: Past Prologue by Diana Gabaldon – 1/3/19
H: HARRIS: Dig Here by Charlaine Harris – 1/5/19
I: ISAACSON: Christmas in Three Rivers by Liz Isaacson – 12/14/19
J: JACKSON: Deserves to be Dead by Lisa Jackson – 1/5/19
K: KNUTH: The Prayer List: ...and Other True Stories of How Families Pray by Jane Knuth – 4/13/19
L: LYNDS: Rambo on Their Minds by Gayle Lynds – 1/3/19
M: MCDERMID: Footloose by Val McDermid – 1/3/19
N: NOVAK: Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak – 3/4/19
O: O’DONNELL: TTank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede by Liam O’Donnell – 7/19/19
P: POTTER: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – 1/12/19
Q: QUINN - Disney by Rees Quinn – 6/19/19
R: REICHS: Faking a Murderer by Kathy Reichs – 1/3/19
S: SLAUGHTER: Short Story by Karin Slaughter – 1/5/19
T: THAYNE: A Cold Creek Holiday by RaeAnne Thayne – 1/4/19
U: URREA - The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea – 10/9/19
V: VIDLER: Haunting Refrain by Ellis Vidler – 6/30/19
W: WEST - The Things We Knew by Catherine West – 2/27/19
X: XINGJIAN – Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian – 12/5/19
Y: YOERG - True Places by Sonja Yoerg – 1/21/19
Z: ZINCZENKO – Zero Belly Diet: The Revolutionary New Plan to Turn Off Your Fat Genes and Keep You Lean for Life! by David Zinczenko – 5/16/19

Lisa's A-Z of Authors 2019 - FIRST NAME

Completed: 26 / 26 *** COMPLETED 12/12/19 ***

A: ALAFAIR - The Wife by Alafair Burke – 1/14/19
B: B.J. - The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak – 4/13/19
C: COLLEEN - Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble – 2/1/19
D: DEBBIE - My Forever Home by Debbie Burns – 1/19/19
E: ELIZABETH - The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg – 1/12/19
F: FRANCINE - Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature by Francine Rivers – 10/18/19
G: GRACE - A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes – 2/9/19
H: HEATHER - If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende – 7/24/19
I: IRIS - IIf I Can't Have You by Iris Morland – 4/14/19
J: JUDITH - Taking the Veil by J.A. Vance – 1/6/19
K: KRISTIN - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 1/7/19
L: LAURA - Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand – 3/17/19
M: MITCH - The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 1/27/19
N: NICOLA - The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty – 1/7/19
O: OLIVIA - Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport – 12/12/19
P: PRISCILLA - A Jewel in His Crown: Rediscovering Your Value as a Woman of Excellence by Priscilla Shirer – 3/31/19
Q: QUINN - Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis – 6/9/19
R: ROBYN - The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr – 5/29/19
S: SCOTT - The Itty-Bitty Knitty Committee by Scott Hilburn – 1/21/19
T: TED - Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang – 3/25/19
U: URSULA - Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin – 11/12/19
V: VIKKI – Stealthy Steps by Vikki Kestell – 11/8/19
W: WAYNE - The Firefly Quiz Book by Wayne Wheelwright – 7/6/19
X: XELLY – Blackbirds by Xelly – 12/6/19
Y: YARA: Health On Your Plate: Shop and Cook with Yara by Yara Shoemaker – 6/25/19
Z: ZORA: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – 6/20/19

message 14: by Elizabeth (last edited Jan 22, 2019 01:17AM) (new)

Elizabeth | 58 comments Elizabeth M.'s A-Z of Authors 2019

A: ALCOTT - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 18/01
E: EDDO-LODGE - Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge 11/01
G: GAIL - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 14/01
H: HARDY - Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy 02/01
I: ISAK - Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen 07/01
J: JAMES - The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain 11/01
L: LORRAINE - A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry 17/01
M: MONTGOMERY - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 06/01
O: ONDAATJE - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 09/01
P: PYUN - The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun 11/01
W: WILLIAM - As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 04/01

message 15: by Jess (new)

Jess Penhallow | 61 comments A-Z Author Challenge


message 17: by Matt (new)

Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments Wow! Very impressive list Victor! Good luck!

Victor *I was in the pool!* Matt wrote: "Wow! Very impressive list Victor! Good luck!"

Thanks, Matt. When compiling this list I wanted the titles to be predominantly classics and near-permanent residents on my TBR. Over 500 pages or a book that I own a physical copy of were pluses but not requirements. I ended up with more books than letters :) Always a good thing.

I didn't participate much in reading challenges this year, so I hope to make up for it by completing this one. Having said that, if Watership Down is the only book I read for this challenge, I would consider it a success as I have been trying to read this book for over 40 years. I've started this story many times never getting to page 100 (more like 50) :(

message 19: by Matt (new)

Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments I can highly recommend East of Eden and The Portrait of a Lady. Your entire list is solid from top to bottom. I’m looking forward to following your progress. Good luck, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

message 20: by Kyle (new)

Kyle (kyleezer) A question: Should the books be read in order from A to Z, or do you just try and fill in all of the letters in any order, by the end of the year? Thanks!

message 21: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9560 comments Mod
Kyle wrote: "A question: Should the books be read in order from A to Z, or do you just try and fill in all of the letters in any order, by the end of the year? Thanks!"

I just try and fill in the letters as I read by the end of the year.

message 22: by Kyle (new)

Kyle (kyleezer) Kyle's A-Z Author Challenge

A: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
F: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
K: The Outsider by Stephen King
M: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

message 23: by Elizabeth A.G. (last edited Dec 11, 2019 09:12PM) (new)

Elizabeth A.G. | 66 comments Elizabeth A.G's 2019 A-Z Author Challenge 26/26


A: Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim - completed 3/24/19

B: John Boyne - A Ladder to the Sky - completed 2/19/19

C: John Carreyrou - Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - completed 1/8/19

D: Rebecca Deng - What They Meant for Evil: How a Lost Girl of Sudan Found Healing, Peace, and Purpose in the Midst of Suffering - completed 10/15/19

E: Edward Wilson-Lee - The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - completed 4/4/19

F: Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong - completed 3/1/19

G: David Grann - The White Darkness - completed 7/2/19

H: Knut Hamsun - Hunger - completed 1/20/19

I: Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills - completed 12/11/19

J: Jonas Jonasson - The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - completed 2/18/19

K: Maxwell King - The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers - completed 1/11/19

L: Jack London - The Call of the Wild - completed 3/19/19

M: George MacDonald - Phantastes - completed 1/2/19

N: Alex North - The Whisper Man - competed 10/5/19

O: Michelle Obama - Becoming - completed 7/14/19

P: Susan Page - The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty - completed 5/6/19

Q: David Quammen - The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life - completed 4/20/19

R: Melanie Rehak - Girl Sleuth - completed 2/8/19

S: Anna Sewell - Black Beauty - completed 1/13/19

T: Claire Tomalin - Jane Austen: A Life - completed 8/15/19

U: Craig Unger - House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia - completed 1/16/19

V: Vonnegut, Kurt - World's Fair - completed 11/27/19

W: Jacqueline Winspear - Maisie Dobbs - completed 2/11/2019

X: Diana Xarissa - Aunt Bessie Considers - completed 1/2/19

Y: Margaret Yorke - Dead in the Morning - completed 12/9/19

Z: Stefan Zweig - Chess Story - completed 12/1/19


message 24: by Beth (new)

Beth | 3 comments Do you have to tell ahead of time who/what you will read for each letter or fill it in as you go?

message 25: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6554 comments No, you can fill as you go, whatever works for you.

message 26: by Symone (last edited Oct 22, 2019 06:12PM) (new)

Symone Lewis | 41 comments I'm in!

Symone's 2019 A-Z Author Challenge

Start Date: January 1, 2019
End Date: December 31, 2019
Books Read: 2/26

C: Charlaine Harris-Dead Until Dark (Finished: 4/25/2019)
J: John Grisham-Gray Mountain (Finished: 10/22/2019)
S: Stephen King- The Dead Zone (Finished: 1/4/2019)

message 27: by Mandy (last edited Aug 12, 2019 07:47PM) (new)

Mandy Lane (asouthernmrs) Mandy's First A-Z Author Challenge

This is my very first reading challenge! I've got a huge TBR list (400+) and I'm hoping this challenge will keep me accountable this year.


A: Louisa May Alcott Little Women
B: Honore de Balzac Cousin Bette
C: Carlo Collodi Pinocchio
D: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
E: Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose
F: Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary
G: Jacob Grimm Snow White and Rose Red
H: Nathaniel Hawthorn The Scarlet Letter
I: Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day
J: Henry James The Art of Fiction
K: Jack Kerouc On the Road
L: Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
M: Ian McEwan Atonement
N: Friedrich Nietzsche The Portable Nietzsche
O: George Orwell Animal Farm
P: Marcel Proust Swann's Way
Q: Anna Quindlen One True Thing
R: Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac
S: John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men (Finished 8/3/19)
T: Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
U: Jane Urquhart Sanctuary Line
V: Voltaire Candide
W: E.B. White Charlotte's Web (Finished 8/5/19)
X: Cao Xuequin Hung Lou Meng, Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber. Book II
Y: Nicola Yoon Everything, Everything
Z: Markus Zusak The Book Thief

message 28: by Karen (last edited Apr 25, 2019 11:18PM) (new)

Karen Downes | 11 comments Karen's A-Z Author Challenge:
Have done this (outside of Goodreads, and only for library books) for years, tho never got from A-Z in 12 months!
A: Margaret Atwood The Heart Goes Last
B: Tony Birch Blood
C: M R Carey The Boy on the Bridge
U: John Updike The Witches of Eastwick
Y: Banana Yoshimoto Asleep
Z: Alejandro Zambra Ways of Going Home

message 29: by Michael (last edited Dec 31, 2019 07:14AM) (new)

Michael Bartholmey | 1 comments Michael's A-z Challenge
This is pretty ambitious for me but I'll give it a shot!
A: Ausitn, Jane - Mansfield Park (8/10/19)
B: Ball, Jesse - Census (5/1/19)
C: Christie, Agatha - The Seven Dials Mystery (10/28/19)
D: David Feldshuh - Miss Evers' Boys (1/21/19)
E: E. M. Foster - Howards End (2/23/19)
F: Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden (4/08/19)
G: George R.R. Martin - A Dance with Dragons (1/19/19)
H: Heinlein, Robert A. - Revolt In 2100 (5/26/19)
I: Igne, William - Bus Stop (12/17/19)
J: Jerome Lawernce - Inherit the Wind (10/09/19)
K: Kramer, Larry - The Normal Heart (1/23/19)
L: Lucas Hnath - The Chrisitans (10/10/19)
M: Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (10/06/19)
N: Norris, Bruce - Clybourne Park (09/04/19)
O: O'Neill, Eugene - The Iceman Cometh (09/01/19)
P: Palahniuk, Chuck - Survivor (2/02/19)
Q: Quick, Matthew - The Silver Linings Playbook (09/19/19)
R: Ruhl, Sarah - Eurydice (08/15/19)
S: Sam Shepard - Fool for Love (10/11/19)
T: Tennessee Williams - Suddenly Last Summer (3/12/19)
U: Updike, John - Rabbit, Run (11/25/19)
V: VanderMeer, Jeff - Annihilation (12/28/19)
W: Wilde, Oscar - A Woman of No Importance (12/02/19)
X: Xinran - Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet (12/12/19)
Y: Yoko Ogawa - Revenge (3/16/19)
Z: Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief (3/03/19)


message 30: by Elli (last edited Dec 23, 2019 04:48AM) (new)

Elli | 3 comments A-Z Author Challenge Completion: 25/26

A: Mitch Albom - The Next Person You Meet in Heaven - 13 Feb 19
B: Fredrik Backman - And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer - 05 Jul 19
C: Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None - 10 Jun 19
D: Carol Dweck - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - 22 Apr 19
E: Cary Elwes - As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - 25 Apr 19
F: Ken Follett - The Pillars of the Earth - 05 Feb 19
G: William Goldman - The Princess Bride - 13 Apr 19
H: Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns - 30 Jan 19
I: Ishiguro Kazuo - Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall - 29 Sep 19
J: Jung Yun - Shelter - 01 Mar 19
K: Margaret Killjoy - The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion - 19 Feb 19
L: Lois Lowry - The Giver - 30 Mar 19
M: Sarah J. Maas - Kingdom of Ash - 18 Jan 19
N: Natsume Soseki - Botchan - 13 Jan 19
O: Delia Owens - Where the Crawdads Sing - 11 Sep 19
P: Adam Podell - Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth - 09 Jan 19
Q: Anna Quindlen - Miller's Valley - 23 Dec 19
R: A.G. Roemmers - The Return of the Young Prince - 25 Apr 19
S: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Wind, Sand and Stars - 26 Mar 19
T: J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fall of Gondolin - 20 Jan 19
U: Unknown - The Story of Hong Gildong - 14 Jul 19
V: Elizabeth Vaughan - Warprize - 04 Sep 19
W: Andy Weir - Artemis - 23 Jan 19
Y: Daryl Yam Qilin - Kappa Quartet - 22 Mar 19
Z: Stefan Zweig - Chess Story - 07 Mar 19

message 32: by Matt (last edited Feb 26, 2019 07:35PM) (new)

Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments Just updated message 5 above. I've finished 4/26 (A-D) so far this year. Slow and steady progress! About to start reading Middlemarch by George Eliot in March for my "E" author. George Eliot is of course a pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans, so I'm still legit on my author choice. : )

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Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments Updated message 5 above - finished my E and P author 6/26 done for this challenge.

I plan to work on F and G in April In the Woods by Tana French and Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

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Anetq | 327 comments I updated today as well! 11/26 in message 4 - best read so far Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir - recent winner of the nordic council's literature award - highly recommend it. (Nine is listed under A as I read the Danish version "Ar")

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Karen Downes | 11 comments Updated message 29 - 6 books in, faster than I've ever got through an A-Z challenge!

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Terry | 1625 comments Nice work, Matt!

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Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments I updated message 5 above. In June I completed H, I, J, and N authors
Victor Hugo - Les Misérables
John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meany
Dan Jones - The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
and Katherine Neville - The Eight

1/2 way through the year and I have 12/26 books done for this challenge. I have some work cut out for me for the 2nd half of the year, but should be able to do it. Good luck to everybody!

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Katy (kathy_h) | 9560 comments Mod
Halfway through the year and I've got 8 letters left for the challenge. You can view my progress here in msg #2.

Letters still to complete: D, I, J, N, Q, V, X, Y.

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Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 237 comments Okay--looks fun.

Bryan's A-Z Author Challenge

A: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

B: Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate

C: A Month in the Country by J L Carr

D: Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

E: The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley

F: Homo Faber by Max Frisch

G: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

H: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant

J: The Children of Men by P.D. James

K: Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy

L: Family Album by Penelope Lively

M: Amongst Women by John McGahern

N: Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

O: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

P: A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement by Anthony Powell


R: Black Boy by Richard Wright

S: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

T: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

U: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

V: The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut

W: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells




I, Q, R, U, X, Y, Z--I better get cracking

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Katy (kathy_h) | 9560 comments Mod
I've been trying to read Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian for several months. I am calling it quits -- I tried, but these rambling thoughts type of books are not for me. I also hate that all people are just scenery for his life. I really felt that his portrayal of women as just objects was offensive. Just my opinion -- keep in mind this book won the Nobel Prize for the author and has high rating. Just not my cup of tea. I'm still counting it, as I spent several months reading the book while I could have read something else.

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Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments August update - I finished 3 more for the A-Z author challenge so am at 16/26 year-to-date. I still think I can make it but plan to read The Stand The Stand by Stephen King and Words of Radiance Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2) by Brandon Sanderson which just between the 2 is something like 2700 pages! Yikes! As always, I'll probably be reading the last words on my last one as the ball drops.

Good luck to everyone working on this challenge! I'm fitting a lot of these into the Classic Bingo Challenge, and am having a really good reading year.

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Katy (kathy_h) | 9560 comments Mod
Glad you are having a good reading year. And good luck on all of your challenges, Matt.

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Matt (mmullerm) | 839 comments Just updated message 5 above. 17/26 completed. I realized I won't be able to finish the challenge because I still have Words of Radiance (paperback over 1200 pages) that I haven't even started yet, not to mention the other books. Reality has finally kicked in. I could plug in some other books that I've read, but I don't want to sell myself short. I think I bit off more than I can chew with this challenge this year, but no complaints and no regrets - this has been a really great reading year overall! Good luck to those still working on this challenge, and I'll continue to update mine - you never know what will happen! : )

Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 237 comments I had forgotten that I'd started this, so I went back and edited above to fill in three spots. Still looking for the tough ones--QXYZ--though I would have thought I'd have found something for the Y by now.

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Julie | 644 comments Finished another year of this :)
Not all picks were great - sometimes when you just need to finish a letter you hit some poorer choices... (U...)

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Anetq | 327 comments Katy wrote: "I've been trying to read Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian for several months. I am calling it quits -- I tried, but these rambling thoughts type of books are not for me. I ..."

Technically nobel prizes are for the entire authorship, not a specific book - but I totally agree with you... I tried to get through his collection of stories Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather but I just couldn't - I was both bored and annoyed!

I ended up reading a Shanghai crime novel Qiu Xiaolong Death of a Red Heroine

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Anetq | 327 comments Just checked up - I finished all the hard letters for this year, now I'm just missing N and W

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