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message 1: by Deana (last edited Dec 19, 2015 06:58AM) (new)


1. More than 500 pages: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (thread)
2. romance: Forever by Judy Blume (thread)
3. book to movie: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (thread)
4. Published in the last year: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (thread)
5. Number in title: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (thread)
6. author under 30: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (thread)
7. nonhuman characters: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (thread)
8. funny book: The Humans by Matt Haig (thread)
9. female author: A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (thread)
10. mystery/thriller: The Uninvited by Liz Jensen (thread)
11. One word title: It by Stephen King (thread)
12. Short stories: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (thread)
13. set in foreign country: The Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi (thread)
14. nonfiction: Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan (thread)
15. author's first book: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (thread)
16. fav author, haven't read: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (thread)
17. friend recommended: Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (thread)
18. pulitzer winner: Empire Falls by Richard Russo (thread)
19. based on true story:
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (thread)
20. bottom of to-read list: The Gate to Women's Country Sheri S. Tepper (thread)
21. mom/dad recommends: Exodus by Leon Uris (thread)
22. scary book: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (thread)
23. more than 100 yrs old: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace (thread)
24. pick based on cover: Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran (thread)
25. supposed to read in school: The Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats (thread)
26. memoir: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times by Howard Zinn (thread)

SECOND 26, COVER ENTIRE ALPHABET (not in order, trilogy makes that impossible sadly) BY TITLE

finish in a day: The Uncommon Reader (thread)
antonyms in title: Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil (thread)
29. setting i want to visit: Kafka on the Shore (thread)
30. published in 1983: Winter's Tale (thread)
31. bad reviews: The Red House (thread)
32. 1st in trilogy: Oryx and Crake (thread)
33. 2nd in trilogy: The Year of the Flood (thread)
34. 3rd in trilogy: MaddAddam (thread)
35. from childhood: Anne of Green Gables (thread)
36. love triangle: The Valley of Unknowing (thread)
37. set in future: XVI (thread)
38. set in high school: None of the Above (thread)
39. color in title: Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (thread)
40. makes me cry: If I Stay (thread))
41. has magic: Eragon (thread)
42. graphic novel: Daytripper (thread)
43. new-to-me author: The Far Time Incident (thread)
44. own but not read: The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (thread)
45. takes place in my hometown: Bad Little Falls (thread)
46. foreign language originally: The Ludwig Conspiracy (thread)
47. christmas book: A Quilt for Christmas (thread)
48. author with my intials: Guernica (thread)
49. a play: The Taming of the Shrew / The Tempest / Twelfth Night
50. banned book: A Prayer for Owen Meany (thread)
51. tv show: The Case of the Velvet Claws
52. started but not finished: Holy Bible

message 2: by Cait (new)

Cait (clickcait) | 480 comments Looks like you're off to a good start. :-)

Good luck with the challenge.

message 3: by Deana (new)

Deana (ablotial) Thanks, this is just planning for the most part, but I'm hoping to do well if I set up a plan :)

message 5: by Deana (new)

Deana (ablotial) Thanks, Stephanie! I'm having fun trying to knock out two challenges at once with the alphabet thing :P

As to The Chocolate War, I agree with you ... I liked it, but didn't love it. I thought the ending was really unsatisfying though.

message 6: by Deana (new)

Deana (ablotial) I started this challenge late, so I'm perpretually behind. Making progress, but thinking I'll jump ahead to this week and then maybe go back and fill in... I don't think people are looking back at the old threads so as I'm commenting on old ones there isn't much other participation.

message 7: by Deana (new)

Deana (ablotial) I think I've finally settled on my list for the second half of the year. Took a lot of work to put it together!

There might be a few tweaks here and there, but for the most part, I am happy with it :)

message 8: by Francesca (new)

Francesca | 391 comments I'm incredibly impressed by your list and how you've managed to squeeze two challenges into one! This is a great list with excellent organisation! Good luck with your challenge!

message 9: by Ana A (new)

Ana A (anabana_a) | 414 comments Wow. It's so satisfying to look at the first 26 of your list. Good luck with everything!

message 10: by Ella (new)

Ella | 234 comments I'm going to read Oryx and Crake too. Awesome that you were able to fit in the alphabet challenge too.

message 11: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 16 comments Your list is awesome, good job!

message 12: by Deana (new)

Deana (ablotial) Thanks everyone :)

Before I found this group, I'd already decided I was going to be systematic and finally "win" the alphabet challenges after a few years in a row of haphazardly trying and failing. I noticed the number of weeks in the year lines up nicely with the alphabet, so I decided to try and make it work. And mostly, it has!

I was a little sad I couldn't find a way to the titles in order, too, but oh well. Trilogy and a few other categories didn't work out for that.

Had to cheat a little bit on friend recommendation and mom recommendation "can you recommend me a book by an author beginning with ___?" and also choosing the book by the cover "I chose it because there was an X author name on the cover? though it's also pretty..."

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