The A-Z book challenge was one of my favourite 31 Before 31 items, even if I do have some difficulty in explaining it in a concise and succinct manner!
The goal was to read an author represented by each letter of the alphabet (by surname). I added the proviso that it had to be an author that I hadn’t read before, because I was hoping that it would throw some authors and books at me that I wouldn’t necessarily have considered otherwise.
I’m not sure if I necessarily achieved that, but it certainly made me more inventive with my book choices! I probably never would have picked up the likes of Miss Chopsticks by Xinran if I hadn’t been looking for an X author.
I struggled with some of the letters; it took me a while to find an I author, though the book I read in the end (Tainted Blood by Arnaldur Indridason) was very good. U was also a bit of a problem, but when I found An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson I was really pleased, because it’s the first in a series that I intend to read! And I finally completed the challenge on Monday (leaving it until the last minute just like the Hitchcock challenge) with a Y author; I read Kissing Alice by Jacqueline Yallop. I can’t say that I enjoyed it all that much, but I had left it rather late and didn’t really have any other option but to read it.
Of all the books I read as part of this challenge, I only rated two of them as five-star books on Goodreads. Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy are two very different books, and I enjoyed them for very different reasons!
I gave the 26 books an average rating of 3.62 on Goodreads; two books got just two stars (The Other Mitford by Diana Alexander and Metamorphosis by Erin Noelle), but most of them got three or four. I should have tried to write reviews on all of the books, but I never seem to get round to writing them in a timely fashion and by the time I think about it, I’ve forgotten all the pertinent points!
If anyone is looking for a book challenge, I’d definitely recommend doing something similar to this. It gets you thinking outside the box and considering books you might never think about reading! If you want to see the full list of books I read, I’m keeping it under my Books tabs at the top of the page.
1. Read 26 Books – one for each letter of the alphabet