Looking for Books

Books are a big part of my life. I sometimes think that if I was forced to pick one form of entertainment, I’d pick books. Then I remember how much I love television, and I thank my lucky stars that nobody is ever going to force me to make such an awful choice. But I love books, and reading, and libraries, and I love hearing about new books that I should read. My favourite way to discover  a new book is to have it recommended to me, and that’s where my lovely readers come in!

As part of my 31 Before 31 list, I have set myself an alphabetical challenge. Every time I try to describe I fall over myself with too many words, but I’ll try again. I want to read 26 books, each one by a different author that I have never read before, and each author has to begin with a different letter of the alphabet. Since my birthday, I have managed two; Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman, and Killing Floor by Lee Child. You can see my list here, I’m keeping it updated as I go along.

So earlier on Twitter, I asked if anyone had read any good books recently that they would like to recommend, and I got a few replies (thanks to Steph, Jacquina and Laura). I am hoping that if I repeat the request on here, I might get a wider response.

The challenge with the A-Z challenge is, of course, those awkward letters. I don’t suppose I’ll have any trouble with most of the alphabet, but I anticipate problems with I, Q, U, X, Y and Z. I’ve never read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro or Christopher Isherwood, so they are a definite possibility for I, and there’s Markus Zuzak for Z.

Have you got any ideas? For any of the letters, really, but specifically for those six blighters that are more than likely going to stand in my way! Leave me a comment, or tweet me @janeylambert to let me know.

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  • Reply Hannah Ackroyd

    I love this idea! I think this will definitely go on my list next year! I have to read ‘Never Let Me Go’ for university; I have never read Ishiguro before so I’ll let you know if I would recommend it! I just read ‘War of the Worlds’ which was the first Wells I have read and I loved it…in case you need a W and haven’t read any Wells before! I haven’t read Zuzak either even though The Book Thief has been on my shelf for years! There is also Carlos Ruiz Zafon as another option although I wasn’t completely sold by The Shadow of the Wind…you may enjoy it more 🙂 Q and X will be difficult ones! I am at work on Thursday, I shall scour the shelves and see what I can find!

    December 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply Janey

      I think it’s a good way to discover authors that you might otherwise completely disregard! That’s why I am doing it. I have The Shadow of the Wind ready to go, so when I’ve finished I’ll let you know what I think! I also downloaded The Book Thief, it’s also been on my list for ages so I’m glad that I’m finally going to get round to it!

      January 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm
      • Reply Hannah Ackroyd

        I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them!

        January 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Emma

    I Am Legend. It’s a good read.
    Drawing a blank on those other letters.

    December 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm
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