Monday, August 19, 2013

ABC Book Challenge

The Magic Violinist had a great post about Book ABCs, and even though she didn't tag anyone or challenge anyone to do this, I decided to give it a try. I figured I've read a lot of books so I could probably finish it up fairly easily. I don't think I did too bad a job either!

The original prompt comes by way of The Book Chewers.

Prompt: Have you read a book starting with every. single. letter from the alphabet?! Make a list of books you've read, from A to Z! (Bonus points to those who've read those tricky letters, like X and Z). Also, you can bypass "the" or "a" in titles, if you need to.

A - Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt
B - The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
C - A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (I should get bonus points for how long his books are!)
D - Debt of Honor, by Tom Clancy
E - Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell (Just finished it. A fantastic read.)
F - A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway (One of my all-time favorites.)
G - Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
H - Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
I - Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
J - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
K - The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
L - Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo (Yes, I read the whole thing.)
M - Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
N - 1984, by George Orwell
O - On Writing, by Stephen King (My absolute favorite book about writing, and I don't read much by King.)
P - The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Q - (Looks like I need to read Quidditch Through the Ages to make it 26/26)
R - Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Stacy loves this book. It's a great read.)
S - A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (Knowles's second book, Peace Breaks Out is exceptional as well.)
T - The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (That's 3 points in Scattergories.)
U - The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman
V - Vagabond, by Bernard Cornwell (One-third of my favorite book series by Cornwell, although I understand he recently added a fourth, follow-up book.)
W - Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett
X - The Autobiography of Malcolm X (OK, it doesn't really start with X, but c'mon. Let me have this one.)
Y - Yeats is Dead!: A Mystery by 15 Irish Authors, by Joseph O'Connor (A wild romp, but not for the faint of heart. If you like Irish humor, and can get past some coarse language at times, it's a lot of fun.)
Z - Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel

So, I have 25 (or 24 if you don't like my creative answer for X).


The Magic Violinist said...

I love your creative answer for "X!" :D I'm impressed that you got "Z," too.

Dr. Mark said...

I have "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" on my list of books to read so I couldn't count it yet. The archery book is one I read in a college class years ago. Yeah, "X" was a bit of a stretch.

Boquinha said...

Impressive! Fun prompt!