A-Z Challenge

Flipper friend Gege started the A-Z reading challenge this year (check out the full mechanics here), and I’m participating, because it’s a fun way to start reading authors I haven’t read before, and make a substantial dent in my TBR.

Basically, the objective is to read 26 authors with surnames from A to Z between January 1 to December 31, 2010. The more  obsessive-compulsive participants are reading in alphabetical order, but I’ve always gone against the rules when it comes to reading so I’m striking off the names on my list as the mood strikes, until I finish the list off before the year ends.

Here’s my list, and my progress, so far (reviews to follow)

Atwood, Margaret
Bolano, Roberto
Carmichael, Judson Jack
Dunn, Mark
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Gavin, Jamila
Hornby, Nick
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Jacobs, Kate
Kate, Lauren
Le Guin, Ursula
Mulligan, Andy
Nix, Garth
Olson, Eugenie Seifer
Peju, Pierre
Quick, Barbara
Rushdie, Salman
Stewart, Trenton Lee
Townsend, Sue
Underhill, Paco
Ventura, Sylvia Mendez
Willingham, Bill
Xiaolong, Qiu

Yoshimoto, Banana
Zola, Emile

As you can see I’m still missing a Q (not feeling Quindlen), a U and an X. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

*cover photo courtesy of sxc.hu


26 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge”

  1. Hi, Blooey! I see that you have two of my favorite authors in your list — Ian McEwan and Donna Tartt. The Secret History was really a very satisfying read. Her second novel, The Little Friend, was quite enjoyable as well. Of course, Ian McEwan has yet to write a bad novel. I can’t wait to read his latest work, which will come out this year.

  2. Hi Peter. I’ve got Possession, the Secret History, and The Little Friend languishing in my tbr for quite a while and I figured it was time to read them this year :)

  3. How about using the author’s first name in the list instead of the last? Can you do that? So for U, Umberto Eco? He, he. Have not read any author with a U, Q, or X for a last name.

    Good luck with the challenge! :)

  4. Hi Jo! The rules specify surname… Maybe I will substitute with the first name later on, though, if I can’t find any for the remaining letters

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