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2010 A to Z Challenge

I think I was a bit optimistic when I signed up for this challenge. The first few alphabets were easy, D, F, M, K, S and even O. Then mid-way through the challenge, I kept reading books written by authors with similar alphabet last names and have trouble finding last names with T, U, and B. Ironically I have no trouble finding books that I really wanted to read which are written by authors with Q,  X, V or Z as their last names.

Finally, these are the selected 26 for the 2010 A to Z Challenge :

A – The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood

B – The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry

C – The Outsider, Albert Camus (other title : Le E’stranger, The Stranger)

D – Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

E – Zeitoun, Dave Eggers

F – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G – The End of the Affair, Graham Greene

H – Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

I – Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro

J – The Last Friend, Tahar Ben Jelloun

K – The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

L – A Thousand Good Years of Prayers, YiYun Li

M – Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

N – One Day, David Nicholls

O – The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

P – Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

Q – The Silver Lining Playbook, Matthew Quick

R – The Armies by Evelio Rosero

S – The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

T – Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas

U – Rabbit Run, John Updike

V – Where Three Roads Meet, Salley Vickers

W – The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters

X – Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Xinran

YHardboiled Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto

Z – The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

At this juncture, I just want to thank Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews for hosting this challenge and I think that’s it from me. You won’t be seeing me doing another A to Z challenge, ever. 😉

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


6 thoughts on “2010 A to Z Challenge

  1. well done on doing this challenge ,must been hard to find some ,all the best stu

    Posted by winstonsdad | September 17, 2010, 6:35 pm
  2. Wow, you are incredibly well read! Well done! I don’t think I can do a A-Z at all. Hmmm. Maybe I shall sit down and think through when I return to Singapore.

    Posted by Wilfrid | September 18, 2010, 2:45 pm
    • Yeah, please think through this Wilfrid. You might come up with a few surprises. I try my best, I still have tons of books in the world that I really, really like to read. 😉

      Posted by JoV | September 18, 2010, 9:31 pm
  3. Wow, Jo! Congrats! 🙂 You are so good with challenges, I need to rush through the ones I signed up for soon. The year rushed by!

    Posted by Bina | September 19, 2010, 1:53 pm

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1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

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Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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