It dawned on me recently that I have not done a legitimate book post in a while outside of my occasional Top Ten Tuesday ramblings. Reading has always been a passion of mine and a tried and true method of relaxation. I usually read a little bit every night before bed, which can backfire on me when the book is too good and I cannot make myself stop turning the pages.
As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Goodreads.com because it allows me to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read. About a year ago I joined one of the many online book clubs on Goodreads in order to get more current/trendy recommendations. The name of the group is called Bookworm Bitches (ladies only if you couldn’t tell) and I love that it allows me the freedom to interact with other readers without making it a requirement. The minute something becomes required, it becomes somewhat tedious for me. A weird quirk of mine, I know. A great example of this oddity was when I read Jane Eyre on my own and enjoyed it more because I read it for myself and not in a classroom. I’m just stubborn that way.
One of my favorite things that Bookworm Bitches does is host challenges for group members to participate in. There’s no real prize, except for self-satisfaction. This year I decided to participate in one of the timed challenges; the A-Z Title Challenge. The rules are pretty straight forward…
- You have until the end of 2014 to complete your challenge
- Include the date you completed the book next to your entry
- Books can be fiction or nonfiction
- Articles like “A” or “The” can be ignored when placing entries to easier get the right letters
- The only exception is the letter X: a book with x anywhere in the title can count
So far I have completed eleven of my entries. I’ve really enjoyed completing parts of this challenge and am now constantly aware of what letters have yet to be filled in. Here is where I am right now. I’m also going to rate the books I’ve read thus far with one to five hearts to give you a sense of how I felt about my selections.
A The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (3/2) ♥♥
B Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon (2/16) ♥♥♥
C Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (1/15) ♥♥♥♥
E Eleanor, Eleanor, Not Your Real Name by Kathryn Cowles (3/9) ♥♥♥
F Freakonomics Revised and Expanded by Steven D. Levitt (2/8) ♥♥♥
G Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame by Ty Burr (3/28) ♥♥♥♥
O Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman Currently Reading
S Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamilton (1/08) ♥♥♥
T The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas Currently Reading
V The Vampire’s Bride by Gena Showalter (3/16) ♥♥♥
W Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (1/28) ♥♥♥
Y The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (4/7) ♥♥♥♥
Z Zinnia by Jayne Castle (3/8) ♥
It’s such a fun challenge that I couldn’t help but share. And I think my list reflects my reading habits rather honestly: a mix of romance, nonfiction, and lit. Obviously, I’m not near completion yet but it feels good to see the spots filled in. For all my readers out there this is a challenge I would encourage you to take on!
Any suggestions for what I should read for the missing letters?