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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A - Z AUTHORS - READING CHALLENGE 2015


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My Participation ~

A goodreads A-Z Authors Shelf will likely form my tracking for this Challenge
[possibly below for a 2nd option at hand]
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I've been thinking of authors of books I intend on including in 2015 reading,
needing a wee bit of help for the alphabet to be covered!  Any sleuths aware of X and Z authors...? 

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Here are the details/rules:
– The challenge runs from 1 January to 31 December 2015
– Books written by authors with last names from A-Z, collect every letter of the alphabet
– Only last names count, so William Shakespeare would fall under S, not W
– Speaking of Shakespeare, the books you read may fall under any form/genre: prose, poetry, drama; fiction, non-fiction, academic monographs…
– Books don’t have to be “physical” either–ebooks and audiobooks are welcome!
– Crossovers with other challenges and re-reads are also more than welcome!
– You do not need to have a blog or review the books in order to participate–having a list somewhere (such as GoodReads) is fine
– Come December 2015, I’ll be making a post for you to submit your completed challenges. If you finish by 31 Dec 2015, you’ll be in the running for a booktastic prize draw!
How to join:– If you’re a blogger, grab the challenge banner and link back to this post to help spread the word and encourage others to join! Fill out the form there, and include a link to your challenge sign-up post (not to your overall blog).
– If you’re a non-blogger, keep track of your authors list any way you wish (I know quite a few people start up a challenge bookshelf on Goodreads), and use the form below to fill out your details (and perhaps a link to your challenge bookshelf, if you’re setting one up)
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If you want to follow my blog, I may post special challenge-related announcements throughout the year; alternatively, just check back during December 2015. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a comment.  And that’s it, really! 
Happy reading, and all the best with the challenge!  [Samantha-Lin.com hosting]
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A - Afshar, Tessa [In the Field of Grace]
Alexander, Tamera [To Win Her Favor][To Mend a Dream]
Aminadra, Karen [Life and Love]
Austen, Jane [The Watsons] [Sanditon]
Andrews, Donna [The Nightingale Before Christmas]
B - Bergren, Lisa T  [Christmas Every Morning]
Byrd, Sandra [Mist of Midnight]
Barron, Stephanie [Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas]
Barnes, Emilie [ Tea Lover's Devotional]
Bowen, Rhys [Evan and Elle] [Amersham Rubies] [Evanly Bodies][City of Darkness and Light]
[Evan Blessed]
Benison, CC [Death at Buckingham Palace]
Bostwick, Marie [The Second Sister]
Beaton, MC [Death of a Liar] [Death of a Chimney Sweep] [ Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate] [Death of a Gentle Lady]
Bailey, Martine [An Appetite for Violets]
Brookner, Anita [Hotel du Lac]
Bebris, Carrie [Suspicion at Sanditon]
Burley, W.J. [Wycliffe and the Last Rites]
Blackwell, Juliet [ The Paris Key]
Blythe, Teresa [50 Ways to Pray]
Breslin, Kate [ Not By Sight]
Berg, Elizabeth [The Handmaid and the Carpenter]
Brown, Barbara Taylor [An Altar in the World]
C - Caroll, Robin [ Hidden in the Stars ]
Christie, Agatha [ While the Light Lasts, Manx Gold, The Harlequin Tea Set, After the Funeral,
Crooked House, A Pocket Full of Rye ] [Death in the Clouds] [Nemesis][Unexpected Guest] [Partners in Crime]

Carie, Jamie [Snow Angel]
Connelly, Victoria [Wish You Were Here] [At Home With Mr Darcy] [A Summer to Remember]
[Escape to Mulberry Cottage] [The Rose Girls] [Christmas at the Castle]

Chodron, Pema [Taking the Leap]
Cambron, Kristy [The Butterfly and the Violin]
Crandall, Dawn [ The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter]
Cimino, Adria J [Before Paris]
Cloud, Henry [Boundaries]
Camden, Elizabeth [Beyond All Dreams]
Cameron, Julia [The Artist's Way]
Cain, Susan [Quiet]
Cooke, Graham [Overcoming Negativity Through Rest]
Coble, Colleen [All is Calm] [All is Bright]
D- Delamere, Jennifer [A Lady Most Lovely]
Dobson, Melanie [Chateau of Secrets] [Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor]
Dickerson, Melanie [The Princess Spy]
Dunn, Carola [The Winter Garden Mystery] [Superfluous Women]
Dotta, Jessica [Price of Privilege]
Doughty, Becky [Elderberry Croft]
E - Elliot, Camille [Prelude for a Lord]
Eakes, Laurie A [A Stranger's Secret]
Ellsworth, Jeanna [Pride and Persistence]
Elkins, Kimberly [What is Visible]
F - Feinberg, Margaret [FIght Back With Joy]
G - Greene, Vanessa [Seafront Tea Rooms]
Giorello, Sibella [The Rivers Run Dry]
Gray, Bonnie [Finding Spiritual Whitespace]
Gray, Shelley [Secrets of Sloane House] [An Outlaw's Heart] [Deception on Sable Hill]
Griep, Michelle [Brentwood's Ward]
Gunn, Robin Jones [Finding Father Christmas]
Goring, Alexis A [Hope in My Heart]
Graham, Genevieve [Tides of Honour]
Greenside, Mark [I'll Never Be French]
Goyer, Tricia [Chasing Mona Lisa]
H - Hatcher, Robin Lee [A Promise Kept]
Henrie, Stacy [A Hope Remembered] [Hope's Promise]
Hannah, Sophie [Monogram Murders]
Higman, Anita [Summer's List]
Hunter, Kristi Ann [A Lady of Esteem]
Hannon, Irene [Hope Harbor]
Hedlund, Jody [The Vow]
Hynd, Noel [Conspiracy in Kiev]
I - Ingram, Mona [ Full Circle]
J - Jones, Belinda [The Travelling Tea Shop]
Jones, Jenny B [There You'll FInd Me] audio
Johnson, Kimberly Rose [Island Refuge]
James, Syrie [ The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen]
Jefferies, Dinah [The Tea Planter's Wife]
K- Kirkpatrick, Jane [Barcelona Calling]
Klassen, Julie [The Secret of Pembrooke Park] [Lady Maybe]

King, Laurie - editor [In the Company of Sherlock Holmes]
L - Ladd, Sarah E [Lady at Willowgrove Hall] [The Curiosity Keeper]
Lamott
, Anne  [ Traveling Mercies ]

Lucado, Max [Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe]
Lloyd, Catherine [Death Comes to the Village]
Lebovitz, David [The Sweet Life in Paris]
Love, Dorothy [A Heart So True]
Lovett, Charlie [First Impressions] [Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge]
Laureano, Carla [ London Tides]
Leon, Donna [The Golden Egg]
Lang, Maureen [Whisper on the Wind]
Lippi, Rosina [Homestead]
M -McInerney, Monica [All Together Now]
Montgomery, L.M. [Anne of the Island] [Anne of Green Gables] [The Golden Road]
Meissner, Susan [Secrets of a Charmed Life]
MacNeal, Susan Elia [His Majesty's Hope] [Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante]
Manners, Mary [Mended Heart]
Mason, Susan Anne [Irish Meadows]
Morton, Kate [The Forgotten Garden]
Maendel, Linda [Hutterite Diaries]
Mayle, Peter [ A Year in Provence]
Musser, Elizabeth [Love Beyond Limits]
MacDonald, George [ The Baron's Apprenticeship/There and Back]
McBride, James [The Good Lord Bird]
Mitchell, W.O. [The Kite]
Moody, Diane [A Christmas Peril]
N - Norato, Lisa [The Promise Keeper]
Nouwen, Henri [Life of the Beloved][In the Name of Jesus]
O - O'Neill, Geraldine [Sarah Love]
Orcutt, Jane [All the Tea in China]
Osborne, Charles [novelized An Unexpected Guest - Agatha Christie play]
P - Pura, Murray [London Dawn]
Q - Quinn, Tom [The Cook's Tale: Life Below Stairs As it Really Was - Nancy Jackman]
R- Reay, Katherine [Dear Mr Knightley] [Lizzy and Jane]
Rupp, Joyce [ May I Have This Dance? ]
Rohr, Richard [Radical Grace]
Reynolds, Sibyl Dana [Ink and Honey]
Robson, Jennifer [After the War is Over]
Roy, Gabrielle [Street of Riches]
Riggs, Deidra [Every Little Thing]
S - Stallwood, Veronica [ Death and the Oxford Box ]
Smith, Debra White [ Christmas Past ]
Smith, Alexander McCall [Emma]
Skevington, Andrea [ The Pilgrim Spirit]
Stairs, M Jean [Be My Companion]
Srubas, Rachel [The Girl Got Up]
Swope, Renee [A Confident Heart]
Stewart, Carla [Sweet Dreams] [The Hatmaker's Heart]
Sayers, Dorothy [Busman's Honeymoon]
Southard, Scott D [ A Jane Austen Daydream]
Stewart, Fran [A Wee Murder in My Shop]
T - Teresa, Mother [Words to Love By]
Turner, Jessica N [The Fringe Hours]
Tolsma, Liz [Remember the Lilies]
Turansky, Carrie [The Daughter of Highland Hall]
Trenow, Liz [The Forgotten Seamstress]
Thomas, Sarah Loudin [Appalachian Serenade]
Townsend, John [Boundaries]
Tennant, Emma [Pemberley]
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V - Vogt, Beth  K [Somebody Like You]
Vreeland, Susan [Lisette's List]
VanLiere, Donna [The Christmas Blessing]
W - Winspear, Jacqueline [A Dangerous Place]
Wilson, Kim [At Home With Jane Austen]
Walsh, Courtney [Paper Hearts]
White, Roseanna M [Fairchild's Lady] [Lost Heiress]
X - Xe, Sands [The Paris Key]
Y - Y'Barbo, Kathleen [Miss Merriweather's Marriage]
Yorkey, Mike [Chasing Mona Lisa]
Z - Zschech, Darlene  [The Art of Mentoring]




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Suggested:
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A - Alexander, Arana, Austin, Axtell, Afshar, Adams
B- Benison, Bowen, Brouwer, Buechner, Borysenko, Brown, Bergren, Bricker, Barron, Belcastro, Byrne, Bessey, Bostwick
C- Cambron, Camden, Cameron, Connelly, Chittister, Caroll, Crandall, Caedmon, Cain, Cornthwaite, Christie
D- Delamere, Dotta, Dyckman, Doughty, Dobson, DeMarino, Drinkwater, Dudley, Deering
E- Eakes, Eyre, Elliot
F- Frantz, Foster, Fforde, Fox, Feinberg, Frost
G- Greene, Giorello, Gray, Gilbert, Goyer, Gohlke, Ganshert, Greensmith
H- Henrie, Herriman, Heyer, Higman, Higgs, Hynd, Helm, Heuertz, Hirsch, Healy, Hannon
I- Irvin, Iona , Irby
J- Jio, Jones, Jennings, Janzen, Jantz
K- Klassen, Kingsbury, Keller, Kidd,  Kelly, Kingston, Kaye, Kiely, Kirkpatrick
L- Ladd, Lamott, Lightfoot, Lathan, Lang
M- MacNeal, Macomber, Manners, Manning, Moody, Morton, Morren, Morisy, McHugh, Meissner
N- Norato, Nouwen, Norris
O- Ortberg, O'Donohue, O'Rourke, O'Keefe
P- Pollard-GottPura, Polacco, Platt, Petersheim, Perry
Q- Queen, Quinn, Quick, Quest, 
R- Reynolds, Richmond, Richardson, Rupp, Rosenberg, Reay, Romp
S- Sayers, Stallwood, Schaeffer, Smith, Stewart, Scott, Stokes, Saxton, Sotis, Srubas
T- Tyndall, Turansky, Talbot, Teasdale, Tolkien, Thomas, Turano, Tod, Teichroeb
U- Urquhart, Upchurch
V- VanLiere, Viola, Vogt, Voskamp, Vallotton, Viguie
W- WalshWinspear, White, Wiehl, Wallace, Wolff, Warren, Wydick, Willard, Ward, Wingate, Wiseman, Wells, Weber, Waters
X- Yes! found one 2!! - Xan Hood , Xe Sands
Y- Yttrup, Yorkey, Y'Barbo,
Z- Zschech, Zacharias, Zinsser, Zack, Zevin , Zafon, Zelvin,

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A-Z Authors Reading Challenge
 
25/26 books

[individual alphabet letters]
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Kav has a great list of authors in her Best Reads sidebar if you're looking for options.
and wiki lists alphabetized include Canadian writers
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2 comments:

Lucy said...

This sounds like a fun challenge. My family was rather obsessed with alphabet word games when I was a child: flowers, animals, countries, etc.

For book ideas, X and Z, I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_authors_by_name:_Z Carlos Ruiz Zafón's Shadow of the Wind is a much loved story (tho' I haven't read it), and there's Zola. For X, The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin is fascinating, and probably the most important novel of China (it's also known as Dream of the Red Chamber).

I look forward to seeing all your choices and getting some book ideas myself. I see you have Winspear (Jacqueline)on your list--I haven't read any of hers, but would like to. Good luck!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Lucy! great sleuthing ;)

Hoping my current options are helpful... Looking forward to finding your inclusions:)

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