Friday, February 4, 2011

A-Z Book Goal (I need ideas!)

In the past three years I've had a few goals to help give me direction in the books I read. In 2008 it was a number (100 books in 52 weeks), in 2009 a genre (Young Adult), in 2010 a niche (local authors, which seriously Utah is AMAZING for this!). So when I saw Danielle at An Eagles View talk about doing an A-Z list for her reading goal this year and I LOVED the idea and decided to try it for my 2011 goal.

I made up a list of a bunch of books I have heard about and wanted to read, some that have been on my to-be-read pile for a while and some brand new ones I found while looking for letters to fill in.

A-Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins) , Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (Morgan Matson), Across the Universe (Beth Revis)
B-Back When You Were Easier To Love (Emily Wing Smith), Bright Blue Miracle (Becca Wilhite)
C-City Limits (Sheralyn Pratt), Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Ally Carter), Cracked up to be (Courtney Summers)
D-Dont Judge A Girl By Her Cover (Ally Carter), Diary Queen (Catherine Gilbert Murdock), Dream Girl (Lauren Mechling)
E- Everneath (Brodi Ashton), English Trifle (Josi Kilpack)
F-
G-The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows)
H-Heist Society (Ally Carter)
I-Intrinscal (Lani Woodland), If I Stay (Gayle Forman), I am a Genuis of Unspeakable Evil nd I want to be Your Class President (Josh Lieb), I am not a Serial Killer (Dan Wells)
J-Jimmy Stones Ghost Town (Scott Neumyer), Just Breath (Susan Wiggs),
K-The Kiss of a Stranger (Sarah M. Eden)
L- The Lightening Thief (Rick Riordan), The Lost Saint (Bree Despain)
M-Miss Delacourt Has Her Day (Heidi Ashworth) Maze Runner (James Dashner), The Mark (Marilyn Bunderson), A Match Made In High School (Kristin Walker), My Invented Life (Lauren Bjorkman)
N-The Name of The Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
O-On The Jellicoe Road (Marlena Marchetta)
P-Possession (Elana Johnson), Peeled (Joan Bauer), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Psych Major Syndrome (Alicia Thompson)
Q-
R-
S-The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson), Shug (Jenny Han), Secret Society Girl (Diana Peterfreund), Shade (Jeri Smith-Ready), The Sharp Edge of The Knife (D. N. Giles)
T-This Lullaby (Sarah Desson)
U-Uncommon Criminals (Ally Carter)
V-
W-With a Name Like Love (Tess Hilmo), Wolves Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me (Kristen Chandler)
X-
Y-
Z-

Help! I need ideas to fill in the blanks.

(Or you can suggest other ideas for the letters already filled in. I love hearing about books people love!)


18 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

2 books that should be out later this year can fill in a couple of blanks:

F-Farworld book 3, J. Scott Savage
V-Variant, Robison Wells

Mandi and Adam said...

Have you read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom?

Gina said...

The Ender's Game Saga has a book in it called "Xenocide" so that can fill your "X" spot, and they're really good, easy books to read.

Also, if you know the story of Hamlet, you can read Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for your "R" spot. Or Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.

For "Q", I actually recommend "The Question of God." It's a "debate" over philosophical issues using the words of Freud and Lewis. I was very firm in my LDS beliefs before I read the book, and I actually found the whole thing fascinating. It was actually a reinforcement of my faith. It made me very, very sad for Freud.

Victoria said...

Love this. Thanks for your book suggestions... I bought "Matched" for my iPad and I have been reading it! :)

Barbaloot said...

Ooh-fun idea. I really like Bright Blue Miracle. I'm in LOVE with Lightening Theif. The Mark was pretty good, but I can't figure out if there's supposed to be a sequal?
F-Forrest Born (it's the fourth Goose Girl series book).
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Okay-I know I have/have read books with titles starting with those letters but I'm at work right now. I'll get back to you when I'm at home:)

Barbaloot said...

Duh-R could be River Secrets with is the 3rd book in the Goose Girl series:)

Heidi said...

You don't lack for M submissions but there is a glaring omission, nevertheless.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

HEIDI! Thank you. I tried to remember all the books that were coming out THIS year and I knew I forgot a few. I've already added 2 more since the post was published. I'm going to add Miss Delacourt Has Her Day!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

You guys this is wonderful! Keep 'em coming.

Jenni Elyse said...

Did you read Fire? The prequel for Graceling? I really enjoyed it and many people like it better than Graceling.

If you want to read a "classic" you could read Fahrenheit 451. It wasn't my favorite, although it does have a good message.

Have you read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier? It's a really good book.

Remember Me is my favorite Mary Higgins Clark book.

Another book Marry Higgins Clark book is You Belong to Me.

Sorry I don't have anything for Q, V, X, or Z. I'll keep thinking.

wendy said...

WOW...you do a lot of reading. How do you fit it all in.
I am retired and don't find myself getting through books as fast as I'd like.
100 books in 52 weeks....IMPRESSED

cooll way to change up your reading for the year.

Olivia Carter said...

Oh man, I love this idea!

Victoria said...

Okay... Z is for Zookeeper's Wife. I'm not usually a fan of non-fiction, but this one is an exception. Such a great story.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I love that you are joining this challenge!

I'm going to look over your list..you and I seem to have similar taste in books. Maybe I will be able to fill some holes in my own list!

Kayla said...

F- Forbidden Sea by Sheila Nielson or Fallen by Lauren Kate or Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Q- Queen of Attolia (It's the second book in The Queen's Thief series) by Megan Whalen Turner

R- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (one of my all-time favorites!)or Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (loved this one too!)

V- Vixen by Jillian Larkin (fun chick lit) or Viral by Kathy Reich is on my To-Read list

X-Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (3rd in the series)

Y- A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Another favorite that won the Newbery Award!)

Z- Zel by Donna Jo Napoli (It's a Rapunzel retelling, it wasn't my favorite, but it starts with Z)

Hope those help you out! Good luck with your goal! Are you planning on reading them in alphabetical order?

Victoria said...

I used your A-Z idea! http://archangelmusic.blogspot.com/2011/02/she-said-alphabet-soup.html

Victoria said...

Oh, and P.S. Finished "Matched." Loved it. Beautiful words.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

You guys are great. I'm adding so many to my goodreads list!

Oh and Kayla, I'm not reading them in order. I have a handful that I have to have done by a certain time for scheduled reviews or book chats.