Sunday, November 23, 2014

2015 Challenges: Alphabet Soup

Host: Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Name: Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (sign-up)
Dates: January - December 2015
# of books: 26

Second Bowl of Soup Started April 2, 2015

A Across Five Aprils. Irene Hunt. 1964. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
B The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. Alice Dalgliesh. Illustrated by Helen Sewell. 1952. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]
C Christy. Catherine Marshall. 1967. 512 pages. [Source: Bought]
D Dragon Slippers. Jessica Day George. 2007. Bloomsbury USA. 324 pages. [Source: Library]
E The Egypt Game. Zilpha Keatley Snyder. 1967/2009. Simon & Schuster. 215 pages. [Source: Review copy]
F The Family Under the Bridge. Natalie Savage Carlson. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1958/1989. HarperCollins. 123 pages.
G A Girl from Yamhill. Beverly Cleary. 1988/1996. HarperCollins. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
H Henry and Beezus. Beverly Cleary. 1952. HarperCollins. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
I Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison. Lois Lenski. 1941. HarperCollins. 298 pages. [Source: Bought]
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M Miss Marjoribanks. Margaret Oliphant. 1866. 512 pages. [Source: Bought]
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R Ramona the Pest. Beverly Cleary. 1968. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
S Seraphina. Rachel Hartman. 2012. Random House. 499 pages. [Source: Library]
T The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales. Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth. Translated by Maria Tatar. 2015. Penguin. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
U Up A Road Slowly. Irene Hunt. 1966. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
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W Wild Boy. Rob Lloyd-Jones. 2013. Candlewick Press. 295 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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Y Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. Dr. Seuss. 1958/2008. Random House. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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Completed First Bowl of Soup! April 1, 2015!

Titles
A Audacity. Melanie Crowder. 2015. Penguin. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
B Brave New World. Aldous Huxley. 1932. 268 pages. [Source: Bought]
C The Castle Behind Thorns. Merrie Haskell. 2014. HarperCollins. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
D Debby. Siddie Joe Johnson. Illustrated by Ninon MacKnight. 1940.  Longmans, Green and Co. 214 pages. [Source: Bought]
E Emil and Karl. Yankev Glatshteyn. Translated from the Yiddish by Jeffrey Shandler. 1940/2006. Roaring Book Press. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
F Farewell to the East End. (Call of the Midwife #3) Jennifer Worth. 2009/2013. HarperCollins. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
G The Girl With The White Flag. Tomiko Higa. Translated by Dorothy Britton. 1989. 130 pages. [Source: Bought]
H Hard Times. Charles Dickens. 1854/1992. Everyman's Library. 336 pages.  [Source: Library]
I Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women. Cornelia Meigs. 1933/1995. Little, Brown. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
Jezebel's Daughter. Wilkie Collins. 1880. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
K The Killings At Badger's Drift. (Inspector Barnaby #1) Caroline Graham. 1987/2005. Felony & Mayhem. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
The Lilies of the Field. William Edmund Barrett. 1962/1988. Grand Central Publishing. 128 pages. [Source: Gift]
M Medal for Murder. (Kate Shackleton #2) Frances Brody. 2010/2013. Minotaur Books. 432 pages. [Source: Library]
N Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
O On the Banks of Plum Creek. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1937. 340 pages. [Source: Library]
P The Paper Cowboy. Kristin Levine. 2014. Penguin. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
Q The Question of Miracles. Elana K. Arnold. 2015. HMH. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
R Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope. 1863. 403 pages. [Source: Bought]
S Station Eleven. Emily St. John Mandel. 2014. Knopf Doubleday. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
T Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston. 1937. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
U The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
V The Case of the Velvet Claws. (Perry Mason #1) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1933. Random House. 215 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Worthing Saga. Orson Scott Card. 1990. Tor. 465 pages. [Source: Bought]
X Xander's Panda Party. Linda Sue Park. Illustrated by Matt Phelan. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Y Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. Elizabeth Foreman Lewis. illustrated by William Low. 1932/2008. Square Fish. 302 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Z The Zoo At the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale

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