Thursday, October 22, 2009

A to Z Challenge Completed

Challenge Website (for posting links to reviews and signing up)

Option C: Read both authors A to Z and titles A to Z (52 books; this is the challenge Joy created)

Hosted by Becky, Sally, and Patti

Authors List

A -- Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Ten Things I Hate About Me
B -- Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
C -- Clare, Cassandra. City of Glass.
D -- De Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote.
E -- Engle, Margarita. Tropical Secrets
F -- Ferraro, Tina. The ABC's of Kissing Boys.
G -- Godbersen, Anna. Envy.
H -- Hunt, D.A. Bonavia. Pemberley Shades.
I -- Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go.
J -- Jones, Carrie. Need.
K -- Kvasnosky, Laura McGee Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets.
L -- Lockhart, E. Fly On the Wall
M -- Mantchev, Lisa. Eyes Like Stars.
N -- Norman, Kim. Crocodaddy
O -- Odgers, Darrel and Sally. Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Mugged Pug.
P -- Potter, Ellen. SLOB
Q -- Qamar, Amjed. Beneath My Mother's Feet.
R -- Reeve, Philip. Mothstorm.
S -- Sensel, Joni. The Farwalker's Quest
T -- Trollope, Anthony. The Warden.
U -- Uehashi, Nahoko. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.
V -- Von Ziegesar, Cecily. Gossip Girl
W -- Williams-Garcia, Rita. Jumped.
X -- Francisco X. Stork Marcelo in the Real World
Y -- Yoo, David. Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before.
Z -- Zucker, Naomi. Callie's Rules.

Titles List

A -- Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
B -- Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
C -- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
D --A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
E --Emma by Jane Austen
F -- Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
G -- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
H -- House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
I --Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
J -- Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
K -- The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby
L -- Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
M -- Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
N -- Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
O -- Old Man's War by John Scalzi
P -- Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie
Q -- Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti
R -- Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman.
S --Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan
T -- Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
U -- Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
V -- Veronica by Jane Claypool Miner
W -- What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook
X -- Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Y -- The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Z -- Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

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shonasbookshelves 6:06 AM  

Congrats Becky on finishing the challenge. I don't know how to get done with so many challenges I signed up for. :)

Kailana 6:07 AM  

congrats on finishing!

Ceri 6:50 PM  

Congratulations on completing your challenge, Beck. :D

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