Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge: Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (2018)
Host: Escape with Dollycas (sign up here)
January 2018 - December 2018
# of books: 26+ I am going to try for 4 bowls of soup

Bowl #1 Board Books and Picture Books (Fiction/nonfiction)

A
Angus and the Cat. Marjorie Flack. 1931. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
B
Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. 2018. Bloomsbury. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
C
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy. Laurel Snyder. Illustrated by Emily Hughes. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
D
Dear Girl. Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal. Illustrated by Holly Hatam. 2017. [December 2017] HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
E
F
A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. Joan Walsh Anglund. 1958/2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
G
Board book: Gobbly Goat. Axel Scheffler. 2018. Candlewick. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
H
How Sweet the Sound: the Story of Amazing Grace. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
I
Inspector Brunswick: Case of the Missing Eyebrow. Angela Keoghan. Illustrated by Chris Sam Lam. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
J
John Philip Duck. Patricia Polacco. 2004. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
K
Kat Writes a Song. Greg Foley. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
L
Lola Gets a Cat. Anna McQuinn. Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. 2017. Charlesbridge. 28 pages. [Source: Library] (2016 in UK)
M
Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story. Sam Lloyd. 2006. 32 pages. [Source: Library] (2006, UK)
N
The New LiBEARian. Alison Donald. Illustrated by Alex Willmore. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
O
One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice. Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Julia Sarda. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
P
Papillon Goes to the Vet. A.N. Kang. 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Q
R
The Relatives Came. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell. 1985. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
S
Snow. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
T
That Is My Dream! Langston Hughes. Illustrated by Daniel Miyares. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
U
Unicorn Magic. Sabina Gibson. 2018. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
V
The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon. A.N. Kang. 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
W
What Does Bunny See? A Book of Colors and Flowers. Linda Sue Park. Illustrated by Maggie Smith. 2005. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
X
Y
Z
Zola's Elephant. Randall de Seve. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. 2018. [October 9]  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Bowl #2 Children's and Middle Grade (fiction/nonfiction)

A
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865/1871. 247 pages. [Source: Bought] 
B
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. 2018. Feiwel & Friends. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
C
The Cat Who Came In Off the Roof. Annie M G Schmidt. Translated by David Colmer. 1970/2015. Random House. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
D
Dream Life for Children. Mattie K. Foster. 1918. 178 pages. [Source: Read online]
E
Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923. Bantam. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
F
Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse. 2016. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 197 pages. [Source: Review copy]
G
The Great Cheese Robbery (Pocket Pirates #1) Chris Mould. 2015/2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
H
Hello, Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. 2017. 313 pages. [Source: Library]
I
J
Just Dance. Patricia MacLachlan. 2017. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
K
Kings and Queens of England and Scotland. Plantagenet (Peter?) Somerset Fry. 2006. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
L
Long Way Down. Jason Reynolds. 2017. [October 24] 320 pages. [Source: Library] 
M
Midnight Without a Moon. Linda Williams Jackson. 2017. HMH. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
N
O
The Orphan Band of Springdale. Anne Nesbet. 2018. Candlewick. 448 pages. [Source: Library.]
P
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Jeanne Birdsall. 2005. Random House. 262 pages. [Source: Library]
Q
A Question of Time. Dina Anastasio. 1978. 90 pages. [Source: Bought]
R
Roller Skates. Ruth Sawyer. 1936. 186 pages. [Source: Bought]
S
The Story of Live Dolls. Josephine Scribner Gates. Illustrated by Mabel Rogers. 1901. 1920. 116 pages. [Source: Read online
T
U
Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals. Nancy Furstinger. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 128 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend]
V
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen. Catherine Reef. 2017. [November] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
W
Wonder. R. J. Palacio. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
X
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley. Adrienne Kress. 2017. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
Y
Z
Zucchini. Barbara Dana. 1982. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]

Bowl #3 Young Adult and Adult (Fiction/Nonfiction)

A
Ashes on the Moor. Sarah M. Eden. 2018. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
B
Bronx Masquerade. Nikki Grimes. 2001/2017. Penguin. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
Brightly Burning. Alexa Donne. 2018. HMH. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
C
Check Me Out. Becca Wilhite. 2018. Shadow Mountain. [Source: Review copy]
D
The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought] 
E
Ethel and Ernest. Raymond Briggs. 1998. 104 pages. [Source: Library]
F
Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything. Aly Raisman. 2017. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
G
H
How To Stop Time. Matt Haig. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
I
Isaac's Storm. Erik Larson. 1999. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
J
Jane Austen at Home. Lucy Worsley. 2017. 387 pages. [Source: LIBRARY]
K
L
The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. 1883/2012. Oxford University Press. 438 pages. [Source: Library]
M
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Kelly Jones. 2017. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
N
O
Orley Farm. Anthony Trollope. 1862. 825 pages. [Source: Bought]
P
Promises and Primroses. Josi S. Kilpack. 2018. Shadow Mountain. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Q
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. John Guy. 2004. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
R
Reign the Earth. (The Elementae #1) A.C. Gaughen. 2018. Bloomsbury. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
S
So Big. Edna Ferber. 1924/2005. Kessinger Publishing. 376 pages. [Source: Library]  
T
A Tender Victory. Taylor Caldwell. 1956. 374 pages. [Source: Bought]
U
Uneasy Terms. (Slim Callaghan #7) Peter Cheyney. 1947. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
V
Varina. Charles Frazier. 2018. Ecco. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
W
The Widow of Windsor. Jean Plaidy. 1974. 318 pages. [Source: Bought] 
X
Exo. Fonda Lee. 2017. Scholastic. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Y
Z

Bowl #4
I'm going to read Christian AUTHORS A to Z. X is going to be turned into a + and represent a book with more than one author. The other authors will be approached traditionally. 

A Arthur, Kay
With an Everlasting Love. Kay Arthur. 1995. Harvest House. 144 pages. [Source: Borrowed
B Begg, Alistair
Made For His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks of a Vital Faith. Alistair Begg. 1995/2018. Moody Publishers. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
C
D Dodge, Rachel
Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Rachel Dodge. 2018. [Oct] Bethany House. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]E
F Furman, Dave.
Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials. Dave Furman. 2018. Crossway. 160 pages. [Review copy]
G Guthrie, Nancy
Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible's Story Changes Everything About Your Story. Nancy Guthrie. 2018. Crossway. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
H
I
J Johnson, Dennis E.
Journeys with Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads Us to Christ. Dennis E. Johnson. Abridged by Richard B. Ramsey. 2018. P&R Publishing. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
K
L Lawson, Steven
The Moment of Truth. Steven J. Lawson. 2018. Reformation Trust. 238 pages. [Source: Review copy]
M MacArthur, John
 Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ. John MacArthur. 2018. Reformation Trust. 148 pages. [Source: Review copy]
N
O Onwuchekwa, John
Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. John Onwuchekwa. 2018. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
P Powlison, David
God's Grace In Your Suffering. David A. Powlison. 2018. Crossway. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Q
R Ryle, J.C.
Coming Events and Present Duties. J.C. Ryle. 1879. 150 pages. [Source: Bought]
S Sproul, R.C.
Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God. 1987/2017. 242 pages. [Source: Review copy]
T Tozer, A.W.
Discipleship: What It Truly Means to Be A Christian. A.W. Tozer. 2018. [May] Moody Publishers. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
U
V
Wilkin, Jen
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us To Reflect His Character. Jen Wilkin. 2018. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Biblical Theology: How the Church Faithfully Teaches the Gospel. Nick Roark and Robert Cline. Crossway. 2018. [March] 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Y
Z Zacharias, Ravi
Deliver Us From Evil. Ravi Zacharias. 1996. Thomas Nelson. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]


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1 comments:

Literary Cat 9:09 AM  

This sounds like a great challenge! I might steal it with a little tweaking for my blog! Thanks for the idea.

For a great Christian author: Melanie Dickerson (Dickenson can't remember the last name right now) is a great author, her stuff are retellings of classic fairy tales. I started with the Merchant's Daughter.

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