Challenge Update – September 2017

So as I said near the start of the year, I have one challenge with three separate parts running this year. It’s an alphabet challenge, so I need to read a book with a title, an author first name, and an author last name for each letter of the alphabet. When I last updated I was a quarter of the way through the year and trucking along nicely. Now that’s it’s the first week in September (or probably the second week now, since it’s the 9th) and there are only four months left in the year, so we’re two-thirds of the way through, I’m starting to realise how many gaps I have left to plug!

But here’s how I’m doing so far:

Titles

A
Accidental Mother, The Coleman Rowan
After the Fire Hill Will
Alanna The First Adventure Pierce Tamora
Ariadnis Martin Josh
Aurabel Dockrill Laura
B
Before I Let Go Nijkamp Marieke
Birds and the Bees, The Johnson Milly
Blissed Farrell Jamie
Border, The Schafer Steve
C
CEO, The Purman Victoria
Christmas Catch, The  Baird Ginny
Close to Me Reynolds Amanda
Close Your Eyes Cloke Nicci
Confess Hoover Colleen
Countless Gregory Karen
Court of Wings and Ruin, A Maas Sarah J
Courted Chance Jennifer
Cows, The O’Porter Dawn
Craving for Love Vaughn Violet
D
Dance With Dragons, A Martin George RR
Dark Prophecy, The Riordan Rick
Daughter of the Burning City Foody Amanda
Dawn Study Snyder Maria
Dear Amy Callaghan Helen
Diabolic, The Kincaid SJ
E
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman Gail
Everless Holland Sara
Exact Opposite of Okay, The Steven Laura
Eyes Like Mine Kamal Sheena
F
Feast for Crows, A Martin George RR
Fifth Letter, The Moriarty Nicola
Fireblood Blake Elly
Forever Dreams Morgan Leeanna
Frogkisser! Nix Garth
G
Gift, The Croggon Alison
Girl Before, The Delaney JP
Give Me The Child McGrath Mel
Godblind Stephens Anna
Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even, The Bell Anna
H
Handmaid’s Tale, The Atwood Margaret
He Said/She Said Kelly Erin
Heart Collector, The Salisbury Melinda
Hedge Knight, The Avery Ben
House of Mountfathom, The McDowell Nigel
I
I Heart Christmas Kelk Lindsey
I See You Mackintosh Clare
If Birds Fly Back Sorosiak Carlie
I’ll Be Home For Christmas Meaney Roisin
In the Hand of the Goddess Pierce Tamora
It Ends With Us Hoover Colleen
J
Judge’s Wife, The  O’Loughlin Ann
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Israel Julie
K
L
Last Namsara, The Ciccarelli Kristen
Lease on Love Vaughn Violet
Like Other Girls Hennessy Claire
Lioness Rampant Pierce Tamora
List, The Vivian Siobhan
Littlest Cowboy, The Shayne Maggie
Longest Holiday, The Toon Paige
Lord of Shadows Clare Cassandra
Lost Sister, The Elliot Laura
Love in Row 27 Shortall Eithne
Love Like This, A Duffy Maria
M
Marriage Pact, The Richmond Michelle
Mirror Image Moran Trish
Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams Nicholls Sophie
Monster Calls, A Ness Patrick
Moxie Mathieu Jennifer
My Not So Perfect Life Kinsella Sophie
My Side of the Diamond Gardner Sally
Mystery Knight, The Avery Ben
N
Nearest Faraway Place, The Long Hayley
Nearly-Weds, The Costello Jane
Nemesis Reichs Brendan
Neverwhere Gaiman Neil
O
Once and for All Dessen Sarah J
One Of Us Is Lying McManus Karen M
P
Part-Time Princess DuMond Pamela
Pearl Thief, The Wein Elizabeth
Perfect Fit, A Tullis Heather
Picture of Dorian Gray, The Wilde Oscar
Player, The Swank Denise Grover
Princess Bride, The  Goldman William
Problem with Forever, The Armentrout Jennifer L
Q
Quiet Kind of Thunder, A Barnard Sara
R
Rakkety Tam Jacques Brian
Raven Boys, The Stiefvater Maggie
Remix Pratt Non
Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare William
Rush for Love Vaughn Violet
S
Second Star Sheinmel Alyssa B
Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, A Sutherland Krystal
Shadow Queen, The Redwine CJ
Ship Beyond Time, The Heilig Heidi
Sin Eater’s Daughter, The Salisbury Melinda
Small Great Things Picoult Jodi
Sometimes I Lie Feeney Alice
Spellslinger de Castell Sebastian
STAGS Bennett MA
Storm of Swords, A Martin George RR
Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight II) Avery Ben
T
Things A Bright Girl Can Do Nicholls Sally
Things I Want You To Know Reilly Martina
Three Dark Crowns Blake Kendare
Touch of Power Snyder Maria V
Treatment, The Taylor CL
Truth and Lies of Ella Black, The Barr Emily
Truthwitch Dennard Susan
Two Fridays in April Meaney Roisin
U
Underdog Zusak Markus
Unpredictable Consequences of Love, The Mansell Jill
V
Velveteen Rabbit, The Williams Margery
Visser Applegate KA
W
When I Was Invisible Koomson Dorothy
Who’s That Girl? McFarlane Mhairi
Windwitch Dennard Susan
With This Click, I Thee Wed Paulson Bonnie R
Woman Who Rides Like A Man, The Pierce Tamora
Wrath and the Dawn, The Ahdieh Renee
X

Xenocide

 Scott Card, Orson
Y
Yesterday Yap Felicia
You Had Me At Hello McFarlane Mhairí
Z

I’m really pleased with how titles are going. I have only two let to fill – K and Z – and I already have books picked out for both of those. Zenith, one of the proofs I picked up at YALC, and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, which I’m waiting for my dad to finish, since we’ve borrowed it from my sister. This is one that I’ll definitely get done before the end of the year. My only question is whether I’ll be able to complete it without doubling up on books. Felicia Yap – Yesterday was, until last week, the only book in title, first name, and surname!

 

 

First Name

A
Alice Feeney Sometimes I Lie
Alison Croggon Gift, The
Alyssa B Sheinmel Second Star
Amanda Foody Daughter of the Burning City
Amanda Reynolds Close to Me
Ann O’Loughlin Judge’s Wife, The 
Anna Bell The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even
Anna Stephens Godblind
B
Ben Avery Hedge Knight, The
Ben Avery Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight II)
Ben Avery Mystery Knight, The (The Hedge Knight III)
Bonnie R Paulson With This Click, I Thee Wed
Brendan Reichs Nemesis
Brian Jacques Rakkety Tam
C
Carlie Sorosiak If Birds Fly Back
Cassandra Clare Lord of Shadows
CJ Redwine The Shadow Queen
CL Taylor Treatment, The
Claire Hennessy Like Other Girls
Clare Mackintos I See You
Colleen Hoover It Ends With Us
Colleen Hoover Confess
D
Dawn O’Porter Cows, The
Denise Grover Swank Player, The
Dorothy Koomson When I Was Invisible
E
Eithne Shortall Love in Row 27
Elizabeth Wein Pearl Thief, The
Elly Blake Fireblood
Emily Barr Truth and Lies of Ella Black, The
Erin Kelly He Said/She Said
F
Felicia Yap Yesterday
G
Gail Honeyma Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Garth Nix Frogkisser!
George RR Martin A Storm of Swords
George RR Martin A Feast for Crows
George RR Martin A Dance With Dragons
Ginny Baird Christmas Catch, The 
H
Hayley Long Nearest Faraway Place, The
Heather Tullis Perfect Fit, A
Heidi Heilig The Ship Beyond Time
Helen Callaghan Dear Amy
I
J
Jamie Farrell Blissed
Jane Costello Nearly-Weds, The
Jennifer Chance Courted
Jennifer Mathieu Moxie
Jennifer L Armentro The Problem with Forever
Jill Mansell The Unpredictable Consequences of Love
Jodi Picoult Small Great Things
Josh Martin Ariadnis
JP Delaney Girl Before, The
Julie Israel Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index
K
KA Applegate Visser
Karen Gregory Countless
Karen M McManus One Of Us Is Lying
Kendare Blake Three Dark Crowns
Kristen Ciccarelli Last Namsara, The
Krystal Sutherlan Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, A
L
Laura Elliot Lost Sister, The
Laura Dockrill Aurabel
Laura Steven Exact Opposite of Okay, The
Leeanna Morgan Forever Dreams
Lindsey Kelk I Heart Christmas
M
MA Bennett STAGS
Maggie Shayne Littlest Cowboy, The
Maggie Stiefvater Raven Boys, The
Margaret Atwood Handmaid’s Tale, The
Margery Williams Velveteen Rabbit, The
Maria Snyder Dawn Study
Maria Duffy Love Like This, A
Maria V Snyder Touch of Power
Marieke Nijkamp Before I Let Go
Markus Zusak Underdog
Martina Reilly Things I Want You To Know
Mel McGrath Give Me The Child
Melinda Salisbury Heart Collector, The
Melinda Salisbury Sin Eater’s Daughter, The
Mhairi McFarlane Who’s That Girl?
Mhairí McFarlane You Had Me At Hello
Michelle Richmond Marriage Pact, The
Milly Johnson Birds and the Bees, The
N
Neil Gaiman Neverwhere
Nicci Cloke Close Your Eyes
Nicola Moriarty Fifth Letter, The
Nigel McDowell The House of Mountfathom
Non Pratt Remix
O
Oscar Wilde Picture of Dorian Gray, The
P
Paige Toon The Longest Holiday
Pamela DuMond Part-Time Princess
Patrick Ness A Monster Calls
Q
R
Renee Ahdieh The Wrath and the Dawn
Rick Riordan Dark Prophecy, The
Roisin Meaney I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Roisin Meaney Two Fridays in April
Rowan Coleman Accidental Mother, The
S
Sally Nicholls Things A Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Gardner My Side of the Diamond
Sara Barnard Quiet Kind of Thunder, A
Sara Holland Everless
Sarah J Maas Court of Wings and Ruin, A
Sarah J Dessen Once and for All
Sebastian de Castell Spellslinger
Sheena Kamal Eyes Like Mine
Siobhan Vivian List, The
SJ Kincaid The Diabolic
Sophie Nicholls Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams
Sophie Kinsella My Not So Perfect Life
Steve Schafer Border, The
Susan Dennard Truthwitch
Susan Dennard Windwitch
T
Tamora Pierce Alanna: The First Adventure
Tamora Pierce In the Hand of the Goddess
Tamora Pierce The Woman Who Rides Like A Man
Tamora Pierce Lioness Rampant
Trish Moran Mirror Image
U
V
Victoria Purman The CEO
Violet Vaughn Craving for Love
Violet Vaughn Lease on Love
Violet Vaughn Rush for Love
W
Will Hill After the Fire
William Goldman Princess Bride, The 
William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet
X
Y
Z

This one isn’t doing quite so well. I’m still missing I, Q, U, X, Y, and Z. I’ve got books lined up for I, U, X, and Z (Ian McEwan, Ursula LeGuin, Xavier Neal, and Zoe Mariott), but I’m struggling hard to even find books for the other letters, let alone read those books. I’m gonna have to start doing some serious research soon. Thankfully it’s only two letters to actually think of authors. If anyone happens to love a book by Quentin someone, please do let me know!

 

 

Finally, last name.

Last Name

A
Ahdieh Renee The Wrath and the Dawn
Applegate KA Visser
Armentrout Jennifer L The Problem with Forever
Atwood Margaret Handmaid’s Tale, The
Avery Ben Hedge Knight, The
Avery Ben Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight II)
Avery Ben Mystery Knight, The
B
Baird Ginny Christmas Catch, The 
Barnard Sara Quiet Kind of Thunder, A
Barr Emily Truth and Lies of Ella Black, The
Bell Anna The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even
Bennett MA STAGS
Blake Kendare Three Dark Crowns
Blake Elly Fireblood
C
Callaghan Helen Dear Amy
Chance Jennifer Courted
Ciccarelli Kristen Last Namsara, The
Clare Cassandra Lord of Shadows
Cloke Nicci Close Your Eyes
Coleman Rowan Accidental Mother, The
Costello Jane Nearly-Weds, The
Croggon Alison Gift, The
D
de Castell Sebastian Spellslinger
Delaney JP Girl Before, The
Dennard Susan Truthwitch
Dennard Susan Windwitch
Dessen Sarah J Once and for All
Dockrill Laura Aurabel
Duffy Maria Love Like This, A
DuMond Pamela Part-Time Princess
E
Elliot Laura Lost Sister, The
F
Farrell Jamie Blissed
Feeney Alice Sometimes I Lie
Foody Amanda Daughter of the Burning City
G
Gaiman Neil Neverwhere
Gardner Sally My Side of the Diamond
Goldman William Princess Bride, The 
Gregory Karen Countless
H
Heilig Heidi The Ship Beyond Time
Hennessy Claire Like Other Girls
Hill Will After the Fire
Holland Sara Everless
Honeyman Gail Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Hoover Colleen It Ends With Us
Hoover Colleen Confess
I
Israel Julie Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index
J
Jacques Brian Rakkety Tam
Johnson Milly Birds and the Bees, The
K
Kamal Sheena Eyes Like Mine
Kelk Lindsey I Heart Christmas
Kelly Erin He Said/She Said
Kincaid SJ The Diabolic
Kinsella Sophie My Not So Perfect Life
Koomson Dorothy When I Was Invisible
L
Long Hayley Nearest Faraway Place, The
M
Maas Sarah J Court of Wings and Ruin, A
Mackintosh Clare I See You
Mansell Jill The Unpredictable Consequences of Love
Martin George RR A Storm of Swords
Martin Josh Ariadnis
Martin George RR A Feast for Crows
Martin George RR A Dance With Dragons
Mathieu Jennifer Moxie
McDowell Nigel The House of Mountfathom
McFarlane Mhairi Who’s That Girl?
McFarlane Mhairí You Had Me At Hello
McGrath Mel Give Me The Child
McManus Karen M One Of Us Is Lying
Meaney Roisin I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Meaney Roisin Two Fridays in April
Moran Trish Mirror Image
Morgan Leeanna Forever Dreams
Moriarty Nicola Fifth Letter, The
N
Ness Patrick A Monster Calls
Nicholls Sophie Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams
Nicholls Sally Things A Bright Girl Can Do
Nijkamp Marieke Before I Let Go
Nix Garth Frogkisser!
O
O’Loughlin Ann Judge’s Wife, The 
O’Porter Dawn Cows, The
P
Paulson Bonnie R With This Click, I Thee Wed
Picoult Jodi Small Great Things
Pierce Tamora Alanna: The First Adventure
Pierce Tamora In the Hand of the Goddess
Pierce Tamora The Woman Who Rides Like A Man
Pierce Tamora Lioness Rampant
Pratt Non Remix
Purman Victoria The CEO
Q
R
Redwine CJ The Shadow Queen
Reichs Brendan Nemesis
Reilly Martina Things I Want You To Know
Reynolds Amanda Close to Me
Richmond Michelle Marriage Pact, The
Riordan Rick Dark Prophecy, The
S
Salisbury Melinda Heart Collector, The
Salisbury Melinda Sin Eater’s Daughter, The
Schafer Steve Border, The
Shakespeare William Romeo and Juliet
Shayne Maggie Littlest Cowboy, The
Sheinmel Alyssa B Second Star
Shortall Eithne Love in Row 27
Snyder Maria Dawn Study
Snyder Maria V Touch of Power
Sorosiak Carlie If Birds Fly Back
Stephens Anna Godblind
Steven Laura Exact Opposite of Okay, The
Stiefvater Maggie Raven Boys, The
Sutherland Krystal Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, A
Swank Denise Gro Player, The
T
Taylor CL Treatment, The
Toon Paige The Longest Holiday
Tullis Heather Perfect Fit, A
U
V
Vaughn Violet Craving for Love
Vaughn Violet Lease on Love
Vaughn Violet Rush for Love
Vivian Siobhan List, The
W
Wein Elizabeth Pearl Thief, The
Wilde Oscar Picture of Dorian Gray, The
Williams Margery Velveteen Rabbit, The
X
Y
Yap Felicia Yesterday
Z
Zusak Markus Underdog

Only three books on this list left, but they’re really tough ones – Q, U, and X. Again, I’m having trouble even coming up with things to fill the gaps with, let alone sourcing and reading them. I’d appreciate any suggestions for these gaps as well!

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So with four months (or just under) to do, I still have 11 categories to fill with even one book. I haven’t actually tried to see if I can do everything without any dual reporting of books – I’m going to leave that until after I’ve filled all the categories, I think. Don’t want to try and run before I can walk!

Although I did once read a book where the MC had a younger sibling who could run but not walk. There might actually be something in that?? I will consider it further!

Four months. At least 11 books. I reckon I can do that, right?

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