Friday, April 20, 2012

AmaZing Books: From A to Z

I saw this meme about a week ago at Brenna’s Literary Musings (I’m slow, I know).  I thought at first I had done it already, but what I actually did was list a favourite author for each letter of the alphabet way back in May.  Some of the letters were really difficult, like A and G, and too many others.  But, I followed the rules and picked just one book for each letter.  If I were to do it again, however, I don’t know if all my choices would be the same.

A: As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
B: The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
C: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, by Gregory Maguire
D: Dead To The World, by Charlaine Harris
E: Eleanor Rigby, by Douglas Coupland
F: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
G: Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
H: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
I: In The Skin Of A Lion, by Michael Ondaatje
J: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
K:  Kindred, by Octavia Butler
L: Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro
M: Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
N: Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
O: Orlando, by Virginia Woolf
P: Pride and Prejudice [and Zombies], by Jane Austen [and Seth Grahame-Smith]
Q: Nope.
R: Remember Me?, by Sophie Kinsella
S: Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
T: The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
U: Undead Series, by MaryJanice Davidson
V: Nope.
W: World War Z, by Max Brooks
X: Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood (I’m using Brenna’s cheat.*)
Y: Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood
Z: Nope.

I was trying not to use series and only do individual books.  That’s why there isn’t The Dark Tower or The Legend of Drizzt up there.  I couldn’t help it with the Undead series though.  All the book titles are “Undead and …” and to pick out one book would be too difficult… though maybe the first or the third…

Obviously, I cheated for X.   I wasn’t surprised by not having a Q or Z.  The only V I could think of I hated.  So if you have a Q, V, X or Z recommendation, I’d love to hear it.  I’d like to have a complete list.


  1. I know that I probably have books on my massive bookshelves that start with every letter of the alphabet, but I'm not sitting in front of them right now, and I can't remember them all. Bibliophilia can be such a mixed blessing!

    1. I could have had a book for V, but since I didn't actually like it, I didn't include it.