Wednesday, April 11, 2012

my a-z book list

Sometimes I feel like such a kid as far as reading goes. I don't read much juvenile/YA fiction now, but I read a lot when I was younger (obviously) so looking through my Goodreads, a large percentage of the books are by children's authors like Sharon Creech, Judy Blume, and Ann Rinaldi.

I'm only 22, so it does make sense. Generally, I think my reading habits went something like this:

6-9 ---> Kids' Books (Go Dog Go, Chasing Redbird, Just Ella, Sweet Valley Kids)
10-13 ---> Teen Books (The Giver, The Outsiders, The Princess Diaries, everything by Ann Rinaldi)
14-present ---> Adult Books (Never Let Me Go, Catch-22, Fingersmith, Little Children, etc.)


Of course there's a lot of crossover, but you get the idea. And if you do the math, I've only been reading "adult" books for 8 years. Before that, kid/teen books spent about 7 years on my nightstand.

My point? I stumbled on this A-Z book list on A Guy's Moleskine Notebook the other day and thought it'd be fun to make my own. All you have to do is pick your favorite book for every letter of the alphabet.

I consider myself to be an avid reader and usually feel like I have quite a few books under my belt, but when I was making this list (using my Goodreads for convenience), I was shocked how many of my options for each letter were kids' books. There are so many books I want to read and at the same time, new books are being published every year. How will I ever get to them all? And how long will it take until my Goodreads is at least 80% "adult"?

Anyway, enough of my childish rambling, here's the list:

A An Acquaintance with Darkness, Ann Rinaldi
B Bloomability, Sharon Creech
C Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
D Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
E Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
F Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
G Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
H Harry Potter, JK Rowling
I An Inconvenient Wife, Megan Chance
J Just Ella, Margaret Peterson Haddix
K The Kitchen Boy, Robert Alexander
L Little Children, Tom Perrotta
M May Day, F. Scott Fitzgerald
N Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
O On Writing, Stephen King
P The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
R Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
S The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
T The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
V The Vanishing Point, Mary Sharratt
W Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
Y The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

* I haven't read books that begin with a U, X, or Z (at least not that I know of).

A few of the books here aren't even favorites, but they were the best choice I had for the letter (like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). There were also quite a few books I was sad couldn't make the list, but alas, only one book is allowed for each letter (sorry, Catch-22!).

If any readers make their own list, leave a link. I'd love to check it out!


  1. Loved reading your list - so a suggestion for Z = Zone One, Colson Whitehead. I don't think I've read a book that started with U either. For X - Devotion of Suspect X - yes, doesn't start with X :-)

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I just looked up "Devotion of Suspect X" and it sounds great. Just added it to my (enormous) to-read list!


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