2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

alphabet 20153/3/2015 – I apologize for not getting a list of participants added to this page but if you want to keep in touch with each other I have set up a GoodReads Group to help you do that.



1/7/2015 – We have over 100 people signed up for this challenge!

I have decided to host this challenge again this year.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2015
your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful



This challenge will run from January 1st, 2015 until December 31st, 2015.

You can join anytime. You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre.

You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below. For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.


B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – All the President’s Menus by Julie Hyzy  B- Bushel Full of Murder by Paige Shelton  C – Criminal Confections by Collette London  D – Dark Chocolate Demise by Jenn McKinlay etc.

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join??

Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

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Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link below if available or sign up in the comment section. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track!

Need some help finding titles to match the alphabetJandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started. X and Z were the toughest for me so this year I am going to try to take care of those two early.

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.


Then when you complete the challenge copy and paste your completed list in a comment below and FILL OUT THIS FORM


94 thoughts on “2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

  1. Are bears attempting to draw children into reading a wider variety of books allowed to join in? I have just started my book blog this week. Willyum Shakesbear

  2. I have never done one of these that didn’t have a linky sign up… how do we find out who else is taking part (cause I want to visit and see what everybody is reading and doing on this). Great idea, thanks for putting it out there.

  3. I just started this challenge, I am very excited! I work in the YA room at my library so I try to read lots of different YA books in order to recommend them to the teens, this challenge is the perfect way to make it a bit more fun! (although I love to read by itself!)

  4. Here’s my completed list, Lori – and many thanks for hosting the FuN Challenge!

    A- Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery
    B- Brentwood’s Ward by Michelle Griep
    C- Crooked House by Agatha Christie
    D- Death at Buckinham Palace by CC Benison
    E- Escape to Mulberry Cottage by Victoria Connelly
    F- Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
    G- The Girl Got Up by Rachel Srubas
    H- Hutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel
    I- Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason
    J- Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
    K- Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay
    L- A Lady Most Lovely by Jennifer Delamere
    M- Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
    N- Nemesis by Agatha Christie
    O- An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
    P- Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
    Q- The HarleQuin Teaset by Agatha Christie
    R- The Rivers Run Dry by Sibella Giorello
    S- Sweet Dreams by Carla Stewart
    T- To Mend a Dream by Tamera ALexander
    U- Unleashed by Sonja Corbitt
    V- The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
    W- Words to Love By by Mother Theresa
    X- Death and the Oxford Box by Veronica Stallwood
    Y- A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
    Z- Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

      1. Here’s a copy of my reading list. Hopefully you can see this one.

        A. Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from my Bedroom by Sara Benincasa

        B. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

        C. The Cat, the Professor, and the Poison by Leann Sweeney

        D. Death of a neighborhood witch by Laura Levine

        E. Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte

        F. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

        G. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

        H. How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale

        I. It’s a Long Story by Willie Nelson

        J. Julia’s Cats by Patricia Barey & Therese Burson

        K. Killing Cupid by Laura Levine

        L. Literally Murder by Ali Brandon

        M. Midnight Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter After Fifty by Elaine Ambrose

        N. Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow by Jan Pol

        O. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

        P. People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

        Q. The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney

        R. Review of my Cat by Tanner Ringerud

        S. Shopping, Seduction, & Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead

        T. Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich

        U. Undead & Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

        V. View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

        W. Words with Fiends by Ali Brandon

        X. Cat in an Alien X-Ray by Carole Nelson Douglas

        Y. You Had Me at Merlot by Marley Gibson

        Z. A to Z by Brendan Raymond

  5. I think I joined your Alphabet challenge earlier this year and actually I completed it a couple months ago but I had marked it, on my Good Reads page as “Cleo Coyle”. I contacted her as to how to send my list to her but she said it wasn’t her. Are you able to check and see if I joined your challenge?

  6. I’m done!

    A: Asimov’s Choice: Black Holes & Bug-Eyed Monsters by George H. Scithers, ed (1/9/15)
    B: Bones in the Barrow by Josephine Bell (5/29/15)
    C: The Case of the Painted Girl by Frank King (1/6/15)
    D: A Dead Man in Istanbul by Michael Pearce (1/14/15)
    E: The Eye in the Museum by J. J. Connington (5/8/15)
    F: The False Inspector Dew by Peter Lovesey (4/1/15)
    G: The Great Dinosaur Robbery by David Forrest (5/15/15)
    H: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever by Ellison; Adapted by David & Scott Tipton (6/5/15)
    I: I KIlled: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics by Ritch Shyder & Mark Schiff (2/10/15)
    J: Jewelled Eye by Douglas Clark (9/1/15)
    K: Keep Cool, Mr. Jones by Timothy Fuller (8/24/15)
    L: Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell (2/17/15)
    M: Mother Finds a Body by Gypsy Rose Lee (1/12/15)
    N: Night Train to Paris by Manning Coles (3/14/15)
    O: One Touch of Blood by Samm Sinclair Baker (2/5/15)
    P: Police Procedurals by Martin H. Greenberg & Bill Pronzini (1/9/15)
    Q: A Question of Identity by June Thomson (11/27/15)
    R: Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes (1/3/15)
    S: Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon (2/13/15)
    T: Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home by James Tiptree, Jr. (1/2/15)
    U: The Underdog & Other Stories by Agatha Christie (3/17/15)
    V: The Vanishing Corpse by Ellery Queen (10/31/15)
    W: The Wilberforce Legacy by Josephine Bell (4/19/15)
    X: Xenogenesis Book 1: Dawn by Octavia Butler (11/5/15)
    Y: Young Mrs. Cavendish & the Kaiser’s Men by K. K. Beck (7/4/15)
    Z: Rod Serling’s Twighlight Zone Revisited adapted by Walter B. Gibson (1/20/15)

  7. Forget links here are the books!
    A Amy Snow Tracy Rees
    B By Bread Alone Sarah-Kate Lynch
    C Come What May Sherryl Caulfield
    D Dark Witch Nora Roberts
    E Every Crooked Nanny Mary Kay Andrews
    F First Frost Sarah Addison Allen
    G (The) Guest Cottage Nancy Thayer
    H Honeysuckle Summer Sherryl Woods
    I I Saw Her Standing There Marie Force
    J Jericho Ginger Jamison
    K Know Your Heart Tracey Alvarez
    L (The) Last Time I Was Me Cathy Lamb
    M Me Before You Jojo Moyes
    N (The) Nightingale Kristin Hannah
    O One Plus One Jojo Moyes
    P (A) Place Called Harmony Jodi Thomas
    Q Quicksilver Amanda Quick
    R (The) Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion
    S Silver Thaw Catherine Anderson
    T Teardrop Lane Emily March
    U (The) Unexpected Consequences of Love Jill Mansell
    V Vision in Silver Anne Bishop
    W What I Remember Most Cathy Lamb
    X Three Weeks With Lady X Eloisa James
    Y A Year of Marvellous Ways Sarah Winman
    Z Zac and Mia A.J. Betts

  8. This was fun. I did the whole alphabet twice. links to my books here

    and if that doesn’t work, here are the books:

    A – Appointment at the Edge of Forever by Perrin Pring // As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
    B – Buried Bones by Kim Fielding // Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
    C – Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger // The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
    D – Death Along the Spirit Road by C. M.Wendelboe // The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
    E – Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev // Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
    F – File M for Murder by Miranda James // The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
    G – Geist by Philippa Ballantine // Gryphon’s Eyrie by Andre Norton & A.C. Crispin
    H – Hollow City by Ransom Riggs// Hell & High Water b y Charlie Cochet
    I – In Hot Water by J.J. Cook // Infected: Freefall by Andrea Speed
    J – The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World by Vicki Leon // The Janson Equation by Douglas Corleone & Robert Ludlum
    K – Kitty Litter Killer by Candice Speare // Kahless by Michael Jan Friedman
    L – Legacies by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edgehill // A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times by Jack Kornfield
    M – Murder on the Lake by Bruce Beckham // Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert
    N – The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buelhman// The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander Mccall-Smith
    O – An Owl Too Many by Charlotte Macleod // The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James
    P – Pursuit by Gene Hackman// Pawn Takes Rook by Lex Chase
    Q – Queen Emma and the Vikings: Power, Love, and Greed in 11th Century England By Harriet O’Brien // Q&A (Star Trek: The Next Generation)by Keith R.A. DeCandido
    R – Red Rising by Pierce Brown // The Running Game by L. E. Fitzpatrick
    S – Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony// Soldiers of the Sun by Jana Denardo
    T – Torchwood: Trace Memory by David Llewellyn // Thane by Travis Daniel Bow
    U – Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson // Unbound by Jim C. Hines
    V- Venetian Masks by Kim Fielding // Vitros by Jessica Khoury
    W – Wheel of Stars by Andre Norton // Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris
    X – The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton // The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives by David Bainbridge
    Y – You by Charles Benoit // The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail by Michael P. Spradlin
    Z – Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates // Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

  9. Finished my alphabet. Actually did a bit ago, but forgot to post here then.

    A – American Sniper – Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice & Scott McEwen
    B – Blockbuster Plots Romance Writers Plot ebook – Martha Alderson
    C – Chance (Spenser #23) – Robert B. Parker
    D – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal – Jeff Kinney
    E – Easy Way to Write Fantasy that Sells, The – Rob Parnell
    F – Fight for Me – Bethany Bazile
    G – Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Suess
    H – House of Hades, The (Heroes of Olympus) – Rick Riordan
    I – Iron Marshal, The – Louis L’Amour
    J – Jane’s Warlord (Warlord #1) – Angela Knight
    K – King of Hearts (Wonderland #1) – Cheyenne McCray
    L – Last of the Breed – Louis L’Amour
    M – Master of the Night (Mageverse #2) – Angela Knight
    N – The 9 Master Plots for Bestsellers & Blockbusters – Meg North
    O – Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss
    P – Pit and the Pendulum, The – Edgar Allan Poe
    Q – Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
    R – Reaper’s Property – Joanna Wylde
    S – Small Vices (Spenser #24) – Robert B. Parker
    T – Thin Air (Spenser #22) – Robert B. Parker
    U – Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
    V – The Vile Village – Lemony Snicket
    W – Writing a Kindle Book a Week – Alex Foster
    X – X-Men – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    Y – Yondering by Louis L’Amour
    Z – Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan – Michael Golembesky

    Thanks for the challenge and I am looking forward to the 2016 one. 🙂


  10. Just posted my finished challenge and signing up for 2016 too. Here’s my list –
    Aoleon The Martian Girl

    Bubba Done It Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things

    Dead Girl Blues

    Ella The Slayer


    Ghostcrow: A Tale Of Endor

    Heart Search: Betrayal

    In Her Blood

    The Light At The End Of Judgement And Day

    Killing Weeds

    Ladle To The Grave

    My Favorite Corpse

    Nightlight Tales

    Out From Under

    The Publicist

    The Quick and the Thread


    The Stitching Hour

    Threads Of Evidence

    Victim Souls

    Watch The Shadows

    Brood X

    Choose Your Own Death

    The Zombie Combat Field Guide

  11. This is my complete list for 2015 and it can also be found on my challenge page at http://msnoseinabook.com/2015-reading-challenges/

    A) After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
    B) The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly
    C) Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
    D) Dog Crazy by Meg Donahue
    E) Eternal Craving (Gods of the Night #2) by Nina Bangs
    F) The Forgetting Place: A Novel by John Burley
    G) The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek
    H) Happily Ever After High School by Savannah Ostler
    I) The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen
    J) Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
    K) Killing the Edge of the Moon by A. A. Attanasio
    L) Life From Scratch by Sasha Martin
    M) The Mine by John A. Heldt
    N) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
    O) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    P) A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic
    Q) The Question by R. Breuer Stearns
    R) A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
    S) Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith
    T) To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford
    U) An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty
    V) Veganish by Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose
    W) Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
    X) X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu and Alina Urusov
    Y) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    Z) Zombie Town by R.L. Stine

    Thank you for a fun 2015!

  12. Made it in the nick of time! For links to my thoughts on the books, see http://www.samantha-lin.com/2014/12/2015-reading-challenges-and-general-booktastic-insanity/

    A: Roberto Bolaño – Antwerp
    B: Kit Rocha – Beyond Shame
    C: Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford
    D: Vladimir Nabokov – Despair
    E: Vikram Seth – An Equal Music
    F: Alice Hoffman – Fortune’s Daughter
    G: Eimear McBride – A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
    H: Evelyn Waugh – A Handful of Dust
    I: Miles Jupp — In and Out of the Kitchen
    J: Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea
    K: Carrie Vaughn – Kitty and the Midnight Hour
    L: Stephen Fry – The Liar
    M: Elizabeth Gaskell – Mary Barton
    N: Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Netochka Nezvanova
    O: Cicero – On the Good Life
    P: Aeschylus – Prometheus Bound, The Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, The Persians
    Q: Alexander Pushkin – The Queen of Spades and Other Stories
    R: Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
    S: E. Nesbit – The Story of the Treasure Seekers
    T: Ruth Ozeki – A Tale For the Time Being
    U: Scott Westerfield – Uglies
    V: James A. Grymes — Violins of Hope
    W: Marian Keyes – Watermelon
    X: Ken Hunt and Mike Taylor – The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Aussies
    Y: Joanna Briscoe – You
    Z: Yamaguchi, Noboru – Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero), Vol. 1

    Thank you for hosting this! 😀

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