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Majkia will be posting each month's thread and keeping things organized. Enjoy the challenge!
I'll be posting a thread maybe a week ahead of time for each month. I'll remind you which letters we are doing, but the sequence is set so you'll know ahead of time anyway.
Jan: A- M
Feb: B - N
Mar: C - O
Apr: D - P
May: E - R
Jun: F - S
Jul: G -T
Aug: H - U
Sep: I - V
Oct: J - W
Nov: K - Y
Dec: L - Z
Letters Q and X are bonus letters for a year long Category challenge and I'll do a separate thread for them.
I'm not specifying how you use the letters. Up to you entirely. If you want to limit it to titles and/or authors or even use them for major characters, it's fine. It's your challenge. :)
It doesn't look like I'll need to do much reshuffling for January. I just looked through my list of books I hope to get to in January and seven of them start with an A or M, or the author's first or last names start with A or M.
Looking forward to this! I am about to finish my second alphabet challenge with the Alphabet Challenge and this may entice me to do a third round! ;-) Either way, it provides a lot of latitude in choosing books to read...which is always important, so thanks for getting this started.
I just checked my planned list for January and I also have a lot of A/M books and authors.
Random question -- do we have to read an A book and an M book for January, or will one or the other do?
I'm pretty sure the answer will be, "However you want to do it!" But I figured I'd ask just in case. :)
"However you want to do it" is my understanding - one or the other or both or neither! Nothing on my immediate horizon fit into either A or M, so I went ahead and ordered a couple extra audio books from the library since I have a car trip scheduled for January, and made sure that they would fit this challenge.
exactly. these are optional 'take it or leave it' challenge additions. :)
I will have to look at my "plans" and see if anything fits. The alpha challenge isn't overly appealing to me so I won't go out of my way looking for things to fit in, but if it falls in line with things I planned on... :)
My challenge is alphabet oriented anyway so I should have no trouble fitting things in. In fact, I may go make a note of which ones to set aside for which months.
When things slow down a bit over the holidays, I'll take a wander through my shelves and see what might fit...
I have a question. If I have a A or M book that also will fit my Random Cat Challenge and maybe (it could happen) fit the Award Challenge as well, could it be used for all challenges? I think it would be fun to be able to find books that will fit more than one of our Random Challenges as well as still fit into our own 2013 Categories.
I can't see why not. It would be fun to come up with something that fit all three challenges!
I think it deserves special mention if you find one book that meets all 3 challenges, especially if it also fits into your own categories.
Great, I was thinking it would be cool to be to have a book or two that could do this, so I'll mention that when I set up the January thread.
I agree. If you manage to find a book that fits all three challenges (AND still goes with your own categories), you deserve a treat!
This seems so fun, I will go check my books and see if anything fit in this challenge !
I have a few questions just to clarify for myself - there's so much going on that if I don't ask I think I'll drown in the quicksand.
In the alphabet portion, can we...
1. Read a book which starts with either of our monthly letters?
2. Read a book authored by someone whose name (first or last) starts with either letter?
3. Read a book whose chief characters name (first or last) starts with either letter?
4. Read a book set in a place that starts with either letter?
5. Listen to an audiobook narrated by someone whose name (first or last) starts with either letter?
See why I'm confused!
I think it's up to each person to make it as as easy or difficult as they want.
I'm thinking about trying to read a book for each letter every month either sticking just to the authors name or just to the title of the book. It would be my own take on the challenge and it will be cool to see the alphabet complete at the end of the year. Of course that intention could fall over by the end of January!
yes, please use the alphabet letters as you like, as limited or as open as you like. Be as innovative as you like too.
I'm planning to use the letters for titles and author's last names. I hadn't thought of matching main character's names. (I assume you're thinking of serials? Like P is for Stephanie Plum?) That's a good idea.
Woohoo. I found a book that was on my wishlist and is good for 'X'. Sky Burial by Xinran. And it'll fit into one of my categories. I wonder if it would be asking too much for it to be good for an Awards CAT. Need to do some digging ...
I looked through my library last night and was shocked to see how many H authors I have, many more than any other letter. H? I would never have guessed that.
I have a couple of TBRs that will take care of Q and X - books in the Inspector Chen series by Qiu Xiaolong.
>31 cbl_tn: - That's great. My own challenge (which is also alpha based by author's last name) X goes with W (and I have no Xs) and Q goes with R (and I have 3 Qs) so I'll have something for extra credit.
I have just look through the books I have listed for next year. Going on book title I have books for all letters except
V and Y. I wouldn't mind some suggestions for those letters - preferable mysteries but not by Sue Grafton (that would be too easy).
For Q and X I can go by author's names as I have Frozen Out by Quentin Blake (murder mystery set in Iceland) and Woman from Shanghai by Xianhui Yang on my TBR list.
here is the wiki for this challenge. I swear I'd done one already but ...
You've been busy putting up the Wiki's for the other challenges. Thanks for putting up the Alpha Wiki, but isn't it A & M for January?
> 33 - Zozette, for a book title suggestion for "V", I really enjoyed Valfierno: The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa by Martin Caparros, but I notice that the book has quite the mixed ratings here on LT on the book page.
I think for the Alpha Cat I'm going to wait until I actually read the book to add it to the wiki. Just in case...
There are a couple of authors with A and M initials. I was thinking of reading a Margaret Atwood book for that reason.
Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood which is both A and M or rather M and A! Bonus!
The Cat's Table - Michael Ondaatje
Just realized that Alias Grace also STARTS with an A. You'd wonder how I could miss that!!
My first two books of the year, and both are AlphaCats:
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
I am amazed at how many of my planned reads are fitting into this Cat Challenge!
Just realized that this one fit the challenge The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, and I should finish two more books by her this month. Yay!
I just finished Sweet Tooth written by Ian McEwan, who is also a new to me author so good for the randomCAT too.
Finished listening to The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje, which was an AlphaCat and a RandomCat too. Loved it!
My first Alpha Cat is Case Histories by Kate Atkinson.
This pick also let me have a CAT trick
Award Cat: Orange prize nominee
Alpha Cat: letter A
Random Cat: new to me author, Kate Atkinson
I've just finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, also a new-to-me author.
I think reading Alberto Manguel this month counts for me, although as I am reading his book monthly over the entire year may be stretching it...
I just finished Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske which is also a new to me author.
No, I found her a little annoying. I am not sure if I am going to read any more in the series (unless I am told she mellows a bit).
I loved Miss Zukas too! I'm sad that I've read the entire series and have no new ones to devour.
>59 thornton37814: I've actually been hoarding the final Miss Zukas - I don't want to read the last one! I'm sorry Jo Dereske hasn't been able to get another series published. Her handwriting analysis series only ran to three - Short Cut was one of the titles.
>58 Zozette: Zozette, I would have to say that Miss Zukas evolves, but never loses her quirks. You might want to give another one a try, but not every series works for everyone!
An alphabet double-whammy with Where Eagles Dare, by Alistair MacLean.
I'm currently reading Absolution Creek by Nicole Alexander. There is an A!
I have read Karen Armstrong's "A Short History of Myth", which is first in a series called THE MYTHS.
I am currently reading David Aaronovitch's Voodoo Histories, which also falls in this month's category as he is a new-to-me author.
I've completed another alpha CAT book with Mrs. Pollifax on Safari. I almost missed catching this one since I didn't pick it to fit the alpha CAT challenge. It's just coincidental that I read it this month.
>61 rabbitprincess: I love Alistair MacLean, his books are such fun. :D
So far each of the 3 books I've read have been both Alpha & Random CATs, lol.
I've finished Anna Karenina and Murder at Teatime for this challenge today.
Finished The Manual of Detection which takes care of the letter M.
I read Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith, Malcolm X: As They Knew Him by David Gallen, The Alienist by Caleb Carr, and now I'm reading Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. :P
And all of them are new-to-me authors as well ;P
Let me know how you like Anil's Ghost. It is on my to be read later list. I just finished the Cat's Table on Audio and loved it.
I'm waiting for Cat's Table to come back to the library. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it.
Another Alphacat for me: Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith, a lot of these weren't planned specifically because of the letters A & M, I just seem to have a lot that fit on my shelves!
>72 by ccookie, I read 100pgs of it last night, and another hundred over the last 2hrs or so this morning. It's good writing, it's clearly keeping me moving at a fast clip. I'm not super crazy about how things are a little disjointed, memories randomly interjected, but overall I'd say I'd recommend it. Will report back when I finish the last 100pgs ;)
Another double-alphabet author: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.
Finished another one to count as an AlphaCat: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.
I also finished another AlphaCAT - The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen.
I've finished The Beach Street Society Knitting and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil. Off to add to the wiki.
Ok - what's wrong with me? I did the wiki and I can't get "COMPLETED" to show bold. And I've done it before. Like just a minute ago. I swear it looks just like all the others! It's just single quote/double quote, right?
I have completed another M author. Michelle Diener, In A Treacherous Court.
Another A/M book for me: Minaret by Leila '''A'''boulela. Since it's by a new-to-me author and was long-listed for the Orange prize in 2006, it's also a CAT trick!
I finished one last January CAT. The School at Thrush Green by Miss Read fits the alphaCAT challenge. Since I don't think I'll complete any more books this month I'm moving on to February CATs.
Sandragon - if you play with the TIOLI challenge too, Night Circus was in Challenge #2 - a shared read.
Thanks, Cyderry, but I don't read enough books to be able to keep up with both the TIOLI and CAT challenges. I'm not even sure where to look to find out what the TIOLI challenges are. The one thing I've been keeping track of over at the 75ers group is the group reads thread, just in case I can fit one in.
finished Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli...I have a question though: re. the wiki page, are we supposed to put our book in alphabetically and re-number everything, or just add to the end of the list...?
Put your book in where it belongs alphabetically - the # will take care of the numbering.
I haven't seen one and we do need a Q and X thread if there isn't one.
Shouldn't the Q & X year-long challenge also be added to the Wiki?
I haven't been able to find the July AlphaCAT thread. Could somebody post a link please - I am assuming it has been started. Thanks in advance
The August AlphaCAT is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/156721
The October AlphaCAT is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/158976
So I've been relentlessly nagging people to tell potential participants in the 2014 Challenge that planning has begun on possible group reads and on what CATs we want for next year. Please take a look at the threads and weigh in if you're interested in either. There are some interesting books being suggested and some interesting themes, but we can always throw a few more in the hat and we'd love to have a few more opinions to discuss. We're currently getting along way too well (just kidding!).
Here's the CAT discussion:
Here's the possible titles for group reads discussion:
And here's the discussion on how we structure our group reads:
AlphaCAT will potentially cease to be next year, so let everyone know if you think that's a good or a bad idea.
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