Recently I set myself a challenge: to find and read 26 books, one for every letter of the alphabet. But here’s the catch- each title had to begin with the letter it represented. So that means no pesky articles (The, An, A, etc.) getting in the way! Turns out this challenge was harder than you’d think! Here’s what I came up with:
A: Along Came A Spider by James Patterson. In the debut Alex Cross novel, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross attempts to hunt down a kidnapper named Gary Soneji, a simple mathematics teacher who had everyone fooled. Along with the help of a motorcycle-riding, female Secret Service agent who is interested in being more than just companions on the job, Alex races against the clock to save little Maggie Rose and Shrimpie Goldberg from an otherwise horrible fate.
B: Bratfest At Tiffany’s by Lisi Harrison. When Octavian Country Day School is forced to take on an overflow of students, the Pretty Committee’s alpha status is seriously threatened by the influx of Briarwood boys. With trailers filling the lot and boys sworn off for good, how will Massie Block manage to survive this school invasion and still come out on top?
C: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. In the second installment of the Hunger Games series, Katniss and Peeta are thrown back into the arena in the third Quarter Quell. This time, along with a crew of unlikely allies, Katniss takes yet another stand against the Capitol, one that will tear her world apart.
D: Divergent by Veronica Roth. In a society where personality traits determine your place in the world, what would you do if you could choose your own path? Tris, a girl raised to believe in the values of selflessness and generosity, rejects her family’s teachings for another, more alluring path: Dauntless. In a society that is crumbling down around her, does Tris have the guts to back her decision, or will her family ties force her to return to her more reserved roots?
E: Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. Some people are romantic; others are Enthusiasts. Julie’s best friend, Ashleigh, is the latter. With a big heart and a wild imagination, Ashleigh forces Julie to crash a dance at an all-boys’ prep school where Julie winds up meeting the boy of her dreams. Sometimes all it takes is a push to get you outside of your comfort zone and into a life you never expected.
F: Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian. Looking to raise their friend’s spirit, Lane and Vivi will do anything they can to help Izzy get over her cheating ex-boyfriend, Shawn. When they come up with Brandon, a fake MySpace profile designed to snap Izzy out of her revolving-door relationship with Shawn, everything starts out smoothly. But how long will it last? What will happen when Izzy discovers her beloved Brandon is actually Vivi’s younger brother in disguise?
G: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Pip, a young orphan living in the marshes of Kent, will someday become a blacksmith like his brother-in-law, Joe. Or at least, that’s the plan until a mysterious benefactor emerges with the means and mind to make something of this humble kid. Now Pip’s world is turned upside down as he goes off on a quest to uncover the true identity of his caretaker and attempt to win the heart of perfect, little Estella.
H: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. In his first year at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, Harry Potter is introduced to the world of magic as he begins to uncover the dark mystery of his own past. Alongside new friends and cunning enemies, Harry also finds himself in the middle of something much larger- the quest for eternal life.
I: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter. Cammie Morgan was born and raised a spy. But even the Gallagher Academy, a prestigious secret school for up and coming young government sleuths, can’t train her in the ways of the heart. When she falls for a boy on the outside, it’s up to her to do some extra curricular research. Cammie is a mistress of disguise, but posing as a normal girl could be her toughest cover yet.
J: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre, an orphan who has suffered through a past of abuse and ridicule, becomes a governess for the daughter of Edward Rochester. Jane soon falls for Rochester, only to discover that he is hiding a deep, dark secret upstairs that threatens to ruin everything. If Jane and Rochester want to make their relationship work, they will both have to move on from the horrors of their past.
K: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin. When Kristy and her friends start their own baby-sitting business, they think the hardest part is behind them. But baby-sitting soon proves to be more difficult than it looks! The gang struggles to face toddlers, conflicting personalities, and family drama. But no matter what, they always have each other to fall back on.
L: Lily B. On The Brink Of Cool by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. When her parents take her on a family reunion vacation, Lily is expecting boring conversations and hugs from strange uncles she has never met. But then she meets the breathtaking Karma and suddenly Lily’s life goes from drab to fab. Karma and her family introduce Lily to luxury delicacies, posh clothes, and a lifestyle so glamorous it makes Lily’s look like a pile of rags. But Karma has a secret, and when Lily figures it out it just might make her reconsider what it truly means to be family.
M: Midnight For Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo. When Charlie Bone discovers he can hear people in photographs talking, his aunts quickly send him off to Bloor’s Academy, a school for untraditional geniuses. There, Charlie meets other children like him with amazing powers. Together they work to discover the truth behind their talents and where they came from.
N: Notorious created by Cecily Von Ziegesar. In the second It Girl novel, Jenny Humphrey is finally becoming the sophisticated, amazing version of herself she has worked so hard for. But can she make it last? When Tinsley returns to Waverly Academy she manages to drudge up the past and scatter everything apart. Once again, everyone is vying for the position of the It Girl, and only one can have it.
O: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Odd Thomas can see the spirits of the dead. He can also see bodachs- ghostly serpentine creatures that congregate in moments before mass death and suffering. When a swarm of bodachs arrives, it’s up to Odd to save Stormy, his one true love, and the rest of his friends from a very dark force.
P: P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin. When Tara Starr moves away with her family, her friendship with Elizabeth is put to the test. Now forced to communicate exclusively through letters, the two girls try their best to stay friends. Along the way they write about their lives to each other and discover the comfort of having a friend to turn to in moments of both happiness and despair.
Q: Queen Of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Life will hand you challenges. And then sometimes it will take them away in the blink of an eye. In the aftermath of a very personal loss, Rakhi must learn to rebuild her relationship with her father, accept the fact that her daughter is growing up, and struggle to save her business from the jealous wrath of an underhanded café manager. Along the way, she will uncover the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past through a series of dream journal adventures.
R: Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare. In Verona, family ties run deep. But when long-standing family tensions struggle to keep Romeo and Juliet apart, these forbidden lovers plan to run away and escape it all. Through a slew of confusions and miscommunications, poison and grief end up killing both of them. With their kin gone, can the Capulets and Montagues finally learn to set their differences aside in the aftermath of such heartache?
S: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton. When Bethany was thirteen, she went out on the water for what she assumed would be a normal surf. But when a shark attack took her arm, she feared she’d never surf again. Her inspiring recovery and return to the water shows that passion and determination can surmount even the most intimidating odds.
T: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Siblings Scout and Jem spend their days growing up in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. But as their father, Atticus Finch, defends a colored man on trial for rape, the underside of bias and prejudice in Scout’s world is brought to the surface. In the end an unsuspected stranger rescues Scout from a vicious attack, exemplifying that people are not always what they seem.
U: Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child. Clarice and her best friend, Betty Moody, are enormous fans of Ruby Redfort, the miraculous heroine and star of their favorite mystery series. But when Clarice gets partnered up for class book project with the school’s problem child instead of her best friend, she must figure out how to work with someone new. In the end, Clarice is forced to balance her relationship with Betty and her growing friendship with Karl, all while solving mysteries in her very own classroom.
V: Vanished by Kate Brian. In the twelfth installment of the Private series, Reed Brennan discovers her friend, Noelle Lange, has gone missing. With a mysterious note as her only clue, Reed wonders if Billings’ sinister past has come back to haunt them both or if a new culprit is behind Noelle’s disappearance. As Reed sets out to solve the mystery of the Billings Literary Society, she’s desperate to save her friend before it’s too late.
W: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Two Wills living two completely separate lives eventually cross paths one night on a very unlikely Chicago street corner. Filled with teenage trauma, depression, and one very preppy best friend named Tiny Cooper, this emotional rollercoaster of a novel takes both Wills on a thrillingly turbulent ride, one neither of them will ever forget.
X: X by Sue Grafton. Desperate to swipe a painting from her philandering ex-husband and sell it for a hefty profit behind his back, Teddy Xanakis recruits Kinsey Millhone, a thirty-eight year old private detective, to unknowingly track down a seasoned bank robber for the job. But when a Bible, a collection of photographs, and a birthday card for a little girl named April surface and force Kinsey to reopen an old case, suddenly tracking down a washed up thief isn’t the only thing on her to do list.
Y: You Don’t Know Me by David Klass. John has a friend, Billy, who is not a friend. John lives in a house that is not a house. John is wary of the man who is not his father. And although he gets abused regularly by his stepfather, may lose his friendship with Billy, and begins to consider leaving home for good, John might just be convinced to stay by a certain Mr. Steenwilly and his masterful composition, ‘The Love Song of the Bullfrog.’
Z: Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. When a string of animal attacks crop up in the news all over the world, Jackson Oz is confident that his crackpot biological theory is coming true. Now, he must put everything he has on the line in order to convince society that the world’s animal kingdom is suffering from a dangerously ferocious affliction that could destroy the entire human race.
I hope you like my alphabet book tag! How many slots can you fill in with books that you’ve read? Can you find a match for every letter?? Let me know in the comments! Good luck!