Hey y’all! Earlier this year I had a whole list written out of all the year-end challenge updates and posts I wanted to do from 2021. Clearly, I did not do all of those, because this one has still been hanging out. That’s a shame because it’s one of my favorite challenges I do (of very few!) and definitely my most consistent (at my 3rd year).
So here’s a look at the books I read for my A – Z challenge in 2021. My rules for myself are to read a book with a title that begins with each letter of the English alphabet. I can skip articles like “A” and “The” at the beginning so The Cat I Never Named would be counted under C, for example. Book covers are linked to their review (or other related content on here if no review.)
A lot of these letters had MANY titles I loved from them, but I’m forcing myself to choose ONE for each letter. Let’s take a peek, eh? 😊
The Books of 2021 Gallery, A to Z
The summary of A – Z
- A – Anonyponymous by John Bemelmans Marciano was a unique dictionary of words based on people’s names that was so much fun!
- B – Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg was a startling and refreshing look at how choosing what’s right for you can be so, so painful
- C – The Complete List of Jericho by Chris Jericho is just as fascinating and amusing as I had hoped!
- D – Descendant of the Crane by Joan He was so good that I’m sad the sequel is likely never happening. 😭
- E – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal was one on my list for a while that was as good as I had always thought it would be!
- F – Fire Within by Ella M Lee lit a fire in ME as I blasted through this incredible series that’s easily a new favorite!!!
- G – Graceling: The Graphic Novel by Kristin Cashore and Gareth Hinds did a remarkable job translating this (for me) classic book into a beautiful new format
- H – House of Earth and Blood by Sara J Maas was a book I was lukewarm about to start but ended up crying over by the end
- I – If I Tell You The Truth by Jasmin Kaur was a poetry and prose combo of immigration and fear
- J – The Jade Bones by Lani Forbes was a thrilling sequel that made me excited to wrap up the rest of the series
- K – King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair was shockingly sexy and yet had more substance than expected
- L – Lore Olympus: Volume 1 by Rachel Smythe was a wonder to hold a favorite WebToon in my hands as an actual published version!
- M – Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson was a great book about bookish people
- N – No Ex Before Marriage by Portia MacIntosh was an introduction to Boldwood books and Portia MacIntosh
- O – Othello: Manga Classics by William Shakespeare and Stacy King was a translation of my favorite Shakespearean play into a fun format from trustworthy Manga Classics (Macbeth might be my new fav because of them, though!)
- P – The Puma Years by Laura Coleman took me from thinking “I could NEVER do that” to “so how do I go about volunteering here anyway?”
- Q – The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks was a mathy love story which are becoming more common! yay!
- R – Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler was a sweeping drama of family and grief
- S – Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida was a surprise favorite that made me laugh and love every minute of it
- T – This is How You Vagina by Nicole E Williams, MD is a book I wish I could have read ten years ago and am glad I finally HAVE read
- U – The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood was a slow burn dark fantasy with tons of moodiness
- V – The Vacationers by Emma Straub was good at the time but kind of forgettable now
- W – We Have Always Lived in the Castleby Shirley Jackson was a weird book on my shelf since college that I finally read (and wish I could talk about with others)
- X – The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton was not very good but DID conveniently begin with the letter x 😅
- Y – You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao was honestly a disappointment compared to how excited I was to get an ARC
- Z – Zoe Rosenthal is Not Lawful Good by Nancy Werlin was a fun dungeons and dragon nerdy type story that made me smile