Friday, April 1, 2011

A-Z How Many Have You Read/Heard Contest (Letter A)

April is here! And so is the A-Z Blogging Challenge. We're over 800 strong (astounding, yeah?). Hosted by:  Arlee Bird , Alex J Cavanaugh, Jen Daiker and Talli Rolland.

After much brainstorming and nail biting, I decided to do a How Many Have You Read/Heard Contest. Each day will feature favorite audiobooks of mine that have titles starting with that day's letter.

To enter, comment on which books you've read. Most will count as one entry. Older/more obscure books will count as two.

At the end of the month I'll draw names for several prizes including cool bookmarks, books, ARCs and a $10 Barnes and Noble gift certificate.

BTW, "Q" day will have a separate query crit giveaway.

As for the details of how I'm picking titles: "A" and "The" at the beginning of the title don't count, and I'll only count the first book in popular series unless they're stand alones (like Shannon Hale and Kristin Cashore books) or I'm desperate for more books of a certain letter. Also, I may resort to a few author names if I get desperate enough.

Now, Letter A   

An Abundance of Katherines More lighthearted than John Green's other books.
Still has a semi-nerdy protag, a road trip and amazing writing. (worth one entry)

The Adoration of Jenna Fox Love this one. About where medicine might take us in the future and who deserves to get there (worth one entry).

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)A teen/tame version of Bridget Jones's Diary (worth two entries).

  Avalon High A contemporary Aurthur retelling. Anyone seen the Disney TV movie yet? (worth two entries)

The Amaranth EnchantmentA Cinderella retelling, complete with two prince charmings
and an out of this world fairy godmother. (worth two entries)
Remember: To enter, comment on which books you've read.  
And feel free to add a comment later in the month if you read/listen to something because I mentioned it here.

Happy A-Z Blogging everyone!!! Can't wait to read what everyone else is doing.


  1. I confess to being a little disappointed with Amaranth Enchantment. But I liked the magic aspect of it. Her fairy godmother was really cool.

  2. I'm going to assume the one I can't see is The Adoration of Jenna Fox. If it is, then I've read it. :)

  3. Laura- Yes, it is Adoration. But, can't see? Anyone else have that problem?

  4. Visiting from the challenge...I'm also in NJ and have moved around a lot. the only one I've read is Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging...I loved the whole series as did my girls who are now in their early 20's. They still make me laugh, plus we lived in the UK for six years and I love the 'language'...I'm a book junkie so i'll come back!

  5. I love Angus, Thongs, & Full Frontal Snogging. (It's actually the only one I've read. Boo.) I had picked it up based on title alone.

  6. Wow! I haven't read a single book on your list (hanging my head in shame)

    stopping by from the A to Z challenge

  7. I've only read two of your five...AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES and AMARANTHA ENCHANTMENT

    also, I just finished up ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. it was a decent and entertaining read, but not as great as the hype lead me to believe.

  8. I've read Angus, Thongs, & Full Frontal Snogging. Not on you list but by far my favourite A book of ALL time, Anne of Green Gables.

  9. Better is Possible- I had Anne of Green Gables on my list of possibilities, but thought it might be more MG instead of YA, at least at the beginning of the series. But I suppose the same could be said of Harry Potter.

  10. How fun! I'm going to have to do this on my blog too. Here are my A books:

    The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi
    An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
    Across the Universe by Beth Revis
    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson
    Adventure Capitalist by Jim Rogers
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    After by Amy Efaw
    Afterlife by Claudia Gray
    Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
    All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
    Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
    The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
    Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Anne of Green Gabels by L.M. Montgomery
    Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
    Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
    Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin
    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    As You Like It By William Shakespeare
    Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
    The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
    At Home by Bill Bryson
    Attack of the Theater People by Marc Acito
    Avalon High by Meg Cabot

  11. This is a great idea! That said, I can almost guarantee that I won't have read anything. But, I'll keep checking!

    Happy A2Z!

  12. I've seen the Avalon High movie, but would really like to read the book.

    I've never even heard of the others. (Stuck in South Africa)

  13. Eek! I've read NONE! Digraceful, I know.

  14. Kate- It looks like you've read almost everything on my "maybe" list too. (Absolute True Diary, Are You There God, and Across The Universe), but sorry, no bonus entries :)

    Misha- I'll count the Avalon High movie as an entry, even though I haven't seen it yet.

  15. I've listened to very few audiobooks so I'm pretty sure I won't have heard any of the ones you list.
    I haven't even heard of these books today.
    Enjoy the A to Z Challenge.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  16. Of your list, I've read the first 3, but not the last two.
    Also, I've never listened to an audio book before. Someday I'll remedy that.

    Happy weekend!

  17. Not any of this. But I'll keep checking in.
    Ann Carbine Best, In the Mirror, A Memoir

  18. If I remember seeing one in the bookstore, does that count? Sorry, I'm usually hiding in the science fiction and fantasy section.
    Like your theme for the Challenge!

  19. I am sorry to say I have not read or listened to any of these! But they can go on my "to read" list. Thanks for the ideas.

  20. none. great idea for you YA types! Have a blast - I'm writing about writing...Jan Morrison

  21. Oh dear, I haven't ready any.

  22. Hi Jennifer, first time visitor here. Audio books is a first. Haven't seen that one today. Been a while since I listened to one. Now I want to do one for my book. Have a great wekend.

  23. Ooh, haven't read any of these ones. But I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks. it takes me about an hour or so to drive from work, and another hour (or two) to drive back home. Audiobooks are an awesome way to pass the time. I have both and audiobookworm accounts. :P Hurrah for audiobooks, and for the A-Z challenge!


  24. I haven't read any, but my 9yr old has the Avalon High in Manga form. THanks for the suggests, I like Meg Cabbot, so think I might check out that novel :-)

  25. Oh my gosh, I haven't read any of these!!!! But what a cool thing you're doing! :)

  26. I bought Angus and started reading it, but just couldn't get it into it. I'm such a fantasy addict, it really takes a lot to sell me on anything different, I'm afraid. Cool idea for the challenge!

  27. Interesting picks for the letter A! Welcome to the challenge and best of luck with the rest of the alphabet!

  28. Sad to say I haven't read any of those. Great theme for the challenge!

    Reviewer & Writer
    Book reviews and Author Interviews at my blog at

  29. Well, I haven't read any of those books, but I've read TONS of others. I like your contest, great idea!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. :)

    ♥.•*¨ A-Z buddy ¨*•.♥

  30. Goodness i've not read any of these. They all sound intriguing though. Love your A-Z idea :O)

  31. I've only read the Amaranth Enchantment out of these, and honestly, erm, I wouldn't recommend it. The beginning was promising, but when we got to the undead goat, well... nuff said. =)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

    India Drummond

  32. This is so fun! I love your idea! I have read Avalon High by Meg Cabot. I considered reading An Abundance of Katherines, but changed my mind after reading a couple of reviews. It seemed too different from Looking for Alaska, which I thoroughly liked.

  33. Love your idea for the A to Z Challenge. Amaranth Enchantment is one that I've read. Somehow I've sadly missed your B list.

  34. An Abundance of Katherines!!!!!

    I loved that book - can you tell. That's it for your As. Angus is on the very long TBR list

  35. I haven't read any of these books. (hangs head in shame) I really want to read An Abundance of Katherines though. :)

  36. I have read Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. Loved it! Very hilarious.

  37. Haven't read any of these sadly.

  38. I have never seen those book above.

  39. Great site, very impressive.