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Happy Ascension Day! Happy Memorial Day! Happy Africa Day! No matter what you are celebrating this weekend (or not), have fun and stay safe!

The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
Happy birthday, little guy! May you continue to have fun breaking apart things - whether that's your take-apart truck or your sister's carefully built Leg…

A to Z Challenge (2010)



I am doing this challenge in a couple of groups at Goodreads and so decided to join this one online and blog about it as well. To sign-up, do so at A to Z Challenge. You can do authors only, titles only, or both. Ambitious that I am, I am going for both. This runs from January though December 2010. For letters such as Q, X, Z, if I find it hard to find / read an author, I plan to double up on some other letter.

Update (Jan 22, 2011): I definitely bent a few rules, as you can see in the list below. Anyways, I'm marking this challenge as failed.
Title
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Night Runner by Max Turner
Open Season by Linda Howard
Push by Sapphire
Q
Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers by Roland Lazenby
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
X
Saving CeeCee HoneYcutt by Beth Hoffman
One AmaZing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Authors
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
Sandra Brown, Rainwater
Bridie Clark, The Overnight Socialite
Richard Doetsch, The 13th Hour
Erin Hart, Haunted Ground
Gail Fraser, The Lumby Lines
Lisa Genova, Still Alice
Marjorie Hart, Summer at Tiffany
Nelson DeMIlle, The Lion's Game
Justin Kramon, Finny
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Justine Larbalestier, Liar
Bernice L. McFadden, Sugar
Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry
George Orwell, Animal Farm
Ann Putnam, Full Moon at Noontide
Q
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Shaun Tan, The Arrival
Uwem Akpan, Say You're One of Them

Padma Venkatraman, Climbing the Stairs
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
AliX Strauss, Based Upon Availability
Claire AverY, Hidden Wives
SuZanne Collins, Mockingjay

Comments

You are in for a treat when you read Molakai, and The Bell Jar -- great books.
Athira said…
I expect so too!! :-)
raidergirl3 said…
Markus Zusak! have you read him? wonderful books, and an easy Z author.

Also, I read Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey, a mystery set in Ghana. Really great.

Don't give up on the hard letters yet, once December comes, then the compromising begins. And don't underestimate how difficult U can be.
Athira said…
raidergirl3, I am planning to read Markus Zusak for Z. I haven't read any of his books yet, so I am eager to try him. Thanks for the suggestion for Q as well. And yeah, now that you mention it, the U is definitely going to be an issue. :-)