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Refreshed from a road trip | Weekly Snapshot

I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

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. :-)