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Family Time and Changes Galore | Weekly Snapshot

There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

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. :-)