Reading the Alphabet in 2020

I am posting this not as a brag, but people who write usually read a lot.  I always wanted to write mystery stories, ever since reading the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes in elementary school.  Add that mystery reading love to my Christian reading and it amounts to a lot of books.  This year has been fairly quick getting to this point.  I have been “home alone” with my wife babysitting in Tennessee and then there was a “stay-at-home” order – so why not read?  And my Bible reading is almost up to the Bible in a year pace, in addition to this reading.

In 2015, I accomplished something that I had tried to do in 1996.  I read 26 books (actually a lot more) with an author whose last name started with each letter of the alphabet.  In 1996, I could not find an “X”.  Thanks to Chamblin’s Book Mine in Jacksonville, FL, I found the “X”, actually two.  Thanks to the Jackson Street Bookstore in Omaha, NE, I have found a few more.

In 2020, I have accomplished the feat for the sixth consecutive year, and I have a few more “X” authors to keep the string going.  I’ll need to purchase another “V” if I want to continue in 2021, then the “O” and “Q” may be needed for the next year.

Regarding the “X” authors, the “X” authors are Chinese writers.  Their last name is their given name and their first name is their family name (Common among most Asian cultures).  But that doesn’t change the feat when considering “last names.”

Here is a list of at least one book for each letter this year, 2020.  Note, for most of the books mentioned, this is the only book from that letter so far this year.  More and better ones may follow.  The table that follows will show books for 2019 – modified a little from last year’s post.

The Alphabet Challenge of 2020

 AUTHORBOOKCOMMENTS
AAtkins, AceWonderlandA Spenser novel.  Atkins does an admirable job of continuing the Robert B. Parker series
BBox, C. J.The DisappearedA Joe Pickett novel
CChristie, AgathaThe Murder at HazelmoorA non-series mystery
DDekker, TedWater WalkerThe middle book of the Outlaw Series – always a good Christian principle taught
EEllis, MaryMagnolia MoonlightThe Prices go on a honeymoon and find adventure while their staff discovers a scam artist targeting churches.
FFrank, Dorothea BentonThe Christmas PearlHaving lived in SC, reading a story about a Gullah ghost was delightful, and with recipes!
GGraham, BillyThe Reason for my Hope: SalvationWonderfully written
HHoesel, DonHunter’s MoonFamily drama with a secret past that may interfere with a political career
IIles, Greg24 HoursMore intrigue from a great author
JJance, J. A.Deadly StakesAn Ali Reynolds mystery
KKierkegaard, SørenFear and Trembling, The Sickness unto DeathTwo books about faith written years apart by the philosopher
LLewis, C. S.Out of the Silent Planet, The Great DivorceFiction, but with great meaning
MMüller, GeorgeAnswers to PrayerA testimony of faith, as seen from a daily ledger
NNesbo, JoPoliceA Harry Hole mystery, where police are being killed
OOliphant, B. J.Here’s to the Newly DeadShirley McClintock is still in New Mexico
PPatterson, JamesPrivate: BerlinMy first novel to read in his global private eye series
QQueen, ElleryThe New Adventures of Ellery QueenA novella and a few short stories, but the title is misleading as the book was very old.
RRobb, J. D.Thankless in DeathNora Roberts’ futuristic Eve Dallas series
SSpurgeon, Charles H.The Power of Prayer, Praying Successfully, Finding Peace in Life’s Storms, The Practice of Praise, Power over SatanSeveral short works by Spurgeon
TThor, BradThe Last PatriotScot Harvath chases ancient secrets
UUpfield, ArthurSinister StonesNapoleon Bonaparte, I love Bony.
VViets, ElaineAccessory to Murdera dead-end job, but with a different protagonist, Josie Marcus, mystery shopper
WWoods, StuartSanta Fe EdgeEd Eagle’s ex-wife causing more trouble
XXianliang, ZhangHalf of Man is WomanA prisoner in a reeducation camp finds love, loses it, and then reunites.
YYttrup, Ginny L.HomeAn author and her husband find home to be important.
ZZezza, CarloParis 2000Written in the vein of Orwell’s 1984, when the world governments abdicate power to the computer.

Total Books = 45 as of 3/31/2020

Total pages thus far = 12,808

The Alphabet Challenge of 2019

 AUTHORBOOKCOMMENTS
AAbraham, AbieOh, God, Where are you?The Ghost of Bataan gives an account on the Philippines from before the war through the Death March and POW camp to grave registration.
BBright, BillWitnessing without Fear, Come Help Change our WorldBill Bright’s journey and techniques for Cru
CCarson, BenThink BigBiographical and Motivational
DDoss, James D.The Shaman SingsCharlie Moon and the very lovable Daisy Perika
EEvanovich, JanetTop Secret Twenty-OneI am behind on my Stephanie Plum novels
FFenelon, FrancoisThe Royal Way of the Cross, Talking with God, Meditations on the Heart of God, God of My HeartFoundational truth, explained
GGuinness, OsFool’s TalkInteresting Discussion regarding Apologetics
HHillerman, AnneSong of the LionMove over Chee and Leaphorn as Bernie takes the lead
IIles, GregTrue EvilMore intrigue in Natchez, MS
JJeremiah, DavidAgents of the ApocalypseEnd Days Prophecies
KKellerman, FayeSacred and ProfanePeter Decker makes some hard decisions in the second book of the long-running series.
LLucado, Max3:16, Grace, The Greatest Moments, Traveling LightI started the year with The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis, but …
MMarquand, John P.Thank You, Mr. MotoCompleting the Mr. Moto mysteries
NNesbo, JoHeadhuntersNot a series novel
OObreht, TeaThe Tiger’s WifeVery Interesting
PPacker, J. I.Knowing GodSlow at the start, but powerful, in depth Bible study on the attributes of God and our relationship with Him.
QQuindlen, AnnaRise and ShineA morning news host goes off the rails and her sister is concerned.
RRobertson, DavidA.S.K. and The Dawkins LettersA book about questions posed by youth and an answer to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion
SSimenon, GeorgesMaigret in ExileMaigret travels to the French coast to solve a puzzle
TThoene, BodieWhen Jesus WeptJesus’ ministry from Lazarus’ point of view – intriguing, but maybe not totally believable
UUpfield, ArthurVenom HouseNapoleon Bonaparte, I love Bony.
VViets, ElaineMurder with ReservationsHelen Hawthorne works another dead-end job
WWarren, KayChoose JoyWife of Rick Warren
XXingjian, GaoOne Man’s BibleNobel winning Autobiography of a Chinese Dissident
YYoung, Wm. PaulThe ShackInteresting
ZZeigler, KennethThe War in HeavenWoven into the End Times, a novel with very interesting characters

Total Books = 152

Total pages = 45,916

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  1. atimetoshare.me April 1, 2020 — 11:35 am

    I’m always impressed by those who take the time to read. I myself have a very short attention span and soon find myself drifting off to sleep if a book doesn’t capture my interest right away. As I grow older, I find it harder to focus on reading; My eyes blur or tear up and like I said, I often fall asleep. I guess I would not be classified as a good writer then. Maybe I should stick to short stories.

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    • You are a good writer. Any old saw has its exceptions. So, that makes you an exceptional writer. The key to good writing is to have something good to say. Maybe I’m not always that good in that I piggy back off what others have said. But I will admit that my attention span is getting worse, and my retention is not as good as it used to be. I may slow down soon, especially when I go pick up my wife.

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  2. We have similar tastes in books, I see.

    Right now, I have a little over 500 books on my Kindle, most of which I have yet to read, but at least I will never run out of books! I discovered ebooks ten years ago and now I don’t even like to read a physical book. My kindle reader is so much easier for my arthritic hands to hold than a physical book, plus I can change the font and the backlight to suit my eyes. No need for reading glasses!

    My husband, who typically reads one entire book per day, prefers “real” books. Poor man, he is running out of books now.

    We both like Stephanie Plum. My hubby sent the author a suggestion for a book title several years ago. His suggestion: Twenty-two, What’s the Catch? Unfortunately, although book 22 was still a couple of years from being released, Evanovich already had a title and had already written the story. I’ve forgotten now what her 22 title was, but it wasn’t as good as my husband’s idea. 😀

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    • I am way behind on the Stephanie Plum series. I still like “real” books and if your hubby comes by, I can load him down, fill his trunk, whatever. 22 was Tricky Twenty-two, which I read last year, behind, I know. I have tried reading on my tablet, but never got into it. But it is a lot more portable… Maybe.

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  3. Whoa— since these grandkids came my way reading is relegated to Braer rabbit, petter rabbit and petter cottontail 🤓

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  4. Wow this is incredible

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