Reading the Alphabet in 2021

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 2021, I have accomplished the feat for the seventh consecutive year, and I have one more “X” author to keep the string going, but I may resort to online book shopping.

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, 2021.  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 2020 – modified a little from last year’s post.

The Alphabet Challenge of 2020

AAtkinson, SamThe Philosophy BookA small tidbit of many, many philosophers’ ideas
BBlackstock, TerriIf I LiveThe conclusion of the trilogy
CChristie, AgathaThe Mousetrap and other playsA collection of plays including some turned into novels
DDekker, TedHackerThe concluding book of the Outlaw Series – excellent
EEvanovich, JanetThe ScamCan the FBI and a con man out con the cons?
FFrank, Dorothea BentonBull IslandA story of never being able to go back home
GGibbins, DavidPyramidUnderwater adventure with Jack Howard
HHeller, JosephCatch-22Often misquoted black humor, misquoted in that most modern Catch-22s are not Catch-22s.
IIdleman, KyleDon’t Give UpBiblical stories weaved with modern stories of perseverance
JJance, J. A.Man OverboardAn Ali Reynolds mystery
KKolenda, DanielLive before you dieService to God
LLucado, Maxanxious for nothing, More to Your Story, In the Eye of the StormInteresting stories illustrating Biblical truth
MManning, BrendonThe Ragamuffin GospelWe are all ragamuffins
NNesbo, JoThe ThirstA Harry Hole mystery
OO’Connell, CarolMallory’s OracleFirst of the Kathleen Mallory mysteries
PPeever, J. DavidBlueprintThe different parts of building a “church” for the “church” or for each individual
QQueen, ElleryThe Murderer is a FoxA World War II fighting ace comes home
RRosenberg, JoelThe Last JihadA Jon Bennett thriller
SStrobel, LeeThe Case for the Real JesusMore excellent apologetics
TTen Boom, CorrieThe Hiding PlaceTrue story of doing the right thing and then paying dearly but surviving by God’s Grace
UUpton, RobertThe Big TourA golfer tries to get an edge and it backfires.
Vvan der Wetering, JanwillemThe Japanese CorpseAnother Grijpstra and de Gier novel
WWoods, StuartSevere ClearStone Barrington novel
XXiaolong, QiuYears of Red DustAnecdotes, short stories, and poetry from an award winning Chinese author
YYttrup, Ginny L.Lost and FoundA woman of faith nearly loses her reptation due to false allegations.
ZZagel, JamesMoney to BurnWhat if you could rob money marked for burning before it was destroyed?

Total Books = 49 as of 4/9/2021

Total pages thus far = 15,444

The Alphabet Challenge of 2020

AAlighieri, DanteInfernoThe first book of the trilogy that is the Divine Comedy
BBox, C. J.The Disappeared, Stone ColdTwo Joe Pickett novels
CCraig, William LaneOn GuardApologetics 101
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.The Space Trilogy, The Great Divorce, The Joyful Christian, first 5 of Narnian ChroniclesFiction for the most part, 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
PPalmer, DonaldLooking at PhilosophyThe lighter side of philosophy
QQueen, ElleryThe New Adventures of Ellery QueenA novella and a few short stories, but the title is misleading as the book was very old.
RRobertson, DavidMagnificent ObsessionBeautiful exposition of faith
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
WWitemeyer, KarenHeart on the LineWild west adventure in a town run by women and set up as a sanctuary.
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 = 180

Total pages = 54,424


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  1. April 9, 2021 — 11:47 am

    I’m amazed. When do you find time to read?

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