A-Z BookBuster Challenge 2017 – completed!

I have embraced the world of reading challenges over the past couple of years as I find it challenges and pushes me to read books from outside my comfort zone and makes reading a little more fun!  So I was intrigued by the BookBuster Challenge set by the GoodReads group The Book Vipers which was to read books whose authors names go from A-Z!! 

So I had lots of fun putting  a list together of books I already had on my shelves along with others I found along the way to fit in and happy to say that this week I have completed the challenge!!  Some of the titles I set out to read at the start of the year didn’t make it to my final cut but it was fun to find out different options and it has helped me reach a really good variety of books!  So here’s a look at the list of my completed reads!

Lyrebird – Cecilia Ahern           2a.m at the cat’s pyjamas – Marie-Helene BERTINO   


Call of the Undertow – Linda CRACKNELL          Wildwood;  – Roger DEAKIN  



The Fourteenth Letter – Claire EVANS            The Somnabulist – Essie FOX



Little Girl Lost – Janet GOVER                  Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt HAIG



An artist of the floating world – Kazuo ISHIGURO      Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne JONES



Handcuffs, Truncheons and a Polyester Thong – Gina KIRKHAM         Arthur – Mikael LINDNORD



The Moth Snowstorm – Michael MCCARTHY     Uprooted – Naomi NOVIK



Wesley the Owl – Stacey O’BRIEN     The Breakdown – B.A. PARIS



Exercises in Style – Raymond QUENEAU        The Silk Weaver’s Wife – Debbie RIX



The Little Prince – Antoine de SAINT-EXUPERY   The Secret Library – Oliver TEARLE




The Witchfinder’s Sister – Beth Underdown         The Farm at the Edge of the World – Sarah Vaughan



Girl Reading – Katie WARD      The Good Women of China – XINRAN



  Yesterday – Felicia YAP                  The Watcher in the Shadows  – Carlos Ruiz ZAFON
yesterday                                    shadows


Reading Challenge Completed!!  Think I may need to treat myself to a book or two to celebrate!!!  Have you set yourself any challenges this year?  Hope they’ve gone well if so!! Wonder what reading challenges 2018 will have in store?!!



Shame on me!! It has been 6 months since I started this challenge via the GoodReads The Book Vipers group I belong to so having just completed another book from the list I thought it best to share my progress!  And to hopefully keep it fresh in my mind to keep on track as there are still some weighty books left to get through!

The BookBuster challenge itself is based on the fab TV gameshow BlockBusters where you answer questions based on the alphabet on a board!  For the purpose of this challenge many are using the alphabet A-Z to read a book where the author, or title if you so wish!, corresponds to that letter!

So here is another look at my list – still deciding if I might change some along the way but at the moment I’ll be sticking to this little lot…..

A – Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern
B – 2am at the Cats Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
C – Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell
D – Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan
E – Doorways by Robert Enright
F – The Somnambulist by Essie Fox
G – Little Girl Lost by Janet Gover
H – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I – The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
J – 183 times a year by Eva Jordan
K – Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
L – The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
M – The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy
N – Uprooted by Naomi Novak
O – Wesley the remarkable owl by Stacey O’Brien
P – The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Q – Exercises in Style by Raymond Queaneau
R – The bookshop on the corner by Rebecca Raisin
S – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
T – The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle
U – The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown
V – Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
W – Girl Reading by Katie Ward
X – The Good Women of China by Xinran
Y – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Z – Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

As of today, 11th June 2017, I have now read 10 of these – doing better than I thought lol –  and discovered some amazing books along the way so am very grateful to this challenge for that at least!  Here’s a peek at what I’ve already read and if you click on the title it will take you to my GoodReads review page if you so wish to see what I thought of each book!

1. –  Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern   – 4 stars

2. 2 A.M at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino   – 4 stars

3. Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell  – 4 stars

4. Little Girl Lost by Janet Gover   – 5 stars


5.  Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig   –   4 stars

6.  The Breakdown by B.A. Paris  –  5 stars

7.  The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy   –  5 stars

8.  Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau   –  4 stars

9.  The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery  –  5 stars

10.  The Good Women of China by Xinran   –  5 stars

Not doing too bad am I?!  Is anyone else taking part in this challenge?! Any on my list that I shouldn’t put off reading any longer?!  Was planning on going for Girl, Reading next – one of those books I was drawn to in a bookshop based on the cover – and the blurb didn’t sound too bad either!