The challenge above is to read an author beginning with each letter of the alphabet during the year 2020. Last year’s Alphabet Soup Challenge was to read a title beginning with each letter of the alphabet in 2019. The second is the one I just finished up (a month ahead of schedule, not bragging, just saying), and posted Part One earlier on PWR.

Here is a list of titles beginning with the letter “M”

Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates. Oates, one of my favorite authors since undergrad days, is perhaps one of the most versatile writers of the century, and in this one, she did not disappoint.

Nnutshell by Ian Iwen. Along with Oates’ novel above, this one is a contender for my favorite read of 2019. It tells the tale of Hamlet, set in contemporary London, from the point of the young Prince in utero.

Obelisk Gate written by N.K. Jamisin. The second book in The Broken Earth Series was outstanding and brought me back to science fiction/fantasy. I am reading the third book currently and want to thank Sarah of Brainfluff for recommending this fine series.

Prayer of Jesus by Hank Hanegaaff. This was a “find” in my church library that steered me back into my resolution to read SOME non-fiction. I hope to better on that goal in 2020.

The Sunken Cathedral by Kate Walbert. This was definitely a cover-attract choice which called out to me from my local library. It was a fine read and an introduction to the world of art. It had definite “literary quality.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston. This ground-breaking classic has been on my “Should Read” list since graduate school, and I had started it more than once. The audio version gave me success in finishing it, and the storm scene and the musical celebrations came to life under the skilled narrator’s voice.

Ubecoming by Rebeca Schern. This novel was as strange as its title, which had more than one significance. I read the review in the Houston Chronicle one Sunday and ordered the book to see what it was all about. I still haven’t decided if I “liked” it or not, but I certainly haven’t forgotten it.

If We Were Villians by M.L. Rio. This Shakespere-related, who-dun it is also right up there in my favorites for 2019. Everything about it was excellent.

What the  Wind Knows by Amy Harmon. This time-travel novel was a senior book club selection , and the discussion of it was as interesting as reading it.

Xingu by Edith Wharton. In  graduate school, I became enamored of Edith Wharton, and when I found this title, I was very anxious to read the book. Alas, I could not find it in my local libraries, and I had overspent my book budget for the year. HOWEVER, I found the movie version on Hoopla and enjoyed it immensely. I also read and enjoyed the graphic novel X-Men: Civil War to do justice to the letter.

Year of Wednesdays. I have passed this novel on in my Little Free Library, and I do not remember the author, nor did I write it down. I did, however, enjoy it thoroughly, having chosen it for my personal challenge to read Books about Books. The story was most enjoyable.

Zafon, Carlos Ruis, the author of Shadow of the Wind. My original plan was to segue into the Alphabet Soup Challenge 2020, involving authors instead of titles with this book.  That said, I’m reconsidering today, asking myself do I want to take on another 26 book challenge. More about this in a future post.

Most of these books were reviewed here on Powerful Women Readers. If you want to know more about any of them, type the title into the search box at the head of the post.





Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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