The A to Z of Favourite Books

I found this meme on Facebook and thought it might be fun to create my own list. It was actually sort of painful.

I used my database on Goodreads to compile this list and some letters had so many books I’d rated with five stars, I had a hard time choosing just one. But in the spirit of not frittering away a good portion of my day and yours by creating a list with a hundred alternates, I stuck to one book for each letter of the alphabet. In most cases, I went with the emotional choice, the book that hit me the hardest and held on the longest. I also tried to avoid repeating authors and series so that my list would span a wider range of authors and books.

Toward the end, I had to get a little more creative—within the bounds of the guidelines set out for the meme—and choose books featuring that letter of the alphabet rather than starting with it.

Agincourt, Bernard Cornwell

Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold

Dune, Frank Herbert

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Fear City, F. Paul Wilson

Glasshouse, Charles Stross

Hawk Quest, Robert Lyndon

In Me an Invincible Summer, Ryan Loveless

Jhereg, Steven Brust

Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey

Legend, David Gemmell

March, Geraldine Brooks

Night of the Hunter, R.A. Salvatore

Old Man’s War, John Scalzi

Paradox, John Meaney

Red Rising, Pierce Brown

Something like Autumn, Jay Bell

The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

Ubik, Philip K. Dick

The Valley of the Horses, Jean M. Auel

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm

A Talent for War (Alex Benedict, #1), Jack McDevitt

All the Weyrs of Pern, Anne McCaffrey

Breach Zone, Myke Cole

If you post your own list, put a link in the comments so I can check it out. 🙂

5 thoughts on “The A to Z of Favourite Books

  1. eileengriffin77 May 1, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Reblogged this on eileengriffin and commented:
    Such a cool idea!

  2. kirizar May 3, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    We share a few favorite authors, but I will call shenanigans on utilizing “All The Weyrs of Pern”, not because I don’t believe it is worthy of note, nor do I suggest the world shouldn’t mourn the passing of the Great Anne McCaffrey, but because you did not hunt for a novel starting with the letter Y. But then again, when faced with the challenge myself…I drew a complete blank. Therefore, I withdraw my complaint. Perhaps we should each vow to read such a book. Oh wait, “You Suck” by Christopher Moore. I can actually recommend this, even though it is book two. Highly entertaining. Fun list, hope you don’t mind the blathering commentary.

    • Kelly Jensen May 4, 2015 / 8:30 am

      I did hunt for a book beginning with the letter Y, but couldn’t find one I had read that had impressed me enough to take that spot on the list – and since I had not managed to include a Pern novel up to that point, it seemed a worthy choice. 🙂

      I was trying for maximum representation, which is why an Alex Benedict novel nabbed the spot for X rather than Xenocide, which is a fantastic book, but I already had Orson Scott Card listed.

      Thanks for the comment, blatherings and all! 🙂

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