Happy weekend everyone!
I started 2020 with the idea of participating in many challenges actively. This is the first year that I’m truly attempting annual reading challenges so it is tough.
The A to Z Reading Challenge is not one that I go after actively because it’s honestly quite easy to fulfill.
The challenge is simple. For every letter in the English alphabet, you read a book with a title starting with that letter. Exceptions: Q, X, Z can be anywhere in the title. “A”, “An”, and “The” are ignored.
For the past couple years, near the end of the year I check to see how my reading fits into this challenge. Usually, I fill up most of the letters easily and struggle with maybe two to three letters at the end. Like last year, I struggled with Q and Y. But overall, this is the easiest reading challenge to do, in my opinion.
Although I generally check at the end of November or in December, this year I checked early since I was bored yesterday evening. Imagine my delight when I realized that I checked off all 26 letters without struggle! There is not even one letter left. So of course I want to share my wrap-up immediately to celebrate haha.
I’ll talk about all the books with a couple sentences each and long link reviews if they exist!
A — Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen
There was nothing accidental about this love and the book annoyed me. Find my rant review here.
B — Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox
I read this book for the Ace Race this month (wrap-up & mini reviews to come soon) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. The ace rep and the romance had my heart.
C — The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith
This book was also part of my Ace Race list and it has my whole heart. The characters in this book are precious babies. For being only 65 pages, this book sure hit my heart hard. (review to come soon)
D — Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
This book quietly swept me off my feet. I loved Darius, especially because of and not limited to his love for tea. The family focus was lovely. Read my review here.
E — Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Highly interesting and captivating plot. If you think the title is scandalous, you are not ready for what elderly widows get up to in this book.
F — Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Loved the Asian representation in this book. Especially how the book called out racism within Asian communities. Full review here.
G — Guarding Temptation by Rebekah Weatherspoon
This book was kinda meh, honestly. Wasn’t very impressed with it, especially compared to the author’s other books.
H — The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
The sapphic love and the Bengali representation had my heart. The love for henna was beautiful. Full review here.
I — I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
The non-binary representation in this book taught me, and that’s how this book was important to me. It’s also a really nice book overall.
J — The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
I picked this up for the Popsugar Reading Challenge and it pleasantly surprised me. It shows depth and layers through the stories of 8 women. Full review here.
K — Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as people told me I would. I didn’t get the point of a major part. The writing was.. okay. More thoughts here.
L — Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
I may have chosen this book to match with the challenge haha. But otherwise, this book is AWESOME and you HAVE TO read it. My review.
M — The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
I’ve been championing and pushing this book ever since I read it because its SO GOOD. Amazing rivals-to-lovers romance with engaging banter. See my rave review here.
N — Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Although I liked this book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It also did NOT feel like Dark Academia. See my full review for more opinions.
O — One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
I quite enjoyed this book. The author does a really good job of incorporating mystery with young adult characters. It’s light but also chilling and intriguing.
P — Purple Lotus by Veena Rao
One of my favourite reads this year mostly because of how much I could relate to it. The author’s writing is really good, especially considering this is a debut novel. Full review here.
Q — Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan
I read this as part of a romance book club and.. wasn’t impressed. Too much drama for me. It made my pick for this challenge easier though, haha. I don’t even have to use the exception rule here. The title starts with Q! Read all my opinions here.
R — Running With Lions by Julian Winters
TOO GOOD OF A BOOK. Love the characters, love the friendships, love the setting, love the romance. Read my rave review here.
S — Seeing Like a Feminist by Nivedita Menon
I picked this up because I was intrigued by the title and wanted to read non-fiction focused on India and Indian history. This book was quite good overall, even though my interest waned at the end. Mini review here.
T — Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
The opposites attract, friends to lovers romance here was totally charming. The characters were so nice and the chemistry was on point. Full review here.
U — Us, Again by Elle Maxwell
This book was alright. I honestly didn’t like a lot about it, but it wasn’t too bad either. It was not very impressionable. There are better second chance romance books out there.
V — Verity by Colleen Hoover
The writing in this book gave me the creeps, completely transporting me into the book. The ending had me up two nights thinking about it. Check out my full review for more.
W — The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Rivals-to-lovers romance which was quite entertaining and charming. I liked the characters, and especially liked the relationship growth.
X — Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Absolutely loved this book and will shout about it to everyone. The audiobook had me entirely sucked into the book. Full review here.
Y — You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
I read this the day after my surgery and hence wasn’t able to properly absorb it, but it did entirely capture my attention even though I was really tired and on painkillers. It took my mind off everything and kept me engaged enough to read within a day at the hospital. Big points for that.
Z — The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons
This was an old book from my TBR which I finally read. It was.. interesting. The romance is definitely problematic. I was more interested in the history and politics aspects than the romance. More thoughts here.
And hence I have completed the A to Z Reading Challenge this year!
If you’re looking for a chill reading challenge to try, and one you can attempt even this late into the year, A to Z challenge is perfect! Even if you don’t actively try it out, simply look at your books and see how many letters you can tick off. It’s fun.
Do you try to tick off all the letters with books every year? Are there any annual reading challenges you’re taking part in? Tell me in the comments!