Z is for Ze Rest of Ze List featuring Dolly Parton

Z is for ze rest of ze list!

For this year's A to Z Challenge I featured books I've read based on the Reading Challenge.

Today's post details all the categories that didn't fit under A to Y!

A book with more than 500 pages: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

A classic romance: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A book that became a movie: The Human Comedy by William Saroyan

A book written by someone under 30: Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham

A funny book: Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico

A book you started but never finished: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

A nonfiction book: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

A popular author's first book: Something Wrong (horror stories) by Edith Nesbit (1893!)

A Pulitzer Prize winning book: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

A book that scares you: 1984 by George Orwell

A memoir: Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry

A play: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

A book that came out the year you were born: Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe and James Howe

A trilogy: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

A book set in the future: The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree by Louis Slobodkin (not exactly in the future, of course, but it is science fiction)

A book set in high school: Bright Days, Stupid Nights by Norma Fox Mazer and Harry Mazer

A book that made you cry: The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

A banned book: A lot of my favourite authors have been banned at one time or another. Judy Blume, WH Auden, the list goes on. Banning books is ridiculous.

A book a friend recommended: The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle

Speaking of recommendations, here's a great way to share books and a love of reading:

I've signed up for the free publication StoryMonsters Ink 
and their last issue featured Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!

"Originally, the Imagination Library was created as a way to reach out to preschool children in Dolly's home county in East Tennessee. Her dream was to foster a love of reading at an early age by giving children the gift of a special book each month, regardless of income. The Imagination Library grew so popular that in 2000, she decided to offer the program to any community willing to partner with her. Today, more than 1,600 local communities have joined the Imagination Library."

 There are five categories I haven't had a chance to fill. Please give me your suggestions!

A book by an author you've never read before
A book based entirely on its cover
A book written by an author with the same initials as you
A book with antonyms in the title
A book with bad reviews


Chrys Fey said…
I started Wicked too and never finished it. Gone with the Wind has been on my list for the longest time. :)
That's an amazing program she started.
Congratulations on completing the Challenge!
Hi Deniz - starting with Dolly - she's a wonder ... she does so much to help others.

I'd like to read the Chris Hadfield - astronaut book -

Re your thoughts ... from my own Y post ... I'd like to read the Derek Tangye book:One and All .. it will tell a lot about the 1800s, Cornwall and the Birmingham area ..

I think the other 4 have passed me by ... or I'm already asleep!! Well done on being here for the A-Z with all you've got going on and all you do .. congratulations and cheers Hilary
Thanks, Deniz, you were able to pick up on my mood. Some people don't seem to realise that poetry is not fiction, it is reality turned into poetic language :0)
Mark Koopmans said…
I am just ZO glad this is all Zover :)
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks, all!
I'm glad I made it through, Mark!
What a great theme, Deniz!
Congrats on reaching the A to Z finishing line!
This time round, I didn't really visit as many blogs as I'd have liked to...
See you next year for another month of "alphabet madness"!
Click said…
Well done for reaching the end of the challenge. :-)

I'm reading The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud for the book with antonyms in the title.

I'm currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird for my Pulitzer Prize Winning book. It's a reread but it's been a long time and I'd forgotten just how much love I have for this book!
Anonymous said…
A book by an author you've never read before: I'm planning on reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Wicked was one I bought for its cover, actually.

Bunnicula!! I loved that book in elementary school! (which suggests I'm probably older than you, whoops! <.<)
Sandra Cox said…
I did not know that about Dolly and the Imagination Library. That's pretty exciting. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday.
Guilie Castillo said…
I actually loved Wicked ;) Have you read Harry Mulisch? The Discovery of Heaven is one of my all-time favorites (but it's hefty). Congratulations on finishing the challenge, and thanks for stopping over at Quiet Laughter -- much appreciated :)
Lara Lacombe said…
Congrats on finishing the challenge! Now I'm off to check out the reading challenge! :)
LuAnn Braley said…
Wow...you made it through Waiting for Godot? I had horrible trouble with that one. :O)
Choose any book on the bestseller list and you'll find a book with good and bad reviews - so that could work. :)

Great list of books and congrats on finishing the challenge!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks everyone!
Ooh, I really enjoyed Old Man's War, and went on to read the rest of the series. Hope you like it!

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