2018 AtoZ Reading Challenge

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Yes, you read right – in 2018, we at the Ginger Mom are hosting our own reading challenge! And I’ll be honest, it comes mostly from Megan’s obsessive need to have one book under each letter of the alphabet in our Review Index.

We are still working out all the details but there will be mini challenges, read-a-thons, Twitter parties, and giveaways throughout the year! Have any favorite games (I’ve seen Bingo and Monopoly done so far) that you would like to see converted for this challenge? Let us know!

Update – Because we enjoyed Kid’s Book Week 2017 so much, we will be running the AtoZ Reading Challenge in both kidlit and adult versions!

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This challenge isn’t just for people who want to read their way through the alphabet. Are you an author and want us to review your book as part of the challenge? How about an interview? We would love to hear how you got started writing! And as we are also doing a #kidlit version of this challenge, we are looking for authors with adorable picture books that we can spotlight each month throughout the year! Does this sound like something you’re interested in? Then email Megan or Crystal at gingermomquest17[at]gmail[dot]com!

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Are you ready to accept this quest? Have you written your sign-up post, optimistically announcing to the world that you are going to read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet in 365 days? Then leave your name and your link in the comments below and grab our cool challenge button there at the top of the post. (That way you can proudly display your intent to take on this insane amazing challenge!) Then tweet it (#2018AtoZChallenge) and tell all your booknerd friends!

Why spread the word? Here’s the exciting part – each month, we will have link-ups for your reviews. And each review earns you 1 point. Each point is worth an entry into our Grand Prize at the end of the year (hint: it’s a $100 Amazon gift card!) So you collect entries that way. The other way? Each person you refer (all they have to do when they sign up is say you sent them our way) earns you an extra entry! How easy is that?

We can’t wait for January to come, bringing with it Instagram challenges, Twitter #AtoZChats with some of our favorite new (and old) authors, prizes and so much more! Sound like fun? We can’t wait to see you there!

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68 thoughts on “2018 AtoZ Reading Challenge”

    1. Hi! Sorry I didn’t respond – your comment somehow got marked as spam. And we have solved the tough letter issue – we are letting everyone have a free letter (kinda like the Bingo free space). We do want the title to start with the letter. If you need recommendations, don’t hesitate to give us a shout! We would be happy to help! And no, “a”, “an”, “the” don’t count. You can take a look at my index (under the Quest tab) and I show how I organize – example, The Sky Throne is put as Sky Throne, The. Hope this helps and sorry you were spammed. We are happy to have you on board!

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  1. I have 7 books that start with Z, 18 for Q and I didn’t look at X. I am going to say it has to either be the first letter of the title or the author’s name, depending how you plan to do the challenge. Some letters will be harder than others but I think we can get them all 🙂 If you need suggestions by genre, let me know!

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  2. Here’s my sign up post
    https://chellesbookramblings.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/2018-a-to-z-reading-challenge/
    I have one question and one suggestion..
    Question : Can I count Manga or graphic novels as books read for the challenge??
    Suggestion:
    when it come to the difficult letters you can count the name of the author (initials) it might be easier to find a name or last name with those letters (some of them)
    Great challenge and I’m looking forward to participating..

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  3. I’m preparing my sign-up post and had a question about the reading challenge. Can the articles be removed in the title? So, The Alchemist for “A” or A Gathering for “G”? Would make it easier to get the really hard letters too.

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    1. That’s great! Welcome 🙂 And I know what you mean, I already have a ton, too. One of my challenges for the year is going to be to get a few new ones, too. It’s no fun for me if all the books are already chosen.

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  4. You guyyyyyssssss. I said I wasn’t going to add ANY MORE challenges for 2018. …And then I went and edited my challenge round up post to include this challenge, dangit. 😉
    here’s a link to my grand announcement to the world of my insane reading challenges in 2018: https://elleyotter.blogspot.com/2017/12/2018-challenges-round-up-is-it-round-up.html?_sm_au_=iNMr2WF0rW6S30R6
    Also helpful hint: For those difficult letters (Q, X, Z…) Goodreads has lists specifically for titles that start with certain letters.
    This link to Titles that Start with X, Y, or Z also has a list of “see also” lists at the top for the other letters:
    https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/17759.Titles_that_start_with_X_Y_or_Z
    And here’s another for Titles That Begin With X: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6946.Titles_That_Begin_With_X
    And one final resource, Good Books that Begin With X, Y, or Z: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/21103.Good_Books_that_Begin_with_X_Y_Z?page=2#1538493

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    1. Yay! So glad you are joining us 🙂 Don’t forget to link your reviews up because there’s a $100 Amazon gift card at stake at the end of the year! And there will be other little giveaways sprinkled in throughout the year 🙂 But the biggest thing is, have fun reading!!

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    1. So glad you are joining us 🙂 I am following you on Twitter too so I can keep up with all your exciting reads! Don’t forget to link them up to the monthly posts so you can enter the $100 Amazon gift card giveaway at the end of the year!!

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