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What is the A-Z Reading Challenge and Why I Am Doing It

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Virginia Tech chapter.

If you’re in any book communities on social media (especially book-stagram) you’ve probably seen the A-Z reading challenge. I have been seeing it since late last year, a lot of people were talking about starting it in the new year, but I didn’t. If you know me, you probably know I love reading challenges and readathons but I knew during the semester that I don’t make much time for my reading so I opted not to do it. 

 Fast forward to this summer, I was reading a lot more again. The challenge kept popping up on my feed and on my explore page and I was feeling a little left out. I decided to attempt it and try to keep up with it into my fall semester. I’m going to use it as a guide to keep me reading during the semester and so far it’s worked (granted it hasn’t been that long). 

So, what is the A-Z reading challenge? It’s pretty much in the name, you read one book that starts with a letter from the alphabet. It also includes that you have to read a book where the title is only one word, a color in the title, a place in the title, and one with a number in the title. This is a total of 30 books to read, which is a lot. How I’m doing this is while I’m trying to read for letters I don’t have, I’m also not limiting myself to only reading that and if I don’t end up finishing, I’m not going to be too hard on myself because this is meant to help me continue reading during the school year no to stress me out. 

So, you might have an interest in this challenge but you may be like me and have no idea what you want to read or can’t find certain letters, I have included a list of books to help! This list will also include books on my list (which I haven’t read yet) that I’m excited about and think will be worth reading. 

A. Book Lovers by Emily Henry – RomanceA Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair – This is a Persephone and Hades romance

B. Book Lovers by Emily Henry – Romance

C. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – A YA fantasy. 

D. Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood – A greek mythology retelling.

E. Everything I know About Love by Dolly Alderton – Memoir

F. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah – Historical Fiction that takes place in the Dust Bowl, and Great Depression (will make you cry).

G. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – A horror fiction. 

H. Hooked by Emily McIntire – a Captain Hook Romance 

I. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy – Memoir

J. Jackie And Me by Louis Bayard – A historical romance.

K. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Romance

L. Lovely War by Julie Berry – A Historical Fiction, Romance, and fantasy that takes place in World War II. 

M. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins-Reid – A contemporary historical fiction. 

N. Neon Gods – Another Persephone and Hade’s romance. 

O. Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel – Mystery

P. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry – Romance. 

Q. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – A contemporary fiction. 

R. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – A science fiction. 

S. Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – A historical fiction. 

T. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – A YA fantasy and romance.

U. Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way – A science fiction/fantasy graphic novel. 

V. Verity by Colleen Hoover – A thriller romance. 

W. When We Were Bright And Beautiful by Jillian Medoff –

X. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – A fantasy romance.

Y. You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson – A YA romance.

Z. Zodiac Academy by Caroline Peckham – A fantasy romance. 

One Word: Vicious By V.E Schwab – A paranormal fantasy. 

Color in the title: The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – A fantasy.

Place in the title: The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – A fantasy. 

Number in the title: Dearly by Margaret Atwood- A collection of poetry. 

Happy reading!

Emily Barber

Virginia Tech '23

I am a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in English and Creative Writing. If I'm not reading a book, I'm usually crocheting or tending to my plants.