Except that after I started in on the challenge I realized my choice was going to prove more difficult than I expected.
Why is that?
Because you can't just choose books randomly from the alphabet. There are choices to be made:
- Horror, romance, mystery, picture books, etc?
- Blues, pinks, golds covers
- Adults, Young Adult, picture books
- Books you've read or books you want to read
- Books you have at home or books you want to own
- Male writers or female authors
See? The choices drove me batty.
Not really. I was already batty.
Anyway, my first year I thought I knew what I was doing! I chose books that I'd had at home and had read all or part of. I thought I was being authentic by only highlighting books I knew something about.
Imagine my frustration when I got to the letter Q. Fortunately I found a copy of Alex Haley's Queen. I hadn't read it but I kept that secret to myself. Take a look at what I dork I was!
Fortunately, I had my braces removed and I'm back to looking somewhat less like an overgrown 8th grader. Anywho...
My list of books continued up through XYZ. Of course I cheated with the letter X but what are ya gonna do?
What I learned from my first year is that while it was cool to highlight books from A to Z I needed a tighter definition because my type A self wasn't satisfied until I'd put a chokehold on my choices. The next year I chose to highlight kids books. I can't remember if it was Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Picture books but you get where I'm going with this, right?
Give yourself more specific directions because "one man's attention to detail is another man's glut of information" which I interpret to mean, you'll have an easier go of it if you pay attention to the details. Choose Young Adult books then you'll be more focused and the stars will align for you. Or at least you'll have focus.
As it turns out, in the years since I started participating in the A to Z Challenge, I learned that I was so interested in reading kids' books, that I narrowed the focus of my book review blog, An Unconventional Librarian, to only kids' (middle grade, young adult, picture) books which makes my life focused and pretty happy.
And I'm probably the only person on the planet who knows all of the book titles that start with XYZ. Which might only come in handy on Jeopardy.
How do you choose your topic for the A to Z Challenge?