2015 Authors A to Z Suggestions

A massive thanks to those who have signed up for the 2015 Authors A to Z Reading Challenge—I hope you’re all as excited as I am to dig into those delicious books!

A few of you have commented on the difficulty of finding Q, X, and Z authors, and I thought I’d compile a list of suggestions. Q and Z were surprisingly easy to find (as evidenced by a browse through my local library and Oxfam bookshop), but X has been quite a tricky one indeed.

Q: Anthony Quinn; Karen Quinn; Julia Quinn; Amanda Quick; Erica Quest; Matthew Quick, Ellery Queen (thanks, Karen!). Also check out Wiki.
X: XU Xi; XUE Xinran; Malcom X (thanks, Lisa!).
Z: Carlos Ruiz Zafón; Paul Zindel; Markus Zusak; Cecily von Ziegesar; Helen Zahavi, Emile Zola; Gabrielle Zevin (thanks, Karen!). Also check out Wiki.

If you know of any other authors, please let me know in a comment and I’ll add it to the list. Hope this helps!

Update (2 June 2015): Since X has been causing a bit of strife, any author with X in their last name (not necessarily as the first letter) qualifies for the challenge. Hope that’ll make things a little more manageable!

11 thoughts on “2015 Authors A to Z Suggestions

  1. For the mystery lovers out there, Ellery Queen is the best Q there is.
    Gabrielle Zevin is who I’m using for my Z. FINALLY going to read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry! (She has 7 other books, too!)

      • I’ve been wanting to read Fikry for a while and I’m SO looking forward to it! Now I’m sorry that I’m insisting on reading them in order because it’ll be the end of the year before I get to it :)

  2. So far X is really the only one I’ve had trouble with. It leaves such limited choices. I found a pretty interesting looking foodie book that should cover it too: “Seaweed and Eat It: A Family Foraging and Cooking Adventure” by Xa Milne (I’ve been led to believe that Xa is the surname, though I don’t know enough about how names work outside of my own culture to be sure…can anyone confirm what I’ve been told?).

    Malcolm X is def a good choice, though I think if I end up doing this challenge multiple years in a row I would want to change the X requirement somehow because I don’t like the idea of forcing myself to read some random book from the very small pool of X names…perhaps a name that has an X in it ANYWHERE for challenge veterans? Otherwise that X bit will stop being fun. Either way, doesn’t matter yet as this is my first year in.

    • Unfortunately, Milne is the surname for Xa Milne, so that title won’t count for X. I know X is going to be quite tricky, but I suppose that’s why this is a reading challenge!

      I understand your reservations about the limited X choices, but I’m afraid that’s how I’ve decided to run the challenge this year (its first). If I host it again in the future (and I think I will), I’ll reconsider the rules for X. For the time being, you’re more than welcome to adapt the challenge however you like to suit your own reading interests. Hope that helps!

    • Thanks for the recommendation! Unfortunately, the author is Chinese, and the Chinese surname comes first–so in this instance, it’s Qui, and wouldn’t count under “X”. Sorry!

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